Wednesday Eucharist and Bible Study

Each Wednesday morning we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. in the Church and then meet for Bible Study in the Library at 12:15 p.m. Here are a few photos taken today. Pictured are Sue Magee, Gladys Peffer and Ellen Roberts. Not Pictured are Cole Hamel and Loraine Johnson. The other photos show the Christmas/Epiphany Decorations  in the Church. There remain only a few more days to see them.

Read Romans with the Episcopal Church this Epiphany

Our Presiding Bishop has recommended that as a Church we read together Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The project is being undertaken by the Good Book Club. If you are interested, here is a .pdf of the daily readings.

The book of Romans for Epiphany 2019

“The Good Book Club is an invitation to all Episcopalians to join in reading Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans during Epiphany 2019. Episcopalians will start reading Romans on January 7, 2019 and read a section every day (except Sundays) through the Epiphany season. In surveys taken before and after the first Good Book Club project in 2018 (reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts), participants reported growth in their understanding of scripture and a deepening of their prayer life. Perhaps most significantly, the percentage of people who reported reading the Bible on a daily basis increased to 73 percent at the end of the first Good Book Club reading, from 45 percent when it began.

Already, individuals, congregations, and organizations have committed to being a part of the Good Book Club, and we hope you’ll join the journey too!”

Why Romans?
After diving deep into the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during the Good Book Club in 2018, we will delve into the Letter to the Romans, written by the Apostle Paul in 56-57 CE. Romans shares Paul’s attempt to explain how this new expression of faith is rooted in Judaism but is available to all of humanity. As Paul writes to the new community of Christians in Rome, he explores the concepts of salvation, the power of God, and grace. Many biblical scholars consider Romans to be Paul’s most important theological treatise. While Romans is not always easy reading, this sixth book of the New Testament articulates what it means to be a disciple of Christ and how that translates into daily life—lessons to inform and inspire followers of Christ from the beginning to the 21st century”

Stained Glass Windows in the Chapel

Our chapel, on the second floor of the Community House, has amazing stained glass windows depicting various scenes from the life of Christ. The next time that you visit us, why not make a visit. They are often especially lovely in the afternoon.

annunciation - stained glass from chapelnativity - stained glass from chapelepiphany - stained glass from chapeljesus in the temple - stained glass from chapelbaptism of the lord - stained glass from chapelpeter leaving the boat - stained glass from chapelraising of lazarus - stained glass from chapelpalm sunday entrance into jerusalem - stained glass from chapelcrucifixion - stained glass from chapelresurrection - stained glass from chapelemmaus -stained glass from chapelascension - stained glass from chapelchrist the king - stained glass from chapel

The January edition of “Tidings from Trinity” is available

To view the January edition of our monthly newsletter, “Tidings from Trinity,” please click here. 

Poinsettias for Christmas Email 2018

A Liturgical Calendar for 2019

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This calendar  by artist Barbara Lyon was available on Facebook for free download. If you are interesting in viewing the liturgical year in a more artistic way, this graphic is quite helpful. It is also available as a .pdf. To download it, please click below.

Liturgical Calendar-2019- (PDF)

The First Sunday in Christmastide at Trinity

To view our weekly email to the Congregation for the First Sunday in Christmastide, please click here.

 

Nativity Window 2018

Christmas Greetings from Trinity

Christ Candle for Christmas 2018

The Rector, Wardens, Vestry and Staff of Trinity wish you a blessed and holy celebration of the Nativity of our Lord. We would love to have you join us for our Christmas Services. If you are not able to be with us in person, know that you are remembered in out prayers.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ:
Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer,
may with sure confidence behold him
when he comes to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Christmas at Trinity

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
4:00 p.m. Musical Prelude with Harp and Organ
4:30 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Sermon
10:30 p.m. Musical Prelude with Harp and Organ
11:00 p.m. Festal Eucharist with Sermon

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Sermon

To view our Christmas email to the congregation–with the schedule and other helpful information, please click here.

Poinsettias for Christmas Email 2018

Tidings and the Weekly Update from Trinity

Have you seen the latest edition of our Monthly newsletter Tidings from Trinity?

Have you seen our Weekly Update from Trinity?

La fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe / The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe graphic

Please join us for our Wednesday Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. in the church as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of Juan Diego. This celebration offers the opportunity to also acknowledge the rich spiritual traditions of our Latin@ sisters and brothers–and most especially those come from Mexico, It would be impossible to overstate the importance of this apparition in the history of American Christianity. Previously, Christianity had seemed to be the religion of the invader/oppressor/ conqueror. Guadalupe showed the love of God for the people of Mexico, for the indigenous peoples and for everyone. The Eucharist, which will be celebrated in English will only last thirty minutes (or so). All are warmly invited and most welcome to join us!

Le invita a unir a nosotros para nuestra Eucaristía este miércoles, el doce de diciembre, a las 11:30. En la iglesia celebraremos la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y de Juan Diego. Esta celebración ofrece la oportunidad de reconocer también las ricas tradiciones espirituales de nuestras herman@s latinos, y sobre todo de los que vienen de México, Sería imposible exagerar la importancia de esta aparición en la historia del cristianismo de las Américas. Anteriormente, el cristianismo parecía ser la religión del invasor / opresor / conquistador. Guadalupe mostró el amor de Dios por el pueblo de México, por los pueblos indígenas y por todos. La Eucaristía, que se celebrará en inglés, durará solo treinta minutos (más o menos). ¡Todos están cordialmente invitados y bienvenidos a unirse a nosotros!

Juan Diego

 

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342

Nicholas of Myra by Susan Seals

Collect: Eternal God, in your great love you gave to your servant Nicholas a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea. Grant that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor and the help of those who are tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Today at Trinity, at our 11:30 a.m. Eucharist, we will celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra. Please join us! We invite you to remain afterwards for our weekly “Preparing for the Coming Sunday’ Bible Class in the Library at 12:15. pm. To view the bulletin for the Eucharist today, click here: Saint Nicholas of Myra December 5, 2018 (PDF)

Want to know more about Saint Nicholas? Here is a good summary from the Canadian Book of Saints:

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c. 342.

Nicholas was a fourth-century bishop of Myra, a town in what is now southwestern Turkey, and we remember him because of the stories which have given him “a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea.”

Nothing certain is known about his life, but the people of the Church held him in high honor from a very early date and many stories came to be told about him. The most famous of these legends tells of his merciful generosity. Once there were three sisters whose parents were so poor that they thought of selling them. Bishop Nicholas heard of the sisters’ plight and tossed three bags of gold onto their doorstep — thus providing them with dowries for marriage and saving them from a life of prostitution. That is why he is considered the special protector of children. In memory of his deed of mercy to the three sisters, the Dutch developed the custom of giving gifts to children on his feast-day. They brought this custom to America, where it became associated with Christmas rather than the feast of Nich- olas — and where “Sant Nikolaas” was changed into “Santa Claus.”

Another story tells how a company of seafarers were caught in a storm off the coast of Asia Minor. The waves were swamping their ship, and the mariners were nearly at their wits’ end when they remembered what they had heard about the bishop of Myra. Though he was still alive, the sailors cried out his name and implored his help. The legend says that Nicholas himself suddenly appeared in the rigging of their ship and calmed the storm, so that the ship and all who were in it came safely to port.

Nicholas is considered the patron saint of many other groups besides children and sailors. The common thread in all these claims on his heavenly protection is his legendary kindness to those in need — and his special care of those who follow his storied example by aiding the desperate, the needy, and the sick.

Courtesy of
For All the Saints
Prayers and Readings for Saints’ Days
According to the Calendar of the Book of Alternative Services
of the Anglican Church of Canada
compiled by Stephen Reynolds