Rocket Scientists And Cops

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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1 ESV

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

Rocket scientist. Police officer. Parent of a toddler. Brain surgeon. Middle school teacher. Parent of an elementary-aged twins. Vaccine developer on a tight timetable. Parent of a teen-age girl.

Can you find the common element in each of these jobs? What deeply connects each role on the list?

Here’s a few that I could find:

  • done properly, these jobs promise great rewards for both the individuals involved and society at large;
  • they all take an uncommon amount of knowledge and skill obtained in both formal and informal settings; and
  • to achieve real success, the job skills must be sharpened and molded by wisdom.
One additional ingredient is also required: patience.

It takes decades to design and build rockets, and police officers and teachers labor endlessly on what can sometimes appear to be a never-ending cycle of problems. And while even rocket scientists can call it quits so they can go open a bait stand in Galveston, a parent’s job literally does not end. Patience is not just a virtue, it’s a necessity.

This weekend at Trinity Downtown

(June 19th & 20th)

This weekend at Trinity Downtown we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day and discussing parenthood. If you are a parent, thinking about becoming a parent, sometimes wish you WEREN’T a parent, or take care of your aging parents, come find encouragement and wisdom for your journey. Pastor Vince Parks will be bringing the sermon, and here’s a brief overview of what you can expect.

You can participate in-person at our contemporary worship service on Saturday at 5:00 pm or our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am. Learn more about our worship services below.

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.

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

Drive-up Communion on Wednesdays and Saturdays will continue to be offered during the summer, with the exception of a “vacation” from June 30th through July 10th.

LEAH’s Downtown Academy’s “Touch a Truck” event last Saturday was a big success. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. They intend to hold similar events throughout the summer, so stay tuned!

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Tithes and offerings so far this year are behind our budget by an amount roughly equivalent to two week’s worth of “normal” offerings.  As summer approaches, it is important for us to bridge this gap so we can prepare for the August 22nd reopening of all of our in-person ministries. Please pray and ask the Lord what He would have you do to help. You can give online by clicking here and selecting the “Summer 2021 catch-up offering” fund option, or mail a check marked “Summer 2021 catch-up” to our office at:

800 Houston Ave
Houston, TX 77007

COVID-19 Updates

We continue to be deeply thankful for the God-inspired work of our medical professional who developed and are distributing the COVID vaccines, and who continue to care for those afflicted with this disease. We are constantly reviewing our COVID-related safety protocols so that we’re in line with current government regulations and the evolving scientific guidelines. Our guidelines for this weekend’s services will be unchanged from the prior week:

  • Masks are now optional for everyone regardless of vaccination status
  • RSVPs are no longer required, and you may enter the campus using whatever door you choose. Be sure to sign in at one of our “check-in” stations to register your worship attendance. We’ll have volunteers available to assist you with navigating the check-in process.
  • Open seating for worship in the Sanctuary except for the back pews on the pulpit side. We are reserving the back pews on the pulpit side for those who prefer the option of social-distancing;
  • Now that we have open seating, please continue to be alert and considerate of those around you who may be hesitant to sit close, shake hands or hug
  • Prepackaged snacks and coffee will be available in the Gathering Space on Sunday morning after the worship service
  • Open seating for Satellite worship with chairs spaced out. The chairs will continue to be placed as they have been over the last several months to accommodate those who prefer social distancing.

Please take advantage of our nursery, which is now open to care for children 2 years old and younger. On Sunday, we will continue to offer coffee and snacks outside the sanctuary under the porte cochere following the worship service.

Come celebrate the joys of parenthood with us this weekend; come reconnect with Jesus and your church community. Let the joy of the Lord flood your heart and refresh your soul so you can share His love and peace with everyone!