Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter
 
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Scripture Readings

 

The flowers at the altar are given to the glory of God and in memory of 

Jean Frederick


 

Worship Leaders

 

7:30am Rite I

Preacher
Br. Christopher Mcnabb, OSF

Reader & Intercessor
Seminarian 

Chalicist
Curtis Hoberman

Acolyte
Amelia Willson 

Ushers
Art Eng
Nina Kola
Ed Metcalf

9am Rite II

Preacher
Br. Christopher Mcnabb, OSF

Reader
Noreen Duncan

Intercessor
Juliana McIntyre Fenn 

Chalicists
Roberta Fiske-Rusciano
Michael Kraus
Scott McGoldrick
Sylvia Temmer 

Acolytes
Lucia Huebner
Rosemary Parish

Crucifer
Victor Gibbs 

Ushers
Ken Bitter
Jim Collins
Alison Roth
Jovi Tenev
Robert von Zumbusch 

Audio
Mike Deverell

Prayer Partner
Dr. Bill Haynes

5pm Evensong

Reader
TBD

Acolytes
Aleksandra Zasada
Zbigniew Zasada

First Sunday Breakfast: Urban Promise

Sunday, May 5
from 9am to 10am
in Pierce-Bishop Hall

Please join us for a Hot & Healthy Complimentary Breakfast

Guest Speakers

  • Melissa Mantz Executive Director, Urban Promise Trenton

  • Doug Fitzgerald, Chairman, Board of Directors, Urban Promise Trenton

The heart of Urban Promise Trenton is our AfterSchool programs. We believe that every child has a seed of greatness, and by providing a child with a safe and supportive environment that seed can grow and thrive. We know these children can become responsible young adults who make meaningful contributions to their families, peers, and community. Students attending our AfterSchool programs enjoy a healthy snack, have opportunity to play and exercise, and receive help with their homework. High school students and adult volunteers help students with every subject. We also have a dedicated reading time built into each day to help students read better. Our closing program has a spiritual component to end the day on a positive note!

Elaine Pagels & Wallace Best: Why Religion?

Monday, April 29 at 6pm
at Labyrinth Books

122 Nassau Street,
Princeton, NJ 08542
609-497-1600

All events are free and open to the public.

Why is religion still around in the twenty-first century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions. She will talk about her new book with fellow scholar of religion, Wallace Best.

Elaine Pagels is a preeminent academic whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. A Professor of Religion at Princeton University, Pagels is the author of The Gnostic GospelsBeyond Belief, and Revelations, among other influential works. 

Wallace Best is Professor of Religion and of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952, and of Langstons Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem.

Environmental Shepherds’ Meeting

Sunday, April 28
after 10am Eucharist
in Flemer Library

Trinity Environmental Shepherds invites members of the parish to join us to discuss the upcoming Potluck Dinner and Movie Night on Friday, May 10.

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Lord God of the Universe, in giving us dominion over things on Earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty…
— Collect for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Book of Common Prayer

Hallelujah, Anyhow!

The Rt. Reverend Barbara Harris was the first woman ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. In her memoir, entitled Hallelujah, Anyhow!, [she] quotes an old Gospel hymn that says it this way:

Hallelujah anyhow
Never let your troubles get you down
When your troubles come your way
Hold your hands up high and say
Hallelujah anyhow!

When I get to Heaven, I want to meet one person, and her name is Mary Magdalene. Because if ever there was another Hallelujah, Anyhow sister, it was Mary Magdalene. And her life, and her example, tells us what it means to follow in the way of Jesus, in the Way of Love.

Mary Magdalene showed up when others would not. Mary Magdalene spoke up when others remained silent. Mary Magdalene stood up when others sat down.

John’s Gospel tells us that when many of the disciples fled and abandoned Jesus, Mary Magdalene stood by him at the cross. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Against the odds, swimming against the current, Mary Magdalene was there.

John’s Gospel says in the 20th chapter, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and some of the other women went to the tomb. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

They went to the tomb when it didn’t make any sense. They went to the tomb when the evidence was against them. Jesus was dead. They knew that. The power of the Empire had crushed the hope of love. They knew that. And they got up in the morning and went to the tomb anyhow. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

But more than that, John’s Gospel says it was dark. It was dark. That’s not just the time of day in John’s Gospel. The darkness in John is the domain of evil. In John’s Gospel when Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray Jesus, John inserts a parenthetical remark. When Judas leaves to betray him, John says, “And it was night.” The darkness is the domain of wrong, of hatred, of bigotry, of violence, the domain of sin and death and horror.

And early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, Hallelujah, Anyhow.

The truth is, she didn’t know that Jesus was alive. She was just doing what love does. Caring for her beloved, her Savior, her friend, in his time of death, to give him the last rites of burial. And when she got to the tomb, and the other women with them, they eventually discovered that Jesus was alive, and in the silence of the night, in the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible. God had raised Jesus from the dead

The truth is, nobody saw Jesus rise from the dead, because God had done it secretly and quietly, when nobody was looking.

When I was in high school, I learned a poem composed by James Russell Lowell. He wrote it in the 19th century, in one of the darkest periods in American history, when this country was torn asunder by the existence of chattel slavery in our midst. In this great land of freedom, there were slaves being held in bondage. And this nation literally went to war, tearing itself apart, trying to find the way to do what was right. And James Russell Lowell wrote, in the midst of this darkness, in this dark hour:

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ’tis truth alone and strong…
Though her portion be a scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own

Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Christ is risen

The Lord is risen, indeed.

God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

The 49th Spring Rummage Sale

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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 Preview Sale 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.


Thank you for your generous donations to the 49th Spring Trinity Rummage Sale!

Now we need your help in making the sale a big success!

Please consider volunteering for the sale!

Set-up begins Tuesday, April 23 through Friday morning, April 28! No need to call, but please come by to help between 9am–2pm. Come for an hour or two, or bring a nosh and stay for lunch — we will be working all day to get ready for the sale.

Special work nights: Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 from 3pm–7pm. We need at least ten (10) volunteers per night in order to be ready for the sale.

Sale Day volunteers are needed, too!

Clean-up begins at 2pm on Saturday!

Please call the church office and leave contact information and availability:

Your phone call will be returned by a member of the Rummage Committee!

Are you a student in need of Community Service Hours? Volunteer at the Rummage Sale.

Thank you,
The Rummage Committee

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Jesus Entering Us

Dear Friends,

As we now come to the sacred days of Holy Week, I offer you a Palm Sunday reflection by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

The great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches from palm trees and went out to meet him shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Jesus is the model for all human persons, the universal human being, as it were. Jesus shows us the enormous potentialities hidden within us. By letting God enter our lives and very selves we make it possible for them to be realized. Jesus is coming to us and not just to an ancient city.

According to Paul’s great hymn to God’s humility, the divine Person of the Word, source of everything that exists, didn’t cling to the divine dignity or condition or prerogatives, but threw them all away. It is as though God had a need not to act like God.

In creating, God, in a sense, dies. God is not alone but completely involved in the evolution of creatures. God makes them so lovable! So Christ emptied himself of the divine power that could have protected him and instead opened himself in complete vulnerability. Think of his stretching out his arms on the cross to embrace all human suffering.

In the most real sense, we too are the body of God. We are a “new humanity” in which the Word becomes flesh. We too can be in the service of the Divine Word. God experiences human life through our senses, our emotions, our thoughts. Each of us gives the eternal Word a new way in which to disclose infinite potentiality.

God knows a human self from inside and experienced the human condition in all its ramifications. We are incorporated into this new creation that Christ brings to the world and so to experience the Father’s infinite concern. God transcends suffering and joy but manifests himself in both and Jesus wants us to experience God as He does. We leave behind every false self and become a new self.

Christ on the donkey is riding to his death. This reveals the heart of God once and for all and in such a way that no one can every doubt God’s infinite mercy unless by doubting that God has become human in Christ. At the Eucharist we hear the words: “This is my Body”. The power of that utterance extends to each of us. Christ enters into us and awakens and celebrates his great sacrifice, saying to each of us:“You are my body. You are my blood.” It is a question of our cooperating in these words coming true, more and more, day by day. Do we want Christ to enter into us? Do we want whatever that will mean—for us and for the entire human world?

Peace and Blessings on the way,

 
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The Rev. Paul Jeanes III
Rector

Arm in Arm Spring Benefit

Please join Arm In Arm at our Spring Benefit as we honor the enduring service of our Cornerstone Council. The vision and commitment of this group of former board members have supported our mission to provide stability for neighbors in need since our founding in 1980. We invite you to share the evening with partners and friends, and celebrate our collective impact in our shared community.

Thursday, May 16
6:30pm Cocktail Reception
7:00pm Dinner & Program

at The Nassau Inn

10 Palmer Sq, Princeton, NJ (parking available in the Chambers St garage)

 

RSVP by May 9. Reservations received by April 19 will be included in the event program.