Seek Ye First
The Trinity Trebles will sing their second song, Seek Ye First on November 12 at the 10:30 a.m. service. A hymn from our United Methodist Hymnal written in 1972 and composed by Karen Lafferty, the text comes from the book of Matthew 6:33 and 7:7. The text reminds us that if we seek God and ask for His aid that He will open the door to us and his grace. I am excited for the children to share this piece with the congregation because they are also singing in two parts on the second verse. This is the first time our group will sing in multiple parts. A small group of singers will sing a descant over the second verse of text, while the majority of the choir sings the verse. The kids can’t wait to share what they have learned! Don’t forget, it’s never too late to join The Trinity Trebles. Questions? – Ask Catherine Wethington.
To commemorate All Saints Day (November 1), the Chancel Choir will sing four selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on November 5:
In Paradisum: May angels lead you into paradise and martyrs bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and, like Lazarus, may you have eternal rest.
Libera me: Deliver me, Lord, from that day when heaven and earth shall quake as you judge the world. Eternal rest grant them, O Lord…
Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them together with your saints, for you are good.
In acknowledgment of God’s countless gifts to us, the Trinity Ringers will present a song of thanksgiving at the 10:30 service on November 19. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come: Matt Johnson’s 1999 version of the 1856 English hymn ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (see #694 in our Hymnal) wordlessly conveys our gratitude to God.
By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
Here are some concerns our Next Level Innovation weekend, October 20-22, is designed to address. Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of persons living in northern Virginia who have no church home? Barna and other church research groups place the percentage of persons without church affiliation between 50 & 60%. Trinity and the NLI Team want to open its arms and reach out to this growing community of persons seeking, but not finding the right place to meet their spiritual needs. Even before we reach out to these persons we already know lots about them.
Persons who are seekers of church homes or new church homes tend to fit the following profile:
- They prefer worship services that are shorter, well designed and have a lively flow and tempo, not necessarily held in a sanctuary; often a fellowship hall is preferred.
- They prefer loud, upbeat, faster paced pop/contemporary music sound.
- Their loyalty is won through excellence in ministry and adult education.
- They require a community of faith to help them sort out the hurts in their lives through practical messages, classes and small groups.
- They prefer short-term opportunities, activities and commitments.
- They prefer a focus on local ministries rather than far away places.
God has blessed our Trinity Church with some of the finest lay and clergy leadership in the country. The time is very right for us to intensify our outreach to persons seeking a church home. I request that you support our Next Level Innovation weekend with your prayers. Encourage and guide our leaders with your ideas and suggestions. Offer your own time, spiritual gifts and, when possible, your financial resources to help make this ministry a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition.
Remember, our Next Level Innovation weekend is October 20-22. Lots of things will be happening but we need you on Saturday the 21st for the all-important visioning session from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We will serve you lunch and child care is available when you register. YOU are necessary so we can clearly hear what God is already doing in this church, and hear what God is challenging us to do next.
We need to hear from younger, older, families, singles, leaders and non-leaders. We want to fill Langley Hall with 100 people because your voice matters. We understand that Saturdays in the fall are busy, but I hope you will choose to spend October 21 with us for this very important moment in Trinity Church’s life. So please respond with your participation. To sign-up, please visit our website: umtrinity.org/get-involved/nli.
Next Level Innovation Weekend
Next Level Innovation and a Bible Story
by Catherine Wethington
The 5-man Contemporary Christian indie rock band MercyMe released the song Greater in 2014 on their Welcome to the New album. They have had 13 songs at the top of the Christian Contemporary Billboard, have won many awards and been Grammy-nominated numerous times. They have released 18 albums and have been praising God and sharing His word since 1994. I love this piece for our Youth Choir because it allows us to dig deeper into praise worship. The lyrics in the piece are particularly poignant and encouraging for our youth who struggle with fitting in and feeling like they are enough, reminding us that “He calls [us] redeemed, when others say [we’ll] never be enough. And greater is the One living inside of [us] than he who is living in the world.” This is a song that you’ll be humming for days, that will lift you up and bring you closer to understanding His love for us—give it a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0B4iMLuU
Don’t forget, there’s always time to join Youth Choir- feel free to join us anytime you’re available!
Trinity’s October music features instrumental solos commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and vocal music by Bach and Mendelssohn celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The October 8 anthem God Is Here presents Glenn Wonacott’s thoughtful text:
God is here, reaching out to all who gather;
God is here, listening to the prayers of all.
God is here, giving grace where hearts are wounded;
God is here, lifting lives after a fall.
God is here, calling us to find our passion;
God is here, teaching us to find ourselves.
Reaching, listening, giving grace—lifting lives to see God’s face.
God is here, showing why we all are here, for God is here.
Concert for Share
Trinity’s adult singers will take part with musicians from seven other local houses of worship in “All Good Gifts: an Interfaith Service Fair and Concert” on October 29; the service fair representing local charitable institutions and benefitting Share of McLean will start at 6 p.m., and the one-hour concert will follow at 7 p.m. In addition to various vocal and instrumental solos, the concert’s massed choir will sing All Good Gifts from the 1971 musical Godspell, the folk hymn How Can I Keep from Singing, and the inspirational 2003 song You Raise Me Up. These events are free to the public and will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church on 2034 Great Falls Street, McLean.