"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth . . ."
A wise person once said to me, "Most churches tend to be churches of one person of the Trinity or another." Some churches, in other words, are all about God, Father or Creator, while others are all over Jesus, Christ and Redeemer. And still others seem to know nothing but the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost power and gifts of the Spirit.
In my experience there's a lot of truth in that observation. We get comfortable with one person of the Trinity, one way of thinking about or knowing God, and kind of overlook the others, with whom we may - for whatever reason - be less comfortable.
But the great gift of the Trinity can be to push us out of our comfort zones, out of the ways we limit God.
So it your church is real comfortable with God, Parent and Creator, the growing edge might be Jesus, who makes God down-to-earth, specific and in-your-face, who moves us beyond God as "sacred blur" (in the words of one friend).
Or should your church just love Jesus and honks for him every time, it might be good to remember that it didn't all end at Calvary, that the Spirit is alive and at work here and now, teaching us new things.
And if you're all up in the Spirit, digging the power and ecstasy, remember it's not about how spiritual or spirited we are, for the Spirit teaches us Jesus and empowers us to be Christ to our neighbors here and now (who are themselves all children of God the Creator of all that is and shall be, world without end, amen).
The Trinity is a little gift of the church intended, among other things, to keep our heads and hearts spinning and our faith living. Given half a chance, it will remind us that whenever we think we've got God figured out, we don't.
Holy, Holy, Holy, God in three persons, blessed Trinity. For the wild threeness, bless thee, O God. Amen.
Anthony B. Robinson, a United Church of Christ minister, is a speaker, teacher and writer. His newest book is Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day, and he is also the author of Book of Exodus: A God is still speaking Bible Study. Read his weekly reflections on the current lectionary texts at www.anthonybrobinson.com by clicking on Weekly Reading.