The Epiphany of Our Lord
Sunday, January 7
11:00 a.m. Mass
As with Gladness Men of Old
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
What Child Is This
The First Noel
Pastor Miller’s Sermon
This Wretched Child Will Disturb Us All
Dear Members and Friends,
A very blessed New Year to you as we continue celebrating the twelve days of Christmas.
This Sunday, January 7, we will celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord. We transfer this feast from January 6 to January 7 and that means we will have thirteen days of Christmas instead of the typical twelve–anyone want to add another verse to “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Oh yes, and the beautiful decorations will be up for one more Sunday.
Not only are we in the midst of Christmas, but we have just embarked on the 150th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. This promises to be a very exciting year with distinguished preachers from across the country and glorious music.
Let us also thank God for a stunning 2017. A few notable highlights:
-Worship attendance was up by 14% over the previous year and Wednesday Mass was up 360% over the past five years!
-We will end the year in the black by between $10,000-$15,000; this is the second year in a row we have ended the year on a positive financial note! Also, we are grateful for a number of incredibly generous gifts to support our Saturday meal program and our Winter Women’s Shelter.
On Wednesday evening, January 3, the church was at capacity for the Praetorius Vespers concert. It concluded with “In Dulci Jubilo” as music gloriously echoed from every corner of the church–I am certain the angels were singing from Bethlehem! The crowd gave a extended standing ovation to our Holy Trinity choirs and Cantor Donald Meineke. What an amazing way to begin our 150th anniversary.
The most magical moment of the evening, at least for me, was the realization that as world-class music filled our church, women gathered in our community for the first night of Holy Trinity’s Winter Women’s Shelter on a very chilly evening. Ministry does not get any better than when soaring music and compassionate ministry embrace at the Christ Child’s manger!
God is richly blessing our ministry. I give thanks for your faithfulness at worship, your generosity in support of all that is occurring, and your commitment to our growing social ministry programs.
Blessings to you and may God richly bless Holy Trinity in this our 150th year of ministry in the great city of New York.
Yours in the Name of the Christ Child,
Pastor Wilbert S. Miller
PS The boiler is functioning at capacity and it was 70 degrees in the church last evening. Brave the weather this Sunday as you join hands with the Magi before the Christ Child!
The Holy Trinity
Winter Women’s Shelter
The Holy Trinity Winter Women’s Shelter opened on Wednesday, January 3. If you are interested in volunteering, be in touch with Michele deCoteau, our shelter coordinator, or call the church office. The shelter is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.
Lenten Devotional Booklet
We are in the midst of preparing Holy Trinity’s second annual Lenten Devotional Booklet. If you have not signed up to prepare a daily devotional (175-200 word reflection on a brief passage of St. Mark’s Passion account), please see Kim Suttell or Pastor Miller on Sunday. We need about ten additional people to complete the booklet. Also, if you have signed up, please turn in your reflection at the earliest possible date.
Wednesday Evening Mass resumes on January 10. If you have not attended this lovely, peaceful one-half hour liturgy, do join us…24 people were present on December 27!