Last Lent Wednesday Worship, 6:30 pm. Service is Holden Evening Prayer. Topic: “Walking with the Shepherd: Salvation”
Brat & Hot Dog Meal served by Church Council, Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 pm.
Crew is on March 29 at 3:30 pm for all for all 3rd-6th graders!
Palm Sunday Youth Service, April 2nd, 9 am.
Maundy Thursday Worship, April 6, 6:30 pm.
Good Friday Worship, April 7th, Noon & 6:30 pm.
Easter Sunday Worship, April 9th, 6:30 am and 9:00 am.
Easter Breakfast served by Confirmation Youth, April 9, 7:30 am French Toast, Sausage, Fresh Fruit, Pastries, Beverage, Free-will offering taken.
Lagers with the Lord Monday, April 10th, 6:00 pm at Buckshot’s. Join us for some time of Bible study and faith conversation. All are welcome!
Luther Park is looking for summer staff! They are looking for college age youth to serve as counselors and other staff. Go to www.lutherpark.org for an application and more information.
Bring your household items and clothes to Trinity in April Every Saturday in April, from 9 am till Noon, we are collecting items as a fundraiser for the Women of Trinity. All items should be clean and in good condition. Place clothes and shoes in a trash bag and all other items in boxes. Thank you for supporting the Women of Trinity!
Don’t forget that you can support Trinity through the Vanco app OR using the donate form on our website. Download the free app, search for Trinity Lutheran Boyceville, and go from there!
MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD
Sometimes kids say the darndest things. The other day, two youth were coming up to my corner after school, and they were both limping. I asked them what was going on, and one said that they were just practicing their fake limp (kids. I tell you). The other said that they were broken. I asked what was broken. And they said, “I’m broken cuz I’m broken.” And I thought to myself: whoa. That is deep. Kids. I tell you.
“I’m broken cuz I’m broken.” We are broken people. Broken by sin, by suffering, by grief, by anxiety and worry and a million other things. But the thing is we so often hide our brokenness. We are ashamed of our brokenness and we often want to hide it. When someone asks us how we are doing, we often respond with “fine.” Why do we do that? We tell ourselves a lot reasons why. We don’t want to make the other person uncomfortable. It isn’t anyone else’s businesses but our own. No one really cares what is going on with us and they are just being polite. We might get rejected if we tell the truth. No matter what any of these are, we hide our brokenness or we aren’t ready to admit it.
However, what if when we shared how we were really doing, might we find comfort? Or acceptance? Or understanding? Or a connection with someone who might feel broken just like us? We are full of pride and that can get in the way. I know it has for me at times when I have felt broken. When I have been unwilling to share the truth that I’m broken cuz I’m broken. Where I feel a need to present a joyful and happy face at all times instead of allowing myself to be broken in front of others.
We are broken cuz we are broken. But we are also loved because we are broken. As it says in Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” Our Lord knows our brokenness and why we are broken. But our Lord also puts us back together, heals us, strengthens us, and loves us. Loves us even in our brokenness. Loves us in the midst of our pain. Loves us always. As it says in Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Even better, I firmly believe the Lord brings people into our lives who show us that we are loved despite our brokenness. Who accept us for who we are. Who support us in the midst of our trials and pain and who walk beside us, just as the Lord does.
Maybe the first step is to admit our brokenness. To not be ashamed of it. To be with ok saying we aren’t fine when people ask. And then, to remember the loving grace of Jesus Christ, who offers to carry our burdens. Who loves us, broken and all. And who restores us by defeating sin, death, and the devil on the cross for us. You are loved by God no matter what. Broken pieces and all.
May God bless you today and always.