Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
2. September 2018
Holy Communion at 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
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.
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 – One Service!
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
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.
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.
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 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
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*
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.
2. Sept: Marissa P, James M
5. Sept: Anders S, Kathy T
6. Sept: Jeanine B
8. Sept: Brenden H
4. Sept: Jan P
5. Sept: Alexander L, Gregory L
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)
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)
10. Sept Heavenly Handbells Polishing & Potluck
11. Sept Congregation Council
12. Sept Men’s Group
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