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

Learn about Centering Prayer, March 18

Cancelled due to coronavirus precautions. Read more.

Do you feel called to deepen your relationship with God? Are you ready to say yes to the Divine’s presence and action within you? Then answer the call. Join us for Centering Prayer on March 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Upper Room. All are welcome!

Blessings and prayers

Jim L.

Annual meeting is Jan. 26

We’re having our annual parish meeting on Sunday, January 26 right after the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

We need your vote! We need your hot dish!

We’ll meet in the Parish Hall downstairs, and to tempt everyone to stay and share, we’re making it a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish.

Printed packets will be available at the meeting, but it would be great if you’d read the packet that was emailed to you ahead of time and have your questions ready.

We need a quorum to vote on the proposed change to our bylaws (see below) and to vote in our new Vestry members, so come one, come all!

Candidates for Vestry

This year, Debbie Murphy, Lisa Nelson and Barb Stuije are rotating off the Vestry, and Ron Tiller has resigned. Fortunately we have four people running for Vestry!  Linda Kitsch, Kevin Murphy, Nan Campau and Genia LaNore.

If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Warden, Debbie Murphy.

Proposed change to our bylaws

At our December vestry meeting a motion was presented to allow acting-clergy,
Peter Homeyer, the right to say yes or no to persons carrying guns at Holy Trinity.
It was unanimously adopted. We would now like to adapt the bylaws of the church to
have Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Wyoming Michigan be a gun-free campus.

The proposed adapted portion of the bylaw will read:

“Holy Trinity is a gun-free campus, with the only exception being licensed

law enforcement officers.”

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!

“Souper” Bowl Challenge results

Two Churches (Holy Cross Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran) challenged us to beat them in donating cans of soup to food pantries this year. Last year they donated more than 1,200 cans!

We brought in cans of soup each Sunday, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. After a strong start, Two Churches ended up the winner, beating us by just 29 cans – 2,084 to 2,114!

Of course, the real winner is The Pantry and all the families it serves. Thanks for feeding the hungry this winter!