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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a community of followers of Jesus. Our origins reach back 2000 years to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Our historical roots reach back to the 1500s when Martin Luther challenged certain common practices of the church of the day.
Our Saskatchewan and Regina presence was originally due to German Lutheran immigration to Saskatchewan after 1905 and after 1945. While predominantly of European origin, our congregation is now a Canadian mosaic with family stories drawn from all parts of the world. You might find yourself in some of those stories, or none of them. You might be just searching for a community who hears through the teachings of Jesus Christ that God is with us. Join us on Sundays for services in English or German.
Welcome, in Jesus' name.
We continue in the season of Ordinary Time. On Sunday, 13 September we begin again with the regular Sunday readings from the Narrative Lectionary. This year we are in Year 2. The gospel for Year 2 is the Gospel of Mark.
Below is a brief introduction to Mark written by our Bishop, Sid Haugen.
JESUS IN BLUE JEANS
- Biship Sid Haugen
As I serve in the church of the 21st century, I have a special place in my heart for the Gospel according to Mark, the Gospel that is at the center of our vision this next Lectionary year.
We live in a church with the walls “painted” by the telling, year after year, in word, in song, in fabric art—of the gospel of Jesus. Imagine along one wall of the church Matthew’s picture of a rabbinic Jesus who came to “build a church” to form a community, to teach a community, to “be with” that community even after his death, “to the end of the age.” Imagine along the other wall Luke’s beautiful portrait of the One born in a stable in Bethlehem, who gathered a community of the lost and the forgotten, who came to be the Savior and to call a community to continue that work. On the ceiling imagine John’s gospel, the misty, spiritual picture of Jesus as “the Word made flesh,” “the light that came into the darkness” “the bread of life”—the Life Giver.
Mark’s Gospel perhaps is best imagined as a painting of the divine Christ on the floor of the church, with Jesus as the very human “man of sorrows.” As the Gospel begins, his birth is not described in the beautiful images of St. Luke, no, he simply is given as one who comes suddenly, inexplicably from Nazareth, from the “out back.” In the middle of the story he struggles daily to get through to disciples that are often all too human. In the middle of the story, Jesus himself often struggles to discern what God is “up to.” Then, at the end of the story, in the Garden, Jesus will ask God—”if it be possible”— to “take this cup from me”; then he will proceed to “drink the cup” to its completion. Jesus’ stunning final words from the cross in Mark would simply be a quotation of the question-filled, yet faith-filled, Psalm 22, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” Then Jesus would scream and die.
Yet, here’s the thing. In the face of the struggle on this earth, in spite of what looked for all the world like defeat on the cross; was the story of Jesus “over and done with”?
And it still isn’t.
People of God, follow the story in Mark’s gospel as faith communities setting out again this year to follow Jesus.