Easy as 1,2,3

by | May 23, 2024 | Uncategorized

Many things come in threes.

Three Musketeers. Tinkers to Evers to Chance. Three-card Monte. Ready, set, go! Three’s Company. Red, white, and blue. Three times a lady. Huey, Dewey, and Louie. A three-point basket. The sun, the moon, and the stars. Bad things happen in threes. Mo, Larry, and Curly. Three sheets to the wind. The Three Amigos. The good, the bad, and the ugly. A three-ring circus. Rock, paper, scissors. Three strikes and you’re out! Stop, drop, and roll. Fish and guests smell after three days. The Triple Crown. Peter, Paul, and Mary. Three Blind Mice. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

You can add to this list, maybe three more!

Not surprisingly, the number three is also prevalent in Holy Scripture. Biblical numerology, the study of how numbers are used in scripture and what they reveal about God, is popular among many who study the Holy Word. One estimate shows that one in every five Bible verses references a number. The digit three, particularly, draws great attention. The number appears 485 times in the Bible’s King James Version, but the pattern of three further adds to its significance. The number represents divine wholeness, completeness, and perfection. Emphasizing the importance, the angels repetitively sing thrice, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” And, of course, Jesus rises on the Third Day.

This Sunday, May 26, the church celebrates the ultimate three: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. On the Day of the Trinity, our worship will also include the Third Creed, which is rarely used in today’s liturgies. Known as the Athanasian Creed, it is a partner to the more popular Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed. It is quite lengthy and is thereby minimized in use. Its emphasis on the Three-in-one, One-in-three Trinitarian God encourages its inclusion in Holy Trinity Sunday worship.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s 9:30 AM worship this Sunday, May 26, will sustain the Three-theme. Our Holy Trinity liturgy will highlight healing, the Athanasian Creed, and Memorial Day weekend observance. Please join us.
Pastor Marc

Rev. Marc Herbst
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
36 East John Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757