The Collect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Social Justice
from The Book of Common Prayer, page 823

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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The First “Wordle”

 

 

Wordle Question 1

The Rector’s Search Committee has reviewed every post-it note received during the many town meetings in response to the four questions posed to us by the diocese. Thank you for the over 100 responses! Your voice was heard, and we are happy to share the results with you by means of a word cloud.

What’s a word cloud?  It’s a computer generated visual graphic that allows the reader to easily interpret the results to the questions asked.  In this computer program, each word or phrase is weighted based on how often it was written by you. Here’s the word cloud in response to:

Question 1: Remember a moment that a was a high point, when you felt our church was doing God’s work and fulfilling its mission . . . what was happening?

Choice of color and type font are merely presentation tools.  It is the size of the font that matters.  Words shown in a larger font than others mean a greater number of parishioners used that word or phrase in their response to the question.  Less frequently used words and phrases were captured in a smaller font.

Over the next several weeks, we will be presenting the remaining questions with their collective responses in a new word cloud format.  If you have any questions, please be sure to see a member of the Search Committee.

Please join us, the Search Committee, in prayer that God is preparing the Rector who is true to Trinity’s core and substance. As we continue in this search, please pray that God’s will be done.

The Search Committee for Trinity’s next Rector: Sara Klingner, Chair; Bob Baser, Jeanne Deets, Chris Martocchio, Lynn Norman, Pat Sisson and Rick Weaver. Please remember them in prayer.

 

The Winter Green Frontal on the High Altar

Many thanks to our Verger, Sara Klingner for sharing this information about our Winter Green Frontal.

Winter Green Frontal

 This green frontal is known to have pre-dated the renovation of the sanctuary in 1927.  Trinity is the only festival/season of the church year based on a doctrine rather than an event or person. The central motif of this frontal illustrates that doctrine in the so-called “Shield of the Trinity.”

The reading of the Latin words on this shield are “Father is not Son is not Holy Spirit is not Father” around the outer rim, and “The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God” toward the center.

Symbols of the Trinity surround the central shield, and include the trefoils on the superfrontal, triple grape leaf designs, and the shamrock, used by St. Patrick to teach the doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish he was seeking to Christianize. The bursting pomegranate is actually a symbol of the resurrection, but can serve as a reminder of the power of God over death.

Some portions of the center shield show wear, as do the center portions of many frontals and superfrontals from the days when the presiding celebrant stood at the altar with his back to the congregation.

The wear on this frontal can be seen in the dark areas of the leaves on the top of the central shield as well as on the side leaves. has been replaced with a new fringe that harmonizes with the color of the embroideries.

It is very difficult to put a value on embroideries of this quality, as this type of high-quality hand work is no longer available on this scale from commercial supply houses. Inde­pendent textile artists can duplicate this work, of course, but the costs are very, very high due to the amount of time and cost of materials involved, and few parishes exist which can afford to invest the equivalent of the down payment on a house in the duplication of a single altar frontal.

The altar guild minutes from May 1957 reported that the green superfrontal was taken to Morehouse Gorham in New York City to have its embroidery transferred to new silk.  It is possible that the fringe was removed at that time and remained off until it was replaced in October of this year.

In 1959 the frontal, the pulpit fall and Bible markers received some cosmetic work and received new fringe for the cost of $301! The secretary of the altar guild commented, “… we now have an essentially new set which should last for another fifty years.”

In 1989, restoration work was done on the pulpit fall and the bible markers and the matching chalice veil and burse were made from a silk altar cover found in the sacristy. This work was done by Andrea Bernsten, a well-known fabric artist who had a studio in Allentown.

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The Memorial Service for Elizabth Jean “Liz” Rivera

Liz was part of our Trinity Soup Kitchen for a long time. We are glad to remember her with a service for her family and community.

To view the obituary and information about the visitation and service, please click here.

To view the bulletin for the Service (tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.) at Cantelmi Long Funeral Home at 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018, click here: Elizabeth Jean Rivera January 15 2018

The Annual Parish Meeting (1/21/18 @ 9:30 a.m.)

The Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018
No 8:00 am Service
9:30 am Eucharist with Choir and Sermon
Meeting to follow in the Parish Hall
with the best potluck of the year!

Please sign up to bring a dish to share.

Here is the agenda for the meeting: Annual Meeting Agenda 2017

 

Revitalization and Update

Today we begin the process of revitalizing and updating our webpage. Please check back during the next weeks to see what is happening now.

Thoughts at Retirement

On January 7, 2018, we celebrated the Ministry of our retiring Rector, the Reverend Canon Laura Thomas Howell, Obl. S. B. We were blessed by the presence of a dear friend of our Parish, the Venerable Rick Cluett, Archdeacon Emeritus of the Diocese of Bethlehem. We are honored to share the Sermon by Archdeacon Rick and the Reflection on her retirement by Mother Laura. That in all things God may be glorified.

Laura Howell Retirement Sermon by the Venerable Rick Cluett, Archdeacon Emeritus

Retirement Reflection 01-07-18 by the Reverend Canon Laura Thomas Howell, Obl,S.B.

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