Sunday 21. October 2018
22nd after Pentecost, Lectionary 29B
Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am
Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am
Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy
Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Anita S (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Thor N, Diana M
Organist: Marc D
Choir Director: Mary B
Choosing to Serve
In the moments before today’s gospel reading continues the narrative, Jesus has just told his disciples, for the third time and in some detail, that he will be handed over to the religious leaders and the Roman authorities, and that he will be put to death (Mark 10:32-34).
Shortly thereafter, James and John decided it was the perfect time to ask Jesus for a reward. Did Jesus sigh when he saw them approach, wondering what these Sons of Thunder were up to now? In response to their bold request he doesn’t tell them “no,” but instead asks something of them. Do they really believe they can follow him on the path he has chosen, to live—and die—like him?
The brothers were confident they could. As astounding as their response may sound to us, are we really any different? Just as small children asserting their autonomy insist, “Lemme do it! I can do it,” how often do we too take an I-can-do-it-all-without-your-help approach to our lives? God shows us that we absolutely cannot do everything on our own. Yet God does not just step in and take over. God fully respects our free will, regardless of how wise or unwise our choices might be.
Jesus shows the disciples that his way, God’s way, doesn’t look like other ways. As followers of Jesus our work is not to seek positions of power and prestige. God is above everything and everyone. Instead, the greatest ones are those who serve. Being a servant, putting others first, is how someone becomes great. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.
Jesus demonstrates the way of Christian living and honors us with the hope that we will follow his example. That we too will choose to serve rather than be served, and in doing so, glorify God.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
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 $443,010.07 as of 14. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.
Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.
Adult Forum This Sunday
The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K and Mary B are the teachers.
LSS Coat Drive
Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.
- Winter Hats
- Warm Scarves
Please contact Kathy T with questions.
Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October
9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)
- Reservations required for luncheon
- Childcare provided
All Saints’ Memorial Display
Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!
Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.
You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR
On 25. November during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.
Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 100 kits:
- 288 bars of soap (bath size)
- 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs
It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.
Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.
Social Ministry Invitation
The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday 18. November after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!
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
Trinity Church, and those to be baptized: Peter S, Martha R, and Paula S
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
Robyn K, Holy Cross Hospital
Tom M, Georgetown University Hospital
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
family and friends*
Carol B, former member
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Greg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
21. David F, Don P
22. Joyce D
24. Marilyn C, Kathy T
25. Ani SG
26. Matt A, Jane F
27. Torsten D
21. Rebecca P
22. Gregory M
23. Theodore R, Frederic S
24. Caden M
25. James F, Steven F
Selena M & Kevin M
30. September 2018
William Ashley V
son of Robyn K
This Week at Trinity
Sun 21. Oct (Pentecost 22 / Lect 29)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion w/ reception of New Members
12:00 pm – New Members Welcome Lunch
12:15 pm – Get the Word Out Team (1)
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – GTWO
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)
Mon 22. Oct
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 23. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
Sun 28. Oct – Reformation Sunday
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:15 pm – Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark Presb.
- Reservations required for luncheon
- Childcare provided
3. Nov – Jr. Youth Group
4. Nov – All Saints’ Sunday
4. Nov – High School Youth Group
11. Nov – Commitment Sunday