Online Worship - Sunday, October 18, 2020
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
~ Joshua 1:9
This week, we will conclude our sermon series Living in In-Between Times. As we close out the series, we are going to talk about how important it is to Learn Resilience. The one thing that is certain in In-Between times is that it will come with stress and hardship, and if we don’t learn resilience, it can overwhelm us and defeat us. But God didn't intend for us to give up, but instead calls us to be “bold and very courageous” (Joshua 1:9), to be resilient, and to take the next faithful step. 

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
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 18, 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: Ave verum corpus - W.A. Mozart
Sharon Taylor, alto; Paul Taylor, baritone
Hail true body, born of the Virgin Mary, who has truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for mortals, whose side was pierced, whence flowed water and blood. Be for us a foretaste (of the Heavenly banquet) in the trial of death.

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:
Come, let us enter the land that God has prepared for us,
Be strong and courageous.
God leads the way and makes our footsteps sure. 
Be strong and courageous.
Hungry and thirsty, we cry out in deep despair.
Be strong and courageous.
As in the waters of our baptism, we cross over the Jordan.
Be strong and courageous.
We dwell in the land God has prepared for us.
Be strong and courageous.
Hymn: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand - Hymnal no. 724
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Prayer of Confession and Pardon:

Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Time for Silence and Prayer)
Hear the good news: 
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
     that proves God's love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Glory to God. Amen.

Passing of the Peace: We’d love to know you worshiped with us! Please register your attendance here. We also encourage you to comment during the service so we can be in community with you! Click here to sign up for all our eCommunications.

Children’s Time: 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.
Duet: O Love - Matheson/Hagenberg
Sharon Taylor, alto; Paul Taylor, baritone
O Love, that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thy ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be. O Joy, that seeks me through the pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain that morn shall tearless be. O Love, that will not let me go...
Scripture Lesson:  Joshua 1:1-9 - Michael Cheek
 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. 5 No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. 9 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson:   John 14:18-27
18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. 25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Learning Resilience
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: 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.
*Please note we will NOT be having our regular fellowship time via zoom. Instead, we will be hosting a special “Coffee with Pastor Grace” via ZOOM.*
 
Postlude: Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke
Music Notes

Today’s Prelude: “Ave verum corpus,” a short medieval hymn that was often sung during the elevation of the Eucharist during the mass, is a meditation on Christ’s redemptive sacrifice on the cross. It has been set to music by various composers. Mozart’s beautiful setting (KV 618) dates from June 1691, during the last six months of his life. A short work that reflects the genius of Mozart’s late style, it captures a wealth of deep feeling within a setting of remarkable simplicity. Written originally for chorus and orchestra, it is performed today as a vocal duet with organ. This work is in the public domain.
 
Today’s Duet: “O Love” is Elaine Hagenberg’s lovely new setting, with a new melody and harmonies, of George Matheson’s 19th-century hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” In Hagenberg’s setting, which uses two of the four verses of Matheson’s hymn, the text expresses renewed faith in God’s unfailing love, which never lets us go, seeks us when we are in pain, and promises us that “morn shall tearless be.” Originally written for chorus, piano, and optional cello, the work is performed today for vocal duet with piano. This composition © 2016 by Beckenhorst Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.
 
Today’s closing hymn: It Is Well with My Soul - The author, Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888), was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago. He had established a very successful legal practice and was also a devout Christian. Spafford’s fortune evaporated in the wake of the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Having invested heavily in real estate along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, he lost everything overnight. Also, his son died a short time before his financial disaster. Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck tells the story: “Desiring a rest for his wife and four daughters, Spafford planned a European trip for his family in 1873. Due to unexpected last-minute business developments, he had to remain in Chicago, but sent his wife and four daughters on ahead on the S.S. Ville du Havre. He expected to follow in a few days. “On November 22 the ship was struck by an English vessel and sank in twelve minutes. Several days later the survivors were finally landed at Cardiff, Wales, and Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband, ‘Saved alone.’” Spafford left immediately to join his wife. This hymn is said to have been penned as he approached the area of the ocean thought to be where the ship carrying his daughters had sunk. Notes by Dr. Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology, SMU.

Sunday Morning at Trinity Church

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God and in celebration of Linda Kay Benning on her 75th Birthday from her family.

The rosebud on the altar is given to the glory of God and in celebration of the birth of Henry Winslow Fitzgerald, who was born Friday, October 9, 2020. Henry is the son of Trinity members Catie and Dave Fitzgerald, and little brother to James and Caroline Fitzgerald. Congratulations can be sent to Catie and Dave at 817 Richmond Street, Raleigh, NC 27609.

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.

Coffee with Pastor Grace *Online*: Are you new to the church? Are you wondering what it means to get more involved or to join as a member? Join us for this casual gathering to learn more about Trinity and get to know Pastor Grace! We will meet via zoom on Sunday, October 18th at 12 PM, immediately following the worship service! Click here to RSVP. For more information contact the Church Office.
Trinity Church’s Weekly News

Youth Group - Join us in person from 5:30-7 PM. If you did not join us for our first meeting, be sure to fill out this form before joining on Sunday. See you there! For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.

Your Stewardship Co-Chairs are seeking your help!! Your Stewardship Co-Chairs are seeking your help!! We would like to ask you to send us a recent photo of you (or your entire family) that we plan to use in an upcoming stewardship moment. It will not be used for any publication other than church use. Should we decide to do anything else with it, we would require your consent.  In addition to photos, as we look forward to Trinity’s 250th Anniversary we would love it if you would send us “stories of Trinity.” This may be your own story (or perhaps a parent that left it for you to retell). Perhaps this will be part of “A Watermelon for God - the Sequel!”  Please send your photo (and story if you care to do so), to the Stewardship Team. Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation! We really appreciate it. Blessings and peace, Jill and Liz, Co-Chairs, Stewardship.

Trinity Fall Festival: On October 31st from 10 AM-Noon Trinity WILL be hosting our Fall Festival. Join us as we carve pumpkins, trunk or treat and spend some time with our community, all while ensuring safety! To make this happen we will need the support of many volunteers to ensure hospitality is happening, socially distancing is maintained, masks are worn, trunks are decorated, and seats and touch surfaces are sanitized. Please reach out Hannah  if you are willing to volunteer! This year we are asking for financial donations so that the Connecting Team can purchase the pumpkins and candy. Click here to donate to the Children's Ministries or text $25 Children to 703-783-3034. To sign up to attend click here.

All Saints Sunday: On Sunday, November 1st, we will celebrate All Saints, a day of remembrance for the saints of the church. We will be remembering and naming loved ones who have died in the last year. If you have family members who have died in the last year (since November 1, 2019), please send their names with a photo to the Church Office by Monday, October 28th.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month: The Trinity UMW invite you to join them as they support the Alexandria Domestic Violence Shelter to raise funds to support their Children's Holiday Program in December. The donations will be used to purchase gifts and toys for the children and youth who are in the program. Domestic Violence is a chronic problem, but has increased during these uncertain times, which has created a greater need at the Shelter. Click here to donate to Trinitys Mission Fund, notating Domestic Violence in the Comments field. To donate directly to the shelter visit there website here.

Please help Trinity support Alexandria City Public School’s 2020 virtual backpack drive. This year’s drive focuses on providing students and teachers with the tools they need to be successful in a virtual learning environment. Funds will be used to provide school supplies and internet access to students in need as well as to help teachers obtain tools that will bring their virtual classrooms to life. To donate, go to Trinity’s Online Giving Portal, select Missions fund and write in “school supply drive” in the comments section. We will be collected donations through the end of October. For questions please contact Jennifer Deibert.

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

Centering Prayer meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Centering Prayer is a 20 minute practice to sit in quiet prayer to make ourselves open to God. A reading is shared by the leader with a short discussion prior to the prayer time. Click here to connect. For more information contact, Alva Smircina.
 
Inova Blood Drive: Want to do something to help people during the COVID crisis?
Missing the Trinity Semi-Annual Blood Drive? We are all in this together! Every day over 200 blood donors are needed to give patients a chance to heal.  Help fight area blood shortages by donating at one of Inova’s three donor centers or contact Inova to set up an event with your local neighborhood association. Visit Inova Blood Services or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256- 6372) to schedule an appointment or for more information. To learn more about COVID-19 precautions Inova is taking click here. For more information contact Carol Bowers. And please Save the Date – Saturday, November 14th from 8 AM – Noon for Trinity’s next semi-annual Blood Drive. 

The Lazarus Food Pantry is looking for delivery volunteers. In partnership with Trinity, Fairlington UMC, and ALIVE! the Christ Church Lazarus Ministry has been delivering groceries, Monday through Saturday to Alexandria families in need. Volunteers pick up pre-packed bags of groceries at Trinity and then deliver to around 3 families each time. The date and time of deliveries is flexible. Clients are asked to meet the volunteer outside for a contact-free hand off. For more information, contact Liz Denson.

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

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


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

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

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

Sunday, October 18th: Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM              Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Coffee with Pastor Grace via Zoom
        5:30 PM               Youth Group in person
        7:30 PM               Candlelight Chat in the Courtyard

Tuesday, October 20th:
        7:00 PM               Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
        8:00 PM               Trustees Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, October 21st
        6:00 PM               Centering Prayer via Zoom
        7:30 PM               Church Council Meeting via Zoom
        8:00 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Thursday, October 22nd
        8:30 PM               Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom
 
Saturday, October 24th
      10:00 AM               Rising Hope Drive Through Food Drive - Parking Lot
 
Sunday, October 25th: Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost
      11:00 AM               Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM               Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM               Youth Group via Zoom
        6:30 PM               Trinity Ringers Rehearsal via Zoom