Sunday, March 29 Palm Sunday 9:15 a.m. – Holy Communion
Thursday, April 2 Maundy Thursday 6 p.m. – Agape Meal
Friday, April 3 Good Friday 12 p.m. (Noon) – Tenebrae
Saturday, April 4 Easter Vigil No service at Trinity – see local options*
Sunday, April 5 Easter Sunday 9:15 a.m. – Holy Communion
*Area congregations with Easter Vigil worship services on April 4:
St. Stephen’s, Monona – 7:27 p.m. (sundown)
Luther Memorial, Madison – 8:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal – 8 p.m.
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/.
March 15, 2015
Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22
I don’t know if the people of God wandered in the desert for a literal 40 years or if that is merely a metaphorical amount of time, but it certainly felt like it was 40 years to them. Most of us know the exciting story of the Israelite’s escape from slavery—the story of God parting the sea, allowing Moses to lead God’s people through it, drowning the Egyptians who chased after them. But what else do we know about the 40 years (literal or metaphorical) that they spent in the wilderness? We might recall an episode here or there—Moses getting the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, or God feeding the people with manna from heaven when they got hungry. But then we tend to skip to the Israelites arrival in the Promised Land, a land they describe as flowing with milk and honey. Continue reading
March 8, 2015
1 Corinthians 1:18–25
Often people say they come to church to find God, or to spend time with God. But I am increasingly convinced that this is a very narrow way of understanding both God and Church. When you were little you might have learned the little rhyme, “Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” It’s cute and memorable, but it’s not valid theology. THIS (hands folded) is not the church. The church is not a place that contains people—the Church is US, the beloved people of God. And that is as true when we are at a ballgame or a concert or in our kitchens as it is when we are gathered in this lovely building with stained glass windows. The Church is described in the Bible as the Body of Christ, as a “holy nation,” “a royal priesthood”—any number of images, but it’s never a place. Continue reading
March 3, 2015
Obituary: Solveig Janette “Sally” Sorenson
Solveig was fiercely proud of her strong Norwegian heritage. Syttende Mai was a sacred High Holy Day in her book and she could have lived on lefse alone. But in at least one significant way, she differed from the stereotype we have of a stoic Norwegian (there may be others, but with a name like Schneider, I can never be considered an arbiter of anything Norwegian). This is the difference I noticed: Solveig was not shy, but positively effusive, in expressing her love. Many people–including me–are hard pressed to remember a conversation with Solveig that didn’t include her saying “I love you” several times and kissing us at least once–sometimes right on the lips. Continue reading
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The annual sale of lilies to decorate our Easter garden continues this week. The price is $15 each. Purchase one to honor a family member or friend. Visit the table in the narthex to place an order.
At 6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 2, we will celebrate an Agape feast in remembrance of the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples. We need donations of bread, fruit, nuts, olives, and cheese. Suggested fruits are dried apricots, figs, and dates, and fresh grapes. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex to indicate what you can bring. Thank you.