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 FM 107.7 and WHVR AM 1280. WYCR FM 98.5 DOES NOT announce cancellations but can be found at www.foreveryork.com. It will also be available 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.
PALM SUNDAY SERVICE
April 9, 2017 8:15a and 10:30a
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
with SERVICE OF TENEBRAE and HOLY COMMUNION
April 13, 2017 7:00pm
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES with HOLY COMMUNION
April 16, 2017 8:15a and 10:30a
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
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Lent Service - 6:15p
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Fifth Sunday in Lent Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Lent Service - 6:15p
Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11
Good Friday Community Service, April 14, 2017 The Intersection Church - 12p 1980 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 Holy Communion - both services Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-18
Sunday, April 23, 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35
PALM SUNDAY DINNER
APRIL 9, 2017 following the 10:30 service
Sign-up in the Gathering Area
Roast beef, mashed potatoes, rolls and punch
provided by Fellowship Committee.
Please bring a side dish to share and
your own place settings.
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.”