Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
23. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children. Help us to lay aside all envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servants of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters: Nancy & Thor N (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); Petra T (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Marilyn G (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: John W


Weekly Devotional

Welcoming God as a Child

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13—4:3,7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

All the greatness humankind can fashion for itself is put to shame by the glory God gives to childlike faith. In the gospel reading two weeks from today, Jesus will tell his disciples, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Everything is upside-down in Jesus’ teachings—children know more than scholars, servants become greater than masters, to die is to win life, the last shall be first and the first shall be last. In today’s gospel, Jesus insists that welcoming a young child means welcoming Jesus, which means welcoming our all-powerful God.

Surely childlike faith is one thing, but a child standing in God’s place? Jesus in the form of a little kid we can welcome with open arms? Yes. This is the kind of unexpected reversal that the Almighty seems to love. For God is not only welcomed through a child; God became a child.

In ten weeks it will be Advent, and we will be asked again to stretch our imaginations and attempt to fathom the idea of God living as a baby. Do we truly welcome this truth of God’s identity and ways? Can we truly welcome all that God’s plan brings us, having faith that our journey has been walked before, believing that the one who has fully completed it returns to our sides to guide us on our way?

Let us, as little children, lift our arms toward our God in prayer. Let us welcome each other in peace. And let us open our arms to receive all that lies ahead of us.

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


Congregational Meeting
Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon on Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. On Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


BTAB!

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 $440,215.07 as of 16. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Pastor Berner’s Last Sunday at Trinity
Reformation Sunday 28. October

celebrating 28 years of ministry with Pastor Berner

10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.


Inurnment Sunday 23. September
following the 10:45 am liturgy

Pastor Albert Weber
Born: 1. August 1931
Died: 29. July 2010
Trinity’s Pastor: 1964-1980

Joan Weber
Born: 5. Oct 1931
Died: 4. October 2011

Keeping the Faith: In 1978 Pastor Weber said: “You and I, and most of all, God knows what is absolutely necessary for the ‘at home’ life of a congregation: a sensitive and responsible Church Council, a dedicated and disciplined corps of church leaders in the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, the strong support of the Lutheran Church Women, responsible and faithful leaders in stewardship and finance, loving and caring persons in social ministry, individuals in caring for the property of the church who take pride in the visible and material things, imaginative persons who lead with joy in their hearts in the ministry of music, persons who take deep care for our youth and express high priority in the future of God’s church and the leaders and workers of tomorrow, those who make provision for every worship service as custodians of the altar, and all of you who work behind the scenes and in the every day to let us see God’s love in fellowship and caring for one another.”


Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at Trinity at 5:00 pm on Sunday 7. October. Bring your hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, horses, llamas, iguanas, snakes, frogs, and horses. Why is St. Francis the patron saint of ecology and animals? He took to heart the psalms when they say the animals praise God.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Stephen K, son-in-law of Jane R & Samuel S
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
27. John B
28. Mary B
28. Michelle P
28. John W
29. Nicole S

Wedding Anniversaries
25. Susan & Alonzo S
28. Petra T & Jon S
29. Meredith & Terry D


This Week at Trinity

Sun 23. Sept (Pentecost 18 / Lect 25)
Bible Distribution
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion with Inurnment of Pr. Albert & Joan Weber
5:00 pm – Confirmation (1)
Parish Life Team meeting cancelled

Mon 24. Sept
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues 25. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Mutual Ministry (11)

Wed 26. Sept
7:00 pm – Finance Team (11)

Thurs 27. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)

Fri 28. Sept
7:00 pm – Stephen Ministry Training (11)

Sun 30. Sept (Pentecost 19 / Lect 26)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 am – Youth Team Meeting

Looking Ahead

6. Oct. Altar Guild Luncheon, 11:00 am
14. Oct. Congregational Meeting; Meet Interim Pastor Eugene Kern
28. Oct. Holy Communion at 10:45 am (One Service Only)
followed by luncheon, 12:30 pm at St. Mark Presbyterian Church

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost,
16. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Carol B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A & Joan E (8:15); Mike J & Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: Clarice S
Altar Flowers are given today by Margaret & Greg F in celebration of God’s love and the marriage of Elise M and James F.


Weekly Devotional

Baggage

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Take any trips this past summer? Did you forget your toothbrush, or did you take everything including the bathroom sink? Packing is always a challenge, but unpacking can be even worse. Finally home, all the bags out of the car, the last thing anyone wants to do is put it all away, yet it’s the cross we bear as punishment for going on vacation.

Sound ridiculous? It is, but we tend to think of denying ourselves and taking up the cross as carrying a bag full of punishment for being who and what we are. No one likes lugging around baggage; it weighs us down, hurts our bodies, and destroys our self-esteem. It makes us cranky, causes us to complain, and makes life miserable not just for us but for those around us as well.

The whole point of God sending us Jesus wasn’t to make us cranky. Jesus didn’t suffer death on the cross so we would have things to complain about, and he didn’t call us to discipleship to diminish our self-worth. Denying ourselves isn’t giving up chocolate for Lent or putting everyone else’s needs above our own to our own detriment. Taking up our crosses isn’t living with our own personal suffering or tolerating abuse from others. Jesus doesn’t ask us to give up our identities or to carry hardship after hardship on our backs.

Denying ourselves means rejecting those things that keep us from being a part of a larger community. The one piece of baggage Jesus calls us to carry is relationship with others and for others. It won’t always be easy to carry, because it leaves us vulnerable. Golgatha wasn’t a vacation destination. But following Jesus means life with Jesus—and that means we never carry anything alone.

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


The Adult Forum
begins This Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


BTAB!

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 $440,085.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Welcome to Clarice S who is leading our music today and Mary B, our choir director.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Sunday 28. October
One Service of Holy Communion at 10:45

There will be one combined service of Holy Communion at 10:45 am on Sunday 28. October, in honor of Pastor Berner’s last Sunday at Trinity, and Reformation Sunday.


 

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.


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.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Carl H, friend of Judy Dand Sabrina R
Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
16. Lily B
21. Alexander L
22. Nicholas C

Baptismal Days
19. Patricia S
20. Madeline B
20. Vera N

Wedding Anniversaries
16. Gail R & Steve L
16. Michelle & Greg P
20. Emily & Craig W

Marriage
Elise M & James F on 15. Sept 2018


This Week at Trinity

Sun 16. Sept (Pentecost 17 / Lect 24)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry Team
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Christian Ed.
Mon 17. Sept
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 18. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
3:45 pm – Confirmation (11)
Thurs 20. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)

Sun 23. Sept (Pentecost 18 / Lect 25)
Bible Distribution
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion with Inurnment of Pr. Albert & Joan W
Parish Life Team meeting cancelled

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
9. September 2018

Join Us for Worship logo

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School at 9:30 am

Gracious God, throughout the ages you transform sickness into health and death into life. Open us to the power of your presence, and make us a people ready to proclaim your promises to the whole world, through Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:15)
Assisting Ministers: John B (8:15); Robert M (10:15)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:15)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Diana M (10:15)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Christine B (10:15)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:15)
Coffee Hour: Kathy T and GHOW (8:15); GHOW and Petra T (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:15)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Mina & Annie A
Organist: Mary B


Weekly Devotional

Jesus Said What?

Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

We like to believe we are insiders when it comes to knowing Jesus. We self-identify as Christians. We go to church, have Bibles in our homes, and maybe wear crosses around our necks. If any Bible story could cause us to question our judgment about following Jesus, today’s gospel is it. Scholars and preachers have tried to soften the word—dog—that Jesus chose to refer to the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter, but Jesus didn’t choose a soft word. He didn’t wink as he said it or intend for it to be heard as a pet name. The word he chose wasn’t any nicer then than it is now.

We like to believe that, as insiders, knowing Jesus means we are like Jesus and that calling ourselves Christians means that, ultimately, we are good, righteous, deserving people.

If any story about Jesus could cause us to challenge and scrutinize our own behavior, question our own sense of what is acceptable, and make us rethink our entitlements—today’s gospel is it. Jesus doesn’t act like Jesus when he calls people derogatory names, treats them as outsiders, or denies them help—and neither do we.

After Jesus tells the Syrophoenician woman that the demon is gone from her daughter, he encounters a man with a hearing problem and a speech impediment. Coincidence? Not in Mark’s gospel. As Jesus heals the man, he uses the word Ephphatha, which means “Be opened.” If Mark hadn’t just told us about the Syrophoenician woman, the only things being opened here would be the man’s ears and tongue. But Mark included her story to show Jesus incorporating her into his own story. Because Jesus acts like Jesus when he’s open to those on the outside—and so do we.

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


Fall Worship Schedule begins!
Sunday 9. September

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am
Sunday School at 9:30 am


God's Work Our Hands

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
9. September

Trinity joins in with God’s Work, Our Hands, a celebration of 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

This Sunday, we are celebrating this freedom to serve our neighbors by preparing 140 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will have all the supplies ready to go. Just bring yourselves! We will begin at 9:30 am. Come sing and play with us and join in on the fun and service!


The Adult Forum
begins This Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


Luther's emblem of faith, word, and grace

You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Trinity Men’s Group

The September meeting of Trinity Men’s Group will be held Wednesday 12. September, at Mike J’s house starting at 1:00 pm. Please let Mike know if you plan to attend.


BTAB!

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 $439,340.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Farewell Team Planning

Planning for Pastor Berner’s sendoff has begun. The Farewell Committee members are Sarah G, Steve S, Hagen S, Nancy N, Miriam M, and John B. Please make bring any suggestions or questions to a member of this team.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


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.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Col. Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
9. Sept – Andy B, Rebecca G
12. Sept – Tamara C, Sophia D
13. Sept – Jon M
15. Sept – Neema S, Shannon M

Baptismal Days
9. Sept – Steve S
10. Sept – Jill H, Katie L
11. Sept – Claire S
12. Sept – Charles M
15. Sept – Sean M

Wedding Anniversaries
10. Sept – Amanda & Jon M
11. Sept – Ani G & Len S


This Week at Trinity

Sun 9. Sept (Pentecost 16 / Lect 23)
Rally Sunday
God’s Work, Our Hands
Installation of Sunday School Teachers
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School – LWR School Kits
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:00 pm – Teacher Orientation
5:00 pm – Confirmation Orientation
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)
Mon 10. Sept
7:00 pm – Heavenly Handbells Polishing and Potluck (SH)
Tues 11. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Congragation Council (10)
Wed 12. Sept
1:00 pm – Men’s Group (offsite)
Thurs 13. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sat 15. Sept
Trinitarian October newsletter deadline
Sun 16. Sept (Pentecost 17 / Lect 24)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Christian Ed.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
2. September 2018

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

Summer Worship 10:00 AM

O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte: Colin G
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Children’s Church: Margaret F
Greeters: Lily & Keith C
Lector: Linnea A
Ushers: Joan E & Mike J
Coffee Hour: Lynn & Bud B
Altar Custodian: Carol B
Bulletin Assembly: Diana M
Tellers: Thor N & Diana M
Organist: John W


Weekly Devotional

What Matters

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Remember grammar lessons? Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns all had specific purposes in a sentence, specific placements, and specific punctuation to go with them. The lesson drilled into grammar students was that knowing the rules about how to use words correctly is extremely important. Using slang and profanity was rebellion against those rules. Certain words and phrases may evoke feelings in each of us. The misuse of your and you’re and nonstandard words like irregardless can irritate; words that some consider gross, like moist and vomit, can cause physical reactions. Even though we are taught that it’s sticks and stones that break our bones, some words can injure us more deeply than any rock.

Be Doers of the Word

When some religious leaders are offended by how the disciples are eating, Jesus counters their complaints with one of his own: “Isaiah was right; you like to talk big, but you care more about your traditions than you do about honoring God.” He tells those listening that being grammatically correct—following tradition—isn’t what is necessary. The motivation behind the words we chose to speak and the impact those words have on others is what matters.

James, in today’s second reading, takes Jesus’ message a step further and tells his readers to “be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves” (James 1:22). We can’t just listen, or only consider, or simply hear, then move on believing we did everything we were supposed to do. This is akin to caring more about whether a message is written with proper grammar than what the message actually says. James tells us that “the word” isn’t just meant to evoke feelings in us, but to compel us to do the word.

For James, “the word” was true belief in God and doing the word—living that true belief—was caring for those in need, especially those who were sidelined or invisible because they didn’t conform to strict guidelines or customs.

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


summer worship

Summer Worship – One Service!
through Labor Day Weekend

This summer, through Sunday 2. Sept, there will be one Sunday liturgy at 10:00 am, with coffee hour following.

Fall Worship Schedule begins next week!

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am
Sunday School at 9:30 am


Lutheran World Relief School Supplies Kits

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
9. September

Trinity will join in with God’s Work, Our Hands, a celebration of 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

During God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, we will be celebrating this freedom to serve our neighbors by preparing 140 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will have all the supplies ready to go. Just bring yourselves! We will begin at 9:30 am. Come sing and play with us and join in on the fun and service!


The Adult Forum
begins Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


BTAB!

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 $435,056.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Farewell Team Planning

Planning for Pastor Berner’s sendoff has begun. The Farewell Committee members are Sarah G, Steve S, Hagen S, Nancy N, Miriam M, and John B. Please make bring any suggestions or questions to a member of this team.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Luther's emblem of faith, word, and grace

You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Trinity Men’s Group

The September meeting of Trinity Men’s Group will be held Wednesday 12. September, at Mike J’s house starting at 1:00 pm. Please let Mike know if you plan to attend.


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.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Food for the Poor Sunday

Blessing of the Backpacks


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Col. Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
2. Sept: Marissa P, James M
5. Sept: Anders S, Kathy T
6. Sept: Jeanine B
8. Sept: Brenden H

Baptismal Days
4. Sept: Jan P
5. Sept: Alexander L, Gregory L

Wedding Anniversaries
2. Sept: Leslie S & James M


This Week at Trinity

Sun 2. Sept (Pentecost 15 / Lect 22)
10:00 am – Holy Communion
11:15 am – Property Team
Mon 3. Sept
Church Office closed for Labor Day
Tues 4. Sept
11:15 am – Staff mtg
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Thurs 6. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sat 8. Sept
10:30 am – Sunday School setup
Next Sun 9. Sept (Pentecost 16 / Lect 23)
Rally Sunday
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
Installation of Sunday School Teachers
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School – LWR School Kits
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:00 pm – Teacher Orientation
12:15 pm – Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 pm – Worship & Music Team (11)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)

Looking Ahead

10. Sept Heavenly Handbells Polishing & Potluck
11. Sept Congregation Council
12. Sept Men’s Group

image credit: jubileelewis|flikr.com Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
26. August 2018

Food for the Poor Sunday

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

Summer Worship 10:00 AM

Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte: Matthew B
Assisting Minister: Sarah G
Children’s Church: Jane R
Greeter: Joan E
Lector: Susan S
Ushers: Patricia S & Mike J
Coffee Hour: Dia P & Kathy T
Altar Custodian: Carol B
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Margaret & Greg F
Organist: Adam D
Guest Preacher: Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz


Food for the Poor

Food For The Poor does much more than feed the millions of individuals. They drill wells for clean drinking water; provide life-saving medical care; build homes for families without adequate shelter; provide skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities that enable the poor to work; and give children an education, enabling them to break free from the cycle of poverty. More than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.

Welcome Guest Preacher,
Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz

This Sunday we welcome Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz, who will share the story of this ministry with us through a message entitled, “The Hope of the Poor”. You are invited to participate in this ministry through a special offering, and to learn more about Food For The Poor following the service at a Q & A session with Pastor Golnitz.


Weekly Devotional

Hungry for an Answer

1 Kings 8:22-30,41-43
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69

One Sunday morning in a little village church, a man, sitting in a corner alone at the far end of the last pew, shouted at the preacher. His log-splitter voice cracked the sermon into pieces like a steel blade brings shivers to dark grain in a white oak stump. “I don’t understand! What do you mean?” Though many in the congregation thought it was a gimmick, planned for dramatic effect, the bewildered man in the pew was not a prop—he was hungry for an answer.

"I am the bread of life." (John 6:35)
“I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35)

Today’s gospel, the fifth and last in a series of episodes that dwell on Jesus as the living bread of life, finds Jesus no longer on a grassy hillside or on the stormy sea. He is teaching in the village synagogue at Capernaum. Reactions are not favorable. Some of the disciples, bewildered and offended, balk at his words with a protest question: “Who can accept it?” (John 6:60). They are hungry for a reasonable answer. But Jesus won’t release the tension. He does not sort those who can from those who cannot “accept it.” Instead, he turns right back to the words he delivered, saying they are spirit and life. With that, he issues a challenge: “Do you also wish to go away?” (John 6:67).

Those two questions hang like cobwebs, practically invisible in darkness yet shimmering in light, holding on, waiting. They stretch and cling from the wide branches of Jesus’ inexhaustible readiness to give his very self to anyone who dares to believe that what he offers is life itself.

At the end, hungry for an answer, Simon Peter speaks for the twelve with one last and lasting question that broadcasts its own answer that had always been there; “Lord, to whom can we go?” (John 6:68).

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


summer worship

Summer Worship – One Service!
through 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.


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.


Thank You

Thank you, Adam D, for serving as our August organist. God’s blessings to you as you begin your service in Columbia, MD.


BTAB!

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 $433,411.07 as of 19. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Lutheran World Relief School Supplies Kits

Summer Collection: School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Through the wonderful generosity of Trinity members, we have acquired all the school supplies needed to assemble 140 school kits for LWR EXCEPT for 85 notebooks! We will donate any extra supplies to A Wider Circle or Interfaith Works, organizations providing school supplies to local area children. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday 9. September, we will assemble the items into school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.


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.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Dierdre & Matthew D, friends of Susan K
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
26. Aug. Mary W
27. Aug. Stella B, Richard J
31. Aug. Cooper G, Grayson D, Eric S
1. Sept. Annie A, Diana B, Craig O, Vimala P, Patricia S

Baptismal Days
26. Aug. Lindsay T
28. Aug. Annie A, Carol B
1. Sept. Jeff B

Wedding Anniversaries
29. Aug. Mary B & David K


This Week at Trinity

Sun 26. Aug (Pentecost 14 / Lect 21)
Food for the Poor Sunday
School Supply Collection for LWR
Blessing of Kindergartners and Backpacks
10:00 am – Holy Communion
11:15 am – Food for the Poor Q&A

Tues 28. Aug
11:15 am – Staff mtg

Thurs 30. Aug
9:30 am – Trinitarian mailing

Next Sun 2. Sept (Pentecost 15 / Lect 22)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am – Holy Communion
11:15 am – Property Team

Looking Ahead

3. Sept – Labor Day, Church Office Closed
9. Sept – Rally Sunday
– Two-Service Worship Schedule Resumes
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
– Installation of Sunday School Teachers
– Intergenerational Sunday School and school supply kit assembly for Lutheran World Relief

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 19. August 2018

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

summer worship schedule

Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte:  Anjali A
Assisting Minister:  Robyn K
Children’s Church:  Margaret F
Greeter:  Trevor H
Lector:  Hagen S
Ushers:  Angela B & Robert P
Coffee Hour:  Margaret F & Marilyn G
Altar Custodian:  Carol B
Bulletin Assembly:  Noralyn D
Tellers:  Peggy & Dick J
Organist:  Adam D


Weekly Devotional

Hungry for Meaning

Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58

The account of Viktor Frankl’s survival in Nazi death camps, written in his famous memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, tells about the relentless days of wretched suffering. But most remarkable are his words about finding meaning in a grim wasteland of loss, the discovery of something that gives life in an existence pulsing with cruelty and death. Few of us face such horrors, but many of us do know what it is to rise into mornings that drift into hollowed out nights, days of empty passages.

During a long stretch of loneliness, the man paced vacantly through once joyful corridors that had become a maze of confused anguish. For anyone and no one to hear, he cried, shouted, “This is no life!” He wanted neither to live nor to die. Nothing—shopping, traveling, eating, drinking, going, coming, playing, working, hoarding, shedding—nothing had meaning.

breadToday, Jesus speaks of himself as living bread from heaven, his flesh for food and his blood for drink. The Gospel of John offers no details of the Lord’s supper, no instructions spoken over bread and wine, no “Do this for the remembrance of me.” Instead, here, Jesus’ invitation is to share in his way of abundant life, in a word, “abide.”

Abide. You are not alone. Abide. Jesus is with you. Abide in communion with the one who hugs lepers, expels demons, breathes with the dead, rescues the far gone, goes to prison, wants the unwanted, loves the shamed, forgives the guilty, serves the servant, blesses the thieves, welcomes aliens, cancels debts, listens to children, gives the blind kaleidoscopes, the deaf symphonies, and the voiceless a song. May this be our prayer today: “When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, oh, abide with me” (ELW 629).

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


summer worship

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.


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.


BTAB!

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 $433,271.07 as of 12. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Food for the Poor

Food For The Poor does much more than feed the millions of individuals. They drill wells for clean drinking water; provide life-saving medical care; build homes for families without adequate shelter; provide skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities that enable the poor to work; and give children an education, enabling them to break free from the cycle of poverty. More than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor. On Sunday 26. August, Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz will share the story of this ministry with us through a message entitled, “The Hope of the Poor”. You will be invited to participate in this ministry through a special offering.


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.


LWR

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:

#Needed Item
560 184 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8×10½”; no loose-leaf paper
140 51 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
140 0 Pencil sharpeners
140 62 Blunt scissors
700 0 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
700 98 Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
140 15 Box of 16 or 24 crayons
140 11 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.


Church Directory

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


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


National Philharmonic Youth Summer Strings Institute Concerts

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


2018 International Handbell Symposium

“Flat Jesus” at the International Handbell Symposium in Cairns, Australia with Julie N and Marilyn C.

Cristina G and Bob C are also at the Symposium as non-ringing tour delegates.


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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Amanda M
Pr. Robert M
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Dierdre & Matthew D, friends of Susan K
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
19. Carter M
22. Jeffrey B
23. Cristina G
24. Lia G
24. Jill H

Baptismal Days
19. Jane R
21. Jerry B
25. Kristen T

Wedding Anniversaries
21. Diana & Bill B
22. Carolyn L & Jim L
22. Kristina & Hagen S
25. Mariluz & Steven R


This Week at Trinity

Sun 19. Aug (Pentecost 13 / Lect 20)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am Holy Communion
1:45 pm Bethesda H&R (Worship & Music Team)

Tues 21. Aug
11:15 am Staff mtg

Next Sun 26. Aug (Pentecost 14 / Lect 21)
Food for the Poor Sunday
School Supply Collection for LWR
Blessing of the Backpacks
10:00 am Holy Communion
11:15 am Food for the Poor Q&A

Looking Ahead
3. Sept Labor Day – Church Office Closed
9. Sept Rally Sunday
Two-Service Worship Schedule Resumes
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Installation of Sunday School Teachers

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 12. August 2018

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

Gracious God, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Give us this bread always, that he may live in us and we in him, and that, strengthened by this food, we may live as his body in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte:  TBD
Assisting Minister:  Nancy N
Children’s Church:  Nicholas C
Greeters:  Stella A
Lector:  Len S
Ushers:  Margaret & Greg F
Coffee Hour:  Cradlin Family
Altar Custodian:  Carol B
Bulletin Assembly:  Noralyn D
Tellers:  Annie A & Mina


Weekly Devotional

Hungry for the God We Recognize

1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25—5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

A fiddler on the roof wails heavenward, “Tradition, tradition.” The canvas draping a revival meeting tent billows as the choir belts out a favorite rendition of “Give me that old time religion, it’s good enough for me.”

When the formulas we have trusted fail us; when all we insisted was indispensable washes out like sand in the tide; when what we depended on collapses at the foundation; when an inconvenient truth bangs like a bungling thief at the door of our faultless household; when flames turn our monuments into ash; and when we are cast into orbit where we do not know how to live and where we hear voices we neither recognize nor welcome, then our hearts hunger for a day like a day we once knew, a day like it used to be.

The chorus of voices around Jesus in today’s gospel harmonizes anger and lament into a dirge in the key of woe, a reprise of Elijah’s requiem under the broom tree in a hungry wilderness (1 Kings 19:4). Oh, for those good old days when there was enough bread to eat.

With hearts hungry for a day like a day that used to be, those gathered around Jesus could not recognize the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or the prophets in the likes of Jesus, son of their neighbors Mary and Joseph. But it was the words he dared to utter, that one thing he said, “I am,” that threatened to starve hearts already hungry for the God they could recognize. It is the unsurprising shocker that God shows up in the ever diverse, always gracious face of Jesus, arriving in the everydayness of our upsets and convulsions, losses and longings.

Jesus, concealed and revealed, gives the new song. “You satisfy the hungry heart with gifts of finest wheat. Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat” (ELW 484).

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 $432,416.07 as of 5. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Food for the Poor

Food For The Poor, the nation’s largest international relief organization, founded in 1982, has provided more than $14 billion in aid, and built more than 124,000 housing units for people in need. More than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor. On Sunday 26. August, Pastor Darrell D. Golnitz will share the story of this ministry with us through a message entitled, “The Hope of the Poor”. You will be invited to participate in this ministry through a special offering.


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.


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 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:

#Needed Item
560 220 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8×10½”; no loose-leaf paper
140 51 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
140 0 Pencil sharpeners Thank You!
700 28 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
700 146 Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
140 55 Box of 16 or 24 crayons
140 13 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.


Welcome, Adam

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


Church Directory

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


More Scenes from 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 whence 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

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Amanda M
Pr. Robert M
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
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.

Birthdays
15. Robert C
15. Philip T
18. James F
18. Steven F

Wedding Anniversaries
12. Barbara & Jeff B
14. Linda & Luis H

Birth
4. August Liselotte H, daughter of Lionda & Luis H


This Week at Trinity

Sun 12. Aug (Pentecost 12 / Lect 19)
School Supply Collection for LWR
Blessing of the Kindergarteners
10:00 am  Holy Communion

Tues 14. Aug
11:15 am  Staff mtg

Wed 15. Aug
9:00 am  Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline

Fri 17. Aug
7:30 pm  National Phil. Summer Strings Inst Middle School Concert (Wor)

Next Sun 19. Aug (Pentecost 13 / Lect 20)
School Supply Collection for LWR
10:00 am  Holy Communion
1:45 pm  Bethesda H&R (Worship & Music Team)

Looking Ahead
26. Aug  Blessing of Backpacks
26. Aug  Food for the Poor Sunday

PDF version of Tidings is also available for download here.

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

home
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.

Birthdays
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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I recently read a statement of someone saying that the only way to build your faith is to endure trials, as if difficult times are only some kind of exercise for the soul. I will admit that after a period of difficulties we can often come out on the other side with a stronger faith, but I feel that the statement above is giving too much credit to the individual, as if it is through suffering that we can pump those spiritual muscles to get better and better! Look what I did!

In reality, I feel that faith comes from God as a gift, and that it is the gift of faith that helps us to get through those rough patches, not the other way around. As Pastor B. stated in his sermon last week, God is with us, no matter how difficult things are. It is God who comforts us, who gives us hope, eases our anxieties, and yes, if it is his will, also gives us healing.

These gifts are the miraculous, unearned gifts of grace, and all he asks from us is that we give him our trust and love, that we turn to him in our sorrows. I pray for healing and the gift of faith for those who are suffering in this world. May the Lord bless them and keep them, may the Lord make his face shine on them and be gracious to them, may the Lord turn his face toward them, and give them peace. Amen.

— James T., President

The Reformation began 500 years ago as a simple and faithful call for the Church to return to her solid foundation: faith (our only salvation) and the gift of God (grace). This undeserved gift of faith was given to Abraham and Sarah, and it was the gift God extended to all nations in Jesus Christ. But, there are always those, in every age, who want to add conditions to God’s grace.

In the days after the resurrection of Jesus to today, there are those who claimed that God’s gift of faith was not quite free or that it was not for all. In the first years of the Church, St. Paul had a struggle with those who claimed that Gentiles needed to follow all of the rules of Mosaic law to be included in the family of faith. Martin Luther rejected the idea that we could purchase an “indulgence” to receive God’s grace. Søren Kierkegaard challenged Danish Lutherans who thought membership in the state church was their salvation, as did Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Nazi Germany. In our day we challenge those who trust in their own wealth, power, intellect, or decisions to earn God’s grace.

In my younger days, I didn’t believe that there would ever be a resolution to the struggle between the grace/faith alone Lutherans and the grace/works Roman Catholics. In the 1980s I remember being surprised that an old conservative professor of mine was an official Lutheran observer at the 2nd Vatican Council and that he became friends there with a Roman Catholic cardinal. I was surprised that the Roman Catholic cathedral in St. Paul, MN invited the Lutheran St. Olaf Choir to sing the dedicatory concert for the renovation of the building. Then in 1999, I was really surprised that Lutherans and Roman Catholics came to an agreement on Justification by Grace through Faith. Through shared prayer, dialog, and service Lutherans and Roman Catholics have come to understand that faith is God’s free and undeserved gift, which will necessarily result in Christian service (works).

In my years in Pittsburgh I was surprised to become friends with the neighboring Irish Catholic priest. His counsel and comfort extended after my father died will always be cherished. In Maryland I have also been blessed by the shared faith, hope and love that I have enjoyed with the neighboring Roman Catholic and Protestant parishes, priests/pastors, and the leaders of our area Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Fran Kleinhenz and Joe Weiss. Last year, I was again amazed that Pope Francis accepted the invitation to share in the leadership of a Prayer Service with the leaders of the Lutheran World Federation. And, guess who called me to ask if they could come to Trinity to watch it together on TV – Fran and Joe!

So, when anger, fear, hatred lead to condemnations and even war – do not despair, even if it goes on for 500 years! God has been working in and through us to learn and change. Sometimes it takes 500 years for us to catch on, but we are now walking together in faith that is full and free, and well as in Christian service that is the result of God’s grace.

Soli Deo Gloria! To God be the Glory!

— Roger Berner, Pastor

There is much to fear! Sometimes more than others. Elijah was so afraid of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel that he ran away to hide in a cave at Mt. Horeb. God found Elijah, the greatest of the prophets of the Old Testament, and said, “What are you doing here?” Elijah said, “the Israelites (King Ahab, Queen Jezebel and their advisors) have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets . . . I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.”

King Ahab and Queen Jezebel abandoned the worship of God and instituted the worship of Baal. Ahab built a house for Baal worship. “Ahab did more to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.” 1 Kings 16 The royals worked to destroy everything Israel stood for – worship of one God, following the law of Moses, compassion for foreigners, the sick, the poor, widows, and the orphans.

Elijah called the nation back to God, the maker of all. He confronted Ahab, who asked, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 1 Kings 18. Elijah corrected the king, saying, “I have not made trouble for Israel . . . but you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals.” After Elijah’s famous contest with the prophets of Baal, Jezebel issued a death threat against Elijah. 1 Kings 19 She prodded her husband into many other wicked acts. “There was none who sold himself to do what was evil like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited.” 1 Kings 21

Now, the nations of the world are afraid that the war of words between North Korea and the USA will lead to nuclear war. A leader of the Southern Baptist Convention said, “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.” People who proclaim such things are false prophets. They have “forsaken God’s covenants and torn down God’s altars,” dangerously corrupting a Bible verse to support what could easily be the mutual slaughter of millions of people – calling it God’s will.

Ku Klux Klan and other American Nazi groups have now advanced their racist and anti-Semitic hate and violence with Nuremberg-like rallies, with torches and guns, attacking a church prayer meeting in Charlottesville. One Nazi leader invited people to attend their rally with this: “Next stop: Charlottesville, VA. Final stop: Auschwitz.” It did not end with Auschwitz, but with an American terrorist mowing down bystanders – like the terrorists of Nice, Berlin and London. Nazi hate must be condemned and given no respect or position of authority. Thankfully, this American bigotry and terrorism has been condemned by many of leaders of both political parties – some directly and others vaguely.

The situation in Virginia is only the most recent sign that the goal of these white Nazi nationalist groups is the destruction of all our American covenants, altars, and truth – seeking to repeal freedom and justice for all, to replace it with freedom and privilege for Whites only! These Nazis must be condemned and given no public platform for their hate in Charlottesville, in our schools and churches, or by anyone in governmental leadership.

Yes, there is much to fear! Sometimes more than others. Like Elijah, God is seeking us out today and asking, “What are you doing?”

First of all, we are comforted that the greatest prophet of Israel was so afraid that he ran away to hide in a cave. So, when we are afraid of what is going on – we are in very good company.

When we are discouraged and want to hide in a cave, we can listen to the word of the Lord. We can be encouraged to carry on in the face of every evil, trusting in the good and gracious will of God for all. Elijah thought the King, Queen and their advisors had won – but God reminded him that there were still seven thousand that had now bent their knees to Baal. We also need to remember that the powers of hate and the destruction of freedom and justice for all will not win in the end. We are not alone – there are thousands / millions who are willing to stand up to denounce Nazi hate and anarchy.

We can call our leaders, send emails to speak out against Nazi hate. We can vote for those who are willing to speak out for the covenants of freedom for all and for the altars of justice for all. We will pray, announce, and live God’s everlasting covenant of welcome and forgiveness for all. Even in the face of evil, we will encourage others with an even stronger care the poor, the sick, that lonely, and our work to welcome a refugee family. To quote Luther’s hymn, “Let this world’s tyrant rage; in battle we’ll engage! His might is doomed to fail, One little word subdues him.” That “little word” is Jesus – his powerful forgiveness and love.

— Roger Berner, Pastor