Sunday, June 4, 2023
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Schuyler, NE
watch this service online (readings start around 21:30; sermon starts around 33:59, with children’s sermon around 29:50)
Once upon a time,
a long, long time before you were born,
there was nothing — and there was God.
Only God existed in the beginning, but God wasn’t alone. In the ages before time itself began, the three persons of the Trinity were together, a living, divine community of love — the three-in-one and one-in-three. Love existed, long before anything else came into being.
This love the Trinity shared was dynamic – joyful and active and creative – and in time, it gave rise to the whole universe. At God’s word, light exploded into being, bright and pure and clear. God spun out stars and planets and galaxies, scattering them across the reaches of space. Atoms and elements came together to form oceans and continents, which God then filled with life: grass and green shoots that grew into trees heavy with fruit, while the waters teemed with swarms of creatures. God brought forth land creatures with legs, and birds of every kind, breathing the breath of life into the dust of creation. And as they spoke the entire cosmos into being, the Trinity paused for a moment to admire their handiwork and said to themselves, “Wow – this is some really good stuff!”
And in that moment, the Trinity had an amazing idea: “What if we made creatures in our own image?!” We could make beings who would also be creators, like us – lovers and stewards of creation who would live together in one community of love, like we do. They could join us in the work of creation and we would love them and they would love us!
So that’s exactly what they did. The Trinity made humankind in their own image – humans of all genders and colors and persuasions – they made them and handed them the house keys of creation. And once they had finished, the Trinity stepped back to take it all in, and they said to themselves, “Oh yeah. Now we’re talking.”