Death Will Not Have the Last Word

Death Will Not Have the Last Word

“All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40

Chauncey and Carol sauntered into church this past Sunday as they always do. They arrived at 7 a.m. to practice with the choir, to have a cup of coffee, to reconnect with friends, to worship God, and to sing praises with a joyful voice. After singing for a second time at the 9:30 service, Chauncey and the choir exited the sanctuary. Someone said to Chauncey, “I think we were better at the 8 o’clock service.” Chauncey replied, “I think we did fine at both.”

As Chauncey walked with Carol and choir friends toward his car, he collapsed. He would not regain consciousness. Chauncey left this world from church on a Sunday morning after singing of God’s love. Chauncey left a world that he loved, his bride of 64 years, and the church that was his second home. He crossed over to the other side in an instant after 89 full, productive, and faithful years.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Easter reminds us that death will not have the last word. Well done, good and faithful servant Chauncey. We will see you on the other side.

A funeral service for Chauncey will be held on Saturday, May 4th, at 1:00 p.m. Cards can be sent to:
Carol Richardson
638 Windmill Drive
Freeland, WA 98249

My love to you!

 

 

Pastor Jim

Palm Sunday Worship at 8 and 10 this Sunday.

Schedule of Holy Week Services

Schedule of Holy Week Services

This is the last week of our regular Lenten soup suppers and Holden Evening prayer service.

a Seder Meal and Maundy Thursday service will be held the following Thursday, April 18. All are welcome. Just let us know if you plan to attend.

Here’s the schedule for Holy Week services:

Palm Sunday Worship – April 14

SPECIAL MUSICAL OFFERING

Worship at 8:00 & 10:00 am

 

Holy Thursday – April 18

Seder Meal 6:00 pm

Maundy Thursday Worship 7:00 pm

Holy Communion & The Stripping of the Altar

 

Good Friday Evening Service – April 19

7:00 pm at Trinity

 

Festive Easter Morning Worship – April 21

7:00 am Sunrise Service

9:00 & 11:00 am Worship

Holy Communion at all Easter Worship Services

 

Easter Breakfast

Served by Trinity Youth & Parents

8:00 until 10:30 am

 

Easter Egg Hunt10:15 am

 

Faith is a Most Difficult Endeavor

Faith is a Most Difficult Endeavor

Weekly Word

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Faith is a most difficult endeavor.

Babies and toddlers mostly live by faith. That may be why Jesus encouraged us to have faith “like a child.” Babies rely 100% on others. They have no choice really; they cannot fend for themselves. They simply have faith that mommy will pull them close to her breast. They have faith that someone will safely put them in their car seat. They can accomplish nothing on their own, so they put their trust in others.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

As we age, we like to think that we can “do it ourselves.” We are strong and smart. We think that our lives will never end. We figure things out, we have most of the answers, life is pretty black and white. There seems to be little need for God or faith.

Faith is a most difficult endeavor. It is hoping for and believing in something that cannot be proven, something that is totally beyond our reason or control. It is about embracing mystery and claiming our place, as fragile insecure creatures bound some day to die.

Faith is a most difficult endeavor. Most days, I am not sure how God is working. Some days, it seems that God is not working at all. My prayers often go unanswered. I see no evidence that God is even listening to my prayers. I pray for peace, and the world is much the same as it was when I started praying some 40 years ago. I pray for the people of God at TLC, and they die, they suffer, they are forgetful, and often lonely.

Faith is a most difficult endeavor. Adam and Eve did not want to trust God. They were not happy being loved and cared for. Adam and Eve wanted to be in control, they want to know, they wanted a say in the trajectory of human affairs. I am more like Adam and Eve than I would like to admit.

Faith is a most difficult endeavor. But in the end, there is nowhere else to turn. In the end, God will believe in us even if we do not believe in God. In the end, God will love us even if we do not love God. In the end, God will have faith in us even if we have lost all faith. How do I know that? I don’t. I am certain about very little at this point in my life.

I guess if I am to regain the faith of a child, then I will have to become more childlike. I will need to depend on others to feed me, to drive me around, to change my diapers, and care for me. That day will come, but until then, I guess I will just try to get more comfortable being a creature. I will give thanks for what I understand and for what I don’t yet understand. I will look to heaven and say, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.”

May God Bless us as we journey together!

 

 

Pastor Jim

“Where Can I Go…?”

“Where Can I Go…?”

“Where can I go then from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I climb up to heaven, you are there; if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me and your right hand hold me fast.” Psalm 139:7-10.

My two-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Cam, stayed overnight with us last night. We had lots of fun playing on the floor. The firetrucks and aid cars were out as we ran from one emergency to another. The tired first responders took a break and enjoyed some of Connie Alexander’s homemade apple pie.

All was good except… Except it was now time for bed. Cam was having none of it. He tried negotiation. “I will make you a deal, Bapa.” He tried hiding and running. He decided he needed to use the bathroom – an extended visit, with a story.

As we snuggled on the floor, Cam started acting even more like a two-year-old. He did not want to sleep, he wanted to keep playing. He struggled to get away. He kicked and cried. He said, “I don’t like you Bapa.” I said, “Well Cam, I like you, and I love you.” “I don’t like Bapa, I like Gigi.” “That is fine Cam, I like you, and I love you, and you are my favorite.” “You are not my favorite Bapa.”

As this interchange continued for 20 minutes, I could not help but think of Psalm 139. How often we humans run from God. How often we rebel, wander off, kick and scream against the one who loves us. Life is difficult. When we are little, we do not want to go to bed. When we are older, we just want to go to bed.

Life is difficult and it does not always go our way. We find ourselves mad at God. “I do not like you God. I do not want to be around you. I don’t think that you care about me.” And God’s response is always the same, even though we are acting like a two-year-old. “I love you, I will always love you, you are my favorite.”

There is nothing that Cam could possibly do that would stop me from loving him. I might not always like his behavior, but I cannot help but love him. He is my favorite. He is my favorite along with my daughters, my dear Gigi, little Cooper, and you.

We can run from God, but when we are done running, God is there to welcome us home. We can curse God, but when we are done with our fit, God is there to welcome us back to the meal. We can refuse to believe in God, but God will never refuse to believe in us.

My whole body was sore this morning; I am not used to sleeping on the floor. Cam stretched and yawned. He said, “I love you Bapa. But let’s go, there is a fire. It is an emergency!”

My love to you and more importantly—God’s love to you.

Pastor Jim

Join us for Thursday evening Lenten meals and Worship

Join us for Thursday evening Lenten meals and Worship

Lenten Meals 6 pm & Worship 7 pm begin Thursday, March 14
Sign up in the narthex each week
to make soup, bread, set up & clean up!

Thursday, March 14 – Quilters, Hearts Together & All Ladies
Thursday, March 21 – Men’s Fellowship Breakfast & All Men
Thursday, March 28 – Church Staff & Church Council
Thursday, April 4 – Choir & Trinity Bell Choir
Thursday, April 11 – EVERYONE! Make Soup & Serve

Look for signups the week before your group serves the Lenten Meal!