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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
The language of the church can often seem strange to those outside the church, and even to those inside as well. Take the word Epiphany, for example. It means to “unveil, reveal or make known.” It can also mean “to discover.”
This Epiphany season (from now until March 1st) is not only a time to discover who Jesus is, but who we are in the process of becoming “the Body of Christ,” his church. This month, we are “channeling” our discovery of Jesus and the Body of Christ, through worship. How will we do this? Several ways; both during the Epiphany Season, and also in Lent (March 1st through April 15th).
1) In a Vision Statement proposed by the Joint Worship Teams (and valid through 2020), we commit ourselves to the following:
“Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will increasingly offer inspiring worship which propels us to live out Christ in daily living, in which the Holy breaks into our lives and builds a Christian community through liturgies that are carefully crafted and rehearsed, music that is singable, memorable, participatory and flexible, and all liturgical arts. We do this to the glory of God for the sake of the world. “ Vision Statements are only good if you put your actions behind it, so the Joint Worship Teams have set up the actions that follow.
2) Reflection on your Ministry… Martin Luther reminds us that each of us, through our baptism has a ministry (a life of service to God and the people around us). How do each of us live out our Baptism in our daily lives? You may have noticed a new banner by the Baptismal font with the title “Finding Faith”. You are encouraged to write a one paragraph reflection on how you “find your faith” in what you do (i.e., how your faith helps you in your work). These paragraphs will become part of a Lenten daily devotion booklet beginning March 1st.
3) Blessed Are They. You may have noticed that we are using the beautiful hymn Blessed Are They as our Hymn of Praise this Epiphany season, singing one verse a week. This hymn is based on the Sermon on the Mount which we are reading over the Epiphany Season. What does it mean to be Blessed? Come and discover through this meaningful hymn and the sermons that accompany the Sermon on the Mount!
4) Midweek – Dinner, Evening Prayer and Lecture:
Each Wednesday during Lent , we will hold a “monastery meal” from 5:15PM to 5:45 PM. cc before Holden Evening Vespers
Holden Evening Vespers service from 6:00-6:30 pm. ($5 donation suggested).We will offer a simple “monastery meal) at 6:45 we go to…
5) Why Lutheran? So many Americans don’t know the difference between Martin Luther and Martin Luther King. Why are we Lutheran? What do we believe? How did Luther’s reformation change the society of his day? We’ll be joined by noted Lutheran Scholar (and Holy Trinity member) Mark Edwards for a discussion after the services regarding special topics surrounding Luther and Lutheranism. Thank you, Mark for doing this.
Pastor George Koch