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Community Church for January 3, 2021

The Community Church Newsletter is now available.

Today you can read a Christmas message from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She begins her message by talking about AMMPARO. You may be familiar with AMMPARO from a group at Holy Trinity who has been working with the organization for the last 2 years.

Ingrid found time to write a verse to carry us into the New Year. She probably doesn’t sleep…

It’s our first issue of 2021! We got to change the volume number AND the year. This is always such an exciting day.

There’s a link to the Christmas Eve worship service. If you haven’t yet watched it, it is highly recommend it. The worship staff did a wonderful job. You’ll hear the children’s choir, Cantate!, David playing the HT organ, and you’ll see pictures of members with their lit candles (while listening to “Silent Night”). And much of it is recorded in the sanctuary. It’s wonderful to see the space our home again.

Community Church for December 27, 2020

The Community Church Newsletter for December 27, 2020, is now available. Carol Masters wrote a poem about the thank-you notes Holy Trinity sent out to people who donated to our justice fund following the murder of George Floyd. The original notes used the following message (to which Carol refers in her poem):

Dear ____,
We speak his name: George Floyd.
We gratefully acknowledge your generous contribution to the Justice Fund at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Your loving support enables us to serve our community and to be generous with our neighbors as we support the cause of justice together. Thank you for being our partner as we pray for and work toward a more equitable tomorrow.
____ , on behalf of the pastors, staff and congregation.

Worship video for Sunday, December 20

Good afternoon, Holy Trinity,

The worship video for Sunday, December 20 can be found here. This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As you gather your bread and wine, you may also want to find the tea lights in your Advent box. We’ll light four candles.

If you’re using an Advent wreath this season, you may choose to use these words as you light the fourth candle: As our Advent pilgrimage draws to completion, give us love. Not flimsy love. Not fickle love. But the resilient, enduring kind of love that rises to meet unexpected challenges; the resilient, enduring kind of love that embraces the vulnerable; the resilient, enduring kind of love that reaches across time and space. This is the love we find in Jesus of Nazareth—Emmanuel, God with us—whose coming is certain and whose day draws near.

With love,

Pastor Ingrid