This message was shared at Urban Sanctuary on Sunday May 27th, 2018.
Thank you once again to all of you who shared time, energy, and food and love to make last Sunday’s celebration such a beautiful success. I suspect it will take me seasons to process the depths of this experience and this season with all of you. It has been a true privilege to have had this time to be a pastor here in this incredible community.
There feels like so much unfinished business between and so many things we could yet still share together, so many ideas you shared that we didn’t get to. But today I want to use what little time left to share what’s on my heart in word and song.
Today, many Christians around the world celebrate Trinity Sunday. You can try to find that word in the Bible, yet you won’t because it isn’t there. But the Trinity is one of my favorite Christian concepts because it’s meant to convey the “flow of energy between persons.” In fact, the word translated as “person” hypostasis in Greek doesn’t refer to an individual, but instead “a state of being- just as water can manifest as ice, liquid or vapor, but remains the same chemical compounds throughout.” 
It’s a flow of energy between different states of being. It reminds us that the Divine does not just manifest like this, confined, disconnected, static. It’s a glorious mysterious, this and this and this. It’s dynamic. It’s movement. It’s flow. And maybe this flow that is God sometimes comforts and sometimes creates and maybe sometimes this flow that is the Holy One moves us and shakes us into a new place. Like the words of this ancient Psalm, “The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness…” “The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl…” Some scholars believe this is in fact the oldest Psalm, where we get the voice of the Lord 7 times. God is still speaking…
My understanding of God is grounded in the idea that every moment offers a chance for something that is just a potential to be made a reality. And from the outside potentials can look like impossibles. But the truth is as one person put it, “Each moment is a tiny explosion of possibility.” The impossible can become possible, like the Psalmist proclaims even an ancient and rooted tree can end up dancing.
This all got me thinking about how amazing this last year has been and what magic seemed to happen when oak trees were allowed to whirled and a bunch of tiny explosions of possibility were allowed in.
I am not looped into this world, but apparently those who are familiar with improv comedy know that the game “Yes, and…” is common as an icebreaker. As one person describes it, “It’s a protocol that allows for anything to happen, and it goes like this: No matter what your fellow actors present to you, instead of negating it, belittling it, or disagreeing with it, your job is to say, “Yes, and…” Accept the scenario as it’s presented to you (regardless of where you wanted it to go), and then to add to it. Volley back with something your fellow players can respond to.”
Yes and… is an experience that allows each person to take on radical openness. It is a way to practice welcoming tiny explosions of possibility into the room. And it is used in not just comedy now, but in business communities as well. The concept has now reached startup land- Yes and. When new ideas and suggested possibilities and voiced dreams are dared to be shared, instead of all the reasons why that idea can’t, won’t, didn’t before, instead people are asked to pause, to literally pause and take a deep breath and find a yes and…
The aim is to build on what is shared- not assuming what is shared will be the plan, the final play, but that the openness in the room, creates a flow that paves the way for something different to emerge. Improv and comedy and jazz both offer an invitation to a Mystery, a wild openness. Barbara Holmes says, “Jazz is a way of being in the world, a willingness to break away from rhetorical comfort zones and language hierarchies.” It’s a musical yes and…
Committing to yes and allows us to see the limits we, ourselves place on our lives and how small we often dream.
In my experience this is a valley of engineers and the job of engineers is searching for problems and that is not yes and, that is no with a side of all the reasons it won’t work.
So my final word for you today with tears and hope is to dare to be the people and the place of yes and… Beloved of God on this Trinity Sunday where we celebrate the flow of energy, let it go, let it flow! Be willing to let It happen when something surprisingly good unfolds. Don’t be afraid of the movement.
Because if God does not just manifest like this, confined, disconnected, static, if God is a glorious mysterious, this and this and this, if God is dynamic, if God is movement, if God is the energy, the pulse between potential and possibility, then let it move, give it freedom to break away from religious comfort zones, love it and let the mystery be. Let this be a church of yes and…
Nicole Lamarche and Kevin Haley closed the sermon with Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent
 The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind- a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault 71
 Scott McDowell https://99u.adobe.com/articles/7183/the-yes-and-approach-less-ego-more-openness-more-possibility