Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Gustave Doré, The Celestial Rose—An Illustration from Dante’s Paradiso

 

 

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Procession and Eucharist

for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

6:30 pm, September 29th

at the

Church of the Holy Trinity

 

 

 

 


About the Service

For centuries, Christians have prayed in processions around their neighborhoods, setting forth with their bodies what they profess with their words: the Lord Our God has dominion over all. When faced with what may seem to be insurmountable challenges, we carry the cross in which we find our triumph, and call upon the Lord who has created and redeemed us.

On the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, we remember that as Christians we have been placed by God under the protection of Michael, chief among the archangels. Michael is the warrior angel who defeated Satan during the war in heaven. He is a protector against the darkness and the enlightener of minds. Like all the holy angels, Michael is the faithful servant of God, a messenger who does God’s will on Earth.

How appropriate, therefore, that on this Feast of St. Michael and All Angels we should process around this our neighborhood, proclaiming the dominion of our Lord and asking the angels to watch over us. As the days shorten and troubles multiply, the angels remind us that our lives are wrapped in God’s fierce and tender care.

Let us extend that same care to each other.

 

 


 Procession of the Angels

Speaking parts in bold face type are to be said by all the people together

 

Opening Acclamation

Priest                Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.

People             Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion.

Priest              Let us pray.

Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

People                Amen.

 

Reading           Daniel 10: 4-6, 8-21

On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris), I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. I was left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words; and when I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a trance, face to the ground. But then a hand touched me and roused me to my hands and knees. He said to me, ‘Daniel, greatly beloved, pay attention to the words that I am going to speak to you. Stand on your feet, for I have now been sent to you.’ So while he was speaking this word to me, I stood up trembling. He said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. So Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia,* and have come to help you understand what is to happen to your people at the end of days. For there is a further vision for those days.’ While he was speaking these words to me, I turned my face towards the ground and was speechless. Then one in human form touched my lips, and I opened my mouth to speak, and said to the one who stood before me, ‘My lord, because of the vision such pains have come upon me that I retain no strength. How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For I am shaking, no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.’ Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me. He said, ‘Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!’ When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’ Then he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? Now I must return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I am through with him, the prince of Greece will come. But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.

Reader                The Word of the Lord

People                Thanks be to God.

 

The Procession

 

Priest                he Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Priest                Lift up your hearts.

People             We lift them to the Lord.

Priest               Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People             It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Priest               It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. In praising your faithful angels and archangels, we praise your greater glory; in honoring them, we honor you, their creator; and in asking for their protection, we ask only that they do your divine will, for you are gracious, O Lover of Souls, and to you we give praise: Father Son and Holy Spirit.

People             Amen.

Priest                Let us go forth in peace;

People             In the name of Christ. Amen.

The people begin singing and processing westward on Prast, going as far as the third house.

 YeWatchers1

 

 

YeWatchers2

 

YeWatchers3

 

 

YeWatchers4

 

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?

People             Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?

Prayer Leader 1 (PL1)                Let us pray

Heavenly Angels, mighty ones obedient to God’s spoken Word: in that Word you have shared with us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory. Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth, and especially this city of South Bend; that through your ministry our Lord might renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life, send us honest and able leaders, and enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression. Let peace might prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, so that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

O higher than the cherubim,

More glorious than the seraphim,

Lead their praises, Alleluia!

Thou Bearer of the eternal Word,

Most gracious, magnify the Lord,

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

See, I am going to gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,

People        Those with child and those in labor, together; they shall return here.

PL2      Let us pray.

Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray with us for all pregnant women and for the children they have conceived, that both may safely and happily come to the time of birth, and have occasion to rejoice in the loving providence of your Son, Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,

Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Ye holy Twelve, ye martyrs strong,

All saints triumphant, raise the song,

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

People             ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

PL3      Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, inhabitants of that heavenly kingdom where no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love, no hands raised but the hands of praise: So mightily spread the good news abroad, that we all might be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the third house.

 

All ye who are of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part;

Alleluia, Alleluia!

All ye who pain and sorrow bear,

Praise God and on him cast your care;

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

 

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.

People        This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life.

PL4      Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, you bear witness to the truth that the Lord does not willingly afflict or grieve His children: Look with pity upon the sorrows of your fellow servants who mourn, and watch over our weakness in mercy. Pray with us that the Lord might nourish our mortal souls with patience, comfort us with a sense of His goodness, lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing westward, going as far as the NE corner house.

 

All ye who are of tender age,

‘round whom such worldly tempests rage;

Alleluia, Alleluia!

His word, a lantern for your feet,

Will guide your steps when goals compete.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

People             Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.

PL5                  Let us pray

Heavenly Angels, watch over our children, who are growing up in an unsteady and confusing world. Shine your holy light upon them, that they may see that the ways of God give more life than the ways of the world, and that following Him is better than chasing after selfish goals. Bear them up when they fall, that they might take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Strengthen them, that they might hold onto their faith in God, and keep alive their joy in His creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and process southward down Meade, going as far as the SE corner of Meade and Frederickson.

 

All ye who lie in prisons drear

Know that your Lord and Savior’s near

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let all that is within you bless

Him who hears you in your distress.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in Peter’s cell.

People             When Peter came to himself he said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me.

PL6                  Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, you shone your light in Peter’s cell when he was imprisoned: visit our jails and prisons with that light. Watch over all prisoners and captives, bringing the guilty to repentance and amendment of life according to God’s will, and giving all of them hope for their future. When any are held unjustly, bring them release, and pray that God might forgive us, and teach us to improve our justice. Watch over all those who work in these institutions; make them humane and compassionate; and save them from becoming brutal or callous. And since what we do for those in prison, we do to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, constrain us to improve their lot. All this we ask in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The people resume singing and process eastward down Frederickson, going as far as the third lot (which is vacant).

 

All ye who struggle for the right,

Praise God who puts it in your sight.

O Praise him, Alleluia!

His justice let us each pursue.

Praise Him who gives to each her due.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third lot, the priest says:

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

People             And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

PL 7                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, guide the people in this land who live with injustice, addiction, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Pray God’s mercy upon us, that we might extend our hands in in mercy to our neighbors. Fight alongside those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all, so that every one of us might enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the third house.

 

All ye who labor without pay,

God bless you in your work today.

O Praise him, Alleluia!

May God who knows your works and thought

Now bring you pay for what you’ve wrought.

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

They were broken in pieces, nation against nation and city against city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.

People             But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.’

PL 8                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the third house.

 

Praise God ye who advance in years

Praise God with laughter and with tears

O Praise him, Alleluia!

Praise Him with sore and aching joints

All weaknesses our Lord anoints

O, Praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the third house, the priest says:

How attractive is wisdom in the aged, and understanding and counsel in the venerable!

People             Rich experience is the crown of the aged, and their boast is the fear of the Lord.

PL 9                 Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, whom God has spared the aging of our mortal frame, watch over all those whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Pray that our Lord provide for them homes of dignity and peace, understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help. And as their strength diminishes, pray that our Lord increase their faith and their assurance of His love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and processing eastward, going as far as the SW corner house.

 

All ye who learn and ye who teach

Praise God who gives us ears and speech

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise God from whom all wisdom flows

Praise Him whose light first in you rose.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The procession having stopped in front of the corner house, the priest says:

Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill,

People             The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

PL 10                Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, to whom divine knowledge has been revealed, watch over the schools where our children study, that in safety they may prosper as lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom. Pray that those who teach and those who learn may find our Lord to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people resume singing and process north on Olive to the front of the church

 

O friends, in gladness let us sing,

supernal anthems echoing,

Alleluia! Alleluia!

To God the Father, God the Son,

and God the Spirit, Three in One:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

The people having returned to the front of the church, the priest says:

The Lord raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

People             The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

PL 10                Let us pray.

Heavenly Angels, You see the Lord set the solitary in families: watch over the homes in which His people dwell. Pray that our Lord put far from them every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Pray that he fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, and godliness. Pray that he knit them together in constant affection, turning the hearts of the parents to the children, and the hearts of the children to the parents, that we may evermore have affection one for another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The people enter the church and are seated for the Ministry of the Word

 

The Ministry of the Word

Old Testament:            Genesis 28:10-17

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place– and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

Psalm: Psalm 103 Page 733, BCP

The Epistle:     Revelation 12:7-12

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world– he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

The people stand for the Alleluia and the Gospel

Alleluia:

AlleluiaGather

 

 

 

 

The Gospel:    John 1:47-51

The people respond to the announcement of the Gospel with Glory to you, Lord Christ. After the Gospel has been read, the Reader says, The Gospel of the Lord, to which the people respond, Praise to you, Lord Christ.

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Brief Sermon:

The Nicene Creed:       BCP 358

The Prayers of the People, Form III               BCP 387

Confession and Absolution      BCP 360

Passing of the Peace:   All are invited to share a sign of God’s peace with one another.

Holy Eucharist

Offertory Sentence:

Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A       BCP 361

The Lord’s Prayer, traditional  BCP 364

Breaking of the Bread:             A period of Silence is kept.

Fraction Anthem          BCP 364

Priest    Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

Invitation to Holy Communion:           Communion is distributed to the people.

All baptized Christians are invited to share in Communion, and Gluten free wafers are available on request. Un-baptized persons or those wishing not to receive communion for any reason are welcome to come forward for a blessing, crossing their hands over their chests in indication.

Post Communion Thanksgiving and Blessing:            BCP 366

Announcements:

The Dismissal:            BCP 366

 

 

 

Soup After School

Soup After SchoolCome join us for a great outreach and fellowship opportunity at Church of the Holy Trinity! It’s called Soup After School, and it means what the name says. From 4-6pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, we invite you to come on in to the Parish Hall so you can sit down with us and our neighbors for a free meal of soup, bread, a drink and something sweet. There is always something fun for the kids to do, and for us grown-ups it’s a safe, warm place to gather and get to know one another!
Soup After School began on November 4, 2014. This ministry was the brainchild of John Zanka and his sister Sandy. They made the soup and painted the wooden sign out in front of the church. Their mother, Mary Ann, comes along to keep the two of them in line! From OC, the convenience store across the street, have come soda and brownies.
Meanwhile, the team of Amy Stajkowski, Pat Zanka, and Susan Adamek engage the kids in activities that tie in with the worship life of the church. For All Souls’ Day, the children made memory cards to reflect on their departed loved ones. For St. Nicholas’ Day, the children made holiday treats.

Dates For

Soup After School:  2015-16

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 15
  • January 5
  • January 19
  • February 2
  • February 16
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 19
  • May 3
  • May 17
That first year, Holy Trinity offered Soup After School on the first Tuesday of each month from November to May. In Fall of 2015, with help from the Cathedral of St. James, we are staring in October and expanding to the first and third Tuesdays. Eventually we hope to add other partners so that we can offer Soup After School every week.
After clearing away the dishes at 6pm, we troop into the church for a 6:30pm Eucharist where we give thanks for the opportunity to seek and serve Christ in every human being. Our hope is that the transition from supper table to communion table will become yet another way in which we can offer our neighbors a taste of the life we share in Christ. Pray with us that in that taste both we and our neighbors will see that the Lord is good!
Decorating cookies

MaryAnn Zanka decorating cookies with some of the kids. Check out more Soup After School Pictures. . .

Holy Trinity, Holy Smoke! —Part 3 of a Series on Vital Posts

Part 3 of Linda Buskirk’s series about Holy Trinity has come out in Vital Posts, a blog by the Episcopal Church Foundation to get the word out about signs of vitality around the church. You might be pleased to know that the article ends with this comment:

Holy Trinity is a blessing to its corner of God’s Kingdom. Its people have prayed and listened to God’s answer: serve and be in relationship with your neighbors. Please join me in giving thanks for Holy Trinity’s witness and praying that God will continue to bless their faithfulness in the years ahead.

Not too shabby for a congregation that just a few months ago had to seriously consider whether God was calling us to close our doors!  I am so proud to be your priest!

St. Michael’s Organizes a Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place.  Join a group of Episcopalian pilgrims for eight days as we explore the historic and spiritual roots of our faith by taking a spiritual journey to London, England.   Visit, pray and explore Canterbury, Westminster, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. The group, under the management of Edgerton’s Travel Service, Inc., will fly direct from Chicago to London on Aug 10 and return Aug 17, 2016.  The projected cost is $4,299 double occupancy and includes seven night’s lodging, breakfast each morning, farewell dinner, motorcoach charters, and admissions as outlined in the full brochure.  To learn more contact Marie A. Blunt at MarieBlunt@sbcglobal.net.

Updated Bishop Search Timeline

The following letter just arrived from the Diocesan Standing Committee:

September 10,  2015
Dear Beloved Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your prayers during this time for search and discernment of our next bishop. Thank you for your input and feedback which has helped the Search Committee to develop our diocesan profile. Thank you to those of you who have submitted nominations to the Search Committee. And thank you to Dr. Craig Pawlowski for the creation of this entertaining, informative and multigenerational Activity Book describing our search process.

The following is an update on the Timeline, Transition Committee and Election process in our bishop search.

Timeline

The general timeline for our search will be found on our bishop search website. There is a lot going on in between those dates listed there. Between the close of nominations on September 18 and the announcement of the final slate of candidates announced on November 15, the Search Committee will be meeting nominees for a discernment retreat in October. Co-Chairs Fr Mike Dwyer and Linda Buskirk are leading a prayerful and confidential process. Their work on the Search Committee will be complete after they submit the final slate of candidates to the Standing Committee in November.

Transition Committee

The Standing Committee commissioned the Transition Committee at the end of August. While their work has already begun they officially take over the process of our search after the slate of candidates has been announced. They oversee the shepherding of our candidates (and their spouse/partner) up to and through the Walk-Abouts in January; the election process in February; the transition of bringing our new bishop into the diocese; and the ordination of our new bishop on June 26, 2016.

Under the leadership of Fr. Jim Warnock, the following are the members of the Transition Committee:

The Rev. Jim Warnock , Chair, Gethsemane, Marion
The Rev. Terri Bays – Holy Trinity, South Bend
Marie Gambetta – St. Paul’s, Munster
Tim McLaughlin – St. Michael & All Angels, South Bend
Barb Meneakis, St. Barnabas, Gary
The Rev. Ted Neidlinger – Christ the King, Huntington
Randy Powers, Gethsemane, Marion
Cindy Spice – St. Alban’s, Fort Wayne
Charlotte Strowhorn, Jr – St. Augustine’s, Gary
The Rev. Michelle Walker – Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership

This committee will be spearheading the various subcommittees that will carry us through the transition months. Each subcommittee will need many hearts and hands to carry out the work ahead. Please be generous in offering your time and talents as you are called upon. You are welcome to contact Fr. Jim Warnock for questions about the Transition Committee.

Election of the Eighth Bishop of Northern Indiana

At our Diocesan Convention, October 24, 2015, Bishop Little will call for a Special Convention for the Election of a Bishop to be held February 6, 2016. Electors to our October, 2015 Diocesan Convention will automatically be the electors at the Special Convention February 6, 2016 (including the possibility of registered alternates filling in) UNLESS notice of new delegates for 2016 are certified with the Secretary of Convention by February 1. In the latter case, those newly elected delegates who serve at the Special Convention in February and will also serve as elected delegates at our 2016 October convention. Parishes and potential delegate/electors should take into consideration the January Walk-Abouts to meet the candidates in preparation for the election. Please continue to look for email and website communications about the dates and times for meeting our candidates in January.

Lastly, please do not hesitate to contact the co-chairs of the Search Committee, Fr Mike Dwyer and Linda Buskirk, or the chair of the Transition Committee, Fr Jim Warnock, or me, Fr Matthew Cowden, should you have any questions or concerns, nominations or prayerful discernment about the search for our eighth bishop. We look forward to welcoming our next bishop whom God is preparing for us, and praying with her or him about the next chapter of our life together in Northern Indiana.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

The Rev. Matthew Cowden+
President
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Northern Indiana

Holy Trinity, Holy Seeds—Part 2 of a Series on Vital Posts

Er. . . I seem to have forgotten to post the second part of Linda Buskirk’s Vital Posts series about Holy Trinity when it came out early last week!  You can view it online at http://www.ecfvp.org/posts/holy-trinity-holy-seeds-part-2/.  This second installment is about our efforts at developing a relational ministry with our neighbors.

A Christian Response to Gun Violence

Our neighborhood at Holy Trinity is plagued with gun violence, with two deaths this year within a couple of blocks of the church and two armed robberies (thankfully, without resulting physical injury) of the convenience store across the street. How are we, as Christians, to respond to such violence, now that we are refusing to hide inside our church walls?

On September 14-28, Episcopal Bishops Eugene Sutton (Maryland) and Ian Douglas (Connecticut) will be offering a free online course addressing just this question. Entitled, “The Big Class: A Christian Response to Gun Violence,” this course promises and insightful and balance approach to a difficult issue. Bishops Sutton and Douglas are founding members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and have spoken and written extensively on this subject.

Here’s a preview:

This course is brought to you free of charge from September 14-28 through the support of The Episcopal ChurchThe Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.