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January 14: God Incarnate Audio

Text: Holy Fire (1) God Incarnate
The Christian doctrine of “incarnation” says that God took on a human body in Jesus Christ, affirming the goodness of human flesh. Likewise, human sexuality was created by God and has positive worth. We’ll explore the mixed legacy of Christian attitudes toward sex and procreation, and consider what the “holy fire” of sexuality has to do with our life in God.

January 21 The Fall & Sin
Text: Holy Fire (2) Fall and Sin

The Christian doctrine of “the fall” or “original Sin” says that sin entered the world and all creation is wounded by evil. Perhaps this brokenness is no-where more evident than in the realm of human sexuality—so easily it falls short of what God intends. We’ll explore the way sex can both exacerbate and heal our alienation from God and others, and notice God’s first act of grace in covering our shame.

January 28 Grace and Forgiveness – Audio
Text: Holy Fire (3) Grace and Forgiveness

The Christian doctrine of “salvation by grace” is the beating heart of Methodism. Grace is relational and flows between God and people, brother and sister, husband and wife. Our sex-lives or single-lives are arenas where we can experience the grace of God and be transformed. Why then have our sex-lives or single-lives become the arena of so much Christian stone-throwing? This message will focus on the way God’s grace woos us, justifies us, and sanctifies us through holy intimacy.

February 4 Divine Covenant Love
Text: Holy Fire 4 Divine Covenant Love

Is there such a thing as a “biblical view of marriage?” King David might not be our best role model. There is certainly a biblical doctrine of “God’s covenant love” which is conveyed in marital imagery. We’ll survey the biblical practices of marriage and celibacy and ask how our contemporary expressions of these practices can reflect God’s covenant love. In this light, we’ll propose an ethical system for determining when sex is a faithful option for Christians.

February 11 Identity in Christ

Christians believe that our primary identity is in Christ, through baptism. How does this identity relate to our sexual or gender identity? We’ll discuss the patriarchal milieu in which Scripture was written and the church’s current struggle to understand homosexuality. We’ll consider the story of Philip the Ethiopian Eunuch and consider what it might say about the place of sexual minorities in the church.


Me Too: A Sermon on Sexual Assault

Me Too: The Power of God Matthew 25: 31-46 Rev. Bonnie Scott The sermon audio is available here under the title “Power of God” The sermon this morning is largely about sexual assault. This is a very hard topic because it has affected so many of our lives. The sermon is not at all graphic,…

Invitations of Advent

Advent invites us to wait. To be silent. Still. To welcome longing and grief. To play the unfinished symphony. To hold our desire for what is, what will be, what may never be this side of heaven. In the silence of the heart, God speaks. Advent Worship Sundays in December at 10am Making space for…

Learn to take control of your money

Join the money class that will change your life. The class begins on January 9, 2018 and consists of nine weekly sessions through April 6, 2018. Topics include, cash flow planning, dumping debt, the role of insurance, retirement and college planning and more. Learn to take control of your money, one step at a time.…

Trunk Or Treat Oct 29, 2017

Trunk or Treat! A Community Event. All are welcome! Sunday, October 29, 4-5:30pm. Rain or Shine! Dress in costume and go trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk. Bring a food donation for Germantown HELP! Service of the Martyrs – 5:30pm.  This spooky 30-minute service is hosted by our youth and tells the story of the Christian…

Serve at the Mo. Co. Fair – Chicken Booth

Thank you for your interest in serving with Trinity’s food booth at the Montgomery County Fair, August 11- August 19, 2017 You can sign up for a shift here or by calling the church office – 301-540-4300 Your confirmation email will include information about your days at the fair. Fair Proceeds Benefit: Mission Tithe – Institute…

A (Summer) Reading List

By popular demand, here are just a few Pastor Bonnie’s favorites. Books I’m Currently Reading/Meaning to Read Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Falling Upwards – Richard Rohr Way of Love – Norman Wirzba   Bible, Theology, Spiritual Favorites Getting Involved with God – Ellen Davis New Seeds of Contemplation – Thomas…

Register for Vacation Bible School

July 9-13th at Trinity UMC Germantown Age 2– Parent and Me program 6pm-7pm (free) Ages 3-(going into)5th grade: 6pm dinner, 6:30-8:30pm Bible School ($20/child) Youth Volunteers 6th-12th: 5:45pm dinner; 6-8:30pm volunteer ($15/youth) Register Below– Please fill out a separate registration form for each child or youth Children Youth

Eat Dinner to Support Trinity

You can support Trinity just by eating dinner. Trinity United Methodist Church will receive 15 percent of the proceeds from subs purchased at Jersey Mikes in the Kentland’s or Milestone shopping center on two Tuesdays in April: the 11th and 25th. Save the relevant flyer to your phone or take a paper copy with you.…