Marks of Discipleship: Worship Weekly

My car needs an oil change every 5,000 miles. How easy is that? Every four months or so, I head to Jiffy Lube, present my coupon, read my book, get oiled up, and move on. They give me a sticker telling me when the next 5,000 miles will come up. My car is programed for me to know when the next 5,000 is coming up. Currently, my car is 6,000 from my last oil lube. Really, what is wrong with me? Don’t I know I am hurting my car? Don’t I know my car won’t last long if I keep it up? After all, it is so easy to do the 5,000-oil lube.

Regular worship gets away from us. We are sick one week. We take a weekend trip the next week and the pattern of weekly worship is shot. Then we start to think about why we go anyway? What do we get out of it and it is so much trouble?
We go to worship God at church because it is good for us. It is good as disciples of Jesus to check in once a week. We want to follow him. We believe in his good news. We believe in what Jesus is saying and believe it is good for us and good for others when we come together to share our faith. We all benefit. We all are lifted up.

Just like my car, I know without that regular oil lube, I will falter. I know that my long term spiritual health will be in jeopardy. By spiritual heath, I don’t mean some abstract unmeasurable religious target, I mean how we perceive ourselves as good people and how we view ourselves in relationship to a creator and redeemer. Our attitudes and our graciousness and how we love are all shaped by our spiritual care—our nurtured relationship with God. For a follower of Jesus Christ, worship is good in so many ways, but mostly it keeps us close to functioning properly with our brother and sisters and our God. 

Hope to see you Sunday, I talked myself into it, I am off to Jiffy Lube now.

Pastor Gerry

Being A Christian: Marks of Discipleship

I think I am a good driver (Sandy would have something to say about that.) One time recently, I was at a red light, waiting patiently and the light turned green. I hesitated in getting going through the intersection and someone zoomed through their red light. I felt lucky that we didn’t crash. I prayed for the person. But then I thought about it and decided that I should take note of my own driving habits and make some changes to be safer. Don’t we all do that? We see an accident and we drive slower and more cautious for a while. Then we get lax again and we need another reminder about safety and our driving habits.

I think I am a good follower of Jesus Christ. What does that mean exactly? Am I a holy roller so other people know I am Christian or am I genuine in my heart as a person that loves as God wants us to love-others and Him? Just like driving, we get lax about our relationship with God. We forget to pray, we forget to read the bible. We forget to be regular at worship. We forget the giving and service and most important, building each other up in faith. We forget or simply get lax. We all may need a reminder of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is not just living our normal life. It is not like being a Washington Sports fan, just cheering Jesus on. It is something in our hearts. It is the way we chose to live. And unfortunately, our society does everything it can to make us feel bad about being followers of Jesus. They crowd out our time with God on Sunday mornings and out of our life. So, we need to be vigilant with our relationship with God. We need to keep the flames of faith going.

In the next couple of weeks, we are going to discuss the things that disciples do-the marks of being a disciple. There are to pray daily, worship weekly, read the bible, serve at or beyond Holy Trinity, be in a spiritual relationship, and give of our time, talents, and resources. We hope these weeks will be a welcome reminder of how we want to relate to our God.

Pastor Gerry


Holy Trinity’s Women of the ELCA will meet at the church at 10:00AM on Tuesday, September 12 to work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Bring your lunch and join us. No sewing skills required.

Music Program News

“Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

–Martin Luther

The treasure of music is something that lasts a lifetime. Time and again I have observed within the church or working in nursing homes, that music sticks with us. It becomes part of who we are. In the words of Helen Kemp, an icon is church music, stating in one of her warm-ups: “Body, mind, spirit, voice; It takes a whole person to sing and rejoice.” Perhaps this is why the words of hymns, often taken directly from scripture, stay with us long after many other capabilities have gone.

We invite you, all of you, to come and join us in singing and rejoicing! We have choirs for ages Kindergarten through adult. What you sing-will stick with you, and you will have a lot of fun!

Children’s Choir – Grades K-5: Starts September 20th and meets every Wednesday from 6:15-7:00 PM as part of Wednesday Night, LIVE!

Youth Singers – Grades 6-12: Starts September 20th and meets every Wednesday from 7:15-7:45 PM as part of Wednesday Night, LIVE!

Chime Choir – Grades 6 through adult: Starts September 20th and meets every Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 PM as part of Wednesday Night, LIVE! (No experience necessary!)

Chancel Choir – adults and interested high school singers: Starts September 6th and meets every Wednesday evening from 7:15-8:30 PM as part of Wednesday Night, LIVE!  You are most welcome in the Chancel Choir any and all Sundays and holidays in the coming year. If you can’t make mid-week practice, we can work something out. We have great music lined up for 2017-2018, including for a November Hymn Festival Sunday service. Sing every week, or just on occasion, as you can. Soloists welcome! If you have some special musical offering, and/or would like to involve friends, school- or work-mates in some Sunday music, please contact us. Thanks in advance, for your talent and good will.

Nancy Fox & Marcia Merry 


Gods Work. Our Hands.

…the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…
Today is God’s Work, Our Hand’s Sunday. It is also Rally day for our Sunday School Program. It will be an exciting day as we re-orientate to the fall schedule and we have the special programs of community work and mission. God’s Work Our Hands is a program by the ELCA that encourages congregations to connect with the communities in service and mission. It is a Sunday to go out beyond our walls and engage the people around us. We will have eight different projects people can participate in from preparing food and Blessing Bags, to landscaping, singing, hospital supplies, and advocacy of NO HATE HERE. We ask everyone, young and old alike, to join in the fun and come back and share a lunch and tell your stories.
Today is also the start of Sunday School. When we went to one service in the spring, our Sunday School was no longer sandwiched between two services at a guaranteed time. Because of that, it lost some of its participation. This Fall we will start Sunday School at 11:00am with a class bell. We will announce what is happening in every class and where they will meet in the Weekly Post. We will have two adult options, an adult forum and a bible study. We value the time that everyone has to learn and share our faith at church during Sunday School.
Today, join in the spirit of the excitement of the day and enjoy being part of the church, reaching out in service, and sharing our story at Sunday School and at lunch. Welcome back to the Fall Season!
Pastor Gerry
The Gospel Reading: John 14:8-14
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

Free Pizzas to Help Little Blessings

Get FREE PIZZAS and help Little Blessings raise money!
For every large pizza you buy at regular menu price, you get 1 free!
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE-
Buy 5, Get 5 FREE and so on!
Valid for carryout at participating locations in DC, Maryland, & Virginia
The card is $15
Unlimited use through SEPTEMBER 2018!
Cards will be available for purchase after services on September 3, 10 & 17 and  in the preschool office from 9:00-12:00 Monday-Friday.

Join us in Fellowship

Join us in Fellowship!
You are invited to join us for an information session for all who are interested in our Fellowship Team Sunday September 3 after Worship.
All are welcome!
We will hold a second opportunity to learn about the Fellowship Team on Thursday September 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
For more information, contact Kerry Benton atkwbenton1@gmail.

God’s Will, Our Will!

When I went to Gettysburg Seminary, I traveled up route 15 three times a week. As a regular traveler, I knew that if I was at Battlefield Parkway and there was a truck ahead of me, I would be trapped behind that truck for the next 20 miles. Ugh! It would cost me 12 minutes. So, because I was late one class due to a slow truck up route 15, and the professor didn’t care that I traveled for an hour and a half or walked across campus, I added 15 minutes to my commute time.
I think that we always believe we are going in the direction God wants us to go. Maybe we are, but sometimes we are a big bulky truck in the fast lane of God’s will. We need the wisdom to know when we are in the way and to allow the cars to pass; we need to allow God to do his work at his pace, not ours.
That is what the Gospel is about. Peter is trying to stifle what Jesus knows he needs to do. Of course, Peter was only being protective of Jesus, but the end result was he was blocking Jesus’ way. Today we talk about God’s will and our will.  We need to understand that there is really a difference, and like we pray in the Lord’s Prayer, we really want what God wants to have happen.
Pastor Gerry
The Gospel Reading:  Matthew 16:21-28
From that time on, [after Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah,] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Sunday School Helpers

Running a successful Christian Education program requires the help of many people – it truly takes a village, or in this case, a congregation! We have all sorts of volunteer opportunities available in Christian Education, with varying time commitments. Please consider being a Christian Education Volunteer. Look through the list below, determine those areas where you feel you could share your gifts, then contact the Christian Education office to Pitch In!

Thank you for your consideration and assistance with our Christian Ed Program!

_____ At Home Craft Prep

_____ Elementary Sunday School Christmas Program Helper – Sundays during month of December

_____ Provide food for special events

_____ Snack server – assists in serving snacks to K-8 classes during Sunday School.

_____ High School Youth Support

_____ Middle School Confirmation Mentor (assists with weekly confirmation classes)

_____ Reformation Faire – Center Leader or Assistant

_____ Communion Instruction – bread maker assistant, craft assistant

_____ Communion Recognition Sunday

_____ Holy Week Happening – Center Leader or Assistant

_____ Bible Baseball Concessions – Make/Serve Hot Dogs and Popcorn!

_____ Sunday School Teacher

Revitalizing Youth Ministry

Revitalizing our Youth Ministry

The leaders of Holy Trinity Senior High Youth Ministry are excited to revitalize our programs and support for our students in High School. We look forward to develop activities, retreats, and yes, a schedule of Summer mission trip programs. In the Summer of 2018, the ELCA will host the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston Texas. We are excited to present this possibility and numerous means to fund-raise and engage this important faith development trip. Toward this end, we will have a Youth Pizza Party for rising eighth graders to Seniors on August 23, 2017 at 5:00 to talk about what we all can do together for youth ministry at Holy Trinity. We already have things on the docket, like the retreat in November. So, we have the support, the excitement, and the resources. All we need is you. So, come on out and re-connect with the other students and share the fun of our 2017-18 Youth Ministry.

And the ELCA Youth Gathering Houston, Texas

Can you say Houston? Put some golf balls in your mouth and as low as you can slur it out! Do you know who Houston is named after? Can you name the Houston baseball team, football team, basketball team, and the women’s soccer team? Houston is a grand city; it is a big City. It features Texas barbeque and Yee Haa Rodeos. This is the city of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. The Gathering is an incredible adventure with fun, new experiences, faith filled events, extravaganzas, and a state of the art professional nightly presentation of popular key note faith filled speakers. It is quite a once in a lifetime experience. We would like to have every youth that is eligible to go be able to go and we will work hard to minimize the expense of the trip to the families and youth. So, come on August 20, 2017 for Pizza and learn all about it! Be “all in!”