Crossroads are moments of decision. They can be very significant. They can be life altering. Different roads lead different ways. We must choose our way. Lent also is just such a time. This holy forty day season of reflection and repentance demands decision. Different roads lead different ways. Lent at Trinity this year proclaims of this truth.
CrossRoads: Encounters with Jesus is our Lenten theme. CrossRoads reminds us that there are choices we make, roads we choose in this journey we call life. Yet it is bold to declare that our way is the way of the cross, literally the Cross Road.
Join us as each week we hear of encounters with Jesus. In the stories of others we find our own story, we find our own way.
- March 5 1st week of Lent Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus and Satan
- March 12 2nd week of Lent John 3:1-17 Jesus and Nicodemus
- March 19 3rd week of Lent John 4:5-42 Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
- March 26 4th week of Lent John 9:1-41 Jesus and the Blind Man
- April 2 5th week of Lent John 11:1-45 Jesus, Lazarus, Mary and Martha
- April 9 6th week of Lent Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus and Jerusalem
On Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) February 28 starting at 5:30 PM , we’re hosting a Pancake Supper in
Trinity Hall! That’s not all!!! The celebration will include games for kids, New Orleans music, and a baked good auction to benefit Haiti missions.
Throughout the evening, we’ll also share in the long-lost church tradition of the Feast of Fools: silly songs, skits, and stories from your own sisters and brothers here at Trinity UMC. Get your fix of sugar and silliness before the solemn fasts of Lent begin!
Ash Wednesday – March 1
“By the sweat of your face you shall eat your bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Gen. 3:19
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. We take on the ashes made from the burnt palm fronds from last Palm Sunday to confess our own mortality and our need of Christ.
Ash Wednesday services: Noon and 6:45 PM
New: For those who cannot receive ashes until the end of the day or who cannot be present at a service:
Ashes, Blessing and Coffee: 7:00-8:00 AM
Forest Ave. Steps Drive up, receive the imposition of ashes and a blessing from Pastor Larry and Pastor Drew, and a cup of coffee to go. This is an opportunity to silently offer a witness to your faith all day long Ash Wednesday. You won’t even have to get out of your car!
Wednesday Night Encounters
Throughout Lent, following the Wednesday Fellowship Night dinners, join us for a new experience of worship and fresh Encounters with our living Lord. We’ll use blues music, bold questions, heartfelt conversations, and holy communion to wrestle with the life-changing decisions at the core of this season.
Lenten Encounters for all ages, Wednesdays in Trinity Hall, 6:20-7:00 PM
Lenten Easter Mission Offering
Gardeners, farmers, and any people of faith know this about winter: no matter how long the dark nights or how frozen the earth, it’s never the end of the story.
Our faith story began in a garden in Genesis. It reached a breaking point in the garden of Gethsemane. It found new life in the garden of Easter resurrection. And it will conclude in the middle of the city, in a garden where the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Though the 2017 Lenten Easter Mission Offering begins in winter, we know that we are planting seeds of resurrection for the seasons to come. Through your generosity, last year’s Mission Offering brought $34,000 to be planted in mission efforts from Forest Avenue to Africa, from Henrico to Haiti and Honduras, from Richmond to Eurasia. Thank you, and thanks be to God!
We celebrate the opportunity to give again through the 2017 Lenten Easter Mission Offering. In a wintry world, may our generosity be a source of faith and healing for the nations!
Studies & Devotionals
Lenten Bible Study: Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sunday, April 2
7 – 8:30 PM
Led by Milt Burton
Register with Judy Oguich by Wednesday, March 1
Moving Toward the Cross, Reflections on the writings of Frederick Buechner
On March 5 N3 through 5th grade kids will receive Lenten Devotions through Sunday School. N3 & N4 will receive the “Count-up-to-Easter Activity Card” with stickers.
Kindergarten and 1st grade will receive “ASK, SEEK, FIND” booklet with 40 Devotions.
2nd through 5th grade will receive “Look to the Lord” a 3D journey through Lent.
Extra copies will be available in the Welcome Center. If you have questions, please contact Leila Denton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer
Trinity will once again host the Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer for the Virginia Conference.
Bishop Sharma Lewis will host a Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Trinity. The Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, will be the plenary speaker for the convocation.
Workshops on a variety of topics are being offered as part of the convocation.
(No Wednesday Night dinner April 12)
Maundy Thursday Service: Trinity sanctuary, Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet. “If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do.” (excerpts from John 13)
Take your place among Jesus’ disciples on the night he was betrayed. First share in holy communion, and then experience footwashing as a new gift of humble servanthood.
If you’ve decided this Lent to follow Jesus in a life of self-giving, let this powerfully moving service be a place of new beginnings.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service: April 14, 7:30 p.m.
This simple but profound service of remembrance uses music, readings and increasing darkness to strip away all pretense and to encounter the Passion of Christ
Easter Sunday, April 16
- 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service – new this year –When they landed on the beach, they saw a fire there, with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (excerpts from John 21)Come to the sunrise party on the beach–or in this case, the front steps of Trinity! Warm up by the fire, grab a piece of freshly grilled fish, and sing classic Easter hymns accompanied by some rocking guitar and harmonica. This year, join a sunrise resurrection celebration like you’ve never seen!
- 8:00 a.m. Traditional Celebration of the Resurrection: Choir, organ, brass, Holy Communion
- 9:30 a.m. Modern Celebration of the Resurrection: Praise Band, Holy Communion
- 11:00 a.m. Traditional Celebration of the Resurrection: Choir, organ, brass, Holy Communion
- Noon Easter Egg Hunt for all children Preschool –Grade 5 – new this year –
- Bring fresh cut flowers on Easter morning to decorate the cross!