“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said “Feed my Lambs.”

He then asked a second time “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know.  You’ve got to know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

                                                                                                  John 21: 15-17

We are called to be like Simon Peter.  We are all called to hear and respond to the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We are all called to ‘feed the lambs and tend the sheep.’  This is not just the job of the pastor but of all the baptized members of the Church of Christ.  We the members of Holy Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church are given a task, a task which begins to shape our life at our baptism, a task that we affirm at our confirmation and a task that we are reminded about every Sunday when we leave worship as we hear the words ‘Serve the Lord’ or ‘Remember the Poor’ or ‘share the Good News’.  Yes, we are called to a task- may we accept that task.

It is my humble opinion that we here at Holy Trinity have accepted the task in our daily life and have worked diligently to ‘Feed my Lambs’ this year.  As part of this task we have welcomed one new member through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, confirmed three young people’s faith in the Rite of Confirmation, saw three children receive their first Holy Communion and saw several families join our congregation.

We have worked to help feed the hungry by supplying the All Saint’s food pantry with bags of food and through the organization Outreach we have supplied 2,500 meals to four local food pantries.  Last December we stepped up and found the resources to purchase 100 pairs of new waterproof boots for the homeless of the city of New York which with other clothing and basic necessities helped the less fortunate of our city.  We also supported several other organizations that help people in need.

Our youth programs continued with ever more enthusiasm.  Diane Gilroy our youth leader worked hard to keep our ongoing programs going while at the same time starting a new program for 5-7th graders.  Thank-you Diane.  Sue Downey did it again and pulled off two great weeks of Vacation Bible School.  We were maxed out both weeks and the youth had such a great time.  Thank-you to all those who helped in so many ways to make it a success.  Katie Jenkinson worked hard to make our Sunday School run smoothly and again pulled off a spectacular Christmas Pageant that filled the worship space with joy and happiness.  Thank-yous go out to all teachers and helpers who gave of their time this year.

New front doors were put on the church building, the outside window frames were painted, the wooden sign is being replaced and we painted the bathrooms and kitchen.  We also replaced the roof over pastor’s office when the need for an umbrella inside became necessary.

Several special events made our year a very exciting one.  We celebrated the dedication of Peter as our Organist and Choir Director with a special Choir concert and surprise ‘thank-you celebration’ for Peter.  We also celebrated Pastor Schulz’s 25th anniversary of his ordination with the Bishop of the MNYS bringing the message of God’s grace.  These special events were part of our usual busy year where we pulled off another Pasta Dinner, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, St Patrick’s Day dinner, Ascension Day dinner and service, Mai Fest, Mother’s Day Brunch, Father’s Day Brunch, Oktoberfest as well as our regular monthly dinners and healing services.  This year we went all out for our Rally Day and invited the entire community to our Worship and BBQ it was a very successful event in so many ways.  Thank-you to all who have helped in these events.

Young at Heart continued to meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month providing our seniors with a time for conversation and a meal.  Wednesday also saw Pastor busy leading a yearlong study of the Gospel of John which ended this October.  We have begun a new study of the history of the Reformation.  This 12 week study will feature video presentations of some of the foremost scholars on reformation history in the Lutheran church.

We see ourselves as a community of believers that desire to make our lives more attuned to the will and desire of our Lord and Savior and to reach out and show that as members of the body of Christ we care for others not just ourselves.  May we always hear the words of Jesus to Peter as words directed to us as a congregation and to us personally, may we hear the words ‘Feed my Lambs’ and know that our answer is our sign of who we love and worship- our God.  Peter followed Jesus even to his death may we follow Jesus in our daily walk as members of Holy Trinity and the community of faith called the church.

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