“Mommy don’t leave!” “Daddy, don’t go!”
It’s heart-wrenching to watch a small child’s reaction to separation. They don’t understand. They don’t have an adult’s perception of time or priority. They can’t see that sometimes Mom or Dad have to leave to take care of them. All they know is the fear and the pain. They have to learn to trust Mom and Dad.
It was the same with the disciples. Jesus was leaving and sorrow filled their hearts. They didn’t have Jesus’ perception of time. They didn’t have God’s perspective of his kingdom. They didn’t understand that Jesus was carrying out His Father’s will—that he was saving the world—and that he was sending the Holy Spirit to complete the work. They couldn’t comprehend God’s plan. All they knew was the fear and the pain of Jesus’ leaving.
It can often be the same with us. We can’t see God’s whole plan. We can only see a tiny part of it. We don’t always know why God seems so far away. We can’t always see how he’s strengthening or guiding or equipping. All we know is the pain of living in a sinful world. So, we pray and we ask God to do something about it.
And he does! He sends the Counselor to us the same as he sent Him to the disciples. He sends Him to convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment. About sin because we must understand that we need a Savior. About righteousness because Jesus’ work of redemption is complete. And about judgment because Satan has been condemned and, without Jesus, we would be too.
God wants to save everybody. We won’t always understand his decisions, but we can always trust his love. He sends us the Holy Spirit to fill us with his mercy and love. And he makes us grow up in our faith so we can convey God’s message of grace and salvation. It’s rarely easy, but it’s always vital.
John 16:5–11 (EHV)
5“But now I am going away to him who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6Yet because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart. 7Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth: It is good for you that I go away. For if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment: 9about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; 11about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
God bless you,
Worship on Pentecost – May 31/June 1
God has opened the doors of His Sanctuary! Have you signed up for worship yet? Our first Worship will be on May 31. Service times – 8am, 10am, and 1pm, and Monday at 6pm. With social distancing, we can have at least 60 people in the sanctuary at the same time if we include the balcony.
Click here to sign up for one of the services, or you can respond to this email or call Pastor or call the church office to let us know which service you prefer. Pastor and Lynn will also be calling people to sign up.
Thank you to everybody who has already signed up!
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School Graduation/Closing Service is on May 28 at 6:00pm. The service will be held in church. We’re limiting the service to immediate family. But you can watch the closing service when we post it online. It will include the distribution of diplomas, a message from the Pastor and the Principal and a couple of songs by the faculty! We’ll send you the link when it’s up!
June 14 at 11:00 a.m.
In the sanctuary
We’ll observe social distancing
If you know of someone who would like the service on DVD or the audio on CD, please let us know.
If you would like to support the Lord’s work at Trinity, you may contribute at trinitymarinette.com/contribute or you can mail it to
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
1501 Thomas St.
Marinette, WI 54143