What We Give, God Multiplies

One Sunday, a very long time ago, during church the priest announced a second, special offering collection for a member of the congregation. The church’s piano player opened her purse and saw a five dollar bill. She was a single mother, and times were very lean. But...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...