Hello Trinity Family,

For this week’s meditation, I wanted to introduce you to another part of All Creation Sings Setting 12. We will use today’s offering “Be Known To Us” during communion of our recorded services during this next season. In normal times, this would serve as our post-communion canticle. I’m glad that we have found a way to incorporate this wonderful text into our current worship.
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

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Hello Trinity Family,

Today I offer ACS 1062, Build a Longer Table, as my music meditation in celebration of Christmas in July! In the southern hemisphere, since the seasons are reversed, many countries celebrate Christmas in July to appreciate all of the winter-themed festivities. In commemoration of this holiday, but since there is no snow on the ground in Maryland (With the heat lately, I wish there was!), today’s meditation sets a text about helping our neighbors set to the French Christmas carol, Noel Nouvelet. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela
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Hello Trinity Family,
For today’s meditation, I offer a hymn that I heard every year growing up: ACS 1008 Forgive Your People. In my childhood congregation, the triduum services every year were offered in both Spanish and English. Musically, half of the hymns were sung by our English-speaking choir while our Spanish-speaking choir offered the others. This hymn was sung in Spanish on Good Friday as a way to take accountability, to grieve, and to pray together. I felt that this hymn fit well with the somber tone of the readings this upcoming Sunday. The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

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Hello Trinity Family,

For this week’s meditation, I wanted to share a new hymn of healing from All Creation Sings, “When Memory Fades” #1081. This upcoming Sunday, we will hear about two of Jesus’ healing miracles. When I hear these short stories, I often feel a disconnect between the emotions presented and the emotions I have felt during times of personal healing. This hymn captures the nuances of experiencing hurt, healing, and faith. The lyrics center around an affliction that has affected many of our elderly loved ones, dementia. The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

1 When mem’ry fades and recognition falters,
when eyes we love grow dim, and minds, confused,
speak to our souls of love that never alters;
speak to our hearts by pain and fear abused.
O God of life and healing peace, empow’r us
with patient courage, by your grace infused.

2 As frailness grows, and youthful strengths diminish
in weary arms, which worked their earnest fill,
your aging servants labor now to finish
their earthly tasks, as fits your myst’ry’s will.
We grieve their waning, yet rejoice, believing
your arms, unwearied, shall uphold us still.

3 Within your Spirit, goodness lives unfading.
The past and future mingle into one.
All joys remain, unshadowed light pervading.
No valued deed will ever be undone.
Your mind enfolds all finite acts and off’rings.
Held in your heart, our deathless life is won!

Hello Trinity Family,

I loved being back at Trinity this past Sunday and seeing you all. Community is integral to my faith and worshipping with you keeps me grounded and centered. This past Sunday, I recorded today’s meditation, God is Here Today #993 in All Creation Sings, in the sanctuary after our outdoor service. I wanted to capture the energy we all bring to ministry. I hope you find hearing and seeing church members in the background as joyful as I do. Thank you for all you do for me, for each other, and in Jesus’ name.
The video can be found HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

Today’s meditation comes from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. As I have read this upcoming Sunday’s gospel passage, the parable of the mustard seed, I’ve reflected on my growth in my faith and in my ministry. Today’s meditation is also very special to me because it features my favorite guest artist, my mother, Connie Small! I hope you enjoy these three hymns from All Creation Sings: 1015 As a Mother Comforts Her Child, 1027 Don’t Be Afraid, and 1063 God of the Fertile Fields. The video can be found HERE.

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,

As we transition back to our “green” Sundays and spend time reflecting on how we worship, I offer three shorter hymns from All Creation Sings. These short hymns would fit well as responses throughout the service, like after communion. I encourage us as we hear these different hymn texts to reflect on how we respond to worship and to God’s love in our hearts. What parts of our faith do we boldly proclaim? What parts of worship encourage us to speak out? Which Bible verses are our favorite to sing? Today I offer three choices for us, ACS 1018 Deep Peace, 1035 Though the Earth Shall Change, and 1041 God is Love. The video can be found HERE.

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
Happy Ascension Thursday! While we have moved our official celebration of this day to Sunday, May 16th, today I want to offer a special Ascension musical offering. Much like the apostles in these ten days between the Ascension and Pentecost, during the pandemic, our staff has experienced the loneliness of ministry in front of an empty sanctuary into the camera. We are looking forward to transitioning into live-streaming worship. To demonstrate how technology can aid our efforts to create meaningful live worship experiences, the accompaniment for today’s meditation has both prerecorded and live components. The members of the Heavenly Handbells have prerecorded individual hand chime rings which I have programmed into a midi controller. As I sing today’s hymn, ACS 943 As the Wind Song, I am playing these recordings to create the accompaniment. While someday we will enjoy the Heavenly Handbells in the sanctuary again (with much more variation in technique, range, and musicianship than I can recreate with an electronic device), in the meantime our technological capabilities allow us to make worship inclusive to all.
The hymn lyrics are in the video description.
Blessings,
Angela

The link to the video is HERE.

What Is the World Like

What is the world like when God’s will is done?
Mustard seeds grow more than we can conceive:       
roots thread the soil; branches reach for the sun.
This is how God moves us each to believe.

What is the world like when God’s will is done?
Witness the wandering child coming home;
watch as the parent breaks into a run.
This is how God longs for us when we roam.

What is the world like when God’s will is done?
No more is neighbor just ally or friend;
peace thrives in places where once there was none.
This is how God works when rivalries end.

What is the world like when God’s will is done?
Ready for feasting, we watch through the night,
tending our lamps till the new day’s begun.
This is how God readies us for the light.

These are the stories that Jesus imparts,
filled with the Spirit who joins us as one.
Born through our voices, our hands, and our hearts,
this is a new world where God’s will is done.

Hello Trinity family, 
For this week’s journey through All Creation Sings, our new hymnal supplement, I am introducing one of two new musical settings. Setting 12 ties in scripture celebrating God’s creation. This option for the Hymn of Praise, Glory to You, God specifically describes how we can joyfully respond to God’s work in the world. The lyrics can be found in the comments of the YouTube video.
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela