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, December 7th @ 6:30 PM

    "Salad Bar Night"

    Click on the picture to download the readings for Elizabeth and Anna.

    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 December we will take a look at the lives and the proclamation of two women “of Christmas”—Elizabeth and Anna—both “women of a certain age” who participate in surprising ways in an age of transition and transformation. As a certain saying goes, “never underestimate middle-aged women in comfortable shoes!”  Let’s discover the lessons of hope and strength these two more-than-middle aged women offer for us today.

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

  • Bible Study

    Hallelujah: the Bible and Handle's Messiah  Part I

    Wednesday Evenings @ 6:45 to 8:00 PM

    October 10, 17, 24 (no class on the 31st)

    November 7, (no class on November 14th), November 28th

    Handel's beloved oratorio, Messiah, is a wonderful way into the Bible. In Part 1 of this two part bible study, we will study the "Christmas" or "Incarnation" texts and music by Handel.  In Part 2 we will study the "Crucifixion" and "Resurrection" texts and music.  This class will include at least one guest lecturer on the music of Handel and his Messiah