We believe in the Triune God whose very existence is relationship,
a dance of mutual love that overflows into Their creation.
As beings made in the image of this relational God,
we are most human when we live outside of hierarchy and individualism
and live into community with God, with each other, and with all creation.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the surest example of God-with-us,
of God-for-us, of a God whose power is not dominance and control
but rather a love that empowers, liberates, and invites us into partnership.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
who brooded over the deep until She birthed the universe,
who is the breath that animates us,
the air that whispers to seeds till they sprout and bloom,
the wind that stirs up stagnance,
the flame that burns up deadness to make a way for new life.
We believe that this Triune God invites us to join Them
in sowing a Kin(g)dom of equity and justice here on earth
where God’s blessings are shared fairly and there is plenty for all.
I wrote this for a service with a central theme of imagination, and how God’s gift of imagination can help us envision and enact a better world, a world liberated from oppressive binary and hierarchical structures like cishetero-patriarchy and white supremacy. My sermon’s text was Genesis 25:19-34 and explored the relationship between Jacob – with his marginalizing identities who assimilates into patriarchy – and Esau with his privilege who eventually seeks out reconciliation with his brother. You can read or watch the sermon here.
While the Genesis text was my sermon focus, I wanted to fit the lectionary’s Gospel reading into my liturgy. That reading was Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, the Parable of the Sower.