Holy Week At Holy Trinity

Palm Sunday—March 25 at 10am

Eucharist and Procession with Palms

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

March 27

4-6pm Soup After School

6:30pm Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday—March 29 at 6:30pm

Foot Washing, Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar for Maundy Thursday

Adrien Niyongabo, Preacher

Terri Bays, Celebrant

Vigil at the Altar of Repose

 Thursday, 3/29 at 8pm to Friday, 3/30 at 12pm


Good Friday—March 30 12-3pm

Solemn Liturgies

with Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross and Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

(7pm Service at St. Michael and All Angels’)

Holy Saturday—March 31

10am Liturgy for Holy Saturday

10:30-2pm Parish Clean-up Day

with Pot-Luck Lunch

8:15pm Easter Vigil

Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

Easter Sunday—April 1 10am


Terri Bays, Preacher/Celebrant

Changes to Soup After School

Soup After SchoolFor the past three years, neighbors have gathered with us here at the Church of the Holy Trinity for Soup After School, an opportunity to sit down together for conversation over 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!
This year, we are staring a bit later—funny how folks don’t seem to want soup when it’s warm outside! We are also moving to the second and fourth Tuesdays rather than the first and third. In this way we hope to be more responsive to the needs of those who get paid on the 1st and 15th of the month, only to find that there are too may days, and not enough paycheck.
All are welcome, even those who don’t particularly need a good hot meal. Come just to sit and chat, or come to help out with cooking or serving soup, with supervising the children or with cleaning up. We offer you this time for a bit of peace (though not necessarily quiet!) in a busy and troubled world.

Dates For

Soup After School: 2017-18

  • October 24
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 12
  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 13
  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24
While Soup After School is not, strictly speaking, a religious gathering, we do try to offer an activity each time that will engage the kids in the seasonal life of the church. After clearing away the dishes at 6pm, those wanting to join us for worship 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!


Upcoming at Holy Trinity

Because the next two weeks will be very busy at Holy Trinity, here is a handy list of reminders!

Tuesday, 10/25 at 7:15pm    A Faith for the Future

This class is both for those considering the possibility of formal confirmation/reception in the Episcopal Church and for those who would like to refresh their acquaintance with the ways in which Episcopalians understand their relationship with God through liturgy, the creeds and the bible. We will be using the book A Faith for the Future, by Jesse Zink, as a guide to our discussion, but you will not need a copy for this first class.

Wednesday, 10/26 at 7:15pm    Vestry Meeting (Rescheduled from 10/18)

Sunday, 10/30 at 11:15am     Pot Luck and Stewardship Celebration

Join us as we celebrate our successful stewardship for 2016 and cast a vision for the year to come. As we emerge from a period of transition and crisis, what are the different type of asset that each of us brings to our common life in Christ? How might we collaborate with our neighbors to help all of us recognize and employ our assets for the betterment of our community? What kinds of commitments can we make with each other so that we can walk forward with confidence in the year ahead?

Tuesday, 11/1 4-6pm     Soup After School and 6:30pm Eucharist for All Saints Day

Join us for a bowl of soup and fellowship with our neighbors in the late afternoon, and then stay afterwards for a celebration of All Saints Day. This “major feast” is one in which we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” who set an example for us of heroic life in faith and whose continual offering of prayer supports us even when we ourselves lack the strength to pray as we should. Because not every saint has been recognized as such and assigned a specific date in the church calendar, All Saints Day provides us with an opportunity to give thanks for those  unnamed saints who have played such an important role in the lives of those whose souls they have touched.

Wednesday, 11/2 6:30pm     Eucharist for All Souls Day

Not all of us are saints. Yet we believe in a God whose property is always to have mercy, and so we gather on the Feast of All Souls to remember before our God the names of both the faithful and the not so faithful departed who have played a meaningful part in our lives. After naming each person, we insert slips of paper with their written names into a cross designed for that purpose. In so doing, we also offer to God all the various and complicated memories and feelings we have about these folks, trusting that God is able to return our offering to us as a resurrection blessing. Join us for this celebration of the Body of Christ, in death as in life.

All of the departed named in the newsletter each month and in the prayers of the people will be remembered at our All Souls Day service. If you have other names to add, but will not be present on 11/2, please submit them by phone (please spell out the names!), email or in person by 11/1. If you will be present on 11/2, you will have an opportunity to write those names on the spot.

See you at church!


Soup After School Starts Again!

Soup After SchoolThis time next week, Soup After School will have returned to Holy Trinity from its summer vacation! From 4-6pm on the First and Third Tuesdays of each month, you can come by Holy Trinity to enjoy a free meal of soup, bread and a beverage while visiting with your neighbors. The Church of the Holy Trinity, along with our partners from the Cathedral of St. James host Soup After School from September through May, and all are welcome!

Soup After School Dates for the 2016-17 School Year:  Sept 6/20 • Oct 4/18 • Nov 1/15 • Dec 6/20 • Jan 3/17 • Feb 7/21 • Mar 7/21 • Apr 4/18 • May 2/16

Does Our Charity Impoverish Our Neighbors?

Someone forwarded me an article from Christianity Today by Robert Lupton on the topic of “toxic charity.” Charity turns toxic where those who serve end up doing for people what they are quite capable of doing for themselves. Those being served are shamed by the very public suggestion that they cannot take care of themselves and their families and they are discouraged from making investments in their own futures. Toxic charity deepens poverty rather than alleviating it.

The difficulty (at least one of the difficulties) is that when a person comes to you in crisis, you first want to help that person find some stability, even if only in the form of a warm, dry place in which to talk the problem over. I don’t know how many times someone has called or come to me in crisis, and instead of asking for money, just wanted me to help them sort through their issues and options. Part of what we are trying to do with Soup After School is offer that kind of place, where neighbors can gather for a hot meal and talk about their lives. Often it’s not the church folk who provide the answers, but rather the neighbor sitting near them. We’ve just provided the chair to sit in.

The next stage is to start offering micro training as part of the programming for both kids and adults. Last week we had a mini workshop on a Christian approach to self defense. The trainer was interpreting some basic jiu jitsu moves in Christian terms. Last spring we taught the kids how to plant seeds that would end up in our Community Garden. Maybe this year we can send them home with some of those seedlings to plant in their own yards.

The Theory and the Practice of Liturgy at Holy Trinity

This past Tuesday we held a Prayer Procession and Eucharist for the Feast pof St. Michael and All Angels. We called it Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, and, looking at the bulletin I posted the other day, you might think it was a pretty formal affair.

It wasn’t.

It really wasn’t. Indeed, it ended up being so “informal” (some might even have called it “chaotic”) that I figure I need to say something here about the difference between the theory and the practice of liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity.

You see, when I am designing a liturgy, alone in my quiet office, I routinely forget that we are a small church in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. I routinely forget that not everyone speaks the way I do, and not everyone reads my big words and complex sentences as easily as I do—I after all, already know what it is that I’m trying to say! I routinely forget that straight lines aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. As a result of this routine negligence on my part (there I go again!), the written part—the theory—of our liturgies often looks quite different from the practice.

The practice of liturgy the other evening went like this:

  • We started out with four children and five adults (none of whom were related to the children). Two of the adults were unable to process, one due to fatigue and the other due to disability.  This left three adults with four children.
  • The children had come over to the church looking for Soup After School. When I told them that Soup After School doesn’t start until next Tuesday, they decided to participate in the service anyway.
  • When the three girls asked if they could take their turns reading the prayers (the boy was by far the youngest, and too young to be reading yet), I agreed, not really thinking through the fact that the language would be above their reading (and probably comprehension) level. We ended us with one of them reading with me following along and prompting where needed (about 1 in 3 words).
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones turned out to be a good hymn choice, since when in doubt, you can just sing “Alleluia” really loud, over and over again.
  • Let’s just say that flinging holy water around was a big hit, and the priest might not have been the only one wielding the aspergillium (or fingers). . .
  • Halfway through the procession, the little boy decided he didn’t want to be with us, so I said he could do his own thing as long as he crossed the street with us. At one point he decided to push that boundary by sitting down in the middle of the sidewalk. His big sister had a word with him and eventually persuaded him to come along before I had to pick him up and carry him across the street, but it was a close thing!
  • Back at the church for Eucharist, the kids came up to acolyte—1 for the wine, 1 for the water, 1 for the handwashing, and 1 for the bells.  Lots of whispered instructions ensued.
  • We all hit the snack cabinet after mass was over and clean-up done. If you have donated juice and granola bars or other healthy snacks, this is what your donations are going towards!

In other words, this was an awful service from the standpoint of theoretical liturgy, since next to nothing went as planned. From the standpoint of practical and pastoral liturgy, however, this service was every inch a success!

Soup After School

Soup After School
Just recently, we’ve added a brand new 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 Tuesday 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 and just had its second run on December 2. This ministry is the brainchild of John Zanka and his sister Sandy. They make the soup (January’s will be Turkey Noodle) and have painted the wooden sign out in front of the church. Their mother, MaryAnn, comes along to keep the two of them in line! From OC, the convenience store across the street, have come soda and brownies.

Dates For

Soup After School

  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 2
  • May 5

Meanwhile, the team of Amy Stajkowski, Pat Zanka, Susan Adamek and Kathy Molnar are continuing the work they began with the neighborhood children this past summer. Some work behind the scenes and others “out in front” to 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.

After clearing away the dishes, we all troop into the church for a 6:30pm Eucharist. 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!