Giving Up this Lent

“What are you giving up for Lent?” Many of us have heard (or asked!) this question as the season of Lent approaches. Usually this gets translated as a restriction we are placing on ourselves for the 40 days of Lent. But this Lent, we will be exploring what it truly...

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A New Approach to Membership and Confirmation

Dear Trinity family, Over the years, there have been several tweaks to membership requirements at Trinity. This has caused some confusion over the years. I will often field questions from newcomers like: “If I am baptized does that make me a member of Trinity?” “What...

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Every Dark Valley

“Death comes in threes.” This is the only explanation my wife could muster when our daughter asked us, “Why are so many people dying?” We had just found out that a dear friend of ours had been placed in hospice care and was expected to die within the week. This was on...

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Merry Christmas…Still!

This Christmas was our largest ever at Trinity. About 230 people joined us for Christmas Eve services. Many of you worked hard to set up our space, prepare food, rehearse, welcome, and clean up. It was a team effort to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus...

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Those Who Are Far Off and Those Who Are Near

One of my favorite prayers in the Anglican tradition begins like this: “O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near.” One of the reasons I love this prayer...

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Signs Amid the Rubble

When we used to live in Pittsburgh, we tried to visit our family in Florida every winter. Pittsburgh winters are marked by two colors: gray and brown. All of the vegetation is brown in winter. But when we got off the plane in Florida, there was green everywhere. Green...

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All Things to All People

Hurricane Michael interrupted our community groups this week, so I want to offer a brief reflection on the passage we had planned to study: 1 Corinthians 9:1-23, notably verses 19-23. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I...

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The Word of the Lord

We are almost halfway through our study of 1 Corinthians. We have wrestled with challenging topics, like church discipline and sexual ethics. We have grappled with how to live as cruciform Christians, and not cultural Corinthians. All of us have immersed ourselves in...

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Singing the Psalms of our Fathers & Mothers

The hymnal of the early Church was the book of Psalms. These were the songs that were sung by the David as he tended his father’s sheep. These were the songs sung by the Jews as they went into battle. These were the songs the Jews sang as they made pilgrimage to God’s...

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