Ah, the smell of spring! Some people call it an odor . . . kind of rank, kind of stale. Other people call it an aroma . . . kind of sweet, kind of fresh. I look at it as the smell of newness, the smell of hope. It always reminds me of marble season when I was growing up. However you see it, it looks like we’ve survived the dread cold of winter, and new life is on the horizon.
Yesterday we finished our very brief look at Joseph. Even though some people may feel that Joseph got everything that he “deserved”, I think that he probably felt that what was happening to him wasn’t fair. And it probably wasn’t. But there he was, anyway. In prison. For doing . . . for doing nothing, actually. One of those few people thrown into jail even though he was innocent.
Many people who are in jail are not innocent – they are guilty of the crimes that they were convicted of. Does that mean that they should be treated poorly as they serve their sentences? Is jail a place of revenge and retribution, or is it a place for reconciliation and rehabilitation? Is reintegration into society the key, or is punishment? How should Christians respond to those who have been jailed? There is no easy answer. As compassionate people – as representatives of Jesus here on earth – it is a discussion that we cannot ignore.
A more important part of Joseph’s story deals with remembering that God was with Joseph while he was in prison, and with seeing that God used Joseph even though he was in jail (and afterward – read Genesis 37-40 for Joseph’s story). We need to remember Martin Luther King’s story:
Martin Luther King struggled. He was threatened . . . and then threatened again. His family was threatened . . . and then threatened again. His house was fire-bombed. Death threats became the norm. Finally, one day he prayed, pleading Lord, I’m down here trying to do what’s right . . . But Lord, I must confess that I’m weak now, I’m faulting, I’m losing my courage.” . . . [He] said he heard a voice: “Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you, even to the end of the world.”
We need to remember that God is with us, even in our darkest days.
Yesterday’s service can be found on our Facebook page (click here) and on our YouTube page (click here); you can also link from our web site (click here). The transcript of yesterday’s message has been uploaded to our web site – click here to download a copy.
Our Tuesday time together has changed from a Touch Time check-in to a time of discussion . . . we’re calling it Talk Together Tuesday. We’ll spend time in discussion, looking at the previous Sunday’s message. It may be that the message has confirmed in you something that you held to strongly. It may be that the message has challenged to think in a new way. It may even be that the message has caused you to ask pastor, are you out of your mind? What were you thinking?
We’ll talk about themes and ideas and . . . and whatever else has been brought to mind on Sunday. Click here to download a copy of the message, then join us at 7:00 Tuesday evening. E-mail the church office – firstname.lastname@example.org – for log-in information.
Thanks to those who “checked in” during our service yesterday. We do want to know if you joined us, either live or delayed (the feeds are saved so that anyone can go back to them later). Please use email@example.com to check in rather than the church e-mail address.
And yes, there was a bit of technological glitch – all of the streaming that we are doing taxes our equipment. The computer that we are using isn’t powerful enough to do everything that we are trying to do. We (that’s the royal “we”) tried to use a second laptop but it didn’t make a difference. We – David, Glenn, and the sound team, that is – are looking into other options, but they are expensive.
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday . . . the beginning of Passion Week. That week started with a joyful celebration and the Triumphal Entry. The week ended with heartbreak and the crucifixion. Hope was restored Easter Sunday with . . . well, one thing at a time. In this Sunday’s message will look at a number of events of the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, looking at The Rise and Fall of Jesus.
We will again gather on-line and in-building at 11:00 with our worship team leading in worship and praise. Those who will join us online through our streaming services rather than in the sanctuary can click here to find us on Facebook and click here to find us on YouTube. If there are problems with one feed or the other someone will post a cross-link once the problem is made known.
We are nearing the end of Lent. Our goal is to find renewal in Jesus during this season, through self-discipline Our reading plan is walking us through the four Gospels during the season, looking at the complete story of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection to prepare for Easter from different perspectives:
- Matthew presents Jesus as the one who has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets and to usher in God’s kingdom.
- Mark shows Jesus as the Son of God, come with authority to teach, heal and cast out demons, and the Son of Man, the true representation of what it means to be human.
- Luke presents Jesus as the prophet who has come to suffer for His people: healer, to the outcast, the suffering, and the oppressed.
- John shows Jesus is the Word made flesh – God present since the beginning of time.
Readings and special fasting take place during the week; Sunday is a regular fast day.
- Day 34 John 1-2
- Day 35 John 3-4
- Day 36 John 5-6
- Day 37 John 7-8
- Day 38 John 9-10
- Day 39 John 11-12
- Day 40 Sunday
This Wednesday evening we’ll meet again to pray for one another in our "virtual (ZOOM) prayer room". Our God hears our prayers, whether they are audible or silent. E-mail the church office – firstname.lastname@example.org – for log-in information.
We appreciate your faithful and generous giving in support of our ministry at Trinity Church. We continue to receive our tithes and offerings through e-transfer and through the Canada Helps web site (click here). You can also drop your tithe envelopes through the mail slot at the church or mail them to the church.
Our “net presence” is growing: Trinity Church is now on Instagram. Chloe has set things up and is monitoring the app. Click here to discover a little bit more of us and to “follow our story”.
“The Church” is not perfect . . . in fact, she is merely (I am hesitant to use that word) a gathering of broken, hurting, yet growing people, searching together for a deeper and meaningful relationship with Jesus. Members of the universal church by a committed relationship with Him, there is something . . . special . . . about being part of a local church and part of a denomination . . . to be able to say this is my church; this is my home (even though it already may be).
We invite those who already consider Trinity Church their home church to “join” the church with official membership. We’ll hold a ZOOM membership class Thursday April 8 from 7:00 pm; please e-mail me if you are interested in joining us to discover more about the Church of the Nazarene (even if you think you already know!).
District Assembly will take place on Saturday, June 5th and will be a condensed virtual gathering on Zoom and live streamed on the District YouTube Channel between 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Local churches will need to elect delegates to the Assembly. We are planning to host a District Online Family Reunion Service as we did last year, on Sunday, June 6th. We are encouraging our Local Churches to use this service as your main worship service on that day. We will share more details of the Assembly and Family Reunion as the plans develop.
Looking to Easter
- Mar 28 The Rise and Fall of Jesus
- Apr 4 The Fall and Rise of Jesus
Post Easter Services
- Apr 11 Matt Speaking
- Apr 18 Oops . . . Not Oops . . . a message for Earth Day
- Apr 25 UN-chained
- May 2 Waiting for the Dove: our Annual Meeting
- May 9 Ah, Yes . . . a Mother’s Day message
- May 16 a service of music and celebration
- May 23 Pentecost
- May 30 Invasion
- Jun 6 District Assembly Service