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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Forgiveness, at Year's End (Col. 3:13)

Forgiveness, at Year's End (Col. 3:13)

Much of the advice we get from folks who smooth out the wrinkles in the fabric of our shared community is wise and helpful. But St. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, adds a more profound rationale to forgive: “Bear with one another, and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive (Col 3:13).”

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers (James 3:14-4:10)

Blessed Are the Peacemakers (James 3:14-4:10)

Making peace by asking one another for forgiveness is a uniquely Christian task. Above all other things, it is what churches should be facilitating followers of Jesus to do! And yet, humbling ourselves to admit wrongdoing and living in peace with one another is outside of our ability as fallen, strife-loving people. Especially when we are used to being right (as parents, teachers, administrators, and yes…even pastors!), to admit that we are indeed wrong requires a real stepping-down. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Prince of Peace, the One who humbled himself to death..even death on the cross…that we sinners might be reconciled to God and take part in a ministry of reconciliation, too.

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In Unison with Heaven (Rev. 5:13)

In Unison with Heaven (Rev. 5:13)

Today is a chance to get our identity right.  We are, before anything else, forgiven sinners, for Jesus’ sake. Today is also a day to give thanks for the only number that matters—one creation of God—that, though fallen, though perhaps even dying, was originally created “very good” (Gen 1:31), and already joins together in a never-ending hymn in praise of the Lamb who has rescued and redeemed it. 

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