On Sunday, April 8, 2018 Trinity Lutheran Congregation will mark our 150th Anniversary. We have an amazing history to celebrate and a faithful future in Cedar-Riverside to anticipate.
We will begin with worship in Augsburg University’s Hoversten Chapel at 11:00am. Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA will preach. Worship will be followed by a an Eritrean lunch and a brief program in the Atrium next to the Chapel.
We will have a ‘pick-up’ choir. Anyone who would like to sing with the choir is invited to come to a rehearsal at 10:00am that morning, in the Hoversten Chapel.
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Texts: Matthew 6:1-6,16-21, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10
Good evening, and blessed Lent. It is good to gather with you. Last night this room was buzzing, as we hosted our neighbors from Dar al Hijrah to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who brought ingredients and toppings, and who lent their equipment and their time and gifts to make it happen. It was a village effort, and the warmth in this room was a sign of how we as neighbors are connected, across culture, race, language and faith. “We are not good at fasting,” Jane said, as she explained Fat Tuesday to our guests, “but we are good at eating fat, and we’re glad you’re with us.”
And why should we be good at fasting? We have wondered together, most recently in Adult Forum this Sunday. Shouldn’t grace be sufficient for us? Until about 3pm today I had a sermon prepared to address this question. But with the news of another school shooting just this afternoon, perhaps the question is not why we bring ourselves to penitence, but how our faith speaks to us when we find ourselves already there.
Dear Trinity Members,
Please see the attached two page Survey regarding the proposed (and still early stage) TRINITY CENTER. If you will be at Church this coming Sunday, the 14th, you can pick up a hard copy, and even fill it out then if you wish. There will also be copies at the Annual Meeting, the following Sunday. and you can fill it out then. If you will not be attending either Sunday, please print it, fill it out, and mail it to the Church Office, or give it to one of the Committee members.
Alternatively, you can also fill out this form online.
We value your input. Thank you for participating!
Judy Tiede, Chairperson
The Trinity Center Steering Committee
John 1:6-8, 19-23
I have been waiting with great anticipation for Dec. 21st. Once we make it through the 21st the daylight starts getting longer on December 22nd. I did look it up, though, and December 22nd has only three more seconds of daylight than the 21st. It’s not much, but it’s everything. From next Thursday on the days will be getting longer and longer. For the next 6 months. It can be 20 below and I’ll know there is more daylight coming, even the next day.
The exact date and month of Jesus’ birth are not known. It is not known exactly why, in the 4th century, Dec. 25 was chosen as the date in the western world to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but most scholars believe it had something to do with the darkness, at least in the northern hemisphere. It’s not just since the identification of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, that darkness has been a “thing.” The lengthening and shortening of daylight has been noticed since anyone first paid attention. Before Jesus was born, centuries before, there had been celebrations of the winter solstice. Some even think that December 25 was chosen to compete with some of those celebrations.
The Multicultural Dinner is marking its 10th Anniversary. Trinity will join partners in the Urban HUB (Dar al Hijrah/ICSA, CAIR MN, Augsburg and Bethany Lutheran) to provide coffee and tea. Come and enjoy the food and fun, and get to know your neighbors!
From the pastor….
I suppose that, in the scheme of things, looking back through all of history, things aren’t so bad these days. There are certainly a lot of terrible things happening in the world. I think of all the unrest and violence. Yemen comes to mind as particularly horrible. In our own country the reality and pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault is finally coming to light. There have been huge disappointments at hearing some of the names along with a sense of waiting for the next shoe to drop. Not to mention the incredible hypocrisy of the reactions of some the accused. Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or assault knows the harm it does to the victim. It can be life-changing and not necessarily for the better.
Christ the King Sunday
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Good morning! We have made it to the end. The end of a four day weekend. The end of the church year. The end of Matthew, and the end of the world, at least in our Gospel reading for today. Matthew gives us a picture of Jesus in his full maturity, on a throne-- a ruler, in highest glory with his subjects before him. All the nations gathered. And then he separates all people to his right side, and to his left.
It’s a familiar painting of extremes in Matthew, particularly in our readings from the past several weeks. We have heard about wedding guests who are properly dressed, and those who are not, and are thrown out of the party hand and foot. We have waited with the wise virgins who filled their lamps before the bridegroom came, and the foolish virgins who ran to get oil too late and were locked out of the party.
And last week, we scratched our head at the faithful servants whose were rewarded for their riches, and the lazy servants punished for holding onto what little they had.
All of these stories have come from Jesus last sermon in the Gospel of Matthew. All about the End of Times, and the Great Separation of good from evil, eternal life from eternal punishment, You who are blessed from you who are accursed, the sheep from the goats.
Press Clip Source: Southside Pride
Date: November 7, 2017
Article by: Elaine Klaasen
Cultural Uniqueness of Trinity Lutheran Congregation
When I talked with Jane Buckley-Farlee, co-pastor of Trinity Lutheran Congregation, we discovered she had been at that church as long as I’ve been at Southside Pride—21 years. I’ve been reporting on religious groups, mostly churches, during all this time; overall, I see them as hidden enclaves doing amazingly positive humanitarian things. In Jane’s 21 years, she has seen a new version of The Church emerge. She has seen it struggling to be what it needs to be.
Trinity Lutheran Congregation, which worships in Augsburg College’s Hoversten Chapel—never having replaced its worship space when its building was displaced by the freeway in the 1960s—is an unusual mingling of cultures. A little over half of the worshippers are Caucasians and the others are Eritreans and Ethiopians, who were Orthodox, Mekane Yesus (Lutheran) or other types of Christians in their countries of origin. It’s notable that Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians worship together since “tension ebbs and flow between Eritrea and Ethiopia in Africa—they’re always on the verge of war,” says Pastor Jane. “Eritreans and Ethiopians want to get along—want a place where they can be together. Trinity is known as a neutral place amongst East Africans in Minneapolis. It’s a gathering place, a meeting ground, specifically for them.”