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Sunday, April 18: Family Mass, 9:30 a.m., in person and livestreamed; 11 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour and Noonday Prayers; 12:30 p.m. Outdoor Mass
Today's Mass will be available for viewing until the following Sunday, simply by clicking the start button. Past Masses live-streamed since the start of the pandemic on March 15, 2020, appear below today's Mass. Follow along today's Mass by clicking the service leaflet link at the right, or you can use your own prayer book and hymnal if you prefer to do so.
Information on altar flowers scheduling availability can be obtained by calling Charlotte Sink in the church office.
We have all been living with COVID-19 and suffering with its restrictions and consequences for more than a year now. For many of us it has been a time of isolation and loss. Nothing seems the same. We have all been affected by the changes the pandemic brought about.
I often hear people say they cannot wait for life to return to normal. We want to return, or at least to try to return. That is a normal response when we are going through a time of challenge, a difficult time. We simply want to go back to the way things were before. Before seems safe. The paths in that place are familiar, well-trodden. If we are honest, we may not have absolutely loved before, but things were familiar.
I imagine that the disciples were feeling the same way. Their world was turned upside down.
Here is the link to the service leaflet for the Second Sunday of Easter. Click the "plus" sign to the right of the "Holy Trinity" tab at the top of the page to create a new tab so that you can toggle easily back and forth between the livestream and the leaflet.
They had given their lives to Jesus, traveled with him, heard him teach, and witnessed many miracles. And now he was gone, crucified like a common criminal. Could they return to life the way it was before? They were alone and afraid until the greatest news broke, “the tomb is empty, Jesus is alive, he is risen.” God’s love, which always surrounded us, was triumphant; they could never return to what was before …
At Easter, we experience the amazing miraculous display of the power of God’s love. Like the disciples, we cannot return to what was before either. Easter pushes us to go forward. As Bilbo Baggins, that adventurous little Hobbit, reminds us: “Go Back? No good at all! Go Sideways. Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
Maybe we can be like the daffodil. After a long winter’s sleep, it bursts forth with new life. Its yellow blooms facing the warm spring sun, trumpeting the victory of life over death. It proclaims a new day has come. Our lives can be a ray of hope for others as we point to the warmth and light ahead. Soon the pandemic will be behind us. We will break forth from all of the isolating restrictions that have kept us safe. We will experience new life and it will be the new life that has always surrounded us – resurrection life of Christ in and through us.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Happy Easter! On We Go! Joyous Easter Blessings
The Rev. Mark H. Chattin
Holy Trinity has resumed indoor worship, although attendance is limited to 45. The 9:30 Mass continues to be live-streamed on the website and Facebook.
The outdoor Eucharist is at 12:30 p.m. on the Plaza, weather permitting. Virtual coffee hour and Christian education is in between, at 11 a.m., ending at 12 p.m. with Noonday Prayer.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Ushers are in charge. Please ask them if you have questions (at a safe distance) when they greet you at the door and direct you to your seat.
All participants MUST WEAR MASKS (over noses, too).
Six-foot social distancing must be observed at all times. Persons living the same household may sit together. Pews are marked to ensure social distancing.
No touching of any kind (including handshaking or hugging at the Peace) is allowed.
While some choir members will sing, there is no congregational singing.
Hand-sanitizing stations should be used frequently, especially before receiving Communion.
Take your Bread and Wine with you unopened, and return to your pew up the center aisle. We will all receive together when everyone is back in their seats.
Gathering in groups before or after the service anywhere on church property is not allowed.
Attendance will be taken to facilitate contact tracing, if necessary.
If it looks like bad weather, the outdoor service will be canceled (check the website).
For the outdoor service, bring Prayer Books (there will be service booklets); indoors, service books will be provided.
Weekly recorded sermons by Bishop Stokes are here.
The Rev. Absalom Jones, who was born an enslaved person on a Delaware plantation and through perseverance and abundant faith was the first African-American to be ordained a deacon and then a priest in the Episcopal Church, became the 12th winner of the Golden Halo in this year's Lent Madness "Saintly Smackdown."
The Rev. Mr. Jones, considered a saint by the Episcopal Church (feast day Feb. 13), defeated St. Benedict the Moor in the final competition.
Holy Trinity's Lenten Study program focused on 32 saints who competed for the Golden Halo.
Our weekly "virtual coffee hour" with Father Mark and other parishioners starts at 11 a.m. Sundays and is followed by Noonday Prayers just before 12 p.m.
You may join the group by phone using our conference line (856-861-3864 – PIN 924 821).
A longtime Episcopalian finally decides to read the Bible. He buys a large-print edition and reads it cover-to-cover. When he's finished, he pulls the rector aside at coffee hour and confides, “I really enjoyed reading the Bible, but I was surprised how much it quotes the Book of Common Prayer!”
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Holy Trinity's mission is to be a welcoming faith community that celebrates God's presence and activity through worship, education, and fellowship, and by seeking and serving Christ in all persons.
Our worship at Holy Trinity centers on weekly celebrations of the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
These are the central component of our lives in faith.
The number 856-861-3864 – PIN 924 821.
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Holy Trinity Church is a parish of the Diocese of New Jersey, the second-oldest in the Episcopal Church, founded in 1785.
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes is the 12th bishop of the diocese. Elected on May 4, 2013, he was consecrated Nov. 2, 2013.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is at 801 W. State Street in Trenton.
Holy Trinity and the Diocese of New Jersey are part of the Episcopal Church, founded in 1789, and headquartered in New York. The church has 6,423 parishes in nine provinces in the United States and elsewhere.
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, elected in 2015, is the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the church.
The Episcopal Church is one of 165 members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, founded in 1867 in London, England.
The communion has 85 million members within the Church of England and other national and regional churches in full communion.
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, is the spiritual head of the Communion, comprising churches founded by the Church of England.