We invite you to experience Lent at Trinity with a variety of offerings. We invite you to figure out faith with Peter through worship and a devotional focused on the book “The Wandering Heart,” or try a different Earth care devotional calendar. We have interesting mid week and Sunday school education offerings and even the opportunity to learn how to play the handbells during Lent! Keep reading for all of the details!
 

Worship

Sundays:

During Lent, the sermon and music will be guided by “The Wandering Heart- Figuring out Faith with Peter.” Like many of us, Peter has a wandering heart. In Peter, we see a person who is both steadfast and unsteady, a dear friend and a betrayer, a follower and a wanderer. In Peter, we often see ourselves. By following Peter’s journey, we watch the story of Jesus unfold through the eyes of a very normal human trying to figure it all out—just like us. As we are studying Peter’s faith journey, we will also focus on the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” It’s as if Peter himself wrote this song. His journey is not polished, or linear, or perfect, but he is always tethered to the love of God. 

 

Devotionals

We invite you to use the following devotionals (please let the office know if you would like a copy printed for you.)

  • The Wandering HeartFiguring out Faith with Peter. This devotional has passages and places for reflection. This Lent, we will look for ourselves in the steppingstones of Peter’s story. We will reflect on the stages of our own faith journeys as well as who and what has shaped us along the way. Please get your copy in the office or the enews.
  • Tread Lightly With Lent: From the Presbyterian Hunger Program this activity calendar focuses on sustainable choices to restore and protect all of God’s children and creation. Hopefully this will be the beginning of actions intended to create more mindful behaviors throughout the year. (Click on the title for the link.)

 

Wednesday Lent Book Study

  • Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
Guided by the book “Pause” by Elizabeth F. Caldwell, you are invited to pause with the words of the Psalms and take up a spiritual practice for the week to help create an interruption in the rhythms of our daily life. We will start with a shortened gathering after the Ash Wednesday service (February 14th) and then meet on the subsequent Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm Let Ben know that you would like to be part of the group ben@trinityarlington.org
 

 

Sunday Classes

  • Lenten Class starts on February 18th

Guided by the book “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine, we will delve in the history and literature surrounding the last days of Jesus’ life. Led by Ben Stewart in the Lewis Room.

  • Being Christian in India Today (Feb. 25th, March 3rd & 17th)

Rev. Allen Dayal, who is a seminary intern at Trinity this year, will talk about his experiences in India as a Christian and a pastor. Rev. Dayal is a parish pastor for the Lutheran Church in Pippara, Andhra Pradesh, India. He is currently getting his masters in Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. His passion for ministry became stronger throughout his youth as he grew up watching his father devotedly working in the church. During this three-week class you will hear about his experiences pastoring in a Dalit community in India and the Vacation Bible School he organized there this past summer with the help of Trinity and National Capital Presbytery. 

  • A Standing Video Series for a Longstanding Prayer starting on February 11th

For over two years, Trinity’s weekly bulletin has included this heartfelt concern among Our Thoughts and Prayers:

We remember the recent victims of gun violence. We pray to know ways to bring peace to the grieving, and the troubled, and the communities traumatized by violence and death.

The PCUSA shares our concern, and through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, has developed a thoughtful and informative series of videos exploring varied aspects of the phenomenon of gun violence in the US. The video series, entitled “Standing Our Holy Ground: A comprehensive look at gun violence and what the faith community can do about it”, builds upon the foundation of the PCUSA’s gun violence policies and upon a prayerfully-developed set of core understandings.

Please feel free to drop by the Atwood Room during the education hour any Sunday from now through May to join in watching thirty minutes of a video, followed by reaction, discussion, and brainstorming.
 
  • Mediation Group
 
The meditation group will continue meeting in the Meditation Room on the second level through the spring. The meeting time is 10:10am -11:00 am
We will be learning more about Meditation philosophy and practice. We will do meditation together for a total of  30 minutes, not all in one session, at each meeting. We will be in silence,  listen to an audio guided meditation, or have quiet music for our meditation time.
We share together about what we are  learning.
Everyone is welcome for one meeting or every one. If you are looking for a small group connection at Trinity but don’t like to talk or listen to others talk all the time, this may be your group! For talkers & non-talkers, it is sometimes a surprise what the silence may bring, including a deepening spiritual connection with God and others in the group.
Please join us!

 

Music

Handbells for Lent

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a small group of people who ring chimes or bells? Well, now you have an opportunity to find out! For all those in 3rd grade through age 100 (this is inter-generational), try something new during Lent,. Instead of giving something up, take on a learning opportunity. There are no requirements to read music or know anything about music. Music will be color coded and I will teach rhythm/note values.

We will meet five Wednesdays from 6-6:45 p.m. (February 21, February 28, March 6, March 13, March 20.) Please contact Carol if you plan to come so that she can have music prepared. music@trinityarlington.org

 

Mission
 
Palm Sunday Care Bags

During Lent we will be collecting items to be put into bags for residents at the Cherrydale Nursing Home for Easter. On Palm Sunday the Children’s Sunday school classes will put the items into bags that they have decorated throughout Lent. We will filling 200 bags, so please bring in the following requested the following new items:

  • socks (diabetic socks are also needed),
  • lip balm
  • comb
  • brush
  • pocket hand sanitizer
  • pocket sized lotion

You are welcome to buy in bulk but please only donate the listed items as other items are not approved by Cherrydale. Please bring your items to the Narthex bins Feb 18th through March 17th.

 

Holy Week

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and a special hands on mission Sunday school project. We will have a prayer walk in the Narthex, in addition to Good Friday Worship at 7:30 p.m. On Easter we will have a wonderful Easter brunch, sunrise service at 7a.m., egg at 10:15 a.m. and worship at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Details to follow!