A message from Father Peter: Preparing for Holy Week

Palm Sunday begins the most important week of the Church year. We will travel together through the Passion of Jesus: his triumphal arrival in Jerusalem, his last meal with his dearest friends, his arrest, and his death on the cross.

This year we cannot gather together physically, but we will honor and celebrate each of several events! The schedule and links are on the home page of this website.

And join us in these other ways to stay connected:

New software for our directory & donations

This week you’ll receive an email about new software, called Realm, which will allow you to find our directory and donation history online. Soon, it will allow us to accept electronic donations!

Look for your Easter packet in the mail

It includes palms, a letter, a special Easter donation card, and a pamphlet on creating a home altar.

Create a home altar

Make the effort to set aside a part of your home for this important week, and share the results with all of us! We’re posting the pictures we receive for everyone to see on our “Create a Home Altar” page.

Be part of the Easter sermon!

Send me a very short video (less than 5 seconds) of you enthusiastically saying, “Alleluia Anyway!” I’ll edit them together for our Easter service.

I hope you will join us in these practices. We might be “stuck” at home, but we are not stuck without our faith and traditions. People from the Bible and our traditions have something to tell us about hard times, and how to remain faithful.

I invite you to take this week to listen to and participate with them, as we take our shelter in God.

Please know that you all all in my prayers and I look with joy toward the day we will be together again.

Yours in Christ,
Peter

Worshipping at home, Holy Week through Easter

We are gathering together through new and creative ways these days: Online classes, online worship, and you should be receiving a weekly phone call from a Vestry member.

And now, I invite you to prepare for “Holy Week at Home.”
Home altar with candles and photos

Worship at Home

As a start, consider any and all of the suggestions and how-tos now available to you here on our website in the new Worship at Home section:

  • How to create a sacred space/home altar and then use it regularly, to remind you that God is always present. Strongly recommend!
  • How to follow the practices of Palm Sunday and Holy Week at home through prayers, foot washing, stripping your home of reminders of Jesus, making your own Paschal candle, and celebrating the Easter sunrise (7:07 a.m. this year) with special prayers and breakfast.

Stations of the Cross

We have also updated the “Stations in the Pines” section of this website, so that you can do an online walk with Jesus from his condemnation to death (Station I) to his body being laid in the tomb (Station XIV). The readings for each station are brief, but you can open/save a longer PDF version linked on the main Stations of the Cross page as well.

Also, look for a “Holy Week at Home” packet coming in the mail.

And please, take time for that Vestry phone call, to join us online, and to begin to prepare your home for the most important week of the church year. I promise if you do these things it will be clearer and easier to sense that God is here, waiting with us all, waiting for you.

Worship & gatherings for the week of March 29

Dear Holy Trinity family,
We are still church, despite being physically separated! To help us stay connected, we’re offering a number of events online. Please join us using the links at the bottom of this announcement!

Live and recorded online worship on Facebook

Facebook Live note: We have fixed the glitch, so now anyone can join without a Facebook account. Services are live on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesday through Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Find them on our Holy Trinity Facebook page. Think about leaving a comment or two as a service progresses, they are a great addition!

After each live service, a video of it appears on our Facebook page under “Videos” for you to watch any time.

Using Zoom for video and phone teleconferencing

We are using the Zoom website to host videoconferences for our gatherings and workshops. Zoom is easy to use!

  • Video: If you join on your computer, you can see each other’s faces.
  • Telephone: You can also just dial the phone number and enter the meeting number for the meeting you want to attend. You’ll be able to hear and speak with everyone, just no video.
What an 8-person Zoom video meeting looks like
What an 8-person Zoom video meeting looks like

You can download the Zoom software for free by entering your email address. We have capacity for 100 people on a Zoom call. .

More to come soon. I hope to see many of you this week!
Yours in Christ,
Peter

Links to Holy Trinity Events – Week of March 29

Sunday worship, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 10 a.m.

Sunday Parish-wide check-in and recording the Passion story for Palm Sunday, 7 p.m.

Tuesday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Tuesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.

Wednesday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Wednesday Centering Prayer, 7 p.m.

Thursday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Friday Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. – Join using Facebook Live

Worship & gatherings for the week of March 22, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity family,
We are still church, despite our need to be physically separated! To help us stay connected, we’re offering a number of events online. Please join us using the links at the bottom of this announcement!

Live and recorded online worship

First, we will continue to offer Facebook Live services on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesday through Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Find them on our Holy Trinity Facebook page. Think about leaving a comment or two as a service progresses, they are a great addition!

After each live service is finished, a video of it will be available there on our Facebook page under “Videos,” so you can watch it at any time.

Using Zoom for video and phone teleconferencing

Beginning this week we will be using the Zoom website to host a series of teleconference calls for our gatherings and workshops. Zoom is easy to use! I hope to accomplish at least a few things with this:

a) I can see your faces.
b) You can see each other’s faces.
c) You’ll have access to Bible studies, Centering Prayer, and whatever else we might want to do via Zoom. Lots of trial and error coming, I’m sure.

You can download the Zoom software for free by entering your email address. We supposedly have capacity for 100 people on a Zoom call. That should prove interesting.

More to come soon. I hope to see many of you this week, beginning on Sunday night at 7 p.m.!
Yours in Christ,
Peter

Links to Holy Trinity Events – Week of March 22

In-person services/gatherings cancelled through May 10

Dear Friends,

I have challenging but important news to share. On March 17, our Bishop wrote a letter directing all churches to cease in-person gatherings until May 10. You can find that directive here. This means all church meetings, all renter events, and all worship services until that date are cancelled, including both Easter and Holy Week services.

What do we do now?

Despite the fact that for the next 8 weeks we will not be together in person, we remain committed to being church! We will still care for each other, connect with each other, and worship together.

  • Soon, each of us will begin receiving a weekly phone call from a Vestry member to share information and check-in.
  • I am working on offering an online Bible study class beginning next week (details to follow).
  • And we will continue to have services online using Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Sundays and at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. Go to our Facebook page to participate and to watch videos of past services. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to participate.

Right now, things are happening quickly, changing every few days. I will make sure new notes go out to all of you regularly. Please do not hesitate to call, text, or write. I am holding you all in prayer.

And I ask you to remain attentive to your own prayer life. Having found ourselves forced into the Lenten discipline of less, make room for it. Do the deep, healing work that can only happen when we slow down and listen. Find time every day to get some fresh air, have a good conversation, eat something healthy, and say your prayers. A Sabbath, a break from our lives, is a commandment from God.

Faithfully,
Peter

Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • A Collect for the Sabbath from Morning Prayer II, Book of Common Prayer, p. 99

Lenten series: “When did we see you?”

Join us Tuesday nights in Lent, journeying toward Holy Week by examining what the Bible has to say about prisoners and their care.

A simple soup supper will be offered at 6:30 p.m., followed by class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

If you can volunteer to bring a soup, salad, or bread, please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex (church lobby).

Ash Wednesday 2018

FEBRUARY 14 – This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day shared the same day. Holy Trinity hosted Eucharist services at noon and 7 p.m. The Gift of Ashes were available at each service.