About 48.5 hours for now (not counting the extra hour when we "fall back" Saturday night) Trinity Lutheran will begin its All Saints Service and 55th Anniversary commemoration. Thank you to everyone who has helped ni ways great and small to prepare the Trinity Memorial Butterfly Garden (which has had an almost complete makeover the past few weeks - all 3000+ square feet). A few more hours today and we will call "complete" though in truth as a living space it is always in progress. And than you to everyone bringing some food to share (please do!) for the Anniversary brunch Sunday following worship (Worship at 10AM and brunch arounf 11:15AMish). There will be a slideshow of photos from Trinity's 55 years (just completed with 2,000+ photos) playing continuously in the background during our brunch on the projection screen.
We will give thank this year for 10 long-time servant-saints and recognizer them for their hard work, faithfullness, and perserveance for the sake of the gospel. John Ray Williams, Earline LaCroix, AJ and Lila Brinkley, Bev Grant, Bill Manrodt, Ingeborg Slingsby, Don and Virginia Allen, Mickey Hall, Shirley Grigas, and Al & Shirley Gearhart. To honor them we have planted several fruit trees in the Butterfly garden and placed a stone with the following verse from John 15:8 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." A special bookley with brief interviews of those being honored will be handed out at the brunch.
We will also be honoring our long-time organist Barbara Gilson for her many year of dedicated and faithful service, another servant-saint who has done all asked of her and more for the sake of the gospel. In the butterfly garden there is a new tree (a star apple for our star organist!) along with a nearby wind chime so that everytime the Spirit blows (wind and spirit are the same word in scripture) we will hear its music and remember how blessed we are by her devotion and gifts. Thank you to Eileen Soler for interviewing Barbara Gilson for our anniversary booklet.
The booklet also includes a brief history of Trinity Lutheran and a summary of its pastors to date and those ordained there, among them Mark Cerniglia, a son of the parish! The booklet also includes some traditional hymns requested as part of the hymn sing that celebrates beloved hymns from our history.
We are honored to have with us to share in this special day the Rev. Jaime Dubón, the Assistant to the Bishop & Director of Evangelical Mission for South Region of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, who will be bringing greetings from our bishop, Robert G. Schaefer as well as preaching and assisting with communion.
During our All Saints Worship we will be receiving five new members, who will be presented to the congregation by some of our congregational leaders. Welcome Dolores Moon, Bernadette Hammond, Betty Harvey, Howard Brown and Casey Jones!
There will be a table set up in front of the first set of pews for people to place photos and momentos of dearly departed loved ones - we call it our "Table of Remembrance." You may place objects any time prior to the start of the worship service. On this table you will find a prayer book in which you may write the names of anyone who has gone ahead of us into the Kingdom and during worship we will lift them up in prayer as we light candles to remind one another of the promise into which we were all baptized and claimed by Christ.
Thank you in advance to our worship helpers, our Hand Chimers led by Piper Spencer, solist Janean Becker Baumal, our Worship Choir and musicians led by Barbara Gilson, and DaniyCaco Vega for preparing our worship space and fellowship hall for these events. And most of all thank you to God, who in Christ Jesus has blest Trinity with a Spirit of love lived out so boldly through justice, service, compassion, and joy for the past 55 years.