Online Worship - Sunday, January 10, 2021
Sermon: Do No Harm
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
~ Romans 13:10
This Sunday we begin a new sermon series called Three Simple Rules. After a difficult week, we are left wondering how to pick up the pieces and move forward. In the midst of our difficult reality, we are going to talk about three simple rules for how Christians are called to live. This Sunday we begin with our first rule: Do No Harm. Join us as we consider this important call to living.  

We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our websiteDon’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 Bulletin.
Sunday Worship
January 10, 2021 - 11 AM
Do No Harm

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: Got Tell It On the Mountain - arr. Mark Hayes
Karen Beasley, soprano; Greg Parker, piano
When I was a seeker, I sought both night and day. I asked the Lord to help me and He showed me the way. Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere. Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. While shepherds kept their watching o’er silent flocks by night, behold throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light. He made me a watchman upon the city wall. And if I am a Christian, I am the least of all. 

Welcome and Announcements
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:

We are called to bring a new understanding of God.
The Law of God is to love God and to love one another. 
We are called to bring a new hope in God: 
The Law of God is to love God and to love one another. 
We are called to follow the commandments and the law. 
The Law of God is to love God and to love one another. 
Come, let us love one another with the love of God.
Let us join together in our love of God and to worship and follow Jesus.
The Law of God is to love God and to love one another. 
Hymn: God Whose Love Is Reigning oer Us - Hymnal no. 100
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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.
(All pray in silence)
Hear the good news: 
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
     that proves Gods love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

Passing of the Peace:
Wed 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! Click here to sign up for all our eCommunications.

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 Children’s Worship Bulletin 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 n 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.
Solo: We Can Be Kind - David Friedman
So many things you cant control. So many hurts that happen every day.
So many heartaches that pierce the soul. So much pain that wont ever go away.
How do we make it better? How do we make it through? What can we do when theres nothing we can do? We can be kind. We can take care of each other. We can remember that deep down inside we all need the same thing. And maybe well find, if we are there for each other, that together well weather whatever tomorrow may bring. Nobody really wants to fight. Nobody really wants to go to war. If everyone wants to make things right, then what are we always fighting for? Does nobody want to see it? Does nobody understand? The power to heal is right here in our hands. And it's not enough to talk about it, not enough to sing a song. We must walk the walk about it, you and I, do or die, weve got to try to get along. And maybe well find true peace of mind, if we always remember, we can be kind.
Scripture Lesson: Romans 13:8-10 ~ Kirsten Flowers
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:6-9
6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!
8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Do No Harm
Invitation to the Offering:

We invite you to consider giving on-line or giving by text! To give on-line, click here 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.
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: Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service Hymnal no. 581
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
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: Noël en Grand Choeur - Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier
Music Notes

Todays Prelude: Go Tell It On The Mountain - arr. Mark Hayes: The text of this beloved spiritual was first published in Folk Song of the American Negro (1907), a study of African American folk music by John Wesley Work, Jr. The song may date back to earlier sources, but evidently the original text was lost so the verses were rewritten. The refrain comes from Old Testament passages in which praise to God was often shouted, both literally and metaphorically, from the mountaintops. While the three stanzas tell the essence of the Christmas story, the refrain underscores the missionary impetus of the Christian church: go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). The go, tell, is a signal for us to leave comfortable confines of Christian worship and go, tell the message of Christs redemption to the whole world. © 2017 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.  

Todays Solo: We Can Be Kind was written by David Friedman, a film and theatre composer, songwriter, author, lyricist and conductor. He wrote this piece in 1994, and the message is as poignant today as it was then. A message both simple and powerful. Friedman has gone on to write a book (2017) called We Can Be Kind: Healing Our World One Kindness at a Time, a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors and those across the political aisle. Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness and following the Golden Rule, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.

Todays Hymn: God, Whose Love Is Reigning Oer Us was written at the request of Susan Jane Grove and Douglas Alan DeJarnett and used as a processional hymn for their wedding in November 1980. United Methodist Bishop William Boyd Grove (b. 1929), Susan’s father, penned his first hymn for this occasion. The hymn found its way into the Upper Room Worshipbook (1985) and then into the United Methodist Hymnal (1989). Grove praises the Creator and draws upon creation images echoing Genesis 1:1-21. A sense of covenant imbues stanza three as we sing of “Abra’am’s faith and Sarah’s story” as they “formed a people bound to you.” This covenant continues in stanza four with “Jesus, Star-child born to set us free.” In the final stanza we are invited to respond to the Creator and covenant as we lift “our human voices in the songs that faith would bring” and live “in human choices lives that, like our music, sing: Alleluia. . . .” Notes by Dr. Michael Hawn
Sunday at Trinity Church

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mac McClellan.

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 questions, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Three Simple Rules: January Sermon Series: What rules do you live by? These days there are many rules about how we are and arent supposed to act and behave. While rules are so important for keeping us safe, they can be, at times, overwhelming. Through this series, we are going to talk about three simple rules for how Christians are supposed to live. This is based off of John WesleyThree General Rules that he gave to early Methodists to govern their organization and life together. If we can make this simple commitment, it can serve as a guide for our daily lives, and help direct our actions in a way that glorifies God and enable us to serve others.

Special Called Charge Conference today Sunday, January 10th, 1 PM via ZOOM: This afternoon at 1 PM, we will host a special called Charge Conference to formally approve the new leadership roster for the upcoming term. This meeting will formalize the leaders that were nominated by the Nominations and Leadership team in the fall. If you are member of Church Council, you are a voting member of Charge Conference. You can join via Zoom here. (Meeting ID: 897 0420 4397 Passcode: NxJs9B)

Join us for Youth Group via Zoom from 5:30-7 PM for our murder mystery pizza party. For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.
Trinity Community News & Prayers

Trinity Church’s Weekly News

United Methodist Womens meeting: Join us for our monthly meeting Tuesday, January 12th, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 853 0526 143/Passcode: 142424) We will have a short program and discuss our thoughts on what 2021 UMW missions we want to support. The Trinity UMW will continue to support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program. But do we have an opportunity to grow our impact? From the five global UMW mission initiatives, we felt, as a group, that we have an opportunity to do more with working for justice through service and advocacy.  Please bring your thoughts to the meeting for our 2021 mission discussion. If you cannot make the meeting, please send me your ideas to share. For more information contact Trinity UMW President, Alva Smircina.

2021 Bi-District Training Day will be held online on January 16th. This training is open to all church leaders or those who are interested! Register online here. For questions or more information contact the Church Office.

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.

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.
Giving at Trinity

How to give at Trinity:
There are three ways to give at Trinity!
1. Give online through our online donation portal.
2. Give by text at 703-783-3034. Just send a text that says Give and the Amount. 
3. If you prefer to mail in your donation, you can send a check to Trinity Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.

For further questions about how to give, visit here!

Trinity has switched our financial management system from Vanco to Breeze. If you still give through Vanco, you can access your Legacy Vanco account here. We encourage you to switch to Breeze, our new online management system as soon as you can. Please cancel your Vanco account first and then set up your new giving through Breeze. Thank you for however you give, it is all very much appreciated! For additional questions or concerns, contact the Church Office.
 
Did you know you can support Trinity UMC with a tax-free transfer from your IRA?  If you are age 72 (or 70½ before Jan 1, 2020) and have a Traditional, Rollover, SEP, or SIMPLE IRA, you are required by law to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) annually.  But did you know that you can use the RMD as a way to make a tax-free transfer to a charity, including Trinity UMC?  The transfer must be directly from your IRA to Trinity, and your broker can help you with this process so that you get the full tax benefit. Please notify Trinity when you authorize a transfer so that we may confirm receipt.  

Another way to provide financial support to Trinity is with a gift of stock.  Please consult with your broker and a tax adviser (prior to selling stocks intended to benefit Trinity) on how to handle to maximize the tax benefits.  But if you do decide to give stock – please contact the church help. We can provide a form for your broker or tax adviser to facilitate the transfer.  

As always, Trinity is very grateful for any gifts. It makes everything we do at Trinity possible.  If all else fails - please contact Rich McKinney. Thank you again for your giving - no matter how you give!

Sunday, December 10th ~ Do No Harm
      11:00 AM            Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM             Fellowship Time via Zoom
        1:00 PM             Special Charge Conference via Zoom
        5:30 PM             Youth Group via Zoom

Tuesday, January 12th
        7:00 PM              United Methodist Womens Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, January 13th
        6:00 PM              Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, January 14th
        8:30 PM              Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, January 17th ~ Do Good
      11:00 AM             Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM              Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM              Youth Group via Zoom

Monday, January 18th ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, January 19th
        7:00 PM              Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
        8:00 PM              Trustees Committee Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, January 20th
        6:00 PM              Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, January 21st
        8:30 PM              Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, January 24th ~ Stay in Love with God
      11:00 AM             Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM              Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM              Youth Group via Zoom