Trinity News and Sermons

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

2017/4/16 Easter Means Promises Kept – Sermon

There they were.  Locked up in a room.  Afraid.  The guys. Afraid because things had not gone as they expected.  Their anticipation that all would be different had been dashed in that Garden, when he was arrested.  In that courtyard, when he was on trial, and, though none save John saw it, at the place of Execution called the Hill of the Skull!   What had happened? Why did it end this way?  It certainly wasn’t what I expected.  I didn’t sign on for 3 years to experience THIS kind of end.   All those promises.  All those teachings.  All …Read More

2017/4/14 Good Friday Service of Shadows – Jesus teaches us how to live by the way he dies

Jesus teaches us how to live by the way he dies   Forgiveness is at the heart of being a Christian.         Not only that we are forgiven, but, as my dear friend Pastor Mack Smith used to say, “We are in the forgiving business!” Forgiven, we are called to practice forgiveness of others – even if that is hard.  We pray Our Lord’s prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.   From the Cross, Jesus speaks on behalf of not just those who brought about his execution, but on behalf of all humanity: …Read More

2017/3/26 On the 23rd Psalm

Theme to Cheers to begin sermon (sing it, not too high)   Makin’ your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got Takin’ a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away?   All those nights when you’ve got no lights . . . THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL And your little “angel” hung the cat up by its tail And your third fiancé didn’t show!   Sometimes you wanna go: WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME AND THEY’RE ALWAYS GLAD YOU CAME   You wanna be where you can see, …Read More

2017/2/12 God Gives Growth

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 1Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? 5What then …Read More