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Fourth Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday

In Europe during the 1500’s it became popular for people to return to the main church or cathedral in the community of their youth every year on the fourth Sunday in lent. These people were said to be returning to their mother church or to be going “a-mothering.” Over the years, Mothering Sunday became a day to allow children and young people that were working as domestic servants or employees to have the day off. This was so they could return home to be with their family as they returned to their home. Often, this was the only time of the year they were allowed off and for many, the only time they saw their family. Children would pick wild

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Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

Five Very Simple Things To Make Lent More Meaningful

A season spent in fasting and meditation is good for your soul, but many of us don’t have the time or energy to undertake such a commitment. That doesn’t mean our Lenten season should be without meaning. Here are some simple things that you can do to make this season more meaningful to you. 1. Be Watchful “Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” Jesus’ pleading words to his disciples might just as easily apply to us today. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall

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Do we really need Lent anymore?

We all like to be happy. It’s our nature. We naturally avoid things that make us unhappy. I think that is one reason that the season of Lent is not especially popular. It is a time for personal reflection. A time to examine ourselves, take an inventory of our sinful lives, and be remind of how we fall short of God’s image. But do we really need that? Do we need this downer? Can we even force ourselves to be sad when Springtime is so close? After all, we’re basically good people. We may not be perfect, but nobody’s perfect and the truth is, we’re a lot better than a lot of people we know. We live good lives and

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What If We Told Them

We know two things: (1) The U.S has become one of the greatest mission fields in the world as the number of “unchurched” grows. (2) Jesus commanded His disciples to proclaim a message of repentance and forgiveness, starting from the heart of the local city. But what about me in my daily life? Does the thought of making a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you, send chills down your spine? Take heart. You have been equipped to tell others the Good News of Jesus Christ. You know how to confess your faith, and you practice it every week. On a regular basis, the whole Christian Church confesses the creeds that have

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Heroes of Faith

Who is your hero? As a child, I might have named a TV actor, a star athlete or famous musician. Somewhere along the line I started to recognize the heroic qualities in ordinary people, like teachers and even parents. Nowadays, I’m more impressed with spiritual heroes, people who have modeled Christ for me. While we all are saints by virtue of our baptism into Christ, some have proven to be outstanding “Heroes of Faith” for the church community as a whole. Back in 2002, Trinity came up with a way to acknowledge our congregation’s spiritual heroes. Originally called the “Tree of Life” and now renamed “Heroes of Faith”, it is located in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall, near the front door. It

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What Kind of Tipper Are You?

Are you a good tipper? I try to be, but that has not always been the case. I had always looked on tipping as a commentary on the quality of the service as well as how well I liked the food and I suppose, a judgement on my overall “dining” experience. I was also a sharp critic, always finding room for improvement. The result was usually a somewhat miserly gratuity. If things were not done my way I gave very little. If things were exactly what I hoped for, I tipped–well slightly more generously. Then I got a job in the food service industry. The first thing that strikes everyone that first enters that line of work is how incredibly

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