The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. Isaiah 58:11-12
These beautiful words point to our theme for Lent this year, Emerging Anew. We invite you to consider your hopes and dreams and God’s hopes and dreams. May the intersections spark our imagination for the world that can be. In addition to liturgy, music, and cosmic images, speakers will share reflections on this Emerging Anew theme each Wednesday. This week’s service includes a powerful reflection from member Sandra Hisakuni.
May the words of our benediction bless all of you this week: O Sacred Darkness of whom we are born, you sing, you bloom and give life. As beautiful blackness guides our feet, we walk with peace into the night, we walk with peace into the night.
The Community Church Newsletter for February 28, 2021, is now available. This week you can learn about Exodus Lending, another partner organization to whom Holy Trinity is donating money. Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, executive director of Exodus Lending, will be on MPR Tuesday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. Tune in to mpr.org to learn more from Sara.
You can read more about Lent. Lent worship videos will be sent on Wednesdays. The videos will also be posted on our website.
There are a few community opportunities. Spread the news about AARP taxes. If you are aged 50 or older, or if you have low to moderate income, AARP will prepare your taxes for free. They are preparing taxes in a COVID-safe way.
And spread the word about the Minnesota Vaccine Connector. It’s easy to sign up, and you will receive information about when and where you can get vaccinated.
Too many ashes this year. This ancient symbol, reminder of our mortality, our brokenness, our creaturely dependence on the One who made us, might be too much this year. It has been a year of reminders of our mortality and brokenness. We breathed in ashes from our neighborhoods on fire, yet not all were able to breathe at all. We felt our mortality anew as we watched the pandemic’s toll rise across our nation and world. Even our democracy seemed on fire as the election came and went and still so much was broken. As you prepare for Ash Wednesday worship, if you are feeling there are just too many ashes this year, then we invite you to anoint with oil instead, to make the sign of the cross on your or another’s forehead to remind you to whom you belong, who loves you no matter what.
The Community Church Newsletter for February 21, 2021, is now available. You can learn about CTUL, another recipient of the money Holy Trinity is sharing with community partners.
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The worship video will be sent on Wednesday. It will also be available at htlcmpls.org and on our Facebook page.
New to the Community Church: We’re all going to learn Swahili together! Pastor Andrea is providing words and phrases to help get us started.
In today’s newsletter, you can read about the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another organization Holy Trinity chose to give money to. There’s also a link to the fourth and final Zoom session of the Reparations: An Introduction and a Challenge discussion series. Use the link from the newsletter (it’s different than the one from last week).
Today’s newsletter can be viewed here. At the annual meeting yesterday, the congregation passed the Stepping Out in Faith recommendations, which means we will be handing out money to 8 of our community partners. The first of the 8 are “showcased” in today’s newsletter. Because the organizations were listed in alphabetical order, today you can learn a bit about the American Indian Community Development Council.
You’ll see links to Pastor Angela on Good Morning, America, some opportunities to sign up/RSVP for events, and links to discussions and events from the past week. There’s a lot to keep you busy!