April 2018 at a Glance

April 1 Easter Sunday

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Worship at 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
April 7 Movie Night
5—9 p.m.
Hosted by the Lovings.

RSVP Jamie.loving@verizon.net

April 9 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.
April 10 Book Chat
6:30 p.m.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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April 14 Celebration of the Life of Doug Swanson, 11 a.m.
April 15 Town Hall Meeting

After worship services

Learn about our NLI progress and what’s next.
April 23 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.

Kum Ba Yah

By Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Although the origins of this popular call for peace (see #494 in our Hymnal) are unclear, recent research confirms that Kum Ba Yah was probably first sung by members of the Gullah-Geechee community, whose ancestors from West Africa resettled on Georgia’s Sea Islands and along the 1,200-mile coastal corridor between North Carolina’s Pender County and Florida’s St. Johns County. Singers on the earliest known recording (deposited with the Library of Congress in 1926) were actually singing “Come By Here,” but the Gullah’s Creole accent made it sound to many like “kum ba yah.” After folk singers Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul, & Mary recorded it during the 1960’s Folk Revival and sang it in Civil Rights rallies, it also became standard sing-along fare for Scouting jamborees and summer campfires. In the 1990’s it became fashionable to cynically dismiss attempts to bring people together as “kum ba yah moments,” but now that this noble melody has been selected as the state of Georgia’s official “State Historical Song,” perhaps Kum Ba Yah’s star is once more on the ascent.

 

April Brings Joyous Song

by Catherine Wethington, Director of Children’s & Youth Choirs

This April our Trinity Trebles will present the classic hymn All things Bright and Beautiful by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander. The hymn, first published in 1848, is now in 244 hymnals and still brings great joy to those who sing it. The text comes from Genesis 1:31 – “and God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Mrs. Alexander wrote many sacred poems and hymns, mostly for children. This particular piece focuses on the beauty of the creation. The Trinity Trebles favorite line is definitely the ‘purple headed mountains’! Don’t miss their music offering on April 8 during the 10:30 worship service.

Meanwhile, the youth will begin working on a new praise song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), written and performed by Grammy Award winners Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin. It was released in 2012 and spent 16 weeks as the #1 song on Christian Radio. The chorus is as follows:

Bless the Lord, o my soul, o my soul.

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, o my soul.

I’ll worship Your holy name.

If you’ve been thinking about participating in the Youth Choir but haven’t given it a try, this is a great time to join us! We are looking for more than singers; do you play guitar or drum set? Or are you an incredible triangle or tambourine player? There is no prerequisite for this group. I encourage all of our youth (7th-12th grade) to give us a try. We meet on Sundays after the 10:30 worship service for 30 minutes.

Blessings,

Catherine

Ask Duke: The Love of Easter

Duke Rose, Trinity Church mascot

Hi to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your buddy Duke Dog. Welcome to spring. The tulips in my family’s yard are starting to pop up. Do you know my favorite part of spring? It’s the warmer weather and more chances to play outside. I love to fetch!

Can you believe it’s already April? The first day of this month is a very important day to all of us Christians. It’s Easter. The date of Easter changes each year and this year it falls on April 1. This is such a HUGE day for Christians because it is the day we remember what happened in a tomb more than 2,000 years ago.

After Jesus died, his friends placed his body in a tomb. (A tomb is like a special cave where a body can be placed after a person dies.) Soldiers put a big rock in front of the tomb to make sure nobody could move Jesus’ body. But, even a huge and heavy rock couldn’t hold back God’s power. On the third day after Jesus died, Jesus’ friends found that the tomb was empty. Jesus was more powerful than any soldier, rock or even death!

Easter proves God’s great love for us. It’s up to us to live out that love. This is a lot of responsibility! God wants us to be kind and loving to our families, friends, teachers, and even our pets. Sometimes it can be hard to remember to be kind all the time; Jesus lived his life as an example of how to treat everyone with care and respect. We can read about his life in the Bible.

We celebrate Easter once a year, but we can carry out the love of Easter every single day. It’s fun to hunt for Easter eggs, dress up in fancy clothes for church and get special candy treats. But, the real message of Easter is about the awesome love that Jesus showed us—a love too big for that tomb, and a love that’s just the right size to fit in our hearts.

Do you have a question for me? Send it to me at bit.ly/AskDuke.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Duke

Book Chat: April 2018

Trinity’s book club will meet Tuesday, April 10, to discuss Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, a stylish novel about a young woman in post-Depression-era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society. On May 10 we’ll dive into Madame Bovary, the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, about a character who lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. It caused quite a stir when it was published in 1856, but it’s now considered to be Flaubert’s masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history. For more information about Book Chat, contact Kathy Maher.

Holy Week, Easter and Other Happenings

March 5 Crafts for a Cause
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about meetings and projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nj
March 7 Easter flower orders due Get the form in the pews or at bit.ly/TUMCEasterFlowers
March 11 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
March 13 Book Chat

7 p.m.

Learn about March & April readings: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nh
March 19 Crafts for a Cause

7—8:30 p.m.

See March 5 listing above.
March 24 For more details, visit https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-nl
March 25 Palm Sunday
March 29 Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:30 p.m.
March 30 Good Friday Worship at 7:30 p.m.
April 1 Easter Sunday Worship at 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Understanding Jesus and Politics

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Religion should stay out of politics. Do you[r] job and preach what is important. The Lord our savior. Don’t get the two confused.”

That was a comment left on my Facebook page. The man (not a church member) was clearly unhappy with my posting. I was thanking Bishop Bruce Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Ough was denouncing President Trump’s alleged expletive-filled comments about immigrants. Ough said he found the comments “not only offensive and harmful, they are racist.”

Honestly, I’m not sure if the man who posted those words was aiming his remarks at the Bishop or me, and it doesn’t really matter. The fact is that there seems to be a lot of confusion about the role of religion in relation to politics. If any Christian thinks Jesus was non-political, well then, that person is missing the point of a lot of Jesus’ teachings.

“Religion should stay out of politics.”

How many times have we heard Jesus speak of the kingdom? That’s a political statement. His goal was to show the kingdom of God was in direct contrast to the kingdom of the political elite. “My kingdom is not from this world … my kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).

As we work our way through this Lenten season, we look toward Easter Sunday and the joyful message of a resurrected Lord. But we must get through the ugliness of Good Friday to get there. The execution that ended the life of Jesus of Nazareth was political. People who posed a threat to Roman authority would find themselves nailed to a cross. Jesus’ execution was a political statement by leaders who hoped it would put an end to this movement. As we sit here two thousand years later, I am grateful for the brave followers of The Way of Christ. The violent end to his earthly life would not stop his message of salvation, love and social justice.

“Do you[r] job and preach what is important. The Lord our savior.”

This is actually a great reminder to me. Preach what is important, and that is indeed the peaceful teachings of the Lord our Savior.