We pray, through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest and Lord over all creation, Amen.
PENITENTIAL ADDRESS FOR ASH WEDNESDAY:
Dear brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ, on this day the Church begins a holy season of prayerful and penitential reflection. Our attention is especially directed to the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
From ancient times the season of Lent has been kept as a time of special devotion, self-denial, and humble repentance born of a faithful heart that dwells confidently on His Word and draws from it life and hope.
Let us pray that our dear Father in heaven, for the sake of His beloved Son and in the power of His Holy Spirit, might richly bless this Lententide for us so that we may come to Easter with glad hearts and keep the feast in sincerity and truth.
Let us pray.
O God, you desire not the death of sinners, but rather that they turn from their wickedness and live. We implore You to have compassion on the frailty of our mortal nature, for we acknowledge that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Mercifully pardon our sins that we may obtain the promises You have laid up for those who are repentant, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reign with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
March 2 at 5:30 PM
Ash Wednesday Divine Service – Holy Communion and voluntary imposition of ashes
(Potluck Supper at 5:00 PM)
Subsequent Wednesday Evenings in Lent
Vespers at 5:30 PM and light supper before at 5:00 PM
Jeremiah 17:5-8 – Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
We are also reminded of the sin of Achan in not trusting in the Lord to be faithful to His Word to bless and provide as the Israelites were to go into the promised land (see Joshua 7). And we are reminded of the disciples in the boat with Jesus (Luke 8):
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Jan 23, 2022, we are starting a new topic: “Confessing Christ Before Others.” This is a study on what is commonly called “evangelism” or “witnessing” in our personal life. This is not simply a workshop on using a script or a program but it will provide a solid foundation for apply the law and the gospel to others in need as a baptized believer in Christ who also lives from the forgiveness of sins. This will speak of confessing Christ in one’s daily vocations in life in the world. Baptized believers in Christ are the Lord’s fishing net as they are sent forth from the altar each week, having been nourished in Christ’s body and blood, to go forth and confess His saving death until He comes again in glory. We are sent forth into our callings, homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, communities, to proclaim the deeds of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
If you are able beyond your regular offerings (so as not to adversely affect the general operating fund at Trinity), please consider donating to our fund for a new organ. Our current organ is obsolete in terms of parts availability and is wearing out. Our long-time organist has recently retired from playing and we are seeking to purchase a new organ soon so that it can be installed and ready in time for the next summer resident/tourist season in Boulder Junction. We hope to obtain a good liturgically suitable organ with good traditional pipe organ instrumental sound (looking at Allen Organs, built in Pennsylvania) as well as a modern MIDI port so that it would be playable via MIDI files through “Substitute Organist Service,” a user-friendly virtual organist system that actually plays through the instrument itself (rather than just as an audio recording) via specialized software on an iPad. We believe this will best prepare use for future needs and will still give us a suitable organ for liturgical services when or if we are able to have one.
If you wish to donate to the organ fund simply send funds with checks written to “Trinity Lutheran Church” and indicate in the memo and/or in a note with the check that it is designated for the new organ fund. Please prayerfully consider what you might be able to contribute to this important project for the Divine Services at Trinity. Again, we urge that these donations be beyond the regular offerings and not a re-directing of regular offerings. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of help in this task to support the Divine Service of the Lord’s house at Trinity, Boulder Junction. We are in need of raising a significant amount (see the bulletin for current amount raised). In our heritage the support of the organ for the liturgy and hymns of the church is very characteristic of Lutheran liturgical practice and supports the rich Gospel treasures we have received throughout each century of the church.
Trinity Lutheran Church
PO Box 24
Boulder Junction, WI 54512
(note in memo: “organ fund”)
Christmas Eve Candle Light Divine Service – Dec. 24
Christmas Morning Divine Service – Dec. 25
New Year’s Eve Divine Service
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE
Wednesday, November 24th at 6:30 PM
Midweek Advent Vespers
Wednesdays in Advent at 5:30 PM
Pastorally, it is urged those who are considering Covid-19 vaccination to be fully informed on the bioethical considerations of the development and testing of vaccines as well as the experimental nature of new mRNA technology as well as the additives involved. Even after considering the bioethics of the injections there are other safety and effectiveness, as well as long-term side-effects questions to be considered as stewards of the body given to us as creatures made in the image of God. Pastorally it is urged to use Scripturally-sound reasoning in consideration of proposed or imposed coercive measures (mandates) in these matters involving civil authority, and where the constitution, common law, natural law, and respect for informed consent and bodily integrity are involved. Submission to authority always has conditions defined by the nature of the particular human office of authority under God’s ultimate authority and as He has spoken in His word as well as in the proper design and use of His creation. Authorities in concrete reality have defined terms and limitations of authority – such as the constitution, oath of office, bylaws, or in the church, biblical and confessional subscription.
FetalIndustry.com – research on use of aborted fetal tissue in medical R&D
Charlotte Lozier Institute – bioethical analysis of the medical and Big Pharma industries
This post by another faithful LCMS pastor in Tennessee reminds us how even in these times that we live in our confirmation vows are especially encouraging and sometimes a call to repent when we are being enticed away by fear, guilt, or other lures from the devil, the world and our own flesh. Click the link below to read his post.
Our regular schedule is as follows, from September 12th until the next schedule change:
Sunday Divine Service – 9:00 AM
coffee fellowship following service (as volunteers sign up to host)
Sunday Morning Bible Study – 10:30 AM (following the Service)
Please note: Our services at Bethel Lutheran Chapel in Presque Isle have concluded until summer of 2022.
[Jesus said] “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:1-16