Trinity Tidings for 13. September 2018

Trinity Tidings for 13. September 2018

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


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.


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

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.

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

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