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a blended service of traditional and contemporary elements with communion

In the hall at 9:45AM
scripture, prayer, and creative response with communion

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We have moved the service that was tentatively planned for this Friday July 13th to Friday, September 21st 7PM-8:30PM in commemoration of th...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trinity's Christmas Eve Cantata (reprise) and Service of Healing
with Communion
SUNDAY JAN 6th our regular schedule returns at 8AM Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary, *10AM Worship Together blend of education, worship and family faith formation in the hall, and our 11AM service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Trinity Office Admnistrator SAM Newton and her husband Dan and Son Allan had house fire last night. No injuries but extensive damamge to upper floor. Dan lost all of his clothes which is most immediate need at the moment (unless you are an electrician who can check over house so they can have power restored.) Dan sizes: Shoes - 10; Pants 30-32, socks, sweatpants (med), shirt med.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Meditation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The Narrative Lectionary readings for Sunday, December 23, 2012:

Luke 1:26-49

Optional Reading: Psalm 113 or 113:9

How interesting to get to the Sunday where the Narrative Lectionary finally begins to dovetail with both the Revised Common Lectionary and some of popular culture. Today in the Narrative Lectionary, we see and hear (again?) the promises of the angel Gabriel and Mary's response.

Many of us are already preparing for Christmas as we loop back to the beginning of the story. I read the Narrative Lectionary lessons the morning after I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. What a remarkable television show, with Linus reciting, in the language of the King James Bible, the true meaning of Christmas. Year after year we watch this unabashedly Christian Christmas special that airs into a popular culture that usually wouldn't endorse a pro-Christian stance. And then there's the larger message of Christmas that drenches the whole story: that love can redeem us all, from the scrawniest tree to the most ineffective person to the most suffocating/repressive/brutal kinds of culture, whether that culture be a group of elementary school kids or the empires of the world.

The Narrative Lectionary has been reminding us of God's collision with the brutal world. God always has a better vision for us than we can dream for ourselves. God always has a need for collaborators to help with the redemption of the world. God can use the most unlikely humans, the ones the world would cast away. And amazing things often happen when those human outcasts say yes to God.

The story of Mary and Elizabeth is a classic story of God's call and human response. Here's a story of two women, two women unlikely to conceive, one because she is unmarried, one because she is barren. The angel reminds us, "For with God nothing will be impossible."

That message leaps out to speak to us in our cynical age. We've grown used to tales of those in government or big business who take bribes or steal money. With each new scientific or technological advancement, we wonder how it will be abused or go terribly wrong. A nation or people that commits genocide no longer has the power to shock--after the 20th century, you'd have to kill a lot of people to make it into the record books of murderers. We're a culture drenched in irony and knowing smirks. What we seem to lack is hope.

The angel tells Mary not to be afraid, and that, too, is a message we need to hear. Don't dance with your dread. Don't keep company with your fears, your worst case scenarios. Dream big. Think of the world God promises: God will fill the hungry with good things. The one who is mighty does great things for the lowly.

Listen to Gabriel again. God has a use for each of us, if we can hear the message through our fears and doom and gloom. No one is too insignificant. If God can accomplish great things by means of a young woman, a barren woman, a variety of wandering preachers and prophets, just think what God might accomplish with all of our gifts and resources.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Final Reminder: Gingerbread-a-palooza
SUNDAY DEC 16th at 12:15PM.
Bring some icing and decorating stuff to share.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Meditation on This Sunday's Reading

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, December 16, 2012:

Isaiah 61:1-11

optional text: Luke 4:16-21

Today we read the chapter of Isaiah that we'll find echoed throughout the story of Jesus and his ministry. In the optional reading for today, this passage appears as the text that Jesus reads as an adult when he first preaches. He says that the prophecy has been fulfilled. We also hear echoes of the text in the Magnificat that Mary sings when she and Elizabeth visit each other during their pregnancies.  We will be hearing this text from the first chapter of Luke this Sunday at Trinity Lutheran.

Unfortunately, the next two thousand years of history show that there's still plenty of work for the people of God to do. The redemption of the world has indeed begun, but in many ways, it's not complete. And much theology tells us that God needs our help.

This chapter of Isaiah tells us what the people of God should be doing. If God had a business plan, we could find it here. If God had a mission statement, we could use one of these verses.

The verbs should not be a surprise to the faithful: bring, proclaim, grant, give. The populations that concern God should be familiar too: the afflicted, the captives, the mourners.

Here, in this chapter, in such inspiring language, once again we hear God's promise: repair of the ruins, new life out of devastation, recompense for wrongs done, and the kind of joys we associate with weddings.

This chapter of Isaiah provides such chapter and hope. For so many people, 2012 has been a difficult year. For so many people, every year is a difficult year. Isaiah tells us that to be human is to suffer. But Isaiah also gives us the promise that God is at work in the world. Isaiah reminds us that even when we can't see God moving amongst us, God is there, binding wounds, knitting brokenness back into new life, and planting seeds in the ruins.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

REMINDER! This Sunday - potluck and Gingerbread decorating!
Dish to share and bring some icing and stuff to share and decorate with  - we'll provide the gingerbread! (though if you want to bring some, that's cool).  ALSO - we will be collecting GENTLY used teenage clothes to give to the Lippman Youth Shelter that day. our special guests. Please join us!

Monday, December 10, 2012

TUES, DEC 11th at 7:00pm. Please bring at least two dozen cookies – one to share and one for our shut-ins.   We will have liturgical dancers and special Christmas music. The CONGREGATION IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE… don’t forget to bring family and neighbors!
Featuring our 10AM Worship Together Service

Friday, December 07, 2012

Meditiation on This Sunday's Narrative Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, December 9, 2012:

Joel 2:12-13, 28-29

optional reading: Luke 11:13

Pastor Keith will preach on Luke 1:  26-38, which dovetails nicely with these texts

Last night, my spouse and I had a special guest to our house for dinner. Our campus pastor, who has moved on to other tasks, was in town, and we were happy to host him. How amazing that after all these years, we're still in touch and happy to see each other.

We talked of all sorts of things, mainly church related. His current work has him travelling to various churches across various ELCA Synods, so he's seeing how people are living their faith in real time in various settings. It was fascinating.

We talked of the challenges for the church (both the ELCA and The Church in a wider context) as we move forward through this century. We talked of our various wearinesses.

I find the words of the prophet Joel particularly comforting this morning. Humans have a tendency to look back and to see a golden age which has passed. Most of us look back with blinders. We don't remember how life really was when we were living it.

The ancient texts are a helpful counterpoint here. We see Joel calling on the people to repent. We get a sense that actions above and beyond the usual repentance are in order: fasting, weeping, opening of hearts, and making offerings.

Sounds similar to our age, does it not?

The last part of the passage for this Sunday's lectionary gives the promise that God's spirit will be poured out on believers and wonderful events will ensue. We will be drenched with visions for a better life--and we can assume that God will give us what we need to be able to fulfill those visions.

As we move through the Advent season, we move closer to the Christmas holiday that celebrates the fulfillment of Joel's promise in a spectacular way: God incarnate in the manger. Luke 1:  26-38 takes us to the early days of that fulfillment:  Gabriel giving Mary a vision of miracles, fertility where only barrenness and emptiness should exist.  Mary says yes to God's alternate vision, and new life blooms.

That was long ago, of course.  But it's important to remember that the Holy Spirit still moves among us. It wasn't just a one time special event in Bethlehem. We're still blessed with visions and dreams--and if we have eyes to see, we can see that those visions, dreams, and prophesies lead us to glorious places and experiences.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

at Trinity Lutheran, Pembroke Pines!

5:00PM A service of light! We begin outdoors in the Butterfly Garden, bringing the light into the darkness of the sanctuary, spend most of the service indoors through communion, t...
hen finish again in the garden with candles and the singing of Silent Night at sunset.

7:30PM A Cross+Generational Service for all! Hear the story of the birth of Jesus and participate in it! Beautiful music! Puppets! Communion! Silent Night with Candles!

11PM Our CANTATA SERVICE featuring music and narration with the Trinity Cantata Choir under the direction of Jacob Smitter. With Candles and Communion!

*Please Note: This year we have special battery operated candles for our littlest ones
We are collecting gently used teenage clothing now through SUNDAY DECEMBER 16th

Clothing may be dropped off in the office or in the narthex.


and also on Thursdays Dec 13th and 20th noon to 1PM
We will have soup and bread and dive into the four texts that we will be using this Advent in Worship. Join us in Charter Hall! All Welcome!
HAVE YOU MARKED SUNDAY DECEMBER 16th at 12:15PM on your calendar????
Open to all ages, all people - bring you children and your children's children, your friends and neighbors AND their children! Come out for a Christmas potluck lunch and the opportunity to decorate gingerbread men and share in some Christmas Fellowship! We ask that those attending please bring a tub or tube of icing to share as well as a decorating element like sprinkles or red hots and so forth.

We are also collecting gently used clothes for the youth shelter - clothes may be brought in any day up to DEC 16th and dropped off in the offcie or the box in the narthex!

Monday, December 03, 2012


Thank you so much for your generous food donations. We are extremely grateful and excited to report that beginning 2013, we will be adding evening hours. (Hours will be posted soon) Please note that the food pantry is intended to provide temporary food assistance and is entirely supported by donations. We are making every effort to provide every family similar food items and although we certainly accept & appreciate ALL donations; from time to time, we may place certain food items on our wish list. Currently, if you would like to make a donation from our wish list, we are asking for canned chicken and breakfast items, ie, cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, etc. Lastly, please save any LARGE plastic bags you receive from retail stores and place in the Food Pantry shopping cart located in the Narthex. These bags are usually sturdy and a great way to distribute food. Please feel free to contact Dany Vega at (954) 907-1562 with any questions.

Thanks again for your support!