Online Worship - Sunday, November 8, 2020
Sermon: Knowing God
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
~ Proverbs 1:7
This week as we continue our sermon series called This I Know..., we will focus on the wonder, glory, and joy of knowing God. Human knowledge is limited and incomplete, and in our uncertainty, we need to lean on God's knowledge which sustains, saves, and redeems us even in the most uncertain times. This Sunday we are also blessed to baptize and welcome new members and we look forward to that celebration.

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
November 8, 2020 - 11 AM
Knowing God

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: Beethoven Sonata Opus 109 first movement - Ludwig van Beethoven
Tucker Stone, piano

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: based on Proverbs 1:1-7
For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight...
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
For gaining instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity....
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
To teach shrewdness to the simple, knowledge and prudence to the young...
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill...
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
To understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles...
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Hymn: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name - Hymnal no. 79 vs. 1-4
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:
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.

Sacrament of Baptism & Reception of New Members
We receive in Baptism James Richard Thompson.
We welcome in Membership Eliza Beth Engle.

Congregational Response:
Do you, as Christ's body, the Church,
reaffirm both your rejection of sin
and your commitment to Christ?
We do.

Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life
and include these persons now before you in your care?
With God's help we will proclaim the good news
and live according to the example of Christ.
We will surround these persons
with a community of love and forgiveness,
that they may grow in their trust of God,
and be found faithful in their service to others.
We will pray for them,
that they may be true disciples
who walk in the way that leads to life.

Commendation of Welcome:
Members of the household of God,
I commend these persons to your love and care.
Do all in your power to increase their faith,
confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.

Congregational Response:
We give thanks for all that God has already given you
and we welcome you in Christian love.
As members together with you
in the body of Christ
and in this congregation
of The United Methodist Church,
we renew our covenant
faithfully to participate
in the ministries of the Church
by our prayers, our presence,
our gifts, our service, and our witness,
that in everything God may be glorified
through Jesus Christ.

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 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 n heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
     as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Anthem: Somebody Believed – Gary and Rosemary Dunham
The Trinity Men's Quartet: Gordon Johnson, tenor; Tom Tyler, tenor; Paul Taylor, baritone; Greg Saunders, bass
Somebody believed! Abraham believed the Lord, his faith was counted good, and Noah by his trust was led with safety through the flood. Jericho was conquered, the giant David slew, and all because they trusted in what God could do. Somebody believed, somebody believed. Someone dared to take the good Lord at His word. Somebody believed, somebody believed, and God moved His mighty hand, 'cause somebody believed. The sinner finds the Savior, the blind man finally sees. The weak man finds the strength to carry on, to carry on. And all because somebody spent some time down on their knees, believing that in Jesus every battle could be won. Somebody believed…. St. Peter walked on the water, the others were in shock. He said: "Well, there ain't nothin' to it, boys, I was standin' on the Rock!" Somebody believed….
Scripture Lesson:  Daniel 3:14-18 - Brooke Smitherman Schmidt
14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. 17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:  John 17:1-4
17 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Knowing God
Stewardship Moment
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: A Charge to Keep I Have - Hymnal no. 413
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: Beethoven Sonata Opus 109 second movement - Ludwig van Beethoven
Tucker Stone, piano
Music Notes

Today's Prelude and Postlude: As we look ahead to the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) in December, Trinity is proud to include performances in today's service by Tucker Stone of the first and second movements of Beethoven's Piano Sonata, Op. 109. This sonata, the 30th of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, was written in 1820, during his late stylistic period (1815-1827).
   Although Beethoven had become the most popular and critically acclaimed living composer by the end of his second period (ca. 1803-ca. 1814), his late period was marked by growing isolation in his personal life, a slowing of his compositional output, and a waning of his popularity as Viennese musical tastes changed. During these years, his music became more introspective, more complex, and more difficult to perform and to understand, as he pushed the Classical musical language and traditional musical forms to their limits. Only gradually did the larger musical public come to recognize the greatness and expressive depth of many of the works from this final period of his life.
   The Piano Sonata, Op. 109, is a rather small-scale and intimate work compared to some of Beethoven's other late period compositions. It has three movements, with the first two linked together by a sustained chord at the end of the first movement.
   The first movement has two main themes that could hardly be more contrasting in style. The first, a quiet, lyrical theme in E major, and the second theme in B major, which abruptly interrupts the first after only eight measures. It brings a sudden shift to a louder dynamic, a slow tempo (Adagio espressivo), and a change of meter to three beats per measure. The second theme has an improvisational quality, with many arpeggios and dramatic harmonies. As the music continues, we recognize in hindsight that these two themes formed a very short (only 17 measures) and unusual exposition of a sonata form. Typical of sonata form, the exposition is followed by a development section (which here further explores the first theme) and a recapitulation, which brings a modified restatement of the exposition (with both themes now in E major). A concluding section, called a coda, closes the movement.
   The longer second movement is a very fast (Prestissimo), passionate movement in E minor, also in sonata form. In this movement, there is not a contrasting second theme; all of the musical ideas derive from the theme announced at the beginning of the movement. Imitative writing in the development section reflects Beethoven's greater interest in counterpoint and fugue during his late period.

Today's Anthem: "Somebody Believed" is a rousing contemporary Christian song, written by Gary and Rosemary Dunham, that was recorded in 1981 by Sandi Patty (spelled Patti then) as part of her Love Overflowing album. The Trinity Men's Quartet (TMQ) performs the piece today in a rock-style arrangement by Paul Taylor. Inactive since the coronavirus restrictions took effect, the TMQ recently resumed in-person rehearsals, outside and socially distanced in Trinity's courtyard. Discovering that they could not hear each other so far apart, they began using microphones and monitor speakers (suggested and provided by TMQ member Gordon Johnson), which made it possible for each singer to hear all four singers. The quartet is excited to be able to sing together again, and it thanks Chris Meserole, for his video recording, and Linda Cancellieri, for her helpful suggestions concerning blend, balance, and other musical matters.
Music: © Copyright 1980 by Lifesong Music Press/BMI. International copyright secured. All rights controlled by The Benson Company, Inc.

Notes on our opening hymn no. 79 from Dr. Michael Hawn
The original German “Grosser Gott, wir loben dich” is a paraphrase of the important fourth- or fifth-century canticle, Te Deum Laudamus (“We praise you God”), a Trinitarian hymn (See The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 80 Canticle of the Holy Trinity). The original Latin text follows within 200 years of the important Council of Nicea (325 C.E.), where the nature of the Trinity was the topic, and out of which the Nicene Creed was formed. It is no wonder that Walworth wanted to translate this important historical text into metrical English. The trek to the hymn that appears in hymnals begins with the original Latin in the fourth century, through the translation in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) in the seventeenth century, to the German versification (stanzas 1-4) by Ignaz Franz in the eighteenth century, and finally to Clarence Walworth’s translation in 1853. Dr. Hawn continues: Walworth’s versification of stanza three concludes magnificently with a majestic line that musicians admire — “Through the church the song goes on.” While this is a wonderful metaphor for the ongoing life and work of the church, I would also suggest that, given the importance of congregational singing throughout the life of the church, the phrase might be reversed: “Through the song, the church goes on!”

Sunday Morning at Trinity Church

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the second year anniversary of James Engle’s stroke survival & his continued recovery. Recognizing the start of many new opportunities in his life.

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.
Trinity Community News & Prayers

It is with sadness we share the death of Jean Pauline Plaskett, long time member at Trinity UMC. We extend our prayers and sympathies to her sister Barbara Thurman as well as extended family and friends. She is also survived by her two cats Shane and Dillon, who will miss her comfortable lap. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 10 AM at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home and a Burial will follow at 11:30 AM at Mount Comfort Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or your local animal shelter.
Trinity Church’s Weekly News

Youth Group - Join us in via Zoom from 5:30-7:30PM for Youth Group. See you there!  For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.

This I Know... Sermon Series: There is much we don’t know these days. In fact, it feels like our lives are filled with unknowns, uncertainties, and insecurities. We don’t know when a vaccine will be available, we don’t know when it will be widely distributed, we don’t know what 2021 will look like, and many of us are overwhelmed with this unknowing. And yet, as people of God, in the midst of uncertainty, there are also certainties we know to be true. We know God created us in God’s image, we know God called us into covenant, and we know that God never forgets or forsakes us. Through this sermon series, we will look at what we do know. We will remember the commitments that follow this knowledge. This 4 week sermon series will be focused on putting our knowledge into action and will end with Commitment Sunday on Sunday, November 22nd.

Make your 2021 Annual Giving Commitment Today! During this Stewardship season, we ask you to prayerfully consider making a financial commitment to supporting the ministries at Trinity Church in 2021. Your generosity makes possible the ministry of changing lives, transforming communities, and renewing the church and we thank you for the ways you are giving. This year, we encourage you to make your commitment online! For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Church Office.

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.

Join the Trinity Prayer Chain: During times of trial and uncertainty, we pray to grow in our faith and encourage one another. To respond to our growing prayer needs, we will be starting an email prayer chain to share our prayer concerns with one another. We will share joys as well as concerns and needs. If you are interested in being part of this prayer chain or have a prayer request, please email us here.

Centering Prayer meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Centering Prayer is a 20 minute practice to sit in quiet prayer to make ourselves open to God. A reading is shared by the leader with a short discussion prior to the prayer time. Click here to connect. For more information contact, Alva Smircina.
 
Sign Up For Trinity's Semi-Annual Community Blood Drive.  Trinity’s Semi-Annual Blood Drive will be held Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The blood drive will be held again in Inovas bloodmobile and Inova Blood Donor Services continues to have an immediate need for most blood types. Inova is taking special precautions associated with COVID-19, which you can read about here.  Additionally:
  1. Registration will be held in the Trinity parking lot under an open-air canopy or tent to facilitate social distancing and fresh air circulation. We are hoping to have some type of tent heaters, but please dress in layers in case they are not available. 
  2. All donors must wear a mask in the outdoor registration area and in the bloodmobile. 
  3. No restroom facilities will be available for donors, so please plan accordingly.  
Most healthy people can be blood donors and must be at least 16 years old, with signed parental consent form, or 17 years old and up with no consent form (no upper age limit), feeling well the day of donation (no symptoms of illness, including colds), 110 pounds minimum, and you must bring a photo ID to present to INOVA personnel.
Further eligibility information is available here. It must be at least 56 days (8 weeks) since you last donated, so you can’t have donated since September 19, 2020. The donation process takes about 1 hour and plenty of slots are available. The number of donations during each time slot has been reduced to minimize the number of people inside the Bloodmobile at one time. Click here to make an appointment, click Locate a Blood Drive and use sponsor code 3515 under Search by Sponsor or contact Carol Bowers or 703-861-4935.  Volunteers are needed for signing up donors by phone, reminder calls, and registration the day of the drive. To volunteer please click here.

Online Donations to Trinity
Dear Trinity Members,
This week, if you have an email address on file with the Church Office, you will receive an email from the church inviting you to create a member account through our church management system Breeze. Once set up, you will be able to review the information the church has on file about you. You can view and change your phone, address, email and even add a picture! Plus, you will be able to check on your giving status for the year. 
It is all optional, but we invite you to set up your member account to make sure the church has the latest and correct information about you and your family, But the best news is, you can control it all!
You will receive an email from this address: office@trinityalexandria.org. And the email will look like this:
Create Your Account

Your Name,
Trinity United Methodist Church has invited you to create your own member account. You may click the button below to create your username and password to log into the system.  


Thank you. If you have any questions, call the church office for assistance.

A Special Note from our Finance Team
As you know, we have switched financial management systems for Trinity. If you still give through VANCO, you can access your Legacy VANCO account here. We encourage you to consider switching to Breeze, our new online management system. If you do switch, 
please cancel your VANCO account first and then set up your new giving through Breeze. 
Thank you for however you give, it is all very much appreciated! For additional questions or concerns, contact the Church Office.
Tithes and offerings may be sent to Trinity via normal mail (checks only) or via the online donation portal here. You may make online donations directly from your checking account with no check required to be mailed. This will help us immensely as our office will have limited hours to receive and process the checks. However, you may still give by mailing a check - whatever donation you want to provide will be very welcome.

We also have the capability to give by text. Just send a text that says “Give”  to:  703-783-3034.
If you want more information on giving by texting works read on:
Step 1. Text the word “Give” - to 703-783-3034. Don’t worry - nothing will be charged to you until you enter your credit card or bank information.
Step 2. You will receive a text back to you saying, “It looks like you are a new giver ; to begin (a link to the text giving site will appear), click on it.
Step 3: A form will appear that will clearly say “Trinity United Methodist Church” at the top left. It will ask you to fill in the following information:
  1. Amount you want to give and the fund you want to give to. If you want to give a general offering, you don’t need to write anything! If you want to give to a specific fund, you can use one of the following funds: Lent; Flowers; Music; Pastor (For Pastor’s Helping Fund)
  2. How you want to give - credit card or direct deposit from your bank (called ACH bank transfer)
  3. If you select credit card, it will ask for your name, address, email address and credit card information.  
  4. If you select ACH - it will ask for you name, address, email address and bank routing and bank account information
  5. At the bottom you can select one time gift or a recurring period. Suggest you select one time gift for the first time. 
  6. That is it. Then click on Donate Now!
If you made a mistake or change your mind - no worries just send the word “refund” to the same number the last amount you sent them will be refunded to you!  Also you can send the word “commands” that will give you a list of options on how to change your account or update your giving amounts. 
 
Have you wanted to set up electronic giving for Trinity? Great! Here are the simple steps for you to follow:
Step 1. Click here.
That’s it! But here are a few more things to watch for and questions you’ll be asked:  
  1. Enter the amount you would like to give.
  2. Select what fund to give to; to give your normal donation use “Pledge Giving”
  3. Then select one time gift or recurring gift. It helps our church greatly if you can select a recurring giving – either weekly, every 2 weeks, monthly or yearly.
  4. Select if you want to give by credit card or a direct deposit from your bank (called ACH).
  5. Next enter your credit card or bank information, address and email address
  6. And that is it. 
 
As always, Trinity is very grateful for any gifts. It makes everything we do at Trinity possible.  
If all else fails - please contact Rich McKinney. Thank you again for your giving - no matter how you give!

Sunday, November 8th
      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, November 10th
        7:00 PM               United Methodist Women's Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, November 11th: Veteran's Day
                   Church Office Closed in observance of the holiday.

Thursday, November 12th
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal - Sanctuary
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Chat via Zoom

Saturday, November 14th
       8:00 AM               Inova Blood Drive - Parking Lot
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Parking Lot
 
Sunday, November 15th
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM               Youth Group in person