Online Worship - Sunday, April 18, 2021
“A Conversation with Pastor Youtha & Pastor Grace
about Race and Racism”
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the
thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
~ Isaiah 58:6
In the past year, we have seen a national reckoning around race, and at the same time, a rise in anti-Asian racism and violence, as well as an insurrection on our capital that had strong racist overtones. What has changed over the last year; what has stayed the same, and how do we as people of faith respond? This Sunday we will have a special conversation between Pastor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell and Pastor Grace Han as they revisit our on-going conversation around race and racism. 

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.

Click here for Childrens Worship Bulletin.
Sunday Worship
April 18, 2021 - 11 AM
“A Conversation with Pastor Youtha & Pastor Grace
about Race and Racism”
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: Let There Be Peace on Earth
Karen Beasley, soprano
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God our creator, children all are we, let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

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: (based off of Isaiah 58:6-12)

This is the fast chosen by the Lord:
to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke.
So my friends, God has work for us to do.
To let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke.
So my friends, God has work for us to do.
To share our bread with the hungry, bring the homeless and poor into our homes,
and to cover the naked.
So my friends, God has work for us to do.
Then our light shall break forth like the dawn and healing shall spring up quickly.
So my friends, God has work for us to do.
Hymn: For the Healing of the Nations - Hymnal no. 428
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Passing of the Peace

Children’s Time
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.
Solo: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace ~ arr. Lloyd Larson
Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where theres doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace. Where theres despair in life let me bring hope. Where there is darkness, only light, and where there's sadness ever joy. Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love with all my soul. Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving of ourselves that we receive, and in dying that were born to eternal life.
*Gospel Lesson: Isaiah 58:6-12
6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. 12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
A Conversation with Pastor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell
& Pastor Grace Han
Congregational Prayer: Pastor Grace Han
Adapted from James Martineau (1895-1900)
Almighty, justice loving God, 
who has created us in Your own image,
grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil; 
to make no peace with oppression; 
that we my reverently use our freedom.
Help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in
our communities and among the nations,
to the glory of Your Holy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and forever. Amen.
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.
Invitation to the Offering
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: Help Us Accept Each Other - Hymnal no. 560
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: Festival Postlude ~ Domenico Zipoli
Sunday at Trinity Church
The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the wedding anniversary of Carol Bowers and Harley Hopkins.

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 this week is IN PERSON! We will meet in Trinity’s Courtyard from 5:30-7 PM Sunday. Email Hannah Day Donoghue with any questions or concerns.
Music Notes
Today’s prelude: The folksong movement of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s produced many songs known for their ease of singing, straightforward texts and prophetic messages. Sy Miller (1908-1971) and his wife Jill Jackson-Miller (1913-1995) collaborated to produce a song that has become a signature composition devoted to world peace and harmony among peoples. In an archival interview, Jill Jackson talked about her background and the context of the song. “When I attempted suicide [in 1944] and I didn’t succeed,” she said, “I knew for the first time unconditional love—which God is. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me, which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and I knew I was here for a purpose.” This realization was followed by years of exploring her spiritual nature and her relationship with God. Jackson discovered her love for writing, and began writing songs with Sy Miller after they married in 1949. In 1955, she wrote the lyrics for “Let There Be Peace on Earth” while her husband wrote the melody. The song has been recorded by a host of vocal artists including Tennessee Ernie Ford, Pat Boone, Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Mathis and Placido Domingo. It received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for “Outstanding achievement in helping to bring about a better understanding of the American Way of Life.” The National Conference of Christians and Jews has also honored the composers with the Brotherhood Award. In 2009 Random House published “Let There Be Peace on Earth” as a children’s book. Copyright © 1955 Jan-Lee Music, renewed 1983. Used by permission; all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved. Notes by Dr. Michael Hawn

Today’s solo is an arrangement by Lloyd Larson (b.1954) for soloist and piano of Sebastian Temple’s (1928-1997) musical setting of the well-known Prayer of Saint Francis. The prayer is widely attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, but these words never appear in any of his writings. This prayer was widely publicized during World War I and World War II and has frequently been used during times of war to encourage peace throughout the world. Temple, who was born in South Africa, later moved to London, where he worked for the BBC News Service. In 1958, he moved to America, converted to Catholicism, and joined the Franciscan Third Order. Written in 1967,“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” has become one of Temple’s most loved compositions. It appears in twenty-six hymnals and was used in the funeral service of Princess Diana in 1997 and as part of the religious wedding ceremony of Prince Albert II of Monaco to South African Charlene Wittstock in 2011. It is also the anthem of the Royal British Legion and is included in the Legion’s Annual Festival of Remembrance. Sinéad O’Connor included it on her Princess Diana tribute album, and Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent fame included it as part of her performances. Temple died in 1997, shortly after the hymn first gained worldwide recognition. Copyright © 1967 OCP Publications. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved. Notes by Kevin Flanagan
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
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.

Church Council meeting, April 25th at 1 PM: Our next Church Council meeting will be Sunday, April 25th at 1 PM via Zoom. All Church Council members are encouraged to attend as we discuss next steps for us as a church. You can join via Zoom here.

Thanks to Everyone Who Volunteered & Donated Blood Saturday, April 10th.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Semi-Annual Blood Drive: from the donors to the volunteers, we’re so thankful to have you! We had a very successful drive with 32 donors registered and 28 units of much-needed blood donated, which has the potential to save the lives of 84 sick hospital patients. Thanks to all the donors, including our faithful repeat donors and many new folks.  Special thanks, too, to all our blood drive volunteers that make calls and welcome and register people the day of the drive: Mary Gillman, Karen Beasley, Linda Cancellieri, Naomi Morales, Paul Painter, Shauna Root, Paul Taylor, and Sharon Taylor. Thanks Trinity for another mission success! Please keep an eye out for our next drive in November (date to be determined but likely Sat., Nov. 13) — remember, it must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) between donations, so in order to donate on November 13th, you can’t donate after September 18, 2021.

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 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

Wednesday, April 28th
   6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, April 29th
   8:30 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, May 2nd
  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