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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity


9th Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35. Pastor David G. Burke preaches and presides. Pastor Detweiler is on vacation through Tuesday, August 11.

Today’s gospel is the second in a series of five from John 6, all of them about the bread of life. Since this gospel contains a reference to God feeding the people of Israel with manna in the wilderness, it is paired with the story from Exodus of the Lord raining bread from heaven, a bread that was called “manna.” (In the psalm it is called the “bread of angels.”) In last week’s gospel, Jesus fed the crowd and there were an abundance of leftovers.  In this section of John 6, Jesus describes himself as the bread of life, the one who brings the shalom of God.


This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity


The Fifth Sunday in Lent – March 22, 2015
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33. The Rev. Dr. David G. Burke will preside and preach.

Pastor Detweiler is on vacation until March 25, when he will return to the office.

Following Irenaeus, the second century leader of the church, who said that there were four covenants: with Noah, Abraham, Moses and then through Christ with the church, we have been reading about them in order this year of Mark.

The fourth covenant on Ireneaus’ list is taken up by the writer of Hebrews in the second lesson. This one is sealed by Jesus’ death on the cross. Again it is God who is the prime actor, raising Jesus from death to show God’s steadfastness in reaching out to us. Jesus thereby becomes the true High Priest of God. (more…)

Sermon: Advent 4b – December 21, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalmody; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Today physical and spiritual realities are joined on earth and in heaven and our modern minds’ longing for clarity is not satisfied.  The physical is joined with the spiritual.  But how can this be?

Right here in New York City, at 93rd Street and Park Avenue, is the Russian Orthodox “Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign.”  “Our Lady of the Sign” is the title of a famous and classic icon of Mary.  This icon, written on wood in vibrant colors over and over, across the centuries, so that all who want might pray before it depicts the Virgin who is Jesus’ mother.  This is the maiden who became Mother of God.  And she sits as a sign of the joining of earth and heaven. Her hands are open – open to all of earth and all of heaven.  Open to the presence of God in her life.  Her hands are open and there on her breast, she carries an image and the image is of priestly Jesus.  This is Jesus the Emmanuel, God with us.  This is the One who is to come and who has come through Mary by the power of God.  This is the One who is God in our lives. (more…)