David K has been leading the Adult Forum via Zoom. Today, we discussed some lament psalms. David wrote this lament in response to our current times.


Lament in the Time of COVID-19
Why Lord are we afflicted with this deadly infection?
This plague sweeps through our cities and towns,
Infecting young and old, rich and poor, all nations and races.
Our churches are shuttered.
Restaurants, stadiums and theaters are closed.
Our hospitals are filled with the sick and dying.
Those on the front lines risk their lives to protect us, to feed us, to keep us alive!
We are shut in our houses.
You feel so far from us, O Lord!
Yet we know that you are with us, even in these terrible times.
You are at the sick bed, in the intensive care unit and in the morgue.
You ride with the paramedics, with the firemen and with the police.
You watch over the grocery clerk, the factory and warehouse worker, those who deliver food and necessities to our doors.
Take this terrible affliction from our lives.
Inspire scientists, physicians and other working on cures and vaccines.
Give us the strength we need to persevere and recover.
We especially ask your help for (…)
For you are great, O Lord.
Awesome and mighty, nothing is beyond your ability
You even sent us your son, Jesus, the Messiah, that we might be reconciled to you.
We sing your praises, O Lord.
Separately now, but soon we will be together again.
Because you have blessed us with a wonderful community and given us your grace to share with all.

David


Adult Forum
David K has resumed the Adult Forum on Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

We hope that this video brings you a moment of peace and joy in this strange time.

The link to the video is HERE.
The worship materials are found HERE.
The children’s bulletins are found HERE.


Adult Forum
David K has resumed the Adult Forum on Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
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Hello Friends!

Here are some Sunday School at Home Resources for this Sunday (the Third Sunday of Easter)!
Sparkhouse (our Sunday School Curriculum provider) is publishing videos and materials for the next few weeks.
The video is found HERE.
The additional resources are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry (a company that we have used for supplemental resources) has provided a free at home Sunday School resource as well.
The link is HERE.

David K is resuming the Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am on Sundays.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.

The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
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Thanks Friends! Blessings as we continue to maintain social distancing.

Anita

Hello Trinity Family,
For this week’s music meditation I offer “What Wondrous Love is This” arranged by Albert Zabel. While Spring has come, flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining, I’ve found myself missing your company. I especially miss our musicians and our singers and the music we all make together. It’s so much harder to sing on our own! I look forward to when we will be worshipping and singing in person together again.
The hymn text for your prayerful reflection:
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM, “
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on!
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And thro’ eternity, I’ll sing on.


Blessings,
Angela

The link to the video is HERE.

Dear Trinity Family,
We choose to stay connected.  How’s that going for you?  Are you able to be in touch with people who love you and that you love?  Are you telling stories to your children about what it was like when you were their age (no pandemic).  Even though we all miss the physical proximity of those we love, I hope your connections remain strong.
We choose to be encouraging.  I got a email the other day from my physician’s practice.  In it they laid out their procedures for being seen, receiving care, etc.  It’s all different now!  But his message ended with an encouraging word that care was still available and no one would be ignored.  I hope that as the body of Christ, we are encouraging one another in a similar way.  No one receives too much encouragement!
We remember the future.  Easter teaches us this.  The darkest moments of this life are but a prelude to the brightness of new life.  A little house finch has built a nest at the top of a column on my front porch.  I’m grateful we seem to have a very tidy nest!  But it’s also a daily reminder that the future is coming! and soon there will be a little bird to welcome it!
Christ is risen.  Alleluia!
Pastor Kern

Trinity Friends,
There’s an old saying that if you want to tell me the truth, tell me a story.  Stories are the most powerful things in the world.  The Bible is basically a book of stories.  Jesus told stories.  The history of the church, even the world, is stories.  And so if your life.
Your life tells a story – family of origin, quests, circumstances – and it is a unique story and a wonderful story!  At the same time, your story is part of the story of the whole people of God in the world.  Think of a quilt.  Your story is a striking, vibrant square in a quilt as vast as the stars. 
I’d like to invite you to spend some time with me telling and listening to the stories of our lives – where we have been, where we think we’re going, even, where we might have seen or felt the presence of God in our story.
Join me via the Zoom link below starting this Wednesday, April 22nd, at 7 pm for a four week examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,Pr Kern

Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: PK’s The Story of Your Life
Time: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM
Apr 29, 2020 07:00 PM
May 6, 2020 07:00 PM
May 13, 2020 07:00 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZcvduuvpjMvH92V52PaMqTRqT0_CdeZD4dl/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGrrDooHdydtRyORpwqAIj4a-3xiFxYgvoPqkq3MyF-czfEJ9YSDZF7FeL0

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559
Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559

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Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma

Hello Friends!

We are going to try something a little different this week. A Time for Children will be a part of the Sunday Worship video.

Sparkhouse (the folks who produce our Sunday School) has created a Family Sunday School video and resources for our stay at home time.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the additional resources are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

David K is going to resume Adult Forum this Sunday April 19 on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.

Thanks friends! Blessings as we continue to maintain social distancing.

Anita

Hello Trinity family,
This sure isn’t a typical Easter season! While I usually spend Holy Week frantically travelling between churches for rehearsals and services, this year I was forced to slow down and take in the holidays. With all of our audio and video preparation for the services taken care of in advance, I had the opportunity to spend Holy Week celebrating each day in my own way. For the first time, I was able to create my own Easter traditions.
As this week’s meditation, I offer “Adagio in D flat” by Franz Lizst. I feel this slow, majestic piece complements this year’s Easter celebration. After the busy back-to-back services of the Triduum, I pray that we can relax and enjoy this time of resurrection.
Blessings,
Angela

The link to the video is HERE.

On Monday, Bishop Leila Ortiz, the Bishop of the Metro DC Synod, released her Easter Message. That message can be found HERE.

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a video message for Easter. That video can be found HERE.

Dear partner in ministry,

Weeks may have passed since you last walked in the doors of your
congregation and worshiped, face-to-face, with your community of faith.
To be sure, being the body of Christ looks and feels differently than it
ever has before.

Despite all of this, we are called to be church — together. 
The ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) looks different now, but it has not stopped. Nor have the needs of our
communities and the world. Our church and its leaders continue to
minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for
peace, and to those in need.

The congregations and ministries of this church rely on your weekly
offerings and gifts. Without in-person worship services for many weeks
or even months, the financial impact could be devastating.

Please continue to give to your congregation and give regularly. 
Your congregation and its leaders continue to minister to your
community of faith. This ministry relies on your weekly offerings. Find
out how you can continue your pledge or regular offering though online
giving, automatic monthly giving or mail.

I know that, for many of us, this is a time of uncertainty and financial
hardship. However, for those of you who are in a position to do more,
the needs are great.

In the United States, unemployment has soared. We are already seeing
rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social
services. Around the world, millions of people living in poverty are facing this pandemic without reliable access to sanitation and health care.

With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of
companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. Your gifts to the ELCA’s 
COVID-19 Response Fund will provide funds to the ministries of the
ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our
congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of
reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please help with agift today.

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I have been reflecting on the words of Peter: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (1 Peter 4:10).
Now is a time when we need one another. Now is a time to live and act as faithful people of God.

Be of good courage, dear church, and remember that Christ is with us
now and always.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America