We live in a spectacular world! I stopped to watch a bumblebee crawl into flower after flower today. That’s pretty cool—the beauty of the flower and the intricate persistence of the bee. God created them to work together. A breeze blew some of the heat away from my skin. The sun was shining and birds were singing in the distance. What an incredible creation.
It’s easy to lose sight of God’s artistry in the middle of plagues, protests, and politics, but God has created an amazing home for us here on earth. We’re surrounded by beauty and wonder. He provides food and oxygen. He grants rest and awakens us with new energy.
Of course, we sinned. We threw away our relationship with God. We took the good things God made and defiled them. Just look at what people do with God’s good gifts. God’s gift of marriage is degraded to lust. God’s gift of food is warped into gluttony. The gift of rest is reduced into laziness. The very gift of life is turned into something selfish and greedy.
What’s even more amazing is that he fixed that too. He came into this twisted, sinful world and washed sin away. Then he made us new. He brought us back into the family to enjoy life and eternity again. (and again, and again).
Let’s receive God’s gifts with thanksgiving. Let’s use them according to God’s guidance in his Word. Let’s keep looking up and remember that everything belongs to God. Let’s offer prayers of thanks and praise. Let’s savor his blessings and remember whose arms hold us close.
God gives us life—a wonderful life here, and a perfect life forever in heaven. Let’s enjoy them together in the grace of God.
1 Timothy 4:4–5 (EHV)
4In fact, everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
God bless you,
Worship at Trinity
Come to worship at your Lord’s house! You can sign up here: https://trinitymarinette.com/events/worship-service-3/ or call Pastor or call the church office to let us know which service you prefer.
Here is this week’s bulletin: https://trinitymarinette.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-08-09-Announcements-The-Tenth-Sunday-after-Pentecost.pdf. Check it out.
Anyone want a blackboard or two?
Our school is removing its blackboards. If you would like one (or more), please contact the school by Wednesday. After Wednesday, we will discard them.
Trinity Lutheran Scholarship Fund: is now accepting scholarship applications for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Funds assistance to Trinity Lutheran School members and non-members who makes a financial need request for children attending grades PK-8. Funds are also available for members intending to purse train for the teaching and preaching ministry. Applications due date is September 18th. Contact Deb Mathey at email@example.com or call 715-732-2956 for an application. Contact Kris Charapota at 715-923-5827 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions concerning the process and/or guidelines.
First Day of School! – Plans are in place to for opening day at Trinity Lutheran School! We are gearing up to be open five days a week for in-person instruction! Our school start dates are as follows: K-8 starts on Aug. 24; 3K PreK starts on Sept. 3; and 4K PreK starts on Sept. 4. Although we would like to open up as close to normal as possible, our TLS School Reopening Plan was created to outline various accommodations we will need to make in order to have our students return to a safe, clean environment for school. The Board of Ed will be meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11 in order to put their stamp of approval on the initial Plan. We ask that you continue to pray for the good health of our students, staff, and families throughout the school year!
School Theme – The theme of our school ministry for 2020-2021 is from 1st Peter 3:15b: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you.” What great direction for all of God’s people!
If you would like to support the Lord’s work at Trinity, you may contribute at trinitymarinette.com/giving/ or you can mail it to
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143