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“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.” A Prayer for the World Day of Peace

Many thanks to the School Sisters of Saint Francis of the Saint Francis Center for Renewal for sharing this lovely prayer for the Day of Peace. They will be holding a  prayer vigil this evening at 7:00 p.m.
Peace Image
Loving God, 
you inspire us with love for all persons
and concern for the well-being of all creation.
Give us today the strength and courage
to transform the compassion of our hearts
into acts of peace, mercy, and justice.
Forgive us for the arrogance 
that leads to moral blindness,
for desires for vengeance and retaliation,
and for willingness to sacrifice others
 for our own security and avarice.
Help us to renounce all forms of violence:
prejudice, unfair allegations,
 intolerance, and injury.
Give us the courage 
to resist threatening postures,
calls to arms, mobilization of troops 
and weapons,
 and all actions that threaten 
the lives and livelihoods of innocent people.
Empower us to live out the caring presence
of the merciful and generous persons 
we claim to be.
Make us channels of your peace, 
bearers of healing,
women and men 
who hear and respond with alacrity
to pleas for justice in our world.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus
Who came among us to show us the way.
Prayer for Peace
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Saint Jerome claimed that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

Are you interested in exploring Scripture? There is a handy guide which will easily allow you to access the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday. At Trinity we use “Track One.” Visit the Lectionary Page for the link to the Sunday Readings.

Each Tuesday afternoon there is a Bible Study at Trinity–“Bible Study for the Coming Sunday.” Currently it meets in the Library. You are most welcome to attend. You do not need to prepare or read anything in advance. There is a brief period of prayer at the beginning in which prayers are included for the parish and for those who are ill.

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One way to have a “daily encounter with Scripture” is through the Daily Office. The Mission of Saint Clare provides an easy way to pray the office online. They even offer an audio version!  Of course, this may also be found in the online Book of Common Prayer (look on the left for the menu selection called “The Daily Office.”).

If you ever want to find a passage from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) or the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), there is a convenient online edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (this is the translation currently used by most Episcopal Churches). To view this, please visit Bible Gateway.

For those who are a bit more adventurous, there are great resources available to help you discover the Greek New Testament–an interlinear version is available at Scripture 4 All. They also have a version of the Hebrew Bible available.

Another handy resource is the Concordance–the most famous is the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.



“G’mar chatimah tovah,” “May you be sealed for a good year ahead.”

The day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, begins at sunset this evening. For our Sisters and Brothers of the Jewish Faith, it is the holiest day of the year. As the Jewish Learning Page tells us this is the day “when we ask forgiveness for the wrongs we have committed over the past year. Jewish tradition believes that on this day God places a seal upon the divine decrees affecting each person for the coming year. Traditionally, Jews fast on this somber day and also refrain from other bodily pleasures.”

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Customary greetings for the day include: “Have an easy fast” or “gmar chatima tova” (may you be inscribed for a good year.) It’s also acceptable to say “shana tova” (happy new year).

A Lovely tradition for the day is the chanting of  Kol NidreKol Nidrei means “all vows” and is the name given to the special liturgical formulation chanted by Jews solely on Yom Kippur. It is a legal formula for the annulment of vows, which dates back many centuries. The practice of reciting Kol Nidrei probably began in about the 9th century C.E.  Recited in a mix of Hebrew and Aramaic, the vernacular language of the time, Kol Nidrei cancels and annuls all unintended vows made to God during the previous year.”

“Yom Kippur ends with a single, long blast of the shofar. The stirring sound of the shofar at the conclusion of the holiday has many different explanations. One is that the practice recalls the giving of the Torah at Sinai (when the shofar also was blown). Another is that the shofar signals the triumph of Israel over its sins for another year and heralds the possible coming of the messianic age.”


Discover Islam

Learn about various dimensions of Islam through award winning films!
Meet Muslim Neighbors and learn about their Congregations!
Get to know people from other parishes!

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This six-session class is an opportunity to learn about Islam, with our Muslim brothers and sisters and members of different parishes. In the first hour we will watch and discuss a DVD. In the second hour we will learn about a local Muslim community.

See list below for dates, topics and congregations.

Led by The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit, Canon for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and rector of The Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown.

Begins September 27
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Optional pot-luck dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Cathedral Church of the Nativity 321 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem

Date     Topic                                          Guest Congregation
9/27      Islam: Faith and History      Easton Phillipsburg Muslim Association
10/4      Christians and Islam          Lehigh Dialogue Center/Respect Graduate School
(10/11 We are invited to the Lehigh Dialogue Center 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, for a dinner and discussion about Refugees, 6:30 PM.)
10/25      Islam: An American Faith      Al Ahad Islamic Center
11/08       Islam: A Faith Hijacked                Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley
11/15      African Americans and Islam      Islamic Education Center of PA
11/29      Women in Islam                                  Al-Maqasid

Please register by September 21 or (610) 434-0155.

The Ordination and Consecration of Kevin, our Bishop Elect

This morning at 11:00 a.m., the  Rev. Canon Kevin Nichols will be ordained and consecrated as the IX bishop of Bethlehem. Please join us at the The First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104. 

This is the description of the day provided by the Diocese of Bethlehem: “God willing and the people consenting, The Reverend Canon Kevin D. Nichols will be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem on September 15, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.  The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be the Chief Consecrator.  The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, will preach.”

If you are not able to join us in person, we invite you to join us in prayer and to view the live-stream on the DOB Facebook page.

Here are several “collages” produced by Google from photos taken yesterday at the Clergy Day at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

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Please join us for the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7th at 4:00 p.m.


Please bring your animal companions to a blessing in the Parish Hall. It will be followed by a time of hospitality with refreshments for animals and their human friends.

“Most high, almighty Lord, our Creator, yours are the praise, the glory, the honor and all blessings! To you alone do all things belong. Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish which fill your world. May we think of you and thank you when we play with and care for our pets.
Be praised for making us so happy to have our pets and to have them to play with. We ask you, Lord, that we may be good to our pets always, so that they may be happy also. Help us always to take care of them so that they will be healthy.
O God, your world is wonderful. May we all come into your even greater world of the kingdom of heaven where we shall see even more wonderful things and where we shall live and love for ever. This we ask to your eternal praise, and to our blessing. Amen.

Would you like to learn more about other Faith Traditions?

Have you ever wanted to ask someone from another faith tradition–What do you believe? Why do you do ___? What does ____ mean? But have worried that your questions might be invasive or inappropriate?

A safe environment in which to build bridges among people from all faith traditions is the bi-weekly Interfaith Dialogue Meetings which are held every other Thursday night at the Lehigh Dialogue Center. The next meeting will take place on September 13th at 7:00 p.m.

The meetings already regularly include members of the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian (Moravian and Episcopal) and Bahá’í faiths.

You will be truly welcome–and your participation will be greatly valued.

Here is an overview of the inaugural meeting which took place on August 16th.

Many thanks to our friends at the Lehigh Valley Dialogue Center for their gracious hospitality. They are located at 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017

For more information, please call (610) 849-0472