Online Worship - Sunday, March 14, 2021
Sermon: “On the Sea of Galilee
Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
~ Mark 4:41
This Sunday we walk with Jesus to the Sea of Galilee, where he calmed the stormy waters with the simple sound of his voice. As we face the storms of life, how can we trust in Jesus’ promise of peace? 

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.
 
Sunday Worship
March 14, 2021 - 11 AM
“On the Sea of Galilee”
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: Still ~ Reuben Morgan; arr. Thomas Grassi
Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone
Hide me now underneath Your wings; cover me within Your mighty hand. When the oceans rise and thunders roar; I will soar with You above the storm. Father, you are King over the flood; I will be still and know You are God. Find rest, my soul, in Christ alone; Know His power in quietness and trust. When the oceans rise. . . . When the raging winds and tempest, And the noxious clouds of sin, Whirl around me like an army, And my faith is wearing thin, In a whispering distant thunder, Comes a voice like morning calm: “Fear not, I am with you ever, Till the world shall see its end. He will see me safe to harbor, And protect my soul from harm. Sheltered by the Rock of Ages, Held in His almighty arm. When the oceans rise. . . . Fear not, He is with you always. Be still.

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

We are facing unexpected and turbulent storms.
In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.
Yet in our darkness and terror, God is with us. What have we to fear?
In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.
Jesus rebuked the wind until there was calm. Of whom shall we be afraid?
In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.
Rise up, people of God, for you are loved and saved.
In the midst of life’s storms, God is there.
Hymn: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me - Hymnal no. 509
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
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Stewardship Moment: Rich McKinney
Children’s Time: The Root Family
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.
Duet: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me ~ Traditional; setting by Raymond Haan
I want Jesus to walk with me. All along my pilgrim journey, I want Jesus to walk with me. In my trials, Lord, walk with me. When my head is bowed in sorrow, I want Jesus to walk with me. When I am dying, Lord, walk with me. When I am on my bed of sorrow, O Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.
*Gospel Lesson: Mark 4:35-41
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
Sermon: On the Sea of Galilee
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: It Is Well with My Soul - Hymnal no. 377
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: Herzliebster Jesu ~ Johannes Brahms
Sunday at Trinity Church
The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God.

Worship Online this Sunday: While we aren’t meeting in person, we will be worshiping online via livestream on Trinity’s Facebook page and through our website. Each Saturday evening, we will send out an email with links to the worship sites and the bulletin for worship that Sunday. This Sunday, we will invite you to be intentional about finding a space in your home to worship and to be truly present in a time of worship. For additional questions about how to worship online, please contact the Church Office

Fellowship Time via ZOOM on Sunday after Church: After worship this morning, we invite you to a time of fellowship via Zoom led by our Program Director Hannah Day Donoghue! This will be a time for us to connect after worship, check-in, and to have a time of conversation about worship. Click here to join. For questions, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Youth Group: We will be IN PERSON this Sunday at Trinity Church Courtyard from 5:30-7 PM. We will be outside the whole time so dress for the weather. Please wear a mask that fits comfortably and properly over your nose and mouth. Email Hannah Day Donoghue with any questions or concerns.
Music Notes
Today’s Prelude: Todays performance of Reuben Morgans Still, from the Hillsong album Hope, is based on an arrangement by Thomas Grassi for choir and piano. In keeping with todays sermon topic, the piece reminds us that, when the storms of life batter us, to be still and know You are God—to remember that God, who is King over the flood, will give us shelter and enable us to soar with Him above any storm. Additional words by Richard W. Adams (to the hymn tune Nettleton) assure us, additionally, that He will bring us safe to harbor. Still: © 2002 HILLSONG PUBLISHING (APRA), All rights administered at EMICMG Publishing. com; arrangement by Thomas Grassi © 2011 HILLSONG PUBLISHING (APRA); Exclusive distributor for this edition: ALFRED MUSIC PUBLISHING CO., INC. All rights reserved including public performance. Additional words, from "When the Storms of Life Surround Me" (to the hymn tune Nettleton), © 2006 Richard W. Adams; may be reproduced or published freely for Christian worship or devotions; Courtesy of the Cyber Hymnal.TM Used by permission. 

Today’s Duet: Raymond H. Haans moving, emotional setting of this traditional song underscores the introspective nature of the text. Originally for choir and piano, it is performed as a vocal duet today. Copyright © 1987 Morning Star Music Publishers. All rights reserved. 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.
Trinity Church’s Weekly News
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.

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.

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, March 14th
  11:00 AM   Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
  12:00 PM   Fellowship Time via Zoom
   5:30 PM   Youth Group via Zoom

Tuesday, February 16th
   7:00 PM   Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
   8:30 PM   Trustees Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, March 17th
   6:00 PM   Centering Prayer via Zoom
   7:30 PM   Lenten Small Group Bible Study via Zoom

Thursday, March 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

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 Sunday
  11:00 AM   Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
  12:00 PM   Fellowship Time via Zoom