Peace Lutheran Church Sussex, Wisconsin

Congregation at Prayer: June 7, 2020

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism—Part I and II

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Catechesis Notes for the Week —The Holy Trinity and the Creation of Mankind—On Holy Trinity Sunday the Church celebrates, confesses, and meditates upon the mystery of the Holy Trinity.  “The catholic (historic, universal, biblical) faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.  For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.  But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal” (Athanasian Creed).  That God is Triune—one God in three persons—has important implications for humanity and how we understand marriage and family.  Mankind is created in the image of the Triune God to be fruitful and to have dominion over the creation.  There is an “ordering” in mankind’s creation.  “Man was created by God in two genders, male and female: the man was created first from the dust of the ground and the woman was created from the rib in man’s side.  This does not show a ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ quality between the man and the woman, but an ordering in this relationship of love between two different individuals.  It shows both the uniqueness of each person and the corporate and dependent nature of their relationship.   This ordering is a reflection of the ordering between the three persons of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: ‘None is before or after another; none is greater or less than another’ (Athanasian Creed), and yet, the Son is ‘begotten of His Father’ and the Holy Spirit ‘proceeds from the Father and the Son’ (Nicene Creed).  Holy Scripture teaches that ‘the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God’ (1 Corinthians 11:3).”—The order of creation, Lutheran Catechesis, p. 311.