- WELCOME TO TRINITY!
October 24, 2016
Although our online presence may provide a small glimpse into our life together as the people of God here at Trinity, we sincerely hope that you will
Sundays at 9:00am
“Come as you are, but stay in your car!!!” It’s a different kind of worship for a very different time. We hope you can join us!
The service will last approximately 25 minutes, and will be broadcast over a radio signal, rain or shine.
IN-PERSON GATHERINGS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.
DRIVE-IN WORSHIP CONTINUES EACH SUNDAY AT 9:00AM
Dear Trinity Church Family and Friends,
Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, it has become necessary for us to suspend all in-person gatherings for the next four weeks. This decision comes out of conversations between myself and members of Trinity’s congregation council, and members of the reopening committee. It was also prompted by a strong message from Bishop Kusserow, urging all congregations to suspend gatherings out of love for each other and our neighbors.
This will mean that there will be no 10:00am indoor worship in the sanctuary for the next four Sundays. (through Sunday, Dec.13)
This decision will NOT have an impact on drive-in worship in the parking lot, which will continue as usual, each Sunday at 9:00am. I look forward to seeing everyone then. Until then, be safe. Be well. And as always, be the church!
-Pastor Tony Schneck
BE SAFE. BE WELL. BE PATIENT. BE FLEXIBLE. BE FAITHFUL. BE THE CHURCH.
PARISH EDUCATION NEWS…
SUNDAY SCHOOL is remote, virtual, and running!!! Our Sunday School teachers are reaching out to the families of children in our youngest classes. Hopefully, you’ve received an email message with some information regarding faith formation materials and an invitation to a live Zoom meeting. If you haven’t received information about Sunday School, please let us know by calling the church office 724-443-8110. Thank you!
LIGHTHOUSE FOOD PANTRY – Trinity members and friends are encouraged to continue their support of the Lighthouse food pantry. Items may be dropped off at the church in the bin outside the office door, or taken directly to the Lighthouse. Best time to drop off donations there is Thursdays 12-3pm and Fridays 10am-1pm. Monetary donations may also be made, or gift cards for turkeys may be given. ($20 increments please)
From the Lighthouse, here is a current list of needs…
BOX OF SCALLOPED POTATOES
MAC ‘N’ CHEESE
CANS/JARS OF GRAVY
CANNED FRUIT (ANY)
CANS OF VEGETABLES: CORN, GREEN BEANS, CARROTS
BROTH (CHICKEN OR BEEF)
CANS OF SOUP
BOTTLES OF JUICE
PIE FILLING/PIE CRUSTS
CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2020
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Grace to you, and peace…
Once upon a time… Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning of Matthew’s gospel declares that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. More than just an incidental detail, this seems to be an important point the gospel writer wishes to get across. This Jesus, the Messiah (the Christ) God’s chosen one, also called Emmanuel, is the very abiding presence of God. The God of Israel is not a God who is far off, but one who dwells with his people in Jesus.
Right off the bat, Good News in Matthew. God came to be in the world even though it was a mess. He came to teach, to heal, to engage in an earthly ministry in which forgiveness of sins was declared to many. He chose to walk among us, even among tyrants, oppressive regimes, and a corrupt religious establishment which all too often forgot about the poor. He came to help people with sickness and disease. Lord of all. King of the universe. Here, with his people. Here with us.
Jesus is with us still. But where? In another parable of the end, we see that Jesus is with us in those who are hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick, and in prison. The face of Jesus can be seen on those we think are sheep. But the face of Jesus can also be seen where we might not expect to see it. His face can be seen on those we might think are goats.
And what of ourselves? How do we know if we are sheep or goats? We know what side we would like to be on. But we’d like to be more certain than we are.
It’s as simple as this… love your neighbor as you would love Christ himself. Regardless of outward appearance… regardless of what you think of yourself or what others think of you… Do what the Lord commands. Love your neighbor. That’s what sheep do.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was all about loving the one in front of her. She did not seem to concern herself with saving large numbers of people. She did not concern herself with sorting out who was really in need of help and who wasn’t. She wasn’t worried about who was worthy of her help and who wasn’t. Rather than sorting sheep and goats, Mother Teresa spoke about loving the one in front of her, believing that each one was made in the image of God, each one Jesus in disguise.
God with us. Christ the humble king in disguise among us. Christ the humble presence of God long ago in a manger. Christ among the people long ago. And Christ right now, in the middle of our story. Can we see his face? Can we love him in our neighbor?
At the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “I am with you always….” And there it is… Christ the King at the beginning. Christ the King in the middle. And Christ the King at the end. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Come to think of it, although the earthly part of the story has an end, we are promised that this story will go on. We are promised that Christ’s kingdom will have no end. And his sheep shall dwell with him, and will live happily ever after. Amen.
“TLC Out There” message for August 4, 2020
It’s about endurance, not speed. Click here to listen…
“TLC Out There” message for July 21, 2020
“TLC Out There” message for July 7, 2020
“TLC Out There” message for June 30, 2020
“TLC OUT THERE”
is a brief midweek message for those seeking to follow Jesus out in the world. Listen here… (May 19, 2020 edition)
“TLC OUT THERE” is a new “radio” style midweek message. Click here to listen to the first edition, dated May 12, 2020.
Additional messages are also being made available on the “Pastor’s Page.” Please see the menu above.
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RESOURCES FROM THE CHURCHWIDE OFFICE OF THE ELCA
Worship and devotional resources, prayers, updates, and other helpful information.
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
“Family Sunday School” is available from our own Lutheran Sparkhouse publishing. See videos with music and stories, and download free coloring pages and activity pages.
“Illustrated Ministry” is a company which is making available free resources for families during this time. There are lessons, coloring pages, and activity pages for children. See the link below to sign up.
COUNSELING RESOURCES FROM ANCHORPOINT
Anchorpoint Counseling is offering video and phone appointments. See the link below to contact them for help during this time.
“GRAB AND GO” MEALS FOR STUDENTS
Meals made available by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The link and the map provided show locations in our area.
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