Sunday, December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30 am
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through 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 – TBD (8:15), Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Joan E (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Robert P, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Lily & Keith C (8:15), S family (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Annie A, Mina
Altar Flowers – given by James T & Sunhee P to the glory of God and in celebration of their wedding anniversary
From the Pastor …
Dear People of God!
Last Sunday, Advent began. A short season filled with great expectation and hope. This Sunday (and next) we will hear about, and from, John the Baptizer. I can’t think of another season of the church year that embodies as much urgency. I hope your life will afford you the opportunity to gather with the people of God for worship this Advent.
As I make my way through my week, I notice more decorations, more sales, more holiday well wishes with each passing day. And for whatever reason, the distinction between religious and secular expressions of the season are very striking to me this year. I find myself picturing the actors of Advent – John, the angel, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah – and simply holding them in my heart, wondering at their faithfulness. But more than that, I think it’s nothing short of astounding that these events, and this story still impact our world. Because when you stop to think about it, both the faith-filled and the party-central observances grow out of the same root, the same stem and stump (as the prophet says). And I wonder, how might this awareness become a source of empowerment for the people of God? What do you think?
See you in worship!
Today’s gospel begins with a list of seven national, regional, and religious rulers. If you want to know power, look no further than these names. And yet, plunked down next to these power brokers is John, a ragamuffin in the wilderness. God chose John as his messenger, dismantling any ideas that we need political or social power in society to be useful to God’s mission.
John may not be a political titan, but his message is authoritative. John commands us to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Luke 3:4), to begin major construction on the systems and structures of our world. Valleys will be filled, mountains will be leveled, and crooked ways will be straightened out. This is no small project that John has in mind!
But before we go rounding up the bulldozers, notice how this upending is going to take place. John doesn’t arrive with heavy equipment, nor with the power of armies or wealth. Instead, God empowers the wilderness wanderer with nothing but the word repent. John arrives with a call to stop looking to the power brokers for our peace but instead to return to God, who can level mountains with a few ordinary folks willing to claim a different kind of power.
This call to return to God is a radical notion inviting us to enter God’s vision for a world ruled not by power over others or by false peace, but by love. It is a call not to overthrow, but to clear the path in our hearts and in our world to receive God, who provides ultimate peace. Returning to God, we see possibility where before we saw hopelessness. Returning to God, we enter a place of desolation—the wilderness—and see that God transforms it into a place of redemption, new life, and abundance. As we prepare to welcome the Christ child, let us answer John’s call to repent, embracing God’s ultimate peace as we fervently pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
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!
Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
FINAL DAY – THIS SUNDAY, 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.
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.
Coffee Hour Needs YOU
Our coffee hours are a great time for fellowship and greeting visitors and friends, but we need more volunteer coffee hour hosts. Sign up on the sheet on the coffee hour table, or contact Lynn B with questions or to sign up. Thank you.
How Can I Support a Good Mission?
Nominate It for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!
The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for recommendations of organizations to receive awards in spring 2019. Each year the Mission Endowment Fund generates income, which is used to enhance the mission outreach of Trinity apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving!
Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:
- Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
- Special ministries in the community
- Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation
Submit nominees to the church office. Nominations are due by January 13, 2019.
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.
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 $457,918.12 as of December 2. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.
Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Camp 2019 “Transformed Community!”
MLR offers residential programming for ages 6-17, as well as Day camp for ages 6-10. The camp is ACA accredited, and the staff is faith-filled and enthusiastic. MLR offers traditional and specialty camps to meet all interests. Open House dates: March 17 & May 19. Join us as we explore what it means to be “Transformed Community!” (Romans 12:2)
Contact Mar-Lu-Ridge with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org 800.238.9974
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
Debra P, sister of Tom K
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Ruth W, grandmother of Christine B
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.
10. Lynn B
11. Thor N
12. Kim B
12. Jessica P
13. Kellen B
15. Ione L
15. Sabrina R
15. Rob S
15. Hudsen S
15. Mike S
11. Logan D
12. Matthew C
13. Caila N
13. Carine N
13. Cavin N
10. Sunhee P & James T
13. Brooke & Michael C
This Week at Trinity
Sun, Dec 9 (Advent 2)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
12:15 pm. MEF Team meeting
6:00 pm. Youth Group (6-12th)
Mon, Dec 10
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Dec 11
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
7:30 pm. Congregation Council (10)
Thurs, Dec 13
7:00 pm. Special Handbells rehearsal
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers
Sat, Dec 15
Trinitarian newsletter deadline
10:00 am. Pageant Rehearsal
1:00 pm. Handbells Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)
Sun, Dec 16 (Advent 3)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion and Children’s Advent Program
1:45 pm. Bethesda H&R – Choir
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service – 7:00 pm
Dec 24. Christmas Eve services – 6:00 & 8:30 pm
Image credit: Advent Candles By Liesel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22956105