Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 6, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. .Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.
The second lesson ties together the other readings for today. God has reconciled us to himself through Christ and called us to the ministry of reconciliation.
In today’s first lesson, the people of Israel are ready to possess the land of Canaan that had been promised to them by the Lord. They had crossed the Jordan and were poised to attack Jericho and take it as their own city. But first all the males born in the wilderness had to be circumcised – the Hebrew Bible equivalent of baptism – and the Passover was properly celebrated. Only after they had been reconciled to the Lord who brought them out of Egypt could they take possession of the Promised Land. Psalm 32 is an expression of repentance and return to the Lord for forgiveness and protection.
This gospel is one of the most familiar in the whole three year cycle. This parable appears only in Luke, and is a powerful story about forgiveness, reconciliation and the spurning of those qualities. With which of the three prodigals do you most identify: the father, the older or the younger son?
Lenten Meditation III is Sunday at 5:00PM
The Bach Choir and Players will perform Heinrich Schuetz’ Cantiones Sacrae.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Prelude in D minor– J. S. Bach
Offertory: Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjelio
Communion: Almighty and Everlasting God – Orlando Gibbons
Postlude: Fugue in D minor– J. S. Bach
#606 Our Father, We Have Wandered
#791 We Sing to You, O God
#339 Christ, the Life of All the Living
It’s time to Refurbish the Fourth Floor Apartment!
As we prepare to welcome Holy Trinity’s new pastor, the Property Committee and Congregation Council have recommended renovation of the fourth floor apartment. Last updated 20 years ago, the apartment is showing its age after many years of use. Our goal is to match (where possible) the successful improvements made to the fifth floor apartment in 2015.
At December’s annual congregation meeting, the congregation approved a capital budget that included the authorization to spend funds for this project once these funds are raised. We are now reaching out to the congregation to raise a MINIMUM of $30,000 to complete the essential renovations listed below. Our aim, however, is that we will raise enough money to be able to complete all six improvements during the initial renovation to avoid increased cost and inconvenience later.
1) Renovate bathroom to match the Fifth Floor Apartment (this was identified as a priority as it cannot be done when the space is occupied)
2) Upgrade Kitchen: new appliances (refrigerator, range, microwave and dishwasher), new countertop, and new backsplash
3) Paint entire apartment
Optional improvements, if funds allow:
4) Extension of laminate floor at rear of apartment to match height of existing flooring
5) Replacement of wooden (north) window in Master Bedroom
6) Replace doors & hardware
As a kick-starter, we are pleased to announce a matching challenge, offered anonymously by a few generous Holy Trinity members: every dollar you and other Holy Trinity members contribute by March 31, 2016, will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. That means that we have the tremendous opportunity, with $10,000 in new donations, to raise $20,000.00 by the end of March! Please contribute as you are able and as often as you can to get us to that $10,000 target and beyond!
Make checks payable to “Holy Trinity Lutheran Church” noting “Fourth Floor Apt” on the memo line. You may give your gifts in the Sunday offering or you may mail the check or money order to the church office. As an alternative, you can contribute through our secure server at www.HolyTrinityNYC.org by clicking “Give” and following the on-screen instructions. Please include a note that the donation is for the 4th Floor Apartment Renovation so that your gift is appropriately recorded.
Let us contribute our gifts to create a warm and welcoming home for our Pastor and family. God is good and generous. Let us be the same!
With Many Blessings In Christ!
Kathy Yates, Suzanne Hoglund, Tim Cage, Lori Padua, Lois Rimbo and Kim Suttell
You can now make a contribution to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with a quick text message!
Simply send a text to 631-938-7285 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Example: $25. The default is to the General Operating Fund. You can give to the Capital (Building) Fund by leaving a space after the dollar amount and typing Cap. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically!
Parish Life Survey
In an effort to better understand the various factors that impact attendance and participation at worship and other activities at Holy Trinity, the Parish Life working group has created a short online survey, the results of which will be used to help schedule upcoming events in the Lenten and Easter seasons. We ask that you please respond to this survey within the next few days. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you!
Scripture Readings, Week after Lent 4
Sunday – Psalm 32:1-2 – What does “happy” mean here?
Monday – Psalm 32:3-4 – When have you felt burdened in this way?
Tuesday – Psalm 32:5-6 – What is the movement in this psalm?
Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 5:16 – What does it mean to regard Christ from a human point of view?
Thursday – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – How are we “in Christ?”
Friday – 2 Corinthians 5:21 – How can we be the “righteousness of God?”
Saturday – Luke 15:1-2 – How is the parable a response to these verses?
Sunday – Luke 15:11-32 – With whom do you identify most closely in this story?