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Yes You Can Find Fault, But Can You Find Glory?

The Devil is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us to God. He accuses us to ourselves. He uses others to accuse us. We can do this to others ourselves. Two things are constantly going on in a believer’s life. God is at work. He is doing something. He is the author of our faith. He is the most skillful worker. He is doing and he has been doing great works in our lives. He is putting His glory into us as He transforms us into His image and anything He does is beautiful and glorious. The other thing that is going on is we are still struggling with sins, faults, circumstances, providences, etc. etc. The devil is constantly accusing us to ourselves and to God according to these things. The question is whose eyes we see ourselves and others through. Do we see ourselves and others thru the devils (carnal, BLIND) eyes or through God’s (Faith, spiritual) eyes? If we see through carnal eyes we will see nothing but fault in ourselves and in others. We will be fault finders. If we see through God’s (faith, spiritual) eyes we will see the glory that God has done and is doing in ourselves and in others in spite of theirs and our faults, sins etc. We will be glory finders. Example of seeing ourselves properly; the bride in the Song of Solomon says about herself. I am black but comely. (Song of Solomon 1:5) She sees the glory in spite of her

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Lutherans and Anglicans Move Closer Together

Participants in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod(LCMS) and Lutheran Church—Canada’s (LCC) ongoing ecumenical dialogue have released an interim report on their work so far. Titled “On Closer Acquaintance,” the document is the culmination of six years of regular discussions among the three church bodies and highlights the discovery of significant doctrinal agreement between the Anglican and Lutheran participants. The authors are clear that there is still much work to be done before altar and pulpit fellowship between the two sides would be possible. Nevertheless, they have found the discussions promising enough to publicly declare their prayer “that, in the time and manner of His choosing, our Lord would grant each side in our conversations to acknowledge our ‘first cousin’ to be in fact a true sister church, with the result that we would welcome each other wholeheartedly to our respective altars and enjoy the blessed situation in which our clergy and people would be interchangeable with each other as we stand under the grace of God and work for His kingdom.” In the meantime, they encourage all three church bodies to “consider the ways in which we can cooperate and come together in ways that fall short of full communion but do allow the greatest measure of cooperation while maintaining full theological integrity.” [The report can be downloaded at lcms.org/doc/acna-report.] Church leaders react The leaders of the three churches welcomed the report warmly, reflecting on the growing relationship between confessional Anglicans and Lutherans. “In

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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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