Episcopal Church Links for Holy Week

The congregations of St. Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kan., and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Mission, Kan., welcome all to join them for their Holy Week services. Beginning on April 18, watch from https://www.episcopalchurch.org/holy-week-2019 or from The Episcopal Church Facebook Page.

To view the services, you may also use this link.

To view the Easter Message from our Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, please use this link.

Here is the text of the Easter Message for 2019

The Rt. Reverend Barbara Harris was the first woman ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. In her memoir, entitled Hallelujah, Anyhow![she] quotes an old Gospel hymn that says it this way:

Hallelujah anyhow
Never let your troubles get you down
When your troubles come your way
Hold your hands up high and say
Hallelujah anyhow!

When I get to Heaven, I want to meet one person, and her name is Mary Magdalene. Because if ever there was another Hallelujah, Anyhow sister, it was Mary Magdalene. And her life, and her example, tells us what it means to follow in the way of Jesus, in the Way of Love.

Mary Magdalene showed up when others would not. Mary Magdalene spoke up when others remained silent. Mary Magdalene stood up when others sat down.

John’s Gospel tells us that when many of the disciples fled and abandoned Jesus, Mary Magdalene stood by him at the cross. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Against the odds, swimming against the current, Mary Magdalene was there.

John’s Gospel says in the 20th chapter, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and some of the other women went to the tomb. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

They went to the tomb when it didn’t make any sense. They went to the tomb when the evidence was against them. Jesus was dead. They knew that. The power of the Empire had crushed the hope of love. They knew that. And they got up in the morning and went to the tomb anyhow. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

But more than that, John’s Gospel says it was dark. It was dark. That’s not just the time of day in John’s Gospel. The darkness in John is the domain of evil. In John’s Gospel when Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray Jesus, John inserts a parenthetical remark. When Judas leaves to betray him, John says, “And it was night.” The darkness is the domain of wrong, of hatred, of bigotry, of violence, the domain of sin and death and horror.

And early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, Hallelujah, Anyhow.

The truth is, she didn’t know that Jesus was alive. She was just doing what love does. Caring for her beloved, her Savior, her friend, in his time of death, to give him the last rites of burial. And when she got to the tomb, and the other women with them, they eventually discovered that Jesus was alive, and in the silence of the night, in the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible. God had raised Jesus from the dead

The truth is, nobody saw Jesus rise from the dead, because God had done it secretly and quietly, when nobody was looking.

When I was in high school, I learned a poem composed by James Russell Lowell. He wrote it in the 19th century, in one of the darkest periods in American history, when this country was torn asunder by the existence of chattel slavery in our midst. In this great land of freedom, there were slaves being held in bondage. And this nation literally went to war, tearing itself apart, trying to find the way to do what was right. And James Russell Lowell wrote, in the midst of this darkness, in this dark hour:

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ‘tis truth alone and strong . . .

Though her portion be a scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own

Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Christ is risen
The Lord is risen, indeed.

God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

Palm Sunday Visitors from Gress Mountain Ranch

On Palm Sunday we were blessed by the company of animal friends from Gress Mountain Ranch. Two donkeys and a little lamb came to share the day with us and to assist us in our entry into Holy Week. Many thanks for the visit! Thanks too, to Jim Propst for sharing these photos.

The Gress Mountain Ranch animals for Palm Sunday 1The Gress Mountain Ranch animals for Palm Sunday 2

Making Palm Crosses

A many-year tradition is the making of Palm Crosses for parishioners to take with them on Palm Sunday. Here are a few photos from the workshop.IMG_3063IMG_3064IMG_3065IMG_3066

Getting ready for Holy Week

A lively crew gathered this afternoon to get the church ready for Holy Week. Here are a few photos taken as the action unfolded.


An invitation from our Rector to join us for Holy Week this year.

Pam wrote to our congregation this afternoon–and to our friends–to extend an invitation to join us for Holy Week. To read the text of her letter, please click here. To view our downloadable and shareable schedule please click here.

Holy Week Worship Schedule Graphic-cropped

Clean and Green the Church for Holy Week and learn to make Palm Crosses

Tomorrow is a busy day at Trinity. If you are free in the afternoon, please join us!

Would you like to help prepare the church for Holy Week and Easter?

Cleaning and Greening
Saturday, April 13, 2019
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come help get the Nave ready for the solemn services of Holy Week and the great joyous Festal Services of the Resurrection!

Bring gloves, cleaning cloths, etc., and join others to make God’s House of Prayer ready for all people!

Have you ever wanted to learn to make a Palm Cross?

Folded Palm Cross Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2019
3:30-4:00 p.m.

Ever wanted to know how the palm crosses used Palm Sunday were made? Mark your calendar for a mini-workshop this Saturday, April 13th and you’ll be able to make not only crosses for you and your family, but also support this limited time ministry in supplying palm crosses to others for Palm Sunday!

We’ll gather Saturday, April 13th, in the Parish Hall at 3:30 p.m. Once you feel comfortable with the technique, you may leave or stay to help make extras for distribution on Palm Sunday. Please bring scissors and your enthusiasm!

Here are some examples of Palm Crosses made by our parishioner Michelle Mills for the parish just yesterday.

Palm Cross 1 by MichellePalm Cross 2 by MichellePalm Cross 3 by Michelle

Holy Week – Please join us.

Holy Week 2019

at Trinity Episcopal Church
44 East Market Street,

Bethlehem, PA 18018

Holy Week Worship Schedule Graphic-cropped

April 13 and 14
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Procession and Holy Eucharist
5:00 p.m. (Saturday)
8:00 and 10:00 a.m. (Sunday)

April 18
Maundy Thursday
Dinner in Parish Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing and Holy Eucharist, 7:00 pm, Nave

April 19
Good Friday
Good Friday Service, 12:00 noon
Stations of the Cross, immediately following noon service

April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Vigil Service, 7:00 p.m.
Easter Feast immediately following in Parish Hall

April 21
The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day
Festal Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
Easter Brunch, 9:15 a.m.
Festal Eucharist, 10:30 a.m.

Laetare Sunday at Trinity Beth

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Laetare Sunday because of the beginning of the old Introit for this Sunday, “Laetare Jerusalem” (“Rejoice, O Jerusalem”). It has also been called “Refreshement Sunday,” “Mothering Sunday,” and “Rose Sunday.” At Trinity we do not have rose vestments, but will commemorate the day by the inclusion of a single rose colored (some might call it pink) rose on the altar.

It is also a notable day due to the special frontal and fall which will be used. Our Verger, Sara Klingner describes them:

Lenten Frontal and Pulpit Fall  

The age of the Lenten frontal is unknown, although we do know that it was repaired in 1963 by members of the Trinity Altar Guild sewing group. It was restored in 2017 by Trinity’s small group of dedicated stitchers. The central monogram is the “Chi Rho,” the first two letters of the Greek word for “Christ.”, with “Alpha” and “Omega”, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The embroidery was worked on a fine wool flannel which has survived well. The matching superfrontal is unique in the way it fits the front corners of the altar, much like a fitted bed sheet.

The matching pulpit fall, also on wool flannel, has not been repaired. Look closely to see that the gold threads are loose in places and that silverfish have damaged the wool. Again, the Alpha and Omega symbolizes Jesus as the beginning and the end of all things, a reference to Revelation 8:1. The monograms shown here and on the frontal are machine-made appliques that have been applied to the wool ground with outlines of gold thread.

A+O High Altar for LaetareA+O frontal for LaetareA+O pulpit hanging for LaetareA+O Lectern hanging for Laetare

A Thank you from the students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Our young friends at Thomas Jefferson Middle School sent a lovely thank you to acknowledge the grant from the Pastoral Care Committee given from the Wilma Lewis Endowment Fund. This grant was to assist students with funding for the Lunch Program. Another grant was also awarded to the Bethlehem Area Public Library to pay fines for students from Thomas Jefferson which will allow them to have continued access to the resources provided by the library.


In solidarity with our Muslim family in the Lehigh Valley

Prayers at the MosqueYesterday, Trinity was represented at prayers at the Mosque at the Lehigh Dialog Center. It provided an opportunity to renew ties of deep friendship with our Muslim Sisters and Brothers there. We have been blessed by their presence here on numerous occasions, but most especially last Maundy Thursday and at the Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Dinner. After Prayers, they extended gracious hospitality. It was apparent that they were deeply touched by our presence and by the support of the parish.

Later that day there was a rally of support in Allentown–well covered by The Morning Call. Here is the link to the article.  Of special note is an invitation which the Dialog Center and the Respect Graduate School have extended to us–to participate in an upcoming class to learn more about Islam. They welcome our presence and participation in the class. Here is the information about the class from the Morning Call article:

“The public also is welcome to attend classes on the basics of Islam from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, March 21 through May 2, at Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem. Those interested in learning more about the classes or registering can do so at https://www.respectgs.us/ or by calling (610) 419-1751.”

There will be a rally this Sunday evening sponsored by the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley:

“The Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley and other Islamic organizations have planned a United For Peace candlelight vigil, featuring readings, prayers and calls for interfaith unity, for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Seventh and Hamilton streets in Allentown.”

United for Peace Vigil 03-17-19