Sunday, December 30, 2018
First Sunday of Christmas
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
(No Sunday School)
Shine into our hearts the light of your wisdom, O God, and open our minds to the knowledge of your word, that in all things we may think and act according to your good will and may live continually in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Assisting Us in the Sunday Services
Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15), Leslie C (10:45)
Greeters – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15), David C (10:45)
Ushers – Bill & Diana B (8:15), Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Jane R, Eric S (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J
From the Pastor …
Dear People of God,
Christmas at Trinity continues! On Christmas Eve the singers sang, the ringers rang, the people worshipped, and Christ was present!
Whether you were here or visiting someplace else, I hope your Christmas worship brought you some sense of peace and joy.
This coming Sunday will find us in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas as we continue our celebration of God’s love toward us.
Our nation and world remain an anxious place. If you or someone you know is affected by the government shutdown, we remember you in our prayers. For all those serving in harm’s way, we pray for God’s protection. If you are traveling, may you do so in safety. And may heaven grant a lasting Christmas peace to all who suffer from war, violence, or disease.
Pray without ceasing, brothers and sisters. May the love of Christ come through us.
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
The central image for today is of two parents anxiously searching for Jesus. Mary’s words ring out: “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety” (Luke 2:48). It is an anxiety-producing thing when we are put into a position of searching for that which we cannot find. We are destabilized and knocked out of a position of control. To search is to be vulnerable, and that vulnerability usually manifests itself in anxiety.
Notice, however, that while Mary and Joseph are frantic (and rightfully so), Jesus is anything but anxious. Jesus knows where his parents are, and he knows to whom he belongs. He goes about the world as a child with unmatched calm and trust. He responds to his mother, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). Do you hear the difference between Jesus’ tone and Mary’s tone? One feels secure while the other feels afraid.
Jesus’ security comes from knowing that he is known and loved by God. It’s like a child at a playground; if the child trusts that the parent is nearby and watching, he or she is free to explore and play and even venture out. Mary’s security comes from knowing where her son is. In other words, Mary’s security is dependent upon what she knows, whereas Jesus’ security is dependent upon being known.
There is much to search for in this life and much to feel anxious about. But rejoice! Though things may feel out of joint or lost, we can rest securely in Christ. Just as Christ belongs to the Father, so do you. You are known and embraced fully by God. So, rest easy, breathe deeply, and carry out your searching in peace.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
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.
Space In Your Home?
A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T (301-675-6987) if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.
Trinity Men’s Group
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at Dick J’s house starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please let Dick know if you are planning to attend.
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 27, 2019.
BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)
As of December 16, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $461,218.12. We are around $18,000 short of the pledged amount. Have you fulfilled your pledge for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal? This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so there’s only a few more weeks left! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December. Thank you.
Pledges and Gifts
For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 27, 45 family units have pledged $187,956, and 48 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.
BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)
As of December 10, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 32 family units have pledged $272,020. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.
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*
Kim D and family, friends of Sunhee P
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Harold P, former member
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.
Dec. 30. Lois F
Jan. 1. Rob S
Jan. 1. Marilyn G
Jan. 1. Robert C
Jan. 5. Mary R
This Week at Trinity
Sun, Dec 30 (Christmas 1)
8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am No Sunday School
10:45 am Holy Communion
Tues, Jan 1 (New Year’s Day)
Church Office Closed
Sat, Jan 5
1-3 p.m. Jr. Youth Group (gr 1-5)
Sun, Jan 6 (Epiphany)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 p.m. Youth Team
3:00 p.m. High School Youth Group