May 13, 2018
Paschal Candle: As the symbol of our Lord’s presence with His apostles in His resurrected body, the Paschal candle was extinguished after the Gospel reading in the Ascension service this past week. It will remain next to the altar for the remainder of the Easter season (this week), and then be moved to the baptismal font next weekend with the celebration of Pentecost as a reminder of Christ’s presence with us now through the Means of Grace. Throughout the year, the Paschal candle will be lit for baptisms and funerals as a special way to demonstrate the connection between these events and our great hope of the resurrection in Christ.
Trinity T-Shirts: The new shipment of our brand new custom Trinity Lutheran Church t-shirts has arrived! Shirts are available for $8 each. They are on display in the fellowship hall and are available in either navy blue or black. There are also a small number of purple shirts in sizes S, M, and L. See Pastor if you would like one.
Manage Your Giving Online: “What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?” (Psalm 116:12) This is just a reminder that you can now manage your giving online. Giving online is easy and it allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these steps: 1) Visit the church website at trinityleesville.com, 2) Click the “Online Giving” link in the top menu, 3) Click the Create Profile button, then 4) Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
Life Thoughts for the Church Year: Easter VII – The loving Creator’s presence and power surmounts every impediment to life and sanctifies all its impairments. He works new life in those as dead as stones (Ezekiel 36:26), abundant life among those as abandoned as exiles (Ezekiel 36:24, 28), and everlasting life for those as bereft as beggars (Ezekiel 36:29-30). Jesus stoops these gifts into – and brings them up out of – every kind of uncleanness (Ezekiel 36:25). Dear Father, invite and involve us in Your overcoming. Amen.
Essential Exercise for the Christian Mind: Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s teachings include: The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit, The Sanctity of Marriage, Stewardship, Ramadan, The Book of Nehemiah, Jacob’s Family and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
Stewardship Sentences: 1 Peter 4:10 – “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” The grace, the gifts, the blessings: they are all from God. We are to use them as stewards, not as owners. That means we should seek to use them in the way the Owner wants them used. So we listen to His Word, pray for His Wisdom, and receive His grace.