May 26, 2018

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Pastor’s Ponderings  April 2018

Winter 2018 has, as always, been dark and cold. Ripe with germs and stumbles. Empty at times of color other than the red cheeks and chapped lips of those who come in from the bitter weather. Hallelujah, it’s almost over! Even as my WeatherBug app warns me of snow showers maybe on Good Friday and even yes, (how dare they!?!) on Easter Sunday…I see temperatures this week in the 40’s and even up to 52 degrees. Mostly sunny. A chance of rain…so much better than more of the white stuff!

While the mornings bring frozen ground after overnight lows, there are already puddles of water and patches of mud which show up during the daylight, sunny hours. No signs of renewed outside plant life yet, but the birds are singing. And my crazy Christmas cactus that didn’t bloom in the dead of winter has started coming alive with buds…the first of which actually bloomed on Palm Sunday! Many more just waiting in the wings to bring a burst of color throughout the dark days of Holy Week.

It feels like forever but truly…New Life is just around the corner! Easter this year, on April Fools Day, is the open door into Spring. Into relief that the dark days are over. Into the fulfillment of God’s intention for us to be saved from gloom and despair and darkness. Enough! God says. Let there be light! Let there be life! The gift is God’s. The choice is ours.

The Lenten Crossroads series of dialogues during the 10:30 Sunday worship showed us that life is about choices and decisions that need to be made. Some of them simple. Some more complex. All of them, all of our crossroad options can include ‘Choosing Life’ when we stop and think about how Jesus found his way back to life after his horrible death on the cross.

Nature and circumstances and challenges do bring us to a stop at time. How many snow days did you have this year that brought your regular routine to a screeching halt? But Jesus shows us

over and over again that death and dismay are never the end of the story. After a pause in the action and a fallow period of enforced rest, Resurrection restores us. Life gets re-set. New beginnings and eager entrances are all a part of God’s plan for each of us…over and over again…if and when we choose life in Christ. When we give ourselves to life in a community of faith. When we share our lives with those around us, the same way that Jesus shares his life and death and resurrection with us.

Welcome to spring, my friends. Welcome to Easter and the new life in Christ that is the absolute reassurance that God has goodness and mercy in store for us, all the days of our lives. I look forward to enjoying it together with all of you! In the name of Jesus, Pastor Geri

 

Preacher’s Corner    April 2018

It’s Easter! It’s April Fools Day!! It’s Easter on April Fools Day!!! This doesn’t happen very often…1956 was the last time. The next time will be 2029, which many of us will live to see. Then 2040, which will be the last time in this 21st century.

Easter in 2018 is a rare conjunction of the holy and the secular, so let’s enjoy it! Let’s celebrate Jesus, who has a sense of humor and was known to enjoy a time of good food, good wine, and good conversation, which always includes lots of laughter.

During this Easter season, we at Trinity will embrace the dignity of Easter and explore the joy with just a little bit of foolishness. The sermons will be tied together by the theme: ‘He’s Lifted Up So We Can Lighten Up!’ Come and be blessed in the worship of our Loving God with the fellowship of believers who use the Words of God for the people of God to draw closer to God. Thanks be to God!

April 1, Easter: Mark 16:1-8. ‘Choose Life!’

April 8: Erica Thomas, Camp Michigamme Director.

1 John 1:1-22, ‘Let Your Light Shine.’

April 15: ‘Lighten the Load’ 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,  1 John 3:1-7

April 22: Luke 24:36b-48. ‘Lighten Up!’

April 29: John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21. ‘Laughter Is the Song of Love’

 
Preacher’s Corner March, 2018

The Season of Lent has begun… Starting with Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day, we entered into a time of more serious reflection on the meaning of sacrifice. The sermons for Lent will be built around what happens: ‘At the Crossroads.’ We’ll explore the intersection of choices available to us at different times in our lives. We will hear dialogue sermons as we hear from people who knew Jesus in those last days of his life. Some chose well, and some did not. There is much we can learn about the Crossroad choices in our own lives. Come and be blessed by the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

March 4, At the Crossroads: John the Beloved. ‘Obedience’ Matthew 26:36-46. Communion Sunday

March 11, At the Crossroads: Pontius Pilate. ‘Judgment’ Matthew 27:11-26

March 18, At the Crossroads: Peter. ‘Declaration’ Mark 14:66-72. Confirmation Sunday

March 25, At the Crossroads: Malchus. ‘Compassion’ Luke 22:47-51. Palm Sunday
 
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Preacher’s Corner for February

February starts off with the last two weeks of our Epiphany series ‘Along the Way: The People We Meet.’ From the night of his very birth, Jesus met lots of people. So do we. Revisiting and remembering the people we have met along the way gives us a chance to review the lessons that Jesus teaches us through his life.

And then…in the middle of February, we will shift gears to the Season of Lent. Starting with Ash Wednesday, we enter into a time of more serious reflection on the meaning of sacrifice.

The sermons for Lent will focus us ‘At the Crossroads.’ We’ll explore the intersection of various choices as we think about the people who knew Jesus in those last days of his life. Some chose well and some did not. There is much we can learn about the Crossroad choices in our own lives. Come and be blessed by the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Feb. 4, The People We Meet Along the Way: The Sick Ones. Mark 1:29-39

Feb. 11, Transfiguration Sunday. Along the Way: The Ancient Ones. Mark 9:2-9

Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. At the Crossroads: King David Confession. Psalm 51

Feb. 18, At the Crossroads: Judas Iscariot Betrayal/Temptation. John 13:21-30

Feb. 25, At the Crossroads: Simon the Zealot Suffering. Mark 8:31-38

Looking Ahead to Easter!

Ash Wednesday, February 14, at 6:00 p.m. Evening worship with music from our choir. Come for the Community Meal, and stay for the Imposition of Ashes.

Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m. Evening worship with Communion and music from our choir.

Easter Sunday, April 1 (yes, April Fools Day!) There will be a Church-wide potluck brunch between the 8:00 and 10:30 worship services. Bring a dish to pass, and share the joy with your Church family.

Preacher’s Corner January 2018 Epiphany Worship

‘Along the Way: The People We Meet’ You’ve heard the old saying: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Think about this: As we journey together as disciples of Jesus: It’s not ‘where you go,’ so much as, ‘who you meet along the way.’ Everyone is a child of God, and everyone has something to teach us about God’s love. From his very birth, Jesus met lots of people. During the six weeks of the Season of Epiphany, we will revisit and reintroduce ourselves to the people along the way in the life of Jesus. While considering his experiences with them, we just might find ourselves giving thanks for the people we have met and learned from on our own journey along the way. Come and be blessed by the words of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

January 7, Epiphany Sunday. The Wise Ones. Matthew 2:1-12

January 14, Baptism of our Lord. The Wild Ones. Mark 1:4-11

January 21, Friends along the Way. Mark 1:14-20

January 28, The Unclean Ones. Mark 1:21-28

February 4, The Sick Ones. Mark 1:29-39

February 11, Transfiguration Sunday . The Ancient Ones. Mark 9:2-9