Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a video message for Easter. That video can be found HERE.

Dear partner in ministry,

Weeks may have passed since you last walked in the doors of your
congregation and worshiped, face-to-face, with your community of faith.
To be sure, being the body of Christ looks and feels differently than it
ever has before.

Despite all of this, we are called to be church — together. 
The ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) looks different now, but it has not stopped. Nor have the needs of our
communities and the world. Our church and its leaders continue to
minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for
peace, and to those in need.

The congregations and ministries of this church rely on your weekly
offerings and gifts. Without in-person worship services for many weeks
or even months, the financial impact could be devastating.

Please continue to give to your congregation and give regularly. 
Your congregation and its leaders continue to minister to your
community of faith. This ministry relies on your weekly offerings. Find
out how you can continue your pledge or regular offering though online
giving, automatic monthly giving or mail.

I know that, for many of us, this is a time of uncertainty and financial
hardship. However, for those of you who are in a position to do more,
the needs are great.

In the United States, unemployment has soared. We are already seeing
rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social
services. Around the world, millions of people living in poverty are facing this pandemic without reliable access to sanitation and health care.

With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of
companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. Your gifts to the ELCA’s 
COVID-19 Response Fund will provide funds to the ministries of the
ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our
congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of
reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please help with agift today.

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I have been reflecting on the words of Peter: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (1 Peter 4:10).
Now is a time when we need one another. Now is a time to live and act as faithful people of God.

Be of good courage, dear church, and remember that Christ is with us
now and always.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Did you know that there are appointed readings for Easter Evening? Pastor Kern’s video today uses the Easter Sunday Evening Readings.

The link to the video is HERE.
The readings are:
Isaiah 25:6-9
1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Luke 24:13-49

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.

Hello Trinity Family,

As this week’s meditation (specifically intended for tomorrow, Maundy Thursday), I offer “Verset de procession sur l’Adoro Te” by Leon Boëllmann. It is a setting of the hymn “Adoro Te Devote,” called “Thee We Adore, O Savior” in our hymnals. This hymn focuses on the mystery of Jesus’ real presence at communion, but I think it strikes a special chord this year as we strive to feel Jesus’ presence through worship in our homes. 
The link to the video is HERE.
For your prayerful reflection:
1 Thee, we adore, O Savior, God most true,
thy glory clothed in bread and wine anew;
our hearts to thee in true devotion bow,
in humble awe, we hail thy presence now.
2 O true remembrance of Christ crucified,
the bread of life to us for whom he died;
lend us this life then; feed and ease our mind,
be thou the sweetness we were meant to find.
3 Fountain of goodness, Jesus, Lord and God,
cleanse us, O Christ, with thy most cleansing blood:
increase our faith and love, that we may know
the hope and peace which from thy presence flow.
4 Jesus, by faith we see thee here below;

send us, we pray thee, what we thirst for so:
some-day to gaze upon thy face in light,
blest evermore with thy full glory’s sight.
Amen.

Blessings,
Angela

Greg recorded a message for us this Holy Week. A link to the video is HERE. Thanks Greg!

Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.

Here is the message from Pastor Kern for the Monday of Holy Week, 2020.

Message from Pastor Kern for the Monday of Holy Week, 2020

Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.

Hello Friends!
We are entering Holy Week, and it’s strange that we can’t meet together. I encourage you to make a palm, find a tree branch or grab a coat, as we shout Hosanna together. Here is a link to a palm branch to cut out and color. The link to this week’s video is HERE. The Children’s Bulletins are at this link HERE.

I also encourage you to make a home altar during this time…and the palm can go in it! My home area has a cross, candle holder, and a duck that are important to me and to my relationship with Jesus. What are the things that are important to you in your relationship with Jesus? You can also draw pictures of things that remind you of your relationship with Jesus.

Yes, my prayer area has a duck in it. Ask me the story later.

Also, important to me, is a picture my mom made. This cross has hung in the entrance of every house my mom has lived in since she made it. This picture reminds me that I am God’s Child every time I pass it. Some years, we cover up the picture during Holy Week.

This picture is extra special, because my mom made the picture, and my dad made the frame.

So, this week, think about where you have or where you can create some sacred space in your home as we approach Holy Week.

Anita

Hello Trinity,

What a wild week this has been! On Monday, Anita and I rushed to Trinity to record the service music through Pentecost. Don’t worry, you’ll hear Trinity’s organ on Easter Sunday! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to record the upcoming Wednesday meditations, so this recording features my Rodgers electric organ at home.

Today’s reflection is J.S. Bach’s chorale prelude “Blessed Jesus We Are Here”. I felt it especially appropriate both because of our current stay-at-home order and because yesterday (the day I recorded) was Bach’s birthday!
The link to the video is HERE.

Verse 1:
Dearest Jesu, we are here,
at thy call, thy presence owning;
pleading now in holy fear
that great sacrifice atoning:
Word incarnate, much in wonder
on this mystery deep we ponder.

Blessings,
Angela

At the end of particularly frenetic work from home day yesterday, I opened the dining room windows to get some fresh air and enjoy the spring weather. As has become a bit of a ritual, each early evening most of my neighbors venture out of their houses to be in community with each other at socially appropriate distances. I stepped outside to smile and wave and came back inside to start dinner. After a few minutes I began to hear violins through the open windows. As a violin player myself, I was drawn back outside to see what was happening. Across the street I saw a young person playing her violin from the front porch of her house and on the sidewalk below was a couple playing their violins with her. Then my next door neighbor, who happens to be a professional violinist, emerged from her house with her instrument and within a couple of minutes my neighbor and the young person were playing the first movement of the JS Bach Concerto for Two Violins; across the street from each other. What a gift. This concerto is one of my favorite musical works and I’ve been very blessed to play that same first movement twice at Trinity, most recently just last August with Joshua B. Listening to that music last night reminded me that even in this time of fear and uncertainty, God’s gifts are still all around us and are not impacted by this virus. Let us take comfort in those gifts today; whatever they may be. And let us look forward to the time when we can again celebrate those gifts together in the same space. 

Lord in this time of fear and uncertainty, help us to see your gifts of grace and mercy all around us. Help us to be open to your presence during this time. Help us to take comfort in the signs of spring and rebirth around us and remind us of the promise of the resurrection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sarah G, Council President

Dear Trinity Family,
I hope this Sunday brought you some lightness and joy.  I found the sunshine late today just felt hopeful.
Every day I become more and more aware of just how connected the members of Trinity are to each other, and their neighbors.  It’s such a basic way of being church and it’s encouraging at the same time.
Carol, Angela, and Anita and I are having a good time generating the worship videos and daily contact for you.  We are learning as we go!  But oh how we look forward to the day when the church is filled and we can all be together again.
Remember in your prayers those in the front lines of this pandemic – physicians, nurses, aides, therapists, first responders – may God protect and sustain them.  Remember the sick and suffering among us – those undergoing treatment and those awaiting care.  Remember teachers and school staff about to embark on new ways of teaching and learning.  Remember those who are not able to work and are even now lack the funds to eat, pay rent, etc.  May God bless each and every one.
Pr Kern

Hello Friends!
The link for today’s video (5th Sunday in Lent) is HERE!
Watch the whole video….there is another surprise at the end!
The Children’s bulletins for this week is linked HERE.

David K has done devotion on Luke which can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll see you soon!

Anita