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Fifth Sunday in Lent
In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life. 

Readings and Psalm
Ezekiel 37:1-14
The dry bones of Israel brought to life
Psalm 130
I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope. (Ps. 130:5)
Romans 8:6-11
Life in the Spirit
John 11:1-45
Baptismal image: the raising of Lazarus

A very special thank you to Alicia, Yamara, Diane, Marge and Tom for their Stewardship of Time and Talent! They have the sanctuary clean and ready for our return on First Trinity Palm Sunday!

In times like these, faith and faith community help us not to either hopeOR cope. Instead, faith, on better days, can serve to aid and abet both. Faith calls us to action for the healing of the nations, and faith calls us to silence and stillness for the sake of healing ourselves: both are calls from the Spirit for God’s work of healing, in us and in the world. Both contain the salvific work, the salve, the balm of the Spirit. This lent we are gathering on Tuesdays for “Hoping and Coping: Giving up, Taking On.” Join us! We begin at 7:05PM (after God’s Closet and Community Meal)! We will share song and we will share silence and conversation with weekly guest facilitators.

Sunday, April 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM – Come explore the Jewish roots of the Christian faith through ritual, story, song, teaching, and exquisite food and wine. Annual guest facilitator and long time friend of First Trinity, Rev. Jonathan Bradley Krogh will be leading us through the Seder once again. An educational, spiritual, and communal tradition of our congregation not to be missed. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by phone at 312-842-7390 or by contacting
rene@firsttrinitychicago.com.

Lent and Easter are a special time at First Trinity, especially for youth! Follow us on Facebook and join our First Trinity Parents group to keep up on all the events. (this is a closed group, please understand that only parents with youth in FT programs will be added).

Some of the upcoming events include visits from the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Decorating and our annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Lent and Easter are also a special time for adults! In addition to our Tuesday night series, mark your calendars for these meaningful worship services during Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday Worship and Foot Washing Ceremony – April 13, 7 pm

Good Friday, Seven Stories from the Cross – April 14, 7 pm

Easter Sunday Worship followed by Potluck Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt! – April 16, 10:30 am.

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in style with this 17 oz. bistro style coffee mug. Makes a great gift! The mug measures 4″ high and features the Reformation 500 logo with Martin Luther’s “mug.” These start at $9.99 (plus about $1 shipping) but if we order more the cost will be less. If you are interested in purchasing a mug please see Rene after worship on Sunday.

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New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.