How do YOU react to Jesus?

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And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:41 ESV

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts… Matthew 2:11a ESV

When Herod the king heard [about the birth of Jesus], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Matthew 2:3 ESV

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.

Poinsettias will adorn our worship area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Don’t miss the deadline to honor or memorialize a loved one by donating $10.25 per plant. You may complete this online form or submit an order form available at the Welcome Center. The names of the honorees and givers will be shown in the pre-service slides on all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Deadline is Tuesday December 21st.

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

As the birth of Jesus approaches, we’ve all been reminded of the stories of His birth recorded in the Bible. This year, I’ve been struck by the wide variety of responses that Jesus’ birth invoked in those involved when they first heard the news.

Mary was obedient and thoughtful. Joseph was obedient while a bit bewildered. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, while the King Herod plotted Jesus’ death. Having heard the angelic choir, the Shepherds hurried to see baby Jesus, while the Magi followed His star to deliver gifts.

And finally, since Jesus’ birth took place in a remote village on the very fringes of the Roman Empire, the vast majority of the world simply wasn’t aware. The Empire blissfully continued on its bloody path of enforcing Pax Romana, unaware that a new King with a new kind of Kingdom had been born.

It’s the same today. Some people embrace the Good News that Jesus came to proclaim. Most are indifferent, continuing on with their lives. And some see Jesus’ kingdom as a threat to their own plans.

Where do you see yourself? How do YOU react to the retelling of Jesus’ birth? Is it just a pretty story, or do you feel the Holy Spirit stirring within you as you re-encounter Him?

This Sunday at Trinity Downtown

(December 19th)

As we are nearing the end of our Advent journey, come see how you can participate more fully in the joy that Jesus’ birth 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.

You can be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors in Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas who suffered the recent spate of tornadoes by donating to the Texas District’s disaster relief fund here.

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

Starting December 1st, Drive-up Communion is no longer 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 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 hopes 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