Ponderings for July 19 2018

“I thank my God upon my every remembrance of you…”  Words from the Apostle Paul to one of the many churches to which he loved and ministered. It reminds me that, even in the summer days when many of the Trinity community are out of town, we can still remember each other and thank the Lord for our fellowship together–the fellowship and baptism at the beach was great! And we can pray for one another.

The staff meets weekly to pray for the people and needs of our church community. A lot of cancer, a lot of pain…and still a lot of hope and encouragement as we hold each other up and ask our Father for his will and for good things to be done. And as we pray, we speak of how encouraged we are by the faith and perseverance and even joy that we see in many whom we diligently lift up each week. You make us think of James’ words: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

It is still July and yet we are imagining and making plans for the fall. Be on the lookout for new ways to connect in fellowship groups this fall—from home groups to women’s discipleship groups to men’s fellowship. The goal is spiritual growth as we seek to know and do life together around Christ and his Word. You will hear a lot about Destiny, a discussion oriented “class” for those who are unsure of their faith or have questions about Christ and life. We are praying that the Holy Spirit powerfully uses Destiny and Trinity to assist many in their spiritual journey. Your Leadership Council approved the proposed 2019 budget this week. I am so grateful to them for their faithfulness and hard work in handling all the details.

Sunday will be a wonderful time of worship as we celebrate our Lord in song and appreciate his plan to restore all things one day! You will also hear of a few community outreach opportunities that will allow us to love others as Christ would.

Whether you here or there in the days ahead, I am grateful for you and the Trinity community. And I thank my God upon my every remembrance of you.”

See you around the bend.
Pastor Paul