Trinity Lutheran Church of Vancouver Washington is a member of the ELCA. We are joyfully gathered together by God’s gracious love in Jesus Christ to worship Him, to grow in faith and to proclaim Jesus by word and service. https://trinityvancouver.org
Pastor Gary reminds us that as Paul and Silas were able to sing and pray while in jail we too can sing our faith and tell our story. People in desperate situations are saved by God in unexpected ways.
Reading: Acts 16:16-34
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”Acts 16:30-31 (NRSV)
A New Way
Pastor Gary explains how Peter and the new believers in The Way had to follow God’s will in ways they weren’t used to. Sometimes we need to hear something more than once before it can get through to us.
Reading: Acts 11:1-18
And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”Acts 11:15-18
The Spirit’s Leading
Pastor Ruth tells us that Peter was as surprised as the rest when he raised Tabitha from the dead. The Spirit of Christ is always a step ahead. We only have to believe and follow.
Reading: Acts 9:36-43
This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Acts 9:42
We welcome our guest Bishop Rick Jaech who reminds us that God comes to us in our time of need as Jesus came to the disciples after His resurrection. He breathed on them and gave them the Holy Spirit.
Reading: John 20:19-31
Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.John:20:21
Pastor Ruth reminds us to once again be amazed by Jesus. When the women came with the spices that morning the tomb was empty. Jesus has defeated death.
Reading: Luke 24:1-12
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.[Luke 24:5
Pastor Gary reminds that as we follow God’s will He will direct our steps no matter where we go.
Reading: Luke 19:28-40 and various Proverbs
The will of God will never take you to (anyplace) where the grace of God will not protect you.Bernadette Devlin