Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Pastor’s Comment - “Pumpkin Prayers”

"Pastor’s Comment - “Pumpkin Prayers”

After Liz Curtis Higgs wrote the popular children’s book "The Pumpkin Patch Parable", people began using her analogies to say a prayer while carving their Halloween pumpkins.

Thought you might find this helpful -

* While cutting off the top of the pumpkin, pray “Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.” (Proverbs 1:7)

* While removing the seeds and pulp, pray, “Remove the things in my life that don’t please you. Forgive the wrong things I do, and help me forgive others. (Matthew 6:14-15)

* While making eyes, pray, “Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.” (Psalm 104:24)

* While making the nose, pray, “I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned up my nose at your many gifts. (James 1:17)

* While making the mouth, pray, “Let everything I say please you.” (Psalm 19:14)

* While lighting the candle, pray, “Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do.” (Matthew 5:16)

After carving your pumpkins, display them as examples of how God’s love transforms us into new creations. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

RED & BLUE LINE SERVICE- September 19, 2010

RED & BLUE LINE SERVICE on September 19, 2010

The Historic Trinity Cathedral Ministry Red & Blue Line holds special Worship Services on Sunday, September 19th , at all three services. All active and retired Lutheran law enforcement officers and agents, fire fighters, homeland security persons, and EMS persons are invited to participate in a special litany in each service. Assistant Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. of the Detroit Police Department will receive the 2010 Red & Blue Line Award. A St. Michael’s medal will be presented to each law enforcement person present. A St. Florian medal will be presented to each fire fighter and emergency responders present. See you in church!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Historic Trinity Sunday School Rally Day - 9/12/10

Historic Trinity Sunday School Rally Day

Rally Day, kicking off the 2010/2011 Sunday School program, will be held at 9:30a.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Classes are provided for all children, from 3 years old - 8th grade. This is another opportunity to assist you and your children in their spiritual growth. Superintendents Karin Eberhard and Kelly Machesky stress that Sunday School does make a difference in a child’s life. Children are asked to assemble in the auditorium at 9:00a.m., line up on the sidewalk out front of the church at 9:10a.m., process down the center aisle of the sanctuary, remain there for teacher installation, and then return to the auditorium for registration.

Dan Dan The Choo Choo Man will provide “train rides” for the students. Hope to see you then! Also– we are seeking student musicians–let the superintendents know who you are! And, September 19 is Picture Day for Sunday School Classes!"

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pastor's Comment - "Need a Day of Rest?"

"Pastor’s Comment-“Need a Day of Rest?”

In 1894, President Cleveland signed a bill into law designating the first Monday in September as “Labor Day”. Now, many years later, Labor Day is actually seen as the last long weekend of summer. And everyone who can, takes a “vacation” on the first Monday of September. The last hurrah! Friends and families gathering together for that last cookout, that last day at the beach, that last real day of ‘rest&relaxation’ before the hectic fall arrives. A day off from labor, however, was definitely not a new concept. Our Lord had instituted a day of rest, way before
1894. And, it wasn’t called Labor was called the Sabbath. (Exodus 20:8-10). Which meant, we are supposed to take a day off from everyday life once a week... not just once a year. And this is not just a day of rest, it is a day of worship, a day of prayer, a day of thanksgiving, and a day to reconnect with our Lord. Does this sound like your Sundays, or do your Sundays look like the rest of your days in the week... hectic and harried. As Sunday comes to an end, do you feel spiritually, emotionally and physically renewed and energized, ready
for a new week? Or, do you feel draggy and dreading Monday morning. May this Labor Day mark the day that we become more Sabbath-centered...ensuring that Sundays in our homes and lives are a true day of worship and rest, putting aside normal work activities and worldly
distractions. May our focus be on precious time spent with the Lord, our loved ones, and even just ourselves, as we observe each Sabbath Day."