Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
11 o’clock in the morning
Pastor Miller’s Sermon This Sunday
How Often Do You Use the Word “Like”
(please read & meditate on Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 in advance of worship)
All My Hope on God Is Founded
If God My Lord Be for Me
Be Thou My Vision
We Place upon Your Table, Lord
Send Forth by God’s Blessings
Thoughts from Pastor Miller
As soon as you wish, feel free to say, “Pastor Miller, get over it!” But…I am so excited that I must share some thrilling news with you.
We are busy planning our 150th anniversary celebration in 2018. It is going to be quite a year! Bach Vespers (which will celebrate 50 years) will include “Bach’s greatest hits.” We have a group of great preachers lined up: former ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson (Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 11); the Rev. Barbara Lundblad who taught preaching at Union Theological Seminary, New York (preaching at a special Pride Vespers on Saturday, June 23, and at Sunday Mass, June 24); Bishop Robert Rimbo, our bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod and former Holy Trinity pastor (Pentecost, May 20, the official day of our 150th); Bishop Guy Erwin of the Southern California Synod, the first openly gay bishop in the ELCA and a well known Luther scholar (Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2018).
And there is more…you have certainly noticed that worship attendance is growing. You may be excited to know – I am – that yesterday, Wednesday, July 26, we had the largest attendance at Mass on a non-feast day. If you have never attended this Mass or if you are going to be away on Sunday, this 1/2 hour liturgy is a lovely way to worship in the middle of the week.
Oh yes, speaking of excitement, seven members joined our congregation Sunday, July 23, and there is already another group waiting in the wings. Remarkable!
And…a little more excitement…thirteen people attended the first gathering to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov in our apartment. The next gathering is Sunday, August 13, immediately after Mass, in our apartment. If you were unable to attend the first gathering, please read through Book II of Brothers Karamazov for August 13.
I hope you are as excited as I am about how God is richly blessing our ministry at Holy Trinity. Please, worship regularly and seek ways to be more and more involved in all we do in God’s name at 65th and Central Park West.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Wilbert “Wilk” Miller