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

Lay Eucharistic Minister training 102 offered March 15

“The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” The person who offers you the cup at communion and says these words to you is a Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM). If you are already serving as a LEM or you’re a LEM wannabe, you need to meet the requirement for training.

On March 15 at 11:30 a.m. we’ll offer a second LEM training. This 30-minute class will focus on the practicalities of serving at Table – how to handle the bread and wine and napkins, AKA fair linen. Attending this session or the earlier one meets the Diocesan requirement for licensing as a LEM.

Thank you for your altar service!

Join us for The Way of Love Series: Prayer

Join us on Sundays at 11:30 as we explore four different forms of prayer.

Classes include:

  • January 19, The Daily Office
  • February 2, Centering Prayer
  • February 9,
  • February 23, The Lord’s Prayer

No advanced work needed. Grab a coffee and come to the Upper Room!

Join us for Advent & Christmas at Holy Trinity

“The holidays” are a busy time for most of us. They’re also a tough time for some of us – our first Thanksgiving or Christmas without someone we love, maybe, or a time when our memories are difficult.

Join the Holy Trinity family as we prepare our hearts for the birth of our savior. Everyone, whether carrying sorrow or happy anticipation this December, will find respect and welcome here.

Advent Lessons & Carols

  • Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.
  • A service of preparation for Christmas through scripture and song

The Feast of St. Nicholas

  • Sunday, December 8, at 10 a.m.
  • A family-friendly choral communion service including a visit from St. Nick himself!

Eucharist with the Sudanese Grace Congregation

  • Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m., Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Road SE.
  • NO SUNDAY SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY!

Blue Christmas Service

  • Sunday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • A service of quiet contemplation and prayer for those struggling with grief, depression or loss

Family Christmas Eve Service

  • Wednesday, December 24, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Celebrating the “reason for the season,” the birth of Jesus

Traditional Christmas Eve with Carols

  • Tuesday, December 24 at 9:30 p.m.
  • A service of celebration with the Christmas Eucharist. Christ is born!

Christmas Lessons and Carols

  • Sunday, December 29, 10 a.m., the fifth day of Christmas
  • Jesus’ birthday celebration continues in scripture and song

 

Sunday Oct. 6 is Pet Blessing Sunday!

Bring your friendly fuzzy, finny or flying pet to church with you on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. for our regular Holy Communion service. If you prefer, your pets can stay in your car until the actual blessing part of the service, but they’re welcome in the Sanctuary as well. (We’re hoping to keep up our 100% no-accidents record from last year if possible, but if not, we’ll take care of it.)

See you then!