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Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
The SE corner of Pines Blvd and 72nd Ave
Across the street from Broward college South Campus lake
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Sundays at 8:30AM, 9:45AM, and 11AM

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Podcast of Today's Sermon

May be found at the top of this page or at https://www.buzzsprout.com/11862/200679-temptation-and-testing

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CONDOLENCE CARDS

Condolences for the family of Marion Curley may be sent to:

(Son)
Frank Curley
410 SW 71st Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33023

(Daughter)
Kristine Stewart 6620 NW 31st Way
Fort Lauderdale FL 33309

The Funeral Service information is as follows:
Saturday September 6th
at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pembroke Pines
10-10:30 FAMILY ONLY Viewing
10:30-11:30AM Open Viewing
11:30AM Funeral following by Interment at the Cemetery across from Fred Hunter's funeral Home on Taft Street.
A meal will be served in Charter Hall following the interment coordinated by Earline LaCroix. Please contact her is you wish to assist her.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Psalm 104:13-14


The One from whom all things, even the grass, finds life...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/psalm-10413-14.html

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trinity Mentioned in the ELCA's NATIONAL Magazine!


This month's "The Lutheran" Magazine includes some reflections on  Trinity Lutheran Church Pembroke Pines "Worship Together" CROSS+GENERATIONAL service and the future of Sunday school and worship , in genera,l from congregations across the country. A photo of our own Christina Ohlsson Gray and her daughter participating in a worship project designed by Kristin Berkey-Abbott and taken by Eileen Soler is also in the article.
http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=12194

Luke 11:36


Being full of the light that comes from God...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/luke-1136.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

(Note:  Pastor Keith is spending the summer preaching on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.  I'll continue posting these meditations on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary through the summer, in the hopes that they'll nourish our spiritual community too.  On September 7, I'll start again syncing with Sunday services).

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, August 31, 2014:

First Reading: Jeremiah 15:15-21

First Reading (Semi-cont.): Exodus 3:1-15

Psalm: Psalm 26:1-8

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b

Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28


This Gospel shows us a picture of Jesus who knows that he's on a path to crucifixion. With clear sight and clear mission, Jesus warns his disciples of what's ahead.

Peter has a typical reaction: "That will never happen." Peter reminds me of the certain type of believers, the ones who deny the ugliness of the world and the difficulties of life. These are the ones who tell us that our problems will vanish if we just pray hard enough.  I'm thinking of an encounter I witnessed lately, when one woman said to another who had just gotten a troubling diagnosis to pay no attention to the earthly doctors because she's got a Heavenly doctor.  Just keep praying, the woman was advised.

My inner cynic raged, but I kept quiet.  I've lately wondered if our modern sin is that so many of us are so quickly moved to rage.  I also think of the larger sin of despair, the disbelief that anything can change.  This Gospel passage has moved many of us to talk about the crosses that we have to bear, and this counsel has discouraged too many from even thinking about the possibility of change.
We'll have all kinds of crosses to bear, Jesus warns us, and we'll lose our lives in all kinds of ways. But we'll get wonderful rewards.

It's important to stress that Jesus isn't just talking about Heaven, or whatever your vision is of what happens when you die. If Jesus spoke directly, Jesus might say, "You're thinking too small. Did I give you an imagination so that you let it wither and waste away? Dream big, dream big."

 In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, N.T. Wright stresses that Jesus doesn't just announce a Kingdom in some Heaven that's somewhere else. On the contrary--the appearance of Jesus means that God's plan for redeeming creation has begun. And we're called to help. Wright says, ". . . you must follow in the way of the cross, and if you want to benefit from Jesus' saving death, you must become part of his kingdom project." (204-205). He points out, "But God ordered his world in such a way that his own work within [our] world takes place not least through one of his creatures, in particular, namely, the human beings who reflect his image" (207). And for those of us who feel inadequate to the task, Wright (and before him, Jesus) reminds us of all the talents that we have at our disposal: "God gloriously honors all kinds of ways of announcing the good news" (226).

For many of us, the most difficult part of Jesus' mission that he gives us will be the willingness to believe that the arc of history bends towards justice, as Martin Luther King reminded us. The arc of history also bends towards beauty and wisdom and love and mercy. Some of us are so beaten down that we forget. Some of us would have no problem being crucified for our faith, but it's much harder to believe in God's vision of a redeemed world and to work to make that happen. But scripture and thousands of years of theology makes it clear, as Wright says, "We are called to live within the world where these things are possible and to agents of such things insofar as they lie in our calling and sphere" (248).

We'll lose our current lives of bitterness, fear, hopelessness, and rage. But we'll find a better one as we become agents of the Kingdom.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

God's Work - Our Hands Part I


GOD’S WORK – OUR HANDS SUNDAY REMINDERS:

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

We are preparing for our big collection on September 7th!

Here is our current wish list:
 jelly, peanut butter, pasta sauce or any tomato item, mac & cheese, cereal, condensed tomato or chicken noodle soup, - mashed potato pouches, rahmen noodles


We would like to say THANK YOU for all the recent donations!!! We are very grateful to have such support!!! THANK YOU & God bless                              - the FOOD PANTRY TEAM

FOR SEAFARER’S HOUSE

We are preparing for our fall kick off to pack boxes for the sailors and their families for Christmas!
Our big collection kickoff is Sunday September 7th!

 NEW items from the following list:
Athletic White Socks, After Shave. Combs, Deodorant, Disposable razors, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Soap/Shower Gel, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Pencils/Pens, Pencil sharpeners, Work gloves.

EMPTY SHOE BOXES also needed!
Please Donate September 7th for the Bloodmobile!


Come on out and learn to quilt with Kristin for Lutheran World Relief!

And Don’t Forget to bring in cookies for our college cookie pack up SEPT 7th!

The Passing of Marion Curley

Trinity member, Marion Curley, entered the Kingdom Triumphant, this afternoon, funeral arrangements pending. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and friends.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FRIDAY AT CRISPERS!

This Friday Night August 22nd at 6:30PM please join us at Crispers Restaurant at the corner of Stirling and university (Target Shopping Center Plaza) as we continue with a look at Scripture and ponder what we do with all of that incomprehensible stuff and when God is so mean and more!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WORSHIP

Join us tonight at 6PM for our Wednesday Night Service of Sung Evening Prayer with Holy Communion. At 6:45 we spend some time walking around the neighborhood and praying for our neighbors  then share a simple meal together.

1 Corinthians 10:31


For What and For Whom We Do the Things That We Do
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/1-corinthians-1031.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

(Note:  Pastor Keith is spending the summer preaching on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.  I'll continue posting these meditations on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary through the summer, in the hopes that they'll nourish our spiritual community too.  On September 7, I'll start again syncing with Sunday services).


by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for August 24, 2014:

First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6

First Reading (Semi-cont.): Exodus 1:8--2:10

Psalm: Psalm 138

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Psalm 124

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20


In this Gospel reading, we find Jesus asking some of the basic questions. “Who do men say that I am?” “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a curious exchange that has Peter proclaiming Jesus as Lord, and Jesus instructing him not to tell anybody about himself.

Hmmm. Is this a basic existential moment? Surely, of all the humans who have walked the earth, Jesus would have the least reason for asking these questions—depending, of course, on your view of Jesus. Many of us believe that Jesus understood his purpose from babyhood, or at least during his childhood, when he disappeared only to be found in the Temple, teaching the priests (that story appears in Luke, not in the other Gospels). On the other hand, some scholars speculate that Jesus didn’t understand the full scope of his mission, that Jesus, like many of us, spent his days asking God, “Am I doing what you want me to do?”

We see in this text Peter getting the kind of affirmation that many of us crave. Jesus tells Peter that he will be the cornerstone, the rock.

I think of Peter and imagine that in times of frustration, he must have looked back at this moment with Christ. What a comfort that memory must be.

I spent much of my younger years longing to be sure that I was doing what God put me on earth to do, as if I had only one destiny, and I might be missing it.

My parents, in their wisdom, kept reminding me that God can use me no matter where I am. God is the original collage artist, taking bits and pieces that don’t seem to go together, and creating them into a cohesive whole.

It might be worth thinking in poetic terms about this Gospel. If Peter is the Rock, who are you? Some of us are willow trees that bend with storms but don’t break. Or maybe you’re sand, having been worn down by those storms, but still valuable. Maybe you’re soil made rich by the compost of circumstances. Some of us are grass, that steady groundcover that makes the larger plants possible by holding the soil in place.

I could go on with these metaphors, but you get the idea. The Gospel wants us to wrestle with these questions. Who are you? And who is the triune God in relation to you?

What part does Jesus play in your life? A guy you see once a week in church? A fellow traveler? Comforter? Savior? Someone you don’t know very well because you just don’t have the time? Co-creator of a joy-filled life? Reason for living?

More importantly, can people see who Jesus is to you by the way you live your life? How is your life a testament, like Peter’s? How can your life be more of a testament? What changes can you make today?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deuteronomy 6:5


What Our Hearts Are For...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/deuteronomy-65.html

Monday, August 18, 2014

Matthew 25:37b-40


The Least, Like Jesus
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/matthew-25-37b-40.html

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hosea 10:12


The rain of righteousness...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/hosea-1012.html

Thursday, August 14, 2014

MIDWEEK UPDATE

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE
Here is our current wish list:
- jelly
- peanut butter
- pasta sauce or any tomato item
- mac & cheese
- cereal
- condensed tomato or chicken noodle soup
- mashed potato pouches
- rahmen noodles

We would like to say THANK YOU for all the recent donations!!! We are very grateful to have such support!!! THANK YOU & God bless
 - the FOOD PANTRY TEAM

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
This Sunday is the BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS at all services for those returning to school followed by our CUPCAKE-A-PALOOZA during coffee hour!

MAKE A GIFT TO SUPPORT OUR MUSIC PROGRAM
Our hand chimes now are over 15 years old and in significant need of refurbishment. The cost of refurbishment, shipping and insurance is approximately $1000. Gifts are welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church memo line “Music Program” to help make this a reality. The Hand chime choir will re-form as soon as this necessary work is completed.

GODSPA
Information Meeting Sunday AUG 17th at 12:15PM in Charter Hall
Trinity women are invited to head to God Spa at Luther Springs this September 12th-14th. Luther Springs is located just north of Ocala, and God Spa activities include devotions, music, journaling and spa type activities (facials, hand/foot scrubs, mani/pedis).  We will carpool from Trinity. The cost is $143 and includes room, meals, and program. You can register at www.novusway.com  Request Kuehner Center and either a specific roommate or just say "anyone from Trinity Lutheran."  Please contact Piper Spencer, carpool coordinator, if you have no already done so. If you need financial assistance, please contact Pastor Keith.


FLOWER POLICY
Those who desire to dedicate flowers at the altar are asked to bring in a bouquet from either your home garden or your favorite florist. You are welcome to use any of the vases in the office bathroom or one of your own. If you desire the person being remembered/honored to be recognized during worship please fill out the information on the special clip board at the lectern.

 GOD’S WORK-OUR HANDS SUNDAY SEPT 7 2014

God’s Work – Our Hands Sunday SEPT 7th at 12PM
            (1) College Cookie Pack Up
            (2) Learn Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
            (3) Help Pack Up Boxes for Seafarer’s House         
            (4) Donate/Put Away Food for the Food Pantry
            (5) Give Blood at the Blood Mobile
Those donating cookies are asked to bring them in and place them in the box on the table on the left side of Charter Hall on SEPT 7th. If you have a college student that would like to receive them - please fill out the information on your worship slip or email Pastor Keith. Those donating food for the pantry are asked to place it in the shopping cart in the narthex before any of our worship services on SEPT 7th. Those donating to the Christmas Boxes for Seafarer’s House should bring in NEW items from the following list: Athletic White Socks, After Shave. Combs, Deodorant, Disposable razors, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Soap/Shower Gel, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Pencils/Pens, Pencil sharpeners, Work gloves. EMPTY SHOE BOXES also needed! Our Show Box ministry for Seafarer’s House replaces Operation Christmas Child. A box to receive your donations for Seafarer's House will be in the Narthex beginning Sunday August 17th.


GOD’S WORK-OUR HANDS SATURDAY OCT 18th 2014
Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida, will be making a road trip to come join us on Saturday October 18th to spend the day with us in a repair and improvement work day in which we hope to accomplish many maintenance tasks from painting to electrical work and more! We are blessed that they have chosen us to serve as part of their God's Work-Our Hands  day of service. We need volunteers to work alongside them and folks to bring food for lunch and dinner. Sign up on your worship slip.

QUARTERLY GIVING STATEMENTS
Please pick up your quarterly giving statements in the narthex - and thank you for your generosity!

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS CONTINUE!

Join us Wednesday evenings beginning at 6PM for Evening Prayer with communion, a brief neighbor walk in which we prayer for our surrounding community, and a shared simple meal. Those who desire to sing with the choir on Wednesday evenings have time to eat following evening prayer.

PINEAPPLE TOPS STILL NEEDED
We are still collecting pineapple tops for the fruit garden - see Pastor Keith

WELCA ACTIVITIES
Recommence Tuesday September 9th with morning Bible Study, Tuesday Crafts, and Evening Bible Study with a potluck.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH IS COMING!
Sign up lists are now going around for both the Wednesday October 15th 4PM Offload and for all shifts for October 15-31st. Great way to earn service hours for school or to meet lots of amazing people from our community! And mark your calendars now for the TRUNK OR TREAT on Sunday October 26th!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

(Note:  Pastor Keith is spending the summer preaching on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.  I'll continue posting these meditations on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary through the summer, in the hopes that they'll nourish our spiritual community too.  On September 7, I'll start again syncing with Sunday services).

The readings for Sunday, August 17, 2014:

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

First Reading (Semi-cont.): Genesis 45:1-15

Psalm: Psalm 67

Psalm (Semi-cont.): Psalm 133

Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Gospel: Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

I don't like this picture of Jesus that today's Gospel represents. He treats the Canaanite woman rudely, with a complete lack of compassion. What do we make of this vision of Christ?

Part of the answer may depend on your view of Jesus/God. Do you see God as completely formed? Do you see God as never making mistakes?

If so, perhaps you should re-read your Bible, especially the Old Testament. Throughout the Scriptures, we see God changing course, often influenced by humans. God does not command us to be passive and just accept whatever comes our way--whether it be from God, powers and principalities, other humans, or Satan. That theological idea that we have to just accept our lot in life in the hopes that we'll get our reward in Heaven--it's a major misreading of the Scriptures and of theology.

I like the idea of God who allows us to disagree--and a God that sometimes agrees that we are right in our disagreement. I like the idea of a God that is being shaped and changed by creation, just as we are being shaped and changed by creation--and by God.

I know it's not as comforting as what many of us were taught in Sunday School. I know we'd rather believe in an absolute God, a God who has all the answers. We don't want to believe in a God who gets tired. We don't want to believe in a God who doesn't have absolute control. We want a God who can point and make magical changes, even though everything we've experienced about the world doesn't suggest that God does that act very often, if at all.

In today's Gospel, we see a tired, irritable Jesus. It's a terrifying idea (I'd prefer a divinity of infinite patience), but it's the best support to show that God did indeed become human.

The Canaanite woman is much more Godlike than Jesus in this Gospel. Here's a woman who is desperate to help her child. When Jesus rebukes her, she stands up to him and argues her case. And she persuades him. She demands justice, and because she stands her ground, she wins. Her behavior is much more Christlike than Christ's.

She has much to teach us. We are called to emulate her. When we see injustice, we must cry out to God and demand that creation be put right. Many theologians would tell you that if you want God to be active in this free will world that God has created, that you better start making some demands. God can't be involved unless we demand it (for a further discussion of this concept, see the excellent books of Walter Wink). If God just intervened in the world, that would violate the principle of free will which God instilled in creation. But if we invite God to action, then God has grounds to act.

I would argue that some of the most sweeping social changes of the twentieth century were grounded in this principle of crying out to the wider world and to God to demand that justice be done. Think of Gandhi's India, the repressiveness of the Jim Crow era in the USA, the South African situation decried by Archbishop Tutu, the civil wars in Central America, the Soviet occupied Eastern Europe: these situations horrified the larger world and the movements to rectify them were rooted in the Christian tradition. True, there were often external pressures applied (economic embargoes and the like), but each situation prompted prayer movements throughout the world.

I remember lighting candles on Christmas Eve in support of Polish Solidarity workers and praying for their safety and success. I remember going to an interfaith prayer vigil in downtown D.C. on the 15th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. I learned the songs of the Civil Rights movement as a child. Listening as an adult, I see those songs as cries to God demanding that justice be restored.

Let the Canaanite woman be your guide towards right behavior. Let the actions of Jesus remind you that even if you're snappy and irritable, you can change course and direct yourself towards grace and compassion. Let your faith give you hope for a creation restored to God's original vision of a just and peaceful Kingdom.

Monday, August 11, 2014

GODSPA INFORMATION MEETING this Sunday August 17th at 12:15PM


GODSPA
Trinity women are heading to God Spa at Luther Springs this September 12th-14th. Luther Springs is located just north of Ocala, and God Spa activities include devotions, music, journaling and spa type activities (facials, hand/foot scrubs, mani/pedis).  We will carpool from Trinity. The cost is $143 and includes room, meals, and program. You can register at www.novusway.com  Request Kuehner Center and either a specific roommate or just say "anyone from Trinity Lutheran." 

Those interested in attending Please Meet With Piper Spencer during Coffee Hour this Sunday AUG 17th

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ephesians 1:8b-10


Being Gathered...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/ephesians-18b-10.html

Meditation on This Sunday's Gospel

(Note:  Pastor Keith is spending the summer preaching on the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.  I'll continue posting these meditations on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary through the summer, in the hopes that they'll nourish our spiritual community too.  On September 7, I'll start again syncing with Sunday services).

The readings for August 10, 2014:

1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 85:8-13
I will listen to what the LORD God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

This week’s Gospel reading reinforces the themes we found in last week’s lesson. The disciples are in the boat and Jesus walks across the water to them. They don’t recognize him; indeed, they’re terrified. When they realize who it is, Peter, always enthusiastic, asks Jesus to bid him to come, which he does. Peter walks across the water with no problem, until he realizes what he’s doing and starts to sink.

Now, most of us probably haven’t had experiences where we’ve suspended the laws of nature, but most of us can probably relate to what Peter experiences. When I first learned to type, I got to the point where I could type at a very fast speed—until I thought about what I was doing. If I just let my fingers go and didn’t look at them, if I did what I knew I could do, I’d be fine. I’ve had similar experiences in learning foreign languages and in learning to play the mandolin; if I play the notes without double checking both my fingers and the chord charts and music books, I find out that I really can play—still more haltingly than I would like, alas.

This story is also about God’s presence and our inability to recognize the Divine all around us, as well as our trouble accepting the miraculous. One of the narrative arcs the Bible is God’s desire to be with God’s creation, to know everybody, to be fully present in our day-to-day lives--to the extent of becoming human. And God has to go to great lengths to get our attention—bushes burst into flame, oppressive governments release the captives, loaves and fishes feed thousands, people rise from the dead, God goes so far as to take on human form—miracle after miracle, and still humans don’t understand and don’t want to accept God’s daily presence.

Even when we do let ourselves glimpse the sacred and divine, even when we experience the miraculous, how quickly we forget and let the mundane swamp us. Psychologists would probably tell us that our approach is a coping mechanism, that if we let ourselves be that open to God, we’d go insane, or at least we’d look insane to our fellow humans. I’m not sure I agree. Maybe we’d be better witnesses, better disciples.

Be on the lookout for God in your daily life. Maybe it will just be a wink from the Creator, like a tree full of butterflies. Maybe you’ll be in the presence of the full-blown miraculous, and all doubts will vanish—the tumor shrinks, the passengers escape the burning plane, the hurricane curves out to sea. Watch for God, listen for God, be alert. God is there, by your side, both during the times of the miraculous as well as the mundane.

Monday, August 04, 2014

REVISED ALTAR FLOWER POLICY

On Sundays without dedications, Altar Flowers will now be provided out of our Trinity Gardens. Folks are welcome to bring in bouquets from home or from a florist on any Sunday with or without a vase. We have a number of vases available in the office bathroom - just pick one for your bouquet and set it on the altar. The is a clipboard at the lectern  for you to tell us to whom or for what your dedication will be that Sunday (in memory, in honor, and so forth) and it will be read as part of the announcements during that worship service and printed in the following week's prayer insert. We will no longer be purchasing flowers for regular Sundays. Please let Pastor Keith know if you have any questions.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Psalm 77:14


The God who works wonders...
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/psalm-7714.html

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Psalm 139:1-3


Being fully known rising up and laying down 
http://thelivinggospel.blogspot.com/2014/08/psalm-1391-3.html