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Trinity Wisecracks for Sept. 11, 2020

09.10.20

    Hi Trinity Family,

    Welcome to this week’s video version of “Wisecracks.”  I’m Pastor Ken and I hope this finds you looking forward to a great weekend of rest, family, friends, and worship.  We are recording live from the Youth Lounge, which is getting a bit of a make over, including new flooring, new paint, some new furnishings, etc. as we continue to invest more in our young people.

    I want to begin on a somber note.  Today, Sept. 11, marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; along with the hijacking and crash of flight 93. Almost 3,000 innocent people were killed on this day 19 years ago.  As I thought about the events of September 11,  I realized that there are two things that have not changed since that day. First, we still live in a fallen, broken, sinful world.  This “fallenness” manifests itself in all kinds of ways; from the evil of 9/11, to the worldwide pandemic around us, to the racial and social injustices of our society, to our very own pride and selfishness.  This is reality.  We can deny it, minimize it, rationalize it, ignore it, blame others for it, or whine about it.  None of this, however, changes, or fixes, this fundamental problem of the universe.  

    The second thing that has not changed is that Jesus Christ is still Lord.  Jesus still matters.   Our hope is not in our ability to build a better society; though in Jesus’ name, we continue to work toward that.  Our hope is in Christ, who promises that when he returns, He will create a new heaven and a new earth – the home of righteousness.  It’s then that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and make all things new.   This hope and this promise is yours and mine through faith in Christ.  So, as kids return to school, and scientists work on vaccines, and we continue to learn how to better love one another, and as we move toward Election day, I encourage you to remember the words of Psalm 146:  “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”

    Now, on to life here at Trinity. 

    First, we will continue to worship at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary and 11 a.m. outside, weather permitting, from now through the month of September.  We still have plenty of safe, distanced space in the sanctuary at our 9 a.m. service and of course, there is plenty of room outside.  Our staff and leaders are wrestling with two main issues.   First, what is the best worship schedule for our congregation moving forward in the post Covid-19 world and in a world where many of you have gotten used to worshiping online.  And second, what is the best time, place, and way for us to get more people into God’s word and God’s word into more people – both at the temple and at the table?  This includes looking for how we can maximize children’s ministry, youth ministry, and adult spiritual growth opportunities.   So, there is more at stake here than just the time of our worship services.  Also, this is typically the time of year when we move from Monday night worship back to Saturday evening worship.  This, however, is also on hold until at least October.  Please, keep all of this in your prayers and feel free to offer your perspective to one of the pastors, Paul Finzazzo, or one of our Elders.  

    Now for a few quick hitters.  

    Kindle groups are awesome.  You can sign up on the website and you need to sign up in advance because you have to order Journey Guides. Check in with Sue von Fange for more info.

    Middle School and High School ministry launched online this past Wednesday.  It was a great beginning.  Honestly, parents you have been begging for this for years, there are no more excuses, get your kids connected with Blake and connected to the Wednesday night group and frankly, let Blake know you are here to help.  There are a lot of you and just one of him so reach out if you have questions.

    Confirmation Modules are rolling.  Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th graders please, get your kids sign up for their modules.

    First Communion class.  We began a group last March but it was cut off due to the coronavirus.  We have not yet determined a time, or format, to resume first communion instruction.  We are hoping to do so in the near future and we will keep you updated. 

    Trinity Christian Counseling.  Our counseling center is open and available to you and to your family, friends and neighbors.  Many folks are facing mental, spiritual and emotional challenges these days.  If you need help give them a call.  

    Well, it’s time to wrap things up for this week.  As we continue to live by faith and not by fear here’s a little something to get you excited.