At last there is reason to think that Spring might be near. Here are a few photos taken yesterday afternoon:
The Song of Songs (2: 10-13) has a lovely hymn of Spring.
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
11 for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
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This week the Search Committee sent us an insert containing a letter to the nominees for IX Bishop of Bethlehem. This is the link to view the letter: A Letter To Our Bishop Nominees 4-15-18 pdf
They provided a brief description of how the letter was written:
“Below is a letter to our Bishop Nominees from the members of the
Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. This letter is a culmination of the
responses to Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley and Rev. Canon
Kevin Nichol’s questions from prior bulletins.”
They also provided a really neat coloring book for children. I assure you that this is very well done and well worth looking at–regardless of your age. It might give you all the information that you need to wind a game of Episcopal Jeopardy: “Alex, for $500, What is a pectoral cross?” You never know! Coloring Book for Bishop Search (DOB)
This photo is of the Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church (wearing mitre and pectoral cross and holding the crosier or pastoral staff).
Traditionally, the Feast of the Annunciation is observed on March 25th (nine months before December 25th). This year, it fell on Palm Sunday and so was moved (“transferred”) to today. Here at Trinity, we have a Wednesday 11:30 a.m. Eucharist each week. We invite you to join us for the Feast of the Annunciation this Wednesday, April 11th, at 11:30 a.m.
In pre-Reformation England, this was also the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. In 1061, Blessed Richeldis claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared to her in a series of dreams/visions and asked that a duplicate of the Holy House of Nazareth be built in Walsingham. Thus, the house was to welcome all to the childhood home of Jesus. Like the Virgin Mary, we were all invited to make our hearts a “holy house” in which the Lord would dwell. It is interesting to note that Walsingham was the third most popular site of Pilgrimage in Europe (after Rome and Santiago de Compostella).
The Collect for the Annunciation:
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Hospitality Ministry Team would like to invite you to join us for a Soup and Bread Lunch following the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist this Sunday in the Parish Hall. The “word on the street” is that there will be tasty offerings to warm you up on a cold day. It is a chance to catch up with old friends in the parish and to make new ones. It also provides an opportunity to welcome visitors and newcomers to our parish family and to answer any questions which they may have about us. We hope to see you there!
The Collect for Saturday in Easter Week
We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us
from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the
kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he
has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal
joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
We have been invited to attend and participate in an Interfaith Gathering and Dinner on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm. at Temple Covenant of Peace (1451 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042).
There will be a Dairy/Vegetarian Potluck Dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please prepare a dish to share.
There will be a panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. “Why we wear what we wear.” Have you ever wondered why people wear religious garments? Wonder what they mean? Here is an opportunity to ask those questions.
The night is free and all are invited. To RSVP, please call (610) 253-2031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the flyer for the event. Interfaith flyer 4.22.18 (1)
There will be a Garden Exchange on Sunday, May 6, 2018 following the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist.
You may bring garden-related items and leave them on the tables at the rear of the Parish Hall.
Suggested items include: seedlings, bulbs, plants for outdoors, houseplants, garden tools, pots, planters. Fencing and supports, bagged soil and fertilizer.
No money will be exchanged. You may contribute without taking or take without contributing, Remaining items will be offered to the Trinity Soup Kitchen guests on Monday.