Online Worship - Sunday, September 13, 2020
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
~ Exodus 3:2-4
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called Living in In-Between Times. Through this series, we recognize that our old world no longer looks very familiar. We have faced changes to almost every aspect of our lives--school, work, home, church, and community. And yet, we haven’t quite arrived in our next phase of life. We find ourselves in an “In-Between Time.” Over the next six weeks we will explore how we are called to live in this In-Between Time. We will follow the journey of the Israelites as they left Egypt and wandered in the desert for 40 years before reaching Canaan. As we find ourselves wandering in a new desert, how do we live faithfully? How do we proceed with hope knowing that God is always faithful? Join us this Sunday as we talk about "Living in In-Between Times." Our scriptures are Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20

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 or click here.

Click here for the Children's Worship Bulletin and Coloring Page.
Sunday Worship
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, 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. Children are invited to take out their worship boxes to prepare for worship.
Prelude: Ὸran an Ròin/Monarch of the Glencoe/I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Traditional/S. Heely; arr. P. Taylor
 Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone; Seán Heely, fiddle
I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest; lay down, thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, weary, and worn, and sad; I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad. I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold I freely give the living water: thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.” I came to Jesus, and I drank of that lifegiving stream; my thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him. I will praise the Lord every day.

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 Jeremiah 29:11) 

We enter into worship today with hope in our hearts.
You give us a future with hope.
For God gives us a promise and we are the children of that promise.
You give us a future with hope.
For surely I know the plans I have for you,
     plans for your welfare and not for your harm.
You give us a future with hope.
Hymn: Morning Has Broken - Hymnal no. 145
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: Hannah Day Donoghue
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Worship Bulletin 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:  You Raise Me Up - B. Graham and R. Løveland; adapted by P. Taylor
Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone; Seán Heely, fiddle
When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary; when troubles come, and my heart burdened be; then I am still and wait here in the silence, until you come and sit awhile with me. You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains; you raise me up, to walk on stormy seas; I am strong when I am on your shoulders; you raise me up, to more than I can be. There is no life, no life without its hunger; each restless heart beats so imperfectly; but when you come, and I am filled with wonder, sometimes I think I glimpse eternity. You raise me up...
Scripture Lesson:   Exodus 3:1-15 - Taylor Hoganson

     3 Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10 So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” 13 But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.”
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   Matthew 28:1-10, 20b

     28 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Living in In-Between Times
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 tab. To give by text, text “GIVE” to 703-783-3034. Further instructions will follow. For further information about online giving, please see the Tithes & Offering announcement below.
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision - Hymnal no. 451

Seán Heely will sing verses one and two in Scots Gaelic. Translation below.We invite you to sign the hymn with us in English after.
Ceartas dom bhriathran
Agus fìrinn dom bheul,
Thusa toirt iùil dhomh
‘S mi dlùth riut, a Dhè.
Athair, thoir gràdh dhomh,
Gabh mis thugad fhèin;
Cùm mi rid thaobh
Is bi daonnan nam chrè.
 
Dìon mi, a Thighearna,
Ri mo chliathaich ‘s gach feachd;
Cùm mi fod sgiath
‘S thoir dhomh misneachd is neart,
Fasgadh dom anam
Is mi rid uchd dlùth;
Treòraich mi dhachaigh,
Dhè chumhachdaich Thu.
Grant righteousness to my speech
and truth to my mouth,
You, giving me guidance
And me, close to you, O God
Father, grant me your love,
Take me to yourself;
Keep me by your side
And always be part of me.
 
Protect me, O Lord,
By my side, in every danger;
Keep me under your wing
And grant me courage and strength,
Shelter for my soul
And me close to your heart;
Guide me home
All powerful God.
Dismissal with Blessing:
During this time, children are invited to take one of the stickers and place it on your clothing to remember that you are sent into the world remembering the love of God and Jesus Christ.
 
Postlude: Traditional Scottish Tunes
Music Notes

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the retirement of Carol Bowers. From your loving family, Harley & Carson Hopkins and Beth Bowers.
 
Today’s Prelude: We hear first the beautiful slow, lamenting “Ὸran an Ròin (The Seal's Song),” a traditional Scottish Gaelic song performed by the fiddle in an arrangement by Seán Heely. This leads into a fast reel composed by Seán Heely, “Monarch of the Glencoe,” accompanied by piano and combined with voices singing the familiar hymn, “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” The piece builds to a joyous ending.
 
Today’s Duet: “You Raise Me Up” is a song originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden, with words and music by Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland. The song has been recorded by more than a hundred other artists including Josh Groban, Westlife, the Christian group Selah, and the all-female Irish ensemble Celtic Woman. The adaptation performed today draws in part on the fiddle and vocal stylings of Celtic Woman.
 
Today’s Guest Musician: Today we welcome Seán Heely, a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish fiddler and singer in the folk and Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Ireland. He holds a degree from the University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland. Seán is an adjunct instructor at American University, and he has also been on the faculty at several summer camps such as Acadia Traditional School of Music and Arts, Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, and Fiddle Hell Festival.  He has performed in Scotland and Ireland, at venues in the US such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and with traditional music icons such as Liz Carroll, Bonnie Rideout, Natalie Haas, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary, Zan McLeod, Maeve Gilchrist, and Paddy Keenan.
 
Seán made his classical solo debut with the Virginia Symphony in 2012 performing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto. A composer and arranger, he has won national awards including the 2016 Scottish Fiddling Revival’s tune writing competition. He was a featured soloist with the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, VA in 2017 and 2019. In 2018, Seán was named the recipient of the first annual Claude Martin Memorial Life Membership Award from the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, an honor granted in recognition of his significant contributions to the local folk scene while still under age 30. 2018 saw Seán featured on the cover of the Fiddler Magazine Winter Issue as well as an interview article on his journey to becoming one of the foremost young performers of his generation.
 
Seán performs locally and abroad with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio, Glencoe Lads, and Skylark. He is a musical ambassador for the British Embassy Scottish Affairs Office and the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington. He also frequently travels abroad as a solo artist, has been a speaker at events such as the Scottish North American Leadership Conference, and maintains a private teaching studio in Falls Church, VA. (From www.seanheely.com.)
 
Sunday Morning at Trinity Church

The flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the retirement of Carol Bowers. From your loving family, Harley & Carson Hopkins and Beth Bowers.

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

Children & Youth Worship Box: Any children or youth who did not receive a worship box and would like one to aid their worship at home, please reach out to Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue to schedule a time to come pick one up.

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 questions, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.
Trinity Church’s Weekly News

Fall Sermon Series - Living in In-Between Times September 13, 2020 -- October 18, 2020: We are living in In-Between Times. Since the challenges of COVID-19 have become a reality, our old world no longer looks very familiar. We have faced changes to almost every aspect of our lives--school, work, home, church, and community. While we know and hope this reality won’t be forever and we trust that we will arrive at a better future, in the meanwhile, we find ourselves in an “In-Between time.” An In-Between time a is a time of wilderness, of expectant waiting, but also a time when life continues. How do we live in this In-Between time? How do we hold onto hope in an unfamiliar place? How do we look forward to the future without fear and anxiety, knowing there are so many uncertainties? Through this 6 week sermon series, we will follow the story of the Israelites in Exodus and Joshua, as they lived in an In-Between time after the Israelites left Egypt but before entering into the Promised land. While they didn’t always get it right, God never gave up on them, and God doesn’t give up on us.  
  • 9/20 - Remember Who you Are & Whose You Are
  •  9/27 - Building for Something Beautiful
  • 10/4 - Living in the Disruption
  • 10/11 - Facing the Future with Faith
  • 10/18 - Learning Resilience

Confirmation Service - Sunday, September 20thWe will be confirming 5 of our youth into membership this evening. The youth and their families and a few members from our church community, will share in an in person service tonight that will confirm them into full membership of our church! We will be recording this service to then share it with you all during next week’s service. I hope you all will join Trinity Church in welcoming them and celebrating them as new members of our church.
 
Youth Group Kick-off September 27th! We invite all 6th-12th Graders to join us for a virtual Youth Group Kick-off on September 27th at 5:30 PM. A parent/guardian and youth meeting will occur from 5:30-6 PM and then we will have some fun, just the youth, from 6-7 PM! If you are new to youth group and are not on the youth group email list, please reach out to our Youth Group Leader: Hannah Day Donoghue to get on the list.

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.

Virginia Annual Conference - September 19thThe Virginia Annual Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, September 19th from 9-12 PM. Annual Conference is a yearly meeting of all the United Methodist Churches, Clergy, and Lay Delegates. This year’s theme is “See All the People.” In addition to your Clergy Representatives, Trinity’s Lay Delegate to Annual Conference is Tom Tyler. Guests of the conference can view the proceedings live here. For more information contact Pastor Grace.

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.

Charge Conference - September 27th at 1 PM: You are invited to participate in Trinity’s Charge Conference on Sunday, September 27th at 1 PM via ZOOM.  Charge Conference is the basic governing body of each local United Methodist Church and is composed of all members of the Church Council. The Charge Conference directs the work of the Church and gives general oversight to the Church Council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the Church, sets the salary for the Pastor, elects the members of the Church Council, and recommends candidates for Ordained Ministry. Our District Superintendent Rev. Jeff Mickle will lead us in a time of holy conferencing, worship and reports. For more information contact the Church Office. All are welcome to join!

Please help Trinity support Alexandria City Public School’s 2020 virtual backpack drive. This year’s drive focuses on providing students and teachers with the tools they need to be successful in a virtual learning environment. Funds will be used to provide school supplies and internet access to students in need as well as to help teachers obtain tools that will bring their virtual classrooms to life. To donate, go to Trinity’s Online Giving Portal, select Missions fund and write in “school supply drive” in the comments section. We will be collected donations through the end of September. For questions please contact Jennifer Deibert.

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 or have a prayer request, please email us here.

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.

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.
 
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 Inova Blood Services 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. And please Save the Date – Saturday, November 14th 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.)

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!

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.
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!
Trinity Church’s Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 13th: Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM              Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Tuesday, September 15th:
     7:00 PM               Finance Meeting via Zoom
        8:00 PM               Trustees Meeting via Zoom
 
Wednesday, September 16th
     6:00 PM               Centering Prayer at via Zoom
     7:00 PM               Outdoor Prayer and Communion Service in the Courtyard
 
Thursday, September 17th
     8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, September 19th
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Sanctuary Parking Lot
 
Sunday, September 20th: Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom