A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

Perhaps, like Peter, we need to learn that the church of God is a church of all nations and races. Perhaps, like Peter, we need to see again how the Spirit of God is both powerful enough to brings those we deem “outsiders” in and powerful enough to convince “insiders” that we are to cross the boundaries and divisions that separate us.

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Community Around the Waiting and Welcoming Father (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Community Around the Waiting and Welcoming Father (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

Three years ago, Trinity’s Board of Elders met at Camp Maria Retreat Center to take on an issue identified by Trinity members at that time as a focus area for our congregation: the need for more comprehensive, intentional work in forming and leading small groups. Today, our congregation has six regularly gathering neighborhood small groups in California, Calvert County, Lexington Park, Hollywood, St. Inigoes, and Tall Timbers (you can find meeting times and locations of each at this link).

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The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

The Gift of "Now" (Luke 13:1-9)

“Now” is a gift given to the tree (and to us) to take note of what the divine Vine-Dresser has done on our behalf. “Now” is an opportunity to draw on the gift of Life only Jesus can give. The grace period is short. The call is imminent. But the Jubilee Year Jesus came to proclaim would be one of forgiveness, restoration and second chances (4:19).

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The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

The Problem of Half-Truths in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)

Last Wednesday we wore the cross of Jesus in ashes on our foreheads in remembrance of the Truth that as sinners “we are dust, and to dust we shall return” (cf. Genesis 3:19). This Sunday many of us will watch as a new child of God, Rhett Russell Gagnon, receives the gift of New Life in Holy Baptism and the same image …the cross of Jesus that brings forgiveness and renewal…is traced over his forehead.

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Deep Sea Fishing (Luke 5:1-11)

Deep Sea Fishing (Luke 5:1-11)

This past week at Trinity we distributed a questionnaire asking all of you how you thought we were doing in the area of connecting people to Jesus through worship, one of the three key parts (Word of God, worship, and caring service) of Trinity’s mission statement. One part of that questionnaire asked those taking it whether they had ever invited another person to church. I was surprised (and grateful) that many of those responding answered that they had…and that the result had been positive. But a different answer I read was one I found myself relating to….”

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A "Today" that Is Real for Us Every Day (Luke 4:16-30)

A "Today" that Is Real for Us Every Day  (Luke 4:16-30)

The Good News of God’s righteous reign isn’t just in the past or for “someday,” but for now. It isn’t just for yesterday or tomorrow. Thanks to the crucified and risen Christ, it was for the people of Luke’s Gospel (and for us!) to enjoy today.

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Good Wine, Sour Wine, and Real Community (John 2:1-12; 19:28-30; 15:1-5)

Good Wine, Sour Wine, and Real Community (John 2:1-12; 19:28-30; 15:1-5)

Every Sunday I get to see something that most of you who read this posting do not. It’s the faces of all the people in our congregation as they receive the bread and wine of Holy Communion in our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

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The Gift of the Real Three Kings (Luke 3:15-22; Isaiah 43:1-7)

The Gift of the Real Three Kings (Luke 3:15-22; Isaiah 43:1-7)

The gift of the real Three Kings is a game-changer because nothing…neither fire/brimstone nor the overwhelming force of the mightiest waters (Is 43:2) can ultimately overwhelm us and do us in. Why be anxious about tomorrow? What is left to fear?

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Seekers...and the One Who Finds (Matthew 2:1-12)

Seekers...and the One Who Finds (Matthew 2:1-12)

Last Sunday gave us an invitation to rejoice with Simeon and Anna (the faithful people of God in the temple) over a “God-sighting,” as they saw the very face of God in the person of the baby Jesus. This Sunday is a reminder that there are also those who are “on the way” to seeing Jesus. And maybe God’s way of helping them see Jesus (and so, know they are “found” by Him) is to put you and me in their path.

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