Midweek Lenten Services
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
beginning February 26
This year our Lenten devotions will focus on the biblical use of the tree of life, with an emphasis on personal spiritual development. Each week, a biblical passage and a hymn cast some light on the cross of Christ as our tree of life.
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/.
February 18, 2015
It may be an apocryphal story, but I’ve read that when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with lymphoma in her early 60s she said, “If I had known this was going to happen, I wouldn’t have done all those sit-ups.” I am here to tell you today, it’s going to happen. Death is going to happen—your death and the death of everyone and everything you love. Even if you do all those sit ups and wear your seatbelt and never smoke and eat all your vegetables, it’s going to happen. Delivering this message makes me feel like the slave riding behind the conquering Roman emperor in his in the victory parade whispering, “Remember thou art mortal; remember thou art mortal.” You are mortal. Continue reading
February 15, 2015
I’ll never forget the first time I stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon. It’s impossible to describe the layers of feelings–the awe, the fear, the sense of being so small in a vast world, the awareness of eternity. I felt like a pioneer, coming across this vista for the first time, and at the same time, like a visitor from the future, seeing an ancient remnant of a long-gone world. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience, a moment when all of time and knowledge seems to exist at once and you can see it all clearly. We might call such a time an epiphany. The story of the Transfiguration, which wraps up the season of Epiphany for us today, is an account of just that sort of mystical moment. Continue reading
February 8, 2015
“Lift up your eyes on high and see,” says Isaiah, pointing toward the stars. Then he tells us that God calls each one by name. A majestic God who can craft the universe out of nothing, and yet knows each tiny part intimately is amazing. By contrast, the writer of Mark’s Gospel couldn’t be bothered to find out the name of one woman, even though she happens to be a central character in his story today. All we know about her is that her daughter (whose name we also do not know) Is married to one of Jesus’ disciples. We do know his name: Simon Peter. Continue reading
On Sunday, March 1, Trinity will host a benefit for the Time for Us summer camp at Lutherdale. Time for Us is a camp for youth who are connected to a person with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive challenges. Stop by any time from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch, lessons from teen participants, and a live auction. Add your free will support so 10- to 18-year-olds in need can receive respite fun, learn coping strategies, and make new friends. Trinity member Richard Wildermuth will be the auctioneer.
One of the many delightful aspects of our Easter Sunday service is the ringing of bells whenever the word “Alleluia!” is spoken. But imagine how joyful it would be to ring with our hand bell choir that morning! The time commitment is short: just three Tuesday rehearsals at 5:30 p.m. on March 17, 24, and 31 and the service on Sunday, April 5. All are welcome to join! Please contact Wendy Ward if you are interested.