Dear People of Our Lord's Resurrection, 

It was a glorious, joyous, blessed  Easter Sunday at First trinity Church.  Our Facebook page profile photo is the chancel dressed for Easter. Many thanks to all our staff and volunteers who do such great work at Holynew  week, Easter and throughout the year.  It was encouraging to see so many visitors and guests ( from the local colleges, from the community and our members' families) at worship with us.  This was the best attended Easter Divine Service in several years.

The Church Office will be open Easter Monday, April 1, from 9 am until 12 noon.

The Elders will meet Tuesday, April 2 at 12 noon.

The Children's Sunday School will meet on Sunday, April 7; the Adult class and the Confirmation Class will not meet that day.  The Discussion Group will meet again on April 24

A Minister's Musings: There's an old story about someone who sued the state saying there were many Christian holidays recognized by the government but no atheists' holidays.  The judge ruled there was indeed an atheist holiday, April 1, April Fools' Day, citing Psalm 14:1, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God...'"

Flowers for Worship: Weren't the Easter lilies beautiful?  Many weeks there are flowers in our chancel. One “green-thumbed” member is especially good about bringing flowers to church from her legendary garden. Is there a theology of flowers? Not really.  It is what we Lutherans call an adiaphoron, a matter indifferent to our salvation.  However, everything we do regarding worship has meaning.  God is worthy of being worshipped in beauty and truth.   Flowers beautify our worship space. As with all the items we use in worship (furniture, vessels, artwork, etc.), they should be of the best quality we can afford.  Traditionally, we use fresh cut flowers.  They can be seen to represent Christ’s sacrifice.  Real flowers, not artificial, are preferred for that reason. Some churches use green plants to symbolize God’s permanence.  Flowers may be omitted from the chancel during Lent; another practice is to use thorny plants and vines, or cacti during that season.  There is a signup sheet for those who would like to provide flowers for worship.  It is on the bulletin board across from the church office door.  We ask that the donors select the flowers and purchase them themselves.  These could be in the liturgical color of the season or day.  The flowers do not need to be expensive or bought from a particular florist: any florist, the local supermarkets, your own garden, or wherever flowers can be found are all good options.  Thank you for helping to make our worship space beautiful.
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God bless you all.
In Christ's service,  Pastor Ash