Hello Trinity Family,

As we approach Reformation Day, I can’t help but compare this year’s holiday season to years past. Over the next ten weeks we will celebrate Reformation, All Saints’, Thanksgiving, Christmas, all during a call process and national political events! But this year, these services will be coordinated over Zoom meetings and look very different from years prior. Today’s hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” arranged by Larry Shackley centers us back to God’s unchanging love and steadfastness during this time. It reminds me of my gratitude for the people who have stayed in my life for many years, throughout changing careers and all of life’s circumstances. One musical friend of mine, composer and guitarist Johnny Clifford, recently shared a framed poem with me written by his uncle, Charles Bourquin. This poem will be my personal hymn of steadfastness as the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and our staff prepares for the upcoming church holidays.
The link to the video is HERE.
Poem text:
Courage! What if the snows are deep,
And what if the hills are long and steep,
And the days are short, and the nights are long
And the good are weak and the bad are strong?
Courage! The snow is a field for play,
And the longest hill has a well worn way.
There are songs that shorten the longest night,
There’s a day when wrong shall be ruled by right.
So Courage! Courage! ‘Tis not far
From a plodded path to a shining star!
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

Please join us in musically celebrating Reformation Day by submitting a video for our recorded service on October 25th! I welcome all of us to submit videos singing A Mighty Fortress. I have made a rehearsal video explaining how to record available HERE. All are welcome to contribute! The hymn text is displayed in the video, so all you need are a recording device, a playback device, headphones, and a smile. Most phones and computers work fine for recording. If you would prefer to print out the lyrics, the hymn text is available HERE
Please submit videos to this link HERE by Monday October 19th. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Anita.
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
This past Sunday, Pastor Kern’s sermon resonated with me. Much in our lives has changed over the past year. As I have been going through the motions of a typical church musician’s fall, I can’t help but dwell on the differences in my life and in my faith in the past twelve months. Musically speaking, my life feels like a reharmonized hymn. The melody is the same, but the rhythm and tonality have kept me on my toes. This week I offer Joel Raney’s arrangement of “It is Well With My Soul”. This is an old hymn, but this arrangement offers different chords and rhythms that I think complement this year’s unique challenges.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
For today’s meditation I offer “In Christ Alone” arranged by Larry Shackley. We have a busy season coming up. From going through our call process to celebrating old holidays in a new way, we have many reasons to worry. However, we have many more reasons to stay hopeful and continue to be God’s hands in the world.
The link to the video is HERE.

Here is the Hymn text for your reflection.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus discusses theology in the temple preaching about the nature of baptism and who fulfills the will of the Father. While I imagine this discussion as very formal and academic, I have to remind myself that immediately preceding this Jesus flipped tables and cursed at a fig tree. Love isn’t always easy. Gospel truths can’t always be summed up with a cute parable. The decision to follow Jesus guides us down a difficult path rife with sacrifice and difficult personal growth. Thankfully Jesus walked the difficult journey, sacrificing everything out of his love for us.
For this week’s meditation I offer “There is a Fountain” arranged by Joel Raney. The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
There is a fountain filled with blood
  Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains:
  Lose all their guilty stains,
  Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
  Lose all their guilty stains.

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

This upcoming Sunday’s sermon will be a tough one. We hear a parable about laborers working in a vineyard. Throughout the day, the landowner finds people standing idly in his field, and he puts them to work. At the end of the day, some people have been working since dawn and others for only an hour. However, the landowner pays them all the same wage. In my life, I’ve always tried to be the person at the vineyard by sunrise. My career has involved planning far ahead making strategic educational and financial decisions, so this Gospel reading as always proved difficult for me. However, this year, everything has been turned on its head. I’ve gone from performing live to producing videos, from coffee hours to Zoom socials, and from accompaniment to recordings. Frankly, when I heard the parable again this year, my first thought was “Thank God I made it to the vineyard before sunset!”
Today’s offering is “I’m Gonna Sing/Ain’t-a That Good News?” arranged by Larry Shackley. I love how this hymn encourages us that God appreciates all the work that we do, regardless of our difficult circumstances. The link to the video is HERE.

Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
I’ve a crown up in the Kingdom
Ain’t that good news
I’ve a crown up in the Kingdom
Ain’t that good news
I’m going to lay down this world
Going to shoulder up my cross
Goin’ to take it home to Jesus
Ain’t that good news

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

Since last week’s parking lot service, I have been reflecting a lot on forgiveness and reconciliation. Sometimes mending relationships is tricky, and we don’t know what words to say. Today’s meditation, Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach arranged by Jack Schrader, has no words. This week, I encourage us to reflect on the difficult work that God calls us to do in resolving our differences with love and grace.
The link to the video is HERE.
From Isaiah 11:
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
    and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.


Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity family,
Whenever I find city life overwhelming, I always escape to the nearest hiking trail to remind myself of God’s peace. These past two weeks I took a break from audio editing with a lovely two week vacation in the mountains. I spent much of my vacation along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park enjoying incredible views of nature. The views reminded me of today’s hymn, “Unclouded Day”. I hope it reminds us that in the middle of all our uncertainty and unrest, good days are ahead. I’m looking forward to celebrating this next season with you.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Oh, they tell me of a home far beyond the skies
Oh, they tell me of a home far away
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day
Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

This week I’m taking final exams for my online classes. Then on Monday I will be leaving for a two week long vacation. I can’t help but think about how normally during this time towards the end of summer, I would be prepping for choir season. Instead of picking months of choir anthems, I’ve been frantically reading ACDA recommendations about singing during the pandemic and learning best practices for Zoom rehearsals. Even after we reopen, service music and rehearsals will look much different. Anita and I been examining new ways to use our space and structure rehearsal time. Unfortunately, much will have to change.
Today I offer Lorie Line’s arrangement of “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. I chose this song because it isn’t one that we typically consider a hymn. In order to adapt to this new season of uncharted territory, we’ll have to think outside the box. For me, that means researching new singing recommendations, keeping our online services engaging, and keeping our (eventual) in-person worship musically vibrant. (If you have thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me.) For Trinity, I encourage us all to challenge our preconceived notions about worship and embrace the new season to come.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here are the song lyrics from Ecclesiastes for your reflection:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

This month begins a new season for us. We have new council members, possible plans for reopening, and are beginning to look forward into the fall towards our “new normal”. As the guidelines for Covid prevention are now clear and the county has begun to open, I have returned to Trinity to resume recording instrumental music in the sanctuary. However, it will be quite a while before we’re singing together again since singing carries germs much farther than speaking. For this week’s meditation, I offer David Tolk’s composition “In Reverence”. There are no lyrics. Instead I encourage us to reflect on what “sanctuary” means to us. I have included pictures of the sanctuary showing how it has felt for me this summer: dark, somber, and empty. I look forward this fall to our church family providing the “brightness” for our worship and being sanctuary for each other.
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela