Online Worship - Sunday, October 25, 2020
Reformation Sunday
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word,
you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
~ John 8:31& 32
This week we are blessed to have Hannah Day Donoghue, our Program Director, preach and lead us in worship. In honor of Reformation Sunday, Hannah will be talking about what we can learn from the Reformation 500 years later! Join us as we talk about what it means to be Resurrection Reformation People.

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.
Sunday Worship
Reformation Sunday
October 25, 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: Show Me A Rainbow - William Anderson
Eliza Costle-Tyler, Sofia Strickler: sopranos
Show me a rainbow after the rain, help me to follow my dream. Show me the answer, give me a clue, what is Your purpose for me? I pray to You on bended knee, let me honor You. Show me the sunshine after the storm, help me to follow my dream. Show me a picture, paint me a scene. What is Your purpose for me?...Tell me what to do.

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:
Welcome today to a service of re-formation.
What does God have in store for us?
God seeks to form our lives anew, as lives of love and service.
What does God have in store for us?
Open your eyes, your ears, your hearts to God’s awesome love.
What Does God have in store for us?
We are listening Lord, come and transform our lives. Amen.
Hymn: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - Hymnal no. 110
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! Click here to sign up for all our eCommunications.

Children’s Time: Pastor Grace
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Worship Bulletins for the children to do at home during this time.
Commitment to Gods Word Prayer
As one of the largest influences of the Protestant Reformation was the mass sharing and commitment to Gods word shared with us through the bible. We take this moment, on Reformation Sunday, to celebrate and recommit ourselves to the word of God.
When Hannah holds her hand out, the peoples response will be: We commit our lives to your word, O God.
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.
Duet: An Eternal Prayer - William Anderson
Guide me, drive doubt and fear away, protect me every day, my soul is in Your hands. Hear me, hear this my humble plea, won't You watch over me? Help me to know Your will. Lead me, like a shepherd leads the lamb, like you led Abraham, give ear unto my prayer. Hide me in the shadow of Your wing, oh teach my heart to sing, have mercy on my soul. Make a land where children can run free again. Give us the strength of God within. Make a land where children live in peace again. Help me forgive who sinned against me. And the love of God will live within our heart. God will help us do our part. He can turn darkness into light. Bless the Lord and all rejoice, shout His praise with every voice. Come, let us lift our prayer to God.
Scripture Lesson:  1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 - Jeff Miller
2 You yourselves know, siblings, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3 For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6 nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7 though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   John 8:31-36
31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Resurrection Reformation People - Hannah Day Donoghue
Stewardship Video
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: Forth in Thy Name, O Lord - Hymnal no. 438
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: Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux - L.-N. Clérambault
Music Notes

Today’s Duets are sung by Sofia and Eliza, who have been quarantining together since March and are members of the Trinity Choristers. The selections are from Williams Andersons musical The Troubbable of Zerubbabel, which is based on the story of Zerubbabel and Israel’s return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple as found in Jeremiah 52:4, 13; Ezra 1:1-12, 3:10-11, 4:2-23 and Haggai 1:13-14. Dr. Anderson (b. 1945) directs the Chancel Choir at Topeka First Baptist Church and is a noted composer of vocal music for both youth and adults. Words and music: William Anderson Troubbable of Zerrubabel ©1987 Choristers Guild All rights reserved. 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 and loving memory of Jane Partlow.

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 Church’s Weekly News

Youth Group - Join us via Zoom from 5:30-7:30PM for our costume contest and Murder Mystery Party. See you there!  For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.

Last Call - 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 tomorrow, Monday, October 26th.

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.

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. To sign up to attend click here.

This I Know… about the Trinity Cemetery November 7th, 10 AM: As a companion to the Stewardship Sermon Series, take a physically distanced walking tour of the Trinity Cemetery. As people of God, in the midst of uncertainty, there are also certainties we know to be true, including our history. Visit with those that forged the Trinity path before us - those that built our church(es), taught our children, fought in battle, advocated for social justice, and made our community what it is today. Through stories, art, and sculpture, know and learn of our Trinity family. Weather permitting! Click here to sign up. For additional questions or concerns contact Liz Williams.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month: The Trinity UMW invite you to join them as they support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Shelter to raise funds to support their Children's Holiday Program in December. The donations will be used to purchase gifts and toys for the children and youth who are in the program. Domestic Violence is a chronic problem, but has increased during these uncertain times, which has created a greater need at the Shelter. Click here to donate to Trinitys Mission Fund, notating Domestic Violence in the Comments field. To donate directly to the shelter visit there website here.

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 October. For questions please contact Jennifer Deibert.

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.
 
Sign Up For Trinity's Semi-Annual Community Blood Drive.  Trinity’s Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The blood drive will be held again in Inovas bloodmobile and Inova Blood Donor Services continues to have an immediate need for most blood types. Inova is taking special precautions associated with COVID-19, which you can read about here.  Additionally:
  1. Registration will be held in the Trinity parking lot under an open-air canopy or tent to facilitate social distancing and fresh air circulation. We are hoping to have some type of tent heaters, but please dress in layers in case they are not available. 
  2. All donors must wear a mask in the outdoor registration area and in the bloodmobile. 
  3. No restroom facilities will be available for donors, so please plan accordingly.  
Most healthy people can be blood donors and must be at least 16 years old, with signed parental consent form, or 17 years old and up with no consent form (no upper age limit), feeling well the day of donation (no symptoms of illness, including colds), 110 pounds minimum, and you must bring a photo ID to present to INOVA personnel.
Further eligibility information is available here. It must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) since you last donated, so you can’t have donated since September 19, 2020. The donation process takes about 1 hour and plenty of slots are available. The number of donations during each time slot has been reduced to minimize the number of people inside the Bloodmobile at one time. Click here to make an appointment, click Locate a Blood Drive and use sponsor code 3515 under Search by Sponsor or contact Carol Bowers or 703-861-4935.  Volunteers are needed for signing up donors by phone, reminder calls, and registration the day of the drive. To volunteer please click here.

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!

Sunday, October 25thReformation Sunday
      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

Wednesday, October 28th
        6:00 PM               Centering Prayer via Zoom
        8:00 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Thursday, October 29th
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, October 31st
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Parking Lot
      10:00 AM               Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat - Parking Lots
 
Sunday, November 1st: Twenty-Second 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