Online Worship - Sunday, September 27, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
I am going to rain bread from heaven for you
and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day.
~ Exodus 16:4
As we continue our sermon series Living in In-Between Times, this Sunday we will talk about how we deal with change. When we face change, our tendency is to want to go back to what was, to look to our past, instead of our future. When the Israelites finally escaped Egypt, the first thing they wanted to do was go back to Egypt! But what we see in our scriptures is that God promises to provide for us in the midst of change, and guide us towards a new future.

We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our websiteA reminder that due to Charge Conference, we will NOT have time of fellowship over zoom this week. Instead, we invite you to join us on ZOOM for Charge Conference. 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 Bulletin and Coloring Page.
Sunday Worship
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, 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: Dona Nobis Pacem with I’ve Got Peace Like a River - Frances T. Sinclair
Logan Williams, soprano; Geoff Williams, baritone
Dona nobis pacem (grant us peace): a world where everyone can be a friend, where peace and love can live in every land, and wars come to an end. A hope that every parent, every child will help to end divisions with a healing smile, and every race, religion reconciled. For a world of freedom where there’s no despair; where the gifts we treasure are with others shared. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul. Dona nobis pacem...

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:

We gather this morning wondering if we are enough. 
God provides enough.
We fear what we do not have; we worry about what is to come.
God provides enough.
As you provided manna in the wilderness, you provide each day for us.
God provides enough.
So let us gather, to worship the God who provides enough. 
God provides enough.
Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah - Hymnal no. 127
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! 

Children’s Time: Jeff Miller
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Worship Bulletin and 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:  Every Step of the Way - Nancy Gifford
Moses freed his people from Pharaoh's evil hand, walked them through the wilderness and to the Promised Land. A pillar of cloud and a fire burning bright, always went before them, led them day and night. The Lord God led them on their journey, went before them, every step of the way and fed them with manna from above. Pharaoh's mighty chariots and horses drawing near, Moses told the Israelites to put away their fear. He stretched out his hand and the waters did divide; one by one, the Israelites reached the other side. Walking through the wilderness, the people would complain, “We shall die of hunger and this journey is in vain!” Then God said to Moses, “Your people will be fed, manna sent from heaven to be their daily bread.” The Lord God led them...
Scripture Lesson:  Exodus 16:1-8

     16 The whole congregation of the Israelites set out from Elim; and Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lordin the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   Luke 14:25-33
    25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them,
26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Living in the Disruption 
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: O Jesus, I Have Promised - Hymnal no. 396
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
Music Notes

Today’s Prelude: When a beautiful melody meets a beautiful text, the result is magical. Such is the case with Dona Nobis Pacem by Frances T. Sinclair. Her original text imagines a world with no war or division and then compels us to do our part as peacemakers. Sinclair incorporates the traditional spiritual “I’ve Got Peace like a River” as a partner tune.
Notes from CG website. Words and Music: Francis T. Sinclair, © 2017 Choristers Guild. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.
 
Today’s Duet: Nancy Gifford has composed commissioned choral works for schools and churches and written many pieces for her own choral groups, as well. Gifford composes original texts, rewords stories from Scripture, or searches for universally recognized texts which seem to sing on their own. The text is her source of inspiration, beginning with Scripture. The story of Moses leading his people out of Egypt is an excellent example of her clever poetry and musical composition.
Notes from CG website. Words and Music: Nancy Gifford, © 2011 Choristers Guild. 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 and in appreciation for George Pinn. Thank you for all your help each week to keep the church and the grounds of Trinity running. From Ronnie Willett.

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.

Charge Conference - September 27th at 1 PM: You are invited to participate in Trinity’s Charge Conference on Sunday, September 27th at 1 PM via ZOOM.  Charge 
Conference is the basic governing body of each local United Methodist Church and is composed of all members of the Church Council. The Charge Conference directs the work of the Church and gives general oversight to the Church Council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the Church, sets the salary for the Pastor, elects the members of the Church Council, and recommends candidates for Ordained Ministry. Our District Superintendent Rev. Jeff Mickle will lead us in a time of holy conferencing, worship and reports. For more information contact the Church Office. All are welcome to join! 
Trinity Church’s Community News & Prayers

It is with great sadness we share the death of Clay Reynolds on September 15, 2020, nephew of Trinity member of Philip Reynolds. We extend our prayers and sympathies to Clay's family and friends. Condolences may be sent to Philip at 917 Crestwood Drive

It is with great sadness we share the death of Frances M. Hinkle on September 21, 2020, a life long Methodist of Alexandria. We extend our prayers and sympathies to her family and friends. Condolences may be given by clicking here.

It is with great sadness we share the death of Alice Regehr on September 22, 2020, mother of Trinity member Darwin Regehr. We extend our prayers and sympathies to her family and friends. Condolences may be sent to Darwin and Gretchen at 3314 Fallen Tree Court, Alexandria, VA 22310
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.  
  • 10/4 - Building for Something Beautiful
  • 10/11 - Facing the Future with Faith
  • 10/18 - Learning Resilience

Youth Group Kick-off Sunday, September 27th! We invite all 6th-12th Graders to join us for a virtual Youth Group Kick-off on September 27th at 5:30 PM. A parent/guardian and youth meeting will occur from 5:30-6 PM and then we will have some fun, just the youth, from 6-7 PM! If you are new to youth group and are not on the youth group email list, please reach out to our Youth Group Leader: Hannah Day Donoghue to get on the list.

Join us for Outdoor Prayer and Communion Services! This Wednesday, we continue to gather at 7 PM for our Outdoor Prayer and Communion Services. We will meet in our Courtyard (the grassy area between the Parsonage and the Church).  You are invited to bring your lawn chairs to sit comfortably, or feel free to stand! All participants will need to fill out a Health Acknowledgement form, wear a mask, and practice appropriate social distancing. We are limiting registration to 30 participants each Wednesday. You can sign up here! For questions contact, Jenessa in the Church Office.

Candlelight Chats on Sunday Nights @ 7:30 PM in October. Come join smaller groups of people in our Courtyard to pray, talk about scripture and have deeper conversations. Each week will have a different host and topic. October 4th, Mary Beth will "host" in Trinity's Courtyard a discussion around the Rhythm of Life and the rhythm of making time for sabbath. Please register by clicking 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.

Drive-through Food Drive for Rising Hope Mission Church:  As more and more people are out of work, the demand on food pantries has increased exponentially.
Rising Hope Mission Church, one of our ministry partners, is looking for non-perishable food items (canned meats, pasta, canned tomato products, cereal, coffee, peanut butter, jelly) as well as personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant). Saturdays from 10 AM-Noon, we are hosting a drive through drop off food drive. Just come by the church parking lot (off Cameron Mills). For the sake of safety for all involved, we ask you to stay in your car, so we can have people drop off food one at a time. For additional questions contact Mary Gillman. For future food drive dates, please see 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.)

Join us for “Family Fun Food Trucks” Wednesdays from 4-7 PM. In partnership with the North Ridge Civic Association, join us Wednesdays in August, September and October for Family Fun Food Trucks in our blacktop parking lot! Stay tuned to North Ridge’s Facebook page for which trucks will be available on which days. This is a way for us to support local restaurants as well as raise donations for “Meals for Alexandria Heroes” (to provide meals for first responders, medical professionals and others). We will practice safe social distancing as regulated by the county! Come, eat, support local businesses and be in fellowship (from afar) with one another!

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.
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, September 27th: Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        1:00 PM               Charge Conference via Zoom
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Wednesday, September 30th
        6:00 PM               Centering Prayer at via Zoom
        7:00 PM               Outdoor Prayer and Communion Service in the Courtyard
 
Thursday, October 1st
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, October 3rd
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Sanctuary Parking Lot
 
Sunday, October 4th: Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom