Trinity Tidings: September 19, 2019

Trinity Tidings: September 19, 2019

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.


This Sunday, September 22 (Lectionary 25)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Jerry B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Joan E (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lector: Phil D (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Angela B, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tom & Nancy M (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G


Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God, 

Every time I sit down to write a note for Tidings, I always think of Christmas and the angels bringing tidings of great joy (in the language of my childhood) to all people. Fascinating, isn’t it, how so much of what brings us joy delighted us in childhood. Our childhood, family of origin, these are with us our whole lives, often for better, but sometimes, for worse.

So I’m wondering today, what, besides this edition of Tidings, brings you joy 🙂 ? Are you on the Tidying Up train? Maybe work is going well? Perhaps the doctor gave you good news? Or perhaps you’ve reconnected with an old friend?

I know for me, worship almost always brings me joy. Most Sundays I leave with a hymn melody or psalm tone in my head. Other times it’s the memory of what a child did (much to their parent’s consternation) during the service.

I’ll never forget Ellen. She came into the congregation with a smile that was contagious. She was easy to laugh, eager to embrace, and was always widening her circle. One day I asked her why she was so joyful (note: her life was not without the usual difficulties) and looked and me and said, Well pastor, I guess I just expect to be happy so I work at it and it’s just become a habit.

There’s much to be troubled about in our world, but isn’t joy also possible? What brings you joy?

Pr Kern


Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn Booth or Kathy Thrower with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy Thrower.

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

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

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

synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Charlene 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.

22. Nicholas C
27. John B
27. Gina C
28. Mary B

Weekly Devotional: “A New Master”

September 22, 2019 (LECTIONARY 25)

When we serve someone, we focus all of our attention on that person. We may follow the person around, ensuring that all needs are met. We do what is asked of us. We listen, and we respond.

So, in the gospel today when Jesus so clearly states that we “cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13), we are called to think about who—and what—we serve. How do we follow wealth around, acting as its servants? How do we allow money to dictate our actions, our lives, and our very identities?

Jesus compares our relationship with money to the relationship between a slave and a master. We are so often beholden to wealth. We chase after it and expect it to supply satisfaction and self-worth. We will often do anything for it. Jesus is right—we are enslaved by wealth.

A Different Kind of Servanthood

But the good news here is that we don’t have to be. In baptism, God has promised that we are no longer enslaved to the masters of this world. While these worldly masters only leave us empty and dead in the end, God as our master brings us wholeness and life. Through the claims made on us in baptism and the mercy bestowed on us in holy communion, we are oriented to a different kind of servanthood. Instead of trying to find meaning from a master that can never quite satisfy, we walk alongside Jesus and discover that life as his servant filled with peace, purpose, mercy, and love.

No matter how hard we try to serve the master of wealth, we will never find true happiness there. God calls us to serve a different master—a master who brings new life, a master who in great love turns around to serve us.

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