ROOTS: Worship on Land November 11th
Trinity's Fall Festival provided a glimpse for how we could use our land at 7760 N Memorial Ave to bless our neighbors. Imagine a church in a park like setting with areas to campout, hike, relax near the creek, roast smores around a campfire, play ultimate Frisbee or football, and enjoy God’s creation on Trinity’s property. An oasis. A place of rest. A gospel outpost. On Saturday I could envision it. Could you?
I was surprised by the number of people who came Satuday that I did not know! Thank you to all who invited your friends and family. Folks heard about the Fall Festival through word of mouth on Brookside, through coworkers, through family, through Owassoisms and Facebook. It’s only a snapshot of Trinity’s future. Job well done on inviting others and showing hospitality to those you met for the first time.
At this stage in our ROOTS journey I hope you’re enjoying the journal. Personally, this week I have found it hard to fast from social media (our fast for week #2), but it has been good for my heart and my use of time. I’ve dedicated more attention to Lauren and our kids without the pull of online expectations. I went to a swim meet without my phone on Monday and cheered louder than usual for my son and his team. Humbling. Beautiful. Convicting. Jesus is challenging me through the weekly fasts in the ROOTS Journal to depend more upon him as I reform my patterns in love for others.
I pray our Savior, who covers you with his love, is also challenging you this week. Remember to use your ROOTS journal throughout the week, and bring it with you Sunday to worship. In this week’s sermon, we will look at what it means to rediscover our calling from Matthew 24:42-51. It’s one of my favorite topics to preach about because it is crucial to our identity as His people as we extend his faithful presence into the absenses of the world.
One more thing. I want you to begin planning for November 11th. On that Sunday (it’s coming soon) we will worship outdoors on Trinity’s land under a large tent. There will be no AM Discipleship that morning. Worship will begin promptly at 10am. Please be there early to park and walk the hill in order to have the best worship experience. Toddlers through two-year-old children will have the option of going to the TrinityKids area during the entire service (near the Barnes Elementary playground). Our three to five-year-old children may be dismissed during the passing of the peace to Trinity Kids.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Sixth Grade Center, and again on November 11th at Trinity's land.
For His Glory,
Rev. Blake Altman