Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 11 o’clock in the morning
Thoughts from Pastor Miller
Dear Members and Friends of Holy Trinity,
I pray that you are having a blessed Lent. I hope you are finding Holy Trinity’s Lenten booklet, “O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days…” a gift in your daily prayer life. I encourage you to attend Mass regularly, on Sunday and Wednesday.
As Holy Week nears, beginning on Palm Sunday/ Passion of our Lord, April 9, I ask every member of Holy Trinity to prayerfully consider attending all the Holy Week liturgies. How thrilling it would be if, as a community of faith, we stood together in awe of Christ’s loving acts for us on the cross. While it has never happened in my entire ministry, I do dream and pray of a Holy Week when the church is crowded on these most holy of days. Please make Holy Week a priority in your life.
1-We give thanks to God that Holy Trinity members have already given sacrificial Lenten offerings totaling $2,721 to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)! The Bible calls us to care for widows, orphans, and refugees. Lutherans have championed migrants and refugees for more than seventy years through the fine and courageous work of LIRS. On Easter morning, I would love to announce that Holy Trinity members have given offerings of more than $4,000 to lift up God’s blessed wanderers. Make your check to “Holy Trinity Lutheran Church” with memo line “LIRS” or use a pew envelope, marking LIRS.
2-We are looking for additional gifts between $100-$650 to support our already stunning music with timpani and brass on Easter. If you would like to contribute, see Donald Meineke, Pastor Miller, or place a check in the offering plate this Sunday.
3-“Show Your Care by Bringing a Pair.” Bring a package of new women’s underwear to be given out at Holy Trinity’s Women’s Shelter. Place your gift in the wicker basket at the back of the church. In the tradition of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem as people spread palm branches and garments to honor his arrival, donating women’s underwear will honor the blessed poor who call Holy Trinity home during six months of the year. We continue to look for two Holy Trinity volunteers every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. to assist with meal preparation, distributing donated clothing items, etc. See Emmy Potter or email her:
These indeed are wondrous days at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity as we gather around God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament and then go out into the world to remember the poor. I pray that these are blessed days for you as you meditate on God’s gift for you, your family, your brothers and sisters in Christ, and the world through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Wilbert Miller
Fourth Sunday in Lent Mass
“Sacred Conversations – Can We Talk about Politics in the Church?”
This Sunday, March 26
Following Mass at 12:20 PM
Led by Craig Wilson
(President of Holy Trinity & Producer & Writer at CBS News)
Sunday, March 26
Bach Choir & Players
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Le reniement de Saint Pierre
(Ruben Valenzuela, guest conductor & organist, Bach Collegium San Diego)
Wednesday Lenten Mass
Luther’s “Small Catechism” – Holy Baptism
Augsburg Fortress now has a free mobile app featuring Martin Luther’s “Small Catechism” and is available from the Apple iOS App Store and on Google Play. Search “Catechism” in the Apple or Google app stores.
Holy Trinity Marches for Climate Action
On Saturday, April 29th, hundreds of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington, D.C. for the People’s Climate March, a demonstration in support of policies and government action addressing the threat posed by global climate change.
The Metropolitan New York Synod is planning transportation from New York to Washington D.C. for congregants who wish to participate in the march, and Holy Trinity hopes to send a contingent. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to Andrew Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225.247.6825. The bus will depart a midtown location TBD on Saturday, April 29th at approximately 6:30 AM, and will return to NYC that evening.
As Lutherans, we believe that God created us to defend and care for all of creation, just as God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden “to dress and to keep it.” (Genesis 2:15) This is an excellent opportunity to make our voices heard as Lutherans and demonstrate our living faith.
Oh wondrous God…the heavens declare your glory and the skies proclaim your handiwork. Through you all things were made. Help us to see your presence in all creation, and to hear and follow your call to care for and defend it. Amen.