Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 19. August 2018
Holy Communion at 10:00 am
Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy
Acolyte: Anjali A
Assisting Minister: Robyn K
Children’s Church: Margaret F
Greeter: Trevor H
Lector: Hagen S
Ushers: Angela B & Robert P
Coffee Hour: Margaret F & Marilyn G
Altar Custodian: Carol B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Tellers: Peggy & Dick J
Organist: Adam D
Hungry for Meaning
The account of Viktor Frankl’s survival in Nazi death camps, written in his famous memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, tells about the relentless days of wretched suffering. But most remarkable are his words about finding meaning in a grim wasteland of loss, the discovery of something that gives life in an existence pulsing with cruelty and death. Few of us face such horrors, but many of us do know what it is to rise into mornings that drift into hollowed out nights, days of empty passages.
During a long stretch of loneliness, the man paced vacantly through once joyful corridors that had become a maze of confused anguish. For anyone and no one to hear, he cried, shouted, “This is no life!” He wanted neither to live nor to die. Nothing—shopping, traveling, eating, drinking, going, coming, playing, working, hoarding, shedding—nothing had meaning.
Today, Jesus speaks of himself as living bread from heaven, his flesh for food and his blood for drink. The Gospel of John offers no details of the Lord’s supper, no instructions spoken over bread and wine, no “Do this for the remembrance of me.” Instead, here, Jesus’ invitation is to share in his way of abundant life, in a word, “abide.”
Abide. You are not alone. Abide. Jesus is with you. Abide in communion with the one who hugs lepers, expels demons, breathes with the dead, rescues the far gone, goes to prison, wants the unwanted, loves the shamed, forgives the guilty, serves the servant, blesses the thieves, welcomes aliens, cancels debts, listens to children, gives the blind kaleidoscopes, the deaf symphonies, and the voiceless a song. May this be our prayer today: “When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, oh, abide with me” (ELW 629).
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
Summer Worship – One Service!
Summer Music 2018
We would love to hear you during worship – during the offering or during the Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August. Please sign up on the sheet located on the Bulletin Board near the Social Hall Kitchen.
Pledging for Mission
BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $433,271.07 as of 12. August. Thank you for your generous support.
Food For The Poor does much more than feed the millions of individuals. They drill wells for clean drinking water; provide life-saving medical care; build homes for families without adequate shelter; provide skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities that enable the poor to work; and give children an education, enabling them to break free from the cycle of poverty. More than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor. On Sunday 26. August, Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz will share the story of this ministry with us through a message entitled, “The Hope of the Poor”. You will be invited to participate in this ministry through a special offering.
Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (ELW No. 651)
Through the stanzas of Thomas Troeger’s hymn we give repeated praise to Christ described as “persistent truth,” “inclusive love,” “word of faith” and “tide of grace.” The beginning stanzas go on to show that Christ “gathers…strangers,” “eases…prejudice,” “claims us” and reveals “visions of a world at peace,” with a refrain: “We praise you Christ! Your cross has made us one!” The congregation sings the constant reminder that it is through the cross that Christ does these things.
Summer Collection: School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. LWR distributes school kits to places where even a few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Pencils and paper can help write a positive future for many children.
We are collecting the school supplies listed below. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, 9. September, Trinity will assemble the items into school kits during an Inter-generational Sunday School. Many donations have already been received, and with your continued support we can reach our goals! Please place donations in the bins in the Social Hall.
Here are the total items needed to complete this year’s goal of 140 kits:
|184||70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8×10½”; no loose-leaf paper|
|51||30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other|
|98||Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)|
|15||Box of 16 or 24 crayons|
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols.
Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.
Church directory draft is available for review in the Social Hall. Please check your information and correct as needed.
Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.
National Philharmonic Youth Summer Strings Institute Concerts
Area school students who have been rehearsing at Trinity this month, will present a free public here on Friday 17. August (middle school) at 7:30 pm.
“Flat Jesus” at the International Handbell Symposium in Cairns, Australia with Julie N and Marilyn C.
Cristina G and Bob C are also at the Symposium as non-ringing tour delegates.
Remember in Your Prayers
. . . the church
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
Pr. Robert M
family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Dierdre & Matthew D, friends of Susan K
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
19. Carter M
22. Jeffrey B
23. Cristina G
24. Lia G
24. Jill H
19. Jane R
21. Jerry B
25. Kristen T
21. Diana & Bill B
22. Carolyn L & Jim L
22. Kristina & Hagen S
25. Mariluz & Steven R
This Week at Trinity
Sun 19. Aug (Pentecost 13 / Lect 20)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am Holy Communion
1:45 pm Bethesda H&R (Worship & Music Team)
Tues 21. Aug
11:15 am Staff mtg
Next Sun 26. Aug (Pentecost 14 / Lect 21)
Food for the Poor Sunday
School Supply Collection for LWR
Blessing of the Backpacks
10:00 am Holy Communion
11:15 am Food for the Poor Q&A
3. Sept Labor Day – Church Office Closed
9. Sept Rally Sunday
Two-Service Worship Schedule Resumes
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Installation of Sunday School Teachers