Rev. Garry A. McCracken
Cell #: 314-348-2474
(in case of emergency)
1307 Boone Street
Troy, Missouri 63379
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
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A Message from Pastor Garry A. McCracken
In the Name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord” (John 20:19-20).
The Lord is risen; He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
A blessed and joyful day to each of you from Trinity Lutheran Church in Troy, MO. As pastor of the church, I would like to this opportunity to share some important changes to our worship life at Trinity.
At their April 2022 meeting, the Board of Elders’ voted unanimously to bring back the chalice (common cup) as a part of the Service of the Sacrament. After over two years of it being removed for reasons of safety, it will be restored to its place on the altar this Sunday, April 17, 2022, as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection.
While I realize that our members are across the spectrum when it comes to safety and levels of comfort, we will take every precaution to insure a safe “participation in the blood of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:16). After a communicant receives the common cup, the assisting elder will thoroughly wipe the lip of the chalice to insure there is no transmission of saliva to the next communicant.
Furthermore, pastor and the assisting elders will no longer be required to wear masks and latex gloves during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper. Even now, pastor washes his hands before the start of the Divine Service, as do our assisting elders.
Masks are NOT required of our students, teachers, and parents, but optional if you prefer.
Our Board of Fellowship Chair has put forth some safety protocols so that we can have fellowship luncheons. Tables will be safe socially distanced apart. Limited seating at each table. People must wear masks and serving gloves at the serving table.
“At this time face masks are NOT required. If you feel comfortable wearing a face mask, please do.”
If you are sick, please stay home!
If you show symptoms of COVID, please go get tested!
If you test positive for COVID, and have been to church recently, please contact the church office or Pastor McCracken. If you desire, we will maintain your privacy. We simply want to know in order to contact those who were exposed to you.
We respectfully ask that if you have not been fully vaccinated, you would prayerfully consider it. It truly is our best hope against more outbreaks, especially against those who are too young to receive the vaccine.
If you have any questions or concerns, please not hesitate to contact me.
“Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
I remain in Christ,
Pastor Garry A. McCracken