Trinity Talks

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent Pastor Judith explores how Mary and Joseph dealt with their family problems of the time.  Her words remind us that God is with us always, he is not waiting for a better version of us, but is here right now.  Scriptures:  Colossians 1:15-23;  Ephesians 1:3-4, 8-10;   Matthew 1:18-25

Direct download: 20191222_JFE_Jesus_the_Compassion_of_God.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

Pastor Judith explores the third Sunday of Advent and the joy that can be found even after indescribable loss, such as the Chernobyl accident.  She encourages us to be ready for little glimpses of joy that is on the horizon.  The  scriptures are Isaiah 35:1-10; Joel 2:21-27; James 5:7-10;  and Luke 1:47-55.  


Direct download: 20191215_JFE_Joy_to_the_World.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

On the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Judith explores Advent and the time of holy longing, when we look at improbable dreams, like the lion and the lamb, and wonder if they might one day come ture.  The lectionary readings are: of Isaiah 11:1-10;  Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 ;  Genesis 1:26-30 ; Matthew 3:1-12.  

Direct download: 20191208_JFE_Gods_Dream_of_Creation.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

Paul Mannes and Ben have a look at Matthew 1-2 and see if there is more going on than just a nice story about Jesus' birth.

Direct download: Matthew_12_with_Paul_Mannes.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Courtney, Mike, Stuart, and Ben pick their top Christmas movies. Do you agree?  

Head to the Trinity website and vote for the list you think is best.  Share your list on our facebook page @trinitypresbyterianarlington

Direct download: staffpickschristmasmovies.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EST

Pastor Judith welcomes in the Advent season with the scriptures from Isaiah 2:1-5; Genesis 1:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; John 1:1-18.  Judith talks about the hope for Advent and about being the light during the Advent season.

Direct download: 20191201_JFE_Light_of_the_World.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

The Racial Justice Group led the worship service this Sunday. The scriptures wer Isaiah 58:6-12; Revelation 21:1-7; Luke 10:25-7.  The sermon was given through three personal though provoking perspectives of Mary McClelland (growing up with segregation), Magda Rolfes (how we can do better to fight racism) , and Merrit Gillard (white supremacy's subtle permutations). 

Direct download: 20191124_Racial_Justice_Group_Loving_Our_Neighbor.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Ever wonder where the line is between normal anxiety and anxiety that’s a problem? Dan Campbell LCSW and Rich Long, Ed.D., Trinity Mental Health Wellness Team members, talk about anxiety – especially how it touches adults and parents -for a 40-minute podcast.   They answer questions raised after the screening of the documentary, “Angst,” including ideas on how to cope with anxiety and when to seek assistance.  This is one in a series on the topic but is “free-standing” as one may listen in any order.  

Direct download: mental_health_-_angst_2_-_11_25_19.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

On Commitment Sunday, Pastor Judith talks about tithing, living the Jesus way of life and building your life on a strong foundation.  

Direct download: 20191117_JFE_Gratitude_and_a_Theology_of_Abundance.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 10:24am EST

Pastor Judith preaches on Sirach 11:14, Luke 12:13-21, Matthew 6:19-21.  She addresses 6 possible reasons why God called the landowner's response with the bumper crop "foolish."  What do we do with the gifts God gave us? 

Direct download: 20191110_JFE_Gratitude_and_Trust.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Pastor Judith and Ben sit down and talk about reading the Bible and how she doesn't get bored preaching even after all these years.

Direct download: Trinity_Talks_-_Why_Judith_doesnt_get_bored_preaching..m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Pastor Judith preaches on two apocryphal readings: 2 Esdras 6:42-44; Sirach 11:1-6; and New Testament Readings: Ephesian 1:17-23; and Matthew 6:25-34.  She talks about how do we live out the kingdom of God while bombarded with messages that provoke our anxiety?  Note: The podcast concludes with a surprise postlude that was not even listed in the bulletin but had joyfully clapping.

Direct download: 20191103_JF_Gratitude_and_Humility.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

Ben, Stuart, Mike and Courtney come up with their list of the best Halloween Candy.  

Direct download: staff_picks_-_halloween_candy_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

On an appropriately rainy Sunday, Pastor Judith preached on Psalm 65; Sirach 42:15, 43:13-22; and Matthew 5:45.  Judith invited us to be defined by gratitude as God places wonder in our paths daily.

Direct download: 20191027_JFE_Gratitude_and_Wonder.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

Guest preacher, The Rev. Dr. Beth Ford Friend, speaks on Jeremiah 31:27-34, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, and Luke 18:1-8.  She talks about how we are transformed through prayer in ways we may not even realize and encourages us to keep praying.  "Who understands faithful action and persistence better than God?"

Direct download: 20191020_Beth_Ford_Friend_Transforming_Prayer.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Pastor Judith preaches on Psalm 66:1-12 and the Apocryphal reading: Sirach 42:15-23.  She explores the world's biggest and unique creatures inspired by  text from Sirach 42:17, "..The Lord has not empowered even his holy ones to recount all his marvelous works."   God is at work in the processes of life and new life, death and rebirth. 

Direct download: 20191013_JFE_A_Spacious_Place_The_Mystery_of_Creation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Stuart, Mike, Courtney and Ben put forward their top three worship moments at Trinity.  Do you agree? Remember to vote for the list you like the most or let us know you own selection.

Direct download: staff_picks_-_episode_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EST

Pastor Judith and Ben sit down to talk about the new theme "a year with creation".  They talk about the book of Sirach and the Irish Mystics.  

Pastor Judith also mentions her website



Direct download: trinity_talks_a_year_with_creation.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Pastor Judith preaches on Sirach 42:15, 43:23-33 and Ephesian 4:1-6 and explores how God is high and holy but also near.  She cites Mary Oliver's quote "Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell About it." to encourage us to be aware of the world around us.  

Direct download: 2019106_JFE_God_is_the_All.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

In preparation for the screening of the movie, “Angst” to youth and parents on October 27, Rich Long and Dan Campbell sit down to talk about anxiety, its symptoms, its causes, and how to manage it. The podcast, like the film, is for both youth and adults.

Direct download: mental_health__wellness-_angst.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EST

Pastor Judith preaches on the text from Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, Isaiah 39:1-8a, and 1 Timothy 6:6-12, 17-19.  She explores the theme of the year in light of the recent environmental protests and the value of life that looks beyond just our own time.

Direct download: 20190929_JFE_Life_that_is_Really_Life.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Ben Stewart, Mike "MacGyver" Swineford, Stuart "New Guy" Mapes and Courtney "the 3rd most powerful person in Trinity" Desautels play a game of Staff Picks.

Each person is trying to put together the best list in a "draft" style format. Will they get the list they want?  Will their work colleague steal their picks?  

You get to decide which list is best by voting here:

Direct download: staff_picks_episode_1_-_9_27_19_11.06_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Ben Stewart preaches on the polarization of our world in light of the text from Jonah 4:1-3. Ben's sermon reminds us of the power of love and prayer, which is healing for us as well as those we pray for.

Direct download: 20190922_Ben_Stewart_Polarizing.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Pastor Judith discusses text from Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28;           Psalm 14; and   Romans 8:18-23 in light of the world's health and the hope that one person can make a change.


Direct download: 20190915_JFE_Creation_Groaning.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

Judith and Ben sit down with the new youth director Stuart Mapes to find out a little bit more about his past and how he got to Trinity.

Direct download: stuart_mapes_-_9_10_19.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

Pastor Judith introduces the theme of the year "Creation," with a preview of the thought provoking questions about creation that she will be addressing.  The scripture reading is from Genesis 1:1-2:2.

Direct download: 20190908_JFE_Gods_Good_Creation.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

Pastor Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt preaches on the text from Luke 14:1. 7-14 and relates modern day challenges of concert and cafeteria seating to the Jesus parable of taking the humblest seat and inviting those that we expect nothing from rather than expecting a reciprocal invitation.

Direct download: 20190901_JFE_We_Belong_to_One_Another.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

Dir. of Spiritual Formation, Ben Stewart, preaches on Luke 13:10-17 and Exodus 20:8-11.  He discusses the Sabbath, Jesus healing on the Sabbath, and what it means in our world today.

Direct download: 20190825_Ben_Stewart_Sabbath.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

Pastor Emeritus Rev. Jim Atwood preaches on Genesis 1: 27-31 and how people have misused the theological doctrine of being born in the image of God and how instead it can be interpreted to use it for love, justice, compassion of God for our planet and for each other.

Direct download: 20190818_Atwood_Resembling_God_and_Taking_Dominion.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Guest speak Rev. Nancy Neal, from Bread for the World, preaches on the text from Luke 9:10-17 Jesus feeding the 5000.  She challenges us to consider how God is with us to make transformative changes in the world today.  There is a short music transition between segments.

Direct download: 20190811_Nancy_Neal_Give_them_Something_to_Eat.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Guest speaker Elder Le Quan Turner examines the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) in light of the current environment and asks what is your desire.  Does it put you or God first?  There is a short music interlude between sections.

Direct download: 20190804_Le_Quan_Turner_What_is_Your_Desire.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 10:43am EST

Guest preacher Rob Vaughan continues his two part sermon series on How to Pray.  Rob examines the Lord's Prayer and the scripture from Luke: 11:1-13.  There is small music interlude between sections.

Direct download: 20190728_Rob_Vaughan_How_to_Pray.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Some Trinity college students sit down with Ben, to talk about their experience of High School and College.

Direct download: Slightly_off_topic_college_chat.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Guest speaker Rob Vaughan talks about the heat, air conditioning, and how it is related to prayer, based on the scripture from Matthew 6:5-15. There are short music interludes in between segments.

Direct download: 20190721_Rob_Vaughan_How_Not_to_Pray.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Guest preacher, Elder Le Quan Turner, spoke about what it means to be a good neighbor to all, based on the Good Samaritan Parable in Luke 10:25-37.

Direct download: 20190714_Le_Quan_Turner_I_am_Your_Neighbor.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Guest preacher, Rev. Nancy Neal, preaches on Amos 5:23-24, letting justice roll down like waters. Nancy is the director of church relations at Bread for the World and has been a leader in the organization's efforts toward racial equality.

Direct download: 20190707_Nancy_Neal_Let_Justice_Roll.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

Pastor Judith concludes her Acts sermons series with Acts 27:13-44 on the shipwreck with Paul and how it speaks to not being afraid of change or discernment for God has been this way before.

Direct download: 20190630_JFE_How_to_Lose_a_Ship_in_15_Days.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Judith preaches about Paul and Silas from Acts 16:16-34 and explores spiritual freedom--a liberation of the soul that frees us from these sorts of things that hold our hearts and minds in bondage, a freedom  that allows us to live more fully into who have been created and redeemed to be as followers of Jesus, a soul freedom that can be present even in those who do not enjoy political liberty and may even be quite literally enslaved or imprisoned.

Direct download: 20190623_JFE_-_Liberating_Love_and_Narrow_Escapes.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Judith continues her sermon series on Acts and preaches on the Acts 8:26-40 text and how it takes practice to see past other labels to the unique individual created in the image of God.  

Direct download: 20190616-_JFE_Drive_Through_Baptism.mp3
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Judith preaches on Acts 2:1-21 through the lens of Trinity's history for this special 75th anniversary celebration worship.  

Direct download: 20190609_-JFE_-_Dreams_and_Visions.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

On the Sunday of confirmation and gradate recognition, Judith preaches on the blessing, sending, invitation, and promise of Jesus kind of prayer found in Acts 2:42-47.  Due to a full service with communion and confirmation, this podcast sermon is an excerpt.  To read her full sermon, please go to the website

Direct download: 20190602_JFE_Acts_Community_of_Love_and_Sharing.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Judith preaches about both sides of Saul's conversion to Paul.  "People can do great harm, sometimes when they are trying to do good, which means we have to check our own responses when someone disagrees with us."  Scripture reading: Acts 9:1-20 including a dramatic reading.

Direct download: 20190519_JFE_Chosen_Instrument_Paul.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

Pastor Judith and Ben answer a question from one of Trinity's circles about what to say when people are going through a rough time.

Direct download: trinity_talks_-_pastoral_care.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

On Mother's Day, Pastor Judith preached on the story of Peter and Tabitha and prayer.  That the "power of God is not just a Jesus thing.  The power of God is alive and at work in the world all the time, always has been and always will be." 

Scriptures: John 10:22-30; Acts 3:1-11; Acts 9:36-43.

Direct download: 20190512_JFE_Signs_and_Wonders.mp3
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Pastor Judith and Ben talk about the sermon series on the book of Acts.

Direct download: Trinity_Talks_-_sermon_series_Acts.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Scriptures (Acts 5:27-32; Acts 7:54-8:3) and Judith's sermon which explores the Biblical message and historical reality, both good and bad, of people following human authority over God's authority.  

Direct download: 20190428_JFE_God_and_Human_Authority.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:59am EST

The scriptures from Easter (Acts 10:34-43 and Luke 24:1-12) and sermon.  The music interludes are from the choir, Trinity brass, and organ.

Direct download: 20190421_JFE_-_I_Come_to_the_Garden_-Easter.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Depression is surprisingly common.  Many of us wonder if it something we have, or have had. Are there different degrees of depression?  Are there different ways to treat it? In this forty minute presentation, Dan Campbell and Rich Long discus what depression is and the options for treating it.  They talk about what has changed in treatment and how medication, therapy, and lifestyle can work together to reduce the impact of this disease.  Additionally, they give information on what to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide. 

Direct download: Dan_and_Rich_-_depression.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

Ben Stewart gives a sermon on God's Reckless love and what it might look like.  Scriptures:  Philippians 3:4b-14  and   John 12:1-8.



Direct download: 20190407_Ben_Stewart_Reckless_Love.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

A special worship service invites us to enter into the story of Holy Week through a series of story-tellers about the Passion of Christ.  Judith's sermon then explores the question of "Why" of Christ's crucifixion. The liturgy is in storytelling format, but is based on Luke.

Direct download: 20190414_JFE_Why.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Pastor Judith and Ben talk about what is going on at Trinity during Holy Week.  

Direct download: trinity_talks_-_Holy_Week_-_3_27_19.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 11:48am EST

March 31, 2019: Scriptures (2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-32) and sermon from Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt

Direct download: 20190331_JFE_The_Beloved_Community_Community_of_Witness.mp3
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

Judith relates the poetry of the prophet Isaiah (55: 1-2, 6-13) to the longing for meaning in our lives.  The music clips are from choir's presentation of  the Nidaros Jazz Mass.  

Direct download: 20190324_JFE_Beloved_Community_Community_of_Love_Longer_Tables.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 9:31am EST

Judith's sermon talks about God as the Mother Hen protecting her brood, the need for prayer, and a sharing of our prayers.  Scripture: Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35. 

Direct download: 20190317_JFE_The_Beloved_Community_Community_of_Faith_Trust.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

The Trinity Youth conducted the entire service. The podcast includes: prayer, scripture (Luke 4:1-12), sermons on being tempted from Youth Seniors Jeff M. and Caroline M., and a benediction.

Direct download: 20190310_Youth_Caroline_Jeff_Youth_Sunday.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Rich Long and Dan Campbell talk about the work of the Trinity Mental Health Wellness Team and how concepts from their most recent class, "Difficult Conversations," can be applied to your relationships and the life of the church

Direct download: dan_and_rich.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 10:34am EST

*Sorry for the sound quality.  We didn't turn Judith's mic on until part way through. 

Judith and Ben sit down and talk to author Gil Klein about his work and putting together the updated History Of Trinity.

Direct download: Trinity_Talks_with_Gil__-_3_6_19.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Ben talks with Pam Michell, long time Trinity member and Executive Director of New Hope Housing.

Direct download: Trinity_talks_with_pam_mitchel.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Welcome. Scripture (Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:29-36). Sermon. Benediction. There is a short musical transition between each segment.

Direct download: 20190303_JFE_The_Face_of_Holiness.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Welcome, Scripture (Psalm 37:1-11; 39-40, Luke 6:27-38), Sermon, Benediction, Closing.  There is a short music transition between segments.

Direct download: 20190217_JFE_Trust_in_the_Lord_and_Do_Good.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Welcome, Scripture (Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, Luke 6:17-26), Sermon, Benediction, Closing. There is a short musical transition between sections.

Direct download: 20190217_JFE_Firmly__Planted.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Pastor Judith and Ben talk about his Sunday school class and the Bible study he is part of on a Wednesday night.

Direct download: trinity_talks_-_Bens_classes.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Welcome, Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11), Sermon, Benediction, Closing.  There is a short music transition between segments.

Direct download: 20190210_JFE_-_Deep_Water.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

Welcome, Scripture (  I Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30), Sermon, Benediction, Closing. There is a short music transition between the segments.

Direct download: 20190203_JFE_-_The_Greatest_is_Love.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 10:05am EST

Pastor Judith and Ben sit down with Magda and Aida to talk about their involvement in Trinity's Racial Justice Group.  They get to talk about what the group has done and the things that are coming up.

Direct download: trinity_talks_-_racial_justice_group_-_1_26_19.m4a
Category:Trinity Talks -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Welcome, Scripture, Sermon, Benediction, Closing. There is a short music transition between the segments.

Direct download: 20190127_JFE_-_LIfe_in_the_Body.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Welcome, Scripture (Psalm 36:5-10; John 1:1-18; Revelation 5), Sermon, Benediction.  Each segment is separated by a short music transition.

Direct download: 20190120_Paul_Mannes_-_Surrounded_by_the_Word.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 11:13am EST

Welcome, Lectionary Reading (Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12), Sermon, Benediction.  There is a short music transition between segments.

Direct download: 20190106_JFE_Gods_Eternal_Purpose.mp3
Category:Weekly Sermon -- posted at: 12:12pm EST