We are a welcoming and friendly congregation that enjoys
scripture-based sermons, a wonderful music ministry and shares warm,
good-natured fellowship with our members and guests.
We accept and welcome everyone as they are!
INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION! In the event of bad weather (like last year’s 3ft snow storm),
a decision will be made “weather” or not to cancel church.
The information will be placed on the local radio stations WGTY/WGET and WYCR/WHVR Snowscan as well as our website www.gettysburgtrinityucc.org and Facebook page.
It will not be on TV but can be found on WGAL.COM and their mobile app.
Come join us for Sunday Worship and Special Events.
Pastor George P. Heberling, Interim
Regular Worship Schedule
8:15 a.m. Early Service 10:30 a.m. Regular Service
9:15 a.m. Sunday School - Nursery -12th Grade
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
Sign Language Interpreter
Available during Children's Sunday School at 9:15a
and Children's Message at 10:30a service
January 1, 2017 New Years Day Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12
January 8, 2017 Holy Communion - The Baptism of ChristOrdination & Installation of Elders & Deacons
Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17
January 15, 2017 Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42
January 22, 2017 Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23
January 29, 2017 Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Dear Friends of Trinity,
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received in returning as the interim pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ. It is always a stressful time when a congregation makes the transition from called pastoral leadership to interim ministry, but I am hoping we can use this time to reflect on the past (without dwelling on it) and to look forward to a vision for the future.
Every congregation has hopes and dreams for how it can share the good news of God in Christ to the community which it serves. In changing times such as these, there are many challenges – the ways in which we did things thirty, twenty, or even ten years ago no longer seem effective and inviting. So how do we begin to capture a vision for Trinity’s future? Let me suggest that we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit and be open to where that Spirit may lead us in understanding how we can minister to the larger community. We need to be patient and we need to trust that the Spirit will guide all of us. We are a diverse community of faith with a wide range of understandings, but we are joined together in our common faith in the presence of God in Christ Jesus in our midst.
I would like to be able to say that the Holy Spirit will lead us to comfortable and safe places, where there are no risks and no challenges. But, unfortunately, that is oftentimes not how and where the Holy Spirit directs us. It would have been safer for Moses to stay in the land of Midian tending his father-in-law’s sheep, but God called him to go back to Egypt and lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt to an unfamiliar and unknown land. It would have been more comfortable for the disciples to stay together in Jerusalem and build a safe place to worship for themselves and their followers, but the Spirit sent them to the ends of the earth to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. It would have been much less of a risk if Martin Luther had simply recanted his 95 Theses posted on the church door in Wittenburg, but the Spirit strengthened Luther to a radically new way of understanding God at work in the world. All of these faithful followers of God trusted that the same Spirit that challenged them would be present with them as they responded to the Spirit’s leading even though they did not know how or where it might lead them. But they had a vision of God’s intention for their lives and responded.
So let us listen carefully and patiently for that same Spirit to direct us in establishing a vision for Trinity. God is still speaking if we will listen. Let us prayerfully look to the future, supportive of one another, with open hearts and minds, trusting that God will use this congregation to accomplish much in being an effective witness to the community. In the words of the familiar hymn: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me; Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me.”