Sunday Worship

Traditional Worship 8:30am | Coffee Hour 9:30am | Soul Encounter Worship 10:30am
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Welcome to Trinity Church!

We are part of the mainline Protestant church and are a congregation of the United Church of Christ.

We celebrate a great deal of diversity in terms of theological beliefs and social values. We are welcoming, we are affirming and will not judge you for who you are or how you think.

We are liberal and conservative, moderate and mainstream, progressive and traditional. We stress individual experiences of the presence of God in our world over doctrine. We are tolerant and respect the beliefs and faiths of all people.

 

Our Mission

That All may know the Love of Jesus Christ through heartfelt worship and faith development while celebrating the presence of God in the World today

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Who we are

Trinity is a vibrant, caring community of faith that values children’s and youth ministry, care for the elderly, Bible study and creative and visually exciting worship.

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Community Life

Trinity is committed to being a partner in the community to address poverty issues and be a voice in the struggle for justice, harmony and quality of lives of families in the region.

Worship ministry

Two weekly worship opportunities are offered at Trinity. There is not a dress code, we are comfortable with you coming the way you are.

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Giving

Our congregation members give is many ways including volunteering their time, talents and sharing monetary gifts.

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Education &Fellowship

Trinity offers many opportunities to learn, grow and participate in our faith community.

Contact

Check below for all of our contact information. We’d love to connect.

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“Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:34-36

Many highly respected people have written about the culture of death that seems to have a hold life as we know it. One of the first things I noticed after states started “opening up” was mass shootings resumed. There are so many ways we thoughtlessly and carelessly choose death over life. We choose death when we make decisions driven by greed and accumulation instead of generosity. Many times, the drive to have things leads to decisions that can never sustain life. We choose death when we buy into the hamster wheel lifestyle that never slows down, never stops racing and never allows for rest and refreshment. We choose death when our spending habits and debt makes us a slave to the constant pursuit of more money.

Jesus said, I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly. To be sure, God’s plan for life is very different from the world’s definition of life. COVID-19 has rattled our hamster wheels, halted our Instagram lifestyles, challenged our assumptions, and turned “normal” upside down. While there is a lot of hand wringing about that, what if we chose to see it as a gift; an opportunity to breathe and re-evaluate? Perhaps COVID-19 is giving us an opportunity to choose a different life, one that honors God more, one that makes time for the things that really matter, one where love matters more than profit and value is not determined by wealth and power.

Let us pray. Lord, help us to choose. Help us to choose your ways over the world’s ways. Help us to see ourselves as you see us, instead of depending on our social media feed to define our worth. Inspire us to choose life in you over life in a culture that leaves us hungry, lonely, and lost. Amen.

Faithfully,

Tim
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“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 7:1-3

As a parent before my children became adults, I often had to be the bad guy and tell them they could not do things they wanted to do. There were times, especially as a single dad, that I got tired of telling them no. There were also times when I had to remind myself that my motivation to tell my children no was driven by love, and their safety. In our fiercely independent culture, we need to remind ourselves that when the scriptures tell us not to do something love is what is driving the prohibition. God loves us, and like good parents, God wants to shield us from risky behavior and choices that will have disastrous consequences.

Peter Marshall said, “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Regardless of the political party we claim, or the news source that we trust, it is important to hold on to the perspective that we are being asked to do things we don’t enjoy, like wearing a mask, and refrain from things we do enjoy, like gathering in large groups because those things will help stop the spread of the virus. No one is trying to punish us or take away our rights, the most intelligent infectious disease experts on the planet are trying to avert the disastrous consequences of demanding the freedom to do whatever we want. If we are guided by love, not selfish arrogance we realize the sacrifices we make are for the good of all in a world rocked by a pandemic.

Let us pray. Loving God, you are the loving parent, who seeks to keep us safe and guide us in our decisions. Help us to make decisions that slow the spread of the virus and keep us safe. As people continue to get sick, protect the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Strengthen us all and fill us with hope and love for others. In in name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Faithfully,

Tim
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Thank you Tim !!!

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“My child, keep your father’s commandment, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” Proverbs 6:20-22

In my first Old Testament class in seminary Dr. Walter Brueggemann told the class to open the Bible to Deuteronomy 6. What he said next shocked me. He said, “Now bend the Bible back until you break the binding, so that it will always fall open to Deuteronomy 6; because it is the most important scripture in the in the Old Testament.” Then he said take a red pen an underline these words “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

As a young, naïve seminarian, I was appalled that he told us to deface the Holy Bible. I soon saw his wisdom. The urgency of writing God’s teachings on our hearts, and reciting them to our children morning, noon and night has been lost in a world where families don’t talk and even when we are together everyone is more engaged in their personal electronic devices than they are each other. It is important to write God’s guidance on our hearts.

COVID-19 has shined a light on the economic disparity in our country. We know that loving God with our whole heart is closely tied to loving our neighbor. As we grapple to find the new normal or hit the reset button, going back to the way it was in which some people are systemically denied opportunity does not fulfill God’s laws. As we try to shape tomorrow, maybe we should break the binding on our Bibles so that we will be constantly reminded of the need to love God and love our neighbor without limits.

Let us pray. Good and holy God, thank you for guiding us through life and giving us reminders of the ways you want us to live. Help us to seek your ways with greater consistency and renewed passion. In the name of your son, our dear savior we pray. Amen.

Faithfully,

Tim
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“For human ways are under the eyes of the Lord, and he examines all their paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare them, and they are caught in the toils of their sin.” Proverbs 5:21-22

I remember as a rebellious teenager having a conversation with my mom. She wisely said, “I really don’t think you want to do that. Think about the consequences.” My response was impetuous and arrogant, I said, “I don’t care, I want to do what I want to do!” Sin is usually always tempting. It is appealing and alluring. And we usually tell ourselves lies about sin. Two of the biggest lies we tell ourselves is “nobody will find out” and “it won’t hurt anybody.” These lies are shorthand for “there won’t be any consequences.” I have been around long enough to know that sin hurts people and hurts ourselves. I don’t think any of us will ever be able to stop sinning completely, but we can limit and diminish sin by discerning God’s will and not lying to ourselves about the decisions and choices we make.

When I go into the grocery and hardly anyone is wearing a mask, I feel self-conscious and am tempted to take my mask off. Then I see an elderly couple pushing a cart gathering their groceries and think “Leave your mask on. They are vulnerable.” Unfortunately wearing face coverings has become deeply political. I also think it is a faith issue. My youngest son said it better than I could. He said, “It comes down to people who are willing to care about strangers and those who are not.” I need not remind us that caring about strangers is unquestionably part of what it means to be a follower of Christ. “I want to do what I want to do” is almost never a faithful response to the choices we make.

Let us pray. Almighty God, thank you for embracing us with mercy and grace instead of harsh judgement. Help us make decisions that strengthen our faith and care for the stranger. In the name of your dear son, we pray. Amen.

Faithfully,

Tim
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Thank you Tim !!!

Well said.

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