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This Sunday, August 25 (Lectionary 21)
Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.
O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Assisting in the Sunday Services
Acolyte: Vincent M
Assisting Minister: Tom K
Cantor: Elizabeth R
Children’s Church: Jane R
Greeter: Louise G
Lector: Jim K
Ushers: David C, Henry C
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C
Altar Guild: Jackie K
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G
From the Pastor…
Dear People of God,
Where do we go from here?
I heard a story once about a family on vacation on the Blue Ridge who got lost. They missed their turnoff for a small town for lunch and found themselves on a narrow, winding road that went on and on with no sign of life anywhere they looked. They came around yet another tight bend the road and abruptly the pavement ended. As they skidded to a stop, they saw a small wooden cabin set in a little meadow just ahead. Tentatively, they rolled up to the front of the cabin, where an old man sat quietly rocking. The family tumbled out of the car and one of the parents called out, “where are we?”
“Why you’re here,” came the reply.
“But this is not where we want to be!” came the plaintive response.
The old man continued rocking, then he stopped, leaned forward in his chair and offered “well, if you turn around, you can go anywhere you want in the world.”
School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.
Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!
Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:
-  70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
-  30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
- [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
-  Box of 16 or 24 crayons
-  2½” eraser
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.
Youth Strings Concert
This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a free Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23.
Church Building Closed for Floor Waxing: 8/24, 8/26, 8/27
As part of our regular annual maintenance, all floors are stripped and waxed each summer. This year’s schedule is as follows:
- Education/School Wing: CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, Aug 24 and Tuesday, Aug 27
- Social Hall: CLOSED 7am-7pm, Mon, Aug 26
- Church/Admin Wing: CLOSED Mon, Aug 26
Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.
Living Faith Everyday
LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this month at 9:00 am in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives. Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.
Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.
Remember in Your Prayers
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America)
congregation: Trinity Church
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, 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
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Charlele Z, niece of Marilyn G
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
26. Mary W
27. Stella B
27. Richard J
31. Cooper G
31. Grayson D
31. Eric S
25. Kristin T
26. Lindsay T
28. Annie A
28. Carol B
Opal (M) C +August 20, 2019 (relative of Jerry B)
Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays
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.
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.
Weekly Devotional: Made Free
August 25, 2019 (LECTIONARY 21)
Some of us live with chronic pain or disability as part of our daily lives. All of us know that our bodies are vulnerable, subject to illness or injury. So of course we are interested in the healing stories of the Bible. In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a woman who has lived with a disability for eighteen years.
There are times when we wish for a miraculous healing, a sudden change in our physical state. The miraculous healing isn’t the real heart of this text, however. When challenged for healing on the sabbath, Jesus says, “Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16).
Jesus set her free.
He set her free to live, to have a place in society. He set her free by healing her body, but her physical transformation was God’s way of granting her freedom. Freedom might look like miraculous healing. It might look like a wheelchair or a cane that enables a person to move around. It might look like a ramp instead of stairs. It might look like a cochlear implant, or a replacement joint. Even small tools like eyeglasses grant us freedom, although we often forget they’re even there.
Have you heard the joke about the person caught in a flood? They wait on their roof for rescue. A boat comes by and the pilot says, “Get in!” but the person says, “No, God will save me.” A helicopter comes and tries to pick them up, but the person says, “No, God will save me.” The floodwaters rise, and they are swept away. When they see God, they say, “God, why didn’t you save me?” And God responds, “I sent a boat and a helicopter!”
Healing comes in different ways. Freedom takes many forms. Salvation may look different than we expect. But surely, God will set free all of God’s children. God will save each of us.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.