According to the Book of Acts, one of the earliest places of worship for disciples of Jesus was the Temple in Jerusalem. In all likelihood, the early believers gathered in the portico of the Temple, a sort of “front porch.” As this was a very public place, anyone passing by would be able to observe or participate in the church’s worship or engage its members in discussions about the Holy Scriptures and their proclamation of Jesus as Lord. That is what this blog attempts to replicate in part. We are eager to engage everyone interested in the “big issues” and how the good news about Jesus’ helps us to think about them in new ways. All are welcome to join the conversation. Neither membership nor belief in God is required. All you need bring is an inquiring mind.
Since the start of the new church year on November 29, 2015, this blog has been dedicated to interfacing the scripture readings from the Common Lectionary with poetry. Though the Scriptures are the norm of the church’s faith and teaching, they are not the sole source of all knowledge, understanding and insight. The work of poets also plumbs the depths of human experience and helps us interpret our world. Just as faith in the Triune God confessed by the church makes good sense, so also do the voices of the poets. It is our aim to discover how dialogue between poets on the one hand and the apostles and prophets on the other might enrich our understanding and make even better sense.
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Trinity’s Portico is a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church. Trinity is a church dedicated to following Jesus Christ and serving him in word and deed. Our facility is located at 167 Palisade Avenue, Bogota, New Jersey, 07603. We worship each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and welcome peoples of all nations, cultures and persuasions, including skeptics and seekers. Our mission is to provide a home in the love of Jesus Christ where all God’s children can be nurtured in worship and fellowship through the Word and Holy Sacraments, so that, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, sharing the life of Jesus and His ministry of compassion and justice in our daily lives and ministries, we might grow in faith and numbers and proclaim God’s reign of love to all.
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