We invite you to join us! Visit us for worship and stay for fun and fellowship. All are welcome.
10:45 a.m. Every Sunday
8:00 a.m. (Memorial Weekend Sunday till
Harvest Fest Sunday)
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Stavkirke
(July and August)
Holy Communion is offered at all services.
At Trinity Lutheran Church, our mission is to make an impact in our neighborhood, the wider community, the state of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. We invite people together, equip all to be part of the Lord's work and then go out to meet Christ in our neighbor and serve others in the name of Jesus. Simply stated, at Trinity, we invite us all to:
Come as you are. Leave changed by Jesus.
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1763 Townline Road
Washington Island, WI 54246
Pastor: Alan Schaffmeyer
Philippians chapter 2 is one of my favorite New Testament set of verses. Here, Paul asks the followers of Jesus to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit and to regard others as better than ourselves. This is not the easiest path to follow. Still it can lead to wonderful meetings and family gatherings.
God wants everyone to part of the holy people. Why does that drive some people nuts, and cause others to celebrate? What do we do to isolate and exclude others? What do we do to embrace and welcome the stranger and visitor?
In Matthew 18:21-35, Peter thought he was going the extra mile by forgiving someone as many as seven times. Jesus increases that 11-fold. The point is not to let the sinner have it on the 78th time. Instead, we are called to forgive others as God forgives us. Think about and reach out to someone in need of your forgiveness.
In Matthew 18:15-17, it seems that Where 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus' name, there will be an argument. People with differing religious views can make someone with an alternate view into an enemy. Jesus has an alternate solution. At the end of this section, Jesus says to treat the stubborn member like a tax collector or Gentile. Folks assume that means to ostracize them. Yet Jesus often treated those kinds of people with deference, compassion, and grace. Is that what Jesus meant?
In Matthew 16, verse 24, Jesus asks his followers to “deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow me.” Have you noticed that kind of devotion or service in others? What does it look like? What shape would such a movement look like in your own life?
At the end of Matthew, chapter 15 (verses 21-28), a foreign woman out-debates Jesus. She knew that she needed Jesus to help her, even though she was not part of the community of faith. At first Jesus refused to help; then he did. Does Jesus help everyone? How might we follow Jesus' example?
When things are going incredibly well, do we doubt God? How about when facing difficulties? What is it about circumstances that influence us to celebrate God’s presence or wonder about God’s existence or grace? How does a community help or hinder our faith? How can we become better community members to those in need or in doubt?
In Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus was tired and needed a break, but folks found out his destination and met him there. Instead of ditching the crowds, he taught them and had the disciples feed them all a meal. The miraculous feeding happened because, although the disciples pointed out what they lacked, Jesus asked them to share what they had, and blessed that. What do you have to share that God might bless?
In Matthew 13:44-46 are two parables that seem on the surface to be the same. A closer look reveals that in the first one, the reign of heaven is likened to the object of someone’s search. In the second one, the reign is the subject. So, is God’s reign purposefully sought or accidentally discovered. These parables hint…Yes. Go therefore.
This year, the things that grow fastest and best in the gardens I’m tending are the weeds. If God’s justice takes time and requires patience, how do I manage my impatience? We ask in the Lord’s Prayer for God’s reign to come. Luther noted that meant that God’s reign, which will surely arrive without our praying for it, will come also among us. What are the signs of God’s reign? Which do you see most clearly? Which are dim for you?
With all the rain we have had this year, lots of things are growing. In the parable of the sower, Jesus has hopes that grain will have a miraculous yield. If we were to apply the image of a garden or field to our own lives, what would that look like? What items in your life are growing the best? Which of those items give you delight and which give you pause?
Romans chapter 7 describes a plight of the human condition, namely that even when we know what is right, we do not do it. Lord, allow me to be rescued by you from this conundrum. Jesus declares in Matthew, chapter 11 that he will share our burdens and give me rest for my soul. Teach me to rest in you, O Lord.
Who knew that being welcoming could produce such radical changes in ourselves and others? Lord, help me to widen the scope of my instinct toward and practice of hospitality to include those whom you would have me pay attention to.
In Matthew chapter 10, verse 39, Jesus claims that those who lose life for Jesus' sake will find life. The times in life when I lose myself are those times when I am so absorbed in the needs of others or engrossed in the tales of someone else, so…I guess I find that to be true. Lord, teach me how to be more attentive to others.
How do we respond to strangers who appear at our door, offering us good news? So we treat them as we would want to be treated? Then, what does it mean, for the kingdom of God to come near, as it says in Matthew chapter 10, verse 7? What characteristics distinguish the kingdom of God in our midst, so that we would better recognize it?
The Gospel impels us to preach, teach, and reach others in the name of Jesus. How might we best do this in our lives today? What helps you to be most receptive to good news?
The Holy Spirit is a marvel of God’s grace and attention to the deep needs of human beings. Spending a good deal of our lives trying to be god, God counters by sending us Jesus, to be human in a way that both exemplifies and transcends humanity. Most wondrously, the Holy Spirit is a corporate gift, meaning that it is strongest and most adept in community. Lord, help us to be your people, now and forever.
[John 17:1-11] Here in this intercessory prayer, Jesus prays that all believers might be one, as the Creator and Jesus are one. Some think this asks us to be one denomination. I prefer to see it as a recognition that God’s true believers everywhere throughout the world are connected through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus promises not to abandon or orphan us. What are those things that make us feel most alone? What triggers give us the sense that we are completely or severely cut off? In contradistinction, what aids, people, or habits am I aware of that consistently lead me into a better, more genuine community?
Jesus asks that we “do not let our hearts be troubled.” How can we more genuinely give our burdens over to God? What traps do I rely on for re-taking these burdens? How might I become more aware of them or avoid them altogether?
Jesus claims that he came “so that [my sheep] might have life, and have it abundantly.” What are the hallmarks of people who live an abundant life? How can we become more faithful at living abundantly?
While most of Jesus' followers were huddled together in fear, a couple travelled away from Jerusalem. Going the same way was a stranger, whom they later recognized to be Jesus. Just as the purpose and focus of Jesus' earthly ministry was to get to Jerusalem in order to die and be raised up, after the resurrection, Jesus' mission and ministry was away from Jerusalem, to the whole world.
While the disciples, fearful, huddled in a locked room, Jesus entered and offered them peace. In what ways has Jesus entered into your locked and lonely places, breathed in needed oxygen, and surprised you with peace?
A few faithful female followers of Jesus went to the tomb early on the first day of the week, in order to properly prepare his body, only to discover that Jesus was already alive again. He is risen. He is risen, indeed. How does the Lord use you to bring this evidence to light in your home and your world?
[John 11:1-45] This passage describes the illness, death, and resuscitation of Jesus' friend Lazarus. My favorite part is when Jesus tells the friends of Lazarus to remove his burial cloths: “Unbind him, and let him go.” What kinds of dead things are hanging on to us, that we could use some help in having them removed?
[John 9:1-41] In order to make sense of life, we often want to identify a tragedy with a particular family’s or an individual’s sin. Sometimes, tragedies and disasters are the result of a broken world, and simply require the healing hand of the Lord.
[John 4:5-42] Everyone knew that Jews did not speak to Samaritans; men did not speak to women. How might Jesus' persistent breaking of conventions influence our dealings with suspicious strangers and our neighbors in need, near and far?
John 3:16 is called the Gospel in a nutshell: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. If you haven’t already, take the time to memorize this verse.
Author Henri Nouwen once noted that in the temptations, Satan tried to trick Jesus into being relevant, popular, and spectacular. Jesus instead chose to demonstrate and share with us the gifts of prayer, community, and humble service. Find ways to use this Lenten time to deepen your walk with the Lord of prayer, community, and service.
The Transfiguration tells us of God’s advice for followers to listen to Jesus, which reminds us to trust no one, but Jesus alone. In which people and things do I place my deepest trust? How must my life change and grow in order to have that deep a trust in Jesus?