Online Worship - Sunday, October 4, 2020
World Communion Sunday
And they shall make Me a Tabernacle, that I may abide in their midst.
~ Exodus 25:8
This week in our sermon series Living in In-Between Times, we will talk about what we are called to do during In-Between Times. While we sometimes think of this time as a time of waiting, what we see in our scriptures this week is that God called the Israelites to Build a Tabernacle, a holy place for God to reside. We are challenged this week to consider how God is calling us to Build Something Beautiful. This Sunday, in honor of World Communion Sunday, we will also be celebrating the national and global scope of our congregation and we will have congregation members from around the state, country, and world lead us in the Lord's Prayer! 

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
Word Communion Sunday
October 4, 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: Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether - Harold J. Friedell
Tom Tyler, tenor
Draw us in the Spirit's tether, for when humbly in thy name, two or three are met together, thou art in the midst of them. Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment's hem. As disciples used to gather in the name of Christ to sup, then with thanks to God the Father, break the bread and bless the cup. Alleluya! So now bind our friendship up. All our meals and all our living make as sacraments of thee, that by caring, helping, giving, we may true disciples be. Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.

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 Exodus 35)

In this In-Between Time, God speaks to us.
God calls us to build something beautiful. 
God calls each of us--young and old, skilled and unskilled.
God calls us to build something beautiful. 
God charges us to the task of holy work.
God calls us to build something beautiful.
Hymn: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Hymnal no. 57 - verses 1-5, 7
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.
(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.
Duet:  Go Down, Moses - arr. Thomas Keesecker
Eliza Costle-Tyler, Sofia Strickler, sopranos
When Israel was in Egypt's land, Let my people go. Oppressed so hard they could not stand... Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land, tell old Pharaoh to let my people go. The Lord told Moses what to do, to lead the children of Israel through. They journeyed on at God's command and came at length to Canaan's land. Oh let us all from bondage flee, and let us all in Christ be free.
Scripture Lesson:  Exodus 35:4-9, 20-29 - Maddie Cantrell
 4 Moses said to all the congregation of the Israelites: This is the thing that the Lord has commanded: 5 Take from among you an offering to the Lord; let whoever is of a generous heart bring the Lord’s offering: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine linen; goats’ hair, 7 tanned rams’ skins, and fine leather; acacia wood, 8 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9 and onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece.
20 Then all the congregation of the Israelites withdrew from the presence of Moses. 21 And they came, everyone whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and brought the Lord’s offering to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the sacred vestments. 22 So they came, both men and women; all who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and pendants, all sorts of gold objects, everyone bringing an offering of gold to the Lord. 23 And everyone who possessed blue or purple or crimson yarn or fine linen or goats’ hair or tanned rams’ skins or fine leather, brought them. 24 Everyone who could make an offering of silver or bronze brought it as the Lord’s offering; and everyone who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work, brought it. 25 All the skillful women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun in blue and purple and crimson yarns and fine linen; 26 all the women whose hearts moved them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. 27 And the leaders brought onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece, 28 and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29 All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 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: Building for Something Beautiful
World Communion 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.
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: Christ for the World We Sing - Hymnal no. 568
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: Caprice Sur Les Grands Jeux - L-N Clérambault
Music Notes

Today's Prelude is sung in celebration of our fellowship and of World Communion Sunday. It is a twentieth century communion classic, written for choir and organ in 1945 for Pentecost Sunday by well-known church musician Harold J. Friedell (1905-1958). Originally composed in hymn form by Friedell, it can be found at no. 632 in our Methodist Hymnal. The popular anthem is reported to sell over 20,000 copies annually! Words by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Music: Harold Friedell © 1957, The H.W. Gray Co. Inc., renewed 1985 and assigned to Belwin-Mills Publishing Corp. All rights reserved. Administered by Warner Bros. Publications U.S. Inc. Used with permission. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Today's duet: Thomas Keesecker (b. 1956) has set this well-loved spiritual for two-part choirs with an unexpected jazzy and swinging piano accompaniment. He has served as a musician in Lutheran and Roman Catholic parishes in Virginia, Montana, and Maryland. He wrote to me pre-COVID, noting that our Choristers had sung his arrangement and asking if Trinity would like him to perform. "I've been traveling around the country...I have different programs - Lent, Thanksgiving, Advent/Christmas, and a bit of "everything." I tell hymn stories, we sing the hymns, and I read poetry from Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and others, It's like a Garrison Keillor meets George Winston show. In December a pastor told me my piano style was a mixture of Thelonis Monk and Paul Manz!" Words and music: Thomas Keesecker © 2014 Choristers Guild. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

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

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 Community News & Prayers

It is with sadness we share the death of Trinity member Edward Leslie on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Ed was baptized and joined Trinity Church this past May. We extend our prayers and sympathies to his wife Jean, as well as their children and grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Jean Leslie at 2605 Davis Ave, Alexandria. VA 22302. 
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.  
  • 10/11 - Facing the Future with Faith
  • 10/18 - Learning Resilience

Youth Group- Join us in person at Trinity from 5:30-7 PM. If you did not join us for our first meeting, be sure to fill out this form before joining on Sunday. See you there! For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.

Candlelight Chats on Sunday Nights @ 7:30 PM in October. Come join smaller groups of people in our Courtyard to pray, talk about scripture and have deeper conversations. Each week will have a different host and topic. October 4th, Mary Beth will "host" in Trinity's Courtyard a discussion around the Rhythm of Life and the rhythm of making time for sabbath. Please register by clicking here. For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.

Your Stewardship Co-Chairs are seeking your help!! Your Stewardship Co-Chairs are seeking your help!! We would like to ask you to send us a recent photo of you (or your entire family) that we plan to use in an upcoming stewardship moment. It will not be used for any publication other than church use. Should we decide to do anything else with it, we would require your consent.  In addition to photos, as we look forward to Trinity’s 250th Anniversary we would love it if you would send us “stories of Trinity.” This may be your own story (or perhaps a parent that left it for you to retell). Perhaps this will be part of “A Watermelon for God - the Sequel!”  Please send your photo (and story if you care to do so), to the Stewardship Team. Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation! We really appreciate it. Blessings and peace, Jill and Liz, Co-Chairs, Stewardship.

Coffee with Pastor Grace *Online*: Are you new to the church? Are you wondering what it means to get more involved or to join as a member? Join us for this casual gathering to learn more about Trinity and get to know Pastor Grace! We will meet via zoom on Sunday, October 18th at 12 PM, immediately following the worship service! To RSVP, please contact the Church Office.

Trinity Fall Festival: On October 31st from 10 AM-Noon Trinity WILL be hosting our Fall Festival. Join us as we carve pumpkins, trunk or treat and spend some time with our community, all while ensuring safety! To make this happen we will need the support of many volunteers to ensure hospitality is happening, socially distancing is maintained, masks are worn, trunks are decorated, and seats and touch surfaces are sanitized. Please reach out Hannah  if you are willing to volunteer! This year we are asking for financial donations so that the Connecting Team can purchase the pumpkins and candy. Click here to donate to the Children's Ministries or text "$25 Children" to 703-783-3034.

All Saints Sunday: On Sunday, November 1st, we will celebrate All Saints, a day of remembrance for the saints of the church. We will be remembering and naming loved ones who have died in the last year. If you have family members who have died in the last year (since November 1, 2019), please send their names with a photo to the Church Office by Monday, October 28th.

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.

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.

Online Donations to Trinity
Dear Trinity Members,
This week, if you have an email address on file with the Church Office, you will receive an email from the church inviting you to create a member account through our church management system Breeze. Once set up, you will be able to review the information the church has on file about you. You can view and change your phone, address, email and even add a picture! Plus, you will be able to check on your giving status for the year. 
It is all optional, but we invite you to set up your member account to make sure the church has the latest and correct information about you and your family, But the best news is, you can control it all!
You will receive an email from this address: office@trinityalexandria.org. And the email will look like this:
Create Your Account

Your Name,
Trinity United Methodist Church has invited you to create your own member account. You may click the button below to create your username and password to log into the system.  


Thank you. If you have any questions, call the church office for assistance.

A Special Note from our Finance Team
As you know, we have switched financial management systems for Trinity. If you still give through VANCO, you can access your Legacy VANCO account here. We encourage you to consider switching to Breeze, our new online management system. If you do switch, 
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.
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 one of the following funds: Lent; Flowers; Music; Pastor (For 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. 
 
Have you wanted to set up electronic giving for Trinity? Great! Here are the simple steps for you to follow:
Step 1. Click here.
That’s it! But here are a few more things to watch for and questions you’ll be asked:  
  1. Enter the amount you would like to give.
  2. Select what fund to give to; to give your normal donation use “Pledge Giving”
  3. Then select one time gift or recurring gift. It helps our church greatly if you can select a recurring giving – either weekly, every 2 weeks, monthly or yearly.
  4. Select if you want to give by credit card or a direct deposit from your bank (called ACH).
  5. Next enter your credit card or bank information, address and email address
  6. And that is it. 
 
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!
Trinity Church’s Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 4th: Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM               Youth Group in Person
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
        7:30 PM               Candlelight Chat

Wednesday, October 7th
        6:00 PM               Centering Prayer at via Zoom
 
Thursday, October 8th
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, October 13th
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Sanctuary Parking Lot
 
Sunday, October 11th: Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      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
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
        7:30 PM               Candlelight Chat