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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This Week at Holy Trinity 05-05-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 05-05-2019

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May 2019 Tidings

May 2019 Tidings

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Eternal God, we pray for our Jewish siblings at Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, Calif., following a deadly shooting today – the last day of Passover. We mourn the loss of life, we deplore this senseless violence, and we grieve with those wounded and traumatized. May all houses of worship be places of refuge; may we all work as instruments of unity and peace in our world. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival

Just a reminder that this weekend is the Leesburg Flower and Garden show — you might need an alternate route to the church on Sunday!

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Each April, the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival celebrates the beginning of Spring and is hosted in the historic downtown of Leesburg, VA.

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Try this prayer with three deep breaths. ❤️

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Mary got the job of telling the others Jesus had risen. Alleluia. That's our job too.

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Happy Easter! Christ is risen!

"They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.' Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest." (Luke 24:2-8)

Join us tomorrow as we celebrate Easter in our worship and in our Easter Festival activities!

8:00 AM Easter Worship
9:30 AM Children’s Easter Worship
11:00 AM Festival Easter Worship

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Breakfast 8:30 –11:00
Fellowship Hall
Please join us for breakfast with all sorts of yummy treats to share. We will be serving from 8:30 to 11:00, in the Fellowship Hall.

Photo Booth 10:15-11:00
Commons Classroom
Get a family picture taken and have a memory emailed to you.

Easter Piñata 10:45
Gathering Area
Watch the children take turns trying to open the treasures of the piñata

Say You Were Here!
In the hallway by the kitchen, we will have an “I WAS HERE” wall for you and your children to sign and offer greetings.

Come join us for this family and community celebration of Easter.

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When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)

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Today is Good Friday.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 04-21-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 04-21-2019

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Easter makes it possible for us, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares a message for Easter.

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Today is Maundy Thursday. Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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God, our refuge and strength, we pray for our siblings in Christ affected by the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. We pray especially for rescue workers in harm's way, and for all who mourn. Strengthen them in body and spirit. Refresh them when weary; console them when anxious; comfort them in grief; and hearten them in discouragement. Send your Spirit to intercede for us when we do not have the words; through Christ our peace. Amen.

(Adapted from ELW, p. 85)

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Easter Sunday Worship Volunteers

Interested in being part of our Worship Team for Easter Sunday? Check out the Sign-Up Genius below, or contact the church office to find out how you might be able to serve. No experience necessary!

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signupgenius.com Thank you for being interested in being part of our Worship team for Easter Sunday!  Please arrive 15 minutes before Worship.  If you have any questions regarding the service positions, please contact us at [email protected] or call (703) 777-4912. As always, we thank all of our volun...

This Week at Holy Trinity...

Just a reminder that Holy Trinity is busy this week, as we conclude our Lenten Walk, and prepare for the Easter celebration:

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00 PM Mobile Hope Meal Prep
6:30 PM Trinity Ringers Rehearsal

Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:30 PM Mobile Hope Meal Delivery
7:30 PM Maundy Thursday Worship

Friday, April 19, 2019
12 Noon Good Friday Worship
6:00 PM Way of the Cross Town Procession

Saturday, April 20, 2019
4:00 PM Trinity Ringers Rehearsal
5:00 PM Festival Orchestra Rehearsal

Sunday, April 21, 2019
8:00 AM Reflective Easter Worship
9:30 AM Children’s Easter Worship
11:00 AM Festival Easter Worship

Please note that will not have a Lenten Lunch or a Lenten Dinner on Wednesday.

[04/12/19]   Come and join us in The Way of the Cross Processional through Historic Leesburg on Good Friday, April 19, from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

Here is an approximate schedule.
6 p.m. Station 1: Leesburg Presbyterian Church
6:20 p.m. Station 2: Old Stone Church Cemetery (hosted by Holy Trinity)
6:35 p.m. Station 3: St. James' Episcopal Church Leesburg, VA
6:50 p.m. Station 4: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
7:15 p.m. Station 5: Leesburg Town Green (hosted by Christ Church)
7:30 p.m. Station 6: Leesburg United Methodist Church

From the time he was transfigured and came down the mountain, Jesus has been en route to Jerusalem. He has told his disciples what would happen to him, although it is not clear that they understood what he was saying. Maybe they just didn’t want to hear it. But Jesus is on a mission. He is to start a revolution. It will not be a normal coupe-de-force. It will not involve rushing Herod’s palace. It will not involve guns and knives and spears and a battle with death tolls on either side. It will not involve freedom fighters, contras, or guerrilla warfare, or any kind of warfare at all.

It is a revolution where the leader loses—he is handed over to be tortured and crucified and left to die. People don’t usually follow a loser, so if Jesus had any new converts, they were reconsidering, or they were quietly hiding like the Apostles.

But today is the day that Jesus is showing up. It is a day when he gets to cause a commotion. It is a day when people have heard about him and look outside and hear the noise and see the procession – and they are thinking something is going to happen. They are right; it just isn’t the revolution they expect. But just as Jesus hops on a donkey, they hop on the bandwagon. It is a fun day with cheers and joy for the change that is about to happen.

As I hear the story again, I ask myself: where am I in this picture? Was I fixing the roof when the noise and procession caught my attention? Was I someone who had heard of Jesus and what he has done and what he has said? Was I someone who cautiously waits to see how this “happening” plays out? I wonder, what would my expectations have been? Because really, from Palm Sunday to early Easter Morning, there was no one who was on board totally with what was happening to Jesus. Jesus was alone.

As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we may say, as I do, what fickle people they are. But we have the benefit of a post-Easter point of view. If we were there, I am not sure that we would be so different.

In fact, in many ways 2000 years later, this Palm Sunday, we are there. Oh, we are in a different place and time; our world is different than old Jerusalem and the Jewish ways and the Roman ways. But the way we follow Jesus is pretty much the same, because after all, we really don’t KNOW what is going to happen. We do not KNOW the exact extent of the Easter promise of Jesus.

So, some may be cheerleaders for the idea of a life beyond this life. Some may join in the quest for a different justice than the Rule of Law that we live under. Some may like what Jesus is saying, but don’t like his politics. Some might want to know where this revolution is going---because it has been going for more than 2000 years and seems to be losing steam. Some might hear and see Jesus for what he is---a revolution of God done in an earthly way. Some may join in the crusade to stand for what Jesus stood for and go to their cross with Jesus.

So, I think it is the same today as back then. We will choose a side of the street. We will look at the cross form different perspectives. As Christians, in the end, we chose to follow this crucified leader because of the gracious love he shows us and the magnificent love of God he teaches us. We may not KNOW everything, but we do know that what Jesus teaches is good and right and we want to be a part of it. This is Holy Week when we get the chance.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 04-14-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 04-14-2019

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On this day in 1945, a Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was martyred at the hands of his Nazi captors. He was 39 years old.

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April 2019 Tidings

April 2019 Tidings

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April is Stress Awareness Month. What are you doing about your stress? Read how today's blogger, Linda Post Bushkofsky, is taking care of herself through the ESP approach. (And find out what that is.)

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Caution

Jesus says do not judge. In all honesty, this is a hard commandment. I have a sign in my office at home that says if you are judging someone, you have no time to love them.

The root of judging someone is that you recognize something they do is wrong---or you do not like---and you are identifying them as person who does that particular crime. If someone lied, they are a liar. If some one stole, they are a thief. If someone cheated, they are a cheater.
So, we judge people for the crimes they do and label them by their crime. Don’t trust him; he lies. Don’t trust her; she will stab you in the back. We have been lied to and stabbed in the back, so we know what these people are capable of.

Jesus says do not judge. The first reason is that the sin may not define them. Maybe they were compromised with bad circumstances that lead to their behavior. Maybe for some reason they lied or stole or cheated and are apologetic and truly sorry for their thoughtless offense.

I like to say that good people do bad things. If all good people are labeled by the bad things they did, we would kill their good producing energy. They would stop doing good. They would be so weighted down by their bad behavior that they would not be able to do anymore good things, or at least it would be harder for them.

The second reason not to judge is that we need to be consistent and judge ourselves by the same criteria. So, we would be judged and labeled for our missteps and our bad behavior. All the things we have done would hold the greatest degree of our own scrutiny.

Therefore, when we judge, we bring out the worst in people because we are constantly are focusing on their bad behavior and not their good behavior or their good potential. And that very same thing will happen to us. So the result is less good, or in God’s world, less of the good of Christ being spread through us.

Does Christ not think people should be held accountable for their bad behavior? I would say yes, he does. But that he would say that each person should be given the chance to do good things and labeling them as bad or criminal limits their potential to do good. We have public laws and courts. They should address serious crimes. But we should leave judging for them.

We all are brother and sisters in faith in Jesus Christ and we are all saved by the grace and forgiveness that he has given us. Then it is silly to build walls and divide us by the types of bad behavior and sin that we are guilty of to the point that we make judgments and label people with their bad behavior.

On our spiritual journey this morning, we need to see the caution sign when it comes to judging because we want to enable people to do their full potential of good and we do not want the unreasonable standards of being judged applied to us. One way to look at it is, we can all live in heaven with the good we enable each other to do, or we all can all (including us) live in hell judging each other’s faults. The same people, just a different standard. Jesus leads us out of that pit. Do not judge.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 04-07-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 04-07-2019

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the Confirmation class went to Gettysburg on Friday. While there I was foto-bombed trying to take a selfie.

Detour

In the Gospel today, John the Baptist ask his followers to go and ask Jesus if he is the One, or should we look for another. John was imprisoned for his comments against good old Herod -- who divorced his wife and took as a new wife, Herodias, his brother’s Philip’s wife. Can you imagine as a practical matter, stealing your brother’s wife? Of course, it is wrong!

Apparently, John had some unfinished business with Jesus. He and Jesus were preaching different things. John was more of a “God as a judger of sin and evil” kind of a preacher. Jesus’ message was one of love and grace. Make no mistake there was a Rubicon to cross here.

So John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him what is up. Are you the Messiah? Or are we to wait for another?

One could say John doubted. One could say there was a division in their theologies. One could say that they were not on the same page. All that is true. But, I think that speaks well for the authentic nature of the Bible. Matthew and Luke were not afraid to put this question out there---to show the differences of the two men.

They were not afraid to show what John really wanted to know. You see, John was either the prophet that would usher in the Messiah, or John’s theology is right and Jesus’ theology was wrong and they will need to wait for another. But John could not be right on both accounts.

Today we are talking about detours along our spiritual journey and John gives us an example of that. John thought what he was doing and saying was right — that it was consistent with what the Messiah would say and do. So John had to take a step back and detour — to go in another direction, to see the spirit move in a different direction.

I wonder, when we are locked up---when we are jailed by the things that trap us -- do we question Jesus’ power or his grace? Do we say, “Jesus are you it, or am I just fooling myself? Where were you when I messed up?” Are we ready for a detour?

I think we all have moments of doubt, just like John. We all have moments when we need to slow down and take things piece by piece. To think about our Savior once in a while and what his grace really means for us. Does it mean we will get the parking spot we want? That we will have the life we want? Does it mean that we will have the politics we want? Maybe it means we may be locked-up once in a while and need to figure out once again, just exactly who Jesus is to us.

Jesus tells us. It is in our heart and in the Bible. We may get it, or we may need to look again. But the answer is always there. We know it is there. What do we do with it? Funny, we don’t know what John did with it either.

By telling us to avoid the wide gate which is easy and take the narrow gate which is hard, Jesus is telling us to take avoid the easy way and take the hard way that leads to life. At first the direction is difficult to understand: Why not take the easy way? Why not make life easier for yourself whenever you can?

The problem is that the easy way leads to nowhere. If we take the easy way all the time, we learn a couple of things. There is a way to get things or pleasure without investing time and energy into the process of working for it. We may start to feel entitled: that we should have things given to us or we should not need to work for something. Also, we begin to value things less. We only value things to the point that we have invested in it. If we have no investment, we have no personal connection to it. Further, if we are used to the easy way, we are less willing to invest in anything because, well if we wait long enough, we will get it anyway without any effort on our part.

On the other hand, when we go through a gate that is narrow and the road is tough, then we are fighting for what we want all the way. We are heavily invested in what we want to happen. The event becomes a part of us because of our personal investment, our blood and sweat.

Nothing tastes better than a cake you baked. Nothing looks better than a room you painted. Nothing feels better then a degree from college that you earned. Nothing is as satisfying as an accomplishment that you have achieved. You get the point.

Jesus says, in our faith in him, we need to walk through the narrow gate. We need to recognize the hard road and take it because it leads to a personal connection to Jesus. Believing in God and what he expects is not easy. But while there is grace and forgiveness, it does not negate our desire to invest in our faith, to build it up and make it stronger. We may struggle to be more generous. We may struggle to not take opportunities that we know are not right, although they are easy pickings. We may find it hard to make decisions in our life that are based on our faith that we can not see while the reward for doing what everyone else is doing is tangible and substantial.

Jesus is saying there are some hard and tough choices through the narrow gate. This Lent, we need to understand that a strong faith in Jesus is not easy. It takes investment. It takes energy. It takes commitment. But nothing is better than a strong faith in the absolute presence and love of Jesus.

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605 W Market St
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