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Dream Again

 

learning to dream and trust God for something new.

November 26th, 2017 - Thanksgiving Sunday

In this holiday season we take a moment as a family of faith to say : THANK YOU!  We give thanks to God, to the generosity of the Trinity family and to all those who have added to our lives in the past year.  When the world will always give us distractions, we choose to name our blessings and give thanks!

We also choose to give our whole selves as blessings to others and offerings of praise to God.  This season is not about receiving but about giving with a spirit of joy.  God has invited us into a family and, as a family of faith, we bless one another with our time, talents and treasure.  God has invited us to be a part of his ministry of grace, love and life.  Through our faithful giving we are able to be a part of new blessings and bring more of God's love into the world.

November 19th, 2017 - David: Fear of Oppression

Saul & David

In life we will come across many obstacles.  One that can rear it's ugly head is fear.  Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of poor health, fear of loneliness, fear of too many things to name.  As Christians we never want to paralyzed by our fears, but overcome fear through the power of Christ.

We also don't want fear to dictate our actions.  When we are caught up in fear we tend to react instead of respond, i.e. making rash decision instead of seeing the greater situation and responding clearly.  Think about it this way: try to have a balcony perspective in any given situation instead of being in the orchestra pit.

The first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, both made mistakes, acted out of fear at times and were given the opportunity to respond instead of react.  Saul was overcome by fear and it became his downfall.  David learned to listen to the truth tellers in his life, repent and respond when faced with a hard situation.

The challenge for each of us is to name our fears, recognize if we are in the balcony or pit and allow others to speak truth into our situations.  This empowers us with the strength of Christ to respond and not react.

November 12th, 2017 - Esther

God uses Esther, a young queen to the Persian king, to bring salvation to the Jewish people.  One might not have expected much from her, but God has a calling on her life.  An invitation to a sacred purpose.

Esther’s call and her effectiveness was this three fold picture. One, God moving to put her into a place of influence and power for such a time as this. Two, her response to God. Her willingness to say yes, to be used by him in such a way. But the last cord is just as important. Three, that King Xerxes was willing to listen.
 
How God moves is a dance between us all. It is how we listen and respond to Him.  It’s how others give us the freedom to be used by God. It’s how others respond to the movement of God through us!
 
The story of Esther is about her as a person. And it isn’t. It’s about King Xerxes, Hamon and God’s people, and it isn’t. It’s really about the overarching theme of how God moves through our interconnected lives when we are open to His working. It’s about God ability to use each of us, as we are, in our exact stage and circumstance for this exact moment... for such a time as this.

November 5th, 2017 - All Saints Sunday

Once a year, we take a Sunday to remember our loved ones whom have passed and claim our identity as saints in this world.  More than that, All Saints Sunday is the opportunity to recognize the amazing love of Jesus Christ who invites us into the priesthood of all believers and gives us the peace to know our loved ones no long experience pain or sorrow.

 

As part of the Navigate process and as we reflect on PULSE and what God has been doing in our congregation, we also look at All Saints Sunday as an opportunity to dream again!  As saints we are empowered to be about the Kingdom of God.  We are invited into a ministry of grace to reconcile the world to our loving Father.  As saints we know that Christ is with us and goes before us.  Each day we can say YES to what the Spirit has in store.

 

Therefore, as we remember the saints that have gone before, as we honor their memory and their faith, we also say yes to being saints in the here and now.  We want to dream new dreams of ministry and impact to bless this community.  With the Lord, all things are possible.

October 29th, 2017 - The Just Shall Live by Faith

Five hundred years ago, a man nailed a treatise to a church door and the world would never be the same.  This past Sunday marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther was a good Catholic priest.  He loved God and wanted others to love Him.  Little did he know that challenging the norms and "the way we do things around here" would birth a revolution of faith.  

 

Martin Luther wanted people to deepen their faith.  He wanted to not simple do things the ways they have always done them, but get to the heart of the matter.  He wanted the church to dream new dreams.  And with his challenge nailed to the doors of the church, new dreams burst forth.

 

In memory and celebration of Reformation Sunday, we ask the Lord to give us new dreams.  We desire to deepen our faith and see new things.  Let us follow the faith and boldness of Martin Luther as we look to the future.

October 22nd, 2017 - Balaam: Listening to God

Our ability to listen directly affects our relationships with others.  Our ability to listen also impacts our relationship with God.  How we hear and respond, or fail to, affects our ability to be directed and used by God.  Balaam was a man outside the Jewish faith.  In Numbers 22 we read his story.  He was known as an oracle, seer, prophet.  He was a man attuned to hearing from the divine.  But just because he could hear, did not mean he always listened.

 

Listening is more than hearing and understanding.  Listening is a choice to respond.  But although Balaam closed his ears to what God had to say, the Lord did not give up on him.  The Lord God Almighty used every means necessary, even a DONKEY, to speak to Balaam.  In the end, Balaam did listen and blessed God's people.

 

We all have a choice in how we listen and how we respond.  We all know this affects our relationships and impacts our walk with Jesus.  Let's have open ears this day and willing hearts to choose Him.

October 15th, 2017 - Moses: Redemption Story

We often think of Moses as the great leader who lead God's people out of Egypt and through the wilderness. This is his story, but not his only story. He was 80 years old when God called him to go back to Egypt and set his people free.  This hope and this future was a reality because of God's redeeming love. You see Moses spent his first 40 years struggling with his identity. He then murdered a man and spent the next 40 years wondering .  But Moses's past mistakes did not define his future. 

 We love stories of redemption. They are central to the gospel message. However, we often count our selves out because of past experiences or judge others for past mistakes. We need to make room for more redemptive stories. Ask God to give you a new hope and a new future. Forgive those who wronged you and allow them to have a redeemed story as well. With your eyes on Christ there is always good news and a bright future.

October 8th, 2017 - Hagar: Do I Fit in God's Plan

There are no secondary characters to God! 

 

 There are many things that keep us from dreaming and hoping of a bright future. One is not recognizing who God created us to be and that he says were important. Hagar, the maid servant of Sarah, might not fit into Abraham and Sarah's plan with God but she was not forgotten. God saw Hagar. He heard her cries. And he provided a hope and a future for her and Ishmael.

 

 You don't have to fit into anyone else's plan. Take the time to listen to God. Pray about your passions and your gifts and how God might be calling you to use them. He has good things for you ahead may you be bold like Hagar and seek the Lord. 

October 1st, 2017 - Sarah: Lack of Faith

Sarah had a call on her life.  A vision of a future.  A great purpose that would change the world.  But as time went by and the promise did not come into fruition, she started to question.  Her faith wavered.  Her husband and she even tried to make God’s promises come about on their own.  And after all that time, when God finally says, “You will have a son.”  she feels too old, like too much has happened, like too much time has past.  She feels like her womb cannot bring forth new life.  She laughs at this proclamation from God.  What would your reaction be?  65 years ago God did a great thing among us.  But look at where we are now.  I imagine no one had this future in mind.  But is God’s work done?  Has too much happened?  Has too much time past?  Is our womb unable to bring forth new life?  God is greater than our doubt and lack of understanding.  Can we trust Him for something new!?

 

Pathway of Vitality:

This series ends the

first part of the pathway, celebrating what God has done this year, naming what was hard, casting vision for the future, and ending with a service of consecration in which we repent and let go of anything that lingers from the past.

 

September 24, 2017 - Service of Consecration

September 24th, 2017 - Service of Consecration

Laying down our burdens, walking towards the future!

This past month we have looked back on the Navigate journey and where God has moved in the past year.  We celebrated the amazing things we saw Him do.  We recognized that mission and vision start with fixing our eyes on God.  We named what has been hard in order to start down the path of forgiveness.  We took steps towards the Promised Land.  We laid down our hurts and chose HOPE.  May we always choose hope.

September 17, 2017 - Speaking the Hardships

September 17th, 2017 - Speaking the Hardships

There is no resurrection without death!

We desire to be a people of faith who tell the truth and walk the path of forgiveness.  This journey is not easy.  You can't be passive when seeking healing and reconciliation.  Every Gospel records Jesus proclaiming, "For those who seek to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it."  Meaning: when we look towards Christ and lay down our goals, we can start to experience the grace and magnitude of new life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  It is not easy to ask for or extend forgiveness, but it is the path to redemption.

 

September 10th, 2017 - Vision & Mission

September 10th, 2017 - Vision and Mission

Vision & Mission

Vision is where we want to go and mission is how we get there. As individuals follow Christ and as the church we seek to fix our eyes on Jesus! (Hebrews 12:1-3) With our eyes fixed on God our perspective shifts. We are not goal oriented or result driven, but Kingdom bound! It's not about our preferences but God's will.

How to we follow through with where God is calling? Mission. And the "how" is discerned through prayer. We are a people who seek God. We pray for: 1) His will, 2) the community need, and 3) how Trinity can meet the need through God's will.

So let's be a praying people who seek Him together!

September 3rd, 2017 - Celebrations

September 3rd, 2017 - Celebrations

Rejoice in the Lord always! 
Again I say rejoice!


The Apostle Paul challenges the church in Philippi to choose joy!  (Philippians 4:4-9) While life is not always easy and hardships and sorrow will come, it is our choice in how we respond.  The Apostle Paul tells us we should never forget to take the opportunity to say thank you, encourage others and rejoice together.  We don't do this enough!  Joy is a gift from the Holy Spirit that is above all circumstances.  Choosing to rejoice can bring light even to the darkest day.  As a community of faith we implore you to choose joy!

7/16/17 - Missional Markers: Intentional Evangelism

Transforming Communities Through Compassion, Mercy, and Justice: Let Those Who Have Ears Hear

 

Psalm 33:4-6 

4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

 

Psalm 33:15-22

15 he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

 

Micah 6:1-8

“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
    let the hills hear what you have to say.

2 “Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;
    listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case against his people;
    he is lodging a charge against Israel.

3 “My people, what have I done to you?
    How have I burdened you? Answer me.
4 I brought you up out of Egypt
    and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
    also Aaron and Miriam.
5 My people, remember
    what Balak king of Moab plotted
    and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,
    that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

6 With what shall I come before the Lord
    and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.


Matthew 26: 47-56
While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”50 Or “Why have you come, friend?”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52  “Put your sword back in its place,”Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
55In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me.56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Reality Check: Reflecting on our strengths and areas of growth in our walk of faith.

Do Everything Without Grumbling
Philippians 2:12-13
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 
13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

As we come to the end of our series on Missional Markers we seek to reflect on our strengths and areas of growth in our walk of faith.  We desire to always work our out faith as a continuous pursuit of God.

Below you will find the link to the Missional Markers.  We invite you to prayerfully read through them.  may this be a new chapter in your walk with God.

The Ultimate GPS: The Word of God
 

Psalm 119:103-105
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

2 Timothy 3:14-17
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancyyou have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

John 1: 1-5 & 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

August 20th, 2017 - Reality Check

7/23/2017 - Missional Marker: Heartfelt Worship

July 30th, 2017 - Missional Marker: Sacrificial & Generous Living & Giving

Missional Markers Week 5

Sacrificial & Generous Living & Giving

Proverbs 11:24-25

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.  Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered."
 

Luke 21:1-4

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

 

Why does talking about tithing put up barriers?  If money is such a part of our day to day lives, why do we shy away from the topic in church?

What is the difference between a generous heart and dutiful giving?

It’s not about the amount, it’s about the posture.  What keeps you from worshipping God through your time, talents & resources?

God provides everything in our life.  He invites us to be a part of His great ministry through our generosity.  But people still don’t tithe regularly.  Why not?

Missional Marker Series

Mission and Vision Series

In this series we will be talking about how to answer the questions: Where is the intersection of resources and community need? Where is God speaking to us?  And now that we are listening to God, where is HE leading us and how do we follow?  These are the questions to answer in order to understand the importance of vision.

August, 13th, 2017: Transforming Communities Through compassion, Mercy and Justice

7/9/17 - Missional Markers: Compelling Christian Communities

Missional Marker: Week 4

Heartfelt Worship

Proverbs 3:3-6

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

 

Weekly Devotional Questions:

What is your definition of worship?

What are ways to worship besides singing?

How do we make worship about us and not about God?

How can your whole life be an act of praise?

What holds you back from living a life of praise?  How can you change that this week?

Previous Sermon Series

Real Talk: Missional Markers. 

 

Each week Pastor Cathy will focus on a missional marker.  Besides learning about the core principles of health and mission, there will also be an opportunity for self-assessment.  The goal is to raise awareness for each of these markers and also to look in the mirror to identify our strengths and growing edges.  

Missional Markers - Week 1

Transforming Walk With Jesus

1 Corinthians 5:17-21

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

 

Philippians 1:6

 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

Questions to help you with this week's Devotional:

Christianity is an invitation to new life through Jesus Christ!  What does that mean to you?

Do you see faith as a journey?  Why or why not?

A life of faith means continual growth.  How has God been stretching and growing you lately?

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion!  What stands in your way from seeing God move in your life?

How is your walk with Jesus?

Missional Marker - Week 3

Intentional Evangelism

Romans 10:9-10 & 14-15

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved… How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Weekly Devotional Questions 

What is the gospel?  What does evangelism mean to you?

Are you consciously dependent on the Holy Spirit and open to the people God has in your path?  Why or why not?

What first attracted you to God and the church?  Do you see those aspects in Trinity? Why or why not?

Do you believe the gospel is good news? What holds you back from sharing it with others?

Evangelism is less preaching on a street corner or sharing the “4 spiritual laws” and more about loving with a Christ-like love and sharing how God has changed your life.  We challenge you to be open this week and share your story when prompted!

7/2/17 - Missional Markers: Transforming Walk with Jesus

August 6th, 2017 - The Ultimate GPS: The Word of God

Missional Marker - Week 2

Compelling Christian Communities

 

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

1 Peter 2:12

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

Weekly Devotional Questions:

Your identity is founded in God: as His loved and His child.  Your very nature is as HIS image bearer.  How does that effect how you see yourself?  How does that effect how you see others?

What does compelling mean to you?  What makes a Christian community compelling?  What is not compelling about it?

What first attracted you to God and the church?  Do you see those aspects in Trinity? Why or why not?

How can you be salt and light to others this week?

6-18-17 - Mission and Vision Series - Generations

6-11-17 - Mission and Vision Series - What is Vision?

6-4-17 - Mission and Vision Series - What is Mission?

Vitality Series

Looking at the construct of vitality including a non-anxious presence, conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit, responses to change and others.

4-23-17 - Conscious Dependence on the Holy Spirit

4-30-17 - After Easter?

5-14-17 - Vitality: Life Long Learning

5-7-17 -Non-Anxious Presence

5-21-17 - Vitality: Transition - Faithful in Times of Change

5-28-17 - Vitality: Responses to Change

4-16-17 Easter Sunday

Easter Services

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, Sunday April 9th, 10am

Service of Forgiveness, Wednesday April 12th, 7pm

Maundy Thursday, April 13th, 7pm

Good Friday, April 14th, 7pm

Easter Sunday, April 16th, 10am

4-9-17: Palm Sunday

4-2-17: The Way of Jesus: Prayer

3-26-17: The Way of Jesus:Standing with the Other

Sermon Series - The Way of Jesus

This series will be based on the gaining of a better understanding of Jesus through the Gospel.  We will learn about Jesus through his actions (his "way") and put them into action in our own lives.  We challenge you to 'Know Your Savior' and grow in faith!

3-12-2017: The Way of Jesus: The Company We Keep

3-19-17: The Way of Jesus: Building Friendships

New Mini Worship Series - Behavioral Covenant

Join us on a 3 week study of our Behavioral Covenant.  In the first in this series Pastor Cathy will look at being Christ-Centered.  She talks about our faithful obedience to God and the Scripture as well as our conscious dependency on the Holy Spirit in our prayer.

3-5-2017: The Way of Jesus: Faith & Healing

2-19-2017: Behavioral Covenant: Gifts From God

2-26-2017: Behavioral Covenant: Truth in Love

1-17-2016: When Our World Falls Apart

2-14-2016: Building a Foundatiion

2-21-2016: Bricks for Building

3-6-2016: Take: Bless: Break: Give

1-24-2016: Faith in the Midst of Trial

1-10-2016: Forever Changed By Hardships

1-31-2016: On being Endorphins of the Earth

2-28-2016: Miracles of Jesus

2-12-2017: Behavioral Covenant: Christ Centered

2-7-2016: For Such a Time as This

3-13-2016: Expression of Love

3-20-2016: The Wonderful Cross

3-27-2016: Easter Sunday: The Resurrection

4-3-2016: Birth of the Church

4-10-2016: Losing Sight of Christ

4-17-2016: Can you Hear What I Hear: Guest speaker Brian Snyder

4-24-2016: The Beginning in the End

5-8-2016: Testimony: Madalyn Franklin

5-8-2016: Testimony: Ravyn Feltner

5-15-2016: Called

5-22-2016: Communication: Unity & Maturity

5-29-2016: Who We Are

6-5-2016: Get Involved

6-12-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Thithing

6-19-2016: Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World

6-26-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Service

7-3-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Fellowship

7-10-2016: Seek Peace

7-17-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Fasting

7-24-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Prayer: Guest Speaker Ryan Anderson

7-31-2016: Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude

8-14-2016: Apostle Paul: Humble Beginnings

8-21-2016: Apostle Paul: Thorn in the Flesh

8-28-2016: Apostle Paul: Finishing Strong

9-4-2016: God's Unrelenting Love

9-11-2016: Responding to God in Times of Trouble

9-25-2016: Be His Hands and Feet

10-2-2016: Place of Worship

10-9-2016: Vengeance of God

10-16-2016: Response of Praise

10-23-2016

10-30-2016: Holiness

11-6-2016: I Make all things New: Rev. Dennis Romans

11-13-2016: Great Cloud of Witnesses

11-20-2016: Giving as Worship

11-27-2016: Light Coming into the World

12-18-2016: Christmas Celebrations

12-24-2016: Hope of the World, Faith of the Mother

1-1-2017: Hope of Christ in the New Year

1-8-2017: Revelation: At Risk Church

1-15-2017: Revelation: Critical Moment Church

1-29-2017: Healthy and Missional Church

2-5-2017: Teach By Example

1-3-2016: When We Contribute to the Chaos