Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located in Leesburg, and is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Curch in America. All are welcome!

Mission: We care as friends, we love as family, and we serve as Christ.

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Howard Washington Thurman (1899 – 1981) author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.

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Give peace, O God, give peace again.

[01/08/20]   Due to inclement weather, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This includes Little Blessings Preschool and Wednesday Night, Live! activities.

Please remember that we follow the lead of Loudoun County Public Schools in regard to weather related closures.

Our first concern is everyone’s safety -- stay safe & stay warm!

Due to inclement weather, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. This includes Little Blessings Preschool. The church office will be open from 9:00 AM until noon. Please remember that we follow the lead of Loudoun County Public Schools in regard to weather related closures.

Our first concern is everyone’s safety -- stay safe & stay warm!

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Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day, has many traditions that very across the world. One of these is for children to dress as royalty and process with gifts to their beds. Which Epiphany traditions do you celebrate?

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Today is the 12th and final day of Christmas, but the joy of Christ remains!

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December 2019 Tidings

January 2020 Tidings

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This Week at Holy Trinity 01-05-2020

This Week at Holy Trinity 01-05-2020

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Happy 10th day of Christmas 💖

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Today is the fifth day of Christmas.

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Today is the third day of Christmas, and we commemorate John, one of the twelve disciples and witness to the transfiguration.

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This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 29-January 5

This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 29-January 5

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Today is the second day of Christmas. "For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

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Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Christ is born today! 🎄 "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.'” (Luke 2:10-12)

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The Christmas Post

The Christmas Post

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Join us on Tuesday, December 24 as we celebrate the Good News of our Savior's Birth!

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“An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us’” (Matthew 1: 20-23).

There are two sides of Christmas.

First, there is the excitement of the holiday with presents, food, family, and friends. We capture some of that excitement in our Christmas Eve Services. It is so good to celebrate the love we have with the Christmas spirit from the Christ Child being born.
But there is another side. It is the quiet Christmas. It is the reflective Christmas. It is the grateful and holy moments that are private, where we experience the peace of the season brought on by the Christ Child being born.

I think that is the whole focus of the hymn by John Jacob Niles that we focus on today. It is the quiet and reflective Christmas that he accents. He says to Jesus, “rest your head”, that there is peace in the land because of his promise and hope. Even the evil folks are sleeping—resting.

Jesus you are here now. The problems of the night have been solved. We have survived and we have endured. So, you has (sic) got a manger bed to rest your little head.

I have been thinking this Advent about how much we trust God. Situations come up and we manage through them. We realize that God is a part of that. Part of our endurance is knowing that God will take care of it all. Somehow, we know that God is present in our lives, and when we realize that, we trust that he will guide us and protect us. This gives us the ability to endure more. Just like Mary and Joseph — they endured the cold of night, not being in the Inn. It is not just a couple of young teenagers giving birth in a stable. It is something more. And God’s presence is not just for the Holy Family, but for us too. We are given the grace of God and the confidence of his promise to stand up to all the ills, calamities, or struggles that we may have.

So we trust in this Christ Child coming. We trust in his presence and his promise. We hope in him. As we get closer to the day we celebrate his birth, think about getting some quiet time. Get some time under the Christmas light. When we can be quiet. When we can be grateful. When we can be embraced by the presence and hope and love of the Christ Child. It is this quiet, peaceful time, that makes Christmas special. It is in these moments that we experience our faith once again and embrace the contentment and peace that the Christ Child brings. This opens our hearts to the joys of everything all around us---especially all the joy and excitement.

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"In the year ahead, may God grant you the grace to never sell yourself short, grace to risk something big for something good, and grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but Truth and too small for anything but Love!" - Bishop Ortiz

Merry Christmas to you all!

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This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 22 - December 29

This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 22 - December 29

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Choirs, Fellowship, Food!

Join us this Wednesday for our last Wednesday Night, Live of 2019 as we practice the music for Christmas Eve, and share in a family style dinner. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:45-6:15 PM Dinner
6:15-7:00 PM Joyful Noise (Grades K-5)
7:15-8:00 PM Bell Choir (Grade 6-Adult)
7:15 Chancel Choir

Our menu tomorrow evening will be:

Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets
Mashed potatoes
Salad
Bread
Dessert
(PB & J always available)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for "The drawkcaB Christmas Pageant", this Sunday, December 22 and 11:00 after Worship!

When one of the “wise people” needs to leave the pageant early because of a soccer game, the whole program needs to be done backwards. You won’t want to miss this special worship opportunity where our Sunday School children will present the Christmas story in reverse. You will be surprised by how much we can learn about God’s timeless love and grace.

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Shall we Gather at the River ELW 423

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Due to inclement weather, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed until noon on Monday, December 16, 2019. This includes Little Blessings Preschool. The church office will be open from noon until 1:00 PM. Please remember that we follow the lead of Loudoun County Public Schools in regard to weather related closures.

Our first concern is everyone’s safety -- stay safe & stay warm!

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🎵 O come, O come, EmmaaAaaAanuel 🎵

What is something that we would call great? Is it something extraordinary or exceptional above the rest? Is it something that is above our expectations?

When we think of God, do we think of the concept of great or mighty or powerful, or certainly having more power than any mere human?

When we say, “God is great,” we are saying that God is more resourceful, more capable, and more powerful then we could ever be. We say that God is the ultimate of capacity. He can do anything.

We respond by respecting all that. We give him praise and respect for the amazing power he has, and for his generosity of putting up with us mere mortals. All of this, I think, is what we think about when we talk about God. God is Great. God is Almighty.
Today, we hear what God is going to do in the Magnificat, and it is great. He will bring down the powerful and lift up the lowly. That is really great!

From Saint Paul we hear another characteristic of God in Christ Jesus. His humility. For Jesus didn’t come like a “preppy” God’s-son, he came as a humble servant and accepting his mission to teach and redeem us as he innocently and willingly walked to the cross.

The Magnificat also gives us the hope of God’s greatness to be fulfilled with his administration of justice. And that is great. But we look at the stable and the way the story of Jesus’ birth is unfolding, and we are in awe of its humbleness. The song “Sweet Little Boy Jesus” by John Jacob Niles tells us apologetically that the folks in the village slept silently on, not knowing that this was the birth of God’s son. Once again that theme of humility is paired with the anticipation of greatness.

I look at the picture above of Mary and Joseph walking in twilight and think they must feel all alone. And yet they are not, they are having God’s son – what greater honor could there be? Certainly, God would protect the Holy Family at all cost. Once again, the two seemingly opposite concepts, the characteristics of greatness and humility are side by side.

Today, think about that. The greatest moment in the world’s history was not an ornate or overwhelming event with fanfare. It was a simple and humbling event: travelers, on the road, giving birth to a son in an animal stable. But from there, what happens to Jesus is the greatest and most powerful story ever told. Let us prepare our hearts for this event not by displays of greatness but of acts of great humility.

Join us on Tuesday, December 24 as we celebrate the Good News of our Savior's Birth!

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This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 15 - December 22

This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 15 - December 22

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will follow the lead of Loudoun County Public Schools regarding closures due to inclement weather. If the schools are closed, all church activities will be cancelled: Wednesday Night, Live!, Choir Rehearsals, Confirmation activities, Little Blessings Preschool, team meetings, and outside group meetings will all be cancelled. The church office will also follow the Loudoun County school closures.

For closure announcements, please check your email, our page, or call the church office for updated information.

On Sundays, if it snows and it is dangerous -- stay home!
Please remember that our first concern is everyone’s safety.

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December 2019 Tidings

December 2019 Tidings

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“Come now, O prince of peace” (ELW 247).

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This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 8 - December 15

This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 8 - December 15

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There is an amazing divine master plot at work. But for God to come to us, he chooses not to do it alone. We only know a little part of the story, a very little part of the story. Like most stories, there is a preamble, a background, a backstory, and multiple intertangled perspectives. In any story, we need to know more. That is true for almost anything that happens to us. “I put the key in the lock, turned it to open the door and the key broke off into the lock.”

“Were you impatient? Did you pull too hard? Were you holding other things? Were you not paying attention?”

“I broke the key in the lock. Can we just leave it at that?” Like I say, we want to know more, and maybe more will help us understand the situation.

But the story of Christ’s birth and all its drama in the Gospel of Luke and Matthew leads us. They fill us in. They give us just a tiny bit of information., but it is big information.
Today the angel Gabriel visits Mary and tells her she will have a child. Mary is perplexed, pondering, afraid, favored, inquisitive, accepting, and obedient. That is quite a bunch of emotions in just a few verses. But her movement from fear to acceptance and later to joy is an incredible movement, especially with everyone around her looking at her and judging her for getting pregnant.

We wander down the road sharing the perspective of John Jacob Niles from the hills of Appalachia, who helps us get into the human aspect of this great drama. He helps us see the shock of Mary, the uncertainty, and at the same time, an undaunted resolve. Mary goes on as God asks, and amid the judging onlookers she holds her faith and hope in high regard.

As one might expect, without much support clear of judgement, Mary shares her secret with someone else who is also captivated by the power of God – Elizabeth, her kinfolk. Together, they can talk about what they each know – their own role – in this divine master plot. Can you imagine their conversation? Mary would unpack her perplexity, her pondering, her fear, her favor, her questions, and her acceptance. She would be able to tell how she concluded to go with the flow and to trust God with her life.

She did all of it because she was favored by God---he made the first step. She was favored not for anything she did---but because God chose her. She was favored because God said so.

We share in Advent and Christmas because God chose us to share his Son. We share in Advent and Christmas because, quite frankly, God said so. There is more to the story, but like Mary, we just need to say, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be according to your word.”

Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA

"All earth is Hopeful" ELW #266

Choirs, Fellowship, Food!

This fun evening of music and fellowship has been a Holy Trinity tradition for more than 20 years. If you are in Joyful Noise (Children’s Choir Grades K-5), Bell or Chancel Choir (adult), or just don’t feel like cooking, plan to join us on Wednesday evening for dinner. There is no need to bring anything, and a freewill offering will be collected to defray the cost of the food. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:45-6:15 PM Dinner
6:15-7:00 PM Joyful Noise (Grades K-5)
7:15-8:00 PM Bell Choir (Grade 6-Adult)
7:15 Chancel Choir

We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! We are excited to see everyone as we enter the final stretch of getting ready for our celebration of Christmas! Our menu tomorrow evening will be:

Pizza
Salad
Dessert

(Peanut Butter & Jelly always available as an alternative)

We are working our way into the 21st century and will now be able to accept donations through your credit and debit cards!

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This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 1 - December 8

This Week at Holy Trinity ~ December 1 - December 8

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Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is hard to imagine the stable in Bethlehem without Jesus and all the angels, shepherds, and wise men hovering around it. In 25 days we will have all that sure enough. But here is the venue, the place. It is a quiet, unassuming, and empty stable. It, and everyone around it, are totally unaware of what will happen here soon. This is hardly is a place worthy of such a great event. It is hardly the venue for such a grand affair.

As we start the season of Advent, I wonder, what does our stable look like? Are we the bright shining spot where Jesus can enter easily, fully welcomed with the best we have? Or are we a little off our game? In the busy lives of our modern world, it is very easy to get sidetracked in our faith. It also is very easy to celebrate the Christmas of parties, exchanging gifts, and family feasts. For us, as followers of Jesus Christ, there really is something more. God comes to us in the Christ Child. God comes to us once again this year and gives us an opportunity to receive him. He doesn’t wait for us to be fixed, or wealthy, or happy, or not-so-busy. He come to us wherever we are and in the midst of the very circumstances that we are in. God comes to us not in the palaces of the perfect persons, but in the stables of our imperfections, in our sorrows, and in our grief.

God didn’t pass over this modest shelter for something more glorious in another time and place. He doesn’t pass over us for a better person, or a problem-free situation. He comes for us whatever condition we are in. We can be at our best or not in our finest hour. Because God knows something that some of us don’t know, or have forgotten. God loves us and cares for us. Our circumstance or wealth or job or problems don’t preclude his presence – in fact, it makes God want to come more. God wants to be a presence and focus that can help us overcome all the things that weigh us down. He gives us hope that makes our lives worthy of his grace as he promises his continual presence and guidance.

This Advent season, we will walk the spiritual journey of those that ask why – the journey of those who see Jesus with their eyes wide open and say, “why is this King and Savior, concerned about little ol’ me?” They are unused to the attention that someone important is giving them. In fact, they may even be suspicious. So, they engage slowly and when they understand, they are overwhelmed with the gracious hope of Jesus Christ. They welcome him with all they have — their hearts, and this decrepit stable. And you know what? Christ comes happily. The angels rejoice; the shepherds are surprised. And the wise men find the mystery that was directed to them by a star. What a great Christmas.

The stable is empty. For us, what is going to happen here? Advent is a time to prepare and make the coming event special. May we all enjoy the journey to this stable.

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