Why Are We Surprised?

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There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And [Jesus] answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? Luke 13:2 ESV

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Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

I’m glued to the news, watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Listening to their President rally the nation in their fight against Russia’s much larger military machine. Watching David fell Goliath while millions flee for safety.

All the while, I quietly imagine what would happen if war came to our shores. How would I react if bombs and missiles were being aimed at my city and my family?

Without thinking about it, I act as if this war (or any human conflict) was a huge surprise. I respond as if the renewed threat of nuclear conflict between the U.S. and Russia was something new, something that’s never been faced before.

Jesus knew better. He reminded His disciples that all sorts of bad things happen—evil resulting from the sinful desires of humans, natural catastrophes that our insurance policies define as “acts of God” and virulent diseases are all here and likely to impact our lives.

Internalizing those facts will inevitably change us. It will lead us to either turn TO God in repentance, or turn ON God and blame Him for all the evil in the world.

As we go about our daily business, we should be especially cognizant of the internal conversations our neighbors are having with themselves. Between COVID, the economic turmoil and the prospect of war, there’s lots to process. And lots of opportunities to be “salt and light”.

That’s why reminding ourselves on a daily basis what’s really important is so important. Please take advantage of our daily Lenten devotional videos, and come together with your church community each week to get reinforcement. Use this Lenten season of repentance and contemplation to deepen your relationship and sharpen your focus on what really matters.

This Weekend at Trinity Downtown

(March 20th)

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 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.

This Sunday come learn how placing your 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.

Your Pastor,

Michael Dorn