Marvelous (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

Marvelous (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

There is much about the Christian faith that at first glance appears similar to any other faith: love of neighbor, pursuit of peace and justice; but Holy Trinity Sunday is a day that Christians marvel at God in a way that no other people of faith can because Christians hold fast to a God who is one God…yet active and revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Lord of Hosts..."Sabaoth" (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Lord of Hosts..."Sabaoth" (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Today we recall that Isaiah heard yet another name that often goes untranslated in our hymns and prayers: God's name, "Yahweh (Lord God of) Sabaoth." Isaiah heard it in that glorious vision of God he was privileged to see in the Jerusalem temple. The name sometimes makes its way into our hymns (cf. the classic version of "A Mighty Fortress"), but more often we sing it in our Communion liturgy, during the "Sanctus": "Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored." What is a "Lord God of Sabaoth," anyway? And more importantly: why should it matter? 

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