Ponderings for January 27 2017

Happy Friday Trinity!

Thinking about prayer as I study Jonah for Sunday and thinking about “5th Sunday” Prayer Event this weekend.

In the the midst of a huge storm all the sailors on Jonah’s boat prayed vehemently for “their gods” to rescue them. Jonah, the “believer” in this storm is below deck sawing logs.

Trinity staff team has been racking its collective brain to communicate well and inspire our people to come out Sunday at 5 PM to experience this unique Event. Make it for families! Check! Design it with stations and other interactive ways! Got it! Tell everyone about it through social media ! Done!

And so I ponder, why do Jonah and I and many other “believers” struggle with prayer? We have a lot of our own resources! We don’t seem to have a whole lot of needs (comparatively speaking). We don’t really think it works. We think its more of a divine “to-do list” than a vehicle of fellowship with Lord of the universe who to desires to commune with us. Pick one.

No desire to heap guilt. Just to challenge and compel. You ought to consider taking an hour out of this Sunday afternoon (its even between NFL playoffs and Super Bowl) and experience the Prayer Event. The Lord will meet you and your family and all of us as we creatively and spiritually call on him with all of our hearts and minds. From 5 to 6 PM.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a great week-end. See you Sunday!

Pastor Paul


Ponderings for January 12 2017

Asking myself some questions on a rainy, foggy Thursday morning. (With credit to Terry Pluto and his writing style.)

Q: So, you were up early this morning. How did the Men’s Gathering go?

A: Actually, very well. The camaraderie around my table was good and the topic of courage was right on! Not that I’m counting, but our numbers (counting this Saturday) approach the number of ladies Sue is getting in her discipleship program.

Q: Getting a little competitive there with your wife’s ministry?

A: I’m just sayin’…

Q: So, what’s this “Peace Plan 2017” you were talking about on Sunday?

A: It’s basically a road map for all of us to engage in this spiritual battle for people’s souls and our communities.

Q: Wow, that sounds urgent! How can I know more?

A. Grab a Peace Plan 2017 brochure or go on our website to www.trinitymentor.com/peaceplan

Q: All right I will.

A: And come back this Sunday morning where I will teach and explain things a bit further.

Q: Wait, does that mean you’re not going to teach through a passage of Scripture again?

A: Just this week. Clearly, Trinity’s value and my sweet spot of biblical teaching is not going to be compromised. We will begin a series in the Book of Jonah and then go through the entire New Testament. Just to be clear and convey the urgency of our journey as a church community together, I want to stress the Peace Plan for one more week.

Q: Got it. So, with this being our 2017 plan, what about our conversations regarding the building and our sign and…?

A: Good question. We haven’t forgotten those. The sign is coming. The ground needs to thaw. And the plans for our gathering space and renovations are still in the pipeline. More immediately, we will be replacing the roof on our building.

Q: Wow, that’s going to cost us a bit isn’t it?

A: Sure, roofs are not cheap. We have some monies in our building funds and we will also come to the congregation for additional funding.

Q: So, in general, who foots the bill for Trinity and her expenses?

A: It is the generous and faithful giving of the people in our church community that fuels the ministries and life change around here. Our financial resources come from all of our tithes (giving 10% of our earnings).

Q: What about our Hendrick’s Road property and the money tied up in that? And are we still praying daily at 12:15 for it to be sold?

A: That’s two questions. But yes, we are still praying for that property to sell. We believe that money can assist us in fulfilling the vision of what we believe the Lord is calling Trinity to become.

Q: Does our vision of the future exceed our present resources?

A: In some ways, yes. It should. But we don’t proceed until we secure the resources. That calls for fervent prayer and for rallying together (even future capital campaigns). This will enable us to move forward and, as is always the case, grow spiritually and deeper together.

Q: Speaking of prayer, what’s up with these “Fifth Sundays” I’ve heard about?

A: Starting this January 29th, we will meet to pray as a church. It will be creative and engaging and different. Every fifth Sunday from 5pm to 6pm. Plan on coming!

Q: So, are the Cavs going to beat Golden State 
on Monday
 night? And who are the Browns going to draft with the number one pick?
A: Now you’re asking really hard questions!

I’ll see you Sunday.