This Week – 01/27/2020

This week.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness–
on them light has shined.
–Isaiah 9.1

Adversity, we all go through it.  For each of us there comes a day or a period where we just struggle, and no matter how hard you try or how good you are, you just have a hard time.  What helps us in times of adversity is our willingness to invite or accept help.  None of us get where we want to go in life on our own efforts only; we need others to help us see what we can’t see or be companions along the way, because companionship is good.  This new year at Trinity Commons we’re going to use our Tuesday afternoons and evenings a little differently this year as we engage with our community. and engage differently with God and one another.

Starting this week, Pasta Night will return at 6 pm.  Each month, the last Tuesday of the month, will be our community meal, Pasta Night, followed by Compline in the chapel upstairs.  Come and join us for what you can; if you come late that’s fine, if you need to leave early that’s fine too.  The first Tuesday of each month will be Evensong at 5:30 pm in the chapel at Trinity Commons.  Evensong is a chanted version of Evening Prayer designed to give thanks to God by nurturing our own faith in an ancient way.  I imagine many of you aren’t used to chanting but like all things you’re unfamiliar with, come give it a try, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

The second and third Tuesdays of the month will involve a Bible study or an opportunity to engage with an organization helping people in our community.  The idea is that we open ourselves up to God to learn more about what our faith is, what it means, and talk about how we can best live it out.  Then we go out into the world to live it out by helping people who need help, listening to their story, and sharing our life as Jesus models it.  The faith we learn becomes the faith we put into action.

I’m excited about this change and I look forward to having you with us as we engage God, engage our knowledge of what we believe and why, and engage our neighbor.  May this new season of change invigorate you too, and may you, in whatever darkness you’re walking in, be courageous enough to come find the light which shines for you so that you may be a light to others.

–Thomas

On Campus

Wednesdays at Samford 
We’re back on campus this Wednesday. We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 12 noon in Reid Chapel, and then lunch in the Caf after.

Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 6 pm, is Pasta Night! 
Join us for an evening of cooking, eating, and hanging out. We will provide the recipe and ingredients. Just bring yourself (and a friend). This week’s pasta is penne with four cheese.

Vocare 20 @ Camp McDowell, March 6-8
Join college students and young adults for a free weekend at Camp McDowell to explore faith and where God is calling you. If you have questions, ask Thomas or Kelley. Sign up here!

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