Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

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First Things First

The reason we come to Church on Sunday morning, as opposed to Sunday afternoon or Monday evening, is because it is the first day of the week. The first thing you do this week, before you do anything else, is come to Church. You begin your week with the Word of God, Prayer, and the Holy Communion. You give the first seventh, off the top, of your time to the Lord. He blesses that time. In that time, He forgives your sins, cleanses, and purifies you. He then sends you out into the world, into the week, as His in all your days and hours and life. This is also the reason we pray before we eat. We want to establish that food is a gift from God and that He provides for us through it. Before we eat, we pray. This also blesses the food and makes it holy food because you are holy people. Nonetheless, we have a tendency to compartmentalize our lives, to separate the spiritual and the secular, to put on different masks at work, with our friends, or at home. This is a fantasy. We are who we are wherever we are. We are the baptized and we never go anywhere alone. Everything we do is spiritual — including our use of time and food and money. Now, you have a Christian duty to support the Church, to give of your time, money, and abilities so that the Ministry would be conducted among us and

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Popular St. Olaf Choir Coming to Memphis

The St. Olaf Choir will present a concert in Memphis on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Because they will need a large hall to preform in, they will be at Bartlett United Methodist Church (5676 Stage Road, 38134). Founded 104 years ago by F. Melius Christiansen, St. Olaf College is a Lutheran college located in Northfield, Minnesota. The St. Olaf Choir is internationally recognized for setting a high standard for choral performance. Conductor Anton Armstrong says, “What makes this ensemble distinctive is the way our singers perform at the highest artistic level and touch the hearts and souls of our listeners. Through body, mind, spirit and voice our audiences are transformed.” To purchase tickets, go to http://wp.stolaf.edu/tickets/ .

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A prayer request from the Lutheran Church in Burkina Faso.

Prayer requests for our country Burkina Faso. Between yesterday and today, what we feared has finally arrived. The Jihadists have actually introduced in Burkina Faso. In the afternoon yesterday, around 2:00 PM, the city of Ouagadougou was the jihadist attack target. Again later in the evening, at about 7:30 PM, a hotel and restaurant near the Ouagadougou Airport have suffered another deadly attack. According to provisional results, we deplore 31 dead, including 4 Jihadists and 33 wounded. The assault of the armed forces against the Hotel ended today at around 11:00 AM this morning. The 27 victims of the attack are 18 nationalities of which is not known yet. Three other jihadists were intercepted and are currently in the hands of law enforcement. Pray for Burkina Faso and pray for the Church of God in Burkina Faso. We also have our members not far away. Pray that the Lord will come to their aid.

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Where We Are Located

Trinity’s historic building stands at 210 Washington Ave in Memphis, Tennessee. It is surrounded by the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center. It is just blocks from the Mississippi River and .75 miles north of Beale Street. Click here for directions.

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Meet Our Ministry Team

Meet the staff that serves the good people of Trinity. Here is contact information for the Pastor, the Deacon, the Office Assistant, and a host of others. Here also is contact links for the Church Council, the Board of Elders, Board of Outreach and more.

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Time Again For Trinity’s Annual End of Summer Picnic

For decades, Trinity has always marked the end of the Summer season with a grand picnic with plenty of food, fun music, and lots and lots of games and prizes for the kids. Make plans to join us again this Sunday, October 16 as we enjoy an outdoor worship service on the grounds of the Memphis Metal Museum, high on the bluff above the Mississippi River Worship begins at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a free picnic lunch, games and activities for the whole family! Trinity Annual Church Picnic Metal Museum Sunday, Oct 16 10:00am    

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Thank You Roger Black. You Serve as an Example to Us All.

How do you serve God? Some enter the ministry and travel to distant lands, others dedicate their lives to serving the homeless and destitute. Still others simply find a job that needs doing and do it.

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Come Cheer On The Trinity Brewers

Many saw last year as a “building season” as the Trinity’s softball team moved its roster around to find that sweet combination of power and skill. Unfortunately, the season was too short and time ran out.

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Church Funnies

The preacher announced the benediction and was at the back of the church greeting the congregants. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the church Elders. “Well good morning, Jackson,” the preacher said as he reached out to shake Jackson’s hand. As he did, he felt something pressed into in the palm of his hand. “What’s this?” the preacher asked. “Money,” said Jackson with a big smile on his face, “It’s for you!” “I don’t want to take your money, Jackson,” the preacher answered. “I want you to have it,” said Jackson. After a short pause Jackson added, “Daddy says you’re the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you.”   A very large, very tough looking man appeared in the pastor’s office, holding his hat in his hand. “How may I help you?” asked the pastor. “Sir, I wanted to let you know about the trouble a family near here is in,” said the big man. “The father has died and the mother has been too ill to work. They have no family and the children are starving.’ The big man’s eyes began to water as he added, “Their rent is overdue, and if they don’t come up with $440 dollars right away,” the man began to tremble, “the landlord is going to set them out in this rain and cold.” The pastor, wanting to learn more about the situation, put his hand on the man’s shoulder

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Your Help Needed Revising Luther’s Small Catechism

There is an edition of Luther’s Small Catechism soon to be out that hopes to be relevant for today’s young people, and they are looking for your input.

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Hurray For The Johnstons!

After careful inspection of the events of Easter Sunday morning, our crack team of investigators has come to one inevitable conclusion. Diane Johnston is secretly Wonder Woman. If we were blessed to have you at Sunday’s Easter Breakfast, you might have thought a number of things: Maybe the breakfast was catered? Maybe a team of dozens of cooks spent the weekend in the kitchen to get ready for all of you? Nope. The answer is – Wonder Woman. Diane spent the better part of the weekend getting everything ready. Along with her husband, Chris, and daughter Carley, the Johnstons spent days preparing to celebrate this communal meal with Trinity’s family of faith. The response was overwhelming. In spite of there being an overflow crowd with some forced to find tables and chairs in the Sunday School rooms, there was plenty of food for everyone. The tables even had flowers and treats for the kids. Trinity is richly blessed with many members who give so freely of their time and talents for the betterment of the church, the community, and most of all, to the glory of God, not least of which is the entire Johnston family. all of this to simply say, thank you so much. Trinity’s heart overflows with gratitude.  

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Seminar Underscores Plight of Christians Facing Persecution

A brother of one of the 21 Coptic Christians reportedly executed by the Islamic State (IS) said, “We are very happy for my brother, because he kept the [Christian] faith until the last moment. I love my brother so much, and I hope to be with him. I ask God to give us patience to endure after his death.” Religious persecution, including violence against Christians led by militant Islamic groups like IS, has risen dramatically in recent years around the globe. Stephanie Hammond, who served as a U.S. Congress policy adviser and now works at a Christian humanitarian organization, was the featured speaker on this topic during a presentation titled “Global Christian Cleansing: Rising Religious Persecution and What You Should Know,” March 11 at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. “Religious persecution is one of the greatest human-rights issues of our era. The trends of rising religious persecution — including the persecution of Christians — will continue to rise unless we speak out against it,” said Hammond. She pointed to a Pew Research Study published in February indicating that more than three-fourths of the world’s population now lives under a high level of religious restriction imposed by governments, which also correlates with increasing social hostilities toward Christianity. Christians face harassment in the largest number of countries — 102 — of the 198 countries in the study. A report on the study can be found here. Hammond said she now sees religious freedom as a declining priority among government officials. She said

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