Sermons

April 1 – April 30

During this time of transition, three of Trinity’s retired clergy will be conducting all worship services and special Easter events. As we begin in April, it seems fitting that we look to the prophet Isaiah for words of comfort meant to build our confidence and trust in God.

To a people who have been in exile for generations, God’s prophet speaks a word of hope and encouragement. Even though God has done powerful things in the past, they are not to focus on what was. God is now doing a new thing, and can be trusted to make a way home for them.

April 7 – Making a Way in the Wilderness

Rev. Fogle-Miller will present the message based on Isaiah 43:16-21

April 14 – Passion Palm Sunday

The Chancel Choir, Praise Team and other Trinity members will perform a dramatic musical titled “Were You There?” which incorporates monologues of those who encountered Jesus during His life and ministry. The singers/actors will share their stories as lyrical music lines accompany their “testimonies”.

The characters will be the same for both services, but the music will be contemporary in nature for the 8:30 service and traditional for the 11:00 service. The characters include witnesses in the crowd on Palm Sunday, two Disciples John and Peter, James, a high priest, Pilate, Simon of Cyrene, a Centurion Guard, and Mary Magdalene. Come hear their encounters with Jesus during the last week of His life and ministry.

April 18 – Maundy Thursday

We will hold a Tenebrae Service of Shadows in the Sanctuary beginning at 7 p.m. Communion will be served.

April 19 – Good Friday

Trinity will host a public walk through the Stations of the Cross on our property located at 1290 W. Plymouth Avenue from 5-7 p.m. Communion will be served at the end of the walk for those who want to partake. Assistance will be available for those with mobility issues.

April 20 – Good Saturday

An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held on the grounds of our new property (1290 West Plymouth Avenue). Our Children & Youth Ministry Team is coordinating. There will be games, as well as a traditional hunt. The event is open to the public.

April 21 – Easter Sunday

When our hopes have been extinguished, when we’ve reached the end of our rope, when grief overwhelms us, there is unexpected good news for us. Before we could see any evidence, God’s power overturned even death and provided new life. And God’s power still does. Jesus lives, and shows up in unanticipated ways and places, and gives us hope.

“While it was still dark, the Son had risen” is the title of the message to be presented by Rev. Beth Fogle-Miller at our Easter Sunrise Service to take place on Trinity’s Plymouth Avenue property beginning at 6:30 a.m. This event is open to all and attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Rev. John Campbell will conduct both the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The title of the message is “It’s Sunday: SURPRISE!” based on Luke 24:1-12.

Jesus said, “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event known to humanity. Yet, an empty tomb left Jesus’ disciples and close friends speculating about what happened to His body. The consensus was that it had been stolen or moved to some secret place by the Romans at the behest of the priests and scribes. They did not remember that Jesus had predicted His resurrection. As we ponder the resurrection account in Luke’s Gospel, we are forced to ask ourselves, “Are we in the land of the living going to the land of the dying, or are we in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living?”

Trinity Youth will serve brunch in the Fellowship Hall between services. Contributions will be accepted and used to defray costs of their camp and mission trips this summer.

April 28 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Rev. Dan Casselberry will bring the message based on John 20:19-31.


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