Please pray this week one of the versions of the Lord’s Prayer. It is the perfect prayer that Jesus taught us to ask God the Father for what we need AS A COMMUNITY, in which we human beings created by God and loved by Him are united: Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
PRAYER VENTURES: November 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 All Saints Day Give thanks for people passed from this life who have cared for us, inspired our dreams, nurtured our faith, and equipped and encouraged us for the challenges of life, and who have boldly exemplified compassion, justice, mercy and generosity.
2 National American Indian Heritage Month Give thanks for the gifts and witness of American Indian and Alaska Native members of the ELCA. Pray for native congregations and ministries and the work of the American Indian and Alaska Native Lutheran Association, all grounded in reconciliation and the mutual building up of the saints — people of all backgrounds, tribes, regions, communities, congregations and unique needs.
3 Ask God to help us be fearless and radical in our love and service, following the example of Jesus by demonstrating love, respect, empathy, mercy and active concern for all, especially for people suffering poverty, hunger and illness, those forgotten and neglected, and our enemies.
4 Pray for people living with and recovering from the devastation and loss of life in the Bahamas and along the southeastern coast of the United States following Hurricane Dorian, and for Texas communities similarly suffering from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Imelda. Ask God to give these people strength and hope, resources for recovery and, during this time of vulnerability, protection from subsequent storms. Ask the Spirit to stir our caring support, generosity and volunteer service during short- and long-term recovery efforts.
5 Pray for the leaders of our communities, states and nation, that they will ground their priorities, decisions, work and legislative actions in concern for justice, the environment, the well-being of people in need and the diverse contexts and communities in our country.
6 Entrusted with sharing the gospel and doing God’s work in the world, pray that we will be faithful in our baptismal calling and encourage one another in following the word and ways of God.
7 Pray for the leaders of our church who serve on the ELCA Church Council. Ask the Spirit to guide their work of enabling and supporting our church as we strive to do God’s work in the world with thoughtfulness, integrity, respect and partnerships that share a common vision.
8 Remember in prayer students who find school challenging or difficult, and pray that the people in their lives will be patient, encouraging, creative and skilled in understanding the unique ways in which we each learn.
9 Give thanks that when we confess our sins, the good we have failed to do and our misbehaviors to God, we are met with mercy and forgiveness.
10 Rejoice and give thanks that in God all have life — eternal, abundant and renewed life for doing God’s work in the world and serving our neighbor now.
11 Veterans Day Remember people who have served or are currently serving in the military, and give thanks for their service and sacrifices. Pray for military chaplains, caregivers, congregational and synod programs, and special ministries that care for veterans and their families.
12 Lutheran outdoor ministry leaders are joining with their ecumenical peers and partners in Lake Junaluska, N.C., for the Great Gathering conference. Pray for their time together, that they might build relationships, discover each other’s gifts and equip vital ministries to meet the emerging needs of God’s people.
13 Pray that, in the midst of the questions, distractions, hesitancy and opposition we experience in daily life, we will remain focused on the good news of Jesus Christ and on encouraging one another to share the gospel and do good in the world.
14 The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church, the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children and families in communities across the country. Pray that we and our faith communities, moved by the Spirit, will see welcoming people not as a political issue but as a matter of faith.
15 Give thanks that God is attentive to our prayers, acting as our refuge, strength and guide throughout life and in every situation.
16 Remember in prayer ELCA missionaries serving in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania to support theological education and health care in clinics and a network of 21 hospitals.
17 Anticipating Christ’s return, ask for God’s help to recognize and value what is important to God.
18 Give thanks for the leaders, ministries and resources of our church that deepen our understanding and practice of stewardship and generosity. Pray that we might spread the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world with the gifts and resources entrusted to our care.
19 Pray for the vision and impact of the 26 congregations, synods, ministries and ELCA-related agencies and organizations that have been awarded mental health ministry grants. Pray that their work will inspire others as they address mental health issues and develop new approaches to advocating for and assisting people with mental illness and their families.
20 Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and shape our lives so that we might exemplify how to live and work together, care for one another, exercise generosity and tirelessly do what is right and just for the sake of our neighbor.
21 Pray for congregational and synod ministries and ELCA-related organizations that attend to the unique needs of women and men by encouraging faith, offering opportunities for service, helping develop and support leaders, creating safe environments for conversation and mutual care across generations, and affirming both our unity and our diversity in Christ.
22 Sing praises and make joyful noise for the wonderful things God has done and for God’s undeserved steadfast love and faithfulness.
23 Praise God for the critical work we do together through ELCA Disaster Response and for our partners, who bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to people in the United States and around the world whose lives have been disrupted by natural disaster.
24 While we profess our faith in Jesus Christ, we sometimes puzzle over who Jesus is and over his resurrection. Pray that our wisdom and faith will grow and mature as, together with our sisters and brothers in Christ, we pray, study, converse and give ourselves over to the Spirit’s inspiration.
25 Remember in prayer our ELCA missionaries and young people serving as Young Adults in Global Mission as they support the programs and ministries of companion churches in Senegal, Eswatini, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
26 Give thanks that — despite war, conflict, hunger, poverty, suffering, illness and injustice — “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Pray that we will be emboldened by this grace-filled promise and reality to help and strengthen our neighbors in every situation and corner of the world.
27 Pray for people who suffer hunger, food insecurity or lack of access to the nutrition necessary for life and health. Ask that the Holy Spirit will move us to bring relief, instill hope and end hunger and poverty wherever it exists.
28 Thanksgiving Day Give thanks for the abundant resources God has entrusted to us, and for family, friends and other people who bless and enrich our lives. Give thanks that the spirit of God is generous, compassionate and fair, and that our unique gifts and abilities are brought together in the body of Christ for the sake of the world, especially those in need who have been neglected.
29 On “Black Friday” — a day of sales, buying and consumption — take time to reflect prayerfully on the difference between wants and needs, on generosity toward our neighbors, on stewardship of wealth and abundance, on everything God has entrusted to us, and on our true identity as children of God who are loved, forgiven and granted a new vision of life.
30 Give thanks to God for rescuing us from the power of darkness and bringing us into the light of new life in Jesus Christ — our Lord and savior, head of our church and the one who has reconciled us to God.
Please remember that this Sunday is our annual congregational meeting. There will be a combined unity service beginning at 10am in the Sanctuary. We will then adjourn to Fellowship Hall for lunch and the meeting afterwards.
Fellowship and Parish Life is providing fried chicken;
please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share!
Please consider a donation to benefit our Micah’s and Food Bank Clients. A gift of only $10 buys an entire holiday meal. Special envelopes are available in Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.
Join us as we assemble the Thanksgiving Baskets on Thursday, November 21 at 9 AM. We will meet in Fellowship Hall to arrange the boxes by school and also add food items to them for pick up. Your help is appreciated as we will be assembling approximately 70 boxes.
Would you like to hand out the boxes and greet our Micah’s families? There are 2 opportunities for you to do this. The families have been invited to come to Trinity on Sunday November 24th from 3 to 5 or Monday, November 25 from 9 to 11 to pick up their Thanksgiving food. Help is needed. It is a wonderful opportunity to share God’s love.
Trinity’s Week for the upcoming Cold Weather Shelter is December 8-14. As usual, we could really use your help. The work is easy but also very satisfying. For more information or to sign up for one or more shifts, please see Scott Paddack.
Scott Paddack (301) 988-7800
Lutheran choirs from Washington County will present a service of Lesson and Carols to begin the advent season. The Service will be held at St. Johns Lutheran Church (141 S. Potomac St.) at 4:00pm on Sunday, December 1st. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit the food banks of Trinity, St. Mark’s and Zion. Please make checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church and designate them “Food Bank”. For further information, please call (301) 733-2878 ext. 206
Parish Choir. Rehearses are on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the “upper room” in the Education building. It’s a really great gig. All your materials are furnished (music, folder, robe…even pencils!) and you have a seat on the 50 yard line where you can see everything! We accomplish great things, make a joyful noise and have a great time working together. Trinity Ringers Handbell Choir will begin later. Watch weekly bulletin announcements for more information. In the meantime, see Pastor Greg if your are interested!
for more information!
It is that time of year! The backs to school signs are everywhere! One of the signs we have at Trinity is the startup of the Micah’s Back pack program! We are in the process of organizing the Micah’s Backpack Ministry for the 2019 to 2020 school year.
It is hard to believe that the program started right here with 5 students at Bester Elementary! It has grown through God’ blessing to 55 churches involved weekly serving over 1000 students a week! This is a neighborhood ministry! We are serving the students at the schools were the children in our neighborhood attend.
Here are some ways you may become involved:
- Join a team that meets once a month to pack the bags. This takes approximately ½ hour of time and is usually done on a Sunday or Monday.
- Deliver the bags to the schools. This is a once a month commitment. This is done on a Wednesday or Thursday and can be anytime from early morning (7 am) to early evening (6pm) at Bester Elementary and 9 am to 4 pm at Eastern.
- Contribute financially to Micah’s so food may be purchased.
We could use any help. It is possible for you to even pair with another person to help out on an every other month basis.
Interested in helping Pack or Deliver?
Please contact Carol Brashears
301-992-5016 or Brash115@aol.com.
Please consider donating. The food pantry is especially in need of the following: Boxes of generic crackers (like Saltines), box mixes for cookies and cakes, snack packs of animal crackers for children, cereal, and fruit & nut snacks for the homeless. Remember to bring in your extra produce from home gardening over the summer!
Clothing Bank: All size sheet sets (especially twin size), women’s underwear (sizes 6,7,8 & 9), sneakers, summer clothes and felt hangers.
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.