Feel like you’re praying for a lost cause?

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Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 ESV

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord , have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10 ESV

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

Oftentimes the problems, pains and sins we encounter are chronic; they seem to stick around forever. Perhaps it’s a health concern, a broken relationship, unemployment or an addiction. These problems can be lingering, enduring, prolonged, protracted and persistent.

Have you been asking the Lord to intervene in a chronic problem for so long that you are close to giving up? Do you ever feel like you’re praying for a lost cause, and sometimes say to yourself, under your breath, “why should I bother praying”?

If you’re facing these chronic problems now, then take heart. You will find encouragement in the story that Mark relates in his biography of Jesus as Jesus encounters a father who has a demon-possessed son. Imagine the pain these circumstances have inflicted on the child and his family. Tally-up the loss and grief they feel in seeing their hopes and dreams for their son dashed by the power of evil.

This weekend at Trinity Downtown

(September 11th & 12th)

Come to Trinity Downtown this weekend and experience anew the reason Jesus’ disciples remained astonished by His actions and His words. Come hear how focusing on God’s love and worshiping Him can carry you during these times, and how you can be an encouragement to those that may be going through tough times. You can join us in our contemporary service on Saturday at 5:00 pm, and/or the traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am. Or, you can watch the “live stream” of our Satellite Service at 5:00 pm on Saturday, or our traditional service on Sunday at 9:00 am by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching either of these services “on demand” by clicking here.  You can enhance your worship experience by viewing the traditional service’s worship folder by clicking here. Our weekly prayer list can also be found by clicking here.

You won’t want to miss our in-person Sunday School, Youth and Adult Bible classes that start at 10:15 am each Sunday morning.

Please note that this weekend’s “Touch a Truck” experience being sponsored LEAH’s Downtown Academy has been postponed. Watch this space for further information. You’ll also want to be aware that we are restarting the “Parent’s Night Out” joint ministry with LEAH on Friday evening, September 17th from 6:30-10:00 pm. If you want to volunteer to serve alongside LEAH’s teachers in this important outreach to our community, you can contact Haley Davisson at hdavisson@trinitydt.org.

Our doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each worship service, and you may enter from any door. As always, we ask that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and participate with us online. 

In response to the increased number of infections, this weekend at Trinity Downtown we’re making some changes in our recommendations and seating arrangements designed to lower the chance we’ll inadvertently spread the infection further. 

National Grandparent’s Day is being celebrated on Sunday, September 12th. Take this opportunity to reach out to the grandparents you know to thank them for what they do for their kids and grandkids. And, you might be prepared to spend a few moments looking at their grandkids’ pictures!

Watch Online

You can watch the “live stream” of our Satellite Service at 5:00 pm on Saturday, or our traditional service on Sunday at 9:00 am by clicking the button below. And, of course, you may also participate by watching either of these services “on demand” at any time. To enhance your worship this weekend, we’ve placed this weekend’s Order of Worship and our updated prayer list below.

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Drive through worship communion
Drive-Up Communion

Please note that Drive-up Communion is being offered on Saturday and Wednesday of each week.

COVID-19 Updates

We continue to be deeply thankful for the God-inspired work of our medical professionals who developed and are distributing the COVID vaccines, and who continue to care for those afflicted with this disease. Please keep the members of our congregation who serve in these capacities in your daily prayers that God may grant them strength, courage and a robust immune system.

In response to the increased number of COVID infection in our community, please follow these recommendations and seating arrangements designed to lower the chance we’ll inadvertently spread the infection further. Specifically:

  • We are encouraging everyone over three years of age to wear a mask while on Trinity’s campus. (Please note that is NOT a mandate, just a heart-felt recommendation;)
  • We also would encourage you to get vaccinated if you’re eligible and haven’t already done so; and
  • We’re increasing the size of the sanctuary seating area designated as “socially-distanced”. A large portion of the Pulpit side will be marked so that only every other row is available for seating.
  • As always, if you’re feeling unwell, please stay home and take advantage of our streaming alternatives

Please take advantage of our nursery, which is now open to care for children 2 years old and younger on Sunday mornings.

Together, let’s consider the persevering love of Jesus, and how having faith in His provision and care can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning.  Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life.

This weekend come get a fresh jolt of spiritual energy at Trinity Downtown. It will make a tremendous difference in your life.

Your Pastor,
Michael Dorn