Have Doubts?

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Calling two of his disciples to him, [John the Baptist] sent them to [see Jesus], saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Luke 7:19 ESV 

Our daily devotional emails can provide a richer Advent experience to you and your family. Click here to see the list, and watch for an email from me every afternoon with a link to the next day’s devotional.

Please be in prayer asking God to guide your thoughts on what He would have you give to Trinity next year. You may drop your 2022 Home Treasury Commitment into the offering plate during any worship service, complete an online version of the pledge card by clicking here, or mail your pledge card to the church office.

See what the “buzz” is about—come check out our Contemporary service at 11:15 am each Sunday!

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

We are experiencing an epidemic.

No, I’m not pointing the finger at the latest COVID variant; I’m referring to the epidemic of “doubt” sweeping across our nation. Whatever political tribe we belong to, when we listen to the news, read a newspaper or see a social media post we automatically wonder whether the information is true. We don’t trust that our leaders (at any level) are putting the best interests of the citizenry above their own personal political advancement. This dis-ease even degrades our ability to believe what our medical professionals tell us.

This epidemic of doubt sometimes infects our spiritual life, too. Sometimes we wonder if God even exists, and that the universe only consists of what we can touch, see or smell. Perhaps humans are just a happy accident. We doubt that God REALLY “rewards those that diligently seek Him.”

We all doubt, sometimes. Jesus’ biographers record an instance when Jesus’ cousin (John the Baptist) doubted that Jesus was really the Messiah. Doubts come to everyone, and they are nothing to be ashamed of.

So, where do you go when you have doubts? To whom do you take them?

In the Gospel story, John the Baptist didn’t try to bury his doubts, nor did he turn away from his faith. He took his doubts to Jesus. We can, too.

This Sunday at Trinity Downtown

(December 12th)

Jesus didn’t criticize John for his doubts. He didn’t cancel John’s ministry or get angry. Jesus simply provided proof.

As we walk along our Advent journey, perhaps you need to take some of your doubts to Jesus. Come to worship on Sunday, and we’ll discuss how you can do that. Come see how you can participate more fully in the joy that Jesus brings by taking advantage of the opportunities to grow, serve and participate. GROW by using our daily Advent devotionals and Advent devotion booklets to deepen your relationship with Jesus. SERVE by donating to Trinity’s cold weather clothing drive for those experiencing homelessness in our community. PARTICIPATE in our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services.

You can join us in our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am, or the contemporary service at 11:15 am. Or, you can watch the “live stream” of either service by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video of our contemporary or traditional services 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.

Our new in-person Sunday School, Youth and Adult Bible classes on Sunday morning are overflowing.

Come see what everyone is talking about at 10:15am each Sunday Morning.

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. 

Our “stock sale” benefiting our Youth program is open for investment! Come by the table in the Gathering Space on Sunday to see how your investment will expand the number of youth that may participate in the National Youth Gathering in July 2022. 

We have ordered poinsettias ($10.25 each) to adorn our worship area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you are interested in donating a plant(s) which may be taken home with you after the Christmas Day service, please order in one of the two ways listed below.

  • Complete the form online and submit your payment by mailing a check earmarked for poinsettias to the church office or submit payment online.
  • Write your dedication(s) on the Poinsettia order form available at the Welcome Center. Insert your check and form in the envelope provided and place in the Poinsettia box.
Watch Online

You can watch the “live stream” of our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am OR our contemporary worship at 11:15 am by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video of either service 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.

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Starting December 25th, we will return to our normal method of distributing Communion at the traditional worship service.

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Drive-Up Communion

Drive-up Communion is no longer being offered on Saturday and Wednesday of each week. However, you may call Pastor Black at 713.229.2917 to arrange a time to receive Drive-up Communion at a mutually-convenient time.

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

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.

Our annual Christmas Eve Pageant is back! Mark your calendars now to attend one of two Christmas Eve services being held at 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm. And our Christmas Day worship service will be held at 9:00 am on Christmas Day. Starting December 25th, we will return to our normal method of distributing Communion at the traditional worship service. Please note that on the Sundays following Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, we will have one worship service at 9:00 am and our Sunday School and adult Bible studies will take those two Sundays off.

This Sunday come learn how placing our faith and fears in the hands of the humble King Jesus 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.

Come get ready for the arrival of our King at Trinity Downtown this weekend. It will make a tremendous difference in your life.

Your Pastor,

Michael Dorn