Trinity Sunday 6/7/2020

This Sunday Still Point will be live streamed on Facebook at 5:30 pm. See below for the Poem and Meditation for Trinity Sunday. Leaflet for the service will be available on the “online worship” main page.

“Praise the Rain” by Joy Harjo
Praise the rain; the seagull dive
The curl of plant, the raven talk—
Praise the hurt, the house slack
The stand of trees, the dignity—
Praise the dark, the moon cradle
The sky fall, the bear sleep—
Praise the mist, the warrior name
The earth eclipse, the fired leap—
Praise the backwards, upward sky
The baby cry, the spirit food—
Praise canoe, the fish rush
The hole for frog, the upside-down—
Praise the day, the cloud cup
The mind flat, forget it all—
Praise crazy. Praise sad.
Praise the path on which we’re led.
Praise the roads on earth and water.
Praise the eater and the eaten.
Praise beginnings; praise the end.
Praise the song and praise the singer.
Praise the rain; it brings more rain.
Praise the rain; it brings more rain.
Joy Harjo is currently Poet Laureate of the United States, and brings images and rhythms from her Muscogee (Creek) background in all of her poetry.  Though there are many wonderful poems about threes and trios and trinities, Harjo’s poem manages to capture what it means to worship an all-encompassing, paradoxical triune God without being too explicit about it.  Notice, in particular, the unpredictability of a life with God: we’re flung upside-down and backwards.  Of the three-in-one members of the Trinity, the Creator is most present as the recipient of each ‘praise’ in the poem. But there’s also a hint at the incarnation, with the eucharistic line “Praise the eater and the eaten,” and an infusion of Spirit throughout, in the form of rain (which brings more rain).
Questions for consideration:
  • In our current moment, what phrases from this poem ring most true to you?
  • How do we ‘praise’ the hurt, the sad and the crazy while still maintaining the hope for more rain, and the hope for more hope?
  • If “praise the rain” is a call to action, what is that action for you?


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