Americans are tempted to think of Thanksgiving as a holiday—a day for family meals and shopping deals. Thanksgiving is much more than a day in November. It is a spiritual attitude of the heart. Even secular psychologists recognize that thanksgiving is a key ingredient to thriving in life. Our heavenly Father has blessed us with clothing, shoes, food, drink, house, home, family and friends. The list of God's physical blessings is long. But the list of God's spiritual blessings in Christ is endless! Jesus welcomes us home this weekend. He blesses us with a seat at his thanksgiving table—right next to the saints of the past: Noah thanking God for his family's survival, Corinthian Christians expressing their thanks through love, and a leper thanking Jesus for a new lease on life. May Jesus richly bless us this week as we fill our hearts and minds with thank-filled thinking and our days with thank-filled living. Welcome home!
One of the joys of being home is you need not put on airs. Out in the world, we do all we can to hide our faults and failings. You might be afraid if your boss knew your secrets, he’d give you your walking papers. You might be afraid that if neighbors knew your personal issues, they might consider moving. But we know that in a healthy family, people will love us in spite of our faults.
As a young man, Martin Luther thought of himself as God’s slave. Thus, he was terrified of God. Luther believed God was a harsh taskmaster, looking for every possible reason to punish him. But as Martin Luther studied God’s Word, he realized that was not the case at all. God is a loving Father. He does not pretend we have no brokenness or sin, but he paid for it all by the death and resurrection of Christ. Scripture says that through faith in Christ, we are completely forgiven. We are part of God’s own family—a family where we are loved in spite of our faults.
God’s grace not only frees us from the fear of condemnation and punishment, it frees us to live a better, more grace-filled life. We want to live as God’s children. We want to love and bear with one another—our brothers and sisters—just as our Father loves and bears with us.
Join us this Reformation weekend, as we continue our Welcome Home worship series, celebrating the freedom Christ has given to us.
Death is ugly. It does not matter if someone dies after a long protracted fight with some illness or if they die peacefully in their sleep. Either way, the body goes into the ground and begins to decay. Either way, that person is gone, and their absence is constantly noticed.
Death would be overwhelming were it not for the fact that, for the believer, Christ has completely transformed death. Death is not the end. For those who are part of Christ’s family, death is the beginning of a new and better life, one where the deceased has triumphed over sin and all its consequences.
We thank God for this beautiful gospel truth—that Christians have an everlasting family. When Christian loved ones die, they are not “lost.” Something is lost when: a) you don’t know where it is, and therefore b) you will not see it again. We know exactly where our deceased Christian loved ones are. We look forward to being reunited with them soon in our true home—heaven. Welcome home!
Join us the weekend of November 2–4, as we continue our Welcome Home worship series and celebrate the festival of All Saints.
Twenty-one billion dollars. That is how much Americans spend annually on home security. We want our homes to be a place that our family can feel safe, where they can be apart from everything that can hurt them. However, the reality is that no matter how many locks and alarms and cameras you might use to guard your house, you and your family are not perfectly safe. There is a greater danger than thieves... a greater threat than bullies. There is even something worse than physical death. Judgment Day is coming, and with it, the destruction of all creation. If that day comes and you are not prepared, you begin an eternal nightmare.
In the Church, our brother Jesus has given us a home that is indeed perfectly safe. Not even Judgment Day can touch it. Christians can look forward to Judgment Day with great anticipation. Even as “the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:2), we have Christ’s promise that we will be perfectly safe. In Christ’s house, we need fear nothing. Welcome home!
Join us the weekend of November 16–18, as we continue our Welcome Home worship series and talk about the safety we have in Jesus.
We conclude our Welcome Home worship series this weekend, most appropriately, by talking about the most important member of our spiritual family—our brother, Jesus.
Windsor. Bernadotte. Bourbon-Anjou. Orange-Nassau. Glücksburg. Liechtenstein.
Do you know what those names have in common? They are all names of royal families. A member of each of those families serves as a monarch. The extended members of those families enjoy fabulous privileges, even if the monarch serves largely as a figurehead.
In this Welcome Home worship series, we have seen that Christ has welcomed us into his home and made us part of this family. Today, we see that this is a royal family. Our brother Jesus is King. He does more than serve as a figurehead. Christ rules over all creation for the benefit of his family. He promises us that one day we will sit with him on his throne (Revelation 3:21).
You simply must join us this weekend! We celebrate Christ the King Sunday, a beautiful finale to the Church Year. We praise Christ for his glorious reign. And we thank him for making us part of his royal family, giving us a claim to the Kingdom.
“Army of One” was the shortest lived recruiting slogan in US military history. It was meant to stress the strength of the individual. The Army dropped the slogan relatively quickly because they realized it was contrary to the reality that, in the army, you are completely reliant upon your team. In a stressful situation, the individual can be overwhelmed. He or she needs others. God knows this. The first time God looked at Creation and noticed something was off, the issue was that an individual (Adam) was isolated. “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). Humans are hardwired by God to need fellowship, not just with him, but with one another. So, God is determined to bring believers into a loving, nurturing community—the Church.
Perhaps you have been a part of this Christian family for a long time. Perhaps you once belonged to a church, but for whatever reason drifted away. Perhaps you have never belonged to a church. Whatever may be the case for you, please, join us this weekend on October 12–14. May God help us all to realize that this Christian community—this spiritual home—is something we badly need. Welcome home!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. During the 40 days of Lent Christians prepare for the Savior’s journey to the cross with humble repentance, acknowledging that it was our sins that sent Jesus to the cross to suffer and die. Join us for these midweek services for prayer, reflection, and repentance under the theme of “Three Words of Truth” that focuses on a poignant three-word phrase from the record of Jesus’ passion and resurrection.
Service Times: 3:45 pm and 6:30 pm with Holy Communion.
Join the Christmas Eve tradition! Your calendars are already marked for Christmas Eve, so consider marking 6:30pm for a special candlelight service at Trinity Lutheran. The annual tradition at Trinity includes beloved Christmas carols, an uplifting message from our pastors, and a candlelight prayer and singing of Silent Night.