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Worship Preview: Spend Less – Simple Living

“I’m busy.” “I’m exhausted.” “I could use a break right now.” Have you ever responded like this when someone who asked how you were doing during the Christmas season? It seems to be a time when we are overcommitted in our schedule and finances. But what if Christmas were different? What if there was space to breathe? Come find out how to make that happen as we continue the Advent Conspiracy and look at how we can “Spend Less” through…

Inclining Your Heart to God in the Everyday

When I was a teenager, my brother graduated from college. His first job was at a law firm, helping refugees who had fled their own countries to be granted asylum in the United States. These people were perhaps victims of torture, or in grave danger for political or religious reasons. When my brother graduated, my parents gave him a framed calligraphy print of Micah 6:8: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require…

Simple Worship

Several years ago I had an opportunity to chart how I was using my time. Throughout the day, I would record what I did in 15-minute increments. At the end of the 2-week period, I totaled up all the time spent on various projects and areas of ministry. It was an interesting process. It led to an even more interesting discovery. I found I was doing a lot, but accomplishing little. Have you ever felt that way? You’re working hard,…

God Is Moving at the University at Buffalo

What do a former prisoner, aliens, healthy food, and Thanksgiving all have in common? They were all the topics of conversation in the past month at our new outreach on the University at Buffalo campus called Lifetree Café!  First Trinity has hosted a Lifetree Café for about a year and half here at 1570 Niagara Falls Boulevard which has been a blessing to many in our congregation and community. Starting last spring we dreamed of a second location, ideally targeted…

Worship Preview: Simple Worship

This weekend marks the start of the Advent season. We are excited to bring back the Advent Conspiracy. You can find our more about the series here. We kick the series off with the first tenant of the Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully. Worshiping God with all your heart starts with understanding that worship is bigger than one hour at church each week. It means living a life of “simple worship,” stripping away all the distractions in our life so we…

40 Days of Love Recap

We just concluded our All Church Study for 2014: “40 Days of Love” (October 11 – November 17). It was a great six weeks where 156 people dug into God’s Word together around the topic of love. You can read the full report, here. All Church Studies are here to stay for a while. There’s something great that God does when His people are all focusing in the same direction. One significant change we made this year was assigning people…

Worship Preview: God is Not Far From You!

We originally planned to have Neal Anderson from Sower’s International with us this weekend to preach, but he is unable to make it because of the Snowvember Apocalypse. (Side note: want to help those affected by the snow storm? Find out how.) The services were all planned around Neal’s themes, including the song and Scripture choices, so if you’re struggling to find the connection with the topic, that’s why. Instead of Neal’s topic, Pastor Chuck will be sharing with us…

Why We’re Trying No Sharing of the Peace

If you were at worship this weekend, you heard we are going to try removing the “sharing of the peace” from the beginning of the worship service. I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you some of the thinking behind the decision. How We Got Here We’ve been doing the sharing of the peace for a long time at First Trinity. At one point, it was traditionally done before the Lord’s Supper, but later got moved to…

Secrets to a Lasting Love

One of the television shows I’m currently watching is called “The 100.” Like most of my favorite shows, it involves the end of the world. This time, there was some sort of nuclear war and a small remnant of humanity escaped to outer space to live in a giant space station, cobbled together by connecting the 10 or so space stations from different countries that were in orbit at the time. It’s been 97 years since the war and supplies…

Love is Not Easily Angered

Have you ever said something you regretted in the heat of the moment? We’ve probably all done it. Maybe it was an argument with a loved one. Or perhaps it was in a meeting when you get frustrated and angry. There are times in our life when anger bubbles up to the surface when you least want it to. It’s OK to be angry, but there’s a right and wrong way to handle it. Perhaps the best way to manage…