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.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

What is to be done about the challenges the church is faced with today?

"I think we are asking the wrong questions," says ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. "I think we need to ask: 'What is God up to?' "

SINATRA SPAGHETTI DINNER
Saturday, February 9, 2019
5:30—8:00 PM

Join us for a good old-fashioned church spaghetti dinner with your choice of sauces, garlic bread, salads, drinks, and desserts for an enjoyable Italian night. We will not charge a specific fee but ask for a donation (we will just try to cover our cost). We will have Frank Sinatra music all night long, with perhaps, a couple of blue eye impersonators, and maybe we can have a sing along or two. We will do it “My Way.” So, bring the kids, come and join in the fun!

“Want a ride?”

“I’d rather walk!”

I think this gets the ugly car of the year award, don’t you think? I wouldn’t get caught dead in this car. It probably isn’t safe. It probably is not reliable and breaks down all the time. I am surprised the laws even allow this car to be on the roads.

Would you change your opinion if you knew this car was used in the movie set of Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe? What if this car was owned by James Dean? Maybe this car was in Charlies Angels.

How about if you knew this car survived the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse in Tampa Bay Florida in 1980? Or the car was submerged in the flood of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi in 2005?

If its history included any famous owner or being in a famous event or movie, your opinion of the car would change. Of course, you would enjoy a ride in James Dean’s car. I could relive the whole Rebel Without a Cause thing!

The thing is that we judge. We all judge all the time. Actually, that is how we make good decisions – by honing our judgment skills. But a good judge is someone that can see a diamond in the rough or see quality when no one else does.

And then we judge people. We judge them by our standards – what we like and what we don’t like. We may judge them as being good or bad at something: a good cook, a good artist, a so-so real estate agent, or a terrible driver.

Judging people really is a problem when we judge a person based on what we see. We see an addict, or an alcoholic, or a broken marriage, or a rebellious kid, or a poverty-stricken person…and we make judgments. While there may be some truth in what we see, we do not always see the whole story or situation.

Jesus, in today’s reading, tells us to steer away from judging. Or maybe instead of being inflexible in our judging, perhaps we can be more open to other possibilities or explanations or just maybe the whole story. Maybe in our judging, there is grace; that is, we give the opportunity for new information to correct our judgment or have us see the whole situation differently. Or maybe, we have the grace to risk and to provide for the person to respond to positive change and be the person that they are, not the person that we may see.

There is one good reason to be this flexible in our judgments. Because Jesus, who is the ultimate judge, gives that flexibility to us in his judgment. He always gives us another chance to be the person he sees we can be, instead of the person we are in a bad situation.

You know, I think this picture of a VW Karmann Ghia is cool. It has character, wouldn’t you agree?

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This Week at Holy Trinity 02-10-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 02-10-2019

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In observance of Black History Month, we celebrate the history of the Black Lutheran movement. Born into slavery in Charleston, S.C., Jehu Jones bought his freedom and, in 1832, became the first person of African descent to be ordained in the Lutheran tradition. Jehu founded St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, one of the first African-descent Lutheran congregations in the United States.

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February 2019 Tidings

February 2019 Tidings

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Who experienced "forced sabbath" from the polar vortex? 🙋🏾‍♂️

Living Lutheran shares 3 things that unplanned time off can reveal about God.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 02-03-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 02-03-2019

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I think architecture tells a story. This is Winchester Cathedral in England. It was built in 1093, and since then it has had many enhancements. While this is a bright and sunny picture, the church did not look s cheerful in 1093, I can assure you. Notice the brown altar rail, or shall I say fence. That was to keep unworthy people out (which was everyone). Beyond the fence was the choir or priest section; like the National Cathedral in DC, the seats on both sides face the middle aisle. Beyond that was the ornate altar.

The story here is that if you came to worship God, you came to a gloomy, poorly lit, and cold place. You stood or knelt way in the back, were separated by a fence, and listened to a mass spoken in a foreign language (Latin). The priest would come out of the fence to give you Holy Communion — if you had gone to confession the night before and fasted 12 hours.

That was their piety---how the people worshiped God. The nature of their relationship with God was that they were not worthy, a sinful creature, humbly bowing down before God. Jesus was the God of judgement and mercy. They were hoping to be spared his judgement and hoping to receive his mercy.

Today we read the Lord’s Prayer and the lilies of the field reading, and frankly in these readings, Jesus is asking for a dependent relationship. But I do not think it is a relationship dependent on dark churches with tall fences. I think it is a relationship built on love. It is Our Father. Our daily needs. Forgiveness. It is genuine, that is, just between God and us and not based on social appearances. It leaves the worrying to God. All that sounds more care free doesn’t it? Care free meaning we are cared for by Our Heavenly Father who knows what we need. Our focus should be to seek the Kingdom of God (which is a relationship with him) and righteousness (that is goodness).

Today seeking that relationship with God is a little different than what was sought in 1093 or maybe even when we young. But really what does God want: to be part of our lives and for us to love one another. No other worries.

Due to inclement weather, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed on Friday, February 1, 2019. This includes Little Blessings Preschool, and all evening 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 extreme temperatures and icy conditions, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed on Wednesday, January 31, 2019. This includes Little Blessings Preschool, and all evening 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 Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This includes Little Blessings Preschool, and all evening activities.

Please remember that our first concern is everyone’s safety!

Due to inclement weather, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed during regular office hours (9:00 AM - Noon) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Little Blessings Preschool is also closed.

We will assess the situation in the morning to determine if we will be holding evening activities.

Please remember that our first concern is everyone’s safety!

[01/29/19]   This was a Yearly review provided at the Church Semi-Annual Meeting. We have had a great year!

Yesterday was All People Sunday. It is a Sunday where we remind ourselves about rule number one: to love God is to love his people, all people . There is no other rule, inside or outside the Bible that can supersede that. This is the key message of Jesus and if it wasn’t understood from Jesus, St. Paul said it millions of times: “There is no Jew or Greek, master or slave, or man or women we are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:28.

Gosh, we have heard that since we were kids. But as we get older, we find comfort like-minded groups. We like to share like-minded experiences with people that we have something in common with. It is easy to relate to those that have similar experiences or similar backgrounds. But the world does not have one standard for experiences, values, or attitudes. We often see news or news clips of people with lifestyles that are different then us. It is pretty clear to us that they have different values, attitudes, customs, languages, economic standing, citizenship, and faith. They probably wouldn’t fit nicely into our group.

But they, just like us, are people. They, just like us, are Children of God. God cares for them, just like he cares for us. They are his people too. So, we are called to find ways that we can share what makes us the same and what makes us different with joy and with common respect. Anthony Bourdain with his Parts Unknown series traveled around the world eating culinary delights. He brought into our living rooms the backstreets of different cultures and showed us, and made us less afraid, and helped us enjoy the idiosyncrasies of many different cultures. But he also brought out the common human experience of eating and enjoying the hospitality and friendship of people who are different.

It is safe to say that there will not be a surge in international travel because of All People Sunday. But maybe like Anthony Bourdain we can broaden our view of people from all over the world. Instead of seeing them as people from different countries, or people that speak a different language, or people different then us, we can see them as sisters and brothers created in God’s image, who Jesus died on the cross for---just like us. And maybe, we can dispel some of the fear that holds us apart and reach out with the intrinsic joy that we each have as humans and as children of God.

The Gospel on Sunday was the Beatitudes which tells us all the people that are blessed. The blessed are not specific colors, or with economic independence, or live in the best land. They are not just men, or rich or Jewish. They are all people who live. They are all people that share in the human experience---booth good and bad. God will bless them, and he will bless us, all the same.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 01-27-2019

This Week at Holy Trinity 01-27-2019

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We like to get away. We like to go off by ourselves with a walk on the beach or a trip to the mountains. There is something therapeutic about a walk in the nature beauty. We think and reflect. We may ask ourselves about how our life is going. Are we where we want to be? Are we happy or sad? Are we going in the right direction? Are we handling our issues well?

We may be out in the wild because we have a challenge in front of us. We may be taking a new job, going through a life change, or need some solitude to face a specific situation or challenge.

In the midst of our journey to nature’s quiet, we may even pray. We may have a full conversation with God. We may ask God what is going on or how we should react to what is going on. We could ask God how will we be successful or how will we handle the challenge in front of us. It is almost natural to talk and to ask God things. All that is the process of getting our head straight.

Jesus was just baptized, and he went away. He went away to the quiet place, the desert, and reflected and talked to God about his pending assignment. In the meantime, there was a temptation, or maybe, a test, to see if he had his head into God’s mission for him. Jesus passes with flying colors. Jesus knew he had a tough job to do and he had to get mentally ready for it.

Then when Jesus is ready, he leaves the desert and springs right in to the task at hand. He starts calling his disciples and he ministers to crowds of people.

Many of us don’t get away much because we don’t have the time. Many of us are always on the go and do not take a break to reflect at during the day or before sleep. Many of us always have to be on the go or be entertained or be busy doing something. It is getting increasingly hard to just rest or be quiet. I love the saying “Be still and know that I am God.” PS 46:10 Sometimes I think quiet is what we need. Sometimes God speaks through the silence.

So maybe this week, while in our active lives, in our furlough, in our in-between times, let us all try to find a moment to reflect, discern, and talk to God. Let us present the hard questions of our lives and let us see how God and you both deal with them. Enjoy the walk along your spiritual journey.

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This Week at Holy Trinity 01-20-2019

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facilities will be closed Monday, January 14, 2019. In accordance with our inclement weather policy, we follow the lead of the Loudoun County School System.

Little Blessings Preschool is also closed.

We look forward to returning to our regular hours and activities as soon as possible!

Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA

On this snowy day in the DC Metro area many of our congregations have closed and are using technology to connect, worship, and pray. If you are at home looking for the scripture, below are the readings of the day and a commentary from Sundays and Seasons. Our prayers are with all our congregations throughout the Metro DC Synod.

Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

The Voice of God
Are you longing to hear God’s voice? What would it be like to hear God call you by name? For many it seems that God spoke to people long ago and far away, but now in this time and place God’s voice is much less clear and less audible. Perhaps we cannot hear the voice of God because our world is full of noise? Perhaps we are not open to the particular frequency in which God chooses to call us? Perhaps we continually tune out this heavenly summons with our daily rush, not taking the time to quiet ourselves, our minds, our inner voices. We can use this time after Epiphany to clear out a corner of our lives for quiet prayer, meditation, or centering. Maybe then we will be able to hear . . . to sense . . . to listen.

Listen! God’s voice comes from heaven to call us by name, speak to the earth, shake the wilderness, and to anoint “the Beloved.” Listen! God’s people speak words of covenant, commitment, and community in the liturgy of baptism. Listen! God’s word surrounds this day with power and majesty and “in the temple of the Lord all are crying, ‘Glory!’” (Ps. 29:9). In this season of epiphanies, today’s miraculous encounter with the living God immerses us in the sound of God’s voice and bathes us in God’s baptismal promise. All who are splashed by this water gasp, cry, exclaim, sigh, and sing. Let all who have breath, praise the Lord!

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Today as we celebrate the baptism of our Lord, may we also remember the promises made in our baptism. This is our call. ❤️

This is the Jordan River. What happened here about 2,024 years ago is a significant event in Jesus’ life – and a significant event in our lives too. As we visualize what happened on the Jordan River with John the Baptist and Jesus, we may wonder, as the gospel writer did, why did Jesus get baptized? Matthew quotes Jesus as saying that it is proper to be baptized to fulfill all righteousness. With all respect, I ask, what does that mean?

So, why was Jesus baptized? We think of our worlds as two worlds, a physical world and a spiritual world. Martin Luther said that we are in this world (physical) but part of another world (spiritual). Many Greek philosophers make that distinction also.

We are a part of the physical world by living in it. But how are we part of the spiritual world? God instructed Abraham to be circumcised as a mark of the covenant between God and man – to be part of the God’s spiritual world. John the Baptist was asking people to be baptized as a sign of spiritual cleaning and to be ready for the new spiritual world that will be upon them when the Messiah comes.

So, Jesus also wanted to be physically connected to that spiritual world by a physical act of choosing to be baptized. He already was in the spiritual world, but he also wanted to lead the way for everyone else to have a way to connect with him. Baptism is a physical way to make that connection happen. Jesus being baptized is putting himself in the same spiritual world that we will be in when we are baptized. I do not think that this is the only way to connect with Jesus spiritually. However, I think baptism is an important way that we are purposefully and deliberately all connected. Further, the connection we have through baptism is a permanent connection – a forever connection, that just like Jesus’ baptism or Abraham’s circumcision, cannot be undone. So, by Jesus being baptized and we ourselves being baptized, we are forever connected by the physical bridge of baptism to the spiritual world and Jesus and his unconditional love for us.

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605 W Market St
Leesburg, VA
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