I hope that 2014 will be a wonderful year for every member of Trinity Church. Three of our church families are busy preparing for weddings this year. Molly and I are learning the joys of being grandparents. A good friend and church member asked us one Sunday by what name we are called. Molly is called Mimi, and I am PeePaw. The sacred mysteries of life, birth, marriage, career, and relationships… life moves in only one direction – forward. The wonderful and sacred mystery of life continues.
Each of us is called by God to participate in God’s salvation and recreation of this beautiful world. Each of us is called to be involved in our church and to employ our spiritual gifts for the building up of our church, our community, and God’s world – as a way of living as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. There are many ways you can do that at Trinity Church. First and foremost, we need to attend worship on Sundays. Weekly, corporate worship is the center of and driving force of our life together. All our missions and ministries move out from there. You and I are created in God’s image, and worship helps us keep in touch with God and clarify God’s image. The prophet Jeremiah once told his people, Israel, “We become what we worship.” Worship helps the image of God within us shine forth in our families, our community, and the world. Worship reminds us of how our lives can become tarnished by sin and the worship of things that aren’t God: power, money, status, sex, self, etc.
Every Sunday provides you, me and our families with opportunities for learning, through our Sunday School and fellowship, through youth, women’s and men’s small groups. You will get to know more people and deepen your spiritual relationship with God and Trinity Church when you become part of one of Trinity’s missions and ministries. Trinity has a number of ministries which thrive on your participation and passion… from weekly small groups, to Martha’s Table, Stanton Elementary tutoring, pastoral care ministries, singing in the choir, to Bible study and outreach.
At the end of the day, by the grace of God, you and I don’t simply go to church; we learn how to be the church. Blessings await us in 2014 when we learn to give ourselves to God in this way. Come on! Join with me and your Trinity family as we live out our call to become and make disciples of Jesus, Christ.