Hello Trinity Family,
This week I offer Here I Am Lord arranged by Jack Schrader. The readings of the past few weeks have focused on uncomfortable themes of times to come: punishment for sins, limitations on who will go to heaven, and grinding and gnashing of teeth. This week’s readings will include a call to action as well. Following Christ’s example isn’t always easy or straightforward, but with the help of God’s grace, we can all act as God’s hands and feet in the world and bring each other closer to salvation.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
I the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save
I who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
Here I am, LordIs it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night
I will go, Lord
If You lead me
I will hold Your people in my heart
Blessings,
Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
Happy Veterans’ Day!  Today I offer America the Beautiful arranged by Lorie Line.
The link to the video is HERE.

Here is the hymn text for your reflection.
Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Hello Trinity Family,
For today’s meditation I offer Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach transcribed by Egon Petri. There are no words to this piece, but I hope it provides a sense of peace for us during this next phase of our country’s leadership, whatever that may be.
Blessings,
Angela
The link to the video is HERE.

Hello Trinity Family,
This upcoming Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day together remembering those who have passed and are now with Jesus. For today’s meditation, I offer Softly and Tenderly arranged by Joel Raney. I love how this hymn calls attention to the natural progression of life to death. As we watch the season change and the leaves fall, this hymn reminds us of how beautiful and natural it is for those in our lives to finally meet Jesus, even though it hurts so much for us.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portals He’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me
Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, “O sinner come home”
Blessings,
Angela

(Apologies. I was having technical issues getting this edited and up on Wednesday. – Anita)

Hello Trinity Family,
Church holidays are always exciting, busy times. I love meeting, rehearsing, making music, and everything that special occasions entail. However, to keep myself going I always need to take time by myself to recharge. This week I have spent and will spend countless hours arranging, recording and editing. This is in addition to taking online classes and getting ready to begin as a teacher’s assistant at a new school. This morning I stole a few moments to play piano in the sanctuary, accompanying my own prayers for peace and health. Today’s offering is “Steal Away” arranged by Lloyd Larson.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Steal away, steal away,
Steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home,
I ain’t got long to stay here.

Blessings,
Angela

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