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
Welcoming God as a Child
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.
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.
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
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.”
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 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
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
. . . 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
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
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.
27. John B
28. Mary B
28. Michelle P
28. John W
29. Nicole S
25. Susan & Alonzo S
28. Petra T & Jon S
29. Meredith & Terry D
This Week at Trinity
Sun 23. Sept (Pentecost 18 / Lect 25)
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
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