A Note from the Transition Team
Last Spring, we were invited to serve as the Transition Team to begin to prepare for the next phase of Holy Trinity’s ministry. We are an assortment of members: long-time and newer, youngish and somewhat older, and busy with all that life in New York City demands. We all share a love for Jesus Christ and a wholehearted commitment to Christ’s loving and embracing church.
A Note from the Transition Team
The Rev. George Detweiler
We just read about “a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side” of Jesus’ tomb, who announced to the women that “he has been raised…go, tell his disciples and Peter…he is going ahead of you to Galilee.”
In Matthew’s Gospel, it is “an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven,” who “came and rolled back the stone and sat on it,” and who announced that “he is going ahead of you to Galilee”
In Luke’s Gospel, “suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.” (The women)
And in John’s Gospel, there are “two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying”
But in Mark it is just a young man, who is not described as an angel. Why this adjective? What does it mean? (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 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…)
The Rev. Dr. William Heisley
Lessons: Genesis 1:1-15; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11
“He saw the heavens torn apart.” Jesus came up out of the River Jordan, dripping wet and he, at least he, maybe others, but at least he, saw the heavens torn apart. Torn wide open as if at that moment God came to earth. As if God were breaking open the celestial sphere to say to us meager, us mere human beings, this is my Son. This, too, is God. Jesus saw the heavens torn apart. It’s not often that we see something like that. (more…)