This Sunday is the day where the church celebrates the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is known for his love of creation, and for preaching to animals. During our Parking Lot Church Service, we will also bless animals. Please bring your dogs, cats, chickens, llamas, turtles, and hermit crabs to our service at 4 pm. Please use this link HERE to sign up for the worship service.


Trinity Film Series

A Look at Racism Through Film – 13th
Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pmValerie M, facilitator

Please join us for a discussion focused on the documentary film, 13th. The film presents a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place. This film is not rated. High school aged youth are invited to watch the film and join the discussion. Please view the film ahead of time for free on Youtube or on Netflix with a subscription.
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,88563034831# US(Germantown)
Dial by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)       
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831

Grace and Peace to you! Here is our video for the 17th Sunday After Pentecost. We hope this video brings you a moment of peace in this trying time.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.

Hello Friends!

Here is our Faith Formation video for the Parable of the Two Sons! Ross sings with us, and we have a special surprise guest! The link to the video is HERE.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film – 13th, documentary
Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pm
Valerie M, facilitator

Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Please view the movie at home, prior to the online Zoom discussion group. Our film next week is a documentary and not rated. High school youth are invited to join the discussion. Link will be out next week.
13th, is a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place.

13th is available for free on Youtube or on Netflix with a subscription.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com

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

Welcome Friends! Here is our video for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost. This week’s video also includes the Installation of the Council & the Call Committee.

The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.


Hello Friends!

Happy Faith Formation Friday! Ross sings with us, and Anita reads the story of Jonah. The link to the video is HERE.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, October 1, 15, and 29 at 7:30 pm  
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:  
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (October 1)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (October 15)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (October 29)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.  
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)  
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


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

Grace and Peace to you! Here is our worship video for the 15th Sunday After Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace and joy in the midst of this time.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.

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