Sunday, December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30 am
Congregational Meeting 12:00 noon
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy
Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15), Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church – Margaret F (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15), Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Nancy N (8:15), Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers – Mike J, Ross A (8:15), David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Kathy T, Marilyn G (8:15), potluck (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M
Waiting with Hope
Today we begin the season of Advent, a season of expectation, watching, and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. Waiting is often the last thing we want to do. Waiting requires trust; it requires acknowledging our lack of control; it requires restraint and delayed satisfaction. Waiting is hard. We much prefer certainty, control, and immediacy over the uncertainty and vulnerability of waiting.
In the gospel text for today, Jesus speaks of a time of great uncertainty, when even the celestial bodies will be unmoored from their orbits. He speaks of people waiting in great fearfulness for what these signs might portend—and then he indicates that all the chaos and tumult are actually signs that the kingdom of God is near. What are we to make of such a statement?
When Jesus describes chaos as a sign of God’s reign, it is not because God’s reign brings destruction. Rather, it is a sign because God chooses to be born in the middle of the tumult and uncertainty that is this world. When all seems lost and like our waiting is hopeless, God’s kingdom comes. When our lives seem wildly uncertain and when waiting seems unbearable, our need for a savior will be fulfilled in Christ. As we prayerfully anticipate the birth of Jesus in a world that is unstable and broken, Jesus assures us that we can wait with true hope, not uncertainty and fear. Hope because God’s promises far outlast everything in heaven and on earth. Hope because Jesus’ love encompasses even the biggest storm we may wait through. Hope because God’s reign brings us a completeness that we can anticipate with joy. Hope because the kingdom of God will always be far more surprising than we can imagine.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 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 $457,508.12 as of November 25. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.
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. 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.
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
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).
Our Handbell Choir Concert
Saturday, December 15
NEW TIME! 1:00 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 much 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.
Blue Christmas Service
Friday Evening, December 21
Trinity’s Stephen Ministry program will hold a Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Friday evening, December 21, at 7:00 pm. While we are told we’re all supposed to be happy at this time of year, it is very common for many to struggle physically, emotionally, and spiritually during the month of December. Sometimes feelings of sadness, loneliness, and grief overwhelm and can negatively impact our ability to cope with everyday stressors.
Please know that you are not alone. In the Blue Christmas service, we will read Bible verses, recite poetry, sing hymns, light candles, pray, and honor our individual and collective losses. Please join us for this special service.
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
family and friends*
Davide C, relative of Len S
Kim D and family, friend of Sunhee P
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.
Dec 2. Donna S
Dec 5. Leslie S
Dec 7. Linnea A
Dec 8. Deborah D
Hung Manh D + Nov 22, 2018
Father of Kim D, friend of Sunhee P
This Week at Trinity
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)
Mon, Dec 3
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Dec 4
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
6:30 pm. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
Thurs, Dec 6
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers
Sat, Dec 8
9:30 am. Kids’ Morning Out Activity (SH)
Sun, Dec 9 (Advent 2)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
6:00 pm. Youth Group (6-12th)
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service
Image credit: Advent Candles By Liesel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22956105