Lunch & Pie Social Sunday, August 22nd, 10 am till 4 pm. Sign-up to work or donate in the fellowship hall. We appreciate all you do to make this Trinity tradition happen!
Float riders needed! We are looking for people of all ages to ride our “May the Lord Be With You” float in the Sunday Pickle Fest parade! Kids get a candy bag and get to keep the inflatable light saber they will have for the float! Contact PB or Lenny Lange if you or your child is interested. Float will be near the end of the parade this year.
Fire Pit Worship Service, Wednesday, August 18th, 6:30 pm. S’mores will be served after worship!
No Wednesday worship on August 25th. Join the Men’s Band at First Lutheran in Cumberland at 6 pm. Corn Boil prior at 5 pm.
Confirmation Parent Meeting, September 1st, 6:30 pm. This meeting is for all confirmation students and parents in 7th & 8th grade for this school year.
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MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD
1 Kings 19:4-8
But Elijah himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
I have always gotten a lot out of the above story. Elijah is one the run, running for his life. He wants to give up. He is tired, he is exhausted, he has had enough. He has given up. Have you ever felt like that? Like everything has become too much and what is the point of it all? I know I have. There were moments, especially during the pandemic, where I wondered if anything mattered at all. There have been times when it seems like I won’t be able to get to the next day, or the next one after that. I think that is one of the reasons I resonate with this story. Sometimes everything just seems to be too much.
But just as Elijah has reached his limit, when he ready to give it all up, the Lord appear through an angel. The Lord feeds Elijah and gives him something to drink. Then the Lord does it again. The Lord strengthens Elijah so that he can make it to the end of his journey. The Lord helps Elijah and not only renews him in body but also in spirit.
The same is true for us. The Lord feeds us, feeds us with his word, his Spirit, his hope. The Lord brings people into our lives to help us keep going, our own “angels” if you will. Even in the midst of the hardest times of our life, the Lord is there to strengthen us for the journey. I have felt this many times in my life, finding strength and hope where I thought there was none there. That didn’t come from me. It came from my Savior Jesus Christ, my Lord, the living bread from heaven.
It is so easy to give up. Sadly, I have given up too many times in my life, forgetting that my Lord was there for me. I forgot that we have the promise of our Lord who will sustain us, strengthen us, and guide us. No matter how bad it gets, no matter what despair we find ourselves in, we are not alone. The Lord is there to feed us, to give us something to drink, a drink of hope, love, strength, and grace. We can get through anything because our Lord is there with us. Every moment of every day.
Today, I pray that no matter what journey you are on, no matter how hard it is, that you will see that you do not travel alone. Your Lord is with you. Your Lord is feeding you, strengthening you, and your Lord will be there. To be your strength. To be your guide. Today and every day. For that we can say, “Thanks be to God!”