Welcome Friends! Anita talks about blessings, Anita’s dog, Brett, decides to be helpful, and Ross sings A BUNCH of songs with us.
The link to the video is HERE.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30 am.   Please email him for a 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.”


Hello Trinity Family,

This week I’m taking final exams for my online classes. Then on Monday I will be leaving for a two week long vacation. I can’t help but think about how normally during this time towards the end of summer, I would be prepping for choir season. Instead of picking months of choir anthems, I’ve been frantically reading ACDA recommendations about singing during the pandemic and learning best practices for Zoom rehearsals. Even after we reopen, service music and rehearsals will look much different. Anita and I been examining new ways to use our space and structure rehearsal time. Unfortunately, much will have to change.
Today I offer Lorie Line’s arrangement of “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. I chose this song because it isn’t one that we typically consider a hymn. In order to adapt to this new season of uncharted territory, we’ll have to think outside the box. For me, that means researching new singing recommendations, keeping our online services engaging, and keeping our (eventual) in-person worship musically vibrant. (If you have thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me.) For Trinity, I encourage us all to challenge our preconceived notions about worship and embrace the new season to come.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here are the song lyrics from Ecclesiastes for your reflection:
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

Blessings,
Angela

Happy Friday!

Here is our Faith Formation video for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Ross and Angela sing with us, and Anita talks about how God can speak to us in silence. The link to the video is HERE.


Now For a Completely Different Adult Forum!

David and Mary are still away on vacation this week, but we’re going to gather at our usual 9:30 on Sunday morning and do something a little different. Okay, maybe a lot different for some. You will need to come prepared to either do a little writing, or to do a little doodling…so paper and pen or pencil; OR blank paper and markers, crayons, colored pencils, or any writing tool and a favorite scripture verse, quote or phrase.

We will be doing 2 activities, one of the 2 choices mentioned, and another we will all participate in. There will be some quiet time to work on the tasks and some time to share for those who are willing. If you have children or youth at home, they are more than welcome to join in as I will have options for younger participants as well.

See you Sunday!
Time: Aug 9, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30 am.   

“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.”

Hello Trinity Family,

This month begins a new season for us. We have new council members, possible plans for reopening, and are beginning to look forward into the fall towards our “new normal”. As the guidelines for Covid prevention are now clear and the county has begun to open, I have returned to Trinity to resume recording instrumental music in the sanctuary. However, it will be quite a while before we’re singing together again since singing carries germs much farther than speaking. For this week’s meditation, I offer David Tolk’s composition “In Reverence”. There are no lyrics. Instead I encourage us to reflect on what “sanctuary” means to us. I have included pictures of the sanctuary showing how it has felt for me this summer: dark, somber, and empty. I look forward this fall to our church family providing the “brightness” for our worship and being sanctuary for each other.
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

Dear People of God in this Place,
If we trace the history of the people God from Genesis to the present, we find that the idea of place is central to the story.  Here are some of the biblical places around which the salvation story turns.
The garden of Eden
The Promised Land
Egypt
The Mountaintop
Jerusalem
The Temple
Calgary
Bethlehem
Nazareth
Sea of Galilee
The Road to Damascus
Synagogues
House churches
And the list goes on and on.
During this season of pandemic we have found our sense of place challenged.  Unable to gather in our usual place on Old Georgetown Rd, we meet and greet one another online or over the phone.  As Anita likes to point out, both physical gatherings and online gatherings are “real.”
They’re just different.
In this tragic season when it is so difficult to gather together physically, the church is redefining what ‘real’ life and worship is.  But whether we rub shoulders in the pew or look at one another in a small square on a screen, the Holy Spirit is active, creating sacred places where the people of God can gather.
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Hello Friends! Here is our video for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace in this strange time.

The link to the video is HERE.
Worship Materials can be found HERE.


Hello Friends! Ross sings some songs with us, and Anita talks about Psalm 145. The link to the video is HERE.


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. Kern on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include:

+ Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it;
+ Action – changing the way we think by changing what we do;
+ Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and,
+ Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive your new pastor.

Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
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Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”


Hello Trinity Family,

Today I offer another rendition of a traditional standard, How Great Thou Art. Since my good friend Brian is visiting from Michigan, I invited him to participate in this meditation contributing a song meaningful to his faith. He chose How Great Thou Art remembering the voice of his grandmother Dorothy (Dot) Mains, a coloratura soprano. She released multiple albums of hymns over the course of her career. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Friends!

Here is our worship video for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace and joy in these strange times.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.


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