From Pastor Christine
A common Lenten encouragement is to practice prayer, either to begin that practice or to be more intentional. One of the things I’m mindful of is how as we mature we often seem to lose our ability to talk with God. This may not be true for all of us, but I know there are many among us who feel insecure or unsure about prayer. This can be for a myriad of reasons and I’d do well not to guess what your reason may be. But, because of this, I wanted to offer a few suggestions for prayer practices that may be helpful to you.
~Jesus Prayer: This is a short, formulaic prayer that can often become meditative when recited over and over again. I’ve often whispered this one in my heart as I walk or run. The whole of the prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.”
~Kyrie: Like the Jesus Prayer, using “Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy,” as a meditative focus can be centering.
~Prayer of Examen (I’ve linked an article because this is a bit more in-depth): This prayer format asks us to review/examine our day, and to focus on what there is to be thankful for, while also recognizing the feelings and difficulties of the day.
~Lord’s Prayer: This likely needs no explanation, but I would encourage you to say it slowly, and think about the words.
~Help. Thanks. Wow: This type of prayer is an adaption from a book by the same title. Lay before God what you need help with, what you are thankful for, and what surprised you in a given day.
~Listen. Often we spend a lot of time trying to find words to explain what is on our hearts. There is value in that. And, there is also value in pausing, sitting in silence, and listening. Allowing noises and thoughts to come and go – listening for the still, small voice of God.
~Lectio Divina (I’ve also linked an article with more explanation): This type of prayer asks us to use scripture as our guide and springboard. Picking a scripture passage, we utilize the following four means to encounter the text: Read, Reflect, Respond, Rest.
Even if you are an easy pray-er, I hope these suggestions are helpful to you. And if praying is harder for you, maybe one of these will ring true for you and help you to deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season.
Get to know Pastor Christine!
In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired.
Join us for worship this Sunday!
The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.
Wednesdays in Lent
March 3 – March 24, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.
Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK
Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
David K will continue a series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.
Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.
Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge
Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office.
Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card).
Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view.
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services)
Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20)
Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.
February is Hunger Month
Thanks to generous Trinity members and friends, Trinity has already collected cash donations of over $1,500 to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives. It’s not too late to contribute. Simply include the amount, made out to Trinity, with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.
Save the Date: The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot.
Easter Lilies 2021
The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.
Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry
The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community. Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started. We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting.
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways. The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting. Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.
Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Remember in your prayers
We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:Bill B, Tigist G, Louise G, Margo W
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Dennis S, friend of Len S
Larry S, relative of Len S
Robert S, friend of Len S
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
Job H, + February 23, 2021, neighbor of Angela B
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.