I recently visited the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata Pennsylvania. For those that don’t know, this was a Christian community founded in 1732 by German settlers that came to Pennsylvania to experience religious freedom. Life at Ephrata was very strict, and although some of their practices seem a little overzealous to me, my impression was that this was not only about following a set of rules to earn salvation, but that these were people sincerely practicing their faith while participating in their community in deep and meaningful ways. They not only interacted with other members of the cloister, but they developed strong bonds and relationships with the farmers and townspeople in the immediate area.
This got me to thinking about the bonds and relationships that I have formed at church, and reflecting on these bonds and this sense of community made me thankful for Trinity. As time goes on I feel a stronger sense of community at Trinity, and I am thankful for the many wonderful people that I have gotten to know since I joined the church. It is also a comfort that we strive to serve our neighbors, and that we love, support, and yes, forgive one another. I am thankful for the fellowship and sense of community that Trinity provides, and I pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit in all that we do.
— James T., President