This Sunday, March 31
(Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30
God of compassion, you welcome the wayward, and you embrace us all with your mercy. By our baptism clothe us with garments of your grace, and feed us at the table of your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Assisting in the Sunday Services
Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Angela B, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Annie A, Mina
Lent at Trinity
You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more on our Lent at Trinity page.
Still Far Off
“While he was still far off . . .” (Luke 15:20). In one brief phrase a wrenching, shifting, and twisting story involving a wild cast of characters hangs in uneasy suspense.
“While he was still far off . . .” In those few words from a noble parable, we catch—or lose—our own uneasy breath because we know, at times more painfully than anything else, what it is to be “still far off.” We know the angst of uncertainty, the misery of guilt, the loneliness of distance, and the injury of shame. Wherever “far off” is—that distant country where shadows of disgrace and shards of reputation languish; where hope withers—it is not home.
Jesus doesn’t toss this parable carelessly to the wind. He carefully states each confounding sentence, unfolds every calibrated detail for a grumbling group offended by “this fellow” who welcomes sinners. With grace that stings, Jesus means the parable for the church, for us. Jesus messes with the tidy assumptions of each of us who turn our face from the “other,” from those “still far off.” When the church opens doors to some and closes them to others, when it sets the table for the likes of these and denies it to the likes of those, when it embraces the well-behaved but abandons the wrongdoers, it forgets that all of us—all of us—are “still far off,” longing for home.
The parable concludes, stunning, as any drama ever written, the dancers and singers, the hired hands, a household and neighborhood, a brother and father. The older brother is far off, left trying to figure it out. Chances are he never will, and neither will we. Grace is not to be figured out; it is to be received. It comes down a dirty road, where it opens healing arms to embrace us.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
- Ever wonder how the church really works?
- Does it seem like we keep having some of the same conversations over and over again?
- Are you ever frustrated by decisions (or the lack of decisions) that seem to get made?
Then Pastor Kern’s new forum just might be for you! For the remaining Sundays in Lent, PK will lead a brief – 30 minute – forum at 9:45 a.m.
Drop the kids at Sunday School, get some coffee, and stop by as we look at How Your Church Family Works (based on the book and the work of Peter Steinke.) Join the conversation!
Now is the time to order your flowers to decorate the sanctuary for the Easter services. You have the choice of ordering Easter lilies, azaleas, or hydrangeas. Please see your Sunday bulletin and April Trinitarian newsletter for order form and more information. Deadline for orders is Sunday, April 7.
Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday
The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.
Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.
Children 5-12: $7.00
Children under 6: Free
Checks should be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, with “Easter brunch” in the memo line. Please see your Sunday bulletin for a registration form, or simply contact the church office.
RSVP to the church office by April 15.
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
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
B– family, friends of Tom K & Sarah M
Julie D, friend of Margaret F
Leigh F– and family, cousin of Cathy C
Eric L, friend of Tom K
family and friends of Diana M
Mark O, friend of Margaret F
Leelang T, friend of Sunhee P
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
31. Evie H
1. Rebecca B
2. Taylor M
3. Charles B
3. Joe C
6. Steven R
1. Joyce D
1. Linda H
1. Hagen S
3. Robyn K
3. Thor N
3. Philip T
4. Kevin D
4. Katie J
31. David & Leslie C
31. Tom & Nancy M
1. Margaret & Greg F
Harrison H +Feb 19, 2019 (former mbr)
Master Chief Urbin P. C. + March 23, 2019 (friend of Len S)
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.