Nov 2019 Music Ministry

Chancel Choir

To commemorate All Saints Day (November 1), the Chancel Choir will sing selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on November 3:

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.

Pie Jesu: Gentle Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

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 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.

Trinity Ringers

On November 17, the Trinity Ringers will present a festive prelude at the 10:30 service; Sandra Eithun’s 2015 version of the Baroque Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret will be familiar to many as the theme to the PBS Masterpiece Theater series from 1971-2007.


Trinity Trebles

If you have a child between the ages of 2-12 who loves to sing?  Come join the Trinity Trebles on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.! We had a great time learning the song Give me Oil in My Lamp and soon we will be starting our Christmas presentation and learning how to play the choir chimes. No previous singing or musical experience needed! Any questions? Email Michelle Zenk.

A Hymn Reflection

By Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Now Thank We All Our God is a comforting hymn and classic anthem. Lutheran minister Martin Rinkart, who was inspired by verses from the Jewish book of wisdom Sirach, wrote its original 17th-century German text. Rinkart worked in the walled German city of Eilenburg during the Thirty Years’ War; the city, a sanctuary for war victims, was invaded three times and suffered overcrowding and famine. The Rinkart home cared for the needy despite his own family’s straitened circumstances. During the plague of 1637, Rinkart became the only surviving pastor in Eilenburg; that year he performed over 4000 funerals, including his wife’s.

Rinkart envisioned Now Thank We All Our God as a short prayer before meals. By the time the Thirty Years’ War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, it was being widely sung in Germany. The hymn’s stirring tune, attributed to Johann Crüger, was composed ca. 1647 and can be found in several of Johann Sebastian Bach’s church cantatas. Felix Mendelssohn created the now-standard harmonization in 1840 when he wrote his monumental Hymn of Praise; his version is now often sung in weddings and on occasions of national thanksgiving. Our musicians will offer music based on this chorale during Trinity’s October 27 morning services; we hope you will join us!

September at Trinity

Sept. 2 Office Closed
Sept. 5 Trinity Ringers, 6:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly rehearsals resume; See more at
Sept. 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Sept 9 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish
Sept. 17 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Bounce Back to Sunday School & Picnic
Sept. 23 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

A Note from Grace Ministries:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, parents and children of Trinity UMC,

Thank you very much for your generous donation of school supplies for about 120 children!

Each of you is making a difference in the lives of many families of the Culmore area in Falls Church. Parents are very grateful for your support to start the new school year and get a bag of school supplies for their children.

Your generosity is very much appreciated. We are so very grateful for your partnership with is in this ministry as we continue to service our neighbors in need.


Anna Maria Lopez, Culmore Site Director

A big thank you to those who made our Vacation Bible School a very fun week full of learning and fellowship.

Patty Burgess

Jen Calsyn

Courtney English

Eileen Gilmer

Andrea Hager

Anna Harris

Melissa Harris

Ann Hooton

Jennifer Jemio

Janey Lee

Julie Lee

Keith Lee

Margie Meak

Jose Nunez

Leslie Speidel

Jim Sprouse

Molly Sprouse

Emily Summers

Marci Thomas

Kirk Volovar

Cindy Wilson

Jim Wilson

And our youth: Adelaide, Ashton, Avery, Caroline, Carter, Charlotte, Chelsea, Christian, Christine, Davis, Dylan, Elena, Elle, Jack, Joselyn, Joseph, Joyce, Lilly, Madeleine, Madeline, , Madison, Mary Elizabeth, Noelle, Riley, Ryan, Sebastian, Sicilia, Sydney, Tommy, Zachary

Adult Choirs News

RING AND SING WITH OUR CHOIRS! Trinity’s adult choir rehearsals resume on Thursday, September 5. Trinity Ringers meet from 6:30-7:15 pm, and the Chancel Choir meets from 7:30-8:30 pm; our rehearsals are in Room 115. Please join us!


Our Chancel Choir will present these anthems in September:

Sept. 1: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Virgil Thomson)

Sept. 8: Awaken Me to Pray (David Lantz)

Sept. 15: O Sing of Peace (Ruth Elaine Schram & Jean Anne Shafferman)

Sept. 22: Come Home (Craig Courtney)

Sept. 29: Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney)

The Trinity Ringers will present this prelude in September:

Sept. 15: For the Beauty of the Earth (arr. Sandra Eithun)


MUSICIANS’ PRAYER! Please take a moment to support our singers and ringers this year by praying with us: O Lord, bless your servants who minister in your temple. Grant that what we sing and ring with our lips and hands we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may proclaim in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Ten Reasons to Join a Choir

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

  1. You’ll serve God through musical prayer and help others praise God through hymns
  2. You’ll stimulate your intellect by engaging both sides of the brain
  3. You’ll have a creative and enjoyable way to express emotions through music
  4. You’ll belong, feel wanted and be a part of something positive
  5. You’ll gain self-confidence through teamwork
  6. You’ll improve your music skills while enjoying both traditional and contemporary styles
  7. You’ll create an extended family and find new friends (42 million Americans are in choirs)
  8. You’ll be in good company: actors (Sandra Bullock, Kevin Costner), singers (Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz), athletes (Troy Aikman, Sugar Ray Leonard) and political leaders (Kamala Harris, Barack Obama) all participated in choirs
  9. You’ll have the congregation looking up to you—literally
  10. You’ll be invited to our choir parties!

Want to learn more about choirs at Trinity? Talk to Jerry Rich. Summer Choir continues to meet on Sundays at 10 a.m. in Room 115 and Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers will resume regular rehearsals in September.  Children’s and Youth Choirs will also resume in September.

Trinity Summer Choir 2019

Trinity’s Chancel Choir provides service music throughout the year, but in the summer we choose lighter pieces to make it easier for you to join us. If you’d like to sing with us, just show up in the Music Room (Rm. 115) at 10 a.m. on any given Sunday in July or August to learn an easy-to-sing piece for that week’s 10:30 service.

The July anthems are: Earthen Vessels (July 7), Uphold Me in Life (July 14), You Are Near (July 21), and Come to Me (July 28); the August anthems are Near the Cross (August 4), Hosea (August 11), There Is a Balm in Gilead (August 18), and Father, We Praise Thee (August 25).

We don’t wear choir robes in the summer; whatever you normally wear to church will be fine. If you like to sing, why not give us a try!

What’s Happening in June

June 2 High School & College Graduate Recognition

10:30 a.m.

To add yourself or your child to the list, please email Harriet
June 3 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 9 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
June 11 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, fellowship and 2019-20 planning
June 15 Choir Concert

7 p.m.

Small Blue Marble is the theme; admission is free. See below.
June 16 Church Picnic

11:30 a.m.

Bring a side dish or salad to share.
June 17 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

June 30 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

July 25– Aug 2 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at
Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause meets twice a month on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 to make comfort items for hospital patients. No crafty skills required. Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17.

Here’s a roundup of what’s been delivered recently by Crafts for a Cause:

    • 31 blankets made by Trinity members were delivered to the Linus Project, which is partnering with TAPS to provide 1,000 blankets at Camp Good Grief for children who’ve lost a parent to combat or PTSD. Thanks to everyone who helped!
    • To Fair Oaks Hospital, we delivered 80 baby caps, 20 neck pillows, two lap blankets, 9 NICU beds, and 7 surgery dolls.
    • To Christ House, we sent 20 knit caps for residents.
    • We made 25 pillowcases for hospital patients at Children’s Hospital in Richmond.
    • Chris Moore and our volunteers have prepared 50 dresses for needy girls in Honduras, another brainchild of the young women at The Leadership Center.

Thanks to one and all for putting your hands to work so that others might be blessed! For more information on Crafts, contact Molly Sprouse.

Graduate Sunday: June 2

This prayer is an ancient Irish prayer modified to bless our graduates.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You 

As you graduate, may the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and during your journey,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.

Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Soloists Emily Casey, Philip Keirstead, Catherine Wethington, Nadine Wethington, and Joey Wilson will be joined by the Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers, all accompanied by Music Director Jerry Rich. The theme is “Small Blue Marble”, a nickname for our planet Earth after it was first photographed from space in 1972; musical selections from six continents will include Tan Dun’s Staccato Beans, a trio from Verdi’s Il Corsaro, A Whole New World from Aladdin, This Is My Father’s World, You Are the New Day, Croisez’s Three Tyrolians for piano trio, Phil the Fluter’s Ball, Vaughan Williams’ The Vagabond from Songs of Travel, Largo from Dvořak’s New World Symphony, Remember Me from Coco, Grainger’s Country Gardens, Ah! Non Giunge from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Narverud’s Sisi Ni Moja. Admission is free.