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
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
Hungry for the God We Recognize
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!
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, 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:
|220||70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8×10½”; no loose-leaf paper|
|51||30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other|
|28||Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers|
|146||Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)|
|55||Box of 16 or 24 crayons|
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.
Adam D will be leading our worship from the organ console as Trinity’s supply organist for the month of August.
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
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
Pr. Robert M
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.
15. Robert C
15. Philip T
18. James F
18. Steven F
12. Barbara & Jeff B
14. Linda & Luis H
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)
26. Aug Blessing of Backpacks
26. Aug Food for the Poor Sunday