I am aware that the title of this post may stir up the emotions of faithful Christians. I am not suggesting we forget the trinity. I want to tell you a true story.
I was preaching and leading worship at our Willow UMC last Sunday. Because Kim and I have a cabin north of Willow we have worshipped with the congregation on several occasions. So I was familiar with their worship style. Although I must say that it is very different worshipping as a congregant from leading worship as a pastor. As a worshipper I am free to encounter God and do not have to remember the structural details of worship.
All went well until it came to the benediction. I pronounced this benediction or something similar, "May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, (pause), and I forgot the other part. So God's peace be with you!" Everyone laughed, not at me, but with me. Our Alaska UM churches are filled with people who give you the freedom to be yourself. We are not people who put up with pretense or showmanship. We are real people served by real leaders who make mistakes and sometimes forget the trinity.
Thanks be to God! Now let's get out into the world and offer this same grace to others!