It was interesting a couple of years ago to look back at what life was like in 1912, when this church was founded.  As I sat down to write this message, I wondered what was going on a hundred years ago now.

  • World War I (known then as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars” had started in Europe, but America had not yet gotten fully involved.
  • D. W. Griffith held the first screening of “Birth of A Nation.”
  • First transcontinental phone call from New York to San Francisco.
  • Congress voted down a proposal to allow women to vote – it would take another four years!
  • The Ford Motor Company manufactured the millionth Model T, revolutionizing travel in America.

And while all these things were going on, the congregation on the corner of Sunnyside & Sprague was actively ministering to a growing neighborhood, reaching out with community events and programs,  helping those in need and preaching the Gospel.

Today, we don’t have brand new Ford Model Ts driving by the church; it’s more likely to be a Toyota.  Instead of calling from New York to San Francisco on a wire, we can take a little gizmo out of our pocket while walking down Sprague Street and call Germany or Japan, get the weather in Timbuktu, and download documents from China.  Women can not only vote, but they may decide elections since they turn out at higher rates than men!  We’re not watching silent movies filled with racism like “Birth of a Nation,” we will be showing “Selma” and discussing ways to move forward with racial reconciliation in this new century.

Lots has changed – but some things haven’t.  The bell at Trinity will ring to announce Sunday School and worship, we’ll be holding programs to actively minister to the neighborhood, we’ll be supporting one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and living out the Gospel of love as Christ makes us able!

-          Pastor John