The Fifth Sunday of Easter: May 10, 2020

Focus Verse:

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 
​(John 14:2 NRSV)

image from Family God Time: http://www.familygodtime.wordpress.com

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Coloring Devotions: https://ms.wearesparkhouse.org/downloads/SHC/FamilySundaySchool/GodsHouse_ColoringPages.pdf

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_5_10_20_easter_5_many_rooms.pdf

Easter Prayer Practice: https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

For Families: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/childrens-devotion-time-may-2017-plenty-of-room/

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/may-7-2020-many-rooms

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/5/3/i-am-the-way-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-5

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter: May 3, 2020

Focus Verse

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
​(Psalm 23:1 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Weekly Devotions

Easter Prayer Practice: https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

Coloring Devotions: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_psalm_23_easter_4.pdf

For Youth: https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/april-28-2020-abide-in-the-house-of-the-lord

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_5_3_20_easter_4_shepherd.pdf

For Adults: https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/4/27/abundant-life-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-4

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The Third Sunday of Easter: April 26, 2020

Focus Verse

Then [the disciples] eyes were opened, and they recognized [Jesus]; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:31 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Easter Prayer Practice:  https://www.theformingspirit.org/prayer-practices/easter-season-prayer-practice

Daily Devos:  https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_luke_24_easter_3.pdf

For Youth:  https://cmlfaithformation.weebly.com/first-light/april-23-2020-hearts-on-fire

Dwelling in the Word:  https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_26_easter_3_emmaus.pdf

For Adults:  https://www.saltproject.org/progressive-christian-blog/2020/4/20/breaking-bread-salts-lectionary-commentary-for-easter-3

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The Second Sunday of Easter: April 19, 2020

Focus Verse:

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_19_20_easter_2.pdf

Coloring Devotion: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_john_20_easter_2.pdf

See & Hear the Word

Easter Season 2020 liturgy for Worship to Go

Sunrise! by blast_furnace2 on flickr.com

Tri-Saints provides this resource as a way to help you and those you love to worship on the go, wherever you are.  Because in person worship is currently suspended, we will use this site as our order of worship on Sunday morning.  You can find the link to the Zoom meeting on our parish website:  www.tri-saints.org
Please bring a candle to light, a “singing” bowl to ring, your Alleluia banner and/or noisemaker, a small bowl of water, and a coloring devotion, if you wish.

Easter Blessing (Easter Sunday)

Prayer Practice

We will engage in an Easter season prayer practice led by Rev. Patrick Sipes of The Forming Spirit.

Light Your Candle

Lighting a candle helps us to take an ordinary space and set it aside for a holy purpose.  It reminds us of the light of Christ, coming among us.  You can use a wax candle, an LED candle, or even a flashlight.

Confession & Forgiveness

Lutheran Book of Worship pg. 77

Ring the Singing Bowl

In worship, we ring a singing bowl to remind us of God’s presence and to help us to take a moment to fully arrive and be present to worship.  You can use a metal bowl and a wooden spoon,  a bell, or anything else that makes a sustained ringing sound (my favorite was a metal trash can and a rolling pin!).  You can also play the video below.

Gathering Song

See this playlist for ideas: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0V-IJaYUW4Lh2Wtpq-z6tDO5PyH_DSlJ

Greeting

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Litany: Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
O come, let us worship and bow down,
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    and the sheep of his hand.
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Prayer of the Day

See https://www.lectionarypage.net/ for ideas.

First Reading

Psalm

Second Reading

Experience the Word

We invite our children and youth into a time of interactive storytelling.  At the end, they are invited to color their devotion sheet while they listen to the Gospel and the sermon. 

Gospel

Questions for Discussion

If you are accessing this site at a time other than our Zoom meeting, take some time to talk with others in your household or to journal about the following questions.  If you get stuck, or want a place to start, you can access Pastor Breen’s weekly Dwelling in the Word devotion at http://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com

ELCA BOOK OF FAITH DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

  • What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text?  What do I have questions about? 
  • What delights me in this text?  What is my favorite part, and why?
  • What stories or memories does this text stir up in me?  How does this story connect to my life? 
  • What is God up to in this text?  What is God calling me to do or to be because of this message?

Sermon

Sermons are made available as YouTube videos. You can find a playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0V-IJaYUW4LVQx-VmvcOPzy1ui6iNcdK

Song of the Day

Apostles’ Creed

Prayer Requests

Worshippers have the opportunity to email Pastor Breen in advance, or to text or chat box their prayers during live worship.

Prayers of the People

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.
Let us pray for ourselves, the world, and all in need of prayer.
 
Powerful God, we pray for the church.
During this time apart, help us to learn to connect, i
n new, old, and surprising ways.  Draw us ever closer to you.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for the earth.
Give us favorable weather, a safe planting season,
and the hope of a plentiful harvest. 
Bless all those who care for your creation.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for the world.
We pray especially for decision makers, health care workers,
scientists and factory workers, and all those who are working
to provide essential services.  Give wisdom to our leaders,
safety to those who are vulnerable,
and respite to those who are at the end of their strength.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for our Partners in Mission.
We pray especially for…
Use their hands to do your work.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for those who cannot be here with us today.
We pray especially for… 
Help us to find innovative ways
to connect with those who need our presence.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for those in need of prayer.
We pray especially for…
Heal the sick, comfort the dying, give solace to all who mourn,
and give us all a full measure of your grace and mercy,
especially as we struggle in the days and weeks ahead.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for those who are celebrating birthdays,
anniversaries, or other important milestones this week.
We pray especially for…
You are with us in the midst of our celebrations. 
Give us your joy, peace, hope, and love.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we pray for ourselves.
(Chat box and texting prayers)
and for those things on our hearts and minds which are known only to you.
Hear us, O God.  Your mercy is great.
 
Powerful God, we know that you both hear and respond to the prayers of our hearts. 
​Give us each what we need, this day and always.  In your name we pray, Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering

Mission of the Month: Lutheran World Hunger Chicks:
For $1, Sunday school children and other members can purchase and decorate this paper chick for themselves or in honor of friends and loved ones. Hang the colorful chicks in a prominent spot – like the sanctuary or narthex – to highlight your success. The funds raised will benefit ELCA World Hunger and help provide families in need with chickens, other animals and the resources they need to escape hunger and poverty for good.  You can find your own Chick to color here:  http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Buck_A_Chick.pdf
Sew Bee It Medical Face Masks
Our area hospitals and health care workers are in need of hand made masks.  You can find the free pattern here:  http://www.sewbeeitquiltshop.com/shop/Surbical-Mask-Pattern/p/Surgical-Mask-Pattern-x48249789.htm

Offering Prayer

Alleluia!  Christ is risen!
Christ is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!
We pray:  Lord of All,  you are a miracle worker, a healer,
and a giver of new life.  Open our eyes to see you,
our hearts to receive you, and our hands to share
the many blessings that you have given us to a world in need. 
​We pray in hope and Easter joy, Amen.

Sending Song

Remembering Our Baptism

During this season of Easter, we conclude our worship by returning to our baptism
so that we remember in this physical sign that God walks with us,
from our worship and into our lives. 
We ask God to be present with us here in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 (Remember your baptism by dipping your finger
in your water bowl and making the sign of the cross on your forehead. 
You may also say, “I am God’s child.”)

You are God’s Child.  You are loved.  You are forgiven. 
​You have a place in God’s kingdom.  Walk wet in this promise of life.  Amen

Blessing

Dismissal

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!
Go in peace, strengthened for your journey.
Thanks be to God.

Postlude (Easter Sunday)

Easter Sunday: April 12, 2020

Focus Verse:

So [the women] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 
(Matthew 28:8 NRSV)

Dive Deeper Easter Resources

Sunday Gospel Devos: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/devos_matthew_28_easter_sunday.pdf

Holy Week Box: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/the-story-of-holy-week-holy-week-box-2020/

Dwelling in the Word: https://tri-saintsworship.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/9/41394397/dwelling_in_the_word_4_12_20_easter_sunday.pdf

Lenten Prayer Journal: https://pbsipes.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/lent-prayer-journal-2020.pdf

See & Hear the Word: Holy Week

See & Hear the Word: Easter

Learning How to Zoom

First of all, thank you so much for trying this new thing! We all have a lot to learn, and it is so good to actually see your faces during this time of physical isolation. This blog should help you learn how to get on Zoom for the first time. If you are still having issues, call our home, my cell, or Patrick’s cell and we will do our best to get you connected.

The following tutorial is from www.theformingspirit.org

Clicking the links on www.tri-saints.org at the scheduled time will bring you into a meeting on a video conferencing platform called Zoom. 

If you are joining on a tablet or smartphone, please download the “Zoom” app in advance.  It is free, and you don’t need to sign in to join a meeting.

The Android app looks like this:

The iphone/ipad app looks like this:

If you are joining on a computer, the software you need will automatically be downloaded.  Click “yes” if asked for permission.

Though the link will automatically start your software and take you toward the meeting, you may need to choose “Join with Video”  to make your final entry and then choose “Computer audio” or “Internet audio,” in order to hear what is happening. You may also be prompted to enter your name. In order to conserve bandwidth and help things run smoothly, please remain muted unless you are speaking. If there is a large gathering, you may also be asked to turn off your webcam for the same purpose. 

Again, please let us know if you need technical assistance. If you are unable to connect, worship will be recorded and a video posted to www.tri-saints.org

We can’t wait to see you online soon!

In Christ,

Pastor Breen

Wilderness: Dwelling in the Word March 2020

photo of Painted Desert National Wilderness Area by Breen Sipes

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV)

1Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written,
 ‘One does not live by bread alone,
  but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
  5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
 ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
  and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
  8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
 ‘Worship the Lord your God,
  and serve only him.’ ”
11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

ELCA Book of Faith Devotional Questions:

1.  What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text?  What do I have questions about? 

This is the text which comes directly after Jesus’ baptism.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus comes up out of the waters, the heavens are ripped open, and the spirit alights on him like a dove.  Then, a voice from heaven says, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well-pleased.”  This is an auspicious beginning to Jesus’ earthly ministry.  However, the very next line is this:  “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  Not a very auspicious beginning.  Straight from baptism to temptation by the devil?  I find this very challenging.  Why is this how it works?  Why not a trail period, or a chance for Jesus to do some good things, some easy things?

          Perhaps I am challenged by this because I also fear that it is the shape of our baptismal life.  When one of my mentors would baptize, she would always say that baptism doesn’t promise us a life without rain or storms, but rather that God goes with us, through them.  Maybe it is a mark of Jesus’ true humanity that he was tempted, just as we are.  Maybe it is a mark of Jesus’ humanity that he spends time in the wilderness, just as we do when we have lost our way.  And maybe this episode reminds that Jesus is also the Son of God, able to resist the pull of the devil in ways that we would find unimaginable.  He is God, and we are not.

2.  What delights me in this text?  What is my favorite part, and why?

I love how dramatic this story is.  I can imagine this face off between the devil and Jesus, with the devil as slick as a snake and the soundtrack rising to an uncertain climax as we await each of Jesus’ answers.  It is a battle of epic proportions, and fought only with words.  It is even a tale with a happy ending, and the arrival of angels to top off the victory!

3.  What stories or memories does this text stir up in me?  How does this story connect to my life? 

This story reminds me of the time that my husband Patrick and I spent in the Painted Desert during our honeymoon.  We had visited lots of National Parks during our trip (The Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, etc.), and it seemed that National Parks were a place for a lot of rules:  Don’t stray off the path!  Don’t touch anything!  Don’t feed the animals!   Park only in designated areas!  By contrast, our trip to the Painted Desert seemed freeing.  It is designated, not as a National Park, but as a Wilderness Area, and as such, there were no paths to follow or places to park.  But with that lack of rules came dire warnings:  Tell a Park Ranger where you are planning to go, so if you don’t come back we know where to begin searching.  The sun goes down quickly in the desert; keep track of the time so you don’t get stuck somewhere remote overnight.  And my favorite:  Bubonic Plague is a reality; don’t get friendly with the wildlife.  This experience in the wilderness gave us a sense of freedom with just a hint of danger.  Do what you want, but beware that your consequences have actions.  I still can’t wait to go back!

4.  What is God up to in this text?  What is God calling me to do or to be because of this message?

          God is with Jesus just as God is with us.  God gives Jesus the strength to endure, just as God gives Jesus the strength to endure.  God sends to us to the wilderness to learn and to grow, and has angels waiting for us on the other side. 

          I am looking forward to learning alongside you through this familiar text this month.  May God bless our Lenten journeys into the wilderness, as well.

In Christ,

Pastor Breen Marie Sipes

Check out our other Lenten Devotional Resources here:

Easter Vigil Wednesday Night Devotions: https://pbsipes.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/easter-vigil-devotion-book-2020-website.pdf

Lent Prayer Journal: https://pbsipes.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/lent-prayer-journal-2020.pdf

Sunday Gospel Devotions: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/tag/lent-2020/