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
One revelation of the first lesson is that God’s mind can be changed by circumstances (Jonah 3:10). In the Gospel, Jesus calls people and immediately they follow. What word or person would cause you to change your life’s plan and direction? (Hint: this often happens in a marriage.)
The word epiphany comes from the Greek epiphainein, meaning to manifest or show forth. In Christian understanding, this indicates the revelation of God in Christ Jesus. Jesus' baptism was special, especially in Mark, where the very heavens split open in a revelation of God’s blessing upon and in Jesus. Where and how does God’s blessing show forth in the world today?
January 7 is Epiphany, the time when tradition says the Three Wise Men arrived to worship the baby Jesus. At Trinity, we celebrate this day with a parsonage Open House, so if you are in the neighborhood, come on in!
The mystery of God’s infinite love contained in a human life remains one of the most amazing stories in all of human history. That God would love us so much to send us a child is a true gift that keeps on giving and will never wear out. Look for ways to share that gift wherever you are.
When Mary received the angel Gabriel who told her the amazing news that she was to be the mother of God, her simple response of yes changed the world and us forever. In what ways shall the ways we consider and respond to God’s activity within the stuff of life bring into being something of God’s light and life and love?
As darkness increases and we await God’s light, what can we do to bear witness to Jesus, the true light who has come into the world? What prayers and actions will serve to make light and truth and grace all the more visible in our neighborhood, nation, and world?
The author of Mark coined the term Gospel, which is an account of God’s good news wrapped up in the fully human, fully divine Jesus. The author begins Jesus' Gospel at the baptism of Jesus. Later Gospels started at Jesus' birth, at his cousin John’s birth, and the Gospel of John went back to the beginning of all creation. Be alert for the evidence of good news in your life and your neighborhood.
Advent begins December 3. The English Gospel says, “Keep awake,” but the Greek is more emphatic, being closer to “Wake Up!” It’s what Maryjeanne calls out to me when I have been driving too long, and the snowflakes are hypnotizing me. Jesus asks us to use the community to be awake and aware at all times. No one person can do this alone.
In the Parable of the Needy (Matthew 25:31-46), the author demonstrates a disturbing truth, namely that people in need are Jesus in our midst: to notice and serve them is to serve Jesus; to ignore them is to ignore and dishonor Jesus. I used to think that it was my calling as a Christian to go out into the world to bring Christ to others or to find others and bring them to Christ. This parable clearly says that we go out into the to find Jesus in the needs of others, and help.
In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the author implies that God treats money like love, namely the more you give away and use, the more you keep at the end. In saving for retirement, most of us treat possessions in the opposite way, striving to keep all that we can. Does this parallel your life experience? What does it mean to use faithfully what God has provided? How are we enriched by sharing and impoverished by hording?
In Matthew 25:13, we learn to be ready and prepared for the unexpected. The Girl Scout and Boy Scout motto is: Be prepared, reminding us to be ready for whomever we encounter and whatever life throws our way. Keep aware of those promptings of God that attempt to alert you to the needs of others in your midst.
On the first Sunday in November, we celebrate All Saints Sunday, whereon we remember especially those community members and friends who have died this past year. We also recognize that we are all saints in Christ Jesus. Luther once noted that Christians are simultaneously saints and sinners: saints before God, due to the Holy Spirit, and at one and the same time sinners, people who engage in ways that skew our relationships with God, others, and all the world.
This year is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the time when Luther’s 95 points of debate became the impetus for a sweeping change in the way people thought about God and practiced Christianity. One of Luther’s bold assertions is that the Christian is simultaneously: a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none, AND a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all. Due to God’s love given to us in Christ Jesus, we are free to serve our neighbor’s need, being generous and compassionate wherever we are, wherever we go.
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.