Hymns and Lessons for Proper 14 (Cycle C)

The focus of this week’s worship service is that we can trust God in every situation and never need to worry because we are so very precious to Him. The back of this week’s bulletin reminds us that our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to be happy; He is pleased “to give you

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Where Does the Bible Mention the Holy Trinity?

Nowhere. But when Jesus walked out of the tomb on Easter morning? His followers – who had never really understood who Jesus was or why He was crucified — had to answer the question, “Who WAS this guy?” Clearly, he wasn’t the political leader or earthly king they had all been hoping the promised Messiah

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A Fish Story

Once upon a time a man fell in love with a fish. Who would fall in love with a fish? Who knows! But then, what makes anyone fall in love? Love is a mystery. At any rate, the man took the fish home with him and put it in a special fish bowl. But so

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Show and Tell

You have surely heard someone say, “I don’t tell other people about Jesus in words.  I just let the way I live be my witness.” When I hear this, I think, “How nice for you. But I know I’m not that good.” I think of all the times I have been cut off in traffic by someone

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The Value of Religious Freedom to a Democracy

A few days ago I had to explain to a dearly loved member of the congregation that just because a person is a baptized Christian and recognized leader within the congregation, does not mean that every single thing that person might decide to do is automatically the CHRISTIAN thing to do. I guess I don’t

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Sacrifice, Memorial Day, and Holy Communion

It was late at night one evening during the harvest, and David and his troops were in battle against the Philistines. The Philistines had set up their camp all over Rephaim Valley and had taken over Bethlehem, the town of David’s childhood. He was remembering his childhood and talking mostly to himself when he said,

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Keep Plowing

When Mike and I were young pastors, we lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas for 11 years.  When we drove just a little west of Fort Worth, the  terrain really changed.  It became MUCH more arid. There was a lot less green, a lot more “scrub”, and a lot more sand. Our people called

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Maundy Thursday: The Triduum Begins

Holy Week has a special worship service called “The Triduum”. “Triduum” is a Latin Word that simply means “The Three.” These three services are held on separate days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil), but they are called “The Triduum” because these services “fit together” as one service. In The Gospel According to John,

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A Walk into the Dark: A Meditation for Holy Week

(Alan Shikhvarg sent me this a few years ago and I thought it was especially good for us in Holy Week! I hope you find it meaningful. It is from Called to Question: A Spiritual Memoir by Joan Chittister) A walk into the dark The spiritual life does not come cheap. It is not a

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The Steeple Bells begin Ringing this Weekend

Here at Holy Trinity, as of last Monday (April 8, 2019) we have put digital bells in our steeple! We couldn’t put a real bell up there because the steeple can’t handle a real bell — but we could put a digital bell up there. So that’s what we did. We have been in close

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