There are many opportunities for service. Check out ways to share your gifts with others. "In the service of the Lord, work not half-heartedly but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit."
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.
Sept. 19, 9:15 a.m. ThanksChrismEaster (Welcome Back Sunday!); Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m., St. Francis Day; 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer on the Conference Line
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.
As I write to you, I am sitting in the dining room of our house. Theresa and I are home! After 14 months in temporary housing, packing, unpacking, repacking, and numerous meetings with the insurance company and contractors, our house has been rebuilt (after having been crushed by a large and heavy oak tree) and we have returned to it.
It is wonderful to be back in our own confines. So much is familiar and comforting, and yet, it is not quite the same. The walls and ceilings and floors and windows are similar, but not exactly as they were before. The colors are a bit different.
The furniture is sort of like our furniture, but not quite. The kitchen is in the same place as before, but the layout is different (still having trouble remembering where we put everything). And yet, it is home, even with the changes.
Many of you have been physically separated from Holy Trinity Church due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You have been with us on Sunday mornings online or Saturday nights by phone, but that is different from being in physical community with each other.
We are incarnational people who need to see, hear and be present together in community. Perhaps now is the time to physically return to Holy Trinity.
Here is the link for today's special service leaflet. 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.
You will find much that is the same – the liturgy, the hymns, the Sacraments, the building itself, and the familiar faces in the choir and at the altar. But as I discovered when moving home, some things may not be exactly the same. Communion and the offering are received differently. Part of the nave is marked out for social distancing. Because of livestreaming, movement on the altar is a bit more restricted, and there are far fewer in-person meetings and classes. But God is still with us at Holy Trinity Church, and it is still our spiritual home.
With vaccinations, safety protocols, and low transmission rates in our area, it is safer to gather in person than it has been for months. (Of course, this can change depending on the virus.) For now, I invite you to come home to Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, September 19 for Celebration Sunday and a special coffee hour. If you are able, come and experience again the familiar and embrace that which is different. Above all, remember, it’s all about Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hope to see you in church this fall season.
The Rev. Mark H. Chattin
It is indeed a mouthful, but join us THIS Sunday, Sept. 19 as we regather for the beginning of the 2021-2022 season! Did you miss Thanksgiving at church? Did you miss Christmas at church? Did you miss Easter at church? Our Celebration Sunday, aka ThanksChrismEaster, will feature the best of these holy-days' services: hymns and carols, readings and prayers. All COVID-19 safety measures will be followed!
Father Mark talks about the newest information from the diocese on wearing masks.
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, needs your support to welcome our Afghan allies to communities across the country.
EMM is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies tasked with the challenging and life-saving work of supporting Afghans who arrive with parolee status.The Afghan Parolee Services program provides very limited support only for parolees first 30 to 90 days.
Your donations can ensure they have a safe place to live and access to
basic needs during and beyond that period.
EMM will need to provide at least $3,000 worth of housing and cash assistance for each person arriving on parolee status.
Donations to the Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund will provide the housing assistance, medical services, and financial support for basic necessities.
To offer volunteer support, community sponsorship support, or housing – whether short-term or long-term – please fill out the interest form.Connect with an EMM local affiliate.
Sept. 23: Vestry 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Holy Trinity’s Used Book Sale at the Collingswood Book Fair
Oct. 17: Eighth Annual Great Cookie Taste-Off Following the 9:15 service.
Oct 31: Costume Sunday
Nov. 2: Election Day Spaghetti Dinner. More information to come.
Please don't forget to keep up with your pledge. Bills still need to be paid. You can give electronically. Click here
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.
Contact Charlotte Sink at the church office.
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.