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

Hello Trinity Family,

Today I offer another rendition of a traditional standard, How Great Thou Art. Since my good friend Brian is visiting from Michigan, I invited him to participate in this meditation contributing a song meaningful to his faith. He chose How Great Thou Art remembering the voice of his grandmother Dorothy (Dot) Mains, a coloratura soprano. She released multiple albums of hymns over the course of her career. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
We are now halfway through Summer. Where has the time gone? We have been recording services for over three months. While our new platform has made creativity difficult, this week’s meditation came naturally. 
Please enjoy “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman featuring special guest vocalist Brian M as this week’s offering.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the song text for your reflection:
Blessed by your name in the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow,
blessed be your name
Blessed be your name
when I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness, blessed be your name

Blessings,
Angela


Hello Trinity Family,
Every weekly email and every Zoom call brings us closer to worshipping together again in our sanctuary. I look forward to seeing you all again, but I know that worshipping in the age of social distancing will provide new challenges. Reading the Reopening Committee’s letter reminded me of a congregation I’ve previously played for: Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community. This group has defied Catholic law to ordain women. Because the traditional Catholic Church has ostracized them, they have no sanctuary to call their own. I played for them at Harriet Chapel in Thurmont, Maryland. They also worship in individuals’ homes. When they decided to ordain women, they ventured into unknown territory. Sometimes worship changes. Our faith always stays the same.
Please enjoy Donald Hustad’s arrangement of “Brethren We Have Met to Worship”. You all have heard this arrangement in Trinity’s sanctuary, but today I wanted to provide reassurance that even though our upcoming worship may look drastically different, we can still make it meaningful and spiritual. I recorded today’s meditation at Catoctin Furnace, across the street from where I accompanied Living Water.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sisters aided him.
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Saviour, tell them that he will be found.
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be shower’d all around.
Let us pause before our Maker and in silence hear his voice;
Christ the Living Word now meets us; in his truth let us rejoice. 
What we are should not appall us for his mercy meets us here;
we are now made one in Jesus, may our worship be sincere.

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity family,

Every week since quarantine started, I have addressed these emails the same way — “Trinity family”. In churches, we often cling to vague, reassuring phrases to foster a sense of community. How often do we throw around the phrases “children of God”, “family”, or “brothers and sisters in Christ”? What do these mean? I don’t know about all of you, but to me family means something very specific. Family means supporting each other through difficult situations, being present at the table even when someone makes decisions I disagree with, and setting aside my pride to accept help when I need it. Sometimes family means listening to soothing Lorie Line arrangements (at least for me, since my mother is a church musician), but family also means struggling and growing together. Regardless of how we’re addressing our emails to each other during this time of challenge and change, I encourage us all to reflect on the magnitude of the emotions we feel during this time, and fully appreciate that God loves and supports us just as fiercely.
Please enjoy Lorie Line’s arrangement of “Children of the Heavenly Father”. I have included some of the hymn text below. The link to the video is HERE.
Though He giveth or He taketh
God His children ne’er forsaketh
His, the loving purpose solely
To preserve them, pure and holy
Lo, their very hairs He numbers
And no daily care encumbers
Them that share His ev’ry blessing
And His help in woes distressing

Blessings,
Angela

Virtual Choir Invitation!

Hello parents of Trinity and children at heart!

I would like to put together a Virtual Children’s Choir. Ross and I have recorded “This Little Light of Mine” and would love for you all to add your lovely voices! All are welcome to participate. The rehearsal video consists of Ross and I singing side by side. Please invite your children to sing along with me as directed. All gestures, dancing, jumping for joy, and expressions are welcome! As I often tell the choir, our smile is a very important part of our singing. Here are some recording tips:
1. Please record your child or children, or yourself, while playing the rehearsal video. This way we can line up their singing and dancing with the accompaniment. If you have technical concerns or questions about recording, please email me or Anita.
2. If your child has difficulty following along with the video, please feel free to sing along with them. All are welcome in the video!
3. If your child is old enough to follow the video by themselves, please have them watch the video wearing headphones or earbuds. This helps us isolate their voice from the other music.
4. Often we record multiple takes to get the best one. This is normal and expected! If 4 minutes is a long time to sit still, you can begin recording their singing at the timestamp 2:16 in the rehearsal video, when our “performance” officially begins. The link to the video to listen and to record to is HERE.
Please upload recordings to this link
https://www.dropbox.com/request/30YGimrCAR0HFTboCWZ7 by 
Friday, 7/17. Again, please email me if you have any questions.
Thanks!
Angela