Trinity eNews

March 21

Trinity eNews

March 21

 

This Week’s Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 33:7–20 (ESV)

7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ 11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. 13 Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. 14 Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet if he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just,’ when it is their own way that is not just. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. 19 And when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

Psalm 85 (ESV)

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you covered all their sin. Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.

4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us!
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.

1 Corinthians 10:1–13 (ESV)

1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Luke 13:1–9 (ESV)

1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And [Jesus] answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

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Missions Spotlight

Dedication to mission efforts is high on Trinity’s priority list. From local to international missions, we strive to make Christ known to as many people we can. This issue of the Messenger gives a background of the goals of the mission program and highlights two missions: the annual mission trip to Guatemala and mission efforts at Rushton Elementary School.

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Lenten Study Experiences

Lent is a sacred season of preparation and formation. In the ancient life of the Church, Lent was dedicated to theological study and spiritual formation exercises. Our modern devotional habits are a descendant of this. I have three invitations I’d like to share with you this Lent.  

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Say “Cheese!” – Photo Directory Photos

Sunday Mornings for the Month of March
It has been a while since we have had a campaign to systematically update member photos for a directory. Well, here it is! For the month of March there will be a photo booth set up in the foyer at each campus and designated volunteers to take your picture on Sunday mornings. This is for both family and individual photos. So spiffy up, bring the family, and say “Cheese!”

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Easter Baskets for Homebound Members

Once again Trinity’s Senior Ministry is sponsoring an Easter Basket project for our homebound members. Last year we initiated this ministry and it was a blessing for all involved. Our homebound members received a cheery basket of goodies as well as some...

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Lenten Meals – Shawnee Campus

We’re continuing the tradition of Lenten meals at the Shawnee campus this spring. A meal will be provided beginning at 5:30pm for the whole congregation, especially for the Confirmation Lenten mentors and student families. Worship begins at 7pm each night. The menu is...

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Lent and Holy Week Schedule

We will once again begin our Lenten journey starting on Ash Wednesday, March 6, which marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent preceding Easter. God created us to experience joy in communion with him, with all humanity, and to live in harmony with all his...

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Following Jesus: Opportunities for Servanthood

Trinity Senior Ministry has two requests to go out to our congregation. We have over 35 members who either don’t have transportation or are home bound for health reasons. These members have been active for many years and find disheartening when they cannot be active in the church they love. We are hoping that members can help out. There are two specific ways we could use you.

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Vacation Bible School on the Last Frontier

Jean Thomas and Laura Baack are co-leading a mission team to Emmonak, Alaska, in July 2019. The team of 5-6 individuals will travel from Kansas City to Anchorage/Bethel/Emmonak July 20-27. We will spend time visiting with the village people and sharing the message of...

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Listen to the Shawnee Playlist for Sunday

Worship is meant to be participatory: God acts, we respond. God comes to us with his mercy and grace; we respond with thanks and praise. One of the many ways we do that is through music. The majority of the music in our services is meant to be sung by the congregation. And yet, it can be difficult to sing a new, unfamiliar song for the first time.

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