Dear friends and members of Holy Trinity,
We had plans for another video worship service this week, but as the days unfolded it became clear that everyone’s energy was needed in the community and our worship became the daily work of the congregation.
We typically have 200-250 people worship with us on a Sunday morning, but this past week it’s been somewhere closer to 10,000. Our communion became our ordinary round tables, spread out on the lawn where thousands of neighbors brought their offerings of food, water, diapers, and tools, and thousands more came to take what they needed. Our hymns became the shouts of the protestors, our healing stations became those providing medical relief, our sharing of peace became listening to the needs anyone who found their way to our sanctuary. It’s not the worship we had planned, but the church’s witness and work became the worship that we needed.
The worship video for last week, Sunday, May 24, can be found here: https://vimeo.com/421655820. We welcomed Bishop Ann Svennungsen as our preacher and Assistant to the Bishop, Craig Pederson, who led the service of installation for Pastor Doug Mork.
This week, I’ve attached our recording of “Do Not Be Afraid” which we’ve used in worship several times since March and has become a beloved refrain that accompanies our life together. In addition, here’s a link to the hymn “O Day Full of Grace” lead by Dave Cherwien, cantor of our neighboring church Mount Olive on Chicago Ave. This video was a project of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and over 1,300 church musicians (including me) sent in recordings last week that were stitched together to make one virtual choir.
This week, we pray for those in need. We pray also for the residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul, all those experiencing violence in cities around the country, and all those working for justice. We remember George Floyd, saying his name so that he will not be forgotten, and pray together:
Lord Jesus Christ, your own mother looked on when your life ended in violence.
Our hearts pierced with grief and anger at the death of George Floyd.
We commend him to your wounded hands, and his loved ones to your merciful heart,
trusting only in the promise that your love is stronger than death, and that even now,
you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Thank you for your faithful ministry this week, and for all the ways, known and unknown, that you serve and worship our God of justice, peace, and love.
David Sims, cantor