November 28, 2021

Weekly Video Sermons

To view one of our Weekly Sermons via video, please click on the link below.

 

 

First Week of Advent Traditional November 28
First Week of Adent Morning Light November 28
TLC Weekly Sermon November 21
TLC Weekly Sermon November 14
TLC Morning Light Gathering November 14
TLC Weekly Sermon November 7
TLC Morning Light Gathering November 7

TLC Weekly Sermon October 31
TLC Morning Light Gathering October 31
TLC Weekly Sermon October 24
TLC Morning Light Gathering October 24
TLC Weekly Sermon October 17
TLC Morning Light Gathering October 17
TLC Weekly Sermon October 10
TLC Morning Light Gathering October 10
TLC Weekly Sermon October 3
TLC Morning Light Gathering October 3

TLC Weekly Sermon September 26
TLC Morning Light Gathering September 26
TLC Weekly Sermon September 19
TLC Morning Light Gathering September 19
TLC Weekly Sermon September 12
TLC Weekly Sermon September 5

TLC Weekly Sermon August 29
TLC Weekly Sermon August 22
TLC Weekly Sermon August 15
TLC Weekly Sermon August 8
TLC Weekly Sermon August 1

TLC Weekly Sermon July 25
TLC Weekly Sermon July 18
TLC Weekly Sermons July 11
TLC Weekly Sermon July 4

TLC Weekly Sermon June 27
TLC Weekly Sermon June 20
TLC Weekly Sermon June 13
TLC Weekly Sermon June 6

TLC Weekly Sermon May 30
TLC Pentcoste Sunday May 23
TLC Acension Sunday May 16
TLC Weekly Sermon May 9
TLC Weekly Sermon May 2

TLC Weekly Sermon April 25
TLC Weekly Sermon April 18
TLC Weekly Sermon April 11

TLC Easter Sunday Service
TLC Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
TLC Good Friday Taize Prayer Service (Evening Service)
TLC Good Friday Service April 2 (Noon Service)
TLC Maundy Thursday Service April 1
TLC Palm Sunday Service March 28

TLC Weekly Sermon March 21
TLC Weekly Sermon March 14
TLC Weekly Sermon March 7

TLC Weekly Sermon February 28
TLC Weekly Sermon February 21

TLC Ash Wednesday  Service February 17

TLC Weekly Sermons February 14
TLC Weekly Sermons February 7

THL Weekly Sermons January 31
TLC Weekly Sermons January 24
TLC Weekly Sermons January 17
TLC Weekly Sermons January 10
TLC Weekly Sermons January 3

TLC Weekly Sermons December 27
TLC Christmas Eve Service
TLC Weekly Sermons December 20
Christmas Family Service

TLC Weekly Sermons December 13
TLC Weekly Sermons December 6
TLC Weekly Sermon November 29
TLC Weekly Sermon November 22
TLC Weekly Sermons November 15
TLC Weekly Sermon November 8
TLC Weekly Sermon November 1
TLC Weekly Sermon October 25
TLC Weekly Sermon October 18
TLC Weekly Sermon October 11
TLC Weekly Sermon October 4
TLC Weekly Sermon September 27
TLC Weekly Sermon September 20
TLC Weekly Sermon September 13
TLC Weekly Sermon September 6
TLC Weekly Sermon August 30
TLC Weekly Sermon August 23
TLC Weekly Sermon August 16
TLC Weekly Sermon August 9
TLC Weekly Sermon August 2
TLC Weekly Sermon July 26
TLC Weekly Sermon July 19
TLC Weekly Sermon July 12
TLC Weekly Sermon, July 5


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November 1, 2021

November Prayer Ventures

In 1 Peter 5:6-7 we read: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” The Apostle Peter assures us that God will hear our humble, honest, and trusting prayer, made in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!

 

PRAYER VENTURES:  November 2021

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 All Saints Day  Remember and give thanks for all the saints who have influenced our lives, faith, wisdom and vocational decisions, and who have left an imprint on us through their compassion and example. Pray for people grieving the loss of someone significant in their lives, that they will be comforted by God and know that, as members of the body of Christ and communities of faith, they are not alone in their grieving.

2 American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month  Give thanks for the gifts and witness of American Indian and Alaska Native members of the ELCA, and pray for the American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association and for native congregations and ministries — ministries grounded in reconciliation and the building up of people of all backgrounds, tribes, regions, communities and congregations. Ask God to help us understand and express repentance for the injustices committed against American Indians, Alaska Natives and Indigenous peoples that continue to impact people today.

3 Pray for the immediate and long-term needs of people whose lives have been disrupted by severe weather, wildfires, earthquakes or flooding. Pray that the Spirit will move us to generously support and pray for the people and organizations that respond to disasters, especially Lutheran Disaster Response and its partners.

4 Ask God to look with mercy and loving care upon the Afghan people — and refugees and immigrants everywhere — who flee danger, persecution, economic crises or climate-related catastrophes, seeking a better life. Ask that we might participate boldly and persistently in God’s loving work to bring hope and relief, show compassion, respect and generosity, and advocate for justice for our neighbors who make their way to our nation’s borders.

5 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Give thanks and praise God for being present in every circumstance to dispel our fears, calm our anxieties and stir our hope, and for helping us live with confidence as children of God — loved, forgiven and renewed.

6 Pray for people of all ages who experience loneliness and depression, and pray that the Spirit will make us observant of, attentive to and empathetic with those who suffer in our midst but whose emotional, spiritual and physical struggles may not be readily apparent to us.

7 Give thanks for the story of Lazarus’ resurrection and for the promises of God, which assure us that death, despair and human vulnerability will have no power over us in the life to come.

8 Pray for the leaders of our church gathering for the annual Lutheran Outdoor Ministries conference. Give thanks for their nationwide ministry with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

9 Pray that God’s word and truth, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, will provide us with hope, clear direction and purpose for doing God’s work in the world.

10 Pray for our rural communities, congregations and church leaders as they respond to changes and challenges by adapting old ministries and creating new ones. Pray that we might better understand and celebrate not only our diverse gifts and perspectives but also our interdependence and unity in Christ.

11 Veterans Day  Remember in prayer women and men who serve in the military, their families, federal chaplains and those who attend to the needs of returning veterans. Give thanks for the sacrifice veterans have made on our behalf to secure freedom, justice, peace and security for our country and other nations.

12 Pray for leaders serving on the ELCA Church Council and ask God to bless their conversations, deliberations and decisions, which support, shape and further the mission of our church in the world.

13 Praise God for the diverse blessings that sustain and enrich our lives, blessings that God has entrusted to our care, respect, fairness and generosity. Pray that we will remember the psalmist’s words: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).

14 Ask for God’s wisdom to discern who speaks the true gospel and word of God and who distracts us from our faith in Christ and our baptismal identity and purpose.

15 Pray for those planning “the tAble: Limitless,” a pre-event to the ELCA Youth Gathering that was created to bless and empower young people living with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, so that they might grow as faithful, wise and courageous witnesses throughout the church and world.

16 Pray for people spending their last days in hospice care; ask God to comfort them and their families and surround them with the hope of life eternal; and give thanks for the gentle, respectful and skilled care provided by hospice professionals, pastoral care teams and volunteers.

17 “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25). Ask the Spirit to empower, encourage and embolden us — as children of God and agents of change — to reflect the love of God in response to anger, discord, hurtfulness, isolation and bias in our world.

18 Give thanks for ELCA Faith, Science and Technology and the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology, ministries that help us understand science and technology as gifts from God. Pray that we might use them to nurture community, care for creation, ease human suffering and better understand and respect the complexity and beauty of the universe.

19 Lift up prayers of joy and thanksgiving for the presence of God, who gives us hope, comfort, guidance and refuge.

20 Pray for the children, youth and family ministry leaders of our church. Give thanks for their vital, dynamic and creative service and for the work of ELCA Youth Ministry, ELCA Young Adult Ministry, ELCA Youth Ministry Network and related ministries of faith formation.

21 Join other congregations today in celebrating and praying for Lutheran Summer Music, a faith-forming ministry that educates and inspires young musicians to use their gifts in the church, now and in the future.

22 Pray for ELCA Justice for Women and give thanks for its work in helping us honor the integrity of women. Pray that we might work together to understand and eliminate violence, injustice and sexism against women, girls and people of diverse gender identities and expressions.

23 Give thanks for the awesome nature of God, who is not bound by time, space, borders or human constructs.

24 Pray for the pastors of our church, who have responded to God’s call to serve communities of faith in a multitude of contexts. Ask the Spirit to invigorate and sustain their faith and equip them for the challenges of ministry; ask for guidance and insight on how we can best support, encourage and care for them.

25 Thanksgiving Day  Give thanks today — and every day — for the undeserved blessings we receive from God for our sustenance and well-being. Ask God to help us live with gratitude, recognize the true source of our food and other blessings, responsibly manage our resources, and exercise generosity and love with our neighbors in need, here and globally.

26 Pray for the work we do together through ELCA World Hunger to respond to the daily needs of our neighbors, address the root causes of hunger and poverty, and work toward a just world where all people are fed.

27 Pray that we will raise up new leaders in the church who will ground us in God’s love and forgiveness, renew our congregations, grow our existing communities of faith, equip us to share the good news of Jesus Christ and inspire us to use our unique gifts to do God’s work in the world.

28 First Sunday of Advent  Pray that we will not live in fear of the future but will anticipate with hope, joy and gratitude the day when we will be welcomed into the kingdom of God because of what Jesus has done for us out of pure grace and mercy.

29 Give thanks for the church’s Mission Support network, through which our 65 synods and 8,900 congregations pool resources to love and serve the neighbor as no individual or congregation could alone.

30 Give thanks and praise to God for knitting us together as siblings in Christ, so that we might encourage and strengthen each other’s faith, exchange care and support in times of need, and share our gifts, passions and wisdom to do God’s good work in the world.


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Emerging from the confines of the pandemic, TLC members & friends have a unique opportunity to reflect on and reconfigure our ministries as we reopen past missions & form new ones. Trinity’s Food Pantry & Clothing Bank Teams are currently experiencing this as we move into another chapter of Outreach with a new director, hours to better accommodate our clients, and safer methods of service to protect health and enable continuing service in any other future community health challenges.

The week of August 8-14, the banks will open on separate days (exact hours TBD) & with weekend and/or evening hours to be considered. 75% of our Outreach volunteers will be returning; so if you’d consider becoming a volunteer in this important mission by helping with food or clothing, talk to me, Jerry or Jeff, as many hands make easier work for us all.

The following Sunday, 8/22, there will be a REDEDICATION / BLESSING of the Outreach area following the 10 am service; please join us for prayer, refreshments, to check out the setup, talk to volunteers and to meet Jerry Matheny who has joined our staff as Outreach Director. (Watch for an introductory interview by Pastor David with Jerry on Facebook (coming soon.) If you’d like to make a contribution that day, bring a boxed dessert mix (cake, brownies, puddings, cookies etc.) that our clients can prepare for their families- this is one category that is not supplied by Md Food Bank and brings great joy; the Food Bank provides the rest (eggs, milk etc.).

Our volunteers were frustrated last year that our time could not be used to feed and clothe our neighbors when they were in greatest need. There were 2 bright spots though: Micah’s Backpack continued providing weekend meals to students through Carol Brasheers & her volunteers’ efforts, & Ralph Conrad transported food every week from Martin’s Grocery to shelters & wherever food was needed. Our team is determined to equip our system of delivery so in the future we’ll be able to stay open even in crises.

With churches closing around us, we must consider what Jesus calls us to do. We are very like the early disciples in the book of Acts, who were devastated and flummoxed by Jesus’ Crucifixion, elated by his resurrection, then frightened & perplexed by his ascension. Why is he leaving us? (Why are the churches dying?) What do we do now? We’ve experienced a religious growth boom in our lifetimes that is now declining in shocking ways, & we, like the early church, wonder- what is God calling us to do?

The disciples’ questions were answered at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The faithful gathered, prayed together, and SHARED EVERYTHING with each other and all who were near them who were in need. Like us, they had no blueprint, no plans, except Jesus’ final words to them: “This is my new command, that you love one another even as I have loved you.” So, like the early church, with the Holy Spirit also very present, we find ways to gather in community, form relationships and share God’s bounty and love with one another, wherever and however we can.

So we forge ahead, as they did, guided by Jesus’ words and the gentle nudgings of the Holy Spirit; encouraging one another, sharing ideas, building ways to show and be.

God’s love in action.
June Habeck Holler

 

 

 

 

 


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Micah’s ended the year packing and delivering 15 bags to Bester and 34 bags to Eastern .  We are so thankful for the volunteers who were able to pack and deliver the bags during the many challenges that Covid brought to the schools this year.  When the schools began with zoom in the fall, we packed and delivered the bags to the WCPS Meal Machine sites and handed the bags out to the children.  When the schools began “in session” learning, we delivered the bags to both Eastern and Bester thus using the original model of taking the bags to the schools for the weekend meals.

We want to thank the following for their help this past year:

Zach Repp and the Boy Scouts of Troop 10,  Sue Fiedler, Chuck and Sharon Poland, Krista Repp, Rhonda Munson, Mike and Anne Mowen, Sharon Hoppes, Scarlett Michael, Abby Angles, Pastor David,  Carol Schofield,  Kevin and Nanette Dagliano, Arleen Shuster, Betsy Norgard, Tina Stowell, Jane Drawbaugh and her confirmation students,  Rodney Nearchos, Kay Melby, Jeff Reed and Carol Brashears.   The program would not have been able to function without their dedication to feeding the children.

Look for announcements this August as we begin the program in September as schools will be fully functioning in Stage 5 (all students in schools 5 days a week).  We anticipate we will be at full capacity with the numbers to pack and deliver.  If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Carol Brashears at 301-992-5016.

Please keep the Micah’s families in your prayers.
– Carol Brashears

 


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