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We have moved the service that was tentatively planned for this Friday July 13th to Friday, September 21st 7PM-8:30PM in commemoration of th...

Saturday, May 20, 2017


FOR MAY 21st 2017                      

The Rev. Dr. Keith A. Spencer

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pembroke Pines, FL

MAY 21st SERMON on John 14: 15–21

Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Think about the home you grew up in. The homes that you visited as a child. The home that you keep now.  Organized or disorganized? Clean or messy? Welcoming or isolationist.

Homes send signals of welcome or unwelcome, don’t they?  Of love or indifference. Homes are open or closed. Surrounded by fences delineating boundaries and borders or they have cheerful well-lit paths and put out a garden of welcome mats.

Like people, faith communities send out signals relative to welcome.  Either they crave clear borders and boundaries or are willing to annihilate them for the sake of a generous welcome. Boundary-loving communities love organization and control, while true faith communities seek to cede control to the Holy Spirit, who feels comfortable playing as she does in the midst of holy chaos, working in her own mysterious and powerful way to transform.  And let’s face it, trying to organize transformation is an by definition an exercise in futility. It is folding our arms across our chest before God in defiance and declaring that we could do a better job than the Holy Spirit. That relinquishing control would just be too darn messy. And uncomfortable.

And if we are honest among ourselves we hate feeling uncomfortable.  

Jesus, of course, always prefers messiness to simplicity.

Trouble, to peace.

Community to the individual.

Discomfort to comfort.

Crossing boundaries and borders rather than building them.

And radical welcome.

And no doubt that he suffered for it.

No doubt he died for the sake of the community of the in-breaking Kingdom of God  that he came to proclaim.

It scared people. This borderlessness. This annihilation of boundaries.  This new faith community founded in and through Jesus, the one and only hope for the redemption of all people, of all of creation.  Radical welcome and radical love scare people.

Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

A community is a collection of relationships. And in a true faith community love will define our relationship with Jesus and with one another. But not a cupid stupid sort of love that sells cards and chocolates and flowers grown with poisonous chemicals by slave wage earners. No. By a different sort of love.  By a boundary annihilating love. You see, we are a world that loves boundaries even to the point of turning the life-giving Scriptures into an instrument of hate; a collection of rules that fulfill our prejudiced fantasies of comfort and calm found in an innumerable, fixed and unyielding boundary between US and THEM. Those we fear. Those we hate.

Were there any boundaries in your neighborhood growing up?

Boundaries that told you where one could live? Where one could go? Where one could shop? Who one could talk to? Be friends with? Date? Marry?

For Jesus, love was the ultimate measuring stick of a disciple’s faith; and not just any idea of love, but a love as a disrespector of borders and boundaries; love that would push at them, cross them again and again, trample them underfoot, tear them asunder. A community riven by fear and hate and criss-crossed by boundaries of distinction, of the great and the least, of more and less beloved, more and less worthy is not a community that embodies such a love, whether that community is a congregation, a neighborhood, a state or a country.  

Jesus would eat with Pharisees one night and tax collectors and sinners, the next. Jesus did not respect acceptable boundaries that separated the right dinner guests from the assumed wrong dinner guests; guests that that might strengthen one’s reputation or harm it. Notice how on one Sabbath Jesus would be teaching in the synagogue and the next he would heal or allow his followers to gather grain, doing that work which was forbidden on the Sabbath. Jesus let children come to him and spoke with women in public and touched the unclean. These were all unacceptable boundary violations. Jesus had no respect for “acceptable boundaries.” And that frightened those in authority. Once one started erasing boundaries, who knows what might happen?

Well, we do have some evidence for what might happen, don’t we?

 From John 4

Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4But he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)

So let’s name the boundaries Jesus crossed right there.

Jew/Samaritan; Judea/Samaria; Man/Woman; other?

 By the time their conversation at the well is over, transformation has happened. Not for one person, but for an entire community.

“…The woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he? 30They left the city and were on their way to him….39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I have ever done." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."

However, once we plunge into such boundary crossing love, such border annihilating love,  once we stop fighting the Holy Spirit and all her work in all fullness in our lives, we may get uneasy. Let’s face it: That’s one of things that got Jesus into so much trouble. Jesus replaces with love a human system of clear boundaries and control, of power and domination; of greater and lesser; of welcome and unwelcome.  In that replacement someone loses. What they lose in the eyes of God versus their own eyes will likely be quite different. But something is lost.  What is Good News for some will not be Good News for all. Just ask the rich man who ignored poor Lazarus. Just ask the rich young man who loved his worldly possession more than Jesus. 

Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

It scares people. This borderlessness. This annihilation of boundaries.  This new faith community founded in and through Jesus, the one and only hope for the redemption of all people, of all of creation.  Radical welcome and radical love scare people. Yet it is in such welcome, such love, such boundary crossing love, such border annihilating love, that we make a true home for God in our lives and through which, we discover, perhaps to our surprise, the height and depth and breadth of our own welcome, a welcome despite our own struggles, and prejudice and weakness. That in God we have a home and in us God makes a home, another act of radical welcome.



 by Dr. Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The readings for Sunday, May 21, 2017:

First Reading: Acts 17:22-31

Psalm: Psalm 66:7-18 (Psalm 66:8-20 NRSV)

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22

Gospel: John 14:15-21

In today's Gospel, we get a hint of Pentecost. Jesus tells his followers that he will never leave them orphaned or desolate, to use words from several different translations.

Every year as Ascension Day approaches, I think of those poor disciples. They have such a short time with their resurrected Lord, before he goes away again. How on earth do they cope with this?

I also see this situation as a metaphor for our own modern one. You may be feeling a bit whipsawed by grief and loss yourself. You may recover from one crisis, only to find yourself staring down the maw of the next. As I've gotten older, I've noticed that these crises seem to be increasing in frequency and severity. I look back to the dramas of my high school and college years, and I understand why so many elders chuckle dismissively at the troubles of youth. We forget, however, that trouble feels like crisis, no matter what our age.

But Jesus offers this comfort: we will never be alone.

Notice what Jesus does NOT offer: our God is not Santa Claus. Our God is not a fix everything quickly God (at least not all the time).

I have some acquaintances who claim to have lost their faith on September 11, 2001. They had been faithful in their church attendance, but once that disaster happened, they declared they couldn't believe in a God that would let such terrible things happen. No talk of free will would deter them in their determination to let go of their faith.

Earlier generations had a similar difficulty with Auschwitz (perhaps you do too). How can God let such awful things happen?

Well, that's the disadvantage of gifting humans with free will. We will sometimes get things spectacularly wrong. I think of it as being a parent of an adolescent. We want the best for our teenagers. We know the dangers are acute; so many mistakes that are made at this age are mistakes for life and can't be easily undone. So many choices made at this age will impact the rest of adulthood.

Yet as parents, we can't prevent every tragedy. All we can do is to be there for our children when they go off the rails.

Likewise as friends, as spouses and significant others, as children: we can't keep our loved ones safe. We can try to help them avoid the pitfalls that we see, but even that won't always be successful. We can only be with those we love as they suffer, in the hopes that our presence will alleviate some of the pain.

Evil has real power in the world, and we forget that at our peril. As Christians, we are called to take a longer view, and we are called to believe that God will eventually emerge victorious--but that doesn't mean that this victory will happen in our lifetimes. We are part of a larger story, and we all have our part to play. But we must be aware that we might be like Moses or the early apostles: we may not see the fruits of our labors; we may not get to the promised land (at least not in this life). The Good News that Jesus delivers should give us comfort: all of creation will be redeemed eventually, and that redemption has begun.

Return to that promise of Jesus: we are not orphaned. We are not abandoned. Even in our darkest days, when we feel at our most unlovable, God sees our value. God remembers our better selves. God knows what we could accomplish. If God can use deeply flawed people like Saul who becomes Paul, God will also weave us into the great fabric of Kingdom life.

Trinity Lutheran Church

8362 Pines Blvd Suite 431 Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Follow Trinity Lutheran on Twitter using @tlcppines


Office (954) 989-1903 • Pastor Keith’s Cell (954) 668-6077

Care and Visitation Team

For visitation/communion for those homebound or in the hospital

Contact Bev Grant  954-885-0394 or Lisa Montalchi 954-297-1325 or Ron McCoy (954) 790-3106 or leave a message with the office


Rather than email out prayer lists, we now have a prayer team coordinated by Lisa Montalchi that prays for those on our prayer cards during each service, then prays daily for the concerns expressed on them. If you want to be a part of the prayer team, please contact Lisa. If you have a prayer concern that comes up during the week, please email or call Lisa Montalchi 954-297-1325 or fitlisa71199@gmail.com

Primarily the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from noon to 2PM
and on the fourth Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dany Vega (954) 907-1562 vdvega@bellsouth.net
Here's our current wish List:
peanut butter - jelly- pasta sauce- tuna- mac and cheese-
green beans - condensed soup

- tuna
- mac and cheese
- green beans
- condensed soup


Lisa Montalchi  (954) 297-1325  fitlisa71199@gmail.com


May be brought in any Sunday and left on the Altar for the duration of worship in honor or memory of a loved one or for the glory of God.

Trinity is now an Amazon.com Operation Smile Participant

You can support Trinity with each purchase that you make through Amazon.com with NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU!

By registering and using the smile.amazon.com link,

a small percentage of what you spend at Amazon

will be returned as a gift to Trinity.


Our BLOG Page is now PayPal enabled – so that anyone may make a donation either through their PayPal account or without a PayPal account by using a credit card. In either case Donate by clicking on the PayPal button on the top right-hand side of the page and follow the instructions at http://pastorkeithsblog.blogspot.com/


The Executive Committee which serves through  FEB 2018

Eileen Soler through 2017*           President            (954) 483-3238

Lisa Montalchi through 2017*       Vice President    (954) 297-1325

Ron McCoy (appointed)                 Assist. Treas      (954) 790-3106 

Tina Hines through 2018               Treasurer            (786) 271-3789

Basi Perkins through 2020*           Secretary            (954) 439-1596 

At-Large Council Members include:  Zory Graciani  through 2019, Pastor Keith, Eileen Manella through 2018, Pat Messmer  through 2018*, Lois Cozier through 2018*

“*” = eligible for a second 3-year term

The next Congregational Council Meeting will take place at the Parsonage on Monday MAY 22nd 2017 at the Parsonage at 7PM (council members meet at 6:30PM for a meal and conversation). These meetings are always open to the congregation beginning at 7PM. Any new business to be considered for this meeting should be submitted to the office in writing either by email at tlcppines@gmail.com or by written note with contact information by Sunday May 14th  




Look for the sign in Charter Hall – notes for our (or your) sick and shut-in or for gratitude may be written and left in the basket. If you are writing a note for someone who is not part of the Trinity Family, please make certain that you have included both their name and address on the envelope.


Help is needed this Saturday May 27th at 9AM at 2840 NW 105 Lane

Sunrise, FL 33322 (954) 235-3918 to help pack up the moving truck.

Please come out if only for  a few hours.


Trinity’s next visit from the Bloodmobile is this Sunday May 21st.

Upcoming dates include: July 23rd, September 24th, November 26th


Save the dates Mon - Fri July 24th – 28th from 9am – 4pm!

Sign up and information sheets now available in the office and in the narthex or

contact Tina Hines (954) 893-6597 or Piper Spencer (954) 668-1620


Follow Trinity Lutheran on Twitter using @tlcppines



peanut butter,  jelly, pasta sauce, tuna, mac and cheese, green beans, condensed soup.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Please leave donations in the narthex.

·        ITEMS NEEDED FOR Blessing bags for Homeless People

Small fruit cans or pudding cups, protein or granola bars, small packages of salt+pepper and sugar, powdered drink mix small for a bottle of water, travel size toiletries and sanitary pads for ladies , plastic cutlery, coffee sticks , tea bags, wet wipes, small used blankets ( no comforters please).

Please leave donations in the narthex.



In memory of Earline LaCroix, her family provided Chocolate Easter Eggs this Lent. Donations received from those eggs will be use to purchase new altar ware in her memory.


A second AED Memorial Fund has been established in order to provide an AED for Charter Hall in addition to the one already purchased for the Sanctuary. In case of a heart attack seconds matter, so having an AED in a building where so many people spend coffee hour and other activities is important. Our goal is $1400.

You may use the special offering envelopes located on the offering and prayer card stand or write “AED Fund” on the memo line on the check. If paying via Trinity’s PAYPAL account please indicate that it is for the AED Fund on the memo line that paypal  provides.


Information corrections or additions to this section of the weekly email may be sent to Pastor Keith at tlcppines@gmail.com.

·        Anna MATTY recently turned 92 - wish her a happy birthday C/O 6431 SW 2 Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33023

·        Pastor Robb GRIMM who recently moved from south Florida to California was hit by a car while crossing the street and is recovering from his injuries. You may send him a note of encouragement C/O 155 S Orange Grove Blvd, Apt C Pasadena, CA 91105

Let us remember more of our shut-ins with notes of encouragement this week:

·        Tony HULSHOFF 13255 SW 9 Ct G-201 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

·        Ann DIAMOND c/o Mike Nelson  PO Box 95 Viola, IL 61486

·        Nona WHITE 1141 NW 84 Terrace Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

·        Ingeborg Slingsby 7361Allen Drive Hollywood, FL 33024

·        Al Gearhart  c/o 12731 SW 13 Manor  Davie, FL  33325

·        Richard Jeboo 8761 SW 9th Court Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

- tuna
- cereal /oatmeal
- chunky soups
- condensed soups
- mashed potato

The Pantry will be open Thursday , Feb. 4 TH 12pm - 2 pm and Thursday, Feb. 18 TH 12pm-2 pm and 6pm-7pm



Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

28th   Healing Sunday

28th   Cake during Coffee Hours for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days during April/May 2017

28th   Ascension of our Lord Sunday - Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53

28th   Vaquero Baptism at 11AM Service


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

4th         Pentecost Sunday   Acts 2:1-21

4th     Broward-Bahamas Conference Pentecost “Singsation” Event  4PM (choir rehearsal at 3PM)

11th   Holy Trinity Sunday

11th   Blessing of the Graduates during worship

11th   Equality Rally for Unity and Pride  Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale @3PM


Matthew 5:13-16 Being Salt and Light

18th   Reconciled in Christ (R.I.C.) Anniversary Recognition

25th   SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:17-20 I have come to fulfill the law

25th   Healing Sunday


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

2nd        SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:21-26 On Anger and Sin

9th     SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:27-32 Adultery and Divorce

16th     SUNDAY TEXT Matthew 5:38-48 On Loving our Enemies

23rd   SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 6:19-34 Treasures in Heaven

23rd     Blessing of VBS Volunteers

23rd   Bloodmobile

24th – 28th VBS DAY CAMP

30th   Healing Sunday


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

13th   Blessing of Teachers/Staff returning to school

20th   Blessing of the Students returning to school

27th   Healing Sunday


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

15th - 17th GodSpa for Women, Luther Springs Camp, Hawthorne, FL

24th   Healing Sunday and Bloodmobile


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

Memorial Butterfly Garden Special Support Envelopes this month

Pumpkin Patch 15th – 31st

12th – 14th Synod Assembly in Kissimmee

Pumpkin Offload the weekend of October 14th

22nd Healing Sunday

29th   Confirmation

31st   Joint Worship Service Archdiocese of Miami


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

22nd Thanksgiving Eve Service

23rd   Thanksgiving  Dinner at Trinity

26th   Healing & Bloodmobile

26th   Advent Wreath Building

Trinity Prayer List from 5/14/2017

Joey, Sylvia, Paloma, Louie, Sharon, Lisa, Jan and family, David, Jack and Dany, Frankie and Melissa, Payne family, the Saulsbury-Stewart- Hill- Grant- Cooper-Brown-Hayes families, Alvarez family, Jose B., Family and Friend of TLC, Richard J., Priya,

Glen, Hyacinth and family, Claire, Sunbeam and family, Ainsworth, Vivian, Pastor Keith, his family, and his parents, Tyrone, Joyce, Elsa, Pearl, Bev and family, Lyla and family, Dottie and family, Joyce and family, Carl and family, Tiffany and family, Jean,

Billy, Lori, Kyle, Rachel, George, Dot, Matthew, Grant Twins, Al and Shirley, Diana,  

Ray, Nona, Ingeborg, Tony, Lynette, John, Jay, Patrick, Tina’s Mother-in-Law, Lynette,

Diana, The Hunter Scott family (grieving), The Benjamin family (grieving).

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