Trinity Tidings: Dec 12, 2019

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From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

What makes your heart sing?

Each Advent our worship features the Song of Mary, part of the young woman’s response to the realization that she will give birth. The other part of Mary’s response was more guarded. She struggled to understand that was happening to her, the great burden that had been placed upon her without her asking. I’m not sure, given all that transpired, a song would ever have passed my lips.

There are so many aspects to Mary’s story, but her ability to remain calm in a highly anxious season is both admirable and instructive. We are not Mary, to be sure, but maybe if we can muster a song in the face of adversity as she did, our song will be formative.  As the old wisdom holds, we make our path by walking… or, maybe, by singing.

The warmth and joy of the Advent season also incubates ancient fears and regret.  Sometimes the weight of that past bogs us down so much that we tire on our journey to Jerusalem.  Instead, like Mary, let’s raise a song of praise together and praise our God.

Pr Kern


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

Stir up the wills of all who look to you, Lord God, and strengthen our faith in your coming, that, transformed by grace, we may walk in your way; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Acolytes: Anders S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith, Lily C (8:15); Louise G (10:45)
Greeters: Donna, Steve S (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Tellers: Dick, Peggy J
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J(8:15); David C, Henry C(10:45)

Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


Weekly Devotional

John the Baptist, just last week crying out in the wilderness with a voice unmistakable and bold, has dramatically changed his tone. John now implores about his cousin Jesus, “Is he the one?” [click here to see full article]

Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.

Figuring Out What God Wants

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, Pastor Kern is offering a short series on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour on the Sundays of December in Room 11.

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world.  And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along. 

All are welcome.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

LAST DAY, Sunday, December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.

We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
62 adult, 7 youth

Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

The tree is up; now please come to help finish decorating Trinity with garlands, flowers, and candles for Christmas! We’ll start with a soup and bread supper at 6:30, and begin decorating around 7 pm, finishing around 8:30 pm.

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:


___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

___ I/we will miss supper but will come to help decorate

Contact Carol B with questions.

2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.

Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

  1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
  2. Special ministries in the community
  3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation

Submit nominees to the church office, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:



Name: ___________________________________

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, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B

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

15. Ione L
15. Sabrina R
15. Hudsen S
15. Rob S
15. Mike S
19. Kristine S
Baptismal Days:
19. Julianne N
21. Yulie N
Hermine Janet L+ Dec 7, 2019

Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

A Change in Tone

John the Baptist, just last week crying out in the wilderness with a voice unmistakable and bold, has dramatically changed his tone. Now imprisoned by Herod, he has abandoned his confident pitch that pulsed at the river Jordan’s banks. His confidence tottering and proclamation fading, John now implores about his cousin Jesus, “Is he the one?”


A stream of hope had run through the crowds on the Jordan’s banks. It had flowed through those who rushed from the water, dripping with baptismal verve and ready for the kingdom of heaven John announced. But now it was drying up. John was filled with misgivings, his hope having evaporated inside the prison walls.

Where is justice for the prophet? What of mercy for John? A prison cell was his reward for proclaiming heaven’s kingdom come, for unlocking a conclusive truth at the portals of a warping empire. Malicious bars of injustice imprisoned him, hammered in a forge of vengeance: this man called by God, the first of two miracle children born of wonder foretold by angels, the ascetic in the desert, arouser of hope, baptizer of Jesus himself—held in chains! All the glowing hope looked to be a fading tale told by a disappointing martyr.


Life. Who has lived it and managed to escape injury and heartache of expectations lost, fair due denied, the prize withheld? We each experience tragedies immense and minute, discouragements that sting and pass, despair that aches and endures. How thin the air of promise can feel.

Jesus offers transcendent hope when he answers John. It is hope that sees beyond short-sighted optimism, hope that prevails against searing evidence to the contrary, hope that exceeds the pace of setbacks and remains persistent when, like John, we cannot help but ask, “Are you the one . . . , or are we to wait for another?” It is Advent hope.

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