If you cannot make it in person to the church or the 12:30 p.m. outdoor Eucharist, join us every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Mass and "spiritual Communion" here.
As Christians and Episcopalians, we have many opportunities to demonstrate the ways in which we can be grateful and responsible stewards of all the gifts we receive from God.
Sunday, Jan. 24 (Third Sunday after Epiphany): 9:30 a.m. Mass (in person and livestreamed); 11 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour; 11:20 a.m. Good Book Club; 12:30 p.m. Outdoor Eucharist (weather permitting).
Here is the link to the service leaflet for the Second Sunday after Epiphany. 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.
Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from One License, License #732497-A.
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen. (St. Alphonsus de Liguori, 1696-1787)
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 altar flower chart is in the back of the church. Flowers cost $45. Call the office for information.
Jan. 24: Week 3 Reflection
I was feeling a bit displaced this year. The pandemic seems to have changed everything. Closed restaurants. Work from home. Restricted shopping. No visiting of friends and families. Empty tables at Thanksgiving. Jobs lost. Hunger increasing. Schools closed and children home. Even churches under restrictions – either closed or limited in-person worship. And the list goes on and on. The usual things we count on are not available so we can feel adrift and displaced.
Then I thought about the first Christmas. Mary and Joseph were displaced, having to leave home for the strange town of Bethlehem for a census demanded by a foreign power. They got to Bethlehem and the Holiday Inn was full. They ended up staying in a barn where Mary gave birth, no maternity ward for her. Then the shepherds showed up talking about Angels. Their whole lives were changed. And if that wasn’t enough some foreigners showed up with strange gifts. (I wonder if they wore masks?)
When you think about it the whole nativity story is one of displacement and then new life. At the center of the scene is Jesus. From him the light shines that over comes the darkness. From him the love of God is born anew into our world. Right in the midst of that time of displacement, the greatest miracle of all occurs, God becomes one of us and calls us forth to bring that love, that light into our day.
Our displacement will pass. Maybe there will be new miracles ahead. Regardless of what else is going on Jesus is still here loving us and giving us a firm foundation to stand on. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. May he be born anew is us this year.
If you’re like me, the words of a particular Christmas song have resonated this year. “We (definitely) need a little Christmas now!”
May your Christmas this year be blessed and filled with joy,
The Rev. Mark H. Chattin
A complete text of this sermon is available here.
Please pick up your box of new envelopes available at the back of the church. Should you have any questions, contact Debbie Cruz at 609-707-5158.
To replace those burned Dec. 31, 2021 calendars are available at the back of the church and are free. Please take several and share with a friend, neighbor or family member.
Please don't forget to keep up with your pledge. Bills still need to be paid. You can give electronically. Click here
Our weekly "virtual coffee hour" with Father Mark and other parishioners starts at 11 a.m. Sundays (it will end at 11:20 a.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 3 for The Good Book Club).
You may join the group by phone using our conference line (856-861-3864 – PIN 924 821).
“This chapel is at the heart of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ in central London – one of Britain’s largest and busiest hospitals.Like health workers across the country, the staff here have been on the front line of the coronavirus crisis and have responded with incredible bravery, skill and care. It’s my local hospital, a few minutes’ walk from where I live. During the pandemic, I’ve been volunteering as an assistant chaplain – working for the senior chaplain, the wonderful Rev. Mia Hilborn.
We visit COVID wards and other units – spending time with patients, staff and relatives. One evening, I might be with a young child, praying with him and his mother. On another I could be sharing a joke with someone – finding a moment of warmth and connection in a frightening time. Sometimes the most important thing we do is just sit with people, letting them know they are not alone.
This year has seen tremendous pain and sadness. Many of us have lost family members or friends, often without being able to say goodbye. For anyone who is on the dark and difficult journey of grief – a path I know myself – I want to assure you that I am praying for you. But it’s at St. Thomas’ that,
The Most Rev. Justin Welby
alongside acknowledging this darkness, I find reasons to be hopeful for the year ahead. Because what I see here teaches me something about human beings – and about God.
This crisis has shown us how fragile we are. It has also shown us how to face this fragility. Here at the hospital, hope is there in every hand that’s held, and every comforting word that’s spoken.
Up and down the country, it’s there in every phone call. Every food parcel or thoughtful card. Every time we wear our masks. The Bible tells us that God rejoices in these small acts of love – because they reveal who we truly are: human beings
made in God’s image, deeply connected to one another.
Such gestures speak to me of Jesus – the one who shows us what God’s love looks like. And for this reason, we can have hope for each and every month ahead.
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 Saturday folks (parishioners who normally attend 5:30 Mass) meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays by conference call for worship and conversation.
The number 856-861-3864 – PIN 924 821.
May God bless you, and all those you love, in this coming year."
The Most Rev. Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.
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.