Trinity Lutheran Church
Thursday, August 21, 2014
By God's Amazing Grace, He Wants Us to GROW
Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church of Ft. Lauderdale
"The days are coming," declares the Lord "When I will make a new covenant..." (Jeremiah 31:31 NIV)
What's so "new" about a New Year?
At the stroke of midnight on December 31st, we began to speak of a "new" year. Will this one be the same as the last? What will be different about it beyond each of us marking another birthday?
God says: "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19). As we heard during the Advent season, the Holy Spirit make His way into the wilderness of our hearts bringing the rivers of life through the waters of Holy Baptism (Romans 6:4). By that means of His mercy and grace, He buried us with Christ so we die to our selfishness, Satan's temptation, and the ways of the world - and, risen with Jesus, live God's new and eternal way. Now the Spirit of the living God calls out daily to us, "Oh sing to the Lord a new song" (Psalm 98:1). Those who hear and obey His call respond, "I will sing a new song to you, my God" (144:9).
How might we sing that "new song" during a new calendar year? Pursue "new" diet and exercise habits? Seek "new" ways to relate to people we find hard to get along with? Develop "new" spending plans that might begin with the practice of tithing and setting aside something for the poor; then include saving for retirement, working toward a needed purchase, or investing in a small or home-based business? Discover the "new" each day using the disciplines of Bible reading and prayer?
The One who is God calls us to believe His promises: "Behold, I am making all things new" (Revelation 21:5). By the power of those promises, we can do the "new" with confidence in the God who empowers us each morning to put off the "old" and put on the "new" (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Lord God Almighty, through Your Christmas Gift to the world, You exercise the power of mercy (You don't give us what we deserve) and the power of grace (You give us what we don't deserve). By that power You make all things "new" and will one Day liberate even creation from death and decay. By that power of Your Holy Spirit, enthuse us to participate in the "new" thing You are doing in our world - through the faith You give us in Jesus Christ, the Star whom the wise still follow. Amen.
By God's Amazing Grace, He Wants Us to GROW by
Trinity Lutheran Church
11 SW 11th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Join Us Sunday
Bible Study - 8:45 a.m.
Worship Service (English) - 10:00 a.m.
Children's Sunday School - 10:20 a.m.
Fellowship - 11:00 a.m.
Worship Service (Creole) - 11:45 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Academy
National Lutheran School Week Jan. 16 - 31
Trinity Concert Series - Sunday Jan.26, 2014 at 4 p.m.
A Brief Statement of Purpose
Trinity Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and its Gold Coast Circuit of the Florida-Georgia District. Sunday morning Bible Study starts at 8:45 a.m., worship at 10:00 a.m. (English) and at 11:45 a.m. (Creole). We offer an Early Learning Center (infants 6 weeks-age 4) and Acadamy (kindergarten-grade 8) during the week. Monday-Friday, Trinity opens its 11th Street Annex Restaurant, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our facilities are located at 11 SW 11th Street near downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL -- two blocks north of Davie Boulevard off of South Andrews Avenue -- just across the street from Channel 7's facility. Click here for map. If you are in the area, stop by and be our guest. We would enjoy getting to know you!