Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
— Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
 
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Worship Leaders

 

8am Rite I

Homilist
Br. Christopher McNabb, OSF

Reader & Intercessor
Tracey Knerr

Chalicist
Guy Pierson

Acolyte
Tracey Knerr

Ushers
Spencer Reynolds, Jr.
Steve Plimpton
Daphne Townsend

10am Rite II

Homilist
Br. Christopher McNabb, OSF

Reader
Angela Achebe

Intercessor
Bucky Brown

Chalicists
Micah Cronin
Dr. Roberta Fiske-Rusciano
Denise Gordon-Miller
Michael Kraus

Acolytes
Phil Unetic
Maureen McCormick

Crucifer
Aleksandra Zasada

Ushers
Bill Burks
Charlie Chesebrough
Jim Duffy
Grant Fraser
John Tomasulo

Audio
Brian Duane

5pm Evensong

Reader
Julie Denny 

Acolyte
Lily Leonard
Madeline Gold

Forum: Lindsey Hankins on Praying Like and In God

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Sunday, March 10 at 9am
in Pierce-Bishop Hall

Lindsey Hankins is a PhD candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary with previous degrees in Historical and Systematic Theology (MA) and Christian History (MA) from Wheaton College and Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethel University, MN (BA). Her MA thesis, Making Martyrs Male: A Reappraisal of Gendered Rhetoric in Ancient Martyrdom Accounts, was written under the support of Wheaton's Center for Early Christian Studies fellowship grant. She is currently completing a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and prayer.

Keep at It

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we experience our first week on Lent and live into our engagement with prayer, I offer you a reflection from Fred Buechner, one of my favorites.

We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fall into when something very beautiful is happening, or something very good or very bad. The "Ah-h-h-h!" that sometimes floats up out of us as out of a Fourth of July crowd when the skyrocket bursts over the water. The stammer of pain at somebody else's pain. The stammer of joy at somebody else's joy. Whatever words or sounds we use for sighing with over our own lives. These are all prayers in their way. These are all spoken not just to ourselves, but to something even more familiar than ourselves and even more strange than the world.

According to Jesus, by far the most important thing about praying is to keep at it. The images he uses to explain this are all rather comic, as though he thought it was rather comic to have to explain it at all. He says God is like a friend you go to borrow bread from at midnight. The friend tells you in effect to drop dead, but you go on knocking anyway until finally he gives you what you want so he can go back to bed again (Luke 11:5-8). Or God is like a crooked judge who refuses to hear the case of a certain poor widow, presumably because he knows there's nothing much in it for him. But she keeps on hounding him until finally he hears her case just to get her out of his hair (Luke 18:1-8). Even a stinker, Jesus says, won't give his own child a black eye when the child asks for peanut butter and jelly, so how all the more will God when his children... (Matthew 7:9-11)?

Be importunate, Jesus says not, one assumes, because you have to beat a path to God's door before God will open it, but because until you beat the path maybe there's no way of getting to your door. "Ravish my heart," John Donne wrote. But God will not usually ravish. He will only court.

Whatever else it may or may not be, prayer is at least talking to yourself, and that's in itself not always a bad idea.

Talk to yourself about your own life, about what you've done and what you've failed to do, and about who you are and who you wish you were and who the people you love are and the people you don't love too. Talk to yourself about what matters most to you, because if you don't, you may forget what matters most to you.

Even if you don't believe anybody's listening, at least you'll be listening.

Believe Somebody is listening. Believe in miracles. That's what Jesus told the father who asked him to heal his epileptic son. Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes." And the father spoke for all of us when he answered, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:14-29).

What about when the boy is not healed? When, listened to or not listened to, the prayer goes unanswered? Who knows? Just keep praying, Jesus says. Remember the sleepy friend, the crooked judge. Even if the boy dies, keep on beating the path to God's door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that, down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer, the God you call upon will finally come.

— Originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words

Peace and blessings on the way,

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The Rev. Paul Jeanes III
Rector

Parents’ Potluck Dates

Sunday, March 31 

Sunday, April 28 
Sunday, May 19

All potlucks are held in Pierce-Bishop Hall and immediately follow the 10am Eucharist concluding at 1:30pm.

Childcare is provided!

Our Parents’ Potluck are a monthly opportunity for young families to share food and fellowship, to grow together in friendship and faith. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share, while Trinity Church provides complimentary pizza. Our potlucks follow a program based in Presiding Bishop’s Michael Curry’s churchwide initiative The Way Of Love.

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Saturday, March 16 from 10am–3pm
at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
(801 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08618)

Registration is free and lunch in provided.

Join the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey (LEAMNJ) on Saturday, March 16th for a day of learning as we ask the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Deepen your understanding of how we can be a strong community of support and advocacy from policy experts in the areas of immigration, solitary confinement, drug policy, gun violence, poverty, hunger, housing, and care of creation.

Keynote

Welcome Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, former Policy Director to First Lady Michelle Obama, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Sharing from her personal experience as a refugee, Krish will respond to the question, “Who is my Neighbor?”

Workshops

  • Immigration Justice: Johanna Calle, Alliance for Immigrant Justice

  • Economic Justice: Arnold Cohen, Housing and Community Development Network NJ Renee Koubiadis, Anti Poverty Network of NJ

  • Criminal Justice: Meagan Glaser, Drug Policy Alliance NJ

  • Environmental Justice: Sarah Newell, Green Faith NJ Community Violence Prevention: Bob Moore, Cease Fire NJ

  • Biblical Foundations of Advocacy: David Stoner, LEAMNJ

The 49th Annual Trinity Church Rummage Sale

Friday, April 26 from 4pm–8pm
Saturday, April 27 from 9am–2 pm

(Volunteers needed for set-up April 23-26!)

On Friday, beginning at 12 noon, numbered, $10 Friday Preview Sale Entry tickets will be sold in the parish office. On Saturday, all items are sold half-price, from 12 noon to 2pm.  

The following items for sale will be ladies and men’s better clothing, family and bargain clothing, antiques, art, books, housewares, ladies fashion accessories, toys, Christmas decorations, linens and shoes.

The sale will be staged on two floors, and there is an elevator to reach the lower floor.  Refreshments will be for sale.

The donation of the above items to the Trinity rummage sale is appreciated; however, furniture, major appliances, baby equipment and pet products cannot be accepted.  Tax donation forms are available in the parish office.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit Trinity Outreach agencies in Mercer County, New Jersey and beyond.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawls are prayerfully knit by members of the Trinity community, blessed by Clergy and given to members of our church community or anyone they love near or far when they are facing illness, grief, or any other serious challenge.  Shawls have a label attached to them with the blessing “A warm hug from God” which is how one recipient described the shawl she received. Shawls are appropriate for men and women, children and adults alike.  Recipients have told us they are deeply comforting.  We also knit Prayer Squares which are lovingly made and blessed but are smaller, perfect when a shawl is too large and wonderful for everyone. 

We would love more knitters!
We meet the second Wednesday of every month, from 10am to noon in the Parlor. Please join us! 


To request a prayer shawl or square, please: