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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity


Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

For the fourth Sunday in a row our readings are from Acts, 1 John, and the gospel of John.

Each of the Acts readings for this season present us with preaching of the apostles and the results of that preaching of the good news of the Risen Christ. Here Peter preaches to a group of Gentiles upon whom the gift of the Holy Spirit is poured out even as Peter is speaking. Normally the outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed baptism – the order that became standard in the church’s worship, where we pray for the gifts of the Spirit and anoint with oil after the washing. Here, though, the gift of the Spirit was a sign to Peter that it was okay to baptize these non-Jews. (more…)

Returning to the Lord, our God

Returning to the Lord, our God

“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” Joel 2:13

This verse from the Book of Joel serves as the Gospel Acclamation for mass on Ash Wednesday. It is a simple verse, not terribly complicated, and yet should shake each of us to our core with its directive and following affirmation.  Here’s why… (more…)

Sermon: Christmas 2b – January 4, 2015

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:1-18

I thought that I was being creative, even unique.  When I was deciding how to begin this sermon I came up with this: Three little words.  I love you.  So I looked around on the Internet.  It turns out that there are many popular songs that sing about those three little words.  I am not being unique.  Being more of a copycat, I guess.

Except.  That if the words I copy are those – I love you – maybe copying is a good thing.  (more…)

Sermon: Pentecost 23a – November 16, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

It’s all about money.  It’s all about money and nothing is clear.

A rich man called his 3 slaves around him.  They were probably close confidants, people bought and chosen to protect the man’s property.  He gave one of them 5 talents and one 2 talents and one 1 talent.  There is a wide variety of thinking about what a talent was.  But most often you read that a talent was worth about 15 years wages.  So he gave one, what: at least $2,000,000?  Ten million dollars?  More?  Even the one he gave the least had a lot of money to handle, maybe $600,000.  Not probable to us.  But Jesus’s listeners would have understood. (more…)

Sermon: Pentecost 13a – September 7, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119: 33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

British biblical scholar N. T. Wright says that St. Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is by common consent, “his masterpiece.  It dwarfs most of his other writings, an Alpine peak towering over hills and villages…we are here dealing with a work of massive substance, presenting a formidable intellectual challenge while offering a breathtaking theological and spiritual vision.”

And we have a small piece of it today as our second lesson, 7 mere verses.  Verses that drip with Paul’s begging for us to understand, for us, along with Christians in ancient Rome and across the time and space of the Church’s existence, drip with Paul’s teaching for us to know that we are being transformed.  We have been transformed.  We are being changed and have been changed and will be changed yet again, over and over, because of the sheer power, the mighty glory of the Word of God that is Jesus the Christ.  God-spoken-into-our-humanity.  God knowing our humanity and breathing our breath.  God with us. (more…)