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Who we are and what we are about are a reflectionof the ministry and vision of our Pastor, The Reverend Doctor Bobbie Blackburn. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Faith,

It grieves my heart to be using this space to pay tribute to my dear friend, Paul Clark, and give thanks to God for his over 42 years of service at Trinity as our Organist and Choirmaster.  Paul  came to Trinity in June of 1976, and proceeded to occupy the “bench” here, sharing abundant joy in good times and being a faithful pillar of strength and encouragement in our challenging days.

To work with Paul for the past 21 years has been my deep privilege. Paul was  always ready to try new music and encouraged all musicians - young and mature ones as well - to give their heart and soul to making a joyful noise of praise to God.

Paul was unique in my experience, in his capacity for leading the congregation in song and worship through his awesome technique in organ playing. He always sought to lift up and support the voice of the people -- and I am not alone in believing that he met his goal with grace and much joy.

Paul’s happiest moments were spent in playing music.  He often said he wanted to “die on the bench” - not seriously, because that would have been terribly traumatic for all of us in worship!

Paul mentored numerous young people in voice over the years.  His encouragement and persistence in helping all who wanted to use God’s gifts and talents was inexhaustible.  Because of Paul, many have found their voice over the years and gone on to great and amazing lives of musical work.

Our congregational worship and our lives together were incredibly enriched by the love and talents and life of Paul Clark.  As we ponder moving forward in faith and hope, we will do so by God’s grace, and with the notes of the final hymn Paul played ringing in our ears:

Jesus shall reign where're the sun
does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore;
till moons shall wax and wane no more!

In gratitude and hope,

Pastor Bobbie

The Memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will be at Trinity, Saturday, August 4th, at 1pm. 


       

 

ROOTS Performing Arts Camp was an overwhelming success again this year. More than 50 elementary-aged children spent their days here, June 4th-7th, learning about and practicing drama, storytelling, various visual arts, dance, hip hop, percussion, and Zumba from area professionals. 

This free camp is made possible by support of Trinity Lutheran families and friends, Longboat Island Chapel, Joyce Falken and Denise Rademacher at Edward Jones, Nancy Griffin, Keeton’s Office & Art Supply - Frank Perry, Thrivent Financial, Joan and Carl Voyles, and Mary Zabin.