Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, September 28

Reading: Matthew 16:13-19

September 28 Holy Trinity Church celebrates her 5th Anniversary. We’ll have a special service to hear stories of those encouraged by God through the years, to sing songs of gratitude, and to share with each other our hopes for future days.

Our theme for the day is taken from Jesus’ mission found in Matthew 16:18b: “I will build my church.

Begin the celebration now: Ask yourself “how has God been building me? Building his church through me? Building his church with and through Holy Trinity?

What evidences have I seen or experienced that the “gates of hell can not prevail” against God’s work on earth?

Spend time reflecting and giving thanks! Pray that the good work God is actively doing in all of us will continue for his glory.

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.”

Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, September 21

Reading: Genesis 17:15-21; 21:1-6 and Luke 1:67-80

  1. The promised son, long waited for, arrives on the scene in Gen.17:15-21 and 21:1-6. Have you experienced an answer to a heart’s desire long waited for? How did you feel when it finally came to fruition? Are you waiting on promises of God now? How does recalling the faithfulness of God to bring promises to pass in your life help you endure the wait now? Talk honestly with God about your struggles to endure or any doubt you might be experiencing as you look for fulfillment in God.
  2. Jesus, the long awaited Son, hope of all nations, and the One in who all promises are fulfilled arrives on the scene at the perfect time in God’s story. Listen in on Zechariah’s prophetic speech in Luke 1:67-79. What do you gather in from these words that might bring encouragement or comfort to you today?
  3. Do you have words to sing or say to God, maybe a song of gratitude, a lament about the struggle to believe or trust in the promises of God? Talk, sing, lament to God in these moments – express your true heart to the One who changes everything with his love and truth.

Following Jesus

Piecing Together The Story We Find Ourselves In A Review of the Anglican Catechism

Dates: November 16

Every story can be outlined—no matter how nuanced by twists and turns of the plot. This is what the creeds do. The catechism does the same, but in much more detail. The catechism teaches us how to rightly believe and gives us a whole life orientation for how to live as followers of Jesus.

Thus, while our catechism conversations this fall will include Anglican uniqueness’s, our predominant focus will be:

  • Rediscovering belief in a world that isn’t sure right belief is possible
  • Discussing the most important concepts of Christianity
  • Mining from the catechism the core drivers of Christian spirituality
  • Learning to think well and communicate to others about what we believe, and why we seek to be followers of Jesus

Todd Hunter will host these conversations. Rev. Dr. Dennis Okholm (Prof. of Systematic Theology) will be our main teacher.

Please join us for what we hope will be robust, enjoyable, enriching and relationship-building conversations.

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A Review of the Anglican Catechism:

Dates:  November 16
Time: Immediately following our Sunday morning worship services

  • November 16: How should we then live? How to be an Anglican in the world. | When Anglicans are dismissed at the end of worship, they are sometimes told to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” How do we go from worship to mission—to keep the Story going?

Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, September 14

Reading: Genesis 18:17-33 and John 15:12-17

  1. Reflect on the friendship of God and Abraham as you read Genesis 18:17-33. What do you discover?
  2. What do you sense happening in Abraham as God discloses his plans? What does this say to you about God’s intent to share his intimate plans with humanity? What insights emerge about prayer, intercession, and collaborating with God for the salvation of others?
  3. Jesus calls us friends in John 15:12-17. How do you understand friendship from this passage? How does it make you feel knowing he calls you friend? Is there anything you’d like to share with your friend at this moment? Is there something on your heart? Or would you like to know what’s on his heart? Spend some time with your friend in prayer.