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Stay up to date with the happenings of Trinity! Here you'll find weekly reflections from our pastors and staff, as well as stories about life at Trinity from congregation contributors.


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Journey with Music & Arts

by: Gillian Ford

01/14/2019

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Contributor: Judith Mitchell, director of Music & Arts Ministry

Dear Trinity Community and beyond: I am writing to invite you to participate if you feel a call to journey in the Arts as a pathway to discovering more about yourself, those around, and the One who made you.

This is the second-best time of the season to join the Chancel Choir, which meets on Wednesday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm, and which is beginning preparations to share Mozart’s Requiem on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm. On Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, there will be a Chancel Choir Retreat at Trinity… read more

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Contributor: Judith Mitchell, director of Music & Arts Ministry

Dear Trinity Community and beyond: I am writing to invite you to participate if you feel a call to journey in the Arts as a pathway to discovering more about yourself, those around, and the One who made you.

This is the second-best time of the season to join the Chancel Choir, which meets on Wednesday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm, and which is beginning preparations to share Mozart’s Requiem on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm. On Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, there will be a Chancel Choir Retreat at Trinity to help us prepare the Requiem (Friday night from 7:00-9:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am-3:00pm). The Chancel Choir is also preparing music for each Sunday morning’s worship.

Additional Trinity Choir and Ensemble opportunities for adults include:

Youth ensembles (6th-12th grades) include a Youth Bell Choir and periodic singing opportunities. For younger children, there are three ensembles: Genesis Ringers (3rd-5th grades), Children’s Chimes (ages 4 to 2nd grade) and Joyful Voices Jr Choir.

If interested, please contact me to become connected with Trinity's Music & Arts Ministry. We'd love to have you!

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Faith in Action

by: Gillian Ford

01/08/2019

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

What are you doing with the opportunities that come to you with the beginning of a fresh, sparkling new year? 2019 is like a blank canvas on which we may, in faith, live out our deepest values through commitment to that creative adventure. It’s an opening to re-engage with activities that bring our lives purpose and meaning as well as explore new involvements. A favorite quote of mine any time of the year, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt is,

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

His words remind… read more

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

What are you doing with the opportunities that come to you with the beginning of a fresh, sparkling new year? 2019 is like a blank canvas on which we may, in faith, live out our deepest values through commitment to that creative adventure. It’s an opening to re-engage with activities that bring our lives purpose and meaning as well as explore new involvements. A favorite quote of mine any time of the year, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt is,

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

His words remind us that we all have gifts, talents, skill, time and financial resources that can be used, and are needed, for the flourishing of our communities.

Trinity has a long history of service caring for the needs of under-resourced neighbors including significant endeavors that provide shelter and create stable housing. That legacy continues strong moving into 2019 as demonstrated by response to the Giving Tree for Beloved Community Village last month! Gifts through Trinity are providing stable transitional housing for 8 of the 12 residents being displaced for two weeks due to the move of the Village over zoning restrictions. That’s amazing! Thank you to all who gave, and to the many who stopped after services to speak with Cole and Amanda from Beloved Community (pictured above with Deb Meyer). They were encouraged in their work by our hospitality and compassionate vision to see neighbors housed. Read more about Beloved Community Village and the efforts of area faith leaders to develop creative solutions to homelessness.

While the data can be overwhelming when we assess the large gap that exists for all to be housed across the front range, we can always do something to be part of God’s compassionate transformative presence in the neighborhoods where we worship and where we live. In addition to inviting you to watch for more serving and giving projects I hope you’ll consider joining me in an upcoming learning opportunity:

Here’s to expanding our legacy for service in and with our communities in 2019 putting our faith into action doing what we can, with what we have, where we are!

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Greater Things

by: Gillian Ford

01/03/2019

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Happy New Year! As we begin this year, let me share my gratitude for you making Christmas Eve spiritually spectacular. Over 3,400 people gathered in worship with a deep sense of joy and celebration for Christ the King's birth. Not only did we lift our praises by candlelight for this in-breaking of God, we were generous beyond words. To date, we have raised $115,000 (exceeding our Christmas Offering goal of $100,000) to support our missions and ministry work. Wow! Well done and thank you for investing in one more move Christ the King is making in… read more

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Happy New Year! As we begin this year, let me share my gratitude for you making Christmas Eve spiritually spectacular. Over 3,400 people gathered in worship with a deep sense of joy and celebration for Christ the King's birth. Not only did we lift our praises by candlelight for this in-breaking of God, we were generous beyond words. To date, we have raised $115,000 (exceeding our Christmas Offering goal of $100,000) to support our missions and ministry work. Wow! Well done and thank you for investing in one more move Christ the King is making in the world to alleviate suffering and loneliest.

In the spirit of new beginnings for 2019, I want to invite you to think big as one blogger on resolutions suggests. Consider the larger impact you can have following Jesus to specifically accomplish your calling to serve God and others. For me, I know God wants me to embrace the enormity to serve as your pastor. This year, I aim to dig deeply into the plans God has for our shared mission together. I believe God is calling us to greater things in service to others so everyone is included in the Christ the King's movement to reclaim humanity. Read and reflect on these encouraging words by Jesus:

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!"

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"Blessed is the king of Israel!"

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written. -John 12:12-14 (NIV)

Remember, to think big isn't necessarily better - it is the humble pursuit of greater things that bring us vitality and new life in this new year.

I hope to see you Sunday in worship as together, we launch into the new year.

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Welcoming the Light

by: Gillian Ford

12/27/2018

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contributor: Lee Anderson-Harris, Minister of Care

It is that peaceful (theoretically) week in between the days of Christmas and New Year. It is the time to reflect on the entry of Jesus the Christ into the world, and look forward to the hopes of the new year. The looking back and looking forward are bound together, not separate. In John 1:4 we read "What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people" (CEB). We ponder and celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us, each year, knowing that Christ has always been… read more

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contributor: Lee Anderson-Harris, Minister of Care

It is that peaceful (theoretically) week in between the days of Christmas and New Year. It is the time to reflect on the entry of Jesus the Christ into the world, and look forward to the hopes of the new year. The looking back and looking forward are bound together, not separate. In John 1:4 we read "What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people" (CEB). We ponder and celebrate the coming of Immanuel, God with us, each year, knowing that Christ has always been and will always be present with us. Yet each year, Christ's presence might mean something new and different for you as you journey along the path of the Christian faith. Jesus was born so that we may have abundant life, and this life is a light for you. How might this light illuminate your world in the coming year?

I hope that you will join me this Sunday as we ponder and celebrate together! It will be the simple and peaceful worship that is fitting for this time of year: We will sing familiar carols that celebrate the birth of Jesus, and following my message will be a time for quiet reflection and prayer to lead you into the New Year. If you are unable to attend worship this Sunday, I encourage you to set aside time for your own reflection and prayer as you welcome Christ and the New Year. Read John 1:1-18 and savor the words. What does this passage say to you? How might you enter into the mystery and welcome the Light into your life?

May you be blessed in this New Year, and truly experience the Christ!

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2018 Christmas Eve at Trinity

by: Gillian Ford

12/20/2018

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Service Information

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00pm. Each service will feature the warm glow of candles.

The 3:00pm service is for those who don't drive after dark, who desire a less crowded service, or who have travel or family plans in the evening. The 5:00pm Family service will be particularly child-friendly lead by Trinity's Children and Youth. The Chancel Choir will sing at the 7:00 and 9:00pm services. Communion will be served at the 11:00pm service.

Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to serve in an area of hospitality Christmas Eve! Friendly… read more

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Service Information

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00pm. Each service will feature the warm glow of candles.

The 3:00pm service is for those who don't drive after dark, who desire a less crowded service, or who have travel or family plans in the evening. The 5:00pm Family service will be particularly child-friendly lead by Trinity's Children and Youth. The Chancel Choir will sing at the 7:00 and 9:00pm services. Communion will be served at the 11:00pm service.

Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to serve in an area of hospitality Christmas Eve! Friendly volunteers are still needed to assist guests on teams at these services:

  • Parking Lot: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
  • Exterior Doors: 5, 9, 11
  • Sanctuary: 3, 9, 11

Contact Deb Meyer to volunteer or for more information.

Helpful Tips for Christmas Eve

Parking:

  • The Avis Lot between Broadway and Lincoln, north of 19th will be available. Able-bodied Trinity staff and volunteers are encouraged to use this lot in order to give closer parking access to guests. Please use code 1224 at the Avis Lot Kiosk to park for free.
  • Garage parking will be available from 2:00pm-1:00am. The garage entry will be open. You will not need a ticket or validation sticker.
  • North and East Lots will be available from 2:00pm-1:00am.
Fellowship Hall Live Feed:
  • We are pleased to share that a direct, live feed will be shown in the Fellowship Hall during the 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:00pm services. There will be an Advent wreath and candles so that folks in the Fellowship Hall may participate in the service. This is a great space for anyone desiring the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service experience within a more casual atmosphere.
Hospitality:

  • Childcare will BE available from 2:45-8:15pm. Children are welcome in the services; families are also welcome to bring their child to the Children's Area.
  • Please enjoy a warm beverage and a sweet treat in the Fellowship Hall.
  • If the Sanctuary reaches capacity, folks will be encouraged to stay and participate in the Fellowship Hall with the live feed or return for a later service.
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Shall We Carol?

by: Gillian Ford

12/14/2018

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

I ran across this story from one of my favorite periodicals - Homiletics, When Fear Gives Way to Joy, 2018:

What has fear to do with Christmas?

The history of the carol provides a hint. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written in 1868 by the famed preacher Phillips Brooks. The Civil War had ended only three years earlier. Yes, Lee and Grant had signed their peace accord at Appomattox and shaken hands on the deal. Yes, battle-weary veterans from both sides had laid down their arms and trudged home.… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

I ran across this story from one of my favorite periodicals - Homiletics, When Fear Gives Way to Joy, 2018:

What has fear to do with Christmas?

The history of the carol provides a hint. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written in 1868 by the famed preacher Phillips Brooks. The Civil War had ended only three years earlier. Yes, Lee and Grant had signed their peace accord at Appomattox and shaken hands on the deal. Yes, battle-weary veterans from both sides had laid down their arms and trudged home. But half the nation still lay in ruins and the notorious Andrew Johnson - by most accounts the worst POTUS the nation had ever seen - was doing his best to dismantle the rights that had been won for the former slaves at such a terrible human cost.

On the home front, north and south, families had been decimated by the carnage of the most brutal war America had ever known. Wives and mothers counted themselves lucky if their husbands and boys had come home lacking an arm or a leg or an eye or shivering with PTSD. They knew he could easily have not come home at all.

In 1868, it gave Americans some comfort to picture the humble Bethlehem stable as the place where hope and fear meet each other - and where hope emerges the ultimate victor.

Fascinating story, huh? 150 years later the creative say this beloved carol uses two words in the same line that seem opposed to each other - hopes and fears is still compelling.

O little town of Bethlehem, it's true that "the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight." In a matter of days, we will gather to celebrate the good news of the Messiah's birth. May we discover anew, in these days of expectation, that when hope meets fear in Jesus Christ, the lesser fears of this life are vanquished.

Join us Sunday as sounds of the season stir your anticipation for joy to invade your heart. Bring a friend or two, and prepare your life to encounter angels this season, to restore your hopes and calm your fears. See you Sunday!

P.S. Join us for our annual Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30, especially if we will miss you Christmas Eve due your prior commitments to friends, family, and travel.

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Peace

by: Gillian Ford

12/06/2018

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid. - Jesus, John 14:27

December 7, 1941 is one of the most sacred dates in American History summed up in two words - Pearl Harbor. December 7, 2016 is one of the most sacred dates in my life - the day my father died. They say grieving a loved one gets easier with the passing of time. They lie. For now, the loss is different, yet still a… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid. - Jesus, John 14:27

December 7, 1941 is one of the most sacred dates in American History summed up in two words - Pearl Harbor. December 7, 2016 is one of the most sacred dates in my life - the day my father died. They say grieving a loved one gets easier with the passing of time. They lie. For now, the loss is different, yet still a rigorous, complex season of reflection about my father's impact on my life.

My father, Robert Edward Brown had a favorite response to our family's annual question, "Dad, what do you want for Christmas?" In a jolly fashion, he would always say, "Peace of mind."

Peace. Everyone has a working definition for this word. For my dad, he found peace by building stuff. His last remodel of my childhood home was a 900 square foot sun-room addition. In his final days, this room brought him comfort and joyous times with family and friends. I terribly miss his engineering insights on buildings; no doubt he would marvel at Trinity. I also miss Dad's observations about the state of the world. Dad taught me optimism, and life has taught me that peace of mind is more than a state of being. Peace of mind is a resolve to rest certain things in God's hands without relinquishing our hands from those things we are uniquely call to attend. Like hope, peace is a cognitive, emotional process that begins with knowing what you want.

Our faith teaches Jesus is the Peace of Prince. What this means to you is revealed as you pursue him. If you want peace of mind this Christmas, ask Jesus to reveal it. You will be surprised by the answers!

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