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February 2018

May the continued grace of Christ Jesus, be with you all as we enter the season of Lent!

Lent is traditionally a season of personal reflection, reconciliation, and renewal for Christians all over the world. For our second Lenten season together here at Trinity, we will once again say “Farewell to Alleluia” on Transfiguration Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the 9:30 worship service. All families are encouraged to attend!

Children and many adults enjoy learning and participating in this long time tradition of the Lutheran church. On Transfiguration Sunday, we uphold a long standing tradition as we bid farewell to “Alleluia!” At the end of the worship service, we sing the familiar hymn, “Alleluia, Song of Gladness” originally written in Latin in the 11th century. For those unfamiliar with this tradition, let me explain.

In many Lutheran churches today, there continues to be this long-standing custom of “Omitting the Alleluia” from hymns and prayers during Lent. This tradition dates back to the fifth century in the western church! The custom of actually bidding it farewell, however, developed in the Middle Ages.

The omitting of the “Alleluia” is sometimes a sign of grief or sadness, and is the reason why it is never heard at any time during the Forty Days of Lent. Under Alexander the II, the “Alleluia” was suspended from worship and prayer services as a touching ceremony which has been passed down through the ages. We, therefore, say farewell to “Alleluia”, as we would say good-bye to a good friend.

Bishop Ambrose, an early church Bishop, wrote these words about Farewell to Alleluia:

“Alleluia, enclose and seal up this word. Let it remain in the secret of your heart, until the appointed time, when we shall say it with great joy when that day comes on Holy Saturday or Easter morning, when glad Alleluias will return in all their heavenly splendor.”

So, for yet another year since 2014, during our worship on Transfiguration Sunday, 2/11/18, the children will again be asked to bring “hidden” Alleluia Letters forward. We will place them in a small trunk in front of the altar and the youngest child will close the trunk as we count 1-2-3! Then during the final hymn, the trunk will be carried out by two of our young people--not to be opened again until Easter morning!

At Trinity, we will begin the 40 day journey of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Service on February 14th (yes, it falls on Valentine’s Day this year) at 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.

Weather permitting we will offer Wednesday night Soup Suppers sponsored by our committees and groups from Trinity. Soup is at 6pm followed by our Mid-week Lenten Services beginning at 7pm on: February 21st, 28th & March 7th, 14th & 21st.

Lent is a good time to be restored in mind, heart and spirit; let the Holy Scriptures speak to you! I hope to see you soon!

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore,

Service Schedule

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m.

Sunday School

10:45 a.m.

First Saturday of the Month

5:00 p.m.

First Tuesday of the Month

10:00 a.m.

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