We are a welcoming and friendly congregation that enjoys scripture-based sermons, a wonderful music ministry and share warm, good-natured fellowship with our members and guests.We accept and welcome everyone as they are!
Come join us for Sunday Worship and Special Events.
Rev. Stephen W. Broache, Pastor
Regular Services 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM
9:15 AM Sunday School for Grades 6-12 and Adults
10:30 AM Sunday School for Nursery - Grade 5
WORSHIP IN APRIL, 2015
April 2, 2015 7p Maundy Thursday - Holy Communion - "The Love Feast" - John 15:9-17
April 5, 2015 Easter - Holy Communion - "Come, See, Go, Tell" - Matthew 28:1-10
April 12, 2015 - "There's More to Faith Than Meets the Eye" - 1 Peter 1:3-9
April 19, 2015 - "Continuing the Work of Jesus" - 1 John 3:1-7
April 26, 2015 - "The Shepherd and The Stone" - John 10:11-18
GRADUATES! If you are or your family has a graduate this year, be it high school, college, etc, please notify the office. We’d like to honor them and their achievements.
Good Friday - April 3, 2015
Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Gettysburg, PA
"Seven Last Words from the Cross"
"Father, forgive them…." Luke 23:24
Rev. Dr. David C. Wright, Gettysburg Presbyterian Church
"Today you shall be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43
Rev. Matthew A. Day, Mt. Joy-St. Paul Lutheran Parish
"Woman, behold your son…." John 19:26
Rev. Laura L. Haupt, St. James Lutheran Church
"My God, my God…." Matthew 27:46
Steve Herr, Christ Lutheran Church
"I thirst." John 19:28
Rev. Mike E. Alwein, St. James Lutheran Church
"It is finished." John 19:30
Rev. Stephen W. Broache, Trinity United Church of Christ
"Father, into your hands…." Luke 23-46
Rev. Herbert Sprouse, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church
PASTOR STEPHEN BROACHE
FROM THE PASTOR
"Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.’" Matthew 26:52
On January first of this year I had a surprising chore. I had to go around the house straightening pictures. I was puzzled. How could so many of our family portraits and paintings be crooked all on the same day? Gremlins? And then it "hit" us, that the night before there were so many loud fireworks—and it was really loud at our near-the-square house. The sound waves did their work.
Think about it. If that little racket on January 1, 2015 disrupted our home, what sort of havoc did the largest cannonade ever on North American soil do? July 3, 1863 was that date. Each side of the battle fired and answered for about three hours with no let-up. Parts of the story are the bleeding ears of the faithful artillery crew, the overshot of the confederates missing the union lines, the haze and smoke obscuring sight and range. How it must have also frightened the towns-folk. When I hear the town stories, it is amazing how resilient people were. They lost food and livestock universally. Houses, barns, and fields were devastated. And yet "life found a way". As it always does.
War is bad. It hurts everyone. Political deals, honor, chivalry are all words we use to con ourselves. Our battle with its effects were a microcosm of what is happening all over our globe. Refugee is a sad, sad word. Doesn’t the old African proverb go something like this: "When the elephant and hippo wrestle, only the grass suffers."?
Lord God, our inhumanity to one another is mind and heart numbing. Forgive us, heal us. May we make swords into plowshares as we pray and work for peace in Jesus’ holy
BETHLEHEM BOUND - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 21 at TRINITY UCC sanctuary followed with a Cocoa and Cookies Reception with Santa in the gathering area.