Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Christ the King Sunday
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Intergenerational Sunday School at 9:30 am
Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy
Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Sarah M (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Children’s Church – Margaret F (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Louise G (8:15), Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – potluck (8:15), potluck (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Carol B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F
Jesus Chose Us
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
In today’s gospel, Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, is questioning Jesus. Jesus tells Pilate, “My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36). Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus submitted to this world in every way. Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus spent his entire life living in its worst conditions. Yet despite the uncertainty and danger with which he lived, Jesus did not speak or act as though he was weak and powerless. What is more, he never hesitated to try the patience of the powerful, despite the fact that doing so would eventually cost him his life. And even when he had crowds of thousands welcoming and praising him, he knew that using the tools of the world to accomplish God’s kingdom would only fail, just as it had for others so many times before.
Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, and nobody knew that better than Jesus.
And yet we choose him, he who was so utterly different from all of us. Or rather, because Jesus chose us as we are, we listen to his voice (John 18:37). Now a part of both this world—the world as we know it—and Jesus’ kingdom, we have Jesus’ power, light, and love inside us. This power regenerates every cell of our being so that our words and deeds are as much an extension of our own will as they are manifestations of the power of Christ’s true kingdom. With this power, this grace, we too can live within this fallen world with hope and boldness. We are strengthened by the knowledge that we belong to God’s kingdom, that we belong to the truth—to Jesus—and indeed have always belonged there. From this place of belonging, we invite others to listen to Jesus’ voice and follow this king.
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 $448,148.12 as of November 18. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.
Thanksgiving Weekend –
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR
We have all the supplies!
Thanks to a generous grant from Thrivent Financial, we now have all the supplies needed to prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) during the Sunday school hour next Sunday, November 25. We no longer need donations of soap or toothbrushes. We just need hands to assemble the kits that Sunday. We hope you can participate!
Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.
Have You Pledged to BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal Yet?
We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to finally pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishment to Trinity. Please place your pledge card in an envelope with your name on it, and put it in the offering, or mail it to the church. Pledge cards are available from the ushers if you’ve forgotten the card that was mailed to you. Thank you! Together, we can do this!
Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!
You can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.
Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.
The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.
Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
November 18 – December 9
The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.
CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).
Trinity Lunch Bunch
Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm
R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4
Our Handbell Choir Concert –
New Day and New Place
Saturday, December 15, 1:30 PM
Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be a lot more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.
Admission is free.
Santa and some other special characters will be present.
ALL AGES are welcome.
Bring family and friends with you.
Hope to see you there.
Questions? Contact Marilyn C.
The Word in Season
The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.
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, Central America
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Davide C, relative of Len S
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Sixto M, friend of Len & Ani S
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.
Nov 26. Amanda M
Nov 27. Matthew B
Nov 29. Robert P
Nov 29. Angela B
Nov 30. Christine B
Dec 1. Nathaniel C
Dec 1. Katie J
Nov 27. Linnea S
Nov 27. Luke W
Nov 27. Sophia W
Nov 28. David K
Nov 29. John B
Nov 30. Diana B
Mark W + Nov 11, 2018
Bertil S, friend of S family
This Week at Trinity
Sun, Nov 25 (Christ the King Sunday)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Intergenerational Sunday School
10:45 am. Holy Communion
(No Confirmation Class)
Mon, Nov 26
9:30 am. Trinitarian mailing
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Nov 27
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
7:30 pm. Mutual Ministry (11)
Thurs, Nov 29
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers
Sat, Dec 1
9:00 am. Choir Retreat
Sun, Dec 2 (Advent 1)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
12:00 pm. Congregational Meeting
(No Confirmation Class)
Dec 8. Kids’ Morning Out (SH)
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service