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Latest Episodes

The Tower of Babel & the Language of Many

Scripture texts: Genesis 11: 1-9, Acts 2: 1-13 The Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles preached this past Sunday on two Scripture texts: The Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost, when many people began "speaking in tongues" but understanding each other. Dr. Niles explores why the authoritarian or imperial version of "peace" carries with it a cost much like that portrayed in the story of Babel. Are we as Christians supposed to always understand people who are different than us? Do we let people speak their native tongue, or do we force them to speak "American?"

22 MIN1 weeks ago
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The Tower of Babel & the Language of Many

Lazarus, the Rich Man, and Me

Guest pastor Hannah Nutt explores why we as Christians still ignore the signs that we are to live like Jesus did. Jesus claims that the rich man, who ignored the plight of Lazarus, had all the signs he needed. Living in this world without compromising our Christianity is, to put it lightly, very difficult. So... how do we do it?

21 MIN2 weeks ago
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Lazarus, the Rich Man, and Me

Native American Sunday

Guest pastor and Seminarian Hannah Nutt led worship this past Sunday, known as "Native American Sunday" in the PC USA. Hannah talked about the history of the land on which Trinity is built. This land is important, and was important to the indigenous Osage nation that was displaced many years ago. The scripture reading was connected to this sermon, as it told of Joshua gathering the tribes of Israel on land that, Joshua discovers, is already being occupied despite God's promise that it would go to the descendants of Abraham.

16 MIN2 weeks ago
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Native American Sunday

Wrestle a Blessing!

Genesis 32: 22 - 31 The Reverend Dr. Damayanthi Niles joined Trinity's worship to talk about Jacob, a verified trickster, wrestling with God all night until dawn. Rev. Niles explains how Jacob is blessed yet has to wrestle with God to realize his blessings. So too must the Trinity Congregation wrestle with our blessings to come out stronger, and to be who we were meant to be.

16 MINSEP 4
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Wrestle a Blessing!

10th Sunday After Pentecost – We are a Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 Guest Seminarian Hannah Nutt describes our Christian relationship to division. Hannah talks about her own identity being a woman, queer, and an alumni of a small college. She describes the ways in which division from a larger "norm" can be embraced and respected without smug superiority or judgement.

20 MINAUG 20
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10th Sunday After Pentecost – We are a Cloud of Witnesses

9th Sunday After Pentecost – Are you Ready?

Isaiah 1:10-20 & Luke 12:32-40 Guest Seminarian Hannah Nutt, longtime friend of Trinity, discusses how often we treat Jesus' comeback as no more than a story. Hannah describes an example from her life, waiting until the last minute to do journals in a Bible Studies class. Not only would it be easier on her psyche to do them throughout the semester, but her procrastination is exactly what we do as Christians more often than not. We treat Jesus' coming like it will happen... eventually. It can wait until tomorrow, we think... Or next week, since we still have those season tickets to Six Flags and would really like to go one more time... But the Bible does say, "the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." Are we ready?

35 MINAUG 13
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9th Sunday After Pentecost – Are you Ready?

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Reverend Wagner this Sunday explored the relationship between Judah and Joseph, as one having to do with loss. Judah experiences loss after allowing and even aiding the Midianites to take Joseph. Reverend Wagner talks about how, when people describe things like love and acceptance, they often do so by explaining the times they felt unloved and rejected. In order to understand one, we often must truly experience the other. The Book of Genesis often explains "why" something is the way it is, and the pastor left the congregation with some questions to ponder. Why are we the people we are now? What has happened or not happened to us to shape us? What connections might we be able to draw from our greatest losses to our greatest achievements? Are there experiences of loss in our lives that have gone un-examined? Can we examine them?

18 MINJUL 30
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7th Sunday after Pentecost

4th Sunday of Pentecost

Genesis 25:19-24 The Reverend Dr. Johanna Wagner calls upon a theory that, in understanding the conflicts in culture and society, we are not to blame poverty or violence for those who suffer. Rather, there is a simple explanation: The snake born from a chicken's egg. The "Basilisco" is a mythical creature that can kill with a stare. The basilisco here is used as an idea that people can kill by using only a few words to describe someone else. People are described simply, and their humanity is then pushed out of the picture. The basilisk, although a small creature, is something to be avoided and feared at all costs. More importantly, the basilisco is meant to never be looked at or understood further.This scripture, however, is a "basilisco-busting" story. These two siblings were related and connected despite their entire history of conflict. We all have a basilisco that we tend to dehumanize. What stories have we told about them?

16 MINJUL 9
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4th Sunday of Pentecost

Third Sunday of Pentecost: The Journeys of Relationships

Genesis 24: 42-28This week's sermon from Rev. Dr. Johanna Wagner is all about love and relationships. The reverend offers three tips to know if your relationship is a good one. Travel from Canaan to Mesopotamia, and plant yourself by a well.Find someone at the well, and see if they water the camels.Don't just stay at home with Lot. The reverend uses the scripture to explain that we must watch how those close to us treat us, treat others, and are willing to change; we must be willing to travel spiritually and emotionally. We must look for people who can handle journeys.

10 MINJUL 2
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Third Sunday of Pentecost: The Journeys of Relationships

Church Talk (with Special Guest Ron Robinson!)

On a special episode of TrinityCast, the Reverend Dr. Wagner talks with Trinity's music director, Ron Robinson! Ron talks about why he picked the songs he did for this upcoming Sunday, and Rev. Wagner connects it to the sermon. Check it out!

5 MINJUN 26
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Church Talk (with Special Guest Ron Robinson!)

Latest Episodes

The Tower of Babel & the Language of Many

Scripture texts: Genesis 11: 1-9, Acts 2: 1-13 The Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles preached this past Sunday on two Scripture texts: The Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost, when many people began "speaking in tongues" but understanding each other. Dr. Niles explores why the authoritarian or imperial version of "peace" carries with it a cost much like that portrayed in the story of Babel. Are we as Christians supposed to always understand people who are different than us? Do we let people speak their native tongue, or do we force them to speak "American?"

22 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The Tower of Babel & the Language of Many

Lazarus, the Rich Man, and Me

Guest pastor Hannah Nutt explores why we as Christians still ignore the signs that we are to live like Jesus did. Jesus claims that the rich man, who ignored the plight of Lazarus, had all the signs he needed. Living in this world without compromising our Christianity is, to put it lightly, very difficult. So... how do we do it?

21 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Lazarus, the Rich Man, and Me

Native American Sunday

Guest pastor and Seminarian Hannah Nutt led worship this past Sunday, known as "Native American Sunday" in the PC USA. Hannah talked about the history of the land on which Trinity is built. This land is important, and was important to the indigenous Osage nation that was displaced many years ago. The scripture reading was connected to this sermon, as it told of Joshua gathering the tribes of Israel on land that, Joshua discovers, is already being occupied despite God's promise that it would go to the descendants of Abraham.

16 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Native American Sunday

Wrestle a Blessing!

Genesis 32: 22 - 31 The Reverend Dr. Damayanthi Niles joined Trinity's worship to talk about Jacob, a verified trickster, wrestling with God all night until dawn. Rev. Niles explains how Jacob is blessed yet has to wrestle with God to realize his blessings. So too must the Trinity Congregation wrestle with our blessings to come out stronger, and to be who we were meant to be.

16 MINSEP 4
Comments
Wrestle a Blessing!

10th Sunday After Pentecost – We are a Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 Guest Seminarian Hannah Nutt describes our Christian relationship to division. Hannah talks about her own identity being a woman, queer, and an alumni of a small college. She describes the ways in which division from a larger "norm" can be embraced and respected without smug superiority or judgement.

20 MINAUG 20
Comments
10th Sunday After Pentecost – We are a Cloud of Witnesses

9th Sunday After Pentecost – Are you Ready?

Isaiah 1:10-20 & Luke 12:32-40 Guest Seminarian Hannah Nutt, longtime friend of Trinity, discusses how often we treat Jesus' comeback as no more than a story. Hannah describes an example from her life, waiting until the last minute to do journals in a Bible Studies class. Not only would it be easier on her psyche to do them throughout the semester, but her procrastination is exactly what we do as Christians more often than not. We treat Jesus' coming like it will happen... eventually. It can wait until tomorrow, we think... Or next week, since we still have those season tickets to Six Flags and would really like to go one more time... But the Bible does say, "the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." Are we ready?

35 MINAUG 13
Comments
9th Sunday After Pentecost – Are you Ready?

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Reverend Wagner this Sunday explored the relationship between Judah and Joseph, as one having to do with loss. Judah experiences loss after allowing and even aiding the Midianites to take Joseph. Reverend Wagner talks about how, when people describe things like love and acceptance, they often do so by explaining the times they felt unloved and rejected. In order to understand one, we often must truly experience the other. The Book of Genesis often explains "why" something is the way it is, and the pastor left the congregation with some questions to ponder. Why are we the people we are now? What has happened or not happened to us to shape us? What connections might we be able to draw from our greatest losses to our greatest achievements? Are there experiences of loss in our lives that have gone un-examined? Can we examine them?

18 MINJUL 30
Comments
7th Sunday after Pentecost

4th Sunday of Pentecost

Genesis 25:19-24 The Reverend Dr. Johanna Wagner calls upon a theory that, in understanding the conflicts in culture and society, we are not to blame poverty or violence for those who suffer. Rather, there is a simple explanation: The snake born from a chicken's egg. The "Basilisco" is a mythical creature that can kill with a stare. The basilisco here is used as an idea that people can kill by using only a few words to describe someone else. People are described simply, and their humanity is then pushed out of the picture. The basilisk, although a small creature, is something to be avoided and feared at all costs. More importantly, the basilisco is meant to never be looked at or understood further.This scripture, however, is a "basilisco-busting" story. These two siblings were related and connected despite their entire history of conflict. We all have a basilisco that we tend to dehumanize. What stories have we told about them?

16 MINJUL 9
Comments
4th Sunday of Pentecost

Third Sunday of Pentecost: The Journeys of Relationships

Genesis 24: 42-28This week's sermon from Rev. Dr. Johanna Wagner is all about love and relationships. The reverend offers three tips to know if your relationship is a good one. Travel from Canaan to Mesopotamia, and plant yourself by a well.Find someone at the well, and see if they water the camels.Don't just stay at home with Lot. The reverend uses the scripture to explain that we must watch how those close to us treat us, treat others, and are willing to change; we must be willing to travel spiritually and emotionally. We must look for people who can handle journeys.

10 MINJUL 2
Comments
Third Sunday of Pentecost: The Journeys of Relationships

Church Talk (with Special Guest Ron Robinson!)

On a special episode of TrinityCast, the Reverend Dr. Wagner talks with Trinity's music director, Ron Robinson! Ron talks about why he picked the songs he did for this upcoming Sunday, and Rev. Wagner connects it to the sermon. Check it out!

5 MINJUN 26
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Church Talk (with Special Guest Ron Robinson!)