A Trinity Sunday Meditation: God’s Rhythmic Dance
June 9, 2017 by Lee Hinson-Hasty
June 11th is Trinity Sunday and the revised common lectionary texts for the day are grounded, pun intended, in Genesis 1:1-2:4, a creation story.
Last week at the Forum for Theological Exploration’s 2017 Christian Leadership Forum, my friend Rev. Tyler Sit reminded a multicultural, multilingual, multigenerational, ecumenical, and geographically diverse gathering of longtime, new, and emerging church leaders that God has rhythm. Sit is pastor of New City Church, a UMC new church development in Minneapolis, MN.
Each day and day after day, God created “and there was evening and there was morning, the ___ day.” Tyler’s church is focused on environmental justice that they describe as being “good neighbors and showing our love.” Taking charge and taking care of the earth is a commitment by generations in the community where New City Church is planted.
New City credits a movement largely led by black and Mexican families with the creation of bike lanes, community gardens, and even the removal of a heavily polluting factory. My thought is, what a great place to plant a new ministry because the roots run deep for positive change. This is a place and a people dancing day and night with God to reproduce, fill the earth, and take charge of a land entrusted to their care.
The Message, Eugene Petersen’s translation and paraphrase of Genesis 1:26-28, describes God creating human beings and then blessing them to “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take Charge!” It goes on to say, “Be responsible for fish in the sea, birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of the earth.”
Tyler’s sermon and my participation in the Forum last week prompted me to tweet:
- “Growth on top does not mean that the roots run deep and can be sustainable.”
- “Planting partners and co-farmers have a role to water, fertilize, and protect.”
My own responsibility in God’s creation and dance includes being one of the “planting partners” and sharing stories with other “co-farmers” who are giving new or renewed life to Christ’s body, the Church, today and the Church that is emerging.
I’m charged with helping the Church reproduce by supporting future ministers, like Tyler, who nurture new and old congregational plants to flourishing life, day after day, night after night, year after year until the “roots run deep.”
It’s my call – and maybe it is yours, too.
May it be. Amen.