Welcome to Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton, FL!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,   
             As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost on May 31st – the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples – we are reminded that God first gathered followers of Jesus together in an upper room in Jerusalem, to be filled with the power of God’s Spirit.  Not in the synagogue.  Not in a public place.  In the living room – where all the disciples gathered together behind closed doors.  Only after the advent of the Holy Spirit, appearing like tongues of fire the Scripture tells us, did the disciples have the wherewithal to venture into the public square and proclaim the awesome Good News of Jesus the Christ!
            You have probably been following the process of re-opening in our community.  Businesses and restaurants are now available for the public at lessened capacities.  When will our church open?  When will we again gather in the Sanctuary to worship and praise our God and draw strength from the prayers and presence of one another?  When will we return to the privilege of feeling the presence of God’s Spirit in our spiritual home with our church family?           
              I admit that I am anxious to return to public worship – for a whole host of reasons, some being pretty self-serving.  For instance, as a preacher, it is no fun at all to preach just to teddy bears (as happy as I am that there are at least 44 bears present for worship!!!)  I miss seeing you and hearing how you are doing and singing and praying together.  I am beyond weary of time spent in front of a computer in meetings and conferences which we formerly did “in person”.  Two dimensional communication is draining, not energizing at all.  Many of you have told me how anxious you are to also return to worship.  One of our folks sent me a detailed plan for how we could safely sit in the sanctuary together and maintain proper ‘social’ distance.  We are beyond ready to be back together for sure!           
             And yet.  And yet we hear from our Bishop that it is not safe or recommended to return to public worship just yet.  Bishop Suarez recommends we wait until Phase Three to hold public worship.  And yet we hear from the CDC that holding worship is not yet advised.  And yet we hear horrible stories about churches that open and then have to close to public worship again because of the spread of the virus among those who worshiped together.           
             And so.  And so we continue our worship online until it is deemed safe by those who are versed in public health, and recommended by our Bishop – and for us at Trinity, determined by our Church Council, that we should offer public worship in our Sanctuary.  At our May Council Meeting we unanimously agreed to follow the current recommendations of our Bishop.  At our June 10th Council Meeting, we will again discuss this matter, and communicate the consensus of best practice that we adopt.  Many thanks to everyone for generously supporting our ministry.  We are currently able to meet all of our budgeted needs and have been able to continue supporting our community ministries as well.
            I wonder if these days of worshiping God in our homes through online opportunities – and in creation as we take walks and observe the handiwork of God all around us – I wonder if these days might not indeed be fertile ground for the Spirit’s visit to each one of us?  I wonder if this Pentecost will in fact be an incredible, unprecedented entree of the Holy Spirit into place and spaces she hasn’t had access to previously in my heart or yours?  I wonder, and I invite you to be especially attuned to the sound of Spirit wings and the rise of heat as the tongues of flame descend.  And I ask that you share your Spirit sightings and encounters with me and one another.  For indeed, filled with the Holy Spirit, we are learning to communicate God’s love and grace in languages and through actions we have never tried before!

            May You, marked with the cross of Christ, be filled with the Holy Spirit of God each and every day!

           Pastor Bobbie  

ANYONE WITH NEEDS for food or medication pickup and delivery, please call or email the church office.  Our office manager, Shaun Spangler, is working the regular hours: 9-Noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Pastor Bobbie (941-243-9473) and Vicar Fred (941-301-0691) are available by phone and appointment.

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther shared some still applicable advice when he and his people were dealing with a critical health crisis: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.”   Luther’s Works Volume 43 page 132

We share deep longing for, and anticipation of, the day when we can return to fellowship as a faith community - face to face and in person!

Our Mission:  Being Neighbor  †  Sharing God’s Transforming Love!



What's Happening at Trinity...

May 26th Updates are here - including June birthdays and Anniversarires! The Order for Worship for Pentecost Saturday, May 30th, Facebook Live, is here.  The Order for Worship for the YouTube recorded worship for Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, is here.  The video link will be posted in the news article below when it is finished and ready to post.  Vicar Fred's message for last weekend, May 23-24, is here.

May 19th Updates are here.  The Order for Worship for Sunday, May 24th, is here.  Pastor Bobbie's message for last weekend, May 16-17 is here.  The Order for Worship for Saturday, May 23rd, 5:30pm, Facebook Live is here.

Sunday May 31, 2020
Our Tradtional Worship for Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, is available here.
Sunday May 24, 2020
Our Traditional Worship for the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 24th, is available here.
Sunday May 17, 2020

Our Tradtional Worship for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17th, is available here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Our Traditional Worship for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10th, is available here.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Our Traditional Worship for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3rd, is available here.

Prayer List updated 5/26/20

To access the names of those for whom we received prayer requests, use this link.

To add names to this list, please contact the church office at 941-747-3081 or email TrinityLutheranSecretary@gmail.com

Virtual Coffee Hour, Sundays, 10-10:50am.  The Meeting ID is 862 4517 8441. The link to Zoom is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86245178441  
      To call in: US Toll Free - 888-475-4499 and 877-853-5257. You’ll need to know the Meeting ID: 862 4517 8441.

Coffee Hour GIFT: Generations Growing In Faith Together "placemat" for Pentecost, this Sunday, May 31st, 10am, is here.

Following Jesus Together via Zoom: Tuesdays at 2pm and 7pm.
The reading for Tuesday, June 2nd, FJT meetings on Zoom are Matthew 28:16-20. The scripture and discussion questions are availalble here. Please join Vicar Fred at one of these sessions!

The readings for Tuesday, May 26th, FJT meetings on Zoom are Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39. The scriptures and discussion questions are available here for Pentecost weekend!  Please join Pastor Jim Dugan and Vicar Fred at one of the sessions!

The readings for Tuesday, May 19th, FJT meetings are Acts 1:6-14 and John 17:1-11.  The scriptures and discussion questions are available here for the Seventh weekend of Easter. Please join Vicar Fred at one of the sessions!

Here are the Zoom URL and meeting IDs to join one of the FJT studies!

2pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88008229087
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:

7pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86272781061
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:

If you would prefer to call in on your phone (you will not be able to see everyone) you can call either of the TOLL FREE numbers listed below. It will prompt you for the meeting ID. Enter the number [880-0822-9087, for 2pm] [862-7278-1061, for 7pm] (you do not need to enter the dashes, they are only there to break up the numbers) and then hit the pound key (#).

It will ask you for your identity followed by the pound key again.   For ease, hit any number and then #.   [Example: 5#, 545#]

+1 888-475-4499

+1 877-853-5257

Welcome to the meeting, that is all! 

Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates about virtual worship and activities that are now suspended due to our current COVID-19 health crisis. We are aware that this virus has a long incubation period, and each of us could have it without even being aware and inadvertently share illness with a brother or sister in Christ. Therefore we are not willing that any person be placed in that position through our community of faith. 
            Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Fred remain available for phone calls, prayers and visits.  You can reach Pastor Bobbie at 941-243-9473 and Vicar Fred at 941-301-0691.
            Join with us in praying for all who are fearful and stressed in this time of health crisis, that the One who rose again on Easter will sustain and accompany each of us in this unprecedented journey.

Once we are able to once again gather as a faith community, Zumba - free to anyone and everyone - will resume.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy fitness and fellowship every Thursday, 6pm!

Certified Zumba instructor-extraordinare, Gonzalo, makes this class great fun.  Everyone is welcome to join in!

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