Online Worship - Sunday, March 21, 2021
Sermon: “Jesus: Friend of Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor”
Why does [he] eat with tax collectors and sinners?
~ Matthew 9:11
As we walk In the Footsteps of Jesus, we walk with Jesus to Samaria, an unexpected place for Jesus to go. What we'll see is that Jesus spent most of his time with unlikely outsiders: sinners, outcasts, and the poor. It is in these friendships that we learn who Jesus is and how Jesus challenges us to consider who we call friends. 

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

Join us after worship at 12:30 PM (following worship) for a General Conference/
Virginia Conference Information Session. We will provide an update on the United Methodist Church, especially as it relates to the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. We will also share updates on ministry and work in the Virginia Conference. Join by clicking here. For additional questions, contact Pastor Grace.

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.
 
Sunday Worship
March 21, 2021 - 11 AM
“Jesus: Friend of Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor”
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: The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee ~ Jean Berger
Trinity Chancel Choir past performance
The eyes of all wait upon Thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

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

As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we remember who Jesus befriended.
Jesus is a friend to sinners, outcasts and the poor.
Jesus ate with tax collectors, befriended a Samaritan woman,
and healed a man with leprosy.
Jesus is a friend to sinners, outcasts and the poor.
Jesus tore down walls of division and challenges us to do the same.
Jesus is a friend to sinners, outcasts and the poor.
Hymn: Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life - Hymnal no. 427
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.
Children’s Time: Tom Tyler
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: Order My Steps ~ Glenn Burleigh/Jack Schrader
Trinity Chancel Choir past performance
Order my steps in your Word, dear Lord, lead me, guide me, every day. Send your anointing, Father, I pray. Humbly I ask Thee, teach me your will, while You are working, help me be still. Though Satan is busy, God is real! I want to walk worthy, my calling to fulfill. And I'll do your blessed will. The world is ever changing but You are still the same. If You order my steps, I'll praise your name. Order my tongue, guide my feet, wash my heart, show me how to walk in your Word. When I need a brand new song to sing, show me how to let your praises ring, in your Word…
*Gospel Lesson: John 4:3-10, 27-3
3 [Jesus] left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
Sermon: Jesus: Friend of Sinners, Outcasts, and the Poor
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: What a Friend We Have in Jesus? - Hymnal no. 526
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: O God, Thou Faithful God ~ Johannes Brahms
Sunday at Trinity Church
The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of Susan Collins’ 70th birthday. We love you lotz, Katherine, Philip, Meghan, Connor, Henry, Griffin, Mom and Jill.

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

General Conference/Virginia Conference Information Session: Join us this Sunday, March 21st at 12:30 PM (following worship) for a General Conference/Virginia Conference information session. We will provide an update on the United Methodist Church, especially as it relates to the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons. We will also share updates on ministry and work in the Virginia Conference. Join by clicking here. For additional questions, contact Pastor Grace.

Youth Group: We will be online via Zoom Sunday, March 21st from 5:30-7 PM. Email Hannah Day Donoghue with any questions or concerns.
Music Notes
Today’s prelude is by noted composer, pianist and accompanist Jean Berger (1909-2002). Born into a Jewish family in Germany, he became a US citizen in 1943. A professor of music and composition, he had a long and fulfilling teaching career. Starting at age 62 and for the next 30 years, he worked as a traveling musical ambassador, presenting lectures and seminars on American music at universities and conservatories: Cambridge, Oxford, Glasgow and schools in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Holland and the United States. Jean Berger is recognized for his many fine choral works, of which The Eyes of All is one of the most popular. The text is from Psalm 145. Copyright ©1959 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Today’s Anthem is a gospel style choral arrangement of the words and music of Glenn Edward Burleigh. (1949-2007). It was recorded by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and was nominated for Song of the Year in 1995. Inspired by Psalm 119:133 “Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me,” this passionate plea for guidance is one of the most popular titles in the gospel genre. ©1991 and this Arr. © 2000 by Burleigh Inspirations Music, Oklahoma City, OK 73113. All Rights reserved. Used by permission. 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.

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 Devotionals: The Christian Formation team has put together Lenten devotionals to guide us in our journey in the footsteps of Jesus. If you didnt pick up a Lenten Kit, we post the Lenten devotionals each Monday on our website.

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.

Holy Week Stations of the Cross: For this years Holy Week, we invite you to come spend some sacred, set apart time praying and reflecting at Trinity. The Holy Week Stations will begin outdoors. There will be a circular path around the Church that is home to each station. We encourage you to spend the time sitting with the story and praying at each station. The final station will finish in the Sanctuary. We welcome you to spend time sitting in prayer during your time slot. Due to safety reasons, you must sign up for a slot to be part of this Holy week experience. Click here to sign up.

2021 Lenten Mission Offering: You can help Trinity Church reach its Lenten Mission giving goal of $5,000 with $1,000 designated for Community Lodgings, $1,000 for ALIVE!, $1,000 for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Disaster Relief Fund, $1,000 for Rising Hope, and $1,000 for Casa Chirilagua. Please click here to give online to Lenten Mission Offering (969) or send a check via the mail notating Lenten Mission Offering on the memo line. We are accepting donations through the end of May. For more information contact our Missions Chair, Mary Gillman.
Celebrate Holy Week and Easter at Trinity!
All worship services information is available Trinity’s website.
Register for the Sunrise Easter Worship in the Courtyard: On Easter morning, we will gather at 8:30 AM for a Sunrise Easter Worship in our Courtyard. This will be an outdoor, in person gathering. Social distancing and masking will be required. Sign up 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

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.

Youth Theology Institute: Is there a high schooler in your life who is ready to learn about how their faith in Jesus Christ calls them to live and be in the world in a way that seeks justice, all while earning college credit that they can carry with them wherever they go after high school? Encourage them to apply for the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute (SUYTI). SUYTI is a two-week, credit-bearing program for any young person who is currently in high school (that is, any student who will be a rising sophomore through recent high school graduate this summer). The 2021 Institute will run from July 18-31, 2021 on Shenandoah University’s main campus in Winchester. Students will have all that SUYTI has to offer (room and board, program expenses, and three college credits) at a cost of only $200 per student. However, 2021 will be the final session, so now is the perfect time to apply! To nominate a student or to apply, click here. For more information, contact Ian Urriola, Director of the SUYTI.

Sign Up For Trinity's Semi-Annual Community Blood Drive: Trinity’s Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held Saturday, April 10th, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The blood drive will be held again in Inova’s 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. Please dress in layers based on the weather, so that you are comfortable both outside and inside the bloodmobile.  
  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 February 13th. 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.

To make an appointment, click here and use sponsor code 3515 under Search by Sponsor or contact Carol Bowers.  

Volunteers are needed for signing up donors by phone, reminder calls, and registration the day of the drive. To volunteer please click here. For more information contact Carol Bowers.

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, February 21st
  11:00 AM   Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
  12:30 PM   General Conference/Virginia Conference Information Session via Zoom
   5:30 PM   Youth Group via Zoom

Wednesday, March 24th
   6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom
   7:30 PM   Lenten Small Group Bible Study via Zoom

Thursday, March 25th
   8:30 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, March 28th ~ Palm/Passion Sunday
  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

Monday, March 29th
   1:00 PM   Stations of the Cross in the Courtyard

Monday, March 30th
   1:00 PM   Stations of the Cross in the Courtyard

Wednesday, March 31st
   6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, April 1st
   1:00 PM   Stations of the Cross in the Courtyard
   8:30 PM   Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Friday, April 2nd
   7:30 PM   Good Friday Service of Tenebrae via Facebook Live and Trinity Website

Sunday, April 4th ~ Easter Sunday
  11:00 AM   Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
  12:00 PM   Fellowship Time via Zoom