Church of the Holy Spirit's monthly e-newsletter, the Godsend.
June 2021 Godsend
Spring/Summer Edition
Holy Eucharist: Sundays 10:00 AM
Healing Service: First Saturday of the Month at 5:00 PM

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Please send articles and feedback to our editors, Robbie Pruitt and Dean Schultz at and

The Opening Acclamation

Celebrant   Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
     People   And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

Trinity Sunday Proper Preface

Who, with your co-eternal Son and Holy Spirit, are one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Substance. For that which we believe of your glory, O Father, we believe the same of your Son, and of the Holy Spirit, without any difference or inequality.
Table of Contents

1. The Community of God, by Pastor Robbie Pruitt
2. Healing Service This Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 5:00PM
3. Restoring Trinitarian Worship, by Pastor Dean Schultz
4. Children's Ministry Update, by Debbie Jones
5. Meet Our Summer Ministry Interns!
6. No Greater Love, by Pastor Robbie Pruitt
7. Employment Opportunities At CHS
8. Center For Parent And Youth Understanding, June Parent Page
9. Church Community Builder: Is Your Information Up-To-Date?
10. Let's Get Social
11. Schedule of Upcoming Events
12. Social Media: Join us on your favorite social media outlet
13. What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? -- Photo
The Community Of God 

What community do you belong to? Who are your family members? 

When we are led by the Spirit of God, as followers of Jesus, we are adopted as God’s children and we cry out "Abba! Father!” We belong to the family of God—the community of God. We belong in relationship with God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and with one another as his church—God’s community. 

The Apostle Paul wrote the church in Rome, saying, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15, ESV). 

God is in community with himself from the foundation of the world—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit leads us to the Father through the Son. Our relationship with God’s Son Jesus redeems us and makes this adoption possible so that we may join this community of God as his children. 

May we join in with the community of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as God’s children.

In Christ alone, Robbie 

A Collect For Trinity Sunday: “Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, 2019). 

Photo by Helena Lopes, from Unsplash.
Healing Service, Saturday, June 5th at 5pm, “It Will Be Well!”

Dondie McNickle will be speaking on “It Will Be Well!” God still works miracles today! While we do not know exactly how God will answer our prayers, He awaits our faithful intercessions. In the midst of crisis, we must declare His promises, know that our prayers matter and expect breakthrough!

Come receive extended prayer from our trained team. 
Restoring Trinitarian Worship
By Pastor Dean Schultz
During my ministry over the past 40 years, I have participated in worship services at churches of many denominations where the adoration of the Holy Trinity was often not included in the liturgy.

For this reason, I am thankful for Trinity Sunday, which focuses our attention on the Three Persons of the Godhead; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are to be the focus of our worship.  
This Trinitarian adoration starts at the beginning of our liturgy when the Celebrant declares, "Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," to which the people respond, "And blessed be His kingdom now and forever."  

Following the Collect for Purity the Gloria may be spoken or sung;

"Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God, and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your Glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the Glory of God the Father. Amen."
Following the responsive reading of the Psalm, we adore the Holy Trinity once again by saying, "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was, in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen." 
The adoration of the Holy Trinity also takes place through the songs and hymns of the Church (click on the titles for links to listen).  
This is a wonderful song of praise for families (or Home Groups) to sing before a meal:

Father, I adore You
I lay my life before You,
How I love You
Jesus, I adore You
I lay my life before You
How I love You
Spirit, I adore You
I lay my life before You,
How I love You
I also love the following hymns which adore the Holy Trinity: 

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
Oh, praise Him, Oh praise Him.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!


This cherished Trinitarian hymn was sung at my ordination to the priesthood, which I would encourage you to listen to during one of your devotional times (7:44 minutes long) 
Another way to worship to the Holy Trinity is by marking the sign of the cross + upon yourself when you hear "Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" at the beginning of our Sunday liturgy or following a Trinitarian Benediction.  

To cross yourself, take your right hand and put your thumb, index, and middle finger together with the other two fingers pressed down to your palm; The three together symbolize the Trinity; the two pressed down to represent the divinity and humanity of Christ who came down from heaven.  

In Western Christianity, you then touch your forehead, the center of your chest, your left shoulder, and your right shoulder; or you will see Christians from Eastern Christian traditions touch their right shoulder before their left shoulder.  

You may see others make the sign of the cross with an open hand which symbolizes the five wounds of Christ. 

Making the sign of the cross on yourself when rising in the morning, after praying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and before going to sleep is another way to remain in a daily rhythm of expressing worship to the Holy Trinity. Of course, making the sign of the cross on oneself is a matter of personal preference, and should not be done legalistically. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!

As we gather for worship may every Sunday be “Trinity Sunday”, and may the blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be upon you now and forever!  +
Children’s Ministry Update
By Debbie Jones

Pentecost Sunday

It was an amazing day in the Children’s Ministry Department!  We celebrated Pentecost Sunday with an outdoor birthday party.  We began the time with a Bible lesson on Pentecost and why we were having a birthday party for the church.  It was a wonderful time of study with much discussion from the 20 children in attendance.  Everyone enjoyed a birthday cupcake before starting the games.   Various games such as corn hole, ring toss, croquet and bowling were set up for the children to enjoy.  Children were also able to create a windsock craft to remember Pentecost Sunday! 

Several children were a part of our Pentecost worship service.  It was exciting to witness the baptism of Lily Zeller and Simeon Pruitt.  What a joy to watch young lives dedicated to the Lord!   The offertory was such a blessing as Hosanna Roberts and Grace Pruitt joined Monica Whitmer in a worship dance.  They did an amazing job despite the heat of the day.
Jungle Adventure

         On July 12-14 we are going to take a “Jungle Adventure” to discover God’s love.  This will be a mini-VBS at the home of Debbie Jones, our Children’s Ministry Leader, in Lucketts for children, K- 5th grade. We will learn more about God’s love through crafts, games and Bible lessons from 9- 12.  Please register with Debbie Jones at with your child’s name and age.  
Meet Our Summer Ministry Interns!

As part of our diocesan leadership development and pipeline, Church of the Holy Spirit, with the help of the leadership and funding from The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, has hired two Summer Ministry Interns: Theresa Rowland and David Slaughter. You may know them already, as both of these young adults are active in attendance and leadership at CHS. Theresa and David will be working on church-wide ministry projects, will receive training and professional development, and opportunities to minister and to serve.

We will be praying over Theresa and David and commissioning them at our announcement time this Sunday at our 10:00AM Service--that is this Sunday, May 30th, 2021.
About Theresa: Theresa Rowand grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where she learned early to love Jesus, sports, and the outdoors. An avid equestrian, in 2017 she moved to Northern Virginia to pursue training in eventing and dressage while working on her BA in Classical Liberal Arts from Patrick Henry College. She became a member of CHS shortly thereafter, and has loved being a member of the community here. She uses her professional development to train horses, and applies her classroom education by teaching middle school latin. Having completed her studies, she is looking forward to redirecting her energy towards learning about ministry through the internship at CHS and to spending more time at the church she loves.
About David: Originally from Columbus, Ohio, David came to Virginia to pursue a degree from Patrick Henry College. He works as a Upper School Teacher (Government, Logic, Speech) at Trinity Christian School in Fairfax and holds a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt in Secondary Education. David is taking advantage of his free summer as a teacher to work with the youth ministry at CHS. In his free time, he can be found playing guitar or board games. Email David at  
No Greater Love
By Robbie Pruitt
What is the greatest sacrifice anyone can give for the service and betterment of another?

No greater sacrifice can be made, or love expressed to another, than to risk and to give one’s own life for the life of another.

Jesus expressed this sacrificial love in John’s Gospel when he said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-13, ESV).

The greatest love is a sacrificial and giving love—laying down one’s life for another.

Jesus calls us to participate in this sacrificial love and to love one another as he has loved us. And how has Jesus loved us? “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV).

When another person gives their life in love and sacrificial service for another, the good news of the saving sacrifice of God himself—laying down his own life in love as a perfect sacrifice for the world—is proclaimed.

May we always memorialize the sacrificial love of selfless sacrifice, and the ultimate love and sacrifice of lives laid down for another—as Jesus has given his own life so that we may live through him. There is no greater love. +

A Collect For Memorial Day: “O King and Judge of the nations: We remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our armed forces, who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy; grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, 2019).

Photo by Tanner Ross on Unsplash
Employment Opportunities At CHS
By Robbie Pruitt
We have several employment opportunities at Church of the Holy Spirit.
We believe the right people for these open positions to serve Jesus and his church are either within our congregation, or they are known by our congregation. Can you help us get the word out? 
Please see the list of open employment opportunities, and the attached position descriptions below for more details. And please do share them with anyone you know who may be a good fit. 
Thank you for your assistance in finding the right people to serve God and his church in these important areas of ministry and to join the Church of the Holy Spirit team.

Youth Ministry: We are looking for a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Assistant, and two Summer Youth and Young Adult Ministry Interns. These are part-time opportunities, available immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to our Assistant Rector at

Nursery and Childcare: We are looking for a Nursery/Childcare Worker. This is a part-time job, available immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to our Children’s Ministry Director and Assistant Rector at and

Livestream Operator and Proclaim Operator: Learn to use cameras and OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to Stream to the Church YouTube channel for in person events. Please contact Brennan Bloomingdale if you are interested,

MyCHS is an online hub and communication tool for members and attenders of Church of the Holy Spirit. 

It is also our online directory which members use to find out how to contact others, and to keep their info and preferences up to date. You can even see your giving records there. Please update your family's information today.

If you are a leader of a small group and would like to create a group in MyCHS to communicate with your members, please ask Monica to set you up.

If you attend CHS and do not have access, or if you need assistance, please contact Monica and she will send you a link so you can set up your account. Monica can be reached at 703-726-0777.+

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Let's Get Social
by Pastor Robbie Pruitt

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 Schedule of Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar

June 6th – AFTER CHURCH PICNIC/COOKOUT, Come Honor Our Graduates!

June 20th – The Bishop's Visit to CHS

Healing Service, Saturday, June 5th at 5pm, Dondie McNickle will be speaking on “It Will Be Well!” God still works miracles today! While we do not know exactly how God will answer our prayers, He awaits our faithful intercessions. In the midst of crisis, we must declare His promises, know that our prayers matter and expect breakthrough! Come receive extended prayer from our trained team. 
Come Honor Our Graduates! Directly after our church service we will be gathering at Algonkian Regional Park 47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA 20165 for a picnic and cookout to honor our graduates. 
Please RSVP with 

SUNDAY JUNE 20TH Bishop John Guernsey will be visiting CHS! Save the date! Come and meet, greet and listen to Bishop Guernsey on June 20th!

July 12-14 we are going to take a “Jungle Adventure” to discover God’s love.  This will be a mini-VBS at the home of Debbie Jones, our Children’s Ministry Leader, in Lucketts for children, K- 5th grade.