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

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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

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A Festival Day of Return and Rebirth at Trinity Episcopal Church

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Dear Friends,

September 9 will be a festive day in the life of Trinity Episcopal Church.

On this Sunday, we return to our 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.
On this Sunday, many will return to church after being away on vacation.
On this Sunday, we will gather to celebrate a baptism and the renewal of our Baptismal Vows.

Early in August, I became the new Rector at Trinity. Since that time, I’ve enjoyed meeting many of your, and sharing lovely worship services together.
Some of you have been away for awhile, so I hope you will come to services on September 9, to be part of this festive and joyous day.

I look forward to it!

Pam+
Rector
Trinity Episcopal Church
Bethlehem, PA

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Sisters and Brothers in the Lehigh Valley

On the Holy occasion of Eid Al-Adha that celebrates the Hajj, may you be filled with happiness and may every step of your journey through life be blessed by Allah. Eid Mubarak!

We especially remember in prayer our friends at the Lehigh Dialogue Center.

Eid al-Adha, also known as The Festival of Sacrifice or ‘Big Eid,’  is considered the holier of the two Eids, and marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. The festival remembers the story of Ibrahim’s sacrifice when Allah appeared to him in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of obedience to God. As Abraham was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead. The story demonstrates Abraham’s dedication to surrendering to Allah and Muslims celebrate Eid as a reminder of their own commitment to God.”

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Tuesday Afternoon at Trinity (08-21-18)

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Episcopalians at Pride in the Park today

There was a visible and enthusiastic presence today at Pride in the Park in Alletntown. Among others, our Sara Klingner, Sandy Mesics and Father Cliff Carr were present. These lovely photos were taken by Father Andrew Gerns, Melissa Amator and Renee Lovy Amator. The “word on the street” is that the lovely painting of the rainbow heart at the Episcopal Booth was painted by Mother Twila Smith (I am told this is a confidential secret)!IMG_5392IMG_5393IMG_5395IMG_5396IMG_5397IMG_5398IMG_5399IMG_5401

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Sean

Responding to Report on Sexual Abuse in PA Roman Catholic Dioceses

Dear People of God:

In the last several days, our fellow Christians in the Roman Catholic Church here in Pennsylvania have been shaken by the revelations of widespread child sexual abuse committed over many years by clergy in that church and covered up by bishops and other church leaders. The stories detailed in the grand jury report released on Tuesday are horrific and evil, and have shaken to its core the faith of many good people who have trusted in the church their entire lives.

I ask you, first, to join me in praying for the people whose lives have been ripped apart because they were sexually abused by priests or other church leaders. In the face of the unthinkable betrayal they have suffered, may God enfold them in healing mercy and strengthen their spirits with the knowledge that they are perfectly loved. I ask your prayers especially for those victims who were so broken by the abuse they suffered at the hands of clergy and other church leaders that they have ended their own lives and now rest in God’s loving arms.

Please also pray for our friends and neighbors who are faithful Roman Catholics, some of whom are now struggling with the faith they have placed in the church, and for the lay and clergy leaders of the Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania who have cooperated with this investigation and now must find ways to repent for the abuse and rebuild a more accountable, transparent structure.

In the Episcopal Church, we are not strangers to news of abuse and betrayal by our leaders. For some of us, the news of the grand jury report may have stirred up memories of our own grief and anger when we have learned that a priest or bishop we have known has abused children or been complicit in covering up abuse. For some of us who began our lives as Roman Catholics, this news may have reopened old wounds. And for some of us who have been victims of abuse, this news may trigger anger, sadness and trauma. If you find that, in the wake of this news, you would like to talk confidentially with me or with a member of the clergy about issues of sexual abuse in the church, please call the diocesan office in Northwestern Pennsylvania at 814-456-4203 or the diocesan office in Bethlehem at 610-691-5655.

The church must be a place where people can come with the deepest wounds and vulnerabilities and be safe, and our churches must be places where children are nurtured and respected and cared for and never harmed or abused in any way. As your bishop, I am deeply committed to the safety and well-being of everyone who attends our churches and diocesan programs. In recent years, our dioceses have strengthened our misconduct policies and procedures, and are places where we make every effort to deal bothresponsibly and responsively with complaints and allegations of misconduct. We make reports to the appropriate civil authorities when child abuse is suspected. All of our clergy, staff and volunteers who work with children are required to complete training called Safeguarding God’s Children, and we follow misconduct policies based on the model policy of the Church Pension Group.

Thank you for your prayers and care for our Roman Catholic friends and family during these difficult days, and for your active involvement in ensuring that our churches are safe places for all of God’s children.

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe
Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania
Bishop Provisional of Bethlehem

 

“Building Bridges Among People of Faith”

Last evening, our friends at the Lehigh Dialogue Center hosted the inaugural Interfaith Discussion Group. Participants in the group belong to various faith traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá’í Faith. Trinity, Bethlehem; Trinity, Easton; and Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem were represented. In addition to discussing the numerous commonalities among all People of Faith, there were also opportunities to discuss unique features of each faith tradition. The group plans to attend various important celebrations for each tradition to show support, and to affirm the beauty and significance of all religious observances. The group plans to meet regularly–and all are invited to attend. The next meeting will be on Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m.  Here is the contact information for the Center:

Address: 2138, 2200 Industrial Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: (610) 849-0472

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Welcome to Pam, our new Rector

This past Sunday, we welcomed our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Pamela Payne. These photos were taken by our parishioner Clare Filko.
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The Summer Schedule ends on September 2nd

September 2nd will be the last Sunday of our summer worship schedule. Starting on September 9th our Sunday services will be held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Please note we are changing from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 a. m. this year.

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