What is faith formation? Welcoming questions of all sorts.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Apostle Paul to the Romans (12:2)

Too often theology or "talk about God" is viewed as stuff for hermits and marooned shipwreck victims. When there's nothing else to do, then is the time to ask abstract questions about God. Such a notion would have exasperated the apostle Paul. To him, theology was worthless unless it made a difference in how people lived. Paul did not live as an intellectual recluse. He applied his theology to life, a.k.a. practicing what he preached. In fact, the lofty book of Romans was written while he was also raising money for famine victims in Jerusalem (see Romans 15:25-27).

Martin Marty, pastor and Lutheran church historian, has stated: "Christian faith has to do less with what you know and more with whom you know, namely, God and God in Jesus Christ." And yet, the "what" of Christian knowledge also matters greatly because all kinds of stories, events, memories, doctrines, and programs enrich the faith. In faith as in the rest of life, a person grows in knowledge by asking questions.

Therefore, as Lutherans, we welcome questions of all sorts from every generation. 

Faith formation for everyone . . .

  • Faith5 Sunday school

    Faith5* Sunday School--Sundays at 9:15 AM (September thru May)

    Resumes on Sunday, September 16th

    Faith formation for children ages 4 to 11.

                               *Faith5 practices: share, read, talk, pray, bless

    9:15 AM--Gathering Time in Sanctuary with Pastor Susan

                      We share our "highs and lows", sing songs, read a bible story and pray.

    9:30 AM--Classroom Time

                      Talk and explore the story with games and crafts and share a snack.

    10:00 AM--Sending Time

                       Each class concludes with the Lord's Prayer and sharing the peace of Christ.

  • Confirmation

    A new Confirmation curriculum from Sparkhouse . . .

    Collaborate* is fearless faith formation . . . for 6th to 8th grade youth.

    Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 PM (October thru May)

    Parent/Student Orientation to Confirmation:

    Monday, October 8th @ 7 PM

    Classes resume on Monday, October 22nd @ 4:00 PM

    Click on the picture of Luther for the schedule of classes--Schedule will be posted on September 15th.

    *A two-year commitment to hands-on interactive learning that leads to deep engagement with the Bible, church history, and Lutheran theology.

  • Women, Wine and the Word (WWW)

    Friday, March 1st @ 6:30 PM

    "Soup and Sandwich Night"

    Click on the picture to download the readings for Naomi, Orpah and Ruth.

    On the first (or second Friday) of October, December, March, and June, Holy Trinity offers women an opportunity to gather together to build relationships, share some food, a glass of wine, and some laughs as we explore God's word with curiosity and delight.

    In March, we will consider the relationship of Naomi, Ruth and Orpah—three widows who just happened to be mother-in-law and daughters-in-law.  A family created not by blood but by love.  What can each of these women teach us? How do we find God’s hand in the decision-making process? When is it best to press forward, and when it is best to turn back? How do we know the difference?  How does the story of Naomi and Ruth help us to look more kindly on the plight of immigrants and refugees?

    RSVP to Pastor Susan by email: pastorsusanholytrinitynj@gmail.com

  • Bible Study

    Hallelujah: the Bible and Handle's Messiah  Part II

    Wednesday Evenings @ 6:45 to 8:00 PM

    January 23, 30

    February 6, 13, and 20

    In Part 2 we will study the "Crucifixion" and "Resurrection" texts and music.

    We begin, once again, with a familiar text from Isaiah that is quoted by

    John the Baptist in the Gospel of John, “Behold the lamb of God!” This

    portion of Messiah includes quotes from Psalm 22, Psalm 24, 1 Corinthians 15,

    and Revelation 5. A six-week bible study that is a great preparation for both

    the six weeks of Lent and the eight weeks of Easter.