Due to COVID 19 all worship services and church activities are on hold. Please stay home. Stay safe, stay well..
stay still and know God.
We are saddened by the cancellation of services during the most important time of the church - Holy Week and Easter - but we will be digital. For updates watch this site, Facebook and You Tube as we walk with Christ from trial to triumph.
"Pick Me Up"
April 1 2020
Dear friends: With the latest news of the potential toll COVID 19 could take on this country let us turn to God in ways we have never done before. Many of you have told me how appropriate and timely your devotions have been in your lives and I agree;
I often feel that God is speaking directly to me on a specific day for a specific reason. Today my devotions were of encouragement and faithfulness.
The enemy distracts us and allows fear and hatred to enter our hearts.
We are tempted to ask God why this is happening, or why this global pandemic has come so close to our homes, when we ought to ask how God could possibly let His Son walk, through the darkest of valleys, to His excruciating death.
This is the most powerful and compassionate demonstration of God's love for all people.
Let this be the "peace" of Good News we share with one another!
Matt Koceich wrote for this first day of April, "Death has been defeated. Feel God's peace push away stress that has crept into your heart. God is with you...The Bible isn't a collection of man-made stories, but a picture of a living hope that God has breathed out for you in redemption and grace. God's words are a treasure" (Come Follow Me).
Pull out your Bible today and read the verses below which are only a taste of the beautiful things God has to say to you and me. Scripture assures us of God's faithfulness for He has always been there for His people and He always will be.
Psalm 42:5 "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."
There is more, a lot more...start with
Isaiah 49:23, Romans 15:4, 2 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Peter 1:4-6.
Though digital words are still God's Word, if you want a printed Bible or devotional please let me know.
Be Safe, Be Well, Be Still,
Trinity Tidings April 2020
“My will delights in the Lord, I will meditate on His will day and night. I am like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, whatever I do prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3
A few weeks ago we were asked to pray through the Psalms, written words created in song praising and worshiping God. This is the same God we worship today and the almighty power that gave Christ to be our Savior. As we walk through the next few weeks, I hope you will continue to look at the Psalms. Yesterday I awoke with these thoughts and words on my heart. First a memory of this homeless shelter I visited many years ago and then words of wisdom from a lady whose name I cannot remember.
In downtown Minneapolis there were two large buildings that housed homeless men. As a church we traveled north two hours to help feed these masses and hand out socks (a basic necessity for dry and warm feet). I listened to their stories and prayed with men both young and old. These souls entered the shelter at 6 pm every evening for a meal and a good night’s rest and in the morning, at 6 am, they had to leave. They had to find work or other shelter during the day. For months, maybe years after, I would think about them when the snow was falling swiftly, piling up to the point no one could leave the house; I remembered their situation and shivered at the thought of their demise. It was on that same trip that we met this woman who said something I will always remember. During the day she worked with families offering assorted services for the marginalized moms and their children. Then in the evening after dark she would then take pots of hot soup to feed the homeless who lived under the bridges in this big city.
Two things stand out from that visit with her. She wasn’t afraid of the danger that lurked beneath those bridges late at night and she told us we should all read the Psalms. She said we should know at least one verse from each of the 150 Psalms. I have favorite Psalms, I have memorized a Psalm or three, but I have never taken a closer look at each one of them until yesterday. As we move into spring I encourage you to let your devotions include reading all the Psalms. It might be as simple as underlining the verse(s) or memorizing them while coloring, drawing, doodling, crafting, or creating with your hands something from wood or clay. Maybe you like to walk, run, clean, bake, cook, sing, play sports or music. Whatever it takes to calm you and allow a verse or two infiltrate your heart. Make it personal so that the next time you look to God in wonder and hope, these words of hope and joy will flow easily from your heart through your lips to the ears of anyone listening. Remember it will always be Easter for us. The Lord has risen and will continue to be the Light in our lives through any and every thing we encounter including these days of separation and safety. Jesus walked the wilderness before and will guide us through these days of apprehension.
God bless you. Be safe, be well, be still and know God. Let the Psalms ring out loud and clear!
“I will proclaim the Lord’s decree; He said to me you are My daughter and today I have become your Father. Ask of Me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” Psalm 2:7-8
Above is a picture of the forsythia in bloom outside the church and below the cute baby goats romping in the pasture down the street.
Thought you’d enjoy seeing the signs of spring. Love and miss you all. Keep in touch.
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