Pastor Trent’s Blog
Reflections from the study
If you hang around Heritage long enough, you’re going to hear about elders. You’ll hear us talk about how there are three terms used interchangeably in the New Testament for this office: elder, pastor, and overseer. You’ll hear us talk about how some of our elders are paid and some are unpaid, some have special assignments or expertise, but our elders lead us together.
Once a month I will pray what we’ll call “A Prayer for the Church” in our Lord’s Day gathering. Periodically I will post this prayer to this blog. The following prayer is adapted from the Prayer for the Church, from Sunday, October 4, 2020.
One way our elders at Heritage seek to lead our church to maturity in Christ is by the simple work of answering questions. We do this in informal and private ways, and we do this in especially public ways such as our annual Elders Q&A. On November 22 at 4:30 p.m. we will host our second annual Elders Q&A.
In Sunday’s sermon, “Worship and the Word,” from Mark 7:1–23, we came to Jesus’ famous confrontation with the scribes and the Pharisees on the topic of human tradition. The Pharisees sought to take God’s Word seriously. If God told the priests to wash their hands in the temple, then why shouldn’t all of us wash your hands all the time (Ex. 30:19–21)? And why not wash the pots and couches too? They did many things like this, apparently.
Dear Father, A man died on the street in Minneapolis under the knee of a police officer and we saw it with our eyes. Our nation is in turmoil and our cities are on fire. Oh Lord, there are many emotions we should feel right now: sadness, anger, and grief. There are many things we should pray for this morning—for your justice, your peace, and your healing. There are also many people we should pray for.
We’re committed to investing in the gospel’s advance by investing in men who aspire to serve as vocational preachers and pastors. Remember Paul’s words to Timothy: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2Tim. 2:2). That’s our biblical strategy for finding and appointing elders here at Heritage, and for propagating the gospel beyond our walls.
Some of you are going to have to start wearing real clothes on Sunday morning again. Some of you kids are going to have to wear a shirt again. Adults, you will now need a lid on your coffee. I’m excited to share that our elders have decided that we will begin...
Let’s just go crazy and sing another new song this week. City Alight is a group of song writers out of Australia who keep writing beautiful songs for us. These are the folks who wrote, “Only a Holy God,” “Christ is Mine Forevermore,” and “Yet Not I.” This newer song, “Jesus, Strong and Kind,” is an invitation to find our strength in Jesus, and to come to him through the cross. It’s simple, personal, and biblical. Enjoy.
The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism is the first question we should ask ourselves, and our children: What is your only comfort in life and in death? Here's the answer: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful...
It occurs to me that the first Good Friday and Easter were not marked by thoughtful gatherings and joyful celebration. That didn’t come until Pentecost when the Spirit came and the church was born. This year we’ll be apart, but it’s not because we’re ashamed of Christ or confused about his death.
Here are our plans for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.