Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Easter when Christians traditionally reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ life and death. This year our sermon series during Lent will be “Seven Words that Change Your Life: Yes, No, Thanks, Enough, Help, Sorry, Wow.” Just as God’s words brought the world into being, and God’s living Word, Jesus, taught us the true nature of God, some words can bring profound change into our lives, shaping us into the people we are. Understanding the power of words, and particularly of these words, is crucial to deepening our relationship to God and building the character God desires.
In addition to the Sunday teaching series, you will have two opportunities to practice Lenten disciplines. These disciplines (and the many others practiced through the ages) are designed as a daily reminder that God is always at work.
- Take a photo every day that reminds you of God at work in the world and build an album of blessings and thank yous. You might want to share with your family at dinner what each person photographed (or colored or just saw) that day.
- If you are thinking of giving up something for Lent, how about giving up straws? These little pieces of paper or plastic wreak havoc on the environment. Why not give them up or replace them with permanent metal straws? Creation Care will have metal straws available for purchase and the proceeds will contribute to increasing the number of solar panels providing electricity for the church.
Please see below for more information on Trinity’s worship services leading up to Easter Sunday.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Join us for our Ash Wednesday service in the Great Hall as we begin our journey through Lent, 40 days of reflection on the meaning of Jesus’ life as the living, breathing, human Word of God and his death as “the ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
On Ash Wednesday we each receive the mark of the cross in ashes on our foreheads. These ashes come from last year’s Palm Sunday palm branches, a reminder that all things die in this life. The mark made by ashes reminds a stubborn, individualistic people that we are all created by God and that we are not independent, but dependent on God and fellow human beings for our whole life and being.
Childcare will be available for children in 2nd grade and under.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
8:30 am and 11:00 am
Palm Sunday is a surprising day of excitement in the midst of the solemnity of Lent, as it portrays Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The people of Israel saw this as the long-awaited arrival of the Messiah who would restore Israel to greatness and greeted him with shouts of joy and waving palm branches, not realizing that this Messiah would save the world through his willing self-sacrifice.
At our Palm Sunday services 8:30 am and 11:00 am, the children enthusiastically reenact the excitement of the first Palm Sunday. Children ages 3 through 5th grade will have the opportunity to dress up in the clothing of Jesus’ time – please have them arrive 15 minutes before the service starts so that they can pick their outfit. We then all greet Jesus as he arrives at the beginning of the service, waving palm branches and calling out “Hosanna!” as he enters, a beloved beginning to Holy Week.
PALM SUNDAY SELFIE PHOTO BOOTH
This year, all are invited to stop at our Palm Sunday Selfie Photo Booth from 7:45 am until 12:30 pm! There will be costumes and props to use in your photo. Helpers will be there to take photos with your own smart phone, capturing the moment in the crowd with your family and friends as you joyfully greet Jesus. Trinity members are encouraged to share these photos online and invite their friends to join us for Easter worship.
Holy Week – Living Last Supper
Thursday, April 18, 2019 and Friday, April 19, 2019
The Living Last Supper
For 1300 years the Jewish people had followed the instructions of God to share a special Passover meal that reminded them of the way that God had rescued them from slavery in Egypt. Maundy Thursday reminds Christians not only of that first rescue by God, but also of the last gathering of Jesus and his disciples before his death. Like thousands of other Jewish pilgrims, the disciples met to celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. Our special presentation, The Living Last Supper, is a musical and dramatic reenactment of this Passover meal. This moving portrayal features a cast of Jesus and disciples gathered around the table, as portrayed in the well-known painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. Choral selections from Trinity Choir link together the conversations and questions of those men in the last hours before Jesus’ death.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend this moving experience. We are hopeful that our newly renovated Chapel will be finished in time for the Living Last Supper; otherwise it will be held in the Great Hall. Childcare will be available for children in 2nd grade and under.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am
He is Risen!
Come to one of our services at 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am and join us as we proclaim, “He is risen! He is risen, indeed!” After the suffering and silence of Holy Week events leading to the Crucifixion, the Easter celebration of Christ’s resurrection brings us the promise of both eternal and abundant life. The Resurrection teaches us to trust that death is the enemy but it is never the ultimate victor!
One of the most meaningful parts of Trinity’s Easter celebration is the Flowering of the Cross that takes place between the services in the Celebration Garden. Everyone is invited to bring a flower to place on the cross, transforming the bare wooden cross of Christ’s death into a beautiful expression of new life in God.
Please note: There will be NO Children’s Chapel at the 8:30 am service. And in the event of rain, the Flowering of the Cross will be moved to Eva Joplin Fellowship Hall.
This service is one of many opportunities to connect with God through Passionate Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church.