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.


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, (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

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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.


A Prayer for the Day after an Election

Many thanks to our friends from the Geranium Farm for this prayer:

A Prayer for the Day after an Election

God of all nations, 
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America. . . .

We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who will serve us as . . . legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment
to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.


From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:…/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/prayer…

A Prayer for Election Day

A Prayer for Election Day

God of justice, 
to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: 
Guide the people of the nation 
in the election of officials and representatives;
that, by faithful administration and wise laws,
the rights of all may be protected
and our country be enabled to fulfill your purposes;
through your many names we pray.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 822



For those we love but see no longer

Father of all, we pray to you for all those whom
we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let
light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls and the souls
of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Trinity Cross for November 2, 2018

So go vote!


From the Rector

November offers us, as always, the opportunity to exercise the most important right—and responsibility—a citizen of our nation is granted: the right to vote. By voting, each of us can influence the direction in which our democracy moves, on many different levels. Each vote matters. In some voting precincts, candidates have won and lost based on only a few votes. My advice, to anyone, anywhere, is get out and vote!

All voters stand on the backs of many brave ones who sought a better life and greater justice for all. I am not only referring to soldiers who have valiantly suffered and died for this right. I am also referring to the those who struggled and died in the Civil Rights movement, as well as the many women who suffered in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

We vote also for the future. We vote so that children we will never know may have a better life. We vote so that human rights will be secured for future generations, and that justice and freedom from oppression will be realized rather than forgotten.

It is not the job of clergy to tell you which person or party for whom to vote. Aren’t you glad? I sure am!

But it is the job of clergy to remind us that as baptized Christians, our lives belong to God, including our decisions in the voting booth. Baptismal vows are not private. They are made in public, and they should shape how we live our public lives, especially how we vote.

There are quite a few baptismal vows required of us, from renunciations to affirmations. The ones relating most directly to our public lives are particularly visible in the these:

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy
the creatures of God?
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the
dignity of every human being?

So go vote! Vote as a citizen of the United States, and as a citizen in the Realm of God. Let your baptismal vows guide you as you seek to make our country, and all God’s creation, a healthier, peaceful home for all.


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