Online Worship - Sunday, August 30, 2020
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Upon this rock I will build my church.
~ Matthew 16:18
What is our church's "Code of Ethics?" Our passage from Romans 12 outlines the ethical principles by which we are called to live as a church. Join us this Sunday as we continue to talk about what it means to be the church, and more specifically, how we are called to be church. Our scriptures are Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28 and the sermon is entitled "Holding Fast."

We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our website. Don't forget to join us on ZOOM for a special time of fellowship. Click here to join!

Please register your attendance here! You can also list prayer requests as well. To be added to the Prayer Chain click here.

See below for the order of worship.

Click here for the Children's Worship Bulletins and Coloring Page.
Sunday Worship
Sunday after Pentecost
August 30, 2020 - 11 AM

The Order of Service
Welcome to Trinity online.
As we prepare for a time of worship, we invite you to find an intentional space in your home for worship. We encourage you to light a candle or place something
that reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God nearby.

Preparation for Worship: Laudate Dominum    W.A. Mozart
Lisa Newton, soprano
Praise the Lord all nations; praise Him all people, for He has bestowed His mercy upon us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever, and for generations of generations. Amen.
 
Welcome
As we light our candles in the sanctuary, I invite you to join us in lighting your own candle at home. As we place the cross in the holder, we invite you to place something that reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God in front of you.

Call to Worship: (based on Romans 12:9-21)
We gather this morning in spiritual worship.
Let love be genuine, hold fast to what is good.
Let us love one another with mutual affection, serving the Lord.
Let love be genuine, hold fast to what is good.
Let us rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
Let love be genuine, hold fast to what is good.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Let love be genuine, hold fast to what is good.

Hymn: Where Charity and Love Prevail
Prayer of Confession and Pardon:
Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Time for Silence and Prayer)
Hear the good news: 
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
     that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

Passing of the Peace: We’d love to know you worshiped with us! Please register your attendance here. We also encourage you to comment during the service so we can be in community with you! 

Children’s Time: Jill Robinson
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Worship Bulletins and Coloring Page for the children to do at home during this time.

Pastoral Prayer
 
Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father,
     who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
     as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Duet: Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jen Baca, Lisa Newton, sopranos
Pious Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world, give them rest. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, give them everlasting rest.

Scripture Lesson: Romans 12:9-21
  9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.

*Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28
 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Holding Fast

Invitation to the Offering: We invite you to consider giving on-line or giving by text! To give on-line, go to Trinity’s website and click on the Giving button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. To give by text, text “GIVE” to 703-783-3034. For further information about online giving see below.

Offertory Prayer
All good gifts come from you, dear Lord,
     and from these riches we bring this offering.
Help us to use it for the furtherance of your purpose in this place,
     and for the benefit of those in need. Amen.
 
Hymn: Take Up Thy Cross
Dismissal with Blessing: Following online worship, we invite you to join us on Zoom for a time of intentional fellowship and conversation.

Postlude: Voluntary in G - Henry Heron 
Music Notes

Today’s solo by Mozart (1756-1791) is the fifth movement of the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339, one of two complete settings of the vesper psalms, composed in 1780. His lyrical setting of Psalm 117 for soloists, chorus and orchestra was composed for liturgical use in the Salzburg Cathedral. This well known setting is often performed separately from the larger work.

Today’s Duet: Pie Jesu by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the eighth movement from his Requiem. It may seem strange to have a Requiem from the man who composed Cats, Evita and Starlight Express. His Requiem Mass is dedicated to his father, William, who had died in 1982 and premiered at St. Thomas Church in New York in 1985. Church music had been a part of the composer's upbringing and the composition was inspired by an article he had read about the plight of Cambodian orphans. It might be that the article inspired him to score the Requiem for a boy, a girl and a man: i.e. treble, high soprano and tenor. Lloyd Webber received a Grammy Award in 1986 for Requiem in the category of best classical composition. 

 
Sunday Morning at Trinity Church

The flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God.

Worship Online this Sunday: While we aren’t meeting in person, we will be worshiping online via livestream on Trinity’s Facebook page and through our website. Each Saturday evening, we will send out an email with links to the worship sites and the bulletin for worship that Sunday. This Sunday, we will invite you to be intentional about finding a space in your home to worship and to be truly present in a time of worship. For additional questions about how to worship online, please contact the Church Office
 
Fellowship Time via ZOOM on Sunday after Church: After worship this morning, we invite you to a time of fellowship via Zoom led by our Program Director Hannah Day Donoghue! This will be a time for us to connect after worship, check-in, and to have a time of conversation about worship.Click here to join. For additional questions, contact Program Director Hannah.
Trinity Church’s Weekly News

Love Feast via ZOOM, next Sunday, September 6th: Next Sunday, September 6th, join us for a Love Feast via zoom immediately following our worship service. A Love Feast is a shared meal among the faithful that is taken in place of communion. Have crackers or bread and a drink ready, or bring your lunch! Join via the Fellowship Time Zoom link. For more information contact Church Office.

Outdoor Blessing of the Chromebooks & Ice cream Social (social distanced edition): Next Sunday, September 6th at 5:30 PM, we invite you to join Pastor Grace and Hannah Day Donoghue for an end of the summer celebration. Anyone starting any kind of school is welcome to bring their Chromebook, or an item from their desk/school working space to be blessed for the new school year. We will pair this with individually wrapped ice cream, to take home with you! Click here to join us! For more information contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Join us for Outdoor Prayer and Communion Services! This Wednesday, we continue to gather at 7 PM for our Outdoor Prayer and Communion Services. We will meet in our Courtyard (the grassy area between the Parsonage and the Church).  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs to sit comfortably, or feel free to stand! All participants will need to fill out a Health Acknowledgement form, wear a mask, and practice appropriate social distancing. We are limiting registration to 30 participants each Wednesday. You can sign up here! For questions contact, Jenessa in the Church Office.

Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, September 26th at 9 AM in the Courtyard on Cameron Mills Road side of the church: ALL Creatures Great and Small are to be individually blessed by Pastor Grace. Each pet receives a certificate with its name on it, signed by Pastor Grace. Bring a picture of pets unable to attend. Dog treats and water are provided. Masks and 6 ft distancing required. No retractable leashes, please. If you have questions, please contact Lucelle O’Flaherty at 703-408-4008.

Join us for “Family Fun Food Trucks” Wednesdays from 4-7 PM. In partnership with the North Ridge Civic Association, join us Wednesdays in August, September and October for Family Fun Food Trucks in our blacktop parking lot! Stay tuned to North Ridge’s Facebook page for which trucks will be available on which days. This is a way for us to support local restaurants as well as raise donations for “Meals for Alexandria Heroes” (to provide meals for first responders, medical professionals and others). We will practice safe social distancing as regulated by the county! Come, eat, support local businesses and be in fellowship (from afar) with one another!

Sign up for Text Alerts from Trinity! We are working on improving our communications! One way we’d like to connect with you is to be able to send you texts alerts with updates about the church. Especially in a season of time sensitive changes, we want to be able to communicate with you quickly and easily. To receive text messages, sign up here!

Join the Trinity Prayer Chain: During times of trial and uncertainty, we pray to grow in our faith and encourage one another. To respond to our growing prayer needs, we will be starting an email prayer chain to share our prayer concerns with one another. We will share joys as well as concerns and needs. If you are interested in being part of this prayer chain, please email prayer@trinityalexandria.org.
 
Drive-through Food Drive for Rising Hope Mission Church:  As more and more people are out of work, the demand on food pantries has increased exponentially.
Rising Hope Mission Church, one of our ministry partners, is looking for non-perishable food items (canned meats, pasta, canned tomato products, cereal, coffee, peanut butter, jelly) as well as personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant). Saturdays from 10 AM-Noon, we are hosting a drive through drop off food drive. Just come by the church parking lot (off Cameron Mills). For the sake of safety for all involved, we ask you to stay in your car, so we can have people drop off food one at a time. For additional questions contact Mary Gillman. For future food drive dates, please see here.
 
Inova Blood Drive: Want to do something to help people during the COVID crisis?
Missing the Trinity Semi-Annual Blood Drive? We are all in this together! Every day over 200 blood donors are needed to give patients a chance to heal.  Help fight area blood shortages by donating at one of Inova’s three donor centers or contact Inova to set up an event with your local neighborhood association. Visit www.inovablood.org or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256- 6372) to schedule an appointment or for more
information. To learn more about COVID-19 precautions Inova is taking click here. For more information contact Carol Bowers at cw_bowers@outlook.com. And please Save the Date – Saturday, November 14 from 8 am – Noon for Trinity’s next semi-annual Blood Drive. (This Blood Drive will only occur if the church has re-opened by that date.)
 
Centering Prayer meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Centering Prayer is a 20 minute practice to sit in quiet prayer to make ourselves open to God. A reading is shared by the leader with a short discussion prior to the prayer time. Click here to connect. For more information contact, Alva Smircina.
 
The Lazarus Food Pantry is looking for delivery volunteers. In partnership with Trinity, Fairlington UMC, and ALIVE! the Christ Church Lazarus Ministry has been delivering groceries, Monday through Saturday to Alexandria families in need. Volunteers pick up pre-packed bags of groceries at Trinity and then deliver to around 3 families each time. The date and time of deliveries is flexible. Clients are asked to meet the volunteer outside for a contact-free hand off. For more information, contact Liz Denson.
Financial Update

Dear Trinity Congregation,
 
This is a status update on how the church is doing from a financial perspective since the pandemic started. Overall, our financial situation is good, but that does require a little explanation.
 
As part of the federal relief package during the pandemic, our church was able to apply for and was approved for a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program). This amounted to a loan of about $45,000. The main purpose of the loan was to guarantee eight weeks of payroll and other costs (like utilities). As a result, we have not furloughed any staff which is great news. The loan can eventually be converted to a grant and we will do so in a few weeks. 
 
Additionally, the district reduced our required amount for apportionments to about 72% of the original amount. 
 
We have had some increased costs for creating our video broadcast of our Sunday Services and all the cleaning supplies we need at the church.
 
The pledges and donations to the church remained above average the first five months of the year. However, in June and July it fell off rather sharply. This usually happens in the summer months so we are praying that the donations return to normal levels in the fall.
 
So, what does this mean overall? We have a positive balance of over $31,600 for the year. In June and July, we had negative balances of over $3,800 and $3,600 respectively reflecting our drop-off in giving over the summer months. 

You can click here to see the actual spending year to date, which does reflect the changing expenses due to COVID-19.  You can click here to see the 2020 Operating budget as was approved by Church Council earlier this year. Please note this budget does not reflect the shifting budget items due to COVID-19. 
 
Over 85% of our contributions are now being given electronically. It would help our finance stability greatly if you could set up a recurring donation electronically. It is easy to do, click here to get started.
 
If you need help, please contact Rich McKinney or the Church Office for help in setting this up. 
 
Thank you again for all your support. Your gifts make everything we do at Trinity Church possible. I look forward to when we can all worship together in person.
 
Rich McKinney
Finance Committee, Chair
Tithes and offerings may be sent to Trinity via normal mail (checks only) or via the online donation portal here. You may make online donations directly from your checking account with no check required to be mailed. This will help us immensely as our office will have limited hours to receive and process the checks. However, you may still give by mailing a check - whatever donation you want to provide will be very welcome. We also have the capability to give by text. Just send a text that says “Give”  to:  703-783-3034.
If you want more information on giving by texting works read on:
Step 1. Text the word “Give” - to 703-783-3034. Don’t worry - nothing will be charged to you until you enter your credit card or bank information.
Step 2. You will receive a text back to you saying, “It looks like you are a new giver ; to begin (a link to the text giving site will appear), click on it.
Step 3: A form will appear that will clearly say “Trinity United Methodist Church” at the top left. It will ask you to fill in the following information:
  1. Amount you want to give and the fund you want to give to. If you want to give a general offering, you don’t need to write anything! If you want to give to a specific fund, you can use the following funds: Lent; Flowers; Music; Pastor's Helping Fund
  2. How you want to give - credit card or direct deposit from your bank (called ACH bank transfer)
  3. If you select credit card, it will ask for your name, address, email address and credit card information.  
  4. If you select ACH - it will ask for you name, address, email address and bank routing and bank account information
  5. At the bottom you can select one time gift or a recurring period. Suggest you select one time gift for the first time. 
  6. That is it. Then click on Donate Now!
If you made a mistake or change your mind - no worries just send the word “refund” to the same number the last amount you sent them will be refunded to you! 
Also you can send the word “commands” that will give you a list of options on how to change your account or update your giving amounts. 
If all else fails - please contact Rich McKinney. Thank you again for your giving - no matter how you give!