Daily Devotional for Saturday June 6, 2020
A shout out this morning to the many seniors who graduated yesterday from Cloverdale High School, along with one to those who completed their elementary and junior high years – AWESOME!
Prayers for the family of Maxine Petrich who has been called to her heavenly home this past week.
And an update on RE OPENING: your officers and staff are working hard on a plan to re-open Grace for a physical gathering, we anticipate that we will be able to open for an outdoor service either the end of this month or beginning of July. We have been working with the CAL OSHA guidelines and best pratices but are still awaiting any special decrees which our own County Health Officer might issue. So tomorrow we will gather for worship but it will continue to be LIVE ON LINE through Facebook LIVE – we will open up just a bit early with the LIVE service starting at 10:00 am.
Later this morning I will send you the worship resources and readings for out time together tomorrow. On the Festival of the Trinity we celebrate our GOD – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AS WE GATHER
The feast of the Holy Trinity is about the one true God who has revealed Himself in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But the feast is not about God alone. As the Trinity, He is, of course, never alone even in Himself. But also in His creation, even the pinnacle of His work, man, is not to be alone. Male and female He created them. But even greater than this relationship is man’s relationship with God. Created “in His image,” we are never to be alone but find our identity in fellowship with God. Without Him, we are incomplete. The image of God means to possess God’s righteousness. The “righteousness” of God means everything working together like God intended. That includes a relationship with Him. Though we lost that righteousness by our sin, choosing to be alone without God, God still took into Himself our very human nature in the person of the Son of God, Jesus. By His innocent life and His substitutionary suffering and death, all who repent and are baptized into Him are restored in righteousness. With Christ and in Him, we, too, are crowned in glory and honor. All praise to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.
The Rev. Fred Karlen