Welcome to the 5th Sunday of Pentecost
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After prayerful consideration the Council has decided to postpone the outdoor worship service tentatively set for August. It is our intent to keep everyone safe during COVID19 midst the uncertain risks that still remain. Watch for updates as we proceed forward into the fall.
In light of this, we would like to give you the opportunity to receive
Holy Communion. On Saturday July 18th please come to the church parking lot between 11 am and 12 Noon.
We will give you prepackaged communion cups which you will take home with you and open while watching the worship service on-line July 19. Those receiving letters will do so also at the appropriate time.
At the point in our service where I say the familiar words, you are welcome to take the bread and wine and if possible, give each other communion saying the words
“The Body of Christ given for you, the Blood of Christ shed for you. Amen.”
Stay safe, stay well, stay still...a little longer.
Wednesday Pick Me Up
July 8, 2020
I believe one silver lining to COVID19 is that we have been forced to slow down, reevaluate ourselves and assess our faithful living. Jude 1:20 reminds us to, "build ourselves up in our most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit." When we encounter uncertainty, our instinct is to forget everything we know, especially our faith. We forget to pray and trust God in ALL things. Or we pray and still worry ourselves sick. A friend of mine has endured treatments for more than 8 years due to cancer. She said she always thought she had a strong faith. She now sees just how much more her faith could grow. No one is exempt. Difficulties stretch us, pain and sorrow drown us, and nearly perfect days deny us the reality of our true faith. These last 4 months have given us time to change that. May our hearts and minds be always in His presence as we seek Him in prayer. May we trust God enough to let God be God. May we "Keep ourselves in God's love as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life" (Jude 1:21).
Stay safe, stay well, stay still ... for a little while longer.
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“And you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every minds, and understands every plan and thought.”
1 Chronicles 29:9
Taken from the Old Testament, these words of encouragement are meant for us today as well as in the days of King David. Though he initially hoped to build God’s temple, David obeyed God and left that privilege to his son, Solomon. It must have been difficult to not see his dream come true, yet faithfully David listened to God and gave his son a foundation upon which to build the temple. He also taught Solomon to have a true heart for God. When asked what he desired most, Solomon didn’t ask God for riches and power but rather for wisdom and knowledge. When we pray this should be our request, right after praise and thanksgiving for what we already have. We, too, will be blessed tenfold when we put all our requests at the foot of the cross and allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with understanding. We will make better decisions with God’s help as we simultaneously learn acceptance, patience and endurance.
Wisdom is the one thing we need most to get through these next few months and years. I hope we truly grasp the importance of living in Christ so that wisdom will prevail. The Psalmist proclaims,” God looks down from heaven to see if there is any who understand, any who seek God” (14:6). We want to adhere to the advice of the experts but we still have to make our own decisions daily. What we do matters. And sometimes what we do or don’t do may have a severe effect on others. With that being said I ask that you pray for our congregation as we meet and discuss future plans for our church. This is an opportunity for us to do better and do more while honoring tradition. Trinity has always been willing to think outside of the box and accept the changes we’ve made over the years. Perhaps it is even more important, now, to embrace innovative ways to worship. Future generations will benefit from whatever we do today. Our actions will impact both Christians and soon to be Christians. We hold the future in our hands…handle it wisely and ask for God’s direction.
We will soon be celebrating 250 years of worship on our sacred grounds. Though Trinity Colebrook has been dubbed various names over the years, and has called several pastors to serve, the one constant is your true heart for mutual ministry. Together, each individual contributes their gifts and that is what makes up the One Body in Christ. I am so thankful for this congregation, its frequent guests and our Church neighbors. I am overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness you all continue to exhibit. Your support of ideas and willingness to go down paths of adventure means the world to me. Mostly I am glad that you take me as I am. Though imperfect, I am continuously energized by those around me while embraced by the Holy Spirit. I have learned that when I get out of the way and ask God to lead good things happen! For “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Be safe, be well, be still and know God.
Blessings, Pastor Cheri
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We strive to be a warm and welcoming fellowship of believers as we are called to worship God in Word and Sacrament. Through prayer, education, fellowship and benevolence we seek to make the Good News of Jesus Christ known to our congregation and our community. Seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we use our gifts and talents to support the spiritual needs of an active and growing community now and into the future.”
Come worship in a rural setting that is close to Manheim, Lititz, Lebanon, Elizabethtown, Palmyra, and Campbeltown. Get away from the noise and savor the quietness of the Lord's Spirit moving hearts and minds. In just a few minutes you can be worshiping in a little white church in the vale.
Your thirst for God's presence can be quenched with the Holy Word of God.
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We freely open our church home to you and yours.
OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AID BIN IS CLOSED FOR NOW. PLEASE HOLD ON TO YOUR DONATIONS.
As you continue to collect plastic caps and lids to build this rainbow bench