Eucharistic Visitor Training at Trinity (Saturday, June 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Trinity will host a training session for Eucharistic Visitors on Saturday, June 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Eucharistic Visitors make a pastoral visit once each month to members of our parish who are home-bound and unable to come to church. It is a very important ministry and one which helps our members who are not able to be with us in person to still feel connected. The Eucharistic Visitors also take communion from the Saturday or one of the Sunday services to share with the home-bound. This training session was recently highlighted in the newsletter of the Diocese of Bethlehem. Here is the text:

Training for laypeople interested in becoming Eucharistic visitors will be offered Saturday, June 9 from 1-4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem. Eucharistic visitors are authorized to take consecrated elements to members of their congregations who are too ill or infirm to attend church. The training is required to be licensed by the bishop for this ministry.

The Rev. Twila Smith, priest at Grace and Mediator in Allentown, will lead the training, which includes exploration of the ministry of Eucharistic visitors, theological reflection and practical details.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For information about the Training please contact Gloria Tarby (the Chairperson of the Pastoral Care Committee). If you know anyone who you think could be effective in this ministry, please discuss this with Donna Larson, our Interim Priest.

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Saint Augustine of Canterbury, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

Today at the 11:30 a.m. Eucharist (this Service is held each Wednesday morning at Trinity) we remembered Saint Augustine of Canterbury who at the request of Pope Saint Gregory the Great was the great missionary to England.

Here is a copy of the bulletin from the Eucharist. Augustine of Canterbury May 23, 2018 (PDF)

This is the opening Collect for the Feast:

Ever living God, you strengthened your servant Augustine, though he was fearful and laden with doubt, to lay the foundations of your Church among the English people. Grant us always to show forth the reason for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us, by sharing with all peoples and races your infinite gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Trinity Sunday Decorations at Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, forever and ever Amen.

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From the Geranium Farm (Mother Barbara Crafton)-the importance of play

Mother Barbara Crafton wrote this morning about the importance of “play” and recreation. As Summer approaches and vacation begins, it seemed like the perfect time to share this. If you are interested in receiving the “almost daily emos,” please send Mother Barbara an email. Please note that the bold italics below were added by me.

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Peter Bruegel the Elder
“Children’s Games”
Netherlandish, 1560

This is a detail from “Children’s Games,” so you can see some of the games in more detail. The entire painting is so full of so many figures that the eye doesn’t know where to begin — we can only “see” it up close, piece by piece.

Two children roll hoops, while two boys prepare to ride a barrel as if it were a horse. To our left, one boy seeks to topple the other, both mounted in the backs of other boys.

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The detail I pulled out is just to our right, in the center foreground. Looking at the whole thing, it seems the children have taken over the town. Kids in the river, kids at the windows, kids hanging upside down from fences. They’re in the rooftops and in the horse troughs, with nary an adult to be seen.

Besides giving us a wonderful look at the ways in which children played jn the 16th century, Bruegel reminds us what play is: it is the work of children. They are as absorbed in their fun as Bruegel’s subjects in many other peasant paintings are in their toilsome occupations. Kids need to play.

Adults do, too. For us, play is not our vocation — it is a brief reprieve from it. We all need a break.

Summer is coming. For some of us, that signals an easier pace, time to enjoy evenings with some sunlight still left to enjoy at the end of the day. God seems to want us to rest a bit, perhaps even to play.


I teach on Sunday mornings at Marble Collegiate Church at 10am EDT. You can livestream my class at You can also watch it later on, as the livestream is archived. Stay for the worship service, including the beautiful music and, always, a fine sermon.

Morning has broken at Trinity

It is an amazingly beautiful day on East Market Street. The rains have stopped, the sun has emerged, and many lovely flowers are in bloom in front of the church–including beautiful white Iris. In French, the iris (or in some cases the lily) is called “fleur-de-lys” and is closely associated with the baptism and with a significant victory of the first Christian king of France, Clovis. It is also traditionally a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rains new fall, sunlit from Heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day


Ready for Pentecost Day: Whitsunday

Our Verger, Sara Klingner, provided this information about our Frontals for Pentecost:

Red Velvet Frontal

In 1927, the sanctuary was renovated to extend the chancel and choir area. A photograph from an old postcard, now hanging outside the chapel, was taken shortly after that renovation, and shows the original frontal on the high altar.

In the early 1970’s, the dove was removed from the original frontal and sewn onto the new velvet fabric over a nimbus (set of rays in a circle), which were embroidered in gold thread by women of Trinity.

In 1989, Andrea Bernsten, an expert on ecclesiastical embroidery wrote, “While the renovation of 1927 marked an undoubted change in the worship life of the parish, the older chancel furnishings were kept in use, and the parish has maintained their sets of paraments.” We continue to use the frontals and appreciate the history of Trinity that they represent.

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This frontal, purchased from J. Wippell and Company of Exeter, England, was purchased in late 1963 as a memorial to Mrs. William McClenaghan, a longtime member of Trinity. This frontal was first used on the altar for Christmas 1963 and was dedicated on Sunday, December 29th.

The encircling of the Jesugram in a sunburst makes this an Easter frontal. This symbol is probably a reference to Malachi 4:2,.”But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.”

    • The sunburst is also consistent with a reference to John 1:4-9, wherein Jesus is termed the light of the world who overcame sin and death.

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Iftar at the Lehigh Valley Dialogue Center

Last evening members of the parish attended the “Iftar” to break the fast of Ramadan with our Muslim friends at the Lehigh Dialogue Center. It was a lovely evening with great conversation and delicious food. Here are a few iPhone photos from the evening.

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