Online Worship - Sunday, October 11, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you,
I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10
This week in our sermon series Living in In-Between Times, we will talk about how we "Face the Future with Faith." During these in-between times, it is easy to get overwhelmed with fear and anxiety, especially as we face our future. But what we see in our scriptures is that God called us not to face the future with fear, but to face the future with faith. This Sunday we will journey with the Israelites as they prepared to enter Canaan, and they were paralyzed by their fear. But God didn't give up on them or their future and God doesn't give up on us. We'll talk about how we are called to face the future with faith, instead of fear. 

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
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 11, 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: My Heart Ever Faithful - J.S. Bach/Sophie Seibt
Jen Baca, soprano
My heart ever faithful, sing praises, be joyful, Thy Lord is near. Away with all complaining, Thy faith maintaining, Thy Lord is near.

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 Isaiah 41:10)

We gather together this morning admitting our fear and anxiety. 
Do not fear for I am with you. 
We gather in the assurance of the promise that God will always be with us.
Do not fear for I am with you. 
God will not turn away from us, God will heal us and restore us. 
Do not fear for I am with you. 
Therefore, give us courage and strengthen to be your disciples. 
Do not fear for I am with you. 
Hymn: O Wondrous Sight! O Vision Fair - Hymnal no. 258
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 Han
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.
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.
Solo: Come Sunday - Ellington/Alice Parker
Come Sunday, that's the day. I believe that God put sun and moon up in the sky, I don't mind the gray skies 'cause they're just clouds passing by. Lord, dear Lord above, God Almighty, God of love, please look down and see my people through. I believe God is now, was then, and always will be. With God's blessing we can make it through eternity. Lord, dear Lord...
Scripture Lesson:  Numbers 13: 25-33 - Tyler Stone
 25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the land of the Negeb; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are of great size. 33 There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   Matthew 17:5-8
5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Facing the Future with Faith
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: There's Within My Heart a Melody - Hymnal no. 380, verses 1,3,4
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: Now Thank We All Our God - Georg Friedrich Kauffmann
Music Notes

Today's Prelude: My Heart Ever Faithful, an aria for soprano by J.S. Bach and here arranged by Sophie Seibt for organ, is from Cantata BWV 68 Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt (God so loved the world) composed for the second day of Pentecost. This joyous aria is the second movement of the work and is accompanied, in the original score, by piccolo cello and basso continuo. Today's arrangement is in the public domain.

Today's Solo: Come Sunday is an arrangement by Alice Parker of the well-known Duke Ellington (1899-1974) composition. A pianist, bandleader and composer, Edward Kennedy Ellington, best known as “The Duke,” was born in Washington, D.C., and died in New York. He is one of the dominant names in the field of jazz in the 20th century. “Come Sunday” is a song derived from Ellington’s instrumental jazz suite Black, Brown and Beige (1943), a musical history of African Americans that premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1944. In 1958, Ellington added text to this instrumental theme and the song became a standard of his sacred jazz concerts. It can be found in our UM Hymnal at #728. 
Some notes by Dr. Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology. Words and music: Duke Ellington © 1946 G. Schirmer, Inc. This arrangement © 1991 by G. Schirmer, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Sunday Morning at Trinity Church

The flowers on the altar and in recognition and appreciation of Pastor Grace Han, for her dedication and extraordinary leadership of our congregation.

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 great 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. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Friday, October 16th at 3 PM at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. 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. 

It is with great sadness we share the death of Jane Partlow, long time member at Trinity UMC, who passed away, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at age 96, at Arden Courts of Annandale. We extend our prayers and sympathies to her sons Wayne (Ann) and Jeff (Kathy) Partlow as well as their extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in her memory. There will be a Visitation on Thursday, October 15th from 12-1:30 PM at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, October 15th at 2 PM at Ivy Hill Cemetery Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Wayne and Ann Partlow at 5425 Rilian Court, Burke, VA 22015.

We are happy to share that Henry Winslow Fitzgerald was born Friday, October 9, 2020. Henry is the son of Trinity members Catie and Dave Fitzgerald, and brother to James and Caroline Fitzgerald. Congratulations can be sent to Catie and Dave at 817 Richmond Street, Raleigh, NC 27609.
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.  
  • 10/18 - Learning Resilience

Youth Group- Join us via Zoom 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.

Outdoor Worship in the Courtyard: Join us for outdoor worship in our courtyard on Saturday, October 17th at 10 AM! We will celebrate Holy Communion and worship together. Masks and social distancing required.  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs to sit comfortably, or feel free to stand! Click here to sign up.

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! Click here to RSVP. For more information contact the Church Office.

Candlelight Chats on Sunday October 18th @ 7:30 PM in October. Come join smaller groups of people in our Courtyard to pray, talk about scripture and have deeper conversations. Hannah will "host" in Trinity's Courtyard a deeper discussion around Living in In Between Times. Come share and pray in community about your In between times. 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.

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.

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 Trinity's 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 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.)

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 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

Monday, October 12th: Columbus Day
                Church Office is closed.

Wednesday, October 14th
        6:00 PM               Centering Prayer at via Zoom
 
Thursday, October 15th
        7:00 PM               UMW Meeting via Zoom
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, October 17th
      10:00 AM               Outdoor Worship in the Courtyard - Register here
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Sanctuary Parking Lot
 
Sunday, October 18th: Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Coffee with Pastor Grace via Zoom
      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 in the Courtyard