Trinity Tidings for March 21, 2019

This Sunday, March 24
(Third Sunday in Lent)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30

Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives, 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 – TBD (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Paul D, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F

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.

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

The thing about sin – in the language of the Psalmist – is that it’s always in front of us. Whether it’s a sin of omission or commission, I’m pretty much aware of said sin in my life. Which is probably why Jesus is always telling us to repent.

The gospel for Sunday is all about repentance. Chances are it may sound a little harsh to our ears because, I think, like showing emotion, it doesn’t come naturally to us. But the thing is, repentance is a blessing. God’s grace moves us to repent and our repentance allows us to behold that grace even more deeply.

Whether we need to apologize to someone, or stand up for justice, or push back against racism, or look for a more honorable career – Jesus calls us to repentance so that we can be more aligned with what God is trying to get done in this world.

Is it time you stopped, turned, started out fresh in a new direction? Search your heart. Be courageous. And know you are not alone.


Something New!

  • Do you ever wonder how the church really works? 
  • Does it ever seem like the people of God 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!

Easter Flowers

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.

Tea at National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville

Trinity friends are invited to National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville for a morning Tea on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. The Village wishes to thank Trinity for its involvement over many years, and also update us on volunteer opportunities. We will meet there in the multipurpose room. Please enter by the main front entrance. Carpooling is recommended, as parking can be tight with the construction going on there. The Village is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD. They would find it helpful to know approximately how many people plan to attend. RSVP to Brian in the church office, or Alice Benson at 301-354-8422 or Hope to see you there.

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.

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Adults: $15.00
Children 5-12: $7.00
Children under 6: Free

RSVP to the church office by April 15.

Altar Flowers

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.

To See Beyond

Weekly Devotional

The fruit truck, sagging under loads of Florida oranges, careened, its brakes impotent. A dumbfounded man on morning errands curled into stilled silence inside his crushed Oldsmobile. Doctors looked but saw no hope: “It’s time to give up.” Steadfastly, every day into the barren seasons, the sound and touch of love attended him.

From sweltering southside projects to heatless northside slums, into streets at night and alleys by day, the child, more sad than angry, carried desperation until he was carried to prison. There, forgotten, he became more angry than sad. Guards looking at him saw no worth in him. But, piercing the hardbound walls, there came the faith of ones who refused to turn their faces away.

Pacing for hours day after day, ignoring sunshine and rainfall, the woman hunched and twisted inside layers of coats over jackets on top of sweaters. She repeated aimless steps outside the treatment center, chatting as if she had more company than her cigarette. Looking through windows, aides nodded: “She’ll never change.” A girl in jeans ran up to her, taking her hand. They walked together.

The buzzing at the door fell silent, and impatient knocking replaced it. A young man, shamefaced, slid a chain and turned the deadbolt. “You’re late again. Always the same with you!” Then the ultimatum: “Your rent now or you’re out!” Wobbling, the young man closed the door and sat, wooden-faced, holding his cat. Then the phone rang—”I have an idea.”

“See here! . . . I have come looking . . .” (Luke 13:7).
“It’s time to give up.”
And they saw no worth in the boy.
And they nodded, “She’ll never change.”
And he said, “Always the same with you.”

Yet the audacity of grace looks to see beyond barren seasons. The courage of hope looks to see beyond hardbound walls. The nerve of faith looks to see beyond aimless pacing. The boldness of mercy looks to see beyond shamed faces.

“Sir, . . . one more year” (Luke 13:8).

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

Remember in Your Prayers

our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
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
nursing/rehabilitation center
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*
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Br– 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
Frank M, friend of Diana M
family and friends of Diana M  

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.

25. Connor D, Andrei S
26. Brooke C
27. Amanda S
29. Theodore R
Baptismal Days
29. Leander R
30. Bill K, Nathan L
Daniel P (+March 18, 2019), cousin of Len S