THE HOLY TRINITY
May 26, 2013 will be Trinity Sunday. The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most misunderstood and abused doctrines of Christianity. No one can fully understand the doctrine, but we do know that God has revealed Himself as One God in Three Persons. One of the clearest statements of this doctrine is found in the Athanasian Creed, which was written to combat heretical teachings regarding the Trinity. This creed is found in the Book of Common Prayer (p.36) and is read in Morning Prayer on Trinity Sunday and on other days. The first part of the creed reads as follows.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic Faith.
Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal;
And yet they are not three eternals, but one Eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty , and the Holy Ghost almighty;
And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God;
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord;
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
For as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
So are we forbidden by the catholic Faith to say there are three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Our second Work Day of the year took place Saturday, April 13, 2013. Although it was cold, windy and even snowy, much work on the grounds was accomplished. Thank you to all who turned out to help.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Annual Parish Meeting took place following church services on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Reports were read and officers elected. The meeting was preceded by a pot luck luncheon which we all enjoyed.
MOTHER DAUGHTER SALAD SUPPER
“Flying High With Prayer” will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Rev. Phil Tjoelker will be the speaker. Plan to attend and invite a friend to be your mother, sister or child for the day if your mother is far away or you have no daughter. All women and girls are cordially invited.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
VBS Workshops on Sunday the rest of the month
&/or any day during the week or Saturday.
PRESCHOOL/KG. MOTHER'S TEA
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
The first meeting will be May 19, 2013 at 6 P.M. in the Parish Hall.
Come for pizza, organization and fellowship.
Will and Beth Garrison, Adult Sponsors
ST. ANDREW'S PRESCHOOL & KG
End of the year Field Trip & Picnic at The Children's Farm in Palos Heights
is on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
3's MUSIC PROGRAM & 4'S & KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION
Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
Our church family is invited to come and support the families, staff, and children.
The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2013 starting at 9 A.M.
Plan now to attend a Very Exciting Bible School “A Jungle Journey to Discover Jesus!” Exploring the Amazon with guides, puppets, crafts, songs and wonderful Bible stories. It will take place Monday - Friday, June 10-14, 9:00-noon with the Closing Program on Friday the 14th at 1:00 p.m. Your children will stay that day and be served lunch before the program. Registration cards have been sent. Please send them back quickly to help us get a count of VBSers for ages PS 4's to those completing 6th Grade, and for a count of how many helpers, 7th Grade and up.
Check you closets, attic and hiding places for treasures for the Rummage Sale! Then join us to see the wonderful items available. Saturdays, June 22 and 29, 2013 from 9am– 1:00pm. June 22 also includes a Bake Sale. The Rummage Sale is an Annual Fundraiser for missions by the Women's Guild.
TASTE OF TINLEY PARK CHURCHES
“A Fundraiser for Love INC”
Saturday, June 28 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Faith Christian Reformed Church
8383 W. 171 st Street
MISSIONARIES of the MONTH
Please be in prayer for Matt and Sora Covin and their family as they minister to the people in the Philippines.