The Lenten theme will be a four-fold focus to move from belief to action (as suggested by Sallie McFague):
- Experience of Voluntary Poverty: models of self-emptying
- Focus Attention on Needs of others: seeing our interdependence
- Gradual development of a “universal self” : widening circles of compassion and empathy (increase delight as self/ego is diminished)
- New Models of ways of Living: Take only your share/clean up after yourself/keep house in good repair.
Our Advent series was based on the book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up each morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging”.
Winter is Coming is an expression known within the very popular series called Game of Thrones. This TV drama series has captivated millions of people around the world. Creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have shown us the powers and conflicts between noble family dynasties vying to claim the throne. As the power struggles increase the battling families gradually become aware of an ancient and fierce legendary creatures from the north. As viewers await the final season in 2018-2019, these ancient creatures from the north threaten the very survival of everyone. Winter is Coming has become the dominant message in the Game of Thrones. Over the weeks Trinity explored the issues of family, conflict, fear, justice and judgment and societal struggles between class and God's reign of grace.
Starting September 10th we began a six week series exploring the subject of what turns people away from a Christian faith. Why is it that so many describe themselves as “Spiritual but not Religious”? Why does the church conjure up such negative ideas for some? We realize that for a lot of us our experience of church has been one of grace, community, friendship, growth and support. So what makes our experience different than others? Are there things we could be doing differently? What things about being Christian can we celebrate and share? What makes religion good or bad?
Over the summer the worship services was based on the book Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution, by Diana Butler Bass.