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God put this verse in front of me during my devotions this week: “Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless, or the widow (Deuteronomy 27:19). It was an appropriate verse for lots of reasons. God is concerned about the vulnerable in society! But as I was meditating on my reading, it was the word ‘fatherless’ that stayed with me.
There is so much unrest in our nation, and much talk of what it means to be a person of privilege. And as I reflected on that verse it occurred to me that the greatest privilege that I have enjoyed is not the result of being a middle-class, white, American male. Those advantages I had made a difference, no question. But I am convinced that the greatest privilege I have enjoyed is that I had, and still have, a dad who loves my mom, who is faithful to her and to me, and who made sure that I grew up with a role model for what it means to be a man: accepting responsibility, working hard, caring for others.
To be fatherless in Biblical times meant that your father had been killed. But the fatherlessness of our day is worse. A man who walks away from a child inflicts another layer of pain; it is not just absence but rejection that a person feels as a child, and feels again as a teenager, and feels again as an adult. A person can spend a lifetime asking, “Do I have any value?” because the human being whom God charged with delivering that message walked the other way.
But there is a Father who loves, a Father who is faithful, a Father who will never walk away. There is a Father who will call you His child, no matter how scandalous the adoption is. He looks out on this broken world with longing, and when a child turns in His direction, this Father does not wait, nor walk, He runs, arms outstretched, to welcome us back into His family.
There is a Father for the fatherless. There is an answer to the world’s brokenness. There is a balm in Gilead.
Read all the details here or watch for videos walking you through what to expect for each of our two services, which will be posted to our webpage tomorrow.
We will offer two services on Sunday mornings. Our early service will take place in the sanctuary and will follow the recommendations of the CDC for large group gatherings, including socially distanced seating and masks for all those two years old and older. Our late service will take place outdoors with worshipers providing their own seating, also socially distanced, but with no masks required. Both services will use the same, simpler liturgy. Both services will include communion, but distribution will be handled differently in each case.
We will also continue with Worship-in-the-Home, and with Open Sanctuary on Saturdays.
Trinity’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) will look and feel different this summer. The program we had planned, Rocky Railway, will be put on hold until next year. This summer, families will engage in a weekend VBS, Anchored, at home and online. At Anchored VBS, we’ll embark on an underwater adventure that reminds us that our God is faithful. While so many things have changed over the past months, our God has not. He is our rock. Praise God for His faithfulness!
Click here for our Anchored Weekend VBS information.
Registration is due by July 1st.
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Questions from Quarantine Bible Studies are all posted, and remain relevant whether you are in quarantine or not.
They can be accessed from the front page of our website (under “Study”) or by clicking here.
- Following CDC recommendations, sanitize or wash hands upon entering and leaving the building.
- If meeting with a staff member, check in at the office window.
- Guest chairs have been placed in the lobby area. You may be directed to wait in the lobby area until a staff member is available.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
- To protect our office staff, please refrain from congregating in the main office.
- Limit non-essential movement in the building to only the areas necessary during your visit.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
Please take a moment right now and pray for those listed below.
For Missionaries: David & Rachel Baker, David & Barbara Bush serving in Hong Kong Hannah Shull (Taiwan)
Our military, serving our country: Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard)
Baptisms: Fiona Schultz (daughter of Dan & Emilee Schultz) made God’s child through baptism. Caroline Schoessow (daughter of Troy & Emily Schoessow) made God’s child through baptism. Stella Stern (daughter of Marcus & Vita) made God’s child through baptism
Healing & Protection: Elaine Riemer, Cindy Mollwitz (prayer for recovering from surgery); Marilyn Seefeld (having surgery); Chris Lindau (in hospice). Chris is the wife of Pastor Robert Lindau who served here at Trinity for many years.
Do you know of others for whom we should be praying? Let us know by sending an email to Trinity@trinityfreistadt.com.
You’re invited to join others in prayer every Sunday (10-10:30 am), Monday (8-8:30 am), and Wednesday (Noon-12:30 pm).