Do you remember singing “Jesus Loves Me” as a child? (I’m not sure that todays’ children are as familiar with that song as we were). Anyway, I thought you might like to read the “senior version” that was sent to me recently by my brother.
Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow. Though my sight is growing dim, still He bids me trust in Him.
Chorus: Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so.
Though my steps are oh so slow, with my hand in His I’ll go on through life, let come what may, He’ll be there to lead the way. (Chorus)
When the nights are dark and long, in my heart He puts a song. Telling me in words so clear, “Have no fear, for I am near.” (Chorus)
When my work on earth is done, and life’s vic’tries have been won. He will take me home above, then I’ll understand His love. (Chorus)
I love Jesus, does He know? Have I ever told Him so? Jesus loves to hear me say that I love Him every day. (Chorus)
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday. I have heard some people comment that they just didn’t understand the Trinity, that is, God in three parts: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What seems to be especially difficult to understand is the question, “How can Jesus be God when he talks about praying to God?” Here is my answer to that question (for what it is worth, my answer, that is): Jesus was a teacher. Remember he was called “Rabbi” which means teacher. He set an example for his followers from ancient times through today by showing us how we need to pray in our daily lives. You have probably heard the explanation of the Trinity described as water in its three states: liquid (water), solid (ice) and gas (steam). All three states are some form of water. I like to use a stoplight to illustrate the Trinity. There are three colors on a stoplight and each color has a different purpose but, together, they are still a stoplight. Red means stop; yellow means caution; and green means go. Three different colors: three different purposes, but one stoplight. With the Triune God we have God the Father who is over all; God the Son who is our Savior and Redeemer; and God the Spirit who is our Helper. Does this illustration help you? Perhaps Pam will have something to say Sunday when she gives us the message. Janet is the Lector, Paul is the Intercessor and Betty is the musician.
Readings for Sunday, May 30 are: Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; and the Gospel is John 3:1-17.
Pam will let us know whether or not we are using Psalm 29 (p 620), Canticle 2 (p 49) or Canticle 13 (p 90). She has several choices. Be with us Sunday and find out what she chooses!