Trinity News and Sermons

2018/2/14 Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018   Worship is at 12 noon & 7:00 p.m. and ALL ARE WELCOME!   Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.   Happy Valentine’s Day   Mixed messages, opposing images   Look at pg. 23 of bulletin – inside back cover. Luther’s seal You see a black cross on what? A heart. If it was in color, the cross would be black and the heart red.   To remind us that we are sinners, that the chronic sickness of sin is in our hearts. But to remind us that the …Read More

12/25/2017 – Christmas Day on the Word made flesh

Christmas Day Word made flesh: Peaches the donkey poops and the Trinity kids SCREAM. Eventually, after coaxing we get them to come join the animals, and then can’t tear them away from the scene.   Family Christmas Service last night Kids always help me tell the story of the nativity. As there were several that were in the Live nativity, I asked them questions. Trying to help them in telling the story, we talked about who was born, and the little ones said, The Baby Jesus! Then I talked about the shepherds and asked who were shepherds in our live …Read More

12/24/2017 Christmas Eve Night- On the Bliss of the Garden & Innocence Lost

Notes on the sermon (much more was said, but you can go to Sound Cloud to hear the full message) These are the two poems that I used as a part of the sermon:   Before the Marvel of this Night words by Jaroslav J. Vajda   Before the marvel of this night, Adoring, fold your wings and bow, Then tear the sky apart with light And with your news the world endow. Proclaim the birth of Christ and peace, That fear and death and sorrow cease: Sing peace, sing peace, sing gift of peace, Sing peace, sing gift of …Read More

12/24/2017 Christmas Eve morning – 4th Sunday in Advent – On the Annunciation

Notes from the sermon. (more was said, but you can go to Sound Cloud to hear the full message.) The year was 1940. The French army had just collapsed under the siege of Hitler’s onslaught. The Dutch had folded, overwhelmed by the Nazi regime. The Belgians had surrendered. And the British army was trapped on the coast of France in the channel port of Dunkirk. Two-hundred and twenty thousand of Britain’s finest young men seemed doomed to die, turning the English Channel red with their blood. The Fuhrer’s troops, only miles away in the hills of France, didn’t realize how …Read More

12/10/2017 Sermon Notes on 2nd Sunday of Advent on Prepare the Way

Sermon notes for Sunday, December 10, 2017 on the 2nd Sunday of Advent – Prepare the Way of the Lord.   (more will be said, but this is what is in the bulletin)   What would it take for you to be ready? Inspired by Becky Dvorak, author of Dare to Believe   Advent is about preparing ourselves for the return of Jesus Christ, not just at the end of time, but even now, to be born in our hearts and into our world once again. How our world NEEDS the presence of the Prince of Peace, who challenges us …Read More

2017/8/27 Sermon notes on Romans 12: Be living sacrifice and renew our minds

Notes for the message from Romans 12:1-8 On Romans 12 – Lives as spiritual sacrifice & renewal of minds   As you’ve heard me say before, so many times in the last 7 ½ years: Our identity, as individuals and as a community is NOT set by what others say or believe about us, whether they tell us to our faces or not. Your identity is NOT what others say about you. Your identity is NOT what others believe about you. Your identity is NOT EVEN what you say or believe about yourself. Your identity IS what God in Christ …Read More

2017/8/13 On Elijah, the still, small voice & the voice of God in our OWN time and lives

Sermon based on 1 Kings 19:9-18 A Midwesterner from the farm was visiting his college roommate in New York City. Walking near Times Square one day, the farm boy suddenly remarked, “I hear a cricket.” “You’re crazy,” his city friend replied. “It’s the noon rush hour, and in all of this traffic noise you heard a cricket? C’mon, man!” “No, I did hear a cricket,” the visitor insisted. Focusing more intently, he walked to the corner, crossed the busy avenue and looked all around. Finally he approached a shrub in a large cement planter. Digging beneath the cover mulch, he …Read More

2017/5/14 Sermon for 5th Sunday of Easter on John 14

An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, “Oh, my God! Help me!” At once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in mid-air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, “I thought you didn’t believe in me!” “Come on, God, give me a break!!” the man pleaded. “Two minutes …Read More

2017/5/7 The Church of Acts and the Church of today

Today’s sermon is based on the First Lesson for this day, from Acts 2:42-47 Here are the notes from which the sermon will be taken: Richard Rohr writes: At their most mature level, religions cultivate in their followers a deeper union with God, with each other and with reality — or what is. The work of religion is to re-ligio — re-ligament or reunite what our egos and survival instincts have put asunder, namely a fundamental wholeness at the heart of everything.     Religions don’t always resemble their founders. Former pastor Brian McLaren takes this even farther. In his …Read More

2017/4/23 – 2nd Sunday of Easter Sermon – The Wounds of the

There are notes used for the sermon. Risen Jesus appears to the disciples, and then again to them a second time and to Thomas, with the scars of his Crucifixion.   Can’t have Easter without Good Friday.   Handel’s Messiah: And with is stripes we are healed.  (from Isaiah)   New Heart English Bible But he was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his stripes we are healed.   We love Easter. The joy. The peace. The sense that God won the battle and …Read More