Welcome! Merry Christmas! We’re glad you’re here!
This week we celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism of Matthew B. We celebrated his Confirmation…on the Anniversary of his Baptism! This week also features the World Premiere of a new work by Angela Small & John Clifford. This week, we also say Farewell & Godspeed to Pastor Kern. He has been our pastor for the past 25 months, and for this we are thankful.
The link to the worship video is HERE.
The link to the bulletin is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletin is HERE.

Hello Trinity Family,

Between the staff’s recording and editing schedules, various Christmas-related events, and virtual gatherings, I’ve had a hard time drawing the line of when to celebrate Advent and when to celebrate Christmas. Even though Christmas Day is December 25th, I have already been enjoying the holiday as I’ve been editing the carols for our Christmas Eve service. Tonight over Zoom, we’ll be celebrating a different event–the angel Gabriel visiting Mary. Some Christian traditions celebrate this bible story, The Annunciation, on March 25th, nine months before Christmas. However, I think that this Advent, Mary’s enthusiastic response to God provides an excellent example for us to embrace the new year and the next chapter of our church’s ministry.
For tonight’s prelude, I offer a piano arrangement of Gounod’s Ave Maria. The lyrics include:
Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women

And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Blessings,
Angela


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447

Welcome! We have lots of worship opportunities this weekend.

December 20 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas is coming soon!
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the Children’s Bulletins is HERE.


Faith Formation Friday (on Saturday)

Ross sings ALL of our favorite songs, and Anita reads a Christmas story.
The link to the video is HERE.

I was having technical issues uploading videos on Friday. I apologize. – Anita


Blue Christmas 2020

The Advent season can be a difficult time for anyone who has had a loved one pass away or another sad event happen, while the rest of the world is celebrating the season. This year’s sadness is compounded by the Pandemic, in which COVID 19 has caused over 303,000 deaths in our country alone and has forced us to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Blue Christmas is an annual service at Trinity that allows time to listen, reflect, sing, and pray for hope and healing, so that people feel that they are not alone in their grief. You can view the Blue Christmas Service in the comfort of your home, light a candle to honor the person, persons, or situation of suffering or grief, and know that Jesus is with you always. 
The link to the video is HERE.


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447

The link to the worship materials is HERE.

Hello Trinity Family,

Happy belated Gaudete Sunday! I’ve been waiting for two weeks to light the third candle on my Advent wreath. This year, with all of the bad news around us, I find myself clinging to the enthusiastic hope that the third candle and Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday bring. So much so that, even though I was gifted four blue candles for my wreath, I tied a pink ribbon to this week’s candle to celebrate the special day. While we can’t tie a ribbon around all of our problems, we can certainly choose optimism and patience in waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises.

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For my Zoom service prelude tonight, I offer “How great our joy” arranged by Bill Wolaver. Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all. 
How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!

Blessings,
Angela


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 16 & 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447

Social Ministry Update Dec. 15, 2020

Thank you to everyone who supported the CFLS Toy Drive. Many people will benefit from your generous donations!

Thanks also to those who participated in A Wider Circle’s Adopt a Family initiative. We hope that the Signup Genius method of gift selection was helpful to know the family’s immediate needs and wants.

The next Living Faith Food Drive will be THIS SATURDAY, December 19, from 9am to 12 noon.  The demand for food assistance remains very high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. Their numbers continue to grow as the pandemic goes on — they have served 70 families in a single week. Recently the pantry has decided to keep its focus on food items only and suspend distribution of personal care items to insure that no one goes hungry. 

Date: Saturday, December 19  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd.                         
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org
Please consider a generous donation this holiday season to help local families! You may send a check directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851)
Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line.
For those participating in the Reverse Advent Calendar for the Living Faith pantry, please continue to collect items as specified; they all will be needed. 

Welcome! Happy Friday!

Ross sings some Christmas carols with us, and Anita asks about prophets.
The link to the video is HERE.


Adult Forum

There will be NO class this week, December 13. Please join David K next week as he begins a new Bible Study at 9:30am.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings during Advent, this week December 13 at the special time of 9:30am, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. 
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 3 are HERE.
See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.


Social Media Alert
If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings on Dec 7th and 15th, and during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Hello Trinity Family,

For this week’s Wednesday service prelude, I offer “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” arranged by Theodore Beck. As I reflect on the lyrics of this hymn, I can’t help but think of the line from our second reading in 2 Peter, “with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.” Usually the sunrise time is a Googleable fact, but this year especially, we have all learned how little that we can take for granted. For some of us, the sun will rise tomorrow morning at 7:17 am; for others, the sun won’t “rise” until we can see loved ones again after the pandemic; for others, not until society becomes more just. Whenever the sun will rise next, we know that God fulfills His promises to us. Our proof lies in a manger in Bethlehem two thousand years ago on the first Christmas morning.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
The King shall come when morning dawns
and light triumphant breaks,
when beauty gilds the eastern hills,
and life to joy awakes. 

Blessings,
Angela


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. The link to the worship folder is HERE.
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447

Grace and Peace to you this Advent Season! Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Here is our video for the Second Sunday of Advent.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletin is HERE.


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. 
The link to the worship folder is HERE.
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447

Hello Trinity Family,

After this long year of ups and downs, I find myself counting down the days til Christmas. My Advent wreath is out, my Christmas music playlist is queued up, and I’m two days into my Advent Calendar. Reflecting on this week’s readings, I keep going back to the adage “A watched pot never boils,” and in the spirit of Christmas I’ve been asking myself “Does a watched rosebud bloom?” Advent hymns and carols tend to capture this tone: anticipatory and full of hesitant joy. Tonight’s prelude for our Zoom service (offered in lieu of a Youtube meditation) Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming confidently declares the prophecies soon to be fulfilled, but the harmony captures the difficulty of staying awake and ready for a promise so bold and long-awaited. Please join us tonight on Zoom at 7 pm to reflect on these Advent themes together.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection.
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone was the night.

Blessings,
Angela


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 2, 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. 
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447