Trinity News and Sermons

2016/7/10 On being Neighbors in TODAY’S world

Hola Chicos! And thus began my time every morning at the Project in Los Orquideos, in the Barrio Bolivar Rodriguez in Quito Ecuador. Having commuted on the bus for about 40 minutes: 25 cents! Happiness. Poor. Joy. Extreme difference   Leaving northern Quito, in a very nice house. Two daughters who had graduated from university Juan has own business and is friends with Bo Derek, has photographed Bill Clinton, and for America’s Next Top Model. Knows the Ecuadorian ambassador to the US very well. Not an extremely wealthy family, but well connected.   I learned in Quito that in Ecuador …Read More

2015/5/15 Sermon for Pentecost

Sermon for Pentecost, 2016 May 15, 2016   Much more will be said, but the message will be focused on two bible quote from this Sunday’s lessons and two quotes I read on Facebook this week.   From Peter’s sermon on the first Pentecost, quoting from the prophet Joel- Acts 2:17 “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”   From Paul’s letter to the Romans- Romans …Read More

2016/5/1 God makes his home with us through the Holy Spirit

Intimacy, love, trust, peace, belonging, community, identity — these are the things our spirits crave — and these are the things the world cannot give us. Jesus spoke to his disciples’ most basic fears and insecurities when he shared his farewell discourse with them. The incarnate Christ knew about the longings and loneliness that reside inside every human heart. Jesus offers to banish this emptiness forever. Jesus promised that, through love, he and the Father will “come to” and “make a home in” the hearts of all who love them.   Jesus offers a similar life-altering factor to his disciples …Read More

2016/4/24 Sermon: ALL ARE WELCOME: God Shows No Partiality!

Joke about man getting to heaven. St. Peter: Ssshhhh.  This is the Lutheran section.  They think they are the only ones here.  We don’t want to disappoint them.   Bible study on Acts: What is the Holy Spirit doing now? Where is the Holy Spirit going next?   Pentecost Day. Speaking in the tongues of the people from all over.  Over 3000 were baptized and became Christians on that day – though they were not known as Christians but followers of Jesus or THE WAY Philip goes to the Ethiopian eunuch and “unpacks the scriptures for him to understand” then …Read More

2016/4/3 Second Sunday of Easter on Thomas and faith

Powerful words from Father Ron Rolheiser that are an insert in the bulletin and a part of my sermon tomorrow: Ron Rolheiser Used with permission of the author, Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser. Currently, Father Rolheiser is serving as President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio Texas. He can be contacted through his web site,   The Resurrection as Vindicating Human Fidelity and God’s Silence   Theologians sometimes try to simplify the meaning of the resurrection by packaging its essence into one sentence: In the resurrection, God vindicated Jesus, his life, his message, and his fidelity. What does …Read More

2016/3/27 Easter Sunday Sermon & Poem

Luke 24:1-12   ON REMEMBERING These are notes to inspire the sermon, and not complete sentences.   Flying – those boring announcements about safety before take off Flight attendant or work for an airlines, my apologies. Reason they do them – remember.   Dr. John Ratey suggests that stress tends to block from our memory anything but the most immediate crisis (Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain For example, in the middle of a fire alarm, people may not remember the location of the exits, even if they once knew well those locations.   Same in …Read More

2016/2/10 Ash Wednesday Sermon notes

Ash Wednesday 2016  Pastor Mark Oldenburg, Professor of Worship and Chaplain @ Gettysburg Seminary   If the first thing you think about during Lent is “What am I gonna give up?” GO DEEPER! Lent has a job: Theme: God links us so closely with Christ, that we are drawn with him through death into life. Lent is to help us see that THIS EMBRACE of God is the MOST fundamental of our lives. There are many things that embrace our life: relationships, human love, jobs, friends, money, stuff. They are important, but not of ultimate importance. Luther said “That thing …Read More

2015/8/16 Sermon

Sermon for 2015/8/16 12th Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 5:18b-20 be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NRSV) Sermon hymn for this day was also the foundation of the sermon. ELW #861 When Long before Time The Singer and the Song 1    When long before time and the worlds were begun, when there was no earth and no sky and no sun, …Read More

2015/8/02 Sermon

Sermon on Manna in the Wilderness and Jesus as the Bread of Life   Children’s sermon Different kinds of bread: Pita, communion wafer – gluten and non-gluten, loaf bread sliced, unsliced bread. Which one is the REAL one for Holy communion?  Which one is Jesus’ body?   Sermon: Never spent much time in the desert.  Can be beautiful. Can be desolate.  Very hot in the daytime.  Very cold at nighttime. Have experienced desert times in my life: emotionally, financially, spiritually.   We have experienced these in our lives; perhaps like the children of Israel – wish we were back at …Read More

2015/7/26 Sermon

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost John 6:1-21   On Jesus feeding us. How we NEED to be fed. Martin Luther: “Worship and Education are the twin pillars on which the church stands or falls.”  Pastor Chryll Crews from Urban Leaders’ Institute, speaking on the story of Martha & Mary, when Jesus comes to visit.  Martha is in the kitchen working, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to him.  Martha gets upset and asks Jesus to tell Mary to help with the chores of the feast.  Jesus tells Martha that she is “distracted with much serving.”  He tells her that Mary …Read More