Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Trinity Evangelical  Lutheran Church


Sometimes love tells us that perhaps for a season we must forsake the gathering together of the saints because of our love for our neighbor." Most churches and temples in Santa Barbara are closed for services because of COVID-19...
Very cute German American Children's Picture Book. Great for getting kids interested in the German culture and learning a few German words. They will want to learn more.
One of my favorite things before church begins is listening to the choir practice while doing a morning Bible study. What is one of your favorite things to do during church? Also- I LOVE being able to use the “face-mic” while delivering Children’s messages!
Prayers for your community & the greater Cathedral Oaks area coming to you all from MN. Come Lord Jesus. Come Holy Spirit. Come Lord Jesus. And come lower temps and a hopeful rainfall in the near future. I love and miss you all.🙏🙏🙏
This came across my Facebook feed today and really stuck out to me. Church should be a place where we are able to be vulnerable and honest about our struggles!
Such a sweet sendoff for Julie Neufeld. Lord Bless you and keep you!

We are a congregation dedicated to revealing God's love through our own service to others. Pastor: Truls Person Choir and Music Director: Sarah Krietzer Assistant Music Director: Sarah Kreitzer Director of Youth Ministries: Evan Ewert Parish Nurse: Sharon Troll Office Administrator: Cindie Trieger

Mission: Praising and thanking God, we affirm our mission to LOVE all persons in Jesus Christ NURTURE the family of faith through teaching, learning and worship SERVE the needs and heal the hurts of others through unselfish giving of ourselves SHARE the crucified and resurrected Christ within Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Santa Barbara and the whole world so that all may experience the redeeming love of God.

Operating as usual

Have you come by to get a Christmas Tree yet?

Our Christmas Tree Lot is now open, and we have Grand Firs, Noble Firs, Normann Firs and Douglas Firs available.

Open Weekdays from 4pm-7pm and Weekends from 9am-7pm

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

See you soon!

2nd Sunday Of Advent

All earth is hopeful, the Savior comes at last!
Furrows lie open for God's creative task:
this, the labor of people who struggle to see
how God's truth and justice set everybody free.

How do you greet someone who knocks on your door loudly early in the morning? Join us for worship this morning, and check out other opportunities to participate with Trinity this season!

Let us bless our God! Please join us for Trinity's Midweek Advent Service: Holden Evening Prayer.

We are planning for drive-in worship services in Trinity’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, December 6 and 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 24.

Please consider joining us as we try out this worship format and consider its potential role as a bridge to our eventual return to worship in our worship building. (We will also offer online worship services on December 6 and 24. In fact, we plan to offer online worship services even after our return to indoor, in-person worship services.)

Check this week's Good Tidings email for all of the information you need!

1st Sunday of Advent

Creator of the starry height,
thy people's everlasting light,
Jesu, redeemer of us all,
hear thou thy servants when they call.

Worship with Trinity, the First Sunday of Advent

Our Christmas Tree Lot is NOW OPEN!

We'll have Grand Firs, Noble Firs, Nordman Firs and Douglas Firs available.

Open Weekdays from 4pm-7pm and Weekends from 9am-7pm

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

See you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers' arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

Check out our Thanksgiving and Advent publications to keep you and your family centered and having fun this holiday season!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Wreaths are available for $20

This year we can choose between mixed greens with pinecones or Noble Fir. Please let the office know if you would like to order one.

Did you know there is a king living on the streets? Come join Trinity to hear about how you can relate to him!

All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state, with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

On September 29, Santa Barbara was moved from the purple tier (widespread risk) to the red tier (substantial risk) on the state’s COVID-19 website. This means that indoor worship may be reopened (with modifica- tions) and a limit of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

To see the latest status for places of worship, you may go to https://

In the County box, enter Santa Barbara

In the Activity box, enter Places of Worship Then click on “Get Latest Status.”
In addition, Governor Newsom’s statewide guidelines for reopening houses of worship can be accessed in their entirety at: under “Industry Guidance.”

Our Worship Committee and Council will be considering input from the recent congregational survey and discussing these newly relaxed re- strictions in their meetings this month. Please return your survey to the church office if you haven’t already! Stay tuned!

Trinity Gardens' incredible Education team embraced the challenges of 2020 with innovation and enthusiasm this fall! Our popular Fall Harvest Field Trips, begun by beloved garden educator and past Chair Judy Sims, typically welcome hundreds of children into the garden each October--and this year proved no exception.

Over 800 school children took part in a vibrant, virtual program developed by the Trinity Gardens Education Committee! A special thanks to the Education Commit- tee: past Garden Manager Keith Bartlett, past Chair Katie Szopa, and long-time committee members and educators Sharon McKenzie and Linda Vogel, for their creative (and quick!) work.

Participants received a pumpkin, seeds, and a coloring page to accompany a se- ries of garden education video lessons.

What do we do with the talents God gives us to care for? Join us to hear the word, sing praises to God, and watch for the coming of the Lord's Day!

Lord our god, with praise we come before you.
Let all nations humbly now impore you.
My we endeavor to praise you ever,
and ceasing never,
may we forever adore you.

Month 8 - Counting Blessings

The Hebrew word for blessing is berakah. It is an expression of praise or thanks directed to God. In the Old Testament, the word is used over 600 times. In the Jewish tradition today, it focuses on short prayers spoken to God to offer thanks for daily events such as new clothes, well-being, riches or crops. In the New Testament, blessings are more related to spiritual matters. In fact, Ephesians 1:3 states “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” It is beyond comprehension that we have been blessed so fully.

Counting our blessings is a good practice and brings gratitude and thankfulness into our daily lives. Saying a blessing is a means of expressing your gratitude for the gift of life that God has freely given us. A favorite blessing I’ve heard Pastor Truls speak is in Numbers 6:24-26, ‘The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

A blessing may be spoken as a short prayer said before a meal. A blessing may be expressed in a letter or note in asking the Lord to lead you in your journey or even in wishing someone a happy birthday filled with blessings. Blessings are found in cultures, countries, and in music. Parents bless their children, husbands bless their wives, wives bless their husbands and friends bless friends. People want to be blessed. To bless is to say good things.

This pandemic is the biggest life changing event this nation has faced since WWII for no one goes unscathed. In the midst of it we have experienced horrible fires, devastating unemployment, racial unrest, and financial turmoil. These are harsh difficult times however, there is a lot to be grateful for when going through difficult times as well. We live in an age where technology and communication make it possible for people to work from home and to stay in video contact with friends and family. We have the brightest scientific minds in the world working on a vaccine to extinguish this virus. We have enjoyed the opportunity to watch sports such as golf, basketball, football and to recently see the Dodgers won the World Series. We have a church that continues to reach out to each one of us every Sunday.

I believe God can bring more blessings out of this pandemic. Today I bless each one of you with this blessing.

I Vow To Thee My Country - Festival of Remembrance

Happy Veteran's Day/Amistice Day! To those that commit to the service of country and defense of the people, retired, active, or reserve, to all those who have won wars and all those that have lost, we honor your self-giving love in military service.

Though it is not well-known to American ears, please enjoy the video featuring the hymn, "I Vow to Thee My Country" and may it serve to hearten us for the continued work of building and defending the ways of peace and the people we love

Poem: I Vow to Thee my Country by Sir Cecil Spring Rice Music: Jupiter by Gustav Theodore Holst Event: Festival of Remembrance Royal Albert Hall

You are invited to a preview of each upcoming Sunday’s Gospel reading and to enjoy conversation with Trinity friends you have been missing! Links for the upcoming Zoom teleconference and a reference document (pdf) are included in the Worship w/ TELC e-mail delivered to your inbox on Sunday mornings. The links also appear in the This Week at Trinity e-mails.

You may also join the study by calling 1-669-900-9128 and, when requested, entering the Meeting ID: 821 1335 6740. Long distance fees may apply.

E'en So, Lord Jesus Quickly Come - Paul Manz

Running low on oil? Come get a refill with Trinity's online services! Today our prelude is provided by the Vox Nova Chorale, and further listening by New York Polyphony!

Vox Nova Chorale, Vicki Peters, Artistic Director. performs E'en So, Lord Jesus Quickly Come by Paul Manz. Recording Engineer: David Trembley, Soundmaster Pr...

All who love and serve your city,
all who bear its daily stress,
all who cry for peace and justice,
all who curse and all who bless

“It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you…”

It has been quite a while since we have heard these words. Taken from the Great Thanksgiving, these words highlight that the origins of the Eucharist were centered around thanksgiving for the gifts that God has given the world. When I was in college, I found a home in an Anglo-Catholic parish in Seattle’s Queen Anne district, St. Paul’s. Very much a part of the Episcopal Church, USA, this parish, often frequented by my religion professors from PLU, often featuring some of the best preaching I had heard, chose, as a community to center its life together the ancient traditions of the church, with contemporary ideas and modern language dressed in ancient tones and set within ancient orders. A choir of volunteers, who were also prone to take part in the Seattle Opera and other big-time musical productions sang the Renaissance masters, like Tallis, Byrd, Taverner, and Palestrina each week. The whole service was chanted, and the little church was filled with plumes of incense smoke. Beeswax candles, which, as one of my professors said “were more pleasant for the eye.” Icons were placed to catch the eye, but not dominate the view. Because perspective all led to the altar and the cross. Every little thing planned, developed, and plotted to make this an other-worldly experience and cement it in the minds and hearts of members and visitors alike as sacred time. It spoke to my heart.

But don’t think all these High-Church things were undynamic or presented coldly. Hardly empty of meaning, each piece was crafted to draw you into something beyond yourself and connect us as a community by warm embrace as the temple of the Holy Spirit. And without fail every Mass, the high point of the service always came at Eucharist - always. It was like all these ways culminated or prepared us for this event. The strange combination of genuflection, bowing, smells and bells, the strange feature of nine persons in white and satin, gathered to assist and consecrate the meal, gave a prominent dignity to this piece. The point was an experience that caught up all the senses. Sure, there were sounds and smells, and a feast for the eyes, but the only tastes, as if reserved, were the warm, biscuity bread and sweet ruby port that became the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ in communion. And here is where the familiar words were offered: “It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you…”
Well certainly, in that place, it felt right. It felt like a joy. It felt only natural to be grateful for these gifts. The hard part is translating that sacred space in a time when the church gathers from what seems at times like across the world. It is not easy to be grateful each day, when the routine has become mundane, or when days flow into weeks and months, and it all feels like one and same day! Perhaps understated, the sacred space and the sacred time we desire feel out of reach at times. We desire these familiar pieces, which bring so much comfort and yet their reason remain mystery to us. And yet, the desire for such set-apart or holy experience that we may have – it is why I remember that church so well in this moment– is not only made through the trappings of churchiness or the sounds of ancient accents, but the presence of a being that makes itself known to us through the most basic of all things: relationship, kindred-ness, even nostalgia. Because even as we remember from where we’ve come, we are grounded for where we are going.

Though they are comforting, the traditions of the church are not the means by which we are connected to God or each other. Even gathering in the mornings or the evenings “on the first day of the week,” for a simple meal are outward signs of an inner tether through the Holy Spirit. Even at St. Paul’s, the rites and drama are sacramental – they point to the Holy Spirit’s work in, among, and through us, before, now, and into the future. Because the reality is that God gathers us, despite however we build our service. Still, the ways we mark sacred time and demarcate sacred space, offer us a way to step out of our daily lives and routines and into something far larger than our little church or ourselves.

As we prepare for the national day of Thanksgiving, we think of all the ways we are connected to loved ones and all the traditions we hold dear to mark the sacredness of our holy-days. Passing Reformation Sunday and All Saint’s, Dia de Muertos, and preparing for Christ the King and Advent, we remember how rooted we are in the past and we are mindful of the future. And in between all these things, stands the mainstay of our faith and food for the journey. Our high point remains our communion, which grounds us in the sacredness of our life together as the Body of Christ. And we prepare for that, each day, through our struggles and…

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All who have died in Christ are Saints! Come remember with us our faith, and gather with the saints as the Body of Christ!

Here in this place new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away,
see in this space our fears and our dreamings,
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in—the lost and forsaken,
gather us in—the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken,
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

On Sunday, November 1, we are planning to remember with photos and in prayer the members and friends of Trinity who have died since All Saints Sunday last year. We are inviting family members to e-mail the church office ([email protected])Thank you for helping to make All Saints Day a meaningful day of remembrance and thanksgiving in the life of our congregation.

Thank you for helping to make All Saints Day a meaningful day of remembrance and thanksgiving in the life of our congregation.

Art as Witness, 22 October 2020, Benny Andrews

Art as Witness is back with 2 new videos. Expert commentary from Professor Judy Larson, and reflection from Pastor Thomas Voelp. This time, "Hagar in the Wilderness" by Edmonia Lewis, and

"Revival Meeting" by Benny Andrews

For #ReformationSunday let us look to the hymn #AmazingGrace

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

It's Reformation Sunday! Today we celebrate Lutheran heritage, and we point to the heart of the church. Semper reformandi.

Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;
I pray Thee, ne'er from me depart,
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share,
Yea, heav'n itself were void and bare
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in Thee can nothing shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.

Our Story

Pastor: Truls Person Choir and Music Director: Sarah Krietzer-Lillard Children Youth and Family Ministries Director: Emily Eaton Parish Nurse: Sharon Head Office Manager: Alison Hansen

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