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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

WORSHIP

25th Sunday after Pentecost – November 15, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Daniel 12:1-3 ; Psalm 16;Hebrews 10:11-14; Mark 13:1-8. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides. (more…)

This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

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.

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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

 WORSHIP

Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

For the fourth Sunday in a row our readings are from Acts, 1 John, and the gospel of John.

Each of the Acts readings for this season present us with preaching of the apostles and the results of that preaching of the good news of the Risen Christ. Here Peter preaches to a group of Gentiles upon whom the gift of the Holy Spirit is poured out even as Peter is speaking. Normally the outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed baptism – the order that became standard in the church’s worship, where we pray for the gifts of the Spirit and anoint with oil after the washing. Here, though, the gift of the Spirit was a sign to Peter that it was okay to baptize these non-Jews. (more…)

Sermon: Easter 5 – May 3, 2015

The Rev. George Detweiler

John 15:1-8

It’s the time of year for pruning. Most plants have budded already, so we can see where the new growth is taking place and there are dead branches that are not producing any new growth.

The hard winter and it took its toll on the plants. My daughter’s rhododendron are in bad shape–more dead branches than live ones. All that will have to be pruned away. The hydrangeas and the clematis have all needed a lot of pruning.

Pruning is essential for most plants to stay healthy. Without it, disease can enter the plant through its dead branches. Regularly pruned plants are stronger, grow more robustly, and have larger flowers or fruit.

Pruning is an expression of caring on the part of the plant owner, but I doubt the plants see it that way. If the owner didn’t care about the plants, he or she wouldn’t bother with pruning because pruning is painful for the plant. (more…)

This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

WORSHIP

Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

The theme for this week is Jesus Christ as the Vine of which we are the branches. The image is extended to include pruning and bearing fruit. The Risen Christ is the vine. We are grafted to the vine of Christ in baptism. As vines only produce fruit when they are pruned at the beginning of the growing season, so we are pruned to be fruitful as disciples.

Jesus then turns the image to “abiding.” As we stay connected to the Vine of the Risen Christ, we abide in him and he in us. It is only by abiding in him that we bear fruit as his disciples. If we do not abide in him, we are thrown away like the branches that have been pruned from the vine. (more…)