From Pastor Kern
Dear Trinity Family,
By now I suspect most of us have fallen into a stay-home routine. Mine includes watching a few minutes of news early in the morning, checking online for headlines at midday, and surfing the news again after dinner. In between there is work – phone calls, emails, worship planning, staff meetings – much like many of you, I’m sure. Every day I am reminded of the virus, whether I want to think about it or not.
Don’t get me wrong. I do want to think about it! It would be an abrogation of my faith if I did not pray for the infected, the dying, the dead, and their families every morning as soon as I wake. The mass burials in some of our cities is heartbreaking. We must pray.
At the same time, it is clearly spring. Our gardens are starting to come alive. The hosta seems to grow a couple of inches every day. The black-eyed susans appear intent on taking over the place. The red bud and the river birch are beginning to leaf, along with the white oak. There are even some bees buzzing from time to time. Clearly, in the northern hemisphere, life is being renewed. And it would be ungrateful not to enjoy it and give thanks for the joy of spring.
And there we are, you and me, living in between these two realities. The suffering of the world and the clear signs that life will go on. They say that maturity is the ability to hold two disparate thoughts at the same time – that is, the ability to live with paradox, with the emphasis on the living.
Just as the disciples struggled to understand after Easter how Jesus could have been dead but was also alive in the present, we too will learn to embrace the paradox of being sad and rejoicing at the same time. It’s not contradictory. It’s necessary. And by the grace of our risen Lord, we make our way by walking together through this time.
May the peace of this Easter season permeate our lives in every circumstance and fill our hearts with hope.
PS! Look for news in the coming days for some Zoom gatherings I plan to offer during the evenings. More details are set to follow soon.
During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time.
Last Sunday’s Easter service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.
Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020)
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays, including Anita’s Time for ALL Children.
Adult Forum on Zoom
David K is going to resume Adult Forum this Sunday April 19 on Zoom at 9:30 am. The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at email@example.com before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.
The Social Ministry Committee is resurrecting Trinity Help. Trinity Help is the ministry of providing care for those who call Trinity their faith home. We are looking for people who would be willing to provide meals, and/or in our current time of social distancing, make grocery runs for essentials. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please email Valerie M.
Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.
National Lutheran Choir Online Concert
The National Lutheran Choir will be presenting HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING: A Live Gathering of Music, Healing, and Hope online on April 19, at 5PM Eastern time. The link to the livestream is HERE.
Remember in Your Prayers
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Doris L, mother of Karen L (Trinity Friend)
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Evelyn R, aunt of Donna S
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Susan D +April 11, 2020, friend of Julie N