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Sunday Traditional Service, May 22
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Sunday Traditional Service, May 15
Sunday Morning Light Service, May 15
Sunday Traditional Service, May 8
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Sunday Traditional Service, May 1
Sunday Morning Light Service, May 1
Sunday Traditional Service, Apr 24
Sunday Morning Light Service, Apr 24
Easter Sunday Unity Service, Apr 17
Palm Sunday Traditional Service, Apr 10
Palm Sunday Morning Light Service, Apr 10
Lent Traditional Service, Apr 3
Lent Morning Light Service, Apr 3
Lent Traditional Service, Mar 27
Lent Morning Light Service, Mar 27
Lent Traditional Service, Mar 20
Lent Morning Light Service, Mar 20
Lent Traditional Service, Mar 6
Lent Morning Light Service, Mar 6
Transfiguration Traditional Service, Feb 27
Transfiguration Morning Light Service, Feb 27
TLC Traditional Service, Feb 20
TLC Morning Light Service, Feb 20
TLC Traditional Service, Feb 6
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TLC Traditional Service, Jan 30
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TLC Traditional Service, Jan 23
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TLC Traditional Service, Jan 16
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Epiphany Traditional Service, Jan 2
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Christmas Eve Dec 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent Traditional Dec 19
Fourth Sunday of Advent Morning Light Dec 19
Third Sunday of Advent Traditional Dec 12
Third Sunday of Advent Morning Light Dec 12
Second Sunday of Advent Traditional Dec 5
Second Sunday of Adent Morning Light Dec 5
First Sunday of Advent Traditional November 28
First Sunday of Advent 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
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TLC Weekly Sermon October 3
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TLC Weekly Sermon September 26
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TLC Weekly Sermon September 19
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TLC Weekly Sermon September 12
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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: May 2022
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 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Praise God for Asian and Pacific Islander members, congregations and ministries of the ELCA that use God’s gifts of culture, language and heritage to share the good news of Jesus Christ, loving and serving our neighbor in a multicultural world.
2 Pray for the safety and well-being of those directly impacted by the war in Ukraine — both the people inside its borders and the nearly 4 million who have left the country. Pray for peace, wisdom, justice, repentance and reconciliation, and give thanks for the assistance provided by Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and our partners and companion churches in Ukraine and across Eastern Europe.
3 “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me” (Psalm 30:2). Pray for healing, comfort and peace for all who suffer sorrow, trauma, illness, fear or hardship, and ask the Spirit to equip us for responding to our neighbors in need with love, hope and support.
4 Give thanks and pray for Lutheran Men in Mission and other ministries with men in our congregations, that they will reach and serve men of all ages, strengthening their faith in Christ, equipping them to love and serve their neighbor, and creating faithful communities of men.
5 Remembering the story of how God transformed Paul’s life, purpose and spirit, pray that people everywhere might be changed by the grace of God, the work of the Spirit and the influence of caring and loving people, including ourselves.
6 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Metropolitan New York Synod, the New Jersey Synod and the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
7 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assembly of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
8 On Mother’s Day, thank God for mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, expectant mothers, women struggling with parenting, women trying to conceive and women who cannot bear children of their own but serve as loving and caring adults in the lives of children and youth.
9 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assembly of the Rocky Mountain Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
10 Remember in prayer students at college, university and seminary as they prepare for final exams, celebrate graduation or begin their careers, that they might find opportunities to use their gifts, faith and passion in service to their neighbors and communities.
11 “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1). Pray that we might find clarity and be reassured of God’s love and attention through the psalmist’s description of a shepherd who restores, leads, nourishes and accompanies us, calming our fears and showing us mercy.
12 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Delaware-Maryland Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
13 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Oregon Synod, the Saint Paul Area Synod, the Northeastern Ohio Synod and the East Central Synod of Wisconsin, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
14 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Northern Great Lakes, Southeast Michigan and North/West Lower Michigan synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
15 Pray that we will be faithful to Jesus’ commandment to love one another, and pray that we might be recognized as disciples of Christ and communities of faith through our Spirit-inspired acts of love, kindness, service, justice and hospitality.
16 Remember in prayer the conflict in Ethiopia, which has caused displacement, suffering and loss of life among the most vulnerable — women, children and older adults. Pray for relief, hope and strength for those who have been impacted and for an end to the violence and ethnic discrimination. Give thanks for the relief work of Lutheran World Relief and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, and for the financial support of Lutheran Disaster Response.
17 Ask the Spirit to stir our enthusiasm for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world, that all people might know the boundless love of God that renews and unites us as siblings in Christ.
18 Pray that we might not grow weary or apathetic about the needs of our neighbor, especially when their difficulties and situations seem complicated, overwhelming or distant from us. Ask the Spirit to nurture within us love and concern that are enduring, impartial and wise.
19 Praise God for everything that brings joy, hope, encouragement or brightness into our lives.
20 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assemblies of the Pacifica, Greater Milwaukee, Southeastern Iowa and Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast synods, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
21 Pray for the leaders, voting members and others gathering for the assembly of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, that the Spirit will strengthen, guide and encourage them as they reflect on the mission of the church, choose leaders, proclaim the gospel, serve our neighbor and do God’s work in the world.
22 Promise to respond to those we encounter who are struggling, homeless, lonely, grieving or ill; ask the Spirit to encourage, equip and guide us when we feel ill-equipped to love and care for our neighbor.
23 Thank God for our special relationship with The Episcopal Church, a full communion partner with the ELCA since 1999. Pray for the church, its members and its leaders, that together we will find strength and resources for the work of sharing the gospel and serving our neighbor, especially in these challenging times.
24 Among your siblings in Christ, who has surprised you with their welcoming spirit, generosity, wisdom or eagerness to share their faith? Give thanks to God for people who unexpectedly enrich our lives.
25 Give thanks for young adults from across the country who have responded to the call to serve in summer ministries at ELCA camps. Ask the Spirit to equip, inspire and sustain them for sharing their faith in Christ and developing caring communities of faith with campers of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.
26 Ascension Day “Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth” (Psalm 47:1-2). Praise and honor our wonderful God!
27 “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” (John 14:26). Remember in prayer the gift of the Spirit in our midst, working through us to call, gather, enlighten, bless and unify the church on earth.
28 Pray for the ELCA Justice for Women program and its work fostering gender awareness, justice and dignity, that our congregations and communities might value, embrace and be shaped by the unique voices and experiences of people across race, ethnicity, ability, class, sexuality and age.
29 Ask God to unite us as communities of faith and siblings in Christ, introducing others to what God has done in the world through the life, teachings, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
30 Memorial Day Remember, honor and give thanks for members of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace. Pray for those who serve in harm’s way today and for our neighbors around the world who have served their own countries in pursuit of peace, justice and freedom.
31 Pray for congregations as they prepare for mission trips, service-learning experiences and local community ministries, that their efforts might exemplify compassion, respect, mutual relationship, intentional partnership and our call to love and serve our neighbor as Christ loves and serves us.
Laura was brokenhearted. Lorenzo had left her and she was bereft of hope. Her mother advised her: “When things are going badly for you, get busy doing things for others.” On “Little House on the Prairie,” perhaps her mother meant for her to find a distraction, but the undertaking of that very action actually summons the power of love towards oneself.
Recovering from hip surgery, I have been absent from Trinity’s Food Pantry and Clothing Closet for several weeks, so I have no recent experiences to share. But there is something happening that we need to report to you.
When you put together quality food choices, abundant portions, treating people as deserving guests, and throw in sharing personal stories, humor, and understanding, it continually attracts many new and returning visitors to 15 Randolph Avenue. Meanwhile, our handful of faithful volunteers are spread thin, often absent (health issues, appointments, travel, life activities) and, due to the ongoing pandemic (see * below), new members are less likely to become involved.
As part of our parallel ministry momentum, we have begun to involve community members, neighbors, and the clients themselves as occasional and weekly workers, but the input that is needed still exceeds the output that is given. Even with three trained substitutes, as we grow each week, there are empty volunteer positions that need some- one new to step in.
What can we do? Each one of you reading this can consider reaching out in some way to support Trinity’s most viable mission to date. If we had 10 more volunteers and practiced some flexible scheduling, our handful of regulars could have at least one week off a month, substitutes would be available whenever needed, everyone’s load would be lightened, and more Trinity folk would experience the grace and good will of this worthwhile work with our neighborhood.
There are variety of tasks from which to pick:
- One-on-one interviewing seated at the intake desk with one guest gathering information on their first visit; currently it involves filling out forms; when installation of the new wifi system is completed, intake will in- volve typing the information onto a computer (which will be referenced each time a guest enters one of Trinity’s outreach programs) that will validate frequency of visits, number of members in each family, and individual needs. No Community Action Council (CAC) Food Bank cards are used.
- Interviewing a family in the waiting room to fill out a list of foods they need and determining their preferences. Taking that list to the Pantry’s food storage room.
- Gathering the requested food items from their list in- side the staff-only Pantry storage room, supplying quantity of items based on the number of members of the family.
- Summoning the next family from the waiting room and assisting them in the hallway to select gourmet and specialty food items to take home. Helping them bag up their food on rolling carts to the exit. Guests carry their own items out of the building.
Be prepared for unexpected delights, reunions, sharing, profoundly moving stories, and to feel very loved. But if it turns out this is not your experience, there will be other ways to serve as Trinity continues to develop new missions.
Those of us who toil in Trinity’s Outreach programs now know that when we reach out in love, love will re- turn to us sevenfold, from very unexpected places for both our guests and for us—abundant, unconditional, and life- saving.
* Our procedures have changed, so that all are masked, and volunteers can choose to work only with staff or to interact with one or two guests at a time.
We are pleased to announce a concert on Saturday, 21 May 2022, at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Brass Ensemble and guest organist from Grace United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland, Christopher Schroeder.
Musical selections will feature works from Bach, Gabrieli, Richard Strauss, and Purcell. Premium seating is $40, general admission is $20, children under 12 may attend for free.
For tickets go to www.marylandsymphony.org—and then click on “2021/22 performances”. Options for “eTickets” and “Will Call Tickets” are available. If you have any questions, please call the Box Office at
(301) 797- 4000.
Trinity will sell ads in the printed program and will ask for sponsors. Please contact Daniel B. Watkins at email@example.com or (304)266-7555 for ad sizes, costs, and other additional information.
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