WelcomeAbout UsWorship ScheduleChristian EducationFellowship & ServiceMonthly NewsletterCongregational ResourcesTrinity PreschoolContact UsLutheran Links Etc.
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
675 S. 7th St ~ Cottage Grove OR 97424
Messages from Pastor MarkusLink to Online Worship ServicePast Worship Services
Messages from Pastor Markus

note-from-the-pastor-web-slider - Fountain City Baptist Church

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JAMES MARKUS WITH A CRITICAL NEWS UPDATE

May 28, 2020

Dear Trinity Family ,

 

Wow, what a nice day it is.  This heat is great for our tomato plants.  I hope all your gardens are doing well.

 

This coming Sunday, we will observe Pentecost Sunday and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.  We are in for a special treat as Dr. Jack Meadows, from Chosen People Ministry, will join us, via zoom, to give us the OT background on that important Festival. 

 

Here is the zoom link to use so that you can join us.

 

Topic: Pentecost Bible Study

Time: May 31, 2020 09:00 AM  

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82449872470

 

Meeting ID: 824 4987 2470

 

Then, when that meeting ends, you will need to enter the ID below for our worship service.  Since the class will probably last until 10:15 a.m. I won’t be able to open the worship service until after that.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship  “The Sermon that saved 3,000.”

Time: May 31, 2020 10:15 AM  

 

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Let me encourage you to invite others to join us on-line.  Someone who might be uncomfortable coming into a church building, might be interested in watching one of our services in the safety of their own home. 

 

Also attached is the newsletter for June.  Please read it carefully

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim ​
 


May 20, 2020


Dear Trinity Family,

 

A question for you.  If you gather for Christmas Eve and Easter services but not Ascension, why not?  I believe if you give it some thought, you will realize that the ascension of Jesus is a worthy event to observe and celebrate.  Well, this year, you can gather for worship in the comfort of your own home.  Here is the link, and attached is the service, for our worship on Thursday at 7 p.m.  Fellowship will follow the service.

 

Blessings on your day.

Pastor Jim

 

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 838 0160 4615
One tap mobile
+12532158782
 

May 8, 2020


Dear Trinity Family ,

 

It looks like a warm and beautiful weekend is coming.  In whatever way you can get outside safely, I hope you are able to do so.  We wish all the Mothers in the congregation a special Mother’s Day.  Certainly, it will be one to remember.

 

We will gather remotely for yet another Sunday morning worship service.  Here is the link.

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m. 

 

Let me encourage you to invite others to join us on-line.  Someone who might be uncomfortable coming into a church building, might be interested in watching one of our services in the safety of their own home.  I’ve posted an invitation, below, that you can copy, paste and edit in an email to an unchurched friend.  Attach the order of service as well.

 

As we look forward to opening publicly for worship, in the near future, we need to think about what that might look like.  Wearing masks?  Sitting distant?  No potlucks?  Elders and Council will be talking about this on Tuesday.

 

During this Easter season, we are looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Our New Identity ” I Pt. 2:2-10.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

Dear (insert name),

 

As you know, I attend Trinity Lutheran Church.  Currently, since we are unable to gather for public worship, our service is being live streamed.  If you have ever wondered what our worship service is like, you can join us on-line and anonymously.  Feel free to do so at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday at this link.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship

https://zoom.us/j/592406080

 

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

I look forward to when we can get together again.

 

Your friend,

 

(name)



May 1, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

Well, we have survived another week.  Let’s keep in mind that our temporary inconveniences and sacrifices are nothing when compared to those who have been directly impacted by this virus.  May God comfort and bless.

 

I look forward to seeing you on-line for Sunday worship.  Some of you have mentioned how much you like seeing and hearing each other in the time of visitation both before and after the service.

 

Here is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  

 

Let me remind you that some of your friends, who say they would never enter a church building, just might be curious enough to observe a service on-line.  Why don’t you invite them!  Let them know that they can join us anonymously.

 

During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Accepting Unjust Suffering ” I Pt. 2:19-25.  We will remember the suffering of Christ for us.

 

Attached is the order of service so that you can participate fully.

 

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim 

 

PS. You might be interested in the checklist that we need to follow in order to stream these services.  I'm thankful for Chip, Elizabeth, and Connie who are helping with all of this.

 

Before Service
    Set up iPad, laptop, and speakers.
    Light Christ Candle
    Put sign in place
    On Laptop – cue up songs

 

10:00

    On iPad – start meeting

    Invite laptop to join and co-host meeting

    On Laptop – join meeting

    Mute mic and video

10:25 

    Move sign out and change sign

    Announce beginning soon.  Tell all to turn off mics and video

Prelude
    Move new sign back in
    Mute all and disable video
    Unmute iPad
    Light candles

10:30
    iPad – connect mic and speakers.  Turn on receiver
    Move sign out
    Turn on lapel mic

Welcome and Announcements
    Remind all to turn off your mics and cameras.

Time of preparation
    Hit record

For all Hymns
    On laptop, click “share screen”, allow sound, click hymn, click play.
    ​At end of hymn, click “end share screen.”

End of service
            Click “stop recording”
            Unmute all
            Unplug speakers
            Turn off mic and receiver








April 24, 2020

 

Dear Trinity Family ,

This is now the sixth Sunday we need to worship remotely.  This is getting old, but we are being told that our actions are saving lives.  As this self-quarantining continues, please let me know if you are having any special needs.  


I hear, from a number of you, how much you are appreciating our zoom services.  (see below “tips to enhance your worship”)  For those who still might be a bit hesitant to join us, I think you will find that it is a lot easier to join than you might think.  


Below is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.


Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.


The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  We will also allow time for fellowship after the service.


During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about “Living with Certainty” I Pt. 1:17-25.


Attached is the order of service and May’s newsletter.


If you are looking for more spiritual resources, check out:

https://worshipanew.org/
https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/video-how-to-do-family-devotions/?ct=t(lcms-worship-resources-april-19-2020-update)


Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jim


Some tips to enhance your worship:

  • Prepare yourself for worship as if you were coming to the church, which also includes what you wear.
  • Minimize all distractions in your home.
  • Download the attached order of service, pick it up from our little library on 7th Street, or open it on another device.
  • Participate in the service as if you were here.
  • With a HDMI cable you may be able to link your device to your TV for a larger image.
  • Please turn off your mic and video when the service begins.
  • Look for “speaker view” and click it so that you are not distracted by others attending.







April 20, 2020
 

Dear Trinity Family,

A look out my study window would tell me that nothing is wrong in the world.  It is one of those perfect Spring days.  Spring follows winter.  Easter has taught us that death is not the last word for those who are in Christ.  

 

And yet, we must bear together in this time of isolation.  

 

To help keep us connected, please consider these two zoom opportunities.

 

Join me for a continuing study of the Gospel of John.  We are picking up on Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in chapter 17.  Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.

Gospel of John Zoom Meeting Wed April 22  10 a.m.

https://zoom.us/j/98087229340

 

Join me for a time of fellowship on Wednesday at noon.  Just a time to check in on each other.

Fellowship  Zoom Meeting  Wed April 22  noon

https://zoom.us/j/96516722914

 

Let me remind you to stay active.  Follow your normal routine.  Or, perhaps, this is a time to develop some new positive routines.  Stay connected.  Take time with the Lord.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

​ 

 
April 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,
 

How are you all doing as our self-quarantining persists?  I admit that it is difficult being separated from you for this extended time.  May God bless that we may gather in full number for worship in the near future.

 

Nevertheless, more and more of you are joining us for worship via zoom.  Below is the link for Sunday’s service.  By the way, it is the same link from week to week so you just might save the meeting number for future use.

 

Join Sunday Morning Worship
https://zoom.us/j/592406080

Meeting ID: 592 406 080

Or you can call - 1 253 215 8782  long distance charges may apply.

 

The meeting will open at 10 a.m for fellowship before the start of the service at 10:25 a.m.  We will also allow time for fellowship after the service.

 

During this Easter season, we will be looking at I Peter, and this week learn about our “Living Hope.”

 

Some tips to enhance your worship:

  • Prepare yourself for worship as if you were coming to the church, which also includes what you wear.
  • Minimize all distractions in your home.
  • Download the attached order of service (Word or PDF), pick it up from our little library on 7th Street, or open it on another device.
  • Participate in the service as if you were here.
  • With a HDMI cable you may be able to link your device to your TV for a larger image.
  • Please turn off your mic and video when the service begins.
  • Look for “speaker view” and click it so that you are not distracted by others attending.

     If you have any questions, or problems with connecting, please let me know.  Of course, when the service starts, I’m unavailable to help you.

     In addition to missing meeting with one another, we have been missing the sharing of the Lord’s Supper.  We would normally be observing that sacrament in Sunday’s service.  As I’ve mentioned before, if you would like home communion next week, please call me for an appointment.  I believe there is a safe, healthy and meaningful way for me to share the sacrament with you.

     If you are looking for more spiritual resources, check out:

    https://worshipanew.org/

    https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/video-how-to-do-family-devotions/?ct=t(lcms-worship-resources-april-19-2020-update)

    Blessings in Christ,

    Pastor Jim ​


April 9, 2020

Dear Trinity Family​,

 

Please bear with the length of this email since there is much I need to share with you.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES VIA LIVE STREAMING
Maundy Thursday April 9 - Messiah in the Passover with stripping of the altar
What is the meaning and significance of the different food items and rituals of the Passover meal?  How does this traditional meal point us to Christ?  While we had hopes of seeing this presentation live, Chosen Peoples Ministry has made a video for us to share with our congregation.  Following that presentation, we will observe the traditional stripping of the altar and will conclude the service with silence.

6:30 p.m. Fellowship Time
7:00 p.m. Service Begins

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/619405606

Meeting ID: 619 405 606

(No order of service is needed.)

 

Good Friday April 10 - Service of Darkness - 7:30 p.m. - “God’s Eyes”  (Meeting will open at 7:25 p.m.)  Since worshippers would normally gather for and leave this sacred service in silence, there will be no time of fellowship before or after this service.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/734537533

Meeting ID: 734 537 533

 

Easter Sunday April 12 - One service only - 10:30 a.m. – “Angel Eyes”  (Meeting will open at 10:20 am.)  The time of fellowship will follow rather than precede this service.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/487563162

Meeting ID: 487 563 162

 

NOTE: Copies of the services are attached and available through our little library outside the fellowship hall doors on 7th St. Or you can go to our website tlccg.com and click on the worship link.  Also, recordings of services are posted there.

 

In the event that there are technical problems, look for a new email with information from me.

 

In addition to missing meeting with one another, we have been missing the sharing of the Lord’s Supper.  We would normally be observing that sacrament in tonight’s service.  Since questions have come up about observing the Supper on-line, see below why we don’t think this is good and proper.  (I thank a ministry group that I follow for this information.)  However, if you would like home communion next week, please call me for an appointment.  I believe there is a safe, healthy and meaningful way for me to share the sacrament with you.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim

 

PS. Attached please find the order of worship for Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and the Easter invitation that you can forward to others.

 

What about on-line communion?

Recently, a couple LCMS congregations have practiced a form of individual self-communion. While watching a worship service on their computers, individual members recite the Words of Institution over some bread and wine and commune themselves. This is an error that should be corrected.

That being said, one cannot fault a Christian for desiring the Sacrament of the Altar. Indeed, we should all hunger for the Body and Blood of our Lord. We should all recognize our need for the forgiveness of sins which is given in the Eucharist.

 
Allow us to give you some words of comfort from the Smalcald Articles:

We will now return to the Gospel, which does not give us counsel and aid against sin in only one way. God is superabundantly generous in His grace: First, through the spoken Word, by which the forgiveness of sins is preached in the whole world [Luke 24:45-47]. This is the particular office of the Gospel. Second, through  Baptism. Third, through the holy Sacrament of the Altar. Fourth, through the Power of the Keys. Also, through the mutual conversation and consolation of brethren, “Where two or three are gathered,” (Matthew 18:20) and other such  verses [especially Romans 1:12].(1)

 

You might be unable to gather with your fellow saints to receive the Lord’s Supper for a while, but take heart! God is superabundantly generous in his grace! There are many ways he assures us of his mercy and grants us forgiveness.

 

You might not receive the Lord’s Supper this week or the next, but you are still baptized! You have a Bible and access to sermons online. Even though you cannot leave your house, the Lord can still speak to you! Call your pastor and perhaps confess your sins over the phone. You can still hear the Lord’s Absolution! Or call your fellow Christians and encourage each other with the sweet Gospel promises.


There is no reason to create novel practices like online communion. There is no reason to participate in a Lord’s Supper that is, at worst, invalid or, at best, so novel that it creates uncertainty in the hearts of those who participate. There is no reason to ignore the Pastoral Office or the pastor’s responsibility to oversee who communes.

 A pandemic might stop us from celebrating the Lord’s Supper for a time, but it can never stop God from delivering his grace to you. So, have no fear, little lambs of Jesus. Your Shepherd is still with you.

  ​


Trinity Lutheran Easter Service

 


April 6, 2020
 

Dear Trinity Family,

 

Despite the technical problems in yesterday's service, we are moving forward in being able to stream our Holy Week services.  Let me remind you of our service schedule for the week.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES VIA LIVE STREAMING
Maundy Thursday April 9 - Messiah in the Passover with stripping of the altar
What is the meaning and significance of the different food items and rituals of the Passover meal?  How does this traditional meal point us to Christ?  While we had hopes of seeing this presentation live, Chosen Peoples Ministry has made a video for us to share with our congregation.  Following that presentation, we will observe the traditional stripping of the altar and will conclude the service with silence.

6:30 p.m. Fellowship Time
7:00 p.m. Service Begins


Good Friday April 10 - Service of Darkness - 7:30 p.m. - “God’s Eyes”
Since worshippers would normally gather for and leave this sacred service in silence, there will be no time of fellowship before or after this service.

 

Easter Sunday April 12 - One service only - 10:30 a.m. – “Angel Eyes” (Meeting will open at 10:20 am.)
The time of fellowship will follow rather than precede this service.

 

Attached, please find an Easter invitation that you can forward to your friends, family, and neighbors (churched or unchurched.)  Some who would never walk into a church building, might be willing to view a service anonymously on-line.  Please invite them.  After the service, touch base with them about what they thought.  In the event that we have technical difficulties, be there for them in helping them navigate the disruption.  

 

Two other matters, if you would like a facemask, let us know and Peggy will get one (or two) to you.  Also, please drop by the church any notes to Pastor Rabe and family by Easter Sunday. 

 

We are being told that this will be difficult week for our nation.  Stay close to the Lord.  He is with us.

 

May you have a blessed week.  Look for devotions with me on Trinity's facebook page.

 

Blessings in Christ,

 

Pastor Jim​

 

 

 

April 3, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,

 

How are you all doing?  Staying well, I trust.  If you have any news for me, please let me know.

 

I have a number of things to share with you.

 

First, if you are looking for a good resource for family devotions, please go here.  https://scholar.csl.edu/tabletalk/

 

SecondPastor Rabe (pastor of Trinity from 1987-2002) who has suffered from a heart problem, and other issues, recently fell and broke his hip which can’t be repaired.  He has returned home on hospice.  Pat Fordyce has created a Tree of Life bowl (made by Ron Fenrich) to receive your encouraging messages for Pastor Rabe, Jane and the family.  Please write out a short remembrance, story, or encouragement to be included in the bowl that Pat will send out on Easter Monday, April 13.  Mail your remarks to Pat Fordyce (1475 Whitman Blvd) or drop them by the church by Easter.


Third, join us for Sunday morning worship.  10 a.m. for fellowship.  10:30 a.m. for worship.

https://zoom.us/j/592406080​   Meeting ID: 592 406 080

 

You can also dial in for audio only.  +1 301 715 8592     Long distance charges.

 

Download and follow the attached order of worship.  Or open it with another device.  If possible, you might be able to connect your device to your TV for a larger picture.

 

NOTE: Copies of the service are available through our little library outside the fellowship hall doors on 7th St.


Fourth, I am resuming my LIFE 101 class on Sundays at 1 p.m. via zoom.  If you are interested in joining that class, please let me know and I will send you a meeting link.


May God continue to bless in these challenging days.


Pastor Jim


Let us pray

O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1928 BCP, 45). ​ 

 

March 17, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,
 

We are living in unprecedented days.  Unpredicted, confusing, and unsettling to us.  But known completely to our loving heavenly Father. 

  

In light of the coronavirus threat, and in accordance to government guidelines, we are cancelling our worship services.  No service tomorrow night and Sunday.  There is no way of knowing when we will be able to gather again, but you will know when we know.

  

In an attempt to stay connected as a church community, we will be recording and posting our services on-line (starting Wednesday night).  Once we get all the details worked out on how that will be done, we will let you know.  Be assured that those who do not have internet access will be contacted by an elder with this information and will be receiving the services through the mail.  If you would like to check out a hymnal for home use, please let us know.  You could stop by during office hours to pick one up or let us drop it by.

  

To help me accept the inconvenience and even hardship of the self-quarantine efforts, I’m helped by the following thoughts.  

 

In WW II, our nation joined together to fight a common enemy.  This generation is doing the same to combat this virus.  We can make the sacrifices needed to do so. 
 

We are doing this out of love for our neighbor.  It is hoped that our efforts will stem the rapid spread of this virus and not overwhelm our medical system.  In addition to treating patients with the virus, we need medical personnel to tend to the other medical needs that arise.


In all of this, we can share the love and peace that Christ gives us.  Find ways to safely care for others.    

 

Peggy is continuing our care to the community by offering take away meals only.  

 

Let me encourage you to stay in touch with each other as best you can.   

 

Please continue your financial support of the church as our bills continue even as yours do at home.  You can mail in your gift or (if you haven’t already done so) enroll in on-line giving.  Please let me know if you would like me to send you a “Joyful Response” form which will enroll you in our electronic offering program.

 

Due to the importance of this announcement, please respond personally to this email to assure me that you have received it.  And let me know how you are doing.  If you need someone to shop for you, please let me know. 

 

On this St. Patrick’s Day, I hope the following will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jim


"The life of St. Patrick is such an example to us still today, that even in the darkest of times, God’s Sovereignty shines over His people. He can’t help but to come to our aid. He can’t help but to bless us and let His favor surround our lives. Because He’s a good and loving God. And nothing escapes His notice. He watches over all, and we can trust that our lives and circumstances are held securely in His hands.

'As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Amen.'"


WelcomeAbout UsWorship ScheduleChristian EducationFellowship & ServiceMonthly NewsletterCongregational ResourcesTrinity PreschoolContact UsLutheran Links Etc.