PASTOR’S PEN
 

Act Locally and Think Globally

This Sunday, June 3, is communion Sunday and as you know, we take a special offering on this Sunday. This month most all the United Methodist Churches in the California-Nevada Conference are taking a special offering for the efforts of the United Methodist Church in Puerto Rico to help rebuild the island. All of our Cal-Nev churches will bring offerings to the opening worship service of Annual Conference on Wednesday June 20 in Modesto. I along with Haati and Louise Nai will be representing Salinas First United Methodist Church and will be proud to contribute our offering. If you miss this Sunday and would still like to contribute, you have a couple of weeks to get your offering in. If you are writing a check — make it out to our church and mark it for Annual Conference offering. 
 
One of the things that I love about being part of this large connectional church called United Methodists, is that we

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The Trinity

I like to think about concepts and ideas that we sometimes just believe without really thinking about. For instance, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. One God revealed in three ways. If you recite some of the ancient creeds you wonder what is all this? You read some of the Church history and wonder what was so important here and why were people arguing about this stuff? This Sunday I will look at this in regards to the doctrine of the Trinity. We will explore together the meaning behind the doctrine. Here is a quote that has meant more to me about this concept than just about anything. Theologian and writer, Frederick Buechner put it this way –
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The Trinity is a way of saying that the mystery beyond us, the mystery among us, and the mystery within us is one and the same mystery.
 
Check out these passages of scripture for this coming Sunday — Isaiah 6: 1 – 8 — Romans 8: 12 – 17 — and John 3: 1 – 17. See you in worship. Blessings,
 
Steve

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Pastor Steve Lundin