Week of Sunday, September 10
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.
Readings and Psalm
- Ezekiel 33:7-11
The prophet’s responsibility to warn the people
- Psalm 119:33-40
I desire the path of your commandments. (Ps. 119:35)
- Romans 13:8-14
Live honorably as in the day
- Matthew 18:15-20
Reconciliation in the community of faith
Focusing on our mission
First Lutheran Church of the Trinity has entered into a redevelopment partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA.
The redevelopment process is focused not only on sustainability of resources, but on creating a culture where our congregation is participating in the work of the spirit.
Each month our redevelopment team will identify something new to focus on, or we will continue to work in the areas recommended by the Synod. These areas are Growth, Shared Leadership, Discipleship, Stewardship, Contextual and Relevant Worship, and an Inclusivity Plan.
The latest redevelopment news is always available on our blog!
Stewardship and Sabbath: Connecting to God, Connecting to Each Other
You may notice two new things this month:
1) Coffee is set up in the back of the sanctuary after worship. We invite you to stay after worship, have conversations and connect with your church family.
2) There is a 2018 Pledge Card in the Sunday bulletin. As we work on next year’s budget we are asking some very important questions about how members share their time, talent, and treasure in our faith community. Please read the letter from treasurer Will Tanzman. When you are ready you may place your pledge card in the offering, hand it to Rene or Will, or complete an online pledge form at https://firsttrinitychicago.com/pledge