On Thursday, July 25, Mtr. Kara and our seminarian Micah Cronin will lead worship at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital at 7 PM. We strongly encourage anyone interested in worshipping with, and bringing the love of Christ to, people struggling with severe mental illness to join us. Contact Kara at email@example.com or Micah at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
For the next few weeks in this time of transition and vacations, until around August 15, Mtr. Kara is the best emergency contact for clergy. Her cell phone is 919-698-7193, her email is email@example.com, and she is generally in the office Monday through Thursday in the mornings and early afternoons.
Summer is a time of growth. The grass grows faster than we can mow it. Garden vegetables and flowers grow and provide beauty and sustenance. Children grow taller and stronger playing in the sun, running and swimming. Summer also falls during the liturgical season of Ordinary Time between Pentecost and Advent and as such, is intended to be a season of spiritual growth. During last week’s Pilgrimage Vacation Bible School, our parish children experienced some amazing spiritual growth.
Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman, Anna L. Liechty, and Judith Harris Chase, Pilgrimage: Seeking the Kingdom of God is a Vacation Bible School designed to teach children how to seek spiritual direction in today’s world. We learned by participating in a re-creation of Medieval Pilgrimage. We imagined that we were Pilgrims traveling to distant lands, such as Italy, England, and Spain. We learned music and created art while exploring the lives of Biblical and Medieval Saints who lived out the teachings of Jesus. Scripture lessons are woven through the experience in the form of stories and memory verses.
If you are at Trinity this week, make sure to take a look at the Children’s Bulletin Board, across from the Parish Hall, to see a sampling of the crafts we made over the course of the week. There are Roman Mosaics, Stained Glass windows, and more.
What a wonderful week of incredible growth for all of our participants! We are already looking forward to next year’s VBS!
Thank you for a wonderful good bye celebration on Sunday! It was such a powerful way to close this chapter of my ministry. I enjoyed seeing so many of you on Sunday. I’m similarly grateful for all of the kind gifts, notes, emails, and phone calls that have poured in.
Thank you for your generosity and love as I prepare for my next call. I pray God will continue to shower many blessings upon you all, as we seek to build communities of kinship- such that God might recognize them!
Please note that the event has been moved into Pierce-Bishop Hall.
The flowers at the altar are
given to the glory of God.
8am Rite I
The Rev’d Paul Jeanes III
Reader & Intercessor
10am Rite II
The Rev’d Paul Jeanes III
Will Brown (Taper)
5pm Evensong will resume September 15.
Imagine with me a paratrooper.
A paratrooper descends from the air in a parachute, and hits the ground running - accelerating – to achieve a mission.
In the fall of 2013, paratrooper Chris McNabb landed in Princeton, New Jersey, and landed at Trinity Church. He came by way of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey.
Some glimpses on this paratrooper….
Most new students in the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary start to do field work at churches in their second year. Chris would have none of that. He started to do field work with the Trinity Church family upon arrival. On a Sunday afternoon in September that year, I took Chris with me on a pastoral visit to a homebound elderly parishioner. Chris was immediately caring for this person, and the two of them hit off splendidly. I just wanted to get out of the way and let Chris do this ministry. Let’s go!
It was between Christmas and New Years in 2017 that I stopped by Trinity Church on a Wednesday evening. I was on my over to the Nassau Inn to help with disaster assistance as The American Red Cross was opening a reception center for those persons displaced by the Griggs Farm Apartment Building Fire. Paratrooper McNabb landed again and sprang into action to join in giving comfort and encouragement to these persons in need, and also to the staff members of the Princeton Housing Authority. His efforts did not stop there as he mobilized the Rummage Team, our church family and the greater Princeton community to get needed provisions to those displaced by the fire. Let’s go!
My really good friend Jamie Watson became ill in 2018, and it was discovered to be brain cancer. At the family’s request, I was asked if a Trinity Church priest could come to The Medical Center at Princeton, and later to Merwick, to provide support and encouragement to Jamie. Chris did a fine job of being that reassurance to Jamie and to the family, and to me, during that time. Chris showed great compassion for Jackie, Jamie’s wife, and the family. The memorial service for Jamie in March 2019 that Chris led was fitting and was sensitive, loving and caring. Let’s go!
During late 2018 and into 2019, this dancing idiot had this crazy idea that men might want to do early morning boot camp exercise workouts with him. In late March 2019, I held a pre-launch workout on a cold Wednesday morning focusing not just on the workout but allowing men to talk about their thoughts and feelings on male depression, suicide and suicide prevention. Chris landed again and was there being the very supportive friend and priest a guy could ever have. He has continued to be a support and encouragement to me with the start-up of F3, Fitness-Fellowship-Faith, here in Princeton. He truly believed and has affirmed to me many times that he sensed the Holy Spirit moving me, and prompting me into creating this local outreach to men in our community to make better men; stronger in body, stronger in their friendship and fellowship connections to other men, and stronger in their personal expression of faith in responding to needs in their families, this community and the world. Let’s go!
I have now stated “let’s go!” over four times, and that is the expression I think of when considering Chris. His love for persons is boundless. His sensitive and caring nature for those in need is without match, As he leads in worship, his demeanor, tone, words, and manner point to our glorious God and his Son Jesus Christ, and the great depth of love that God has for us.
The paratrooper is moving on to another mission, soon to land in Nassau County, New York, in North Bellmore at St. Francis Episcopal Church.
The needs in our church family are great.
The needs in our community and nation are great.
The world is hurting.
The time is short.
How do we respond?
Secretary of the Vestry
Dear sisters and brothers,
While at the shore, I re-read one of my favorites, The Human Conditionby Fr. Thomas Keating. He begins with the question, “Where are you? This is one of the great questions of all time. It is the focus of the first half of the spiritual journey.” He goes on to say, “Where am I in relation to God, to myself, and to others? These are the basic questions of human life. As soon as we answer honestly, we have begun the spiritual search for God, which is also the search for ourselves. God is asking us to face the reality of the human condition.”
The second question he presents is, “Who are you? This is the great question of the second half of the spiritual journey.” I believe that we often lose ourselves and exchange the truth of who we are for a “role” that we play. In contemplation of this second question, we are to empty ourselves of our false manufactured “roles” and allow ourselves to be “full of God.” It is only in God, fully and completely, when we will truly embody our true selves and know who we truly are – those who are unconditionally loved.
I invite you in the days and weeks ahead, as perhaps, you head out for summer adventures to use this time to find out “where you are” and “who you are.” Find those spiritual landmarks that help give you direction. Find those relationships that orient, sustain, and nourish you. Take time for prayer and contemplation. Take off the “role” you play, empty yourself of unrealistic expectations, anxieties, and your need for control. Give yourself time to know and experience that where you are and who you are is held intimately and eternally in the unconditional love of God.
Blessings on the way,
The Rev. Paul Jeanes III