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.

Amen.

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
http://www.usccb.org/…/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.
Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 822

 

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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.
Amen.

Trinity Cross for November 2, 2018

So go vote!

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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
yourself?
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.

Pam+

Would you like to read the November edition of the Parish Newsletter? If so, please click here

The Welsh Men’s Choir sang for our Soup Kitchen Guests today

The Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe Men’s Choir visited our Soup Kitchen this afternoon and serenaded our guests. They then joined them for dinner. Please come to their concert tonight—to benefit the Trinity Soup Kitchen. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door.

To view the photos, please use this link.

Google also created a “movie” from the photos. To view it, please click here.

The Welsh Men’s Choir will be in concert here tomorrow night

We are most grateful to our friends from The Morning Call for the article promoting this event. To read it, please click here.

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM
PRESENTS THE
Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe MALE CHOIR

On November 1, Trinity Episcopal Church will present the Cor Dathlu Cwnatawe Male Choir from Wales in a “Return Journey” concert. The fifty person group represents the Welsh love of singing, which is a part of everyday life there. The men (and a woman soloist) will offer their powerful, soaring harmonies in a combination of traditional and contemporary favorites. The choir last entertained the Lehigh Valley in 2015, to a standing-room only audience.

The choir has a special feeling for the Lehigh Valley because of their historic connections here. They are from the town of Ystradgynlais in Wales, the same town where David Thomas devised a method to produce anthracite iron. He later relocated to the Lehigh Valley and helped develop its iron and steel industry.

The choir have designated proceeds from this concert as a benefit for Trinity’s Soup Kitchen, which provides thousands of meals for those in need each year, five days a week.

A reception follows, with the opportunity to meet and greet members of the choir.

The Cor Dathlu Cwntawe Male Choir–to view their website, please click here.

November 1, 7:00 pm, $20.
Tickets are available at the door
only on the evening of the concert.

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem,
44 East Market Street, Bethlehem, PA, (610) 867-4741.

For further information contact (The Rev.) Laura Howell at lauramh@gmail.com.

 

Deacon Liz was honored with the Wallenberg Tribute Award by the Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College.

The Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College Honored Deacon Liz Miller on Sunday, October 14th as part of its annual Wallenberg Tribute Dinner. Trinity Episcopal Church sponsored a reception preceding the dinner, where everyone had a chance to mix with Leaders of the Lehigh Valley’s religious community.

Deacon Liz was given the Wallenberg Tribute Award for her selfless service as coordinator of the Trinity Soup Kitchen, gathering, inspiring and leading a community in mutual ministry with the hungry, poor, unemployed, mentally ill, homeless, marginalized, addicted and lonely people of Bethlehem and acting as a role model for those who would seek social and economic justice in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the world.

The award is named for Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat who, through courageous moral action saved tens of thousands of Jews from certain death in Budapest during World War II and the Holocaust.

Liz was introduced by Marcie Lightwood, Schools program Coordinator at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Trinity parishioner who noted Liz’s ministry in burying, marrying, baptizing and caring for soup kitchen guests as well as feeding them top quality meals 51 weeks a year with an accepting, inclusive attitude.

Many soup kitchen volunteers, friends and Trinity clergy attended the event, including Father Cliff Carr and The Rev. Dr. Pamela Payne, who closed the evening with a blessing. Our New Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols also attended, and had the opportunity to meet clergy and lay leaders of many Christian and Jewish denominations from the Lehigh Valley who are engaged in interfaith activities.

Deacon Liz joined an impressive group of Lehigh Valley’s religious and social leaders in receiving this honor in past years, including Rabbi Allen Juda, CACLV CEO Alan Jennings, The Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner, Lehigh Conference of Churches past leaders The Rev. Doctor Christine Nelson and Bill and Jeanette Seaman.

Collage for Liz 10-14-18

“Trinity has a history of making a difference.” A reflection on Stewardship by Ross Mangina, Senior Warden.

IMG_7037Good Morning. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts on stewardship.

When my wife Sue and I decided to move to the Lehigh Valley area about four years ago, we started visiting the local Episcopal churches. On our first visit to Trinity the people we met were friendly and welcoming, the worship service was inspiring, and the music was great. Our decision was easy.

But as we found out, Trinity is about much more than just first impressions. In a world where it may seem hard to make a difference, Trinity has a history of making a difference in each of our lives, in our neighborhood and in the wider community. Think about it.

Within the parish, Trinity means three worship services every weekend as well as services and bible study during the week and a place for each of us to turn to in times of sickness, grief or trouble. Soon we will be starting up new programs for child care and adult education.

Within the local community there is, of course, the soup kitchen – an astonishing program for a parish our size – and the opening of our doors to support groups like AA. We hope to begin an outreach to the local college campuses.

Through our outreach and giving to the diocese, we are able to impact the wider world. We aid victims of natural and man-made disasters.

So, you can be sure that Trinity truly makes a difference, from each of us sitting in the pews to our less fortunate neighbors, all the way to the children of South Sudan.

Much of what we do is made possible through your giving of your time and talents. We couldn’t exist without those gifts.

In addition, of course, to do all that we do, we need funding. Your vestry and finance committee work hard to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. But we have a wonderful staff to provide for and a historic building in constant need of TLC. This year we have an annual budget of $370,000. Over 70% of that has to come from our pledges. So, if you haven’t filled out a pledge card in the past, please do so. And let us all prayerfully consider our pledge to Trinity for the coming year. Help us to keep making a difference.

 

The Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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The Welsh Men’s Choir will be in concert on November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Welsh Men's Choir 2018TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM
PRESENTS THE
Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe MALE CHOIR

On November1, Trinity Episcopal Church will present the Cor Dathlu Cwnatawe Male Choir from Wales in a “Return Journey” concert. The fifty person group represents the Welsh love of singing, which is a part of everyday life there. The men (and a woman soloist) will offer their powerful, soaring harmonies in a combination of traditional and contemporary favorites. The choir last entertained the Lehigh Valley in 2015, to a standing-room only audience.

The choir has a special feeling for the Lehigh Valley because of their historic connections here. They are from the town of Ystradgynlais in Wales, the same town where David Thomas devised a method to produce anthracite iron. He later relocated to the Lehigh Valley and helped develop its iron and steel industry. The choir have designated proceeds from this concert as a benefit for Trinity’s Soup Kitchen, which provides thousands of meals for those in need each year, five days a week.

A reception follows, with the opportunity to meet and greet members of the choir.

The Cor Dathlu Cwntawe Male Choir, https://www.facebook.com/CDChoirUSTour2018/

November 1, 7:00 pm, $20.
Tickets are available at the door
only on the evening of the concert.

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem,
44 East Market Street, Bethlehem, PA, (610) 867-4741.

For further information contact (The Rev.) Laura Howell at lauramh@gmail.com.

To view an electronic version, please click here.