Online Worship - Sunday, February 7, 2021
Sermon: Imitating Christ’s Humility
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 2:5
This Sunday we begin a sermon series called The Marks of a Disciple. Through this series, we will consider what it means to live Christian lives, especially in our difficult reality. How can we find joy when there is hardship all around us? How can we Imitate Christs humility? We will follow Pauls letter to the church in Philippi as we consider this important task.  

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

Please register your attendance here!
 
A reminder that we will not be having our regular fellowship time this Sunday. Instead, we invite you to join us for Virtual Coffee with Pastor Grace. This is a casual program geared towards newcomers in the church to learn more about Trinity and get to know Pastor Grace. We will meet via Zoom immediately following worship.

See below for the Order of Worship.
 
Sunday Worship
February 7, 2021 - 11 AM
Imitating Christ’s Humility
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: His Strength Is Perfect ~ Steven Curtis Chapman and Jerry Salley
Sharon Taylor, alto; Paul Taylor, baritone
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, but sometimes I wonder what He can do through me. No great success to show, no glory on my own, yet in my weakness He is there to let me know: His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us when we cant carry on. Raised in His power, the weak become strong. His strength is perfect... We can only know the power that He holds when we truly see how deep our weakness goes. His strength in us begins where ours comes to an end. He hears our humble cry and proves again: His strength is perfect... 

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 on Philippians 2:1-11)

We are called to imitate the character of Christ,
who became like us so that we may be like him.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
Let each of you look not to your own interests,
but to the interest of others.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
Let us be of same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and one mind.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
Hymn: All Praise, for Thou, O King Divine - Hymnal no. 166
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:
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.

A Year in Review

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 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:  I Will Be With You ~ Joel Raney
When you pass through the water, when you walk through the fire, when the rivers overflow, I will be with you. When you walk through the desert, when you're caught in the storm, when you lose your way, I will be with you. When you can't find the answer, when you're filled with despair, when you stumble and fall, I will be with you. When you're tired from the struggle, when you're weak from the pain, lean on me, I will be with you. For I have called you by name, you've heard the echo of my voice whisper, "I love you, you are mine." For you are precious in my sight, and I will guide you through the night. When you walk, walk by faith, and I will be with you. In your joy, and in your pain, if you call out my name, I will be with you. When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, have no fear, I will be with you. For I have called you… night, through the storm, through the rain, through the joy, through the pain. When you walk, walk by faith, and I will be with you.
Scripture Lesson: Philippians 2:1-11 ~ Jen Bemisderfer
2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson: John 13:1-5
13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Imitating Christ’s Humility
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, 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: At the Name of Jesus - Hymnal no. 168
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: Trumpet Tune ~ David Johnson
Music Notes
Todays Prelude: His Strength Is Perfect (based on II Corinthians 12: 9-10first appeared on the album Real Life Conversations (1988) by Steven Curtis Chapman. It was co-written by Chapman and Jerry Salley. Chapman is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist, who has released over twenty albums and won five Grammy Awards, 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (more than any other artist), and seven Dove Awards as Artist of the Year (also a record). Salley is an American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, who has had 300 songs recorded and has been nominated six times for Dove Awards, winning the Inspirational Song of the Year award in 1990 for his co-writing of His Strength Is Perfect. © 1988, 1989 Sparrow Song (BMI), Greg Nelson Music (BMI), Universal Music – Careers (BMI) and Multisongs (SESAC); Sparrow Song and Greg Nelson Music Admin. by EMI CMG Publishing; All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Todays Duet: I Will Be With You is a gospel anthem written by Joel Raney. Its text, to quote its publisher, takes on the voice of God speaking in the first person to his children and provides confidence and assurance that through any trial, he is there. Originally written for choir, the work has been adapted for vocal duet for todays service. In addition to his work as a composer and arranger of sacred music, Raneys background in classical, jazz, gospel, and popular music has led to a wide range of other employment experiences, a few of which include conducting national tours of Broadway productions, performing as a pianist for TV commercials (such as the Rhapsody in Blue ads for United Airlines), working as a composer and producer of commercial music, and writing soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. He is also a sought-after choral and keyboard clinician.  © 2018 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.
Sunday at Trinity Church
The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Scott Benning on his birthday from his family.

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

Virtual Coffee with Pastor Grace: 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, immediately following worship. Contact the Church Office with questions.

Sermon Series: The Marks of a Disciple starts today and concludes next Sunday, February 14th. How are we called to live as disciples of Jesus Christ? What is supposed to happen after we are baptized into Christ but before we enter into our heavenly home? Through this sermon series, we will explore how we are called to a transformation in character that imitates Jesus Christ, and calls us to maturity in our faith and character.

Join us for Youth Group via Zoom from 5:30-7 PM. For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.
Trinity Community News & Prayers
It is with great sadness we share the death of Delores Cromwell, sister-in-law of Pastor Youtha Hardman-Cromwell. We extend our prayers and sympathies Youtha, Debra Whitten, as well as their extended family and friends. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Youtha and Debra at 2015 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

It is with great sadness we share the death of Barbara Hopkins, mother of Trinity member Harley Hopkins. We extend our prayers and sympathies to Harley Hopkins, Carol Bowers, Carson Hopkins, as well as extended family and friends. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Harley Hopkins and Carol Bowers at 2903 Rose Place, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Trinity Church’s Weekly News
Faith and Extremism: A Conversation with Chris Meserole: Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rise in extremist movements in the U.S. culminating in the storming of the Capitol on January 6th. What role did American Christianity play in those movements and how should faith communities, of all kinds, respond? Join us on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30 PM for a conversation with Dr. Chris Meserole on this important topic. Chris Meserole is a Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution and the Director of Research and Policy on AIET. To participate, register here!

United Methodist Women: All Ladies of the Church are invited to our meeting this month on Tuesday, February 9th, at 7:00 via Zoom. Carol Bobby has a great program planned;40 Days of Seeking a Closer Relationship with God. Carol is going to walk us through the practice of Centering Prayer that we can then use as a Lenten activity at home. She will explain the basics of Centering Prayer and will lead us in a short session during our time together.  We are also having a discussion of our 2021 missions. For more information and how to join our meeting contact UMW President, Alva Smircina.
In the Footsteps of Jesus, Lenten Sermon Series (February 21 - April 4, 2021): What does it mean to walk in the footsteps of Jesus? During the season of Lent, we will walk in the physical footsteps of Jesus Christ, tracing his ministry journey from the Jordan River where he was baptized to Jerusalem, where he spent his final days. As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we see how Jesus lived, how he treated others, what he taught, and the everyday choices he made. What does Jesus’ journey teach us about how we are to live this Lenten season? Join us as we consider what it means to live in the footsteps of Jesus.

Lenten Kits - Pick up your Lenten kit Sunday, February 14th from 12-1:30 PM! Christian Formation is putting together Lenten kits to guide us in our journey in the footsteps of Jesus. Each kit includes ashes for Ash Wednesday, weekly devotionals, meditations and additional activities for ALL ages to help us to better understand and walk with Jesus throughout the season of Lent. The activities will include things we will reference each week in worship. Pick up of Lenten bags will happen at Trinity UMC on February 14th from 12-1:30 PM. If you cant make that pick up, please let us know and we can arrange to deliver or to mail you your kit. For additional questions, contact Trinity Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue

Ash Wednesday Worship, Wednesday, February 17th, 7:30 PM: We invite you to join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30 PM online (Youtube and FacebookLive). Ashes will be provided for you in your Lenten kit and you will administer ashes within your household. (A note: Please mix ashes with oil and NOT water. If you mix the ashes with water, it will turn into lye. Further instructions are forthcoming) If you do not have ashes, you can use dirt from the earth or use this time as a time of prayer. 

Lenten Small Group Bible Study- Join Pastor Grace and our Program Director Hannah for a 5 week Wednesday night Bible study from February 24th-March 24th from 7:30-8:30 PM. We will have time to build community and dive deeply into the scripture for the upcoming Sunday. We highly encourage folks to join for all 5 weeks, as we hope to grow deeper in community and deeply dwell in the Word of God. Email Hannah Day Donoghue by February 21st to sign up for this Zoom study.
Order your Easter Lilies & Azaleas today! The Flower Committee invites you to reserve an Easter Lily or Pink Azalea for our Easter Sunday services. Plants are $25 each. Please pay electronically here, choose Flower Fund (765) and comment what type of plant(s) you wish to reserve. Our Office Manager, Jenessa Stokes will confirm your order and request the dedication you wish to have printed in the bulletin for Easter Sunday. Plants will be available for pick up at the Church on Easter Sunday after worship. Please know that all proceeds help us cover the costs of flowers, wreaths, and supplies throughout the year. For questions or assistance contact the Church Office.

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.

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.

ALIVE! is restarting its Housewares program! They will be holding a drive-through collection event in the parking lot of Fairlington UMC on Saturday, February 6th, from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Should this model be successful, ALIVE! will continue to schedule regular collection days. Volunteers will be present to receive donated items on a contactless and socially distanced basis. For the foreseeable future, this will be the only way to donate household items. Please limit donations to items listed on the ALIVE! Housewares page.

Rising Hope has made an urgent request for paper grocery bags. They are critical in delivering food to families in the community. Please consider helping with this effort by collecting them and then dropping them off in the large plastic bin outside the Church Office door, across from the mailbox. You can’t miss it! We will ensure that they’ll be included with the weekly food delivery. Thank you for your continued support with this ministry.

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, February 7th
    11:00 AM      Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
    12:00 PM       Virtual Coffee with Pastor Grace via Zoom
      5:30 PM       Youth Group via Zoom

Tuesday, February 9th
      7:00 PM       UMW Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, February 10th
      6:00 PM       Centering Prayer via Zoom
      7:30 PM       Faith & Extremism: A Conversation with Chris Meserole via Zoom

Thursday, February 11th
        8:30 PM     Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, February 14th
      11:00 AM     Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM      Communion Supplies and Lenten Kit pick-up
        5:30 PM      Youth Group via Zoom

Monday, February 15th ~ Presidents Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, February 16th
      7:00 PM        Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
      8:00 PM        Trustees Committee Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, February 17th ~ Ash Wednesday
      6:00 PM     Centering Prayer via Zoom
      7:30 PM     Ash Wednesday Worship online via Facebook Live & Trinity Website

Thursday, February 18th
      8:30 PM     Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, February 21st
    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