La fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe / The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe graphic

Please join us for our Wednesday Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. in the church as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of Juan Diego. This celebration offers the opportunity to also acknowledge the rich spiritual traditions of our Latin@ sisters and brothers–and most especially those come from Mexico, It would be impossible to overstate the importance of this apparition in the history of American Christianity. Previously, Christianity had seemed to be the religion of the invader/oppressor/ conqueror. Guadalupe showed the love of God for the people of Mexico, for the indigenous peoples and for everyone. The Eucharist, which will be celebrated in English will only last thirty minutes (or so). All are warmly invited and most welcome to join us!

Le invita a unir a nosotros para nuestra Eucaristía este miércoles, el doce de diciembre, a las 11:30. En la iglesia celebraremos la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y de Juan Diego. Esta celebración ofrece la oportunidad de reconocer también las ricas tradiciones espirituales de nuestras herman@s latinos, y sobre todo de los que vienen de México, Sería imposible exagerar la importancia de esta aparición en la historia del cristianismo de las Américas. Anteriormente, el cristianismo parecía ser la religión del invasor / opresor / conquistador. Guadalupe mostró el amor de Dios por el pueblo de México, por los pueblos indígenas y por todos. La Eucaristía, que se celebrará en inglés, durará solo treinta minutos (más o menos). ¡Todos están cordialmente invitados y bienvenidos a unirse a nosotros!

Juan Diego

 

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342

Nicholas of Myra by Susan Seals

Collect: Eternal God, in your great love you gave to your servant Nicholas a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea. Grant that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor and the help of those who are tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Today at Trinity, at our 11:30 a.m. Eucharist, we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra. Please join us! We invite you to remain afterwards for our weekly “Preparing for the Coming Sunday’ Bible Class in the Library at 12:15. pm. To view the bulletin for the Eucharist today, click here: Saint Nicholas of Myra December 5, 2018 (PDF)

Want to know more about Saint Nicholas? Here is a good summary from the Canadian Book of Saints:

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342.

Nicholas was a fourth-century bishop of Myra, a town in what is now southwestern Turkey, and we remember him because of the stories which have given him “a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea.”

Nothing certain is known about his life, but the people of the Church held him in high honor from a very early date and many stories came to be told about him. The most famous of these legends tells of his merciful generosity. Once there were three sisters whose parents were so poor that they thought of selling them. Bishop Nicholas heard of the sisters’ plight and tossed three bags of gold onto their doorstep — thus providing them with dowries for marriage and saving them from a life of prostitution. That is why he is considered the special protector of children. In memory of his deed of mercy to the three sisters, the Dutch developed the custom of giving gifts to children on his feast-day. They brought this custom to America, where it became associated with Christmas rather than the feast of Nich- olas — and where “Sant Nikolaas” was changed into “Santa Claus.”

Another story tells how a company of seafarers were caught in a storm off the coast of Asia Minor. The waves were swamping their ship, and the mariners were nearly at their wits’ end when they remembered what they had heard about the bishop of Myra. Though he was still alive, the sailors cried out his name and implored his help. The legend says that Nicholas himself suddenly appeared in the rigging of their ship and calmed the storm, so that the ship and all who were in it came safely to port.

Nicholas is considered the patron saint of many other groups besides children and sailors. The common thread in all these claims on his heavenly protection is his legendary kindness to those in need — and his special care of those who follow his storied example by aiding the desperate, the needy, and the sick.

Courtesy of
For All the Saints
Prayers and Readings for Saints’ Days
According to the Calendar of the Book of Alternative Services
of the Anglican Church of Canada
compiled by Stephen Reynolds

Yuletide Revels at Trinity–This Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Many thanks to our friends at The Morning Call for this excellent article about the Annual Revels. To view the article, please click here.

Trefoil photo from the Morning Call 2018

The Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Dinner

On Friday, November 16th, we gathered in the Parish Hall with a wonderful community drawn from various Christian Traditions (including parishioners of Trinity Church in Bethlehem and Trinity Church in Easton), members of the Baha’i Faith, members of the Jewish Faith and a large Muslim representation from the Lehigh Dialogue Center–who co-sponsored the event and provided the Thanksgiving Feast.

It was a time to share the importance of gratitude and “Thanksgiving” for people of Faith from many traditions. We also learned songs from the Jewish and Christian Traditions and enjoyed the beautiful music provided by the Lehigh Dialogue Children’s Choir.

Here is a link to view the program for the evening Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Program 2018

Here are some photos taken that evening.

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Commemoration of the Consecration of Samuel Seabury, November 14, 1784

Many thanks to our friends from the Geranium Farm for sharing this information about the Consecration of  the Most Reverend Samuel Seabury+, the first Anglican Bishop of North America.

Please join us today at 11:30 a.m. in the Church as we commemorate and celebrate this feast.

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury+, November 14, 1784

Consecration of Samuel seabury at Old st pauls

Samuel Seabury, the first bishop of the Episcopal Church, was born in Groton, Connecticut, November 30th, 1729. After ordination in England in 1753, he was assigned, as a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, to Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1757, he became rector of Grace Church, Jamaica, Long Island, and in 1766, rector of St. Peter’s, Westchester County. During the American Revolution, he remained loyal to the British crown and served as a chaplain in the British army.

After the Revolution, a secret meeting of Connecticut clergymen in Woodbury, held on March 25th, 1783, named Seabury or the Rev. Jeremiah Leaming, whichever would be able or willing, to seek episcopal consecration in England. They extended the call first to Leaming, who declined; Seabury then accepted, and sailed for England.

After a year of negotiation, Seabury found it impossible to obtain episcopal orders from the Church of England because, as an American citizen, he could not swear allegiance to the crown. He then turned to the non-juring bishops of the Episcopal Church in Scotland. On November 14th, 1784, in Aberdeen, he was consecrated by the bishop and the bishop coadjutor of Aberdeen and the bishop of Ross and Caithness in the presence of many people.

On his return home, Seabury was recognized as Bishop of Connecticut in Convocation on August 3rd, 1785, at Middletown. With Bishop William White, he was active in the organization of the Episcopal Church at the General Convention of 1789. Seabury kept his promise, made in a concordat with the Scottish bishops, to persuade the American Church to adopt the Scottish form for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

In 1790, Seabury became responsible for episcopal oversight of the churches in Rhode Island; and, at the General Convention of 1792, he participated in the first consecration of a bishop on American soil, that of John Claggett of Maryland. Seabury died on February 25th, 1796, and is buried beneath St. James’ Church, New London.

The Collect for the Consecration of Samuel Seabury

We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for your goodness in bestowing upon this church the gift of the episcopate; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops and nourished by your holy sacraments, we may proclaim the Gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Stewardship Weekend is fun at Trinity

Each Fall our Stewardship Weekend provides an opportunity to gather as a community–to commit to support our parish in the coming year, for a time of fellowship and fun–and for an amazing reception! Please join us this weekend.

Here are some photos from last year.

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What Trinity Means to US

 The people that make up our community
 The compassion that is shown to all
 The outreach efforts made
 The beautiful worship services and all that goes into them

These are the things that we love about Trinity. And I would be willing to bet that most of you could share stories, funny or sad or uplifting stories, about how the people of this community have impacted your lives.

I was asked to talk about the responses to the post cards received throughout this year’s stewardship campaign. In reading the responses, I first considered what Stewardship means. Webster’s says it is the conducting, supervising, or managing of something especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

Not only has this physical space been entrusted to us but this community and the larger community as well, have been entrusted to us to care for and manage.

Your dreams for Trinity reflect good Stewardship and a living out of our Baptismal vows.

 Continuation of the Soup Kitchen
 A new ecology ministry
 A holy garden with roses
 Active involvement in interfaith events and activities
 More families with young children leading to a renewal of
Christian Ed programming
 Increased volunteer participation in all areas of ministry

I share these dreams with all of you and I know that together we can make them a reality.

What part will each of us play in realizing our dreams?

Thank you.

This reflection was offered on November 10th and 11th by Christine Martocchio

Chris Martocchio 11-11-18

“Yuletide Revels” at Trinity

Yuletide Revels” at Trinity

Start the holiday season right with the Annual Yuletide Revels on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 5:00 pm. Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem once again co-sponsors this evening with Moravian College’s Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

This year, the featured performance will be by medieval music group TREFOIL, a trio of modern minstrels. Titled Cristo è nato: Lauding the Nativity in Medieval Florence”, the evening’s program celebrates the ancient themes of the Christmas season — Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany – with carols, mass movements, narrative poems, and songs of praise and prayer, all arranged for lute, psaltery, voices, and medieval harps.

The festivities continue following the performance with a wildly extravagant reception with traditional Yuletide tomfoolery: a Boar’s Head in Procession (no boars were injured!), flaming Christmas pudding, wassail, ginger cake, and other traditional Yule treats.

The concert benefits Trinity’s Soup Kitchen, where over 30,000 meals are served for the needy each year.

Donation is $15.00. Tickets available at the door only.

For more information contact millard@trinitybeth.org, (610) 867-4741.

Trefoil capture

The members of TREFOIL have long been active in early music, with experience in such ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, Pomerium, Concert Royal, Parthenia, Piffaro, Clarion Music Society, and Early Music New York. The group has appeared in concerts and masterclasses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, Temple University, Duke University, Vassar, Smith, and Middlebury Colleges, West Chester University, Franklin and Marshall College, Boston College, the Museum Series of Providence, the Currier Museum of Art, Miami Bach Festival, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, the Connecticut, Amherst, Madison, and Washington Early Music Festivals, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. TREFOIL has performed in collaboration with the Newberry and Folger Consorts as well as the renaissance band Piffaro.

Trefoil is:
Drew Minter, countertenor and harp
Mark Rimple, countertenor, lute, psaltery
Marcia Young, soprano and harp

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Deacon Liz is featured in the Diocesan Newsletter

To view the complete newsletter, use this link.

Deacon Miller Receives Wallenberg Tribute Award
On October 14, The Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College honored Deacon Elizabeth Miller with the Wallenberg Tribute Award at their annual Wallenberg Tribute Dinner. Miller serves as a deacon at Trinity Church in Bethlehem.
The award is named after Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary during the Holocaust. Wallenberg was arrested under suspicion of espionage and reportedly died in Soviet custody in 1947.
The award is given each year to honor local individuals who have displayed “courageous moral action on behalf of others.” Miller received this award for her work as coordinator of Trinity Bethlehem’s Soup Kitchen.
“Deacon Liz serves the most vulnerable in our society, working tirelessly, selflessly, with no concern for public acknowledgement,” said the Rev. Pamela Payne, rector of Trinity. “She is the perfect choice for the Wallenberg Award, and Trinity, Bethlehem is so very proud of her, and grateful to God for her service.”

The Wednesday Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.

Today we commemorated
Saint Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome and Teacher of the Faith.

O Lord our God, grant that your Church,
following the teaching of your servant
Leo the Great,
may hold fast the mystery of our redemption
and adore the one Christ,
who shared all the fullness of your glorious Deity,
yet humbled himself in mercy to share all the pains of our humanity.
We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

The following photos were taken just before the beginning of the Eucharist.

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