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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, 5. August 2018

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte:  Colin G
Assisting Minister:  Jerry B
Children’s Church:  Margaret F
Greeter:  Louise G
Lector:  Sabrina R
Ushers:  Donna & Steve S
Coffee Hour:  Donna & Steve S
Altar Custodian:  Carol B
Bulletin Assembly:  Diana M
Tellers:  Thor N, Petra T

Weekly Devotional

Hungry to Do

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

Barley bread on the ground and fish in hand, like manna that came down from heaven in the wilderness for their ancestors, left the crowd addled and eager to know how to keep this food coming. But had they not noticed? Pay attention. Receive, take and eat on the grassy green hillside by the sea just as your ancestors did on the sandy brown desert floor.

Apparently when Jesus answered the crowd’s question, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” by telling them that God’s work is God’s work, they were not satisfied. They wanted to know what to do. Jesus continued, “Believe” (John 6:28-29).

Oscar was desperate to have what his wife had, unrattled faith. Relentlessly, just as day after day he stalked rummage sales, scoured flea markets, and searched secondhand shops to find treasures, he hunted for the land of faith where breath would be easy, sight would be sharp, trust would be simple, and steps would be certain on ground that would not shift. He wanted to have what his wife had, unrattled faith. The day he pled and shrugged, “What can I do to have it?” she said this: “Oscar, just give up.”

What must we do to end the hunger to do? We must be ready to lose enough to gain, be brave enough to be weak, be empty enough to be full, be vulnerable enough to be safe, be done enough to be done.

The crowd pressed Jesus. “Sir, give us this bread always” (John 6:34). Jesus said, in effect, “Why sure, that’s what I do.”

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

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.

Summer Worship – One Service!
July, August, and Labor Day Weekend

This summer, through Sunday 2. Sept, there will be one Sunday liturgy at 10:00 am, with coffee hour following. This is an opportunity to meet Trinity members who normally attend “that other” service.

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 $430,882.07 as of 29. July. Thank you for your generous support.

Welcome, Adam

Adam D will be leading our worship from the organ console as Trinity’s supply organist for the month of August.

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.

Church Directory

Church directory draft is available for review in the Social Hall. Please check your information and correct as needed.

National Philharmonic Youth Summer Strings Institute Concerts

Area school students who have been rehearsing at Trinity this month, will present free public concerts here on Friday 3. and 10. August (high school) and Friday 17. August (middle school) at 7:30 pm.

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:

# Still Needed Item
226 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8×10½”; no loose-leaf paper
54 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
0 Pencil sharpeners Thank You!
77 Blunt scissors
148 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
194 Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
68 Box of 16 or 24 crayons
21 2½” eraser

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.

Week of Hope: 29. July – 3. August

Six of Trinity’s Youth participated in Week of Hope community service mission trip in Pittsburgh, PA. Thousands of children and adults in Pittsburgh don’t know where their next meal will come, and many are homeless. Week of Hope partners with ministries and organizations to address these and other needs.



Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church

. . . 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

nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Amanda M
Margo W

family and friends*
Cindy B, friend of Judy D
Darwin C, brother of Keith C
Dierdre & Matthew D, friends of Susan K
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.

5. Giovanni S
6. John W
7. Luis H, Kristina S
8. Kari-Elise C
9. Bud B, Wes O
10. Sydney R
11. Laura S, Soren S

Baptismal Days
5. Mark P
9. Kevin M

Wedding Anniversaries
5. Inna & Jeff S
9. Ana & Daniel N

This Week at Trinity

Sun 5. Aug (Pentecost 11 / Lectionary 18)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am Holy Communion
11:15 am Choir rehearsal

Tues 7. Aug
11:15 am Staff mtg

Wed 8. Aug
1:00 pm Men’s Group CANCELED

Fri 10. Aug
7:30 pm National Phil. Summer Strings Inst High School Concert (Wor)

Next Sun 12. Aug (Pentecost 12 / Lectionary 19)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am Holy Communion

Looking Ahead
19. Aug Bethesda H&R (Worship & Music Team)
26. Aug Blessing of Kindergartners and Backpacks
26. Aug Food for the Poor Sunday

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – 29. July 2018

Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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July 26, 2018 Tidings

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – 22. July 2018

Holy Communion 10:00 am – One Service Only

O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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July 19, 2018 Tidings

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – 15. July 2018

Holy Communion 10:00 am – One Service Only

O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

In this issue:

  • Strange Mercy
  • Life Transitions
  • School Supply Collection
  • Prayers, Calendar, and more

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – 8. July 2018

Holy Communion 10:00 am

God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

In this issue:

  • If There Is A Theme
  • School Supplies Collection
  • Summer Music
  • Prayers, Calendar, and more

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