Scripture Readings for This Week
Malachi 4:1–6 (ESV)
1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Psalm 98 (ESV)
1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
2 Thessalonians 3:6–13 (ESV)
6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
Luke 21:5–28 (ESV)
5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Once again, the beautiful and meaningful season of Advent is upon us and our theme this year comes from Charles Wesley’s (1707-1788) great hymn, “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending”
Wednesday, November 27 | 7pm, Both Campuses | Jesus has shown us God’s gracious love, a love that has arrived in so many ways. On Thanksgiving Eve, we have an opportunity to gather, center our hearts, and share our gratitude for God’s grace and care.
Trinity’s annual Advent Lessons and Carols is given this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of American organist and Lutheran composer Dr. Paul O. Manz. Paul Manz is largely credited with the creation of the modern hymn festival and over the course of his long and fruitful career he wrote and played thousands of hymn festivals.
The season of Advent is itself a gift and I encourage you to take the time to receive it. Prepare your hearts for the Christ who is, who was, who will come again—notice him. Somehow, this time of year lends itself well to such seeing, and I hope these devotional tools and study opportunities help you in the journey.
Often, when we recall our most spiritually moving experiences or worship services, it brings to mind favorite hymns that can enhance and make even more powerful the message. We would like you to share some of your stories with us as Trinity’s organist Dr. Lara West leads us in a hymn sing and storytelling.
You are invited to join us as the children lead us in worship to celebrate the birth of Jesus, our promised Savior. Jesus Lights the Way—bringing light to a world in darkness. He came to bring new light, new life, and set us free. Jesus lights the way for you and me.
Pastor Ben will soon begin his new ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Join us as we bid him farewell! Sunday mornings | November 24, Shawnee Campus | December 1, Mission Campus
As believers in Christ, we are reminded at Christmas of the wonderful gift given to us through the birth of our Savior, Jesus. We are called as His disciples to love our neighbors and to serve those in need. You are invited to serve families from the Rushton Elementary School community who are in need of our help.
Kairos Inside Topeka is an organization within Kairos Prison Ministries International (KPMI). The purpose of KPMI is to bring the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to those who are incarcerated as well as those impacted by incarceration. The organization ministers to those who are incarcerated across the United States as well as in other countries across the world.
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Come help us decorate for Christmas! It is that time again to decorate the church for the holidays on Friday, December 6, starting at 5pm (but you can come at any time). We will have dinner and decorate, finishing around 9pm. Any and all are welcome to come help, with many different levels of jobs to be done.
On December 8 the annual Youth Group Progressive Dinner and Gift Exchange will happen once again! The high school youth will travel to three different homes for appetizers, main course, and dessert. At the final stop, they will also have a white elephant gift exchange.
On Friday, December 6, members from Trinity will again go Christmas caroling to some assisted living facilities where Trinity members are residents. Last year this was well received by both the carolers and those being caroled to. The range in age of those caroling was from 4 to 90+ years old.
All are invited to a German language service of Advent and Christmas lessons and carols, on Monday, December 16, at 7pm at Trinity’s Mission campus. This service is sponsored by the KC German Language Meet-up group and other area German clubs.
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Saturday, December 14, 10am – noon | Shawnee Campus | All Shawnee Seniors are invited to a delicious brunch catered by Nick and Jake’s Restaurant, our neighbor to the west. This will be an opportunity to meet and to renew acquaintances with fellow members.
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Some say when Advent gets here it feels too late to prepare, to set aside time for contemplating the real meaning of Advent and the coming of Christ. By late November, schedules and life are already swept into the flurry of holiday activity, and many on December 26 look back and wonder where the time went, how their desire to attend to the spiritual meaning of Advent faded in the flurry.
Christmas is in the air at Trinity’s book and gift shop. This Sunday is the Christmas open house. Please stop by on Sunday mornings through Christmas and check out our new Christmas items. We have nativity sets, ornaments, Advent wreaths, and special Christmas books and games for children.
Enjoy a catered turkey dinner with all the fixings! Entertainment will follow dinner. Bible study will precede the lunch at 10:15 am in the sanctuary. The lunch is FREE. If you so choose, an optional freewill offering will be collected at the event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 27
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