Trinity Tidings for 6. September 2018

Trinity Tidings for 6. September 2018

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
9. September 2018

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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.


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

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.

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.