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7150 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
The SE corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave
Across the street from Broward college South Campus lake
(954) 989-1903
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Advent Meditation on Joseph

The reading for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Matthew 1:18-25 This Sunday we read about an angel appearing to Joseph in a dream. We've no...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Farewell and Godspeed to Jacob and Joyce!


After 5 years of Spirit-filled and faithful service, our choir director and lead musician, Jacob Smitter and his lovely wife Joyce will be moving to Martin County to be closer to family. Their last Sunday will be May 25th and we will be celebrating their ministry among us during the coffee hour following the 11AM service on that day.

Barbara Gilson has been appointed Summer Choir Director by  Trinity's Congregational Council. Fall and beyond worship planning, especially with regards to our service music leadership will begin later this summer with updates provided as available

Colossians 3:12-17


Why One Pice of Clothing Really Matters...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/colossians-312-17.html

OFFICE PHONES

The Office Phones are being worked on and will not be up and running until Friday morning.
Sorry for the inconvenience!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Philippians 2:1-4


Dying and Living and Looking and Loving...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/philippians-21-4.html

Isaiah 25: 1, 4a


The refuge who calls us to be one...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/isaiah-251-4a.html

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Revelation 21:1-5



Why awaits us when the first things have passed away....
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/revelation-211-5.html

Friday, April 25, 2014

Matthew 11:28-30


The One in Whom We Rest...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/matthew-1128-30.html

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Matthew 18:14


Why the little ones matter...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/matthew-1814.html

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Psalm 148:1-2


The praise of angels and butterflies...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/psalm-1481-2.html

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Romans 11:20b


As we stand in awe...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/romans-1120b.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The lessons for Sunday, April 27, 2014:

Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is to live together in unity. (Ps. 133:1)

1 John 1:1—2:2

John 20:19-31


I love the post-Easter encounters with Jesus. It's as if the Gospel writers knew that we'd need to be reminded of the amazing thing that has happened. It's no wonder that Thomas said he wouldn't believe until he'd touched the wounds.

Jesus was dead. He wasn't just passed out or in a deep sleep or let off the cross early. He died and rose again.

Notice that here, as elsewhere, Jesus knows what humans need and meets them on that level. He doesn't get huffy. He doesn't say, "Well, if Thomas isn't glad to see me back from the dead, then I'm not going to talk to him. I'll just hang out with people who believe." No, he lets Thomas put his hands inside of his side wound, if that's what it takes.

He forgives the doubt. He forgives the disciples who ran away. He doesn't show up to berate the disciples for hiding in a dark room when they've got work to do. He forgives all the human ways we can't rise to the vision that God has for our behavior, for our blessed lives.

Notice in these post Easter lessons how Jesus roots his actions in the physicality of life. He cooks people breakfast when they've been off fishing. He breaks bread and blesses wine. He presents his very wounded body. For those of us modern Gnostics who want to deny that Jesus was as human as the rest of us, these lessons seem specially placed to help us work against that belief. Jesus was NOT just a mystical creature with a human form that he could put on and take off, like a special set of clothes.

Perhaps that should be a lesson to the rest of us as well. When we feel despairing, we should look for ways to root ourselves in our physical lives; maybe we should try baking bread or cooking a meal. Maybe when we're almost sick with missing the ones that live far away, maybe instead of moping, we should write a letter to our loved ones, telling them how much we love them. Maybe we should plant some herbs or flowers, get our hands in the dirt, remember our roots in the world that deserves our love and attention.

Perhaps this approach would make a good way to minister to others. Instead of some sort of theoretical approach to evangelism, we should look minister to our neighbors’ physical needs; then we can think about their spiritual lives. We should ask people to dinner instead of asking, “If you died tonight, would you go to Heaven?” We should describe the great potluck dinner that awaits them at church, instead of the Heavenly feast that we have to wait so long to experience.

God came to this world to become physically involved--we are called to do the same.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

EASTER MORNING SERVICES!


EASTER WORSHIP at Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines
6:30AM Sunrise Holy Communion Candlelight Service in the Butterfly Garden
9:30 Family Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary
10:45AM Easter Egg Hunt (Meet in front of Charter Hall)
11AM Cantata Service of Holy Communion in the Sanctuary

All Welcome!
Coffee Hour will be going all morning long in the fellowship hall!
Decorate the outside cross with flowers all morning long!

Friday, April 18, 2014

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

HOLY WEEK (remaining services)
APRIL 18th  GOOD FRIDAY
7:30PM      “A Meditation upon The Seven Last Words of Jesus” in word and song with Adoration of the Cross.  
APRIL 20th  EASTER SUNDAY
6:30AM  Outdoor Sunrise with Candle Lighting and Holy Communion
9:30AM  Easter Morning Cross+Generational Service
with Holy Communion
[EASTER EGG HUNT 10:45AM in front of Charter Hall]
11AM  Cantata Service of Holy Communion
(SPECIAL EASTER COFFEE HOUR 7:30AM to 1PM)
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APRIL 27th  THE SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
8:30AM Simple Service of Holy Communion in the loft
9:45AM Worship Together Service in the hall
11AM  Cantata Service Reprise w/communion
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MAY 4th and AFTER
8:30AM Simple Service of Holy Communion in the loft
9:45AM Worship Together Communion Service in the hall
11AM  Full Holy Communion Liturgy in the Sanctuary

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Maundy Thursday.
We celebrate the new commandment: 
Love one another as I have loved you says Jesus.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, says Jesus:
If you have love for one another. 
And love that comes from God in and through Christ Jesus begins with relationships.
Not quoting scripture.
Not trying to love the sinner and hate the sin (which is another way of disguising and excusing our own sin of hating others and labeling it good).
Not drawing boundaries, but by seeing Christ in the other.
Lord, when did we give you food when you were hungry and water when you were thirsty and clothed you when you were naked and visited you when you were in prison?
When you did it to the least of these, says Jesus. You did it to me.
Our evening Maundy Thursday service will take place in the hall as we gather together for a simple meal and engaging the text in which Jesus commands us to love. Not as the world loves, but as God loves us through him. 7PM. All Welcome!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lamentations 5:21


Our calling as Ambassadors of Christ's Restoration
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/lamentations-521.html

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1 Peter 1:3-4


The imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/1-peter-12-3.html

PALM SUNDAY


There are no normal Sundays. At least not at Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines.  Ever. Our "little" 8:30AM service grew from 4 to 8 over the past month and today topped off at 14. We squeezed into the choir loft - our "chapel" for smaller worshipping groups  - and once again the intimacy was a gift. Our 9:45AM Worship Together CROSS+GENERATIONAL Service found us signing and singing the new commandment to love one another  - so that everyone will know that we are Jesus' disciples - a commandment made real as we all shared our highs and lows from the week in our small groups as we wove little crosses together for Palm Sunday. As our 11AM service began a blown transformer robbed us of most of the power to the building - so our choir director kicked up a little "This Little Light of Mine" and the organist moved down to the piano, and we proceeded with Palm Sunday with more than enough light :)  I watch a little girl take her first communion (and get her 3 year old "Amen!" in with a smile on her face).

The Butterfly Garden was full and looking its Sunday best with new plants and lots of mulch laid down from Annie Johnson Broderson's girl scouts and some friends and members of Trinity putting in some overtime. Some of the kids refilled the bird feeders. People filled their cars with folks who needed rides. Everywhere groups were rehearsing for Easter. Another part of our year long renovation was completed as the parking lot was sealed and re-stripped. A volunteer pressured cleaned the sidewalks. Another purchased and replaced the flag for the flagpole. Folks were serving coffee hour and cleaning up and doing a million other things, give or take, that needed doing. To close the day I snuck in and listened to our organist and one of our teen soloists practicing for a sung rendition of Psalm 22 for Good Friday evening service. I would have secretly recorded it, but it was too holy for that.
Blessings All for an awesome Holy Week!
Pastor Keith

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Isaiah 49:10


The place to which the humble are always guided...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/isaiah-4910.html

Friday, April 11, 2014

FOOD PANTRY

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

Current pantry needs

- canned tuna
- vienna sausage
- jelly
- chunky soups, chili or stew

We are also in need of " travelsized" soaps. ...


Summer is almost here ! If you are a high school student in need of community service hours we would love your help !!!

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING OUR MININSTRY

PALM SUNDAY

JOIN US FOR PALM SUNDAY!
Sunday April 13th
8:30AM Simple Service of Holy Communion in the Choir Loft
9:45AM CROSS+GEN "Worship Together" Service in the Hall
11AM HOLY COMMUNION WORSHIP in the Sanctuary with "Cry of the Whole Congregation" dramatic presentation of the passion.

There will be palms ands palm crosses, of course.
And always, Jesus!

BOLD Justice Update


WE WON!!!

BOLD Justice

AFTER 2 ½ YEARS OF HARD, PERSISTANT WORK, THE BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION VOTED ON TUESDAY TO APPROVE THE “WORFORCE INVESTMENT ACT”.

 THE SUN-SENTINEL GAVE BOLD JUSTICE RECOGNITION FOR THE IDEA OF THE ORDINANCE AND FOR GETTING COMMISSIONER DALE HOLNESS TO SUPPORT IT.

 COMMISSIONERS DALE HOLNESS, KRISTEN JACOBS, BARBARA SHARIEF, MARTY KIAR AND TIM RYAN ALL VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT. 

 IN ADDITION TO THE JOBS ISSUE… AT THE NEHEMIAH ACTION, THE STATE ATTORNEY, BROWARD SHERIFF, AND HOLLYWOOD POLICE CHIEF ALL COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENT / EXPAND CIVIL CITATION TO KEEP CHILDREN OUT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM!

 THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR BOLD JUSTICE!!!

 COME CELEBRATATE AT THE JUSTICE MINISTRY CELEBRATION: TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD, 2014; 7:30pm – ST BONIFACE CATHOLIC CHURCH (8330 JOHNSON ST, PEMBROKE PINES FL 33024)

 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Romans 8:26-27


When sighs too deep for words speak through our silences...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/romans-826-27.html

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PALM SUNDAY, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

PALM SUNDAY APRIL 13th
8:30AM
Simple Service of Holy Communion

9:45AM
CROSS+GENERATIONAL Palm Sunday at our Worship Together Service. With Holy Communion as always – and as always all welcome!

11AM   
“The Cry of the Whole Congregation”
A Dramatic Presentation of Christ’s Passion with Holy Communion

HOLY WEEK
APRIL 17th  MAUNDY THURSDAY
NOON          
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Service

7PM        
A Simple Meal provided. A Mural to be made. A Mutual Conversation. And More. Experience an unforgettable Maundy Thursday service in an experiential, participatory, interactive and communal way.  Meets in Charter Hall.

APRIL 18th  GOOD FRIDAY
NOON    
Tenebrae (readings and extinguishing candles) with Adoration of the Cross

7:30PM    
 “A Meditation upon The Seven Last Words of Jesus” in word and song with Adoration of the Cross.  

APRIL 20th  EASTER SUNDAY
6:30AM
Outdoor Sunrise with Candle Lighting and Holy Communion

9:30AM
Easter Morning Cross+Generational Service
with Holy Communion

11AM  
Cantata Service with Holy Communion
(SPECIAL EASTER COFFEE HOUR 7:30AM to 1PM)

Song of Songs 2:11-12a


Why We Should Always note the time in Song...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/song-of-songs-211-12a.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, April 13, 2014:

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11

Gospel: Matthew 26:14--27:66

Gospel (Alt.): Matthew 27:11-54


The verses above don't include the readings that are often read at the beginning of the service, the Palm Sunday story. Those of you who have been going to church for awhile may have noticed that Palm Sunday sometimes stretches for a longer time than Easter Sunday. There's so much we cover these days. We start with the Palm Sunday story--some churches actually have their congregants start out seated, then they rise and march around the church, either inside or outside, and then they sit down again. And then, when they get to the readings, they hear the whole story of the Passion. We get Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday all in one Sunday.

Some years this approach irritates me.  I want to dwell in the jubilation of Palm Sunday without launching immediately into the Passion narrative, the pain and crucifixion.  The world will destroy us all too soon.  Can't we stay with the triumphant procession just a wee bit longer?

But so far, I've had an Ash Wednesday kind of year.  Each week brings reminders of that Ash Wednesday message that we are dust and to dust we shall return--and very quickly, much too quickly.

A Sunday which contains both the Palm Sunday narrative and the Passion narrative seems honest to me this year.  The crowd who loves you one Sunday will have turned against you by the following Thursday.  The crowd who acclaims you one month will be denying you and demanding your death the following month.  And even if we can avoid this kind of public humiliations, there are all the betrayals by our friends, loved ones, and by our very bodies.

What do we do with this knowledge?

The corridor between Palm Sunday and Easter instructs us in what to do.  We can watch out for each other.  We can find like-minded humans and stay together in solidarity.  We can make meals and take time to eat together. 

We can go even deeper into our care for each other, and on Maundy Thursday, we get a glimpse of that kind of care.  Some churches will read the Maundy Thursday text of the woman anointing Christ's feet with oil.  Some churches will read the Maundy Thursday text that shows Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.

Good Friday reminds us that we can do all these things, and still we may have to stand by helplessly as those whom we love are ravaged.  Or we may find that we are ravaged.

Happily, we have Easter to remind us that we are not struggling in vain.  Easter shows us that God can take the most dire ugliness and transform it into redemption.

Perhaps this is one of those Lenten seasons where you find yourself surrounded by all sorts of ugliness:  lay offs at work, cancers of all kinds, death of dear ones, the list could go on and on.  The Palm Sunday/Passion Week trajectory reminds us that we worship a God who has experienced this truth of the human condition first hand.

But we also worship a God who has been working through time and outside of time to transform this human condition.  We don't always see it, but Easter assures us that the process is in place and that resurrection will break through, even in the most unlikely circumstances.

Monday, April 07, 2014

REMINDER: TRINITY'S NEW MAILING ADDRESS


***Trinity’s NEW MAILING ADDRESS***
 
Trinity Lutheran Church
8362 Pines Blvd Suite 431
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Psalm 139:9-12


Why the night shall never sing a song of victory...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/psalm-1399-12.html

Sunday, April 06, 2014

BOLD JUSTICE ACTION NEEDED!


Dear Trinity Members and Friends,
Our BOLD Justice Nehemiah Action this past Thursday was a success, with over 1,100 people packing St. Mark's Catholic Church and seeking justice on issues of employment, juvenile justice, and children's reading and academic achievement.

Thank you if you were one of the people who came out to make our collective voice heard!  Whether you were able to join us or not, there are still TWO important ways that you can make a difference in helping BOLD Justice win a victory on the employment issue.
This Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m., the Broward County Commissioners will meet to consider the Workforce Investment Ordinance that BOLD Justice has been instrumental in bringing to this point.  It needs five votes for passage.  So one thing you can do is attend the Commission Meeting on the 4th floor of Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.  Try to come by 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in order to get through security in time for the meeting at 2 p.m.  There is a nearby Government Center Parking Lot where you can get a parking ticket that will be stamped to provide you free parking.  Wear RED to show you are part of BOLD Justice and that you support the ordinance.

The ordinance would give unemployed people in Broward County a better opportunity to get some of the jobs relating to contracts with Broward County.  The county spends over $2 billion every five years for public works projects.  Local hiring agreements, such as what this ordinance would enact, have been proven to provide high quality, high skill jobs to traditionally hard-to-hire populations. 

And whether or not you can join us on Tuesday, you can still make your voice heard by calling the commissioners on Monday in support of the ordinance, or by emailing them.
Below, we are providing a script that you may wish to use for the calls or emails, with some specific contact information below that for the various commissioners.  One thing you should know:  one commissioner may bring a weaker proposal to the commission meeting which would replace the ordinance with a program.  A program does not carry the legal force of an ordinance and could be discontinued at the whim of the Commission at any time.  BOLD Justice is standing firm in its commitment to the unemployed by standing firm for the Workforce Investment Ordinance.

Phone or Email Script (make sure you fill in your name and you can provide your address if you are a Broward County resident):
Hi, my name is _______________.  I live here in Broward County.  I am a supporter of the efforts that packed St. Mark's Catholic Church on Thursday night in support of Broward's unemployed citizens and other important justice issues.  One of the things discussed was the upcoming Broward Workforce Investment Ordinance.

I am contacting you to express my support for the passing of this ordinance.  This ordinance would be a strong step towards helping the 54,000 unemployed people living in Broward County.  In order for it to gbe effective, it needs to be a requirement for all companies doing business with Broward County, not a voluntary program.  On April 8th at the public hearing, as a representative of Broward County, please support the ordinance.  Many of us will be there to show our support for the ordinance.  I hope we can count on your support, too.
Commissioners:
Mayor Barbara Sharief  954-357-7008, bsharief@broward.org
*Mayor Sharief was unable to attend the Action on Thursday, but she sent a letter expressing her support for the ordinance.
Vice Mayor Tim Ryan  954-357-7007, tryan@broward.org
*Vice Mayor Ryan was scheduled to attend the Action on Thursday, but he showed up at the very end and therefore was not able to participate as planned.  He has not stated clearly whether he will support the ordinance.

Dale Holness  954-357-7009, dholness@broward.org
Commissioner Holness has been the person working to move this ordinance forward for a vote.  He expressed his full support at the Action on Thursday, but we are concerned that he may give in and accept a program rather than an ordinance.  Please urge him to remain BOLD for Justice!

Martin Kiar 954-357-7001, mkiar@broward.org
Commissioner Kiar had planned to attend the Action on Thursday, but his mother died earlier in the week and her funeral was Thursday.  Please express your sympathies to Commissioner Kiar.

Kristin Jacobs  954-357-7002, kjacobs@broward.org
Commissioner Jacobs notified BOLD Justice that she was unable to attend the Action on Thursday due to an out-of-town appointment.

Stacy Ritter  954-357-7003, sritter@broward.org

Commissioner Ritter did not attend the Action on Thursday.

Chip LaMarca  954-357-7004, clamarca@broward.org
Commissioner LaMarca did not attend the Action on Thursday.

Sue Gunzburger  954-357-7006, sgunzburger@broward.org

Commissioner Gunzburger did not attend the Action on Thursday.
Lois Wexler    954-357-7005, lwexler@broward.org
Commissioner Wexler did not attend the Action on Thursday.  Commissioner Wexler has said she will propose a program as an alternative to the Workforce Investment Ordinance.  BOLD Justice feels a program would be a much weaker and less effective alternative.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

John 12:26a


To be in the place where Jesus is...We must follow Jesus
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/john-1226a.html

Friday, April 04, 2014

Isaiah 42:16


Unforsaken along the roads we do not know...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/isaiah-4216.html

Thursday, April 03, 2014

1 Peter 3:15-16a


Our ever-ready defense of hope...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/1-pete-3-15-16a.html

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NEXT BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK DAY


NEXT BUTTERFLY GARDEN ADVENTURE  - join us at the Trinity Lutheran Church Butterfly Garden on Saturday April 5 from 10AM until 1PM as we plant, mulch and wonder in preparation for the Easter Sunrise service that will be taking place there.

Psalm 108:4-5


What is Higher than the Heavens? 
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/psalm-1084-5.html

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Psalm 90:1-3


Turning to the Place of our Dwelling...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/04/psalm-901-3.html