What Do You Bring to the Table?
By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: Acts 6:1-6
I am glad to be back in worship with all of you this morning. Some of you are aware that last week, during the week, I was at Benedict Inn south of Indy for a silent spiritual retreat, the conclusion of my training in spiritual direction. Last weekend I was in Goshen for the wedding of a Trinity couple. I felt blessed by the opportunity to preside over Eric and Isabel’s wedding ceremony not only because of their relationship with me and this congregation, but because of their thoughtfulness in crafting a marriage ceremony that celebrated their love for one another and their love for God. They wrote their own vows – which nearly made me cry. But as I mentioned to Eric and Isabel – and to all couples I marry – those vows recited during the ceremony are beautiful and romantic (and can feel magical). But the substance of a marriage isn’t about that brief moment in time when we speak those vows. The substance of a marriage is revealed over the course of decades as we strive to live out those vows in our daily lives.
In Christ There is No...
Pastor Linda Dolby
(NRSV) Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are nolonger subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.
It's On Us
By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: John 20:19-23
Just to be clear: don’t worry; I am aware that I have preached this morning’s bible story here at Trinity before. In fact, these verses from John’s gospel are one of the most frequently preached scripture passages of my two and half decades in ministry. That’s for two reasons.
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