WORSHIP WITH US!
8:30AM, 9:45AM in the hall, or 11AM

Location:
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
tlcppines@gmail.com


Join Us For Worship!

Join Us For Worship!
Sundays at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, and 11AM

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOLD JUSTICE!


3 hours

3 hours total of your time THIS Thursday night is all it takes to make a difference in Broward County.  Seriously. 

Please join Broward Organized Leaders Doing (BOLD) Justice Thursday, April 3rd @ 7:30-9:00pm (registration begins at 6:45pm) at Saint Mark Catholic Church 5601 S Flamingo Rd in Southwest Ranches.  We are tackling some serious problems in our community and we will be offering viable solutions to our elected officials whom have been invited to this event.  And all you have to do is be there to show them that you care about these issues too.  It’s that simple.  Sit in a room with 1,800 other people who care about the same thing and stand BOLD for social justice. 

Thank you for your support.

 

·        Elementary School Reading

44% of children in 3rd grade in Broward County Schools cannot read on grade level.

Dillard Elementary School launched Direct Instruction in August 2013.  We will receive a progress report from them.

 

·        Unemployment

67,000 people in Broward County are unemployed.

We are seeking a job ordinance that will encourage local hiring by companies that contract with the county for $250,000 or more, requiring exclusive interviews with qualified Broward candidates for the first 5 days. 

 

·        Criminal Justice

In 2012, Florida arrested 73,371 youth for non-violent offenses.  Over the last 5 years, Florida arrested 4,839 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.  These children receive criminal records that keep them from getting jobs and college scholarships later in life.

We are joining 9 other justice organizations in Florida to launch a statewide campaign to reduce youth arrests by diverting non-violent offenders to community based civil citation programs, that have better rates of success at changing behavior, save money and do not leave children with a criminal record.

Psalm 63:5-7


Singing with Joy from under the Wing of God's Love...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-635-7.html

Sunday, March 30, 2014

WELCA SPRING GATHERING


WELCA SPRING GATHERING

Saturday April 5th 9AM to 2PM at Zion Lutheran Church

959 SE 6th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Come join the women of the Broward-Bahamas Conference for a day of fellowship and to hear God's call through a Bible Study based upon Romans 12. Please RSVP by Monday March 31st to Jackie Haynick (954) 647-8131   jackiehaynick@yahoo.com

$10 per person, includes welcome coffee, lunch, and one free Vera Bradley raffle ticket.

MARCH 30th Sermon Audio

Sermon Audio of Pastor Keith's Sunday March 30th sermon is now available. Listen to it via the player at the top of this page or use this link: http://www.buzzsprout.com/11862/161949-our-calling-to-love-others-as-god-in-christ-jesus-loves-us

Saturday, March 29, 2014

FOOD PANTRY NEWS

FOOD PANTRY NEWS

We are in need of

- vienna sausages
- jelly
- any canned soup , stew or chili
- any brand protein drink ( can be any flavor ) for an
elderly Lady in our congregation

THANK YOU for your support ! It 's greatly appreciated !

Psalm 104:33


The Song of our Life/Our Life as a Song of Praise
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-10433.html

Friday, March 28, 2014

BUTTERFLY GARDENING TOMORROW! JOIN US THIS SATURDAY!


Join us Saturday at the Trinity Butterfly Garden any time between 8:30AM and noon as we continue to prepare the gardens for Easter!

WELCA SPRING GATHERING


WELCA SPRING GATHERING
Saturday April 5th 9AM to 2PM at Zion Lutheran Church
959 SE 6th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Come join the women of the Broward-Bahamas Conference for a day of fellowship and to hear God's call through a Bible Study based upon Romans 12. Please RSVP by Monday March 31st to Jackie Haynick (954) 647-8131   jackiehaynick@yahoo.com 
$10 per person, includes welcome coffee, lunch, and one free Vera Bradley raffle ticket
Contact Earline LaCroix if you require more information

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Matthew 5:43-46b


The Hardest Thing About Becoming Children of God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/matthew-543-46b.html

Romans 12:2


Unconformed and Transformed: A Day in the Life of us....
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/romans-122.html

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORK CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY!


Join us at the Trinity Butterfly (and fruit tree!) Garden as we prepare the Gardens for Easter - weeding, planting, mulching, and enjoying the beauty of it all! Come by in work clothes any time this Saturday between 8:30AM-noon. Bring hand rakes and hand shovels if you have them. Great Opportunity for School Service Hours!

Luke 9:23-24


The Daily Cross Words...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/luke-923-24.html

Monday, March 24, 2014

Psalm 4:6b-8


The Light in Which Bathes us in Safety as We Sleep
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-46b-8.html

WELCA SPRING GATHERING

Saturday April 5th 9AM to 2PM
at Zion Lutheran Church,
959 SE 6th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Come join the women of the Broward-Bahamas Conference for a day of fellowship and to hear God's call through a Bible Study based upon Romans 12.

Please RSVP by Monday March 31st to Jackie Haynick
(954) 647-8131   jackiehaynick@yahoo.com
$10 per person, includes welcome coffee, lunch, and one free Vera Bradley raffle ticket.

Isaiah 51:3


The Voice of Song in the Midst of the Wasteland of our Brokenness
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/for-lord-will-comfort-zion-he-will.html

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Romans 2:1



To live the excuse-free life...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/romans-21.html

Friday, March 21, 2014

Psalm 31:12, 14-15a


The One in whose hand our time is kept and lovingly...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-31-12-14-15a.html

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Zephaniah 3:19b


How the Story Really Ends...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/zephaniah-319b.html

Hebreews 1:1-3a


The Reflection of God's Glory that Sustains Us...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/hebrews-11-3a.html

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

BUTTERFLY GARDEN WORKDAY

The Trinity Butterfly Gardens got trimmed back a bit due to the work on the Roof.
So now it is time to do a little planting, a little weeding, a fair bit of mulching and much rejoicing as we prepare the Trinity butterfly Garden for Easter
Saturday, March 22 at 8:30am
Please join this Saturday MARCH 22nd anytime between 8:30AM and noon.
If you have them please bring gloves, hand rakes and hand shovels, and perhaps a wheel barrel or two.
A hat and sunscreen helps.
We'll have water

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hosea 12:6


In the meantime, love and justice...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/hosea-126.html

Isaiah 55:8-9


Seeking the higher ways...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/isaiah-559-10.html

Friday, March 14, 2014

LENTEN WORSHIP


WORSHIP
Saturday Evening
5:05PM Service of Evening Prayer
with Holy Communion
(in the Choir Loft)
 
SUNDAY MORNING
8:30AM Simple Service of Holy Communion
(in the Choir Loft)
 
9:45AM CROSS+GEN with Holy Communion
(in Charter Hall)
 
11AM Holy Communion Worship
(in the Sanctuary)
OUR TEXTS
JESUS’ “LAST WEEK”
ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF MARK
*The new SATURDAY evening 5:05PM Evening Prayer service and 8:30AM SUNDAY morning Simple Communion service will use the same texts

SATURDAY WORSHIP AND WORKSHOPS WITH THE BISHOP

LAST CALL! ALL WELCOME!
• Saturday, March 15        All Saints Lutheran Church, Tamarac

WHAT?
Gather at 10:30 —10:45 a.m.
Worship at 11:00 a.m. —The Bishop’s Chrism Eucharist will include the renewal of ordination/consecration/commissioning vows of our public ministries before all God’s people and the consecration of the chrism (oil) used in synod congregations at baptism as a sign of our unity.  An offering will be taken for Together in Mission. (Rostered leaders vest and process; the color is purple)
Lunch at 12:00 p.m. provided by host site.
Bishop’s Vision for Synodical Mission at 12:45 p.m.
Two workshop choices from 1:00-2:15 p.m.:
1.  “God has called you to leadership, now what?”—Discipleship, planning to participate in God’s mission, congregation partnership with pastors.
2.  “Biblical Stewardship, Planning and Record Keeping for Congregational Stewards”

FOOD PANTRY NEWS

Food Pantry Ministry

We are currently in need of the following items:

- vienna sausage
- jelly or marmelade
- condensed soups
- chunky soups, stew or chili

THANK YOU ALL for your continued support 

Psalm 61:4


The comfort of shelter...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-614.html

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Psalm 126:2-3


Full of the laughter born of the the greatness of the Lord
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-1262-3.html

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Psalm 108:4-5


What is higher than the heavens?
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-1084-5.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, March 16, 2014:

First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm: Psalm 121

Second Reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Gospel: John 3:1-17

It's always interesting to come across a familiar verse in context. John 3:16 is one of those verses that many people can quote. And yet, we're at the end of centuries of disagreement about what it means. Does it mean that Jesus had to be crucified as a sacrifice for our sins, as many Christians will tell you? Does it mean that Jesus came to show us a different way of life, thus saving us, as many people uncomfortable with a sacrificial Jesus would have us believe? Does it mean that Jesus is the only way to the Divine? What about people who will never hear about Jesus? Will they go to Hell when they die?

John is the most mystical of the Gospels, and not surprisingly, Jesus acts as a mystic in this episode with Nicodemus. He's studying the Torah at night; first century Jews would recognize night as the time for serious study of the Torah. He asks Jesus serious questions, as a scholar would, and Jesus seems to give him nonsense answers about being born again.

Read what Jesus says again, and imagine how frustrating it must have been for Nicodemus. It's frustrating for me, and I come from a tradition with centuries of explanation. Jesus seems to be offering mystical babble here.  I'm with Nicodemus:  how is this possible?

These are the passages that I hate discussing with the confused and the non-believers. I'm a poet and an English major, so I don't have as much trouble getting my head around sacraments as more literal-minded folks do--but explaining it? That's a different matter.

Maybe we don't have to explain. I take part in all sorts of mysteries that I can't explain. I don't understand internal combustion engines, but I drive my car anyway, and I have faith that it will work. I can't explain how electricity is generated or how it powers all the things that make my life easy, but that doesn't stop me from turning on the lights when it's dark.

Advent and Lent are two times of the liturgical year when I am most conscious that I'm participating in a mystery--and therefore, I can't explain everything, especially not to the satisfaction of non-believers. I can't even explain it to me. As Jesus says, "The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit."

I have faith in being born again, although I might define that differently than my fundamentalist friends. Each day presents a new opportunity, a new birth, a new chance to re-align myself towards God.   Indeed, each hour gives me that chance.  Each day, God wants to come be with me, and each day, I get to decide whether or not that will happen. Even if I go through a period of not living as mindfully as I'd like, I can start again, whenever I choose. And these liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent remind us of the need to turn and return to God.

Monday, March 10, 2014

OUR WONDERFUL LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE CONTINUES!


WEEKLY LENTEN WORSHIP At TRINITY LUTHERAN
 
SATURDAYS at 5:05PM
Lutheran Service of Sung Evening Prayer w/Communion

SUNDAYS at 8:30AM
A Simple Service of Holy Communion -
approx 30 minutes long based upon the traditional Lutheran liturgy with scripture reading, sermon, prayer, and communion

SUNDAYS at 9:45AM
CROSS+GEN Worship –
In Charter Hall, our own blend of interactive & inter-generational worship, family faith formation, and Sunday school for all ages. W/Communion.

SUNDAYS at 11AM
Our blend of traditional and contemporary worship with choir, instrumentalists, sermon, and communion.

Jeremiah 15:19a


We are always welcome home...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/jeremiah-1519a.html

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Psalm 143:6


The Refreshment of Parched Souls...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-1436.html

Friday, March 07, 2014

BISHOP LENTEN VISITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP DAYS

Bishop’s Lenten Visitation and Synod Discipleship Events
 
A day for every pastor, every rostered lay leader, every synod deacon, every congregation council/leadership team member, every treasurer/stewardship leader and all faithful disciples from all 183 synod.  Bishop Schaefer urges you to commit to one of these events as part of your Lenten discipline.
WHEN AND WHERE?
 
·    March 15        
All Saints Lutheran Church, Tamarac


WHAT?
Gather at 10:30am—10:45am
Worship at 11:00am—The Bishop’s Chrism Eucharist will include the renewal of ordination/consecration/commissioning vows of our public ministries before all God’s people and the consecration of the chrism (oil) used in synod congregations at baptism as a sign of our unity.  An offering will be taken for Together in Mission. (Rostered leaders-vest & process, the color is purple)
Lunch at 12:00pm provided by host site.
Bishop’s Vision for Synodical Mission at 12:45pm
Two workshop choices from 1:00-2:15pm:
 
1.  “God has called you to leadership, now what?”—Discipleship, planning to      participate in God’s mission, congregation partnership with pastors.
 
2.  “Biblical Stewardship, planning &record keeping for congregational stewards”
 
HOW DO I REGISTER?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Psalm 51:17


Our Brokenness in the healing hands of God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-5117.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, March 9, 2014:

First Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

Psalm: Psalm 32

Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11


This week's Gospel tells us the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Notice that Jesus is human in his temptations: he is tempted by the ideas of fame, power, and immortality.  Henri Nouwen says, "There [in the desert] he was tempted with the three compulsions of the world:  to be relevant ('turn stones into loaves'), to be spectacular ('throw yourself down'), and to be powerful ('I will give you all these kingdoms')" (Show Me the Way, p. 82, excerpted from Way of the Heart).

In her book, Things Seen and Unseen, Nora Gallagher points out that Jesus will indeed accomplish these things that Satan asks him to do. Jesus will reverse these days in the desert: he will multiply bread, he will hurl himself from the cliff of his crucifixion and be caught by angels, he will be worshipped, but by humbling himself in service (page 85).

Of course, we, too are tempted. We are tempted as a church. We want to be powerful. Many of us look back to a time when the church in America was a social force, when everyone went, and not just once a week. We want to be important. We want to be the megachurch, not the small church.

Just as Jesus went to the desert as a spiritual quest, the church, too, needs a time of discernment to discover the kind of church we want to become. And we, as individual humans, need to spend some time in the wilderness as we wrestle temptations and discern our the true purpose of our lives.

Gallagher says that we face the same kinds of temptations that Jesus did: “Magical powers, helplessness, rescue, fame and power—they beckon me every day of my life. Just around the corner lies happiness; a new lover will provide lasting bliss; if I had what she has then I would be . . . They are the fantasies, the illusions, that suck out my vitality, that keep me from discovering my own rich reality. To come to terms with illusion is one of the great jobs of our lives: to discern what is fantasy and what is reality, what is dead and what is alive, what is narcotic and what is food” (page 84).

We may want to tell ourselves that Jesus could resist temptations because of his Divine side. But I would posit that Jesus' special powers of resistance were less about his supernatural side, and more about his spiritual discipline. He's in the wilderness, making a retreat to pray, when he’s tempted. He resists. Throughout the life of Jesus, we see him hard at work honing his powers through his spiritual practices.

Here's the good news. These practices are available to you, as well. Great disciples are not born, they are created. How? We turn ourselves into great disciples the same way that a doughy person transforms himself or herself into a great athlete, the same way that a creative person becomes a great artist. We show up, day after day, logging the training miles, working on our art.

In his book Living the Resurrection, Eugene H. Peterson lists the ways we form disciples:  celebrating the Eucharist, "visiting the prisoners, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, healing the sick, working for justice, loving our enemies, raising our children, doing our everyday work to the glory of God" (p. 56).  He points out the ordinariness of these activities:  "It doesn't take a great deal of training or talent to do any of it" (56). 

Soon enough, we wake up to find out that we've transformed ourselves into different people.  And perhaps, along the way, we've helped to transform our communities into something that God intended for creation.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

NEW WORSHIP SCHEDULE


LENTEN WORSHIP
At TRINITY LUTHERAN
Beginning Saturday March 8th

 

SATURDAYS at 5:05PM
Lutheran Service of Sung Evening Prayer w/Communion

 

SUNDAYS at 8:30AM
A Simple Service of Holy Communion -
approx 30 minutes long based upon the traditional Lutheran liturgy with scripture reading, sermon, prayer, and communion

 
SUNDAYS at 9:45AM
CROSS+GEN Worship –
In Charter Hall, our own blend of interactive & inter-generational worship, family faith formation, and Sunday school for all ages. W/Communion.

 SUNDAYS at 11AM
Our blend of traditional and contemporary worship with choir, instrumentalists, sermon, and communion.

Ash Wednesday Sermon Audio

The Audio for Pastor Keith's Ash Wednesday sermon is now available from the player near the top of this page or here https://www.buzzsprout.com/11862/155640-ash-wed-homily

Ecclesiastes 3:20


As one as dust...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/ecclesiastes-320.html

Monday, March 03, 2014

Pastor Keith's ASH WED Reflection


ASH WED 2014 REFLECTION

 

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return –

Words that echo back into the mists of memory

that threaten ever to rob them of meaning, meaningless,

even as we hear them and pause in a moment’s reflection,

we in time to be resolved into a mere allergen

for which a dozen over-the –counter medications

could confront our very presence with pharmacological defiance.

Dust. We are dust.

That we must all face our finitude

despite the seeming greatness within our grasp,

the dreamy potential of achievement,

to make a name, to leave our mark,

to acquire the prestige whereby others nod their heads

in our direction

and that our footfalls on this earth shall endure

despite the wind and rain and time that soften their impressions.

That our time has in aggregate meant something,

to someone, somewhere.

That our name, if not some portion of the best of who we are,

who we by then might have had been,

may yet be,

would have survived and be whispered still,

our name.

But no, we are dust.

And to dust we shall return.

We must begin our conversation there

in complete humility.

A word so much despised

in a time that labels all true humility false,

practiced for gain, sympathy, for the cameras,

to manipulate friends and random strangers.

And true humility, if indeed it could be found,

would be in our time declared a detriment

to achieving anything that matters in life,

a weakness that some months or years of therapy might remove,

something else to blame our parents for,

a word carried along in memory

by the incessant drone of pastors from pulpits,

pastors who lift their pants legs and carry their shoes

not wanting to risk ruin as they cross the threshold

from carpeted floors to the potholed roads of real life.

But now is the acceptable time!

To turn in humility and embrace the emptying of oneself,

the dying to oneself, being raised up from the dust,

being reconciled to God in Christ Jesus,

being nothing to become everything in Christ,

the ground of our being,

the heart of it all,

to be the righteousness of God and want for nothing more;

Raised from death into life,

by the obedience of Christ, by the mercy of God,

by the power of grace.

Now is the acceptable time.

Now is the day of salvation.

And we being the righteousness of God,

should not these ashes mark our hearts instead,

to hold our hearts more steadfast in love for those

whom Christ holds most dear;

ashes to mark our own discomfort,

our own hesitation,

our own desire to place limits on our love,

as Christ himself prepares to pour himself out

for the sake of the world,

becoming everything for us by becoming nothing for himself?

Now is the acceptable time.

Now is the day of salvation.

Amen.

ASH WED


ASH WEDNESDAY – March 5th

7AM Imposition of Ashes
NOON Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion
7:15PM Pre-Service Music
7:30PM Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion
ASH WED PANCAKE SUPPER 6PM to 7:30PM
$3.50 a person and $12 max per family

LENT AT TRINITY


WORSHIP
SUNDAY MORNING
9:45AM CROSS+GEN in Charter Hall
11AM Worship in the Sanctuary
NEW for this LENT: Saturday Evening Communion Service at 5:05PM in the Sanctuary beginning SAT MARCH 8th

ASH WEDNESDAY – March 5th
7AM Imposition of Ashes
NOON Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion
7:15PM Pre-Service Music
7:30PM Imposition of Ashes with Holy Communion
ASH WED PANCAKE SUPPER 6PM to 7:30PM
$3.50 a person and $12 max per family

SUNDAYS IN LENT 11AM
JESUS’ “LAST WEEK” ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF MARK
*The new SATURDAY evening 5:05PM communion service will use the same texts
MARCH 9th   1st Sunday in Lent
Monday of HOLY WEEK          Mark 11:12-19

March 16th  2nd Sunday in Lent
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK        MARK 11:20-13:37*

March 23rd 3rd Sunday in Lent
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK  MARK 14:1-11

March 30th 4th Sunday in Lent
THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK     MARK 14:12-72*

APRIL 6th 5th SUNDAY IN LENT 
FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK             MARK 15*
* A selection from each reading will be used on these days.

Psalm 36:9


The light in which we see...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/03/psalm-369.html