Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

The More Excellent Way

Rev. Benjamin Van Zetten Bruins will be preaching at Trinity on January 30.
The house churches in Corinth asked Paul for some help in overcoming the pressures they were experiencing. Part of Paul’s response is a beautiful poem about love. It is the “more excellent way.” | 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

In-Person Service

The following practices apply to all those present in our building, regardless of age or vaccination status.

1) Masks are required at all times while indoors

2) Physically distanced sanctuary seating (by household or group)

Elders will serve individual communion element servings at the front. (You may bring your own elements for partaking at your seat.)

KIDS! We have COVID safe programing for Infants – Grade 5 kiddos during and after worship.

Online Service

Please use the following links for this week’s worship. You may wish to prepare your communion elements before we begin.

Order of Worship

Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 827 4872 5884

Password: 247155


Below are details about kids’ programs for this coming Sunday! Masks will be worn by all participants and teachers (to the best of the kids’ ability).

Worship Hour (10:00 – 11:10)

Infants – 2 Yrs old — Nursery (9:45-11:15)

– Main Level (in the church office hallway)

3 Yrs old – 5th Grade — Children in Worship – Upstairs

– begin service in Sanctuary, leave together after Passing of the Peace 

– 3’s-PreK (Rm 301), K-2nd (Rm 302), 3rd-5th (Rm 304)

Snack Time (11:15 – 11:30)

All Kids — Basement Classroom (distanced) – Lower Level

Second Hour (11:30 – 12:15)

Infants, Toddlers, & Preschool

– Little Lambs Rm. – Lower Level

K-2nd Grade

– Basement Classroom – Lower Level

3rd – 5th Grade

– Lounge/Library – Main Level


Volunteer Schedule Links

ADULT 2nd HOUR (11:30 – 12:15)

Sermon Discussion

Let’s make today’s sermon a two-way discussion. Come to the Fellowship Hall and share your reflections on the week’s scripture and message. We’ll also hear the ideas and questions the preacher left on the editing room floor.

Morning Prayer

(Epiphany 4)

God, you have given me the gift of another day; 
may I live it in gratitude. 
Help me to be loving to others, 
to the Earth, and to myself; 
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Evening Prayer

(Epiphany 4)


Holy One, this day is drawing to an end. Be with me as I pause and ponder all the love I saw and received today. 
Help me to see you in each moment of love. 
Where I fell short of being patient and kind, help me to feel your patience and kindness toward me, 
and give me peace, as I give this day back to you. Amen.


House Meeting Campaign Begins | The core team leading Trinity’s engagement with West Michigan broad-based organizing is starting to invite people to House Meetings. House Meetings are small group gatherings that build relationships, identify leaders, and provide an opportunity for people to engage in conversations about things we value—they are about sharing the stories of our lives.
The core team will be making first round invitations in the coming weeks. If you are invited, please say “yes”! We are all invited to participate in a House Meeting at 2nd Hour on February 6.
The core team trusts that House Meetings will stir our imagination as an institution and individual leaders. They will help us discern, along with the other institutions in our broad-based movement, the issues about which we will take action.
Youth Group | Trinity’s youth group meets at 2:30 pm this Sunday at the Klemp’s (3547 Bayberry Dr NW). Everyone 4th grade through high school is invited. Bring snow gear and, if you want, a friction reducing mobile platform (aka a sled). We’ll wrap up around 4 pm. Questions? Reach out to
Trinity Meets 2021 Year End Budget | Please see the December/Year-End Giving Report below. We are so grateful for this generous and faithful community. Thanks to all those who supported meeting our 2021 budget!
Consistory Nominations | Everyone at Trinity, regardless of membership status, is invited to nominate people for the April 10 election of elders and deacons. Nominations can be made using the online form or the paper form found at the back of the sanctuary. All nominations must be received by Sunday, February 13. Whom will God call through this body?
Year End Giving Statements | You will find your personal/household year-end giving statements on your Breeze account, anytime you’d like to reference them. Please email the office if you’d like yours sent directly to your email. Many blessings and thanks to all those who give so faithfully and generously to maintaining the work of Trinity.


Please send prayer updates and requests for prayer to,, or

Continue to remember: Todd Billings (David Billings’ brother), Hunter Fox (Katie’s father), Robert Padilla, Ashley Bruins (Ben’s sister-in-law), Paul Bruins (Ben’s father), Kerri Vryhof.


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