Services this week.

The One has brought forth the One and then One and these three are but One: The Father, The Word and The Thought.

Although a constant engagement with the trinitarian character of the Divine is a part of all Christian praxis, both Orthodox and Gnostic, Trinity Sunday is the day we focus in particular on developing and deepening our understanding of that particular paradoxical doctrine of Unitas in Trinitas – three in one and one in three.

For non-Christians who encounter it, the concept of a Trinitarian Divine is either bizarre or evidence of the irrationality of Christians. For many Christians, it’s skipped over without truly understanding it. But when made a focus of contemplation, the doctrine of the Trinity can yield up a deeper understanding of the mysterious and deeply relational character of the Divine.

The Trinity describes an experience of divinity which is utterly ineffable, transcendant, all-encompassing, all-loving, but at the same time human, evident in the eyes of our neighbours, in the helping hand of a stranger, in our own direct, human experience and for all that mysterious and intimate, never seen yet immanent, a driving force for which we are the form.

Each Person of the Trinity: The Father-Mother or Source or Origin, The Son or Logos or Christ and the Holy Spirit or Sacred Breath expresses a different aspect of everyday experience where we can most clearly notice the Divine-in-action. But each dyad also expresses ways in which these aspects of experience relate to each other.

Christianity is often referred to as a Monotheistic religion and, in some sense it is, but in other senses its trinitarian character makes it quite distinct from other Monotheistic religions.

These ideas aren’t simple, but accept my offer to make them a focus of contemplation this week. Read over the prayers and readings for the week and do some reading about the Trinity. Sit quietly for a few minutes and search the content of your own experience to see how each Person of the Trinity shows up for you.

Readings for the week

Service – 6pm
The service this Sunday will be a “Sophianic Eucharist”. The service praises Sophia or Holy Wisdom as the immanent, feminine face of the Divine and celebrates the sacred marriage between the immanent and transcendent aspects of Spirit. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.

Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation. Each week starts with a short talk by someone from the community followed by open discussion.

Topic: Simon Magus – the founder of Simonianism. Great teacher or unholy shyster?

Presenter: Lynette Watters

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The congregation at St Uriel’s meets every Sunday at 6pm at:
The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St
Darlinghurst, NSW

Rector: Father Tim Mansfield
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