Last week 2 Timothy 3:16 showed us the purpose for which the Bible is written: "to make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ," and to be "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." Hebrews 2:1 also challenged us to read the Bible more carefully: "We must paymore careful attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away." As your pastor, it was invigorating to see so many people not drift away after church, but gather together on the grass to discuss the sermon and dive deeper into Scripture!
This week I am asking everyone at Trinity, young and old, to please read Psalm 22 to prepare for this Sunday’s sermon. Read it when you wake up, think about it as you walk, discuss it around your dinner tables. Please read it in the New International Version so we can all be reading from the same page. I’m also choosing this translation because the chairman of the Old Testament NIV committee will be preaching at Trinity on Sunday! Professor Bruce Waltke was my Old Testament teacher at seminary in Vancouver, Canada. Together with Dr. Gordon Fee, (former chair of the NIV New Testament committee), these two men have done more to shape my understanding of Scripture than anyone, except Jesus. My journey from American Christian Fundamentalism to becoming an Anglican priest has many signposts inscribed by Waltke and Fee, without which I might have lost my way. Or at least not recognized my life-long need to trust Jesus to be the Gardener who fertilizes and prunes my faith.
So as we keep trusting Jesus to be our Gardener, and keep listening to the great cloud of witnesses who bear witness to His fruit in their lives, Hebrews 12:2 “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of faith.”
See you on Sunday,
Lunch Buddies Program After three years, the Lunch Buddies Program is back at Columbia Elementary! The Lunch Buddies Program is a once a week commitment that pairs an adult volunteer with students that need just a little bit more adult connection. This year long commitment pairs the adult volunteer with one student for 25 minutes or two students in 45 minutes. There is an opportunity to be with KG/1st, 2nd/3rd, or 4th/5th. All adult volunteers will need to fill out the school districts volunteer form here. Volunteers can also fill out volunteer paperwork at the district office if they are unable to access this form online.
Oleg and Karina and their daughters are looking for an affordable two bedroom place to rent in Wenatchee. They are the Ukrainian family that visit Trinity occasionally and were most recently at our Baptism service. Please reach out to Nate Kellogg (360-999-9712) for more information.
Global Missions at Trinity
Our first global missions meeting at Trinity was this past Monday evening. We were so excited to have around 20 people show up and share their passions and experiences with global missions. As we move forward, we intend to continue to learn more about each other’s connections to global missions and how we can spur both one another and the whole church on to support what God is doing around the world. We plan to meet again early in November (official date to come) to continue the discussion. This will be an open group, and so if anyone was unable to come this time, they are very welcome to join us at the next meeting which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Live Bible Study, One Hour per Month If you haven't already signed up for a Bible Study (or if you want a once/month one with a Wheaton Prof), we wanted to include Trinity in the amazing once/monthly Bible Study that the Anglican Justice Mission is offering to churches who want to better understand the biblical foundations for justice (and God's "quartet of the vulnerable": widows, orphans, the poor, the stranger). The Hebrew word for justice far predates the social awakening of the past few years, and it is important for Christians to be rooted with one foot firmly planted in the Scriptures, and one in our world. Join us for one hour/month as we have this rare opportunity to sit at the feet of an OT prof in a conversational Bible Study. Dr Carroll Rodas is offering this amidst his heavy teaching schedule and his Biblical commentary writing schedule, because he loves the church and longs for her to look like Jesus. All you need to do is register. First Monday of the month, 5pm PST. Canlises are doing this one with their teens!
Key Info for Church this Fall
Our services are at 8:30am and 9:45am.