Our Labels Don't Define Us // Update on Pastor Black

Trinity Downtown > Blog > Our Labels Don’t Define Us // Update on Pastor Black

By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those [in the city of Jericho] who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31 ESV

Here’s how you can participate:
  • Celebrate the ministry of Randy and Karen Einem at the 9:00 am worship service, and share refreshments with them during the Discipleship Hour
  • Hear a preview of one of this Sunday’s hymnsAll Creatures of Our God and King that will be sung at the Traditional worship service, and one of the praise songs that will be sung at our Contemporary service.
  • Mark your calendars for Trinity’s Fall Kickoff on Sunday, August 28th. We’ll be blessing our students as they re-enter school (along with their backpacks!) and enjoy picnic fare from the Holy Smokers. Plan your schedule now so you can participate!
  • Drop by the registration table to sign-up your kids for the 2022-2023 Sunday School session in the Gathering Space starting this Sunday.
  • The Holy Smokers will be taking pre-orders for pulled pork and brisket starting this Sunday for delivery on August 28th. For details, call the church office at 713.224.0684 or email Mark Anderson @ ms84anderson@gmail.com. The Holy Smokers will be selling any leftovers on August 28th, but it would be best to place your order beforehand!

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Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

Humans love labels. Social scientists tell us that we subconsciously categorize everyone we meet within a first few moments of seeing them. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing—our brains are trained to avoid people and situations that might be dangerous, while we are automatically drawn to others who “look like us.” We put in a lot of effort into making sure that OUR external appearance and behavior will likely trigger a “he/she looks like a [nice, intelligent, responsible, well-dressed] person” reaction from those we meet.

So just think how bad it must have been for Rahab to be labeled a “prostitute.” In a community as small as Jericho must have been in 1400 BC, EVERY adult would probably have known her occupation. She couldn’t draw water from the community well without getting nasty (or leering) responses.

The label, however, didn’t prevent God from redeeming her. In fact, Jesus was a distant descendent of Rahab, so her story of redemption lives on today in the heart and soul of every Christian. Her story reminds us that we are ALL in need of redemption, whether we carry the label of “prostitute” or not. 

This Sunday, we’ll continue our sermon series focusing on the famous “faith chapter” in Hebrews. We’ll be looking more closely Rahab’s redemption story, and the implications for us today. Come join with us at Trinity Downtown as we continue this important study on faith. Come learn how placing your suffering, distractions, hopes, fears, uncertainties and doubts in the hands of the Lord 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. I promise you it will make a tremendous difference in your life. 

 

An Update on Pastor Black

Pastor Black is continuing to receive care at a local rehabilitation facility. He’s resting and eating well, and remains under the care of his physical therapists. Please continue keeping Pastor Black and his family in your prayers. If you’d like to send a get-well card to Pastor Black and Audrey, you can address it to their home at:

7719 Meadowvale

Houston, TX 77063-6211

This Weekend at Trinity Downtown

(August 12th)

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.

You won’t want to miss attending one of our adult Bible studies held at 10:15 am on Sunday. Your kids will enjoy Kingdom Quest, our Sunday School program for children from age 2 through grade 4, and our Sunday morning Youth events.

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. 

You won’t want to miss attending one of our adult Bible studies held at 10:15 am on Sunday. Your kids will enjoy Kingdom Quest, our Sunday School program for children from age 2 through grade 4, and our Sunday morning Youth events.

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

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Your Pastor,

Michael Dorn