Sunday, June 03, 2012

O Trinity


Today is Trinity Sunday, and I stopped to reflect on how long the Trinity has been a part of my life.

Back in grade school, this was our Alma Mater,

"O Trinity we sing to thee, our love and praises hear and see. Be with us now and always give the strength we need to grow and live. O guide us well and make us free to honor and remember thee."
That Alma Mater is as fitting a praise of the Holy Trinity as one can give. No need to sermonize any further.

In grammar school, we had chapel daily and "big church" on Wednesdays. I can't say that I remember any of the sermons I heard back then., but of all the things that Trinity School taught me, the most important was the practice of being still and quiet in daily prayer with others in a sacred space. The importance of this earthly trinity of people, place, and worship remains one lesson that did "take".

Another lesson came from the song we had to sing during our sixth grade graduation ceremony, and that is the lesson to always look heavenward for Truth,

Come my friends and comrades
We’ll sing a song today
As on the path of learning
We take our happy way
Oh sing... our song... today...ay...ay...ay...ay. 

Chorus: We’re marching, marching together
To hills far away.
On the path of learning and duty
We’re marching today,
And we will never forget our school days
When truth shone on high
So march, march on my comrades,
Truth’s still in the sky.

Sing then friends and comrades
Wherever we may be,
And always remember
Our days at Trinity
Oh sing... our song... so free...ee...ee...ee...ee.
         
Chorus:
We’re marching, marching together
To hills far away.
On the path of learning and duty
We’re marching today
And we will never forget our school days
When truth shone on high
So march, march on my comrades,
Truth’s still in the sky.

We always accused the choir master of being a Communist for making us sing this because of the repetitive use of the word "comrades". His foreign accent didn't help his case much either.

Sadly, on my last visit to my old school and its historic church, I saw that the Wednesday speaker series was something like "being a good Muslim parent" in the modern world. I was also disappointed in the Sunday sermon. I was obliged to write a tactful letter to the preacher regarding the negative comments he made in the course of his sermon about evangelists and fundamentalists. His reply was that he said nothing wrong, and that he hoped I found a church where the preaching was more to my liking.

I am still shaking the dust from my shoes over that one.

Thank you Trinity church, but I will keep my sights on the Divine Trinity.

Marching on my comrades...

Oh sing... our song... so free...ee...ee...ee...ee.

2 comments:

  1. How teaching someone to be a good "Muslim" parent is compatible with our Christian witness and the Great Commission is not clear to me. Perhaps there was an explanation in the letter you received.

    Cheers.

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  2. There was no response to that one, but I suspect it is an example of being "liberal cool," and "in touch" with others.

    Besides, if you haven't heard, TEc has a pluralist as its leader, and to pluralists, all rivers flow into the same ocean.

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