A Thank you from the students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Our young friends at Thomas Jefferson Middle School sent a lovely thank you to acknowledge the grant from the Pastoral Care Committee given from the Wilma Lewis Endowment Fund. This grant was to assist students with funding for the Lunch Program. Another grant was also awarded to the Bethlehem Area Public Library to pay fines for students from Thomas Jefferson which will allow them to have continued access to the resources provided by the library.


In solidarity with our Muslim family in the Lehigh Valley

Prayers at the MosqueYesterday, Trinity was represented at prayers at the Mosque at the Lehigh Dialog Center. It provided an opportunity to renew ties of deep friendship with our Muslim Sisters and Brothers there. We have been blessed by their presence here on numerous occasions, but most especially last Maundy Thursday and at the Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Dinner. After Prayers, they extended gracious hospitality. It was apparent that they were deeply touched by our presence and by the support of the parish.

Later that day there was a rally of support in Allentown–well covered by The Morning Call. Here is the link to the article.  Of special note is an invitation which the Dialog Center and the Respect Graduate School have extended to us–to participate in an upcoming class to learn more about Islam. They welcome our presence and participation in the class. Here is the information about the class from the Morning Call article:

“The public also is welcome to attend classes on the basics of Islam from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, March 21 through May 2, at Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem. Those interested in learning more about the classes or registering can do so at https://www.respectgs.us/ or by calling (610) 419-1751.”

There will be a rally this Sunday evening sponsored by the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley:

“The Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley and other Islamic organizations have planned a United For Peace candlelight vigil, featuring readings, prayers and calls for interfaith unity, for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Seventh and Hamilton streets in Allentown.”

United for Peace Vigil 03-17-19

A Prayer for our Muslim Sisters and Brothers in New Zealand and in the Lehigh Valley

Many thanks to the Companions of Saint Luke for sharing this timely post:

With prayer for our Muslim sisters and brothers, for those killed, in New Zealand, for those who lost family and friends, for those terrorized by such violence and for an end to senseless violence.

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will. Amen.

We remember too, our friends and family at the Lehigh Dialog Center, as they mourn this terrible loss. We send them love and unite with them in prayer.

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِـ-فُلاَنٍ (باسـمه)وَارْفَعْ دَرَجَتََـهُ فِي المَهْـدِيّيـنَ ، وَاخْـلُفْـهُ في عَقِـبِهِ في الغَابِِـرِينَ، وَاغْفِـرْ لَنَا وَلَـهُ يا رَبَّ العـالَمـين، وَافْسَـحْ لَهُ في قَبْـرِهِ وَنَـوِّرْ لَهُ فِيهِ

Allaahummaghfir li (name of the person) warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi

O Allah, forgive [name of the person] and elevate his station among those who are guided. Send him along the path of those who came before, and forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds. Enlarge for him his grave and shed light upon him in it.

Muslim 2:634


The Rev. Dr. Alexander Clinton Zabriskie Jr.

Virginia Theological Seminary posted this information about Father “Sandy” Zabriskie.

The Rev. Dr. Alexander Clinton Zabriskie Jr. ’56 passed away on Monday, March 4. He was 89.

Raised on the Virginia Theological Seminary campus by his parents, Mary Ethelynn Tyler and the Very Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie, dean of VTS (1940-50), he attended VTS and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1956, following in the steps of his father and two older brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, reception following, at Intergrace Fairhaven, (7200 3rd Avenue, Sykesville, MD). Link to Obituary:

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The Rev. Dr. Alexander Clinton Zabriskie Jr. Sandy Zabriskie, 89, beloved husband, father, pastor, friend, and servant of God died March 4, 2019 in Sykesville, Maryland. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Mary Ethelynn Tyler and The Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie and was raised at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sandy graduated from Groton School in 1948 and Princeton University in 1952. He was active in the World Council of Churches Student Christian Association and later worked for a year with the World Council of Churches in Salzburg and Trieste helping to resettle refugees from different cultures after WWII. This experience profoundly influenced his values and his desire to serve the poor and dispossessed.

Following a year at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, he attended Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1956, following in the steps of his father and two older brothers, the late George and Philip Zabriskie.

He served for 12 years in the Missionary Diocese of Alaska under Bishop Bill Gordon, first at St. Matthews in Fairbanks and then for 11 years as rector of St. Mary’s in Anchorage. St. Mary’s and its lay leaders reflected the ethnic diversity of Alaska. He was active in the community, building relationships with African American congregations to support the civil rights movement, establishing the Creative Play Preschool, FISH, and other outreach projects.

While in Alaska he married Marguerite (Margy) Morey Cook, a widow, and adopted her infant daughter, Katrina Morey. They had four more children: William Tyler, Paul Clinton, John Lane and Sally Gray Zabriskie.

Sandy was called in 1969 to Trinity Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where his predecessor had served for 40 years. During 15 years at Trinity Church, he introduced the Cursillo Movement, fellowship with Spanish Roman Catholics, new worship liturgies, ecumenical involvement and outreach to the poor, including a soup kitchen in the parish hall.

He became actively opposed to the Vietnam War, and resettled Vietnamese exsoldiers and families in Bethlehem. He started a peace ministry and in 1985 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminar, writing his thesis about nurturing congregational ministries to advocate for nuclear disarmament.

In 1983, Sandy and Margy went on sabbatical to Africa where they met with Bishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg, attended church illegally in Soweto during apartheid, visited their son Tyler, a missionary assistant to Bishop Mbona Kolini in Zaire, and attended a Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) conference in Kenya.

Sandy and Margy were in their element bringing diverse congregations together as loving communities despite economic, cultural and educational differences. Bishop Spong called him to serve as interim priest in two multi-racial congregations in New Jersey – Christ Church in Teaneck and later St. Clement’s in Hawthorne. In 1987 Bishop Reus called him to serve the English-speaking congregation at St. John’s Cathedral in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sandy retired to Burlington, Vermont in 1995 after open heart surgery. The Zabriskie home on Lake Champlain in Burlington provided lots of cross-country skiing, biking, tennis and beautiful scenery to paint. They became involved with the growing refugee communities, especially South Sudanese young men. In retirement he served in both Episcopal and Lutheran Churches, traveled to St. Barths annually as visiting priest to the Anglican congregation, and went as chaplain to the House of the Redeemer in NYC.

He served on various boards and was a member of Rotary in San Juan and Burlington. Together Sandy and Margy guided tours in Israel and Alaska, led work groups to Honduras for Episcopal Relief and Development, and took trips to Cuba, Haiti and Nicaragua with Witness for Peace.

They went on a healing mission to Jamaica and in later years enjoyed cruises in Europe. Sandy loved vacationing with family and friends in Hancock Point, Maine, sailing on Frenchman’s Bay, sharing his home-smoked salmon and guacamole and adding secret ingredients to pancake breakfasts.

He charmed those he met with a twinkle in his eye, a kind word, and a warm hug. Sandy loved and cherished Margy, his wife of 61 years, and was devoted to his family. In addition to Margy, Sandy is survived by his children: Katrina Tolan of Anchorage, Alaska; W. Tyler Zabriskie and wife Kristi of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Paul Zabriskie and wife Beth Holtzman of Middlesex, Vermont; J. Lane Zabriskie and wife Barbara of Ellicott City, Maryland; Sally Zabriskie of Durango, Colorado. His 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild are Taylor and Brendan Tolan; Joy and Luke Zabriskie; Mara Collins and spouse, Dave Marzocchi; Ben Zabriskie and spouse, Krysta; Acadia Zabriskie; Laura, Tyler and Alex Zabriskie; Evatt and Curtis Salinger; and great-granddaughter Anne Zabriskie. He is survived also by his sister Mary Forrest Zabriskie; Thyrza Zabriskie, wife of deceased brother George; Beverly Zabriskie, wife of his deceased brother Philip and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Episcopal Relief and Development or your local hospice would be appreciated.

“The two bookends of Lent” by Bishop Curry

Bishop Curry Portrait 03-2019Lent has two quite remarkable bookends. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are dust and that God loves us even in our dustiness. At the end of this season, we will celebrate the power that God’s love has to transform this world. Easter reminds us that not even death

can keep us from God’s unconditional love. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God’s love for the world is our ultimate goal.

We also know that this walk with Jesus won’t be easy. Following Jesus takes us through Good Friday and the cross. There will be struggles; there will be times when we stumble, but we are not alone. We are bound to one another as children of God. We share with Jesus in God’s beloved family.

God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us how to be more than simply the human race. He came to show us how to realize God’s dream, God’s purpose, God’s plan for us and for all creation.

Whatever devotion you practice this season of Lent, either giving up something that ties you to this world or taking on a spiritual task or discipline, let it be something that helps you participate in the movement of God’s love in this world, following in the footsteps of Jesus and loving one another.

—Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

A Lenten Message from Bishop Kevin

Bishop Kevin speaks to us in a video and invites us to enter fully into the holy Season of Lent. To listen to the video, please use this link.


Here is the text of his message:

“We are invited to a Holy Lent. We hear the words, “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the church…by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word. To Make a Right Beginning.”

During Lent we consider our spiritual health. How our lives, our living and loving, in our lives, homes, our churches, our towns, our schools, our places of work?

In what ways have we fallen short, grown cold hearted? How have we failed to love God by embracing new life?

Recently I was at a congregation on a Sunday when their beloved clergy person was departing. And I listened to their words of gratitude and heartfelt loss. But I was struck most of all by their grieving; They were grieving.

At that moment, the Lenten reality took hold—We are all grieving: The grief of lost dreams, shifting landscapes, hopes for children and loved ones unrealized, the aches of life.

What are you grieving?

This Lenten season dares us to venture into the wilderness of that loss—to name it and to speak it and even dare to weep.

Let us not be afraid to explore the empty tomb of our own personal loss. Together, let us invite Christ to join us to move towards Easter Hope. Know of my prayers for you this season of Lent.”

The Rev. Alexander C. Zabriskie, former Rector of Trinity Church in Bethlehem

The Rev. Alexander “Sandie” Zabriskie died Monday, March 4th. He served as rector of Trinity, Bethlehem from 1969 to 1984. A service will be held on Saturday March 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel at Fairhaven in Sykesville, MD.
Our condolences to his wife Marguerite Zabriskie, and to all who mourn his death.
To view our email to the Parish (which contains information about his many contributions–and especially regarding the founding of the Trinity Soup Kitchen), please use this link.
Alexander C. Zabriskie 1969-1984

Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of Lent

As we approach Lent, there are two events to mark on your calendar: The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. Help us celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)—as we indulge in a lovely fellowship meal together before we embark on our Lenten journey.

The next day, March 6, is Ash Wednesday. We will offer “Ashes to Go” outside the church at 12:00 noon, and a service including the Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist that evening, at 6:30 p.m. Please make plans to join us for this service as we begin Lent.

Shrove TuesdayAsh Wednesday Altar with ashes 2018Cliff administers ashes to JerryCaroline Vickery with Ashes

The 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study for 02/20/19 are cancelled

The Bethlehem Area School District has cancelled classes today, and inclement weather is predicted. To err on the side of caution, and to prevent avoidable injuries, we are cancelling the Weekly Wednesday Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. and the Bible Study at 12:15 p.m. today.

To view the bulletin for the Commemoration of Frederick Douglas, Orator and Advocate for Truth and Justice, 1895, please click here.

To read the congregational email, please click here.


Almighty God, we bless your Name for the witness of Frederick Douglass, whose impassioned and reasonable speech moved the hearts of people to a deeper obedience to Christ: Strengthen us also to speak on behalf of those in captivity and tribulation, continuing in the Word of Jesus Christ our Liberator; who with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in glory everlasting. Amen.

The 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled today-Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 11:30 a.m. Eucharist and the Bible Study are cancelled today. The Bethlehem Area School District has closed all schools due to inclement weather and so the Soup Kitchen will also be closed today.  To view the Bulletin for the Feast of The Reverend Absalom Jones please click here.

Absalom Jones