Pastor Jim’s Blog

A Little Inspiration

A Little Inspiration

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... As I sat staring at a blank page, trying to decide what to write about today, my daughter walked out of her bedroom and put a 3-day-old chick in my hands. He is remarkable. This perfectly developed, fluffy little chick hatched out of an...

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Easter Disappointment?

Easter Disappointment?

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... “Woo hoo! We won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!” Again. Seems like every couple of months I get that tantalizing little email notifying me I have only to hit the magic “click” button, and a zillion dollars a month,...

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No Time for Heaven!

No Time for Heaven!

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...   A vision of heaven: “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready like a bride dressed to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: ‘Now God’s home with mankind!...

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Like Clouds in the Sky

Like Clouds in the Sky

Today’s Word from Trinity Keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf... It is Eastertide here, and Spring, with its little resurrections everywhere. Places in the world where the calendar follows the lunar cycles it is just about New Year. Any way you slice it, rebirth abounds. It...

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Easter 2021

Easter 2021

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...   Yesterday we had a joyful Easter celebration online and in the parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church. Easter is a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and to claim our promised resurrection. It was 53 years ago yesterday that...

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Silent Saturday

Silent Saturday

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim...   The events of Good Friday are gruesome and painful. It is not the kind of story that I would tell in detail to our Trinity Preschoolers. Savage violence has always been a regrettable part of the human story, and it is sad to say that...

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What’s So Good About Good Friday?

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy...   On Good Friday, we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. We remember his trial, his suffering, and his crucifixion. We remember the saddest day in our Christian history. So, if it’s all about remembering such a terrible day, why do we...

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...   Empathy is good, narcissism is bad. Pretty sure you’re with me on this one. Empathy is good, narcissism is bad. Empathy is the gift of being able to feel one another’s feelings, allowing one to be fully present with another....

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Putting us in Our Place

Putting us in Our Place

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Christianity is about putting us in our place and slapping us down with grace. Putting Us in Our Place We are the children of God, created in the image of God, blessed and chosen. Children do not understand most of what happens around...

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Dare to Create

Dare to Create

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen, Minister of Music... “Talent copies, genius steals.” Pablo Picasso “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton A few years ago, I wrote a song. That, in itself, is no great surprise. I have written...

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The Movement of God

The Movement of God

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Tomorrow we descend the Mount of Olives in a parade of palms, as Jesus enters the Holy City of Jerusalem for the last time. There were thousands along the pilgrim path that day, peasants from small villages and religious zealots with an...

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R.I.P. Rhonda

R.I.P. Rhonda

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... I don’t talk about it much, but I went through a pretty difficult divorce several years ago. After all of the paperwork was filed, and things were finally settled, I went out and bought myself a new truck (well, new to me). I know most...

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Grow Up!

Grow Up!

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom... How important is it to attend worship services? How critical is it to listen to a contemplative missive or to read a daily devotional? Why would it matter if you or I never opened our Bibles again? Who would know? Really, what does all...

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Fragile Habitat

Fragile Habitat

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have dominion (benevolent caretaker) over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air…” Genesis 1:26. Felicia and I went out for a hike last...

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Day by Day

Day by Day

Today's Word from Minister of Music Karl Olsen... It is a common trait for people to look ahead, to wonder what’s next for me, or what might be just around the corner. As we are now dealing with a pandemic roaming the world (gratefully on decline here) we can easily...

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A Close Call

A Close Call

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... When I came home from the office on Friday evening, I parked my car where I usually do, grabbed my bags, and started walking toward the back door. That’s when I noticed the smoke drifting out from the area beside our house. Remembering...

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Trinity’s Reopening Plan

Trinity’s Reopening Plan

“Without a vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 2020 rolled over us and now we have rolled into a more optimistic 2021. We have had lots of plans over the past year, most of which have been significantly altered or canceled altogether. As winter loosens its grip,...

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The Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence

Today's Word from Deacon Amy... I love sitting outside at nighttime and listening to the sounds. It’s amazing how much you can hear in the silence. A couple of nights ago, I sat outside the barn and just listened to the dark. Mostly, I heard the sounds of the goats...

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My Mythology

My Mythology

Today's Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... “I am an excellent golfer.” …. Uhh, I have had moments. Long ago moments. “I am the best putter on the golf course.” … I am not the worst if Pastor Jim is playing. “I have never preached a bad sermon.” … OMG, did you catch that dog...

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If All Else Fails, Just Stick with Jesus

If All Else Fails, Just Stick with Jesus

Today's Word from Pastor Jim... Trends in American Christianity are very clear. The Christian Church is in decline; it has been for nearly 60 years. Trinity has been able to buck that trend for decades, but the pandemic has accelerated change. The pandemic has...

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True Confessions of a Classical Pianist

True Confessions of a Classical Pianist

Today’s Word from Trinity Keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf... My true north in the world of performing arts is classical chamber music – it’s what I predominantly perform in my professional pianist life and what lives in the center of my musical heart. Having said that,...

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The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Nothing really complicated about this -- the greatest commandment. Nothing complicated, and yet we have a really hard time living it. The greatest commandment was condensed from...

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A Few Words from Pastor Jim

A Few Words from Pastor Jim

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim It does not take a lot of words to say a lot. Brevity can be a good thing. That from a preacher, and a writer. Most adult books are 90,000 words. Some might even stretch out to 100,000 words. In the past pandemic year, I have written in...

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Old Things New

Old Things New

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... My 13-year-old bought a record player this week. Yep, an actual record player. You know, those things that my parents used to listen to. My daughter now has one. It’s interesting, to me, how fads tend to cycle around. I remember that my...

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A Sermon Sleeper

A Sermon Sleeper

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... Harry never made it through a sermon the last 20 years of his life. Five minutes into my stirring rendering of the Gospel of the day, Harry’s head would begin to bob, his eyelids would grow weary, and sleep would soon overtake him....

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Our Journey Together

Our Journey Together

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Our journey together has spanned some 35 years. We were at Luther Seminary at the same time, her two daughters and our three grew up seeing each other on a regular basis. We shared Thanksgiving, summer cookouts at their Mount Vernon...

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Heart of Mystery

Heart of Mystery

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen, Minister of Music... “Let us take hands and try the water…” The copyright date on my song Heart of Mystery is 12/30/88. It is the title track on my first CD. The liner notes for that song say “Heart of Mystery allows that there is mystery...

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Doing Well, Doing Good

Doing Well, Doing Good

Today’s Word from Karl Olsen, Minister of Music... We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don’t know. W. H. Auden It is a gift to meet people who are really themselves. Folks without pretense or guile. We are good at putting on...

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Church Signs

Church Signs

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim Try to be witty or inspirational 520 times a decade. It is not easy. It is not easy to come up with a new church sign message every week. But it must be done. And it is nearly impossible not to offend someone in the process. Church signs...

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All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... When I was a teenager, I loved James Herriot’s books about being a veterinarian in the countryside of Yorkshire, England. He is, in my opinion, one of the best story tellers around. His books were hard to put down. I was drawn to the...

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No If

No If

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... I want to invite you into a question. That is, enter into this question and simply ruminate in the implications. Here it is… “What did you ever lose by dying?” * … what have you ever lost by dying? On one level the question just...

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What’s Happening at Trinity – March 2021

What’s Happening at Trinity – March 2021

Easter Worship Services at TLC April 4 is Easter Sunday, and we will be sharing the joy of the Resurrection with PARKING LOT SERVICES at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Bring a lawn chair, your coffee mug, and a mask, and get ready to see friends as we worship outside on Easter...

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Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow

Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow

Today’s Word from Trinity Keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf... Through the night of dark and sorrow onward goes the pilgrim band, singing songs of expectation, marching to the promised land. Clear before us through the darkness gleams and burns the guiding light: pilgrim...

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Little Epiphanies

Little Epiphanies

Today’s Word from Laura Canby...  At first, I thought he misspoke. It was a couple weeks ago and Pastor Jim was giving the Transfiguration Sunday sermon for later online posting. He read the verse in Corinthians 13:12 where Paul writes: For now we see in a...

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Heavy Burdens

Heavy Burdens

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:18 A friend shared an incredible story about a sheep this week. It seems that this sheep had been wandering the wilderness in...

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Grace is Hard

Grace is Hard

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... I grew up in Rainier Valley, Seattle. I believe at the time of my Franklin High School graduation our student population was approaching 50% non-white. So while I grew up in a pretty integrated world, my father had an entirely...

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Humble and Kind

Humble and Kind

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... One of the great joys of serving alongside the people of God at Trinity Lutheran Church is the privilege of hearing your stories, struggles, joys and sorrows. We rejoice with families as they welcome children or grandchildren into the...

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You Can Do This Hard Thing

You Can Do This Hard Thing

Today’s Word from Minister of Music Karl Olsen... All God’s critters got a place in the choir.  Bill Staines Can you be inspired by a goat? Or by its story? Well, I guess that depends on the goat. And the story, and, in this case, the storyteller. Who loves goats....

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Doing the Hard Things

Doing the Hard Things

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 I love that I have friends who call me up and ask me to come...

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What Will You Give Up for Lent?

What Will You Give Up for Lent?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... Ash Wednesday was observed on February 17, with the imposition of ashes and the ancient declaration, “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” For the first time in the history of Trinity Lutheran Church the ashes that mark...

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Focus on the Beauty

Focus on the Beauty

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... At this time last week, we were watching snow fall. In my weekly message, I remembered the joy and excitement that I felt as a child when waking up to a snow day. The day was full of endless possibilities. As an adult with our little...

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Snow Day Project

Snow Day Project

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd...   What does any self-respecting retired clergy do on a snow day? Read Bonhoeffer? Watch a PBS production on the life of Paul and Peter? On a day when a very steep driveway combined with six inches of the white stuff makes for a clear...

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Who Do You Want to Be?

Who Do You Want to Be?

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim Well, we survived the great snowstorm of 2021! It sure was a big win for families with small children. Everyone put on the boots, hats and gloves. Families went sledding or built a snowman as they enjoyed this rare Northwest treat. It made...

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By the Rivers of Babylon

By the Rivers of Babylon

Today’s Word from Trinity Keyboardist Sheila Weidendorf... This now-famous song was composed in the 1960s by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton and first recorded by their band (which also included Tony Brevett), The Melodians, in 1970. It quickly became a reggae...

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God Bless Us in Our Lenten Journey

God Bless Us in Our Lenten Journey

Today’s Word from Pastor Dennis... We soon begin the season of Lent; Ash Wednesday is February 17. Lent is not the most favorite season in the church year for many people. It’s a poor weather time, and the theme is somber. Many Protestant churches ignore it all...

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Criticism

Criticism

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim... I learned very early on that one could not survive in parish ministry without a thick skin. If one is too sensitive or too easily offended this work will chew them up. We get more than our share of criticism. Most of the criticism is...

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Snow Days

Snow Days

Today’s Word from Deacon Amy... Can you remember the excitement of a “snow day” when you were in school? If you grew up in Western Washington, it was particularly thrilling! A snow day was a bonus day – no school, no responsibilities, just fun! All of the kids in our...

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Stormin’ Norman

Stormin’ Norman

Today’s Word from Pastor Tom Kidd... He died January 13. Uncle Norman’s death was the penultimate death of his generation. Only Auntie Corrine is left. Mom (Bergit) was the oldest, then Signe, followed by Corinne and then baby Darlene. Darlene was married to Norman...

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Touching the Future

Touching the Future

Today’s Word from Pastor Jim Lindus... It was eight years ago that my friend Terry Otey died at the age of 66. Terry was not a member of TLC; he attended a few funerals here, and sometimes he would stop in during the week to drink a cup of coffee and offer up some...

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