Seventh Sunday of Easter
Gospel: John 17: 6-19
Imagine with me. It is the night of the Last Supper with Jesus, and we his disciples have just heard a lengthy sermon from him, talking about the most important commandment to love one another; about himself as a vine and we as branches; about abiding in God’s love. It seems like Jesus is nearing the end of what he has to say, but suddenly, his expression changes and he looks up to the ceiling—no, to the heavens—and we realize he is not speaking to us anymore, but to his Father.
“All mine are yours, and yours are mine,” he says. Like walking in on someone’s private conversation, we have been given a window into the relationship of God to Godself; the holy dance of Spirit, and parent, and child.
I do not know from personal experience what the intimacy between a father and son is like, but I do know the intimacy between a mother and a daughter. It is a blessing I don’t take lightly, in part because I came to understand it through the loss of another mother in my family—Ruth, my mother’s sister.
On April 8, Trinity invited all of its current and former members, its community and friends to gather and celebrate our 150 years of ministry in Cedar-Riverside. It was a wonderful celebration with more than 175 people in attendance.
If you missed the event you can still enjoy it! Download a copy of our memory book by clicking the icon below, and check out our Instagram feed for photos.
Until the 160th...
All are welcome to join Trinity for Holy Week services.
On Maundy Thursday (3/29) at 7:15pm we will worship at Fairview Hospital's chapel, with option to participate in foot washing.
Directions: Enter Masonic Children's Hospital in the door closest to 25th St. (off of a driveway) and head straight ahead toward the back of the building, following signs for the chapel. Parking is available in the ramp off Riverside Ave. Free parking is also available in the residential area behind Davanni's.
On Good Friday (3/30) at 7:00pm we will join Bethany Lutheran for worship at their sanctuary, located at 2511 E Franklin Ave in Minneapolis.
On Easter Sunday (4/1) we will have one worship service at 11:00am in our normal location, Hoversten Chapel at Augsburg University. Before worship we will have a breakfast at 9:45am, with optional donation to support Trinity youth going to Camp Wapo this summer.
Blessed Holy Week to you, and we hope to see you!
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.
Please RSVP before March 25 by clicking on the RSVP NOW button below, or by emailing email@example.com.
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.