6/7/20 – “The Rule of Three”

Posted on : Jun 5th, 2020 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

“The Rule of Three”

The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers. The audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information conveyed because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern.  It makes the author or speaker appear knowledgeable while being both simple and catchy.

Slogans, titles, and a variety of other things have been structured in threes, a tradition that grew out of oral storytelling. Examples include the Three Little Pigs or the Three Musketeers. Similarly, adjectives are often grouped in threes to emphasize an idea.

The Latin phrase omne trium perfectum (everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete) conveys the same idea as the rule of three.  {All of this information above comes from that most reliable source:  Wikipedia!?}

With this in mind as we Zoom gather on Sunday to celebrate what Christianity has called “Trinity Sunday,” we will wrap our heads around how we can know God in three persons – the classic Trinity language. What I will do in the sermon is share three scriptures which each text highlights one of these three major persons/ways of understanding God. 

In all my years of preaching, I have found this to be one of the most challenging Sundays for preaching. Our human words and constructs are quite inadequate to even come close to describing God.  Yet, the early Church must have known about the “Rule of Three” when they began to describe God in terms of three. And if the Latin is true that everything that comes in threes is perfect, then perhaps this isn’t a theological challenge after all!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Joe McGowan, Guest Preacher


“Three Lessons to Learn from the Trinity”

A Reading from Isaiah 66: 1 & 2

God said: “Heaven is my throne; the earth is my footstool.  What is the house that you would build for me and what is my resting place? Look – all these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine.   But this is the one to whom I will look, to the one who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who is in awe of my word.”


A reading from John 1: 14 

          The Word became flesh and lives among us, and we have seen God’s glory, the glory as of a parent’s only child, full of grace and truth.


A Reading from John 14: 15-17

 Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask God, and God will send a Helper to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees the Spirit or knows the Spirit.  But, you know the Spirit, because the Spirit abides with you, and the Spirit will be in you.”


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Topic: Sunday Worship : June 7th
Time: Jun 7, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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