Since as early as 1898, Holy Trinity has consistently kept a published record of communication amongst the congregation and with the outside world. Initially, this was the Trinity Times, a sometimes weekly, sometimes bi-weekly periodical that contained brief news items, schedules of upcoming events, details about upcoming worship services, and testimonials and notes from congregation members. The Trinity Times would eventually transform into This Week at Holy Trinity, which survives today as the church’s weekly e-blast. Today, the congregation of Holy Trinity takes another step forward with the launch of a new site, powered by WordPress, that brings with it the flexibility and features needed for the church to maintain an active web presence early in the 21st century. (more…)
The Second Sunday in Lent – March 1, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
On the second Sunday of Lent we move from the temptations of Jesus to the first of his predictions of his passion: that he will undergo great suffering, be rejected and killed, and after three days rise again. Peter objects and is called Satan by Jesus.
Jesus then teaches his disciples what all of this means for them and us: that we are to deny ourselves and follow him; that by trying to hang on to – to control – our life, we will lose it. But by letting go of control of it and trusting him we will gain it. (more…)
The First Sunday in Lent – February 22, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-14. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world. (more…)
The Transfiguration of Our Lord – February 15, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 2-9. Pastor George Detweiler will preside and preach.
The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s beloved son. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see. (more…)
“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.” Joel 2:13
This verse from the Book of Joel serves as the Gospel Acclamation for mass on Ash Wednesday. It is a simple verse, not terribly complicated, and yet should shake each of us to our core with its directive and following affirmation. Here’s why… (more…)