Sunday March 27

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Full to the Brim: Prodigal Grace

Rev. Sarah Van Zetten Bruins will be preaching at Trinity on March 27.
Full to the Brim: Prodigal Grace” | The parable of the prodigal son is a familiar story to many of us – but given the meaning of the word prodigal (extravagant, lavish, illogical), the title might actually better the describe the grace the father offers to both his sons. We’ll wonder together how we are called to respond to the prodigal grace of God.
Luke 11:1-9

SERMON

RESOURCES

 

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

In-Person Service

We begin at 10am on Sundays. We have a short fellowship time, then Second Hour programming for adults and kids after the service.

1) Masks are optional for all participants. Masks will be worn by volunteers working with kids under 5.

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.)

TRINITY KIDS

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)

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

(begin service in Sanctuary, leave together after Passing the Peace)

3’s – PreK (rm 301), K – 2nd (rm302), 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)

Series on Bathing by Craig Hanson

Is bathing a luxury or a necessity? In many ways, it’s both. 
Craig Hanson is adapting a course he teaches on bathing for a 3-week Second Hour series at Trinity. 
We are exploring how bathing moves between extremes: from idealized glamour to ordinary bodies that need cleaning, from ritual purity to carnal delights, and from birth to death. 
We’ll ask questions about privilege and access to clean water. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth Group | We will meet this Sunday, March 27, at Trinity at 2:30. We’ll hike and do activities at Aquinas College. 

Coffee Time Returns! | Beginning on Easter Sunday Trinity will resume having coffee and treats after worship. We are excited to begin breaking bread together once again. In order to facilitate this time of food and fellowship we are asking Trinity folks to sign up to host coffee time on ONE particular Sunday.

Hosting duties will include:
• Providing treats (store-bought or homemade)
• Coming before worship to prepare coffee and set-up (setting up during worship can be distracting because the gathering space is directly outside the sanctuary)
• Oversee coffee time to make sure everyone has what they need
• Clean up afterwards (wash coffee supplies and cups, throw away trash, etc.)

It is our hope that we can share these hosting duties widely across Trinity’s membership and keep the load light for all.
Congregational Meeting | On April 10 after the service Trinity will have our spring congregational meeting. We’ll elect consistory members, whose names will be published soon. We’ll also invite people to brainstorm ideas for ways Trinity can live into our vision and values. Consistory is creating a new Vision & Values Implementation Team that will implement goals in order to help us live out our values and live toward our vision. 

Getting to Know Trinity | The next Getting to Know Trinity seminar (formerly known as New to Trinity) will be Sunday, April 24 from 11:30 pm to 1 pm. In this seminar, we find out more about Trinity‘s history and values, discuss Trinity’s style of worship, invite questions, and explore what membership at Trinity means. Plus there is lunch and a tour of the building, including the mysterious third floor. Please rsvp to benjamin@trinityreformedchurch.org and include any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Maundy Thursday Service | For the first time in two years we will have an in-person option for the Maundy Thursday service. This year’s service begins at 7 pm on Thursday, April 14. We’ll update our hand washing tradition to make it more hygienic and encourage people to wash one another’s hands within household units or small groups.

Updated COVID Prevention Policies | Consistory updated several of Trinity’s COVID era practices knowing that these policies can be changed again should the prevalence of the pandemic in our area change.

The goal of these changes is to be hospitable to those ready for less COVID risk mitigation while also being hospitable to those who want to continue practicing a higher level of COVID risk mitigation.

Consistory members invite your feedback about these policy changes and your suggestions about how to make Trinity more hospitable.

  1. Effective immediately, wearing masks is optional for people coming to worship and attending onsite meetings. We are still requiring masks to be worn by people serving communion and those working with children under 5 years old.
  2. Effective immediately, we invite people to Pass the Peace with whatever kind of greeting the person you are greeting welcomes. We’ll need to pay attention to one another and honor all requests for a more distant greeting. A hand outstretched for a fist bump clearly means “no thank you” to arms opened wide for a hug. It may seem like extra work, but peacemaking is worth the effort!
  3. Starting in April, we will serve communion at the table with pre-sliced, gluten free bread and individual glass cups of juice. Servers will hand bread to individuals. People will be able to partake of the elements at the table.
  4. Starting on Easter Sunday, April 17 we will offer coffee/tea and snacks after the service.

Eric Verhaar Memorial Plant Sale | On May 7th the Verhaars will host their annual plant sale. You may pre-order your hanging baskets this month. Please Order by March 30th via this link.

 

PRAYERS

Send us prayer updates and requests: benjaminbruins@gmail.com  sarah@trinityreformedchurch.org trcoffice@trinityreformedchurch.org

Please sign up for our email list in order to receive prayer updates and requests.

 

GIVING

Don’t forget, you can send your offerings to Trinity via the “Give” link below or you can sign up for a regular automatic contribution by using the ACH Draft button.