Once, in a class I took, we did an exercise involving the many names for God. We all stood in a circle, and as our teacher read a very long list of God's names, we were instructed to step forward if we liked the name, and to stay in place if we did not like it. Our teacher read this list of names for what felt like an eternity. After all, there are so many names for God: Father, Mother, Spirit, Prince of Peace, Holy One, Comforter, Advocate, Judge, Almighty, and on, and on, and on. 

As she read, it looked like we were dancing. With each name, a different group of us stepped forward or stayed still. There were no names that everyone liked, and there were none that everyone disliked. We realized that we all experience God in different ways, and that because of our life experiences, certain images for God seem more real or more helpful to us.

For me, this is the beauty of the doctrine of the Trinity, which we celebrate this Sunday. The Trinity, with its 3-in-1 and 1-in-3, points to the different ways that we experience God. God wasn't content with coming to us in one way. Instead, God wants to show us love in at least 3 ways...but really, so many more. God loved us at creation, God loved us in Jesus, God loves us in the Spirit that is with us still.

And we see God's love all over the place: in nature, in song, in good work, in friendships, in our church community, in kindness, in the struggle for a better world, in our ability to keep going in the midst of life's struggles.

God is with us, in all kinds of ways. And in just the ways we specifically need, today.

May God be with you, Beloved, now and always.

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Sunday's Readings
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
 John 16:12-15

Write an encouraging post card to a Confirmation camper!
This Sunday, there will be a basket on the Narthex coffee bar with stamped postcards addressed to our Confirmation campers. Pick up a packet of five, write encouraging notes on each, and be sure to mail them by Tuesday.
Our rising 8th graders at Confirmation Camp this week are:
* Matthew Hollebrands
* Jenna Lewis
* Lauren Macemore
* Maya Martin
* Jayvyn Speight
If you'd like to send a postcard or letter but are unable to make it to worship, you may send mail directly to Camp Agape, 1369 Tyler Dewar Ln, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

Bring your donations for the supply drive benefiting the Helen Wright Center to church anytime this Sunday.  A list of supplies needed can be found  here

Have you been searching for that cup, umbrella, lunch box, pair of sunglasses, jacket, etc. that have been missing for weeks? Our Lost and Found is overflowing, so come see if we have found what you (or your children) lost! Lost and Found items are located in the Narthex to the right of the door to the Education Wing. All unclaimed items will be donated to North Raleigh Ministries on Monday, June 24.

More information about upcoming events is available in    this week's bulletin announcements. 

Health and Healing  for Bill Wise; Christina Valente; and Jessica Hope, friend of Jackie Sebastian.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including  Rosemary Mpofu and Freeman Moyo.

Rosemary will be 24 next month. She successfully completed her hairdressing courses at Zvishavane Voc. School. She is doing a bit of hair work here and there.  The economy has gotten so bad in Zimbabwe that most women are cutting back on hair care, doing only the most basic.  Rosemary is also working part time at a second hand clothing store. After an 8 year pen pal relationship with her GSLC  "adoptive" family, Rosemary and Katy Peachy finally met when Katy traveled with our mission team to Mnene in 2017!  Her Mail for Mnene partners are the Peachey and Fusaro families.
   
Freeman is a quiet, friendly 18 year old young man. He is in Form 5 at Mnene high school, working to complete his high school requirements so that he can discuss post secondary options with Mnene staff. During school breaks (1 month long) he lives with his Grannie, who is very poor. His Mail For Mnene partner is the O'Neill family.

Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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