This season, our mid-week Lenten services will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm via Zoom. In order to help facilitate this online worship experience, we wanted to share some tips and suggestions. 

Zoom address:
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 

~The service begins at 7:30pm. This is a ‘live’ event, so the link will not access worship prior to the start time. We are going to try to record the service and make it available afterwards, but that won’t happen in real time.  A link for the recording will (hopefully) be available in the Thursday Trinity Tidings email. 

~A link for worship materials can be found HERE. You may print them off, use your tablet/phone to view them, or just listen. It’s your choice. The format will be the same each week, with the readings, reflection, and prelude music changing. The link to the readings is HERE.

~Zoom requires us to admit people to the zoom room. Be patient. Someone will let you ‘in.’ Upon entering the zoom worship space, please mute yourself. This will cut down on feedback and extra noises that would make more difficult. 

~We suggest using ‘Speaker view’ in zoom for worship. This will allow you to see who is speaking, singing, or playing in real time.

~If you have the Lenten Devotional that we made available (Again and Again), you may find it helpful to have it handy. It’s also not a necessity. 

~Use the chat! There is a chat feature in zoom. Use it to say “hi” to one another and request prayers. Additionally, during the ‘homily’ use it to respond to questions that may be asked or insights you may have. This will enhance the feeling of being together as we worship. 

~When worship concludes, after the peace, you may unmute yourself and take a few moments to chat with others. We will leave the zoom link open for 10 minutes or so.

Notes on the Prelude from Angela February 24, 2021

Hello Trinity Family,

Tonight as a prelude to Holden Evening Prayer, I will offer Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord as a prelude. This piece by Mendelssohn, arranged by Jan Sanborn, conveys trust and hope in the Lord with a meditative, prayerful confidence. Much like the songs comprising Holden Evening Prayer, this hymn includes bold acknowledgements of the Lord’s power and commitment to us. As we journey through Lent together, I encourage us to step confidently, trusting the Lord to be there for us always, and especially when we need him most.

Here are the hymn lyrics for your reflection.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
And he shall sustain thee.
He never will suffer the righteous to fall.
He is at thy right hand.
Thy mercy, Lord, is great
And far above the heav’ns.
Let none be made ashamed
That wait upon thee.

I look forward to worshipping with you all live tonight!

Grace & Peace to you! We begin our time in Lent this year with the story of Noah’s Ark and the Flood, and we hear God’s Voice again say, “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.”
The video can be found HERE.
Worship materials can be found HERE.
Children’s Bulletin can be found HERE.

​Our weekly Faith Formation video can be found HERE.
This week, Ross sings with us, and Anita reminds us of our favorite toy in the nursery.

An additional resource for Faith Formation this week can be found HERE.

Wednesdays in Lent

February 24 – March 17, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address:
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
A worship folder link will be emailed and posted on Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten journey. This Lent, we begin our journey with the monotony of the past pandemic months coloring our steps. We invite you to step into this new season with intentionality, with the hopes of deepening your relationship with God, with each other, and the world. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Worship materials can be found HERE.

A few notes on the Ash Wednesday service as you begin:

Take a few moments and set your space. Make sure it’s comfortable, put your text messages on silent, spread a table cloth and light a candle.  During this evening’s service, you will be invited to participate in virtual Holy Communion. You may read about Holy Communion in Extraordinary Circumstances here. If you were able to pick up a Lenten goody bag, communion elements for this evening were provided. However, you may use bread/crackers and wine/grape juice. If you feel unsure about receiving communion in this manner, you may take some time for individual reflection. If someone does not receive communion in your household, feel free to offer them a blessing. 

Additionally, please have your ashes available and prepared (either dry or with a drop of oil). You will also be invited to make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads (or your own), with the accompanying words: Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return. If you do not have ashes, you may make your own or rub your finger over the wick of a previously burned candle. 

Also, don’t forget our Lenten challenge to strengthen your relationship with God, others, and the world (see list of suggestions on our Facebook page and in the 2/11 Trinity Tidings). 

In this Lent, may God’s steadfast love cradle our laments and may God’s grace wash away our weariness. May we return to God. 

Wednesday Music Meditation

Hello Trinity family,
Some days I think about how much we have grown this past year. Since last Ash Wednesday, I’ve grown in patience and perseverance and I’ve become more grateful of the gifts of others and accepting of my own personal flaws. My life looks completely different than it did a year ago. While adapting to the world’s circumstances has proved challenging, I’ve been secretly relieved that I could handle more difficult Sunday mornings away from the public eye.
This is normal, and this is human. Every year we celebrate our resignation and acceptance by burning the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday. Our savior is no longer riding into Jerusalem, and we are here with the daunting task of spreading his gospel in a sin-ridden world. How will the world know we are Christians? How will we grow this Lent? How will we rise up through these difficult times to meet Jesus with joy on the third day? First we begin today with an offering of ashes, a bold symbol of setting aside our own human shortcomings to be created anew in Christ.
The hymn text to our prelude, Ashes by Tom Conry, is printed below:
We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes, redeemed, O Lord, by you.
Our prayer, O Lord, is sorrow, our grieving hearts renew,
an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

Grace and Peace to you!
This weekend we are celebrating Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday before Lent begins. This is the Sunday where we “bury” the Alleluia until Easter Sunday.
The link to the video is HERE.
Worship Materials can be found HERE.
The children’s bulletin can be found HERE.

Hello Friends!
Here is our Faith Formation Video for Transfiguration Sunday! Ross sings with us, and Anita reads to us about Elijah and Elisha.
The link to the video is HERE.
For a Transfiguration Story lesson and activities, click HERE.

Hello Trinity Family,

Happy Transfiguration Sunday! Today I offer Lloyd Larsen’s arrangement of Kristyn Getty’s hymn There is a Higher Throne. I love how the message and chord progression capture the simplistic joy in seeing the future ahead. As we prepare for Lent during our transition into springtime, I pray that we can rest for a moment in the optimism of God’s promises.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
There is a higher throne
Than all this world has known
Where faithful ones from every tongue
Will one day come
Before the Son we’ll stand
Made faultless through the Lamb
Believing hearts find promised grace
Salvation comes


Grace and Peace to you! Today is a day long awaited….This week is Pastor Christine’s first Sunday with us! We look forward to this new chapter of ministry together. We also celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Trinity (February 4).
The link to the worship video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletins is HERE.

Faith Formation Friday (?)

Ross sings with us, and Anita reads our gospel lesson for this week.
The link to the video is HERE.
Our friends at Illustrated Ministry released THIS for today as well.

Virtual Coffee Hour with Pastor Christine!

Please join us for our first ever Zoom Coffee Hour at noon on Sunday, February 7, 2021.  It will be an opportunity to connect with one another in small groups and to begin to know Pastor Christine and Drew D. 
Zoom address:
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 995 1391 2956

If you have any trouble joining, please email the office or call Carol B at home.  Carol will not be physically at the office.

Hello Trinity Family,

These days, worship for me feels nothing like it did a year ago. The music is recorded separately in advance and the parts of worship come together in individual segments recorded in various places. Because of this, I didn’t learn that Jude Maloney had passed away until after the music for Reconciling in Christ Sunday was recorded. Editing joyful and affirming hymns like Shine Jesus Shine proved incredibly difficult for me as grief resonated through our Lutheran community.
I encourage us as we continue to boldly affirm and reconcile differences, to allow ourselves to grieve. In the words of our National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, “Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew, That even as we hurt, we hoped, That even as we tired, we tried, That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious—Not because we will never again know defeat But because we will never again sow division.” 
Today’s meditation is my own arrangement of a traditional Catholic hymn prayed or sung during funerals. These verses of the Dies Irae (verses 7 and 8 beginning “Quid Miser Sum”) capture the difficult and complicated emotions that accompany unexpected loss.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
What then shall I, a sinner, say?
Who can I ask to pray for me,
When even the just man fears his safety?
O King of awful majesty
Who saves the chosen, freely,
Save me, o font of mercy!Amen

Grace and Peace to you in this Epiphany Season!

Today, we welcome Pastor Ray Ranker as our guest pastor. He is the campus pastor for Lutheran Campus Ministry at UMD – College Park. For more information on the ministry, click HERE.
This week, we join many Lutheran churches in celebrating Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday. In May 2000, Trinity voted to be an RIC congregation. For Trinity’s Affirmation of Welcome, click HERE.

The link to the worship video is HERE.
The link to the worship resources is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletin is HERE.

Faith Formation Friday (on Saturday)

Hello Friends! I had a medical scare, and I’m doing MUCH better. I am resting, and I am still moving slowly. I will be returning to Faith Formation videos next week. In the meantime, here are some resources. – Anita
Sunday School @ Home
Illustrated Ministry (4th Sunday after Epiphany)
Coloring Pages for when you feel Anxious

Hello Trinity Family,

This upcoming Sunday we will celebrate Reconciling in Christ Sunday. This special day celebrates our dedication to welcome and inclusivity and our continual mission to overcome bias and prejudice. Our meditation for today is Amazing Grace arranged by Lorie Line. I encourage us to reflect on how we have grown throughout our lives by listening to the stories of our brothers and sisters in Christ and gaining different perspectives.
The link to the video is HERE.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
‘Twas grace has brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home