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Sin and Suffering, Life, and Campus Ministry

Lot's of folks we know have been getting sick lately, but God made us perfect? So, what does that mean? Is sin a punishment? Is it the devil who's behind it? We also discuss our upcoming Walk for Life in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater and our newest ministry at Old Dominion University.

We will be meeting at ODU in the Virginia Rice Webb Room of Webb Center April 9 and 16 at 4:30 pm. Please join us!

We also worship every Sunday at 10 am.

We have one midweek Lenten service left Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm.

Maundy Thursday service, April 18, is at 7 pm.

Good Friday, April 19, is also at 7 pm.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org.

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Should you fast during Lent?

nullIt is the start of Lent, but before leaving Epiphany, Pastor Jonathan Meraz discusses Jesus's transfiguration and it's meaning for Lent.

This week we experienced Ash Wednesday: What do the ashes represent? Why do we do this? Why is it important?

Verse to consider:

Ecclesiastes 3:20: 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

We expand the conversation into what is Lent? Why do we have this season? And what will Trinity do during Lent?

Finally, we have a great conversation on fasting. What does Martin Luther say about it? What about the Bible? Is it something that should be done?

More scripture to ponder:

Matthew 6:16-18: 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. "
John 3:16: 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

As we proceed through Lent, please join us every Wednesday for:

Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm

Midweek worship service at 7 pm

And, every Sunday:

Bible Study at 9 am

Worship at 10 pm

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org.

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Rev. Marcus Zill, Director, LCMSU

Rev. Marcus ZillTrinity is starting up campus ministry at ODU and here to help explain it is the director of LCMS Campus Ministry, Rev. Marcus Zill!

On the show, we talk about a number of items, including why we're starting a campus ministry, the importance of the ministry to students and families, the acronym "C.A.R.E." and much more!

Pastor Zill also hosts the radio show, "The Student Union."


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Sacred Music Appreciation 101

Trinity Choir under the direction of Stephen Pruitt

Have you ever wondered why we have music in church? What music makes it into a hymnal? What influence secular music has on worship music?

In this podcast, Rev. Jonathan Meraz and Director of Music Stephen Pruitt explore these questions and more in the first of what we hope will be many conversations about music and the church.

Links of note:

Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Concordia Publishing House Music

Life is more than a heartbeat, but...


In this episode, we consider how God reveals himself in stages - enough for us to handle - and how we can use our spiritual gifts. We also discuss government action in Iowa and New York with respect to life.

Please see the latest from the LCMS President regarding life.

Regarding gifts, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:

 "4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills."

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Happy New Year - It's Epiphany!

Three Wise Men

So, what does it mean to have an "epiphany"? What is it in the context of the church year?

What about all these elected officials who are sworn in every January? Is there an "Intersection of Church and State"?

(LHM Bible Study: The Intersection of Church & State)

Particularly with such big issues facing us as immigration and abortion?

(LCMS: March for Life)

What about belonging to a church community? Is the new year a good time for resolutions? How about "going to church more"? Is that on the agenda?

Listen to Pastor Jonathan Meraz and his thoughts on these topics in Episode 6 of the TLC Show!

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Religion & Spirituality

Pastor Jonathan Meraz and James Hoeft talk about life and the world from a confessional Lutheran perspective.