Please Pray for the unity of Trinity Congregation under its Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance on our witness and service to the Hagerstown community and beyond.
PRAYER VENTURES MAY 2019
These petitions are offered as guides to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA, as well as for the needs and circumstances of our neighbors, communities and world. Thank you for your continued prayers for the life and mission of this church.
1 Throughout Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, give thanks for the rich history, gifts, influence and contributions to our nation of our Asian and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters. Ask God to bless and further the work and witness of ELCA Asian and Pacific Islander Ministries and the Association of Asians and Pacific.
2 National Day of PrayerEncourage individuals, congregations and communities to pray, asking
the Spirit to help us — and our nation — follow Jesus’ instruction to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
3 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountain, Northeastern Minnesota and Minneapolis synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
4Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Western Iowa and Arkansas-Oklahoma synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
5How will we react when God calls us to do something or go someplace new and unfamiliar? Pray that we will follow where the spirit of God leads, find companions in ministry to work with and invite others to join in doing God’s work in the world.
6 Pray for students who are taking final exams and anticipating employment, further education, or vocations of leadership in the church or military service. Ask God to grant them comfort and reassurance in times of stress and uncertainty, and to provide supportive, attentive and loving people in their lives.
7 Ask God to bless andenergize our church’s commitment to wholeness for creation in collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations care for creation and elevate their leadership on climate change as a moral, religious and justice issue.
8The ELCA International Camp Counselor Program, partnering with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and ELCA Global Mission, trains up to 40 Lutheran young adults from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Pray for these young adults, who serve as leaders and global partners in our summer camp programs. Give thanks for the faith, gifts, leadership skills and global perspectives they bring to their work with children, youth and adults.
9 God worked miraculous changes in the heart, mind and life of Saul that he might spread the gospel, grow the church and serve his neighbor as the reborn apostle Paul. Give thanks for how God calls us by name, equips us for ministry and service, and reaffirms that there is a place and purpose for everyone in the church, the body of Christ.
10 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Oregon, Pacifica and Southeastern Iowa synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
11 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assembly of the Sierra Pacific Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
12Pray that we will trust that Jesus is the true son of God and will be faithful and fearless in following his examples and teachings revealed to us in Scripture.
13 Remember in prayer the ELCA’s work of using innovative models for starting new congregations and ministries in a diverse and changing world as we seek to grow God’s church, welcome all God’s people and equip our neighbors with both spiritual and physical sustenance.
14 Thank God for being a loving and ever-present shepherd who restores us, stirs our courage, strengthens our faith and guides us through the challenges and joys of life.
15 Give thanks for ELCA campus ministry, communities of faith that accompany students in their journeys of faith, education, service and discerning vocation at more than 180 state and private colleges and universities and at an additional 400 schools nationwide with assistance from congregations.
16 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Northern Great Lakes, East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, North/West Lower Michigan and Metropolitan New York synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
17 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Saint Paul Area, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast and Southeast Michigan synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
18Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the Northwest Washington and Eastern Washington-Idaho synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
19Pray that, as the body of Christ, we encourage one another and work together to follow Jesus’ words in our daily lives: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
20 Remember in prayer people who are traveling across the country in search of seasonal employment. Pray that they find employment, fair wages, fulfillment of basic needs for housing and food, and welcoming congregations that understand the unique needs of seasonal workers.
21 Give thanks for the special skills, creativity and enthusiasm of people who write blogs, online stories, social media posts and newsletters that help communicate how congregations, synods, the churchwide organization, ecumenical partners and related organizations are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ,serving our neighbor and working together for justice, peace, mercy and healing in the world.
22 Ask God to make us bold, persistent advocates and agents in society to end gun violence across our nation, for the sake of our neighbor’s well-being and out of gratitude and respect for the fragile gift of life.
23Pray that our vision of the church and its mission will be broadened by the knowledge that the word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ are meant for all people and all nations.
24 Pray that the ELCAGuardian Angel and Welcoming Congregation programs will flourish and continue to expand across our nation as part of our church’s strategy to support and accompany — physically and spiritually — migrant children and families through their immigration court process.
25 Praise God’s infinite power, glory and presence as reflected in our life experiences and every aspect of nature and creation.
26Give thanks for the gift of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, sent to remind us of Jesus’ teachings and God’s love, and to stir our faith, peace and courage when we are troubled or fearful.
27 Give thanks and praise God for the significant and lasting impact of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.Pray that we will build upon what it has accomplished and continue to be generous in supporting new and existing programs and ministries that serve our neighbor, nurture new leaders and grow the church.
28 Pray with joy and thanksgiving, for God is gracious and generous in blessing us, and God’s saving power stretches to every corner of the earth.
29Pray for more than 3,500 summer camp staff and volunteers as they prepare to serve in ELCA outdoor ministries as role models, affirming and encouraging the faith of campers — of all ages and abilities — and guiding them toward the paths and ways of God throughout life.
30 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the South Dakota, Nebraska, Upstate New York, Delaware-Maryland and North Carolina synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
31 Remember in prayer the leaders, voting members and others gathered for the assemblies of the South Carolina, Southeastern, Southwest California, Southeastern Minnesota, Greater Milwaukee and West Virginia-Western Maryland synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them in doing God’s work in the world, proclaiming the gospel and growing the church.
Please join us on Pentecost, Sunday June 9th. It is not only Music Sunday, but student recognition as well. Both Andy and Pastor Greg have some special music planned for each service. In addition, Trinity Scholarships will be presented on during a special Family Learning Time and Recognition at 10am in Fellowship Hall.
At 11 a.m worship we will celebrate the theme “Seeds for Singing” featuring texts that speak of the “seeds” of praise, hope, and love that were manifested in the ministry of Christ. Our singing “seeds” include the declaring our Alleluias, the seeds of ministry that are the responsibility of all of us as we live and tend God’s garden, the seeds of praise that should be ongoing in our lives, the seeds of community that we should plant and nurture from our time at the table, and the ultimate seed in the example of Christ who modeled how we should live in community with all our brothers and sisters. The Parish Choir will sing five anthems accompanied by organ, piano, and guest instrumentalists.
On Thursday, May 30th at 7pm we will continue our Jazz adventure at Trinity Lutheran Church. This will be in the form of a Traditional Evening Prayer service which makes use of chant, scripture, prayers, silence, and hymns to bring the presence of Christ into our midst as day gives way to evening. The only difference is that this setting of the vesper service uses the warm sound of American Jazz music. A highlight of the service is a brief teaching moment which expands on the theme of the day, blending the sacred and the secular.
Enjoy dessert and refreshments following the service.
Invite some friends to join you for this blended service to wind down your day. Free and open to the public.
Please join us for the 7th annual Hark Hike on Saturday, June 9th along the C&O canal. There are three different Hikes to choose from. Check-in is at Shepherd’s Springs Retreat Center located at Shepherd’s Spring located at 16869 Taylors Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782.
Enjoy joy Snacks & Drink stops along the way. All hikes conclude at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center. Post-hike Celebration for all hikers at Shepherd’s Spring with food, live music & fellowship! Photo scavenger hunt for youth & nature scavenger hunt for younger children
Every so often a book comes along which captures the imagination of the Church. One such book making its rounds is Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Ted Bolsinger. The author uses the Corps of Discovery as a metaphor to describe the Church in the US today.
This is your personal invitation to join a Corps of Discovery from which I believe will emerge leadership equipped to guide Trinity into a wonderful future. The first part of the journey is to actually read the book and discuss it. To this end, there will be a seven week study beginning in May. It will be held on Thursday evenings, beginning May 9th. Please join us in Memorial Hall. We will offer a simple dinner from 6-6:60pm with study starting promptly at 6:30pm.
Please call or email Colleen to RSVP.
May 9: Documentary
Jun 6: The Landscape
Jun 13: The Changing World
Jun 20: Going off the Map
Jul 11: Adaptation is Everything
Jul 18: Companions and Saboteurs
Jul 25: Everyone will be Changed
The 150th Anniversary of Trinity will began with the Unity Service of Celebration on Sunday, October 14th 2018. We chose this date because it is close to our actual groundbreaking for the original church on Franklin Street which took place in October, 1868.
There are some fantastic pictures, both past and present, posted pictures on the bulletin board in the Narthex. A timeline is beginning to form in Fellowship Hall. Watch it grow through the year. We will also have wonderful scrapbooks of our early church days out for you to look through during the brunch. Please take time to look at these artifacts. We were blessed by the diligent research of Janet Dayhoff and Dottie Cochrane. Their tireless work, attention to detail, and the formation of the Heritage Room provide us with a wealth of information from our past.
Easter: Included in the bulletin is information , pictures and the history of the Easter Cross that adorns our Sanctuary each Easter Season. This Cross was quite the attraction and for many years the church was open on Easter afternoon for member of the community to come and see the cross. Unfortunately having live lilies paced on the cross has become cost prohibitive. We remember its beauty with the artificial ones now used.
150 Prayers and Praises: Please fill out a prayer card to be placed on our Prayer and Praise Banner in honor of our Anniversary. Place the card in the offering plate and it will be hung on the banner hanging from the balcony.
Earth Day: We will celebrate Earth Day as part of our Anniversary Celebration by handing out small potted herbs to our Food and Clothing Bank clients. On April 28th, 150 bulbs will be handed out to Trinity members at worship- both services. We have 50 packs of 3 bulbs each to be given and then planted at a place of your choice in honor of our anniversary.
Jottings from Yesterday…
Did You Know? Bulletins were not used until 1941. Dr. Ard began them during his first year at Trinity. Before that, the hymn boards would display the hymns sung each Sunday. The hymnals were handed out by the ushers and collected at the end of the service. They placed them on a table in the Narthex.
The anniversary committee meets the second Tuesday of the month in Memorial Hall at 7 PM. Come join us! The next meeting is Tuesday, May 9th.
Contact Carol Brashears at 301-992-5016
or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The needs for the clothing bank are: men’s undershirts and t-shirts, men’s boxer shorts (not briefs), all sizes bed sheets, towels and washcloths, women’s underpants (sizes 11-12), blankets, and gloves. And always, personal hygiene products; soap, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, razors, chap stick, combs, brushes, feminine hygiene products, hand cream and lotion.
Items needed for the Food Bank include can openers for the homeless (Dollar Store sells ones that don’t break easily), Wrapped saltine crackers, jelly or jam and boxed mixes for cakes or cookies.
Thank you so much for fulfilling these needs!
Join us at 9 a.m. at the Dutch Market at the Long Meadow Shopping Center. Not an exclusive group, just a gaggle of Lutherans enjoying breakfast and fellowship time. Started several years ago with a few men having coffee and now can number up to 20! Come as you are able to join. No assigned seats, no membership fee, just fun.
Ron Fisher will be hosting a Crochet and Knitting Fellowship Group in the parlor from 6p-8p. The group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. Come together to share ideas, work on projects for the community, do your own project, and bring your questions. Learning from each other is a great way to make friends and share ideas and a fun way to network and build your confidence in these arta! All who love the art of crochet and knitting are welcome; some basic skills are needed to work on projects.