More murder this week in the neighborhood. Prayers for peace. Prayers for reconciliation. Prayers for families and friends of the young man who died and for those who took his life. Prayers that we stop killing each other and begin to fight battles worth fighting for the good of all of us. Prayers for a just world where oppression and poverty no longer live, and no longer give birth to violence and fear.
Join us for worship on Sunday (10:30 am) as we welcome the amazing Lauren Mache. Since her time as an occasional preacher at First Trinity, Lauren has served as a full time hospice chaplain for several years, and a hospital chaplain for 4 1/2 years working with the psych unit, and with maternity, intensive care, same day surgery and emergency. She's rad. You'll love her.
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We'd expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It's not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody's looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.
On Sunday, June 28, volunteers from First Trinity will be joining our friends at South Loop Campus Ministry to help serve their monthly community meal. Those interested in volunteering or donating food are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a very worthwhile experience that consists of preparing and serving a meal, and then joining in eating the meal with our guests. After clean up we gather to discuss the experience and what it means. If you can make it, you don’t want to miss this. Current and future college students are especially encouraged to come.