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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

First Thoughts on "Invite"

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The reading for July 5 and July12:

Luke 14:7-24

These readings show us a different view of social status.  We in modern times may not quite understand the topsy turvy world that Jesus presents with his advice to give up the most prominent seat at the table or with his parable of the man who gives a great banquet only to find out that his invitees will not come.  So he fills the seats with those whom he would never previously have invited; he invites every type of social outcast.

We may think we live in a different world, but upon reflection, is our world really that much different?

We spend much of our day vying for power and position. Even in workplaces where there's not much to be gained by winning favor, one still sees a ridiculous amount of energy and time spent on power games. Think of the last meeting you had at work. Think of how short that meeting would have been if you could have gotten rid of people who spoke up to say, essentially, "I agree with what the last person said." Think of all the time wasted in currying favor with supervisors.

Even outside of the workplace, one sees this dynamic. In volunteer situations, people often want to prove that they're indispensable. We even see this in our relationships with friends, the one place where you would think we would approach each other as equals. Likewise in marriages--many spouses spend absurd amounts of time trying to prove that one way of doing things is the right way, and all other ways are bad.

Psychologists would tell us that we play these power games because we're trying to satisfy our needy egos. We want to feel important because we spend much of our lives feeling insignificant. But instead of addressing that pain by making others feel better, we try to make others feel worse. We put people down so that we feel better. We connive and work to wound others.

Christ comes to usher in a new age. Again and again, he reminds us (in the words of today's Gospel), "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14: 11). We don't win favor with God in the way we might win favor with the boss. God is well aware of God's importance. We don't need to make God feel like the big man so that we might win a promotion.

God calls us to a higher purpose. We're to look out for the poor and downtrodden. And we're not to do it because we'll be repaid by the poor and downtrodden. We do it because Christ came to show us how to crack open the world and let the Kingdom light shine into the dark cracks. And the way to do that: look out for the marginalized of the world.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Second Week with the Samaritan Woman at the Well

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The reading for June 14 and 21:

John 4
Let's take a minute and think about all the women in the Gospels.  There's the Samaritan woman at the well.  There's Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, the mother of John.  The sisters Mary and Martha make several appearances, and Mary Magdalene seems to play an important role here and there.  There are women who seem to move comfortably within the circle of the disciples.

Look at the behavior of Jesus.  He takes time to talk to the Samaritan woman.  When Mary Magdalene is the only person at his graveside, he talks to her.  What gets Martha so upset?  That she's doing chores while her sister Mary sits and talks with Jesus.

I continue to think about Jesus and the Samaritan woman.  I think about Jesus and his practice of being fully present to people.  I think about how hard it is to be fully present in that way.

To be fully present means we'll have to talk to people who take us outside of our comfort zones.  Often it means we'll have to hear about unpleasant emotions that come from other people, and we will be able to do absolutely nothing.

Nothing--but to be present to others.

In my much younger years, I admired Jesus the radical.  I wanted to follow the Jesus who threw the moneychangers out of the temple.  I was happy to call everyone out on their hypocrisy.

Ah, the pride of the young who think they know everything.

But now that I am older, I want to follow Jesus in the practice of being fully present.  It's much harder.  So much competes for our attention.

As I go back through the Gospels, I'm struck again and again by the capacity of Christ to be present to everyone.  He doesn't seem to have a sense of social ranking--in fact, the Samaritan woman coming alone to the well was likely one of the lowest on the social rankings.  But Jesus spends time with her. 

Jesus was willing to spend time with everyone--but the Gospels remind us again and again of how few people were willing to be present to him.

Not only do I want to be present for others, but I want to be present for the Divine.  I want to stay alert.  I want to notice when Jesus comes to the neighborhood well.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Week 1 with the Samaritan Woman at the Well

by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The reading for June 14 and 21:

John 4

Actually, today's Gospel introduces us to a woman at the bottom of the social structure during the time of Jesus, a Samaritan woman. We know that she has low status because she's a Samaritan and because she's coming to the well later in the day. It would have been the custom to come early in the morning to socialize, and the fact that she doesn't come then speaks volumes. She's a woman in a patriarchal society and part of a group (Samaritans) who have almost no social status. It would only be worse if she was a prostitute or a slave.

Yet, Jesus has a long conversation with her, the longest that he has with anyone recorded in the New Testament. Here, again this week, Jesus is in Mystic mode. She asks questions, and he gives her complex answers.

But unlike many, she grasps his meaning immediately. And she believes. She goes back to her city and spreads the good news. And her fellow citizens believe her and follow her back to follow Jesus. Notice how she has gone from isolation to community.

Jesus preaches to them and seems to include them, complete outsiders, in his vision of the Kingdom. Hence the good news: Jesus came for us all.

In this Gospel, the voice of Christ who will spend time with people who are completely outcast. We are never too lost for God. We don't have to improve ourselves to win salvation. God doesn't tell us that we'll win love if we just lose ten pounds or pray more often or work one more night in the soup kitchen or give away fifty more dollars a week to worthy charities.

Jesus doesn't send the Samaritan woman back to town until he's made a connection with her. He doesn't say, "Hey, if you're at a well at noon, you must be a real slut, if the women won't even let you come to the well with them in the morning. Mend your slutty ways, and maybe I'll let you be part of my vision for the Kingdom."

No, he spends time with her and that's how he wins her over. He knows that humans can't change themselves in the hopes of some kind of redemption; we can’t even lose 10 pounds in time for our class reunion, much less make the substantial changes that will take us into a healthier older age.

However, Jesus knows the path to true change; he knows that humans are more likely to change if they feel like God loves them and wants to be with them just the way they are. Jesus comes to say, “You’ve lived in the land of self-loathing long enough. Sit with me and talk about what matters.”

That treatment might be enough to motivate us to behave like we are the light of the world.

Monday, June 08, 2015

THE SEVEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK AT TRINITY


THE TRINITY LUTHERAN SEVEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!
FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 8th 2015

1***A Trinity Memorial Fund*** has been set up in Carol Folger’s memory to place several handrails leading up the steps to the altar rail to assist folks who might benefit from such a rail. If there are any excess funds collected they will be applied to a second project of purchasing padded folding chairs for the hall. Donations may be made out to Trinity with "Folger Memorial" in the memo line.

2. Wedding Vow Renewal With no RSVP's for the for June 14th we will not have a vow renewal Sunday that day, but are pleased to continue to offer them on any Sunday during worship or any other day that is mutually acceptable as long as you RSVP on your worship slip at least two weeks in advance.

3.VBS IMPORTANT INFO

We need your helping decorating! ALL WELCOME for Any amount of time on any day(s)!

Service hours for youth!
8th      VBS Decorating 9-1
9th      Prayer and Bible Study w/ Earline (8:30AM) Crafts (9:30AM)
9th      VBS Decorating 12-3
9th      WELCA Monthly Meeting
9th       7:30PM BOLD Justice Ministry Celebration
10th    VBS Decorating 12-3
12th    VBS Decorating 9-1
13th    (VBS Decorating If Needed)
14th    Wedding Vow Renewal Service (Please RSVP if interested)
15th    VBS Decorating 9-1
16th    Ladies Crafts (9-11AM)
16th    VBS Decorating 12-3
17th    VBS Decorating 12-3
19th    VBS Decorating 9-1
20th    VBS Decorating (If Needed)
 
Donations still needed! Please sign up on the sign up list in the office or during worship.

On June 21st we will bless and install our VBS Staff during worship. VBS runs Monday June 22nd - Friday June 26th

As part of our VBS service project TLC will be collecting items for Personal Hygiene Kits to assist Lutheran World Relief in their efforts on behalf of victims of natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquake. There will be a bin in the narthex.
PLEASE NOTE:
•>Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
•>Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
•>Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

For each kit we need:
1. One light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended
2. Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling up to 8-9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping
3. One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging (If there are two in a pack, please place o in a business size envelope)
4. One sturdy comb, remove packaging
5. One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
If you are producing an entire kit instead of donating individual items, please complete the kit by placing items inside the towel and tying it all with a sturdy ribbon.

4. On SUNDAY JUNE 28th there will only be two worship services:
8:30AM is our regular 8:30AM worship with Barbara Gilson on piano that meets in the front right pews in the sanctuary AND
10AM (*note time) in the sanctuary where our VBS team will lead worship for all of us followed by food and waterslide.

5. FOOD PANTRY IS IN NEED:
Especially for Peanut Butter, Jelly, instant mashed potatoes

6. FINAL WELCA EVENT before summer hiatus
Tuesday June 9th at 6:30PM Covered dish in the hall. Pastor Keith will be leading the study. Crafts will continue this summer Tuesday mornings from 9AM-11AM in the hall

7. Do not forget to sign up for the 4th of July Ice cream Social on your worship slip! All donations to help our prayer shawl ministry.

Thanks and Blessings
Pastor Keith

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Important Info

FOR THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF TRINITY LUTHERAN:
"Stuff"
1. Due to the opportunity for folks to celebrate the life of Carol Folger, the Multicultural-fest will be re-scheduled for Sunday September 13th to coincide with "God's Work-Our Hands Sunday"
Here is the information on Carol's remembrance:
To all family and friends:
 Please join us in celebrating the life of Carol Folger ❤
Date: Sunday June 7th 2015...
 Time: 11am-4pm
 Place: 2750 SW 73rd Way
 Davie, FL 33314
 We will be at the community pool
(behind office, gate is open)
Stop by to celebrate a life full of love. Bring your laughter, smiles, & memories of Carol.
We will have some light snacks and drinks, but if you are planning on staying a bit, please feel free to bring you bathing suits, a cooler with drinks or something to nibble on. All are invited, hope to see you there.
- Karen Davis (Carol's daughter)
***A Trinity Memorial Fund*** has been set up in Carol's memory to place several handrails leading up the steps to the altar rail to assist folks who might benefit form such a rail. We are working with a company right now on an estimate. Donations may be made out to Trinity with "Altar Rail" in the memo line.

2. With no RSVP's for the Wedding Vow Renewal for June 14th we will not have a vow renewal Sunday that day , but are pleased to continue to offer them on any Sunday during worship as long as you RSVP on your worship slip at least one week in advance.

3. There will be a brief special congregational meeting Sunday June 7th during each worship service to vote on moving the budget/spending plan vote from its current position of June to rather coincide with the January congregational meeting at which we now elect council members so that more folks can participate and to allow our budget year and the calendar year to be the same for simplicity sake. We will also present a brief  update on our current finances following worship on June 7th.

4. On June 21st we will bless and install our VBS Staff during worship. VBS runs Monday June 22nd - Friday June 26th

5. On SUNDAY JUNE 28th there will only be two worship services:
8:30AM is our regular 8:30AM worship with Barbara Gilson on piano AND
10AM (note time) in the sanctuary where our VBS team will lead worship for all of us followed by food and waterslide.

6. As part of our VBS service project TLC will be collecting items for Personal Hygiene Kits to assist Lutheran World Relief in their efforts on behalf of victims of natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquake. There will be a bin in the narthex.
PLEASE NOTE:
•>Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
•>Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
•>Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

For each kit we need:
1. One light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"×40" & 52"×27"), dark color recommended
2. Two or three bath-size bars of soap equaling up to 8-9 oz, any brand, in original wrapping
3. One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging (If there are two in a pack, please place o in a business size envelope)
4. One sturdy comb, remove packaging
5. One metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
If you are producing an entire kit instead of donating individual items, please complete the kit by placing items inside the towel and tying it all with a sturdy ribbon.

7. FOOD PANTRY IS IN NEED:
Especially for Peanut Butter, Jelly, instant mashed potatoes
Thanks and Blessings
Pastor Keith