Trinity Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation that celebrates our unity as God’s people. We welcome the participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, political persuasions, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, marital or partnered status, and economic conditions—all who want to join in community to honor God and be of service to others. Trinity is a place for all people to shine in their own unique gifts.
For more information about the Reconciling in Christ program, go to http://www.reconcilingworks.org/.
July 27, 2014
1 Kings 3:5–12
Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52
Today’s Gospel lesson is a flurry of little parables, one after another, some only a
line or two long. Rather than a composed portrait, it’s like a collage of the
kingdom of heaven. Over here a depiction of a long hard search for the grace of God resulting in a treasure beyond anything ever imagined. In that corner, we find ourselves tripping over a rock and falling, surprised, into God’s gracious hands. Signs of God’s reign are all around us—over our heads and under the sea and in our food and buried beneath the very ground we walk on. Continue reading
July 13, 2014
(Global Mission Sunday at Trinity)
The following is a guest sermon by the Rev. Carolyn Schneider, who will begin missionary service in Hong Kong this fall.
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
My guess is that, having just heard the famous parable Jesus tells in our gospel reading, you are probably thinking about what kind of soil you are. You may be thinking, “Well, I didn’t really understand that; I must be that hard soil on the edge of the path.” Or maybe you are thinking, “That was a nice story, but I don’t know what it will mean for me tomorrow or the day after, when life gets hard and I dry up like that rocky soil.” Or maybe your thoughts run like this: “There’s an awful lot on my mind and I can’t clear those thorns away.” Or maybe you are hoping that you are the good soil and wondering whether you are producing 100-fold, 60-fold, or 30-fold, whatever that means. Continue reading
The day of service known as “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” is coming up September 7. This is when ELCA congregations get together to show their faith through work in the community. Let’s think about what we would like to do as a congregation. It has been suggested that putting together welcome boxes for refugees would be a good project. Any other ideas? Please share with Pastor Sue or a Council member.
Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW) will be having a workshop in September and we need your help. We will be assembling health kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief. Take advantage of the “back to school” sales and help out if you can. Leave your donations in the baskets in the front entry area. Thanks!
School Kits: 4 70-page notebooks, wide or college ruled; 1 12-inch ruler with centimeters on one side; 1 pencil sharpener; 5 #2 pencils unsharpened; 1 2½ inch eraser; 1 box (16 or 24) crayons; 5 black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink).
Health Kits: 1 lightweight bath towel (52″x27″ or smaller); 2 bath-size bars of soap in original wrap; 1 adult toothbrush in its package*; 1 sturdy comb; 1 metal nail clippers (attached file optional). *Toothbrush multipacks can also be used.
For more information about Lutheran World Relief kits, see http://lwr.org/getinvolved/kits.
Needs for food, housing and other assistance are not limited to the cold weather months, but continue all year long. If you are able, please consider regular financial contributions to the Needy Fund to help people in distress. Thank you.