Online Worship - Sunday, April 11, 2021
Sermon: “No One Left Behind”
They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while
he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem;
and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
~ Luke 24: 32-33
As we continue in this Easter season, we walk with Jesus in his resurrection. This Sunday we see that after Jesus was resurrected, he met two disciples who were walking on a road to Emmaus. Jesus walked with them to ensure that they would not be left behind.

We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our website.

Please register your attendance hereYou can also list prayer requests as well. To be added to the Prayer Chain click here. Don’t forget to join us on ZOOM for a special time of fellowship. Click here to join!

See below for the Order of Worship.
 
Sunday Worship
April 11, 2021 - 11 AM
“No One Left Behind”
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: Day of Arising ~ Susan Palo Cherwien and Carl Schalk;
arr. Michael Burkhardt
Day of arising, Christ on the roadway, unknown companion walks with his own. When they invite him, as fades the first day, and bread is broken, Christ is made known. When we are walking, doubtful and dreading, blinded by sadness, slowness of heart, yet Christ walks with us, ever awaiting our invitation: Stay, do not part. Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken. This is Christ's promise, this is Christ’s sign: when the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine. Christ, our companion, hope for the journey, bread of compassion, open our eyes. Grant us your vision, set all hearts burning that all creation with you may rise.

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

The Lord has heard your voice and the cries of your hearts.
Praise be to you,
O God, who has raised our Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord, bring us peace and healing.
Praise be to you,
O God, who has raised our Savior Jesus Christ.
Rejoice, and call upon the name of the Lord!
Praise be to you,
O God, who has raised our Savior Jesus Christ.
Bring your praises and your songs to the table of the Lord.
Let us worship God. 
Hymn: On the Day of Resurrection - Hymnal no. 309 (verses 1, 2, and 6)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Prayer of Confession and Pardon
(By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive. We love our friends and hate our enemies. We go the first mile but dare not travel the second. We forgive but dare not forget. 

And so as we look within ourselves, we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you.

But thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know your will. Give us the courage to do your will. Give us the devotion to love your will.

In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Passing of the Peace
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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 Children’s Worship Bulletin and Coloring Page for the children to do at home during this time.
Pastoral Prayer
Lords 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.
Anthem: Hallelujah, Amen ~ G.F. Handel
Trinity Chancel Choir, from a previous recording
Hallelujah, Amen, O Judah, rejoice, in songs divine, With cherubim and seraphim harmonious join.
*Gospel Lesson: Luke 24:13-35
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: No One Left Behind” ~ Hannah Day Donoghue
Invitation to the Offering
We invite you to consider giving on-line or giving by text! To give on-line, click here. To give by text, text GIVE to 703-783-3034. For further information about online giving, visit here.
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: O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread - Hymnal no. 613
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.

Choral Response: A Claire Benediction ~ John Rutter
Trinity Chancel Choir, from a previous recording
May the Lord show his mercy upon you; May the light of his presence be your guide: May he guard you and uphold you; May his spirit be ever by your side. When you sleep may his angels watch over you; When you wake may he fill you with his grace: May you love him and serve him all your days. Then in heaven may you see his face. 
Sunday at Trinity Church
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.

Youth Group: Youth Group is back this week! Join Ruth and Hannah for some Zoom fun tonight. Come play Jackbox games and build community from 5:30-6:30 PM. Email Hannah Day Donoghue with any questions or concerns.
Music Notes
Today’s prelude: “Day of Arising” is an arrangement by Michael Burkhardt of a text by Susan Palo Cherwien and a tune by Carl Schalk. In this anthem, Cherwien’s text compares the story of Jesus’s appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and his revelation of himself to them later at supper, with the way in which Christ is revealed to us in the breaking of bread. Though most of us would answer “the Last Supper” if asked to name a meal in which Christ broke bread with his disciples, Cherwien focuses on a different meal — the supper at Emmaus — to emphasize Christ’s risen presence in our midst whenever the church gathers to break bread. This helps expand our understanding of Communion to encompass not only Christ’s suffering and death (“The body of Christ, given for you,” “The blood of Christ, given for you”), but also his resurrection. Text by Susan Palo Cherwein, copyright © 1996 by Susan Palo Cherwein, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Tune, RAABE, by Carl Schalk, copyright © 1999 by Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Setting by Michael Burkhardt (ASCAP), newly composed, copyright © 2019 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Today’s Anthem Hallelujah, Amen’ is the last chorus of George Frideric Handels oratorio Judas Maccabeus. This oratorio was premiered during Lent of 1747 (when Handel's oratorios replaced opera performances because theatres were required to be closed during Lent). It was performed at least twenty-six times before the composers death in 1759. Oratorios were originally designed to educate people in significant portions of the Bible. They date back to the time when Bibles were so expensive that few could afford them, and of the few who could, fewer still were sufficiently educated to be able to read them. Messiah is, by far, Handel’s most famous oratorio today. In the public domain.

Today’s Choral Response: A Clare Benediction (1998) is one of a number of choral blessings written by John Rutter over the years, in every case for a person or institution of special significance to the composer. This piece was written in honour of Clare College Cambridge where John Rutter was Director of Music (1975-79). © 1998 Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.
Trinity Community News & Prayers
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.

Trinity Church’s Weekly News
Hybrid Worship at Trinity Survey: As Trinity plans for a Hybrid Worship Model (that will allow both an in person worship service and a live streamed virtual worship service simultaneously), we are asking our congregation to participate in the following Worship Survey. The survey asks questions about your experiences with worship, both over the last year and looking forward. We hope that the survey will inform both our timeline and evolving needs of worship. For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Church Office

A Conversation with Pastor Youtha and Pastor Grace: On Sunday, April 18th, at 11 AM we will have a Conversation with Pastor Youtha and Pastor Grace. As we have seen a rise in Anti-Asian violence, and as our country continues to grapple with race and racism, we invite you to join us for a conversation between Pastor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell and Pastor Grace Han. We will talk about race, racism, the rise of Anti-Asian violence, and the church can bind Communities of Color together.

Faith and Reason: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Faith - Sermon Series starting April 25th: Starting April 25th, we will begin a new sermon series to address the questions that we struggle with in our faith. How do we make “sense” of these difficult realities and still have a vital faith in God? Through this sermon series, we will address some of the difficult questions we face as Christians: Is belief in God unscientific? Is the Bible the literal Word of God? Who goes to Heaven and Who goes to Hell? Why is there so much evil in the world? Why do people suffer? Join us for this important sermon series.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Food Ministry: Mission is seeking volunteers who are willing to make food deliveries to Rising Hope Mission Church on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Someone from the Mission Team will determine delivery contents and will help you load your vehicle. Sign up here. For additional questions or concerns contact Mary Gillman.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Information for Alexandria City Residents who are 65 years and over: If you are 65 and over, or have a condition that places you at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, please complete this registration form by clicking here. For more information contact Alexandria City Health Department.
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, April 11th
  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

Tuesday, April 13th
    7:00 PM   UMW Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, April 14th
    6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, April 15th
    8:30 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, April 18th
  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

Tuesday, April 20th
   7:00 PM   Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
   8:00 PM   Trustees Committee Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, April 21st
    6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, April 22nd
    8:30 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, April 25th
  11:00 AM   Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
  12:00 PM   Fellowship Time via Zoom
    5:30 PM   Youth Group in the Courtyard