Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Of Lake Johanna! CHRISTMAS is a GIFT
Christmas comes with very high expectations. We want our Christmas to be full. We stress the excitement of presents, parties, bonuses, food, family and travel. It is the season of hype that is sung from television, stores, news and even the internet. We would like Christmas to be shiner, newer, and more than our everyday life. Many are living with the desire to make the season something big and memorable. We are driven by a fear that we will arrive at our destination and find it empty and mundane.
How do we get to a place like this? What is it that transforms Christmas into just a frenzy and such a stressful experience? I believe it is our human condition. We want more out of life and it spills into Christmas as naturally as breathing. Our season is filled with human efforts to make it special and we miss the message of Christmas.
Maybe we need to experience this kind of Christmas in order to understand the need for Christ’s coming. God’s promise was made to a world that exhausted itself attempting to bring meaning and purpose to life and its celebrations. From the beginning of time humanity has lived with the notion that if something is going to be good then we have to make it so. This thinking often causes us to run out of ourselves and fall into Christmas with little left to celebrate.
The promise that runs through God’s Word is the futility of human effort to bring lasting joy and excitement to our days. We are a weak and failing people. Our time on earth is going to end in the grave and nothing we do will prevent it.
Christmas happens because God wants us to know the fullness of life. God comes to us in the flesh of a baby to give us a relationship with him. In Christ we are given the priceless gifts of the grace and forgiveness of God. Our sin dies with him at the cross and our lives are sealed with him in his resurrection. In this promise we are filled with joy and peace. We live in the assurance that we are God’s people and each day is a celebration of our calling. None of this comes by our effort, it is a free gift.
Christmas cannot become more with our activity. We can’t make it bigger with greater efforts and increased energy. Christmas is resting in the peace that comes in a relationship with Jesus Christ. To know this truth is to live a celebration that is full of joy, regardless of what else we might attempt to add to it.
WHY WE EXIST
Jesus said, "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it" (Mark 8:35). Those were radical words in Jesus' day and they are even more so now. Jesus was challenging those who would follow him to put aside the things that distracted them from impacting the world with the Good News. It is a hard thing to consider giving up everything in order to love people who may not be interested in what we believe. Trinity does not exist to preserve an institution or make sure all the rules are being kept. It exists to give everything we have toward influencing this community with the love of Christ. It will require the kind of risk and sacrifice that only Jesus can inspire. We serve with the highest privilege and greatest joy of knowing that our calling is to serve the risen Jesus Christ. That is why we exist and that is why we are called Christians.
Our Sunday Schedule:
Worship Service: 9:00 AM
Fellowship Time: 10:15 AM
Bible Study: 10:30 AM
Discipleship Time: Tuesday morning 9:00 - 9:45 AM
(learning to apply God's truth to our daily lives - Church Basement)
Kings Kids: 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Sundays (2st & 4rd Sundays beginning Jan 12th)
Sunday Worship Services are at 9:00 AM
Worship services on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24), and New Year’s Eve (Tuesday December 31) are at 6:30 PM
Midweek Wednesday Devotional Services during Advent and Lent are at 6:30 PM
Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25, 2013 10:00 AM) and Easter Sunday (April 20, 2013 9:00 AM)
Join us any time as we connect with Him.
Trinity Lutheran (LCMS), in the vein of historic Biblical Christianity, teaches that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, loving all sinners into a relationship with Him. At Trinity, Jesus is the centerpiece of our activities, the focal point of our Sunday worship schedule, and the object of study in our Sunday education hour. If you want to see Jesus, hear Jesus, and learn of His love for you and His desire to be connected with you, please join us any Sunday. We exist to proclaim and live God’s love in Christ, as forgiven sinners sharing God’s message of love. God offers a second chance (actually, as new starts as you need) in forgiveness and commitment with fellow sinners in need of His grace.