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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity
Christ Preaching (La Petite Tombe), Rembrandt, ca. 1652. Courtesy Wikicommons


Fourth Sunday after Epiphany – January 31, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

This Sunday’s gospel picks up at the end of last Sunday’s and completes the story of Jesus’ visit to the synagogue in his hometown. After pointing out to them that the scripture he had just finished reading was fulfilled in their hearing, he goes on to insult them more directly by saying that a prophet is never accepted in his hometown, and that God’s favor extends beyond the people of Israel to despised gentile widows and lepers. Imagine what his mother thought when word got back to her!

The reading from Jeremiah provides a parallel to the gospel. It is the account of Jeremiah’s call to be a prophet. He did not believe he was up to the task, protesting that he was to young. But the Lord tells him not to be afraid, that he is to speak whatever words the Lord gives him, and that these words will be powerful. In the gospel, Jesus exercised that authority.

First Corinthians 13 is frequently read at weddings, but the love it urges on us is not romantic love – in Greek “eros” – but instead “agape,” love that seeks only the welfare of the recipient. This is the love that God has for us, and this is the love that is to characterize the Christian community. Corinth was a cosmopolitan city, similar to New York. Paul’s relationship with the church there was often strained by infighting and immorality. In Year C of our three year lectionary, all of the Epiphany season seconds lessons are from this letter of Paul. How can we apply his promotion of unconditional love in our congregational life?

Psalm 71:1-6 echoes the first lesson’s promise of God’s protection. Here the psalmist begs the Lord’s mercy and rescue. How is God our refuge and rock?

Bach Vespers is on winter break and will return at 5:00 PM next Sunday, February 7, 2016.


Music for Sunday
Prelude: II. Andante Sostenuto from Symphonie Gothique, Charles M. Widor
Offertory: Though I Speak with the Tongues of Men, Edward Bairstow
Communion: Tantum ergo, Maurice Duruflé
Postlude: Festival Toccata, Percy Fletcher

#520 Dearest Jesus, at Your Word
#507 O God of Light
#804 Come Down, O Love Divine
#705 God of Grace and God of Glory


Fifth Sunday Potluck Lunch is this Sunday, January 31. Please join us and bring your favorite winter warmers to share with six others.

Parish Life Survey
In an effort to better understand the various factors that impact attendance and participation at worship and other activities at Holy Trinity, the Parish Life working group has created a short online survey, the results of which will be used to help schedule upcoming events in the Lenten and Easter seasons. We ask that you please respond to this survey within the next few days. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you!

Sunday, February 7 is the festival of the Transfiguration, the last Sunday before Lent. After that Sunday we will not sing or say “Alleluia” until Easter. A traditional activity for that Sunday is to symbolically “bury the Alleluia” at the time of the last hymn. This is a natural for children and parents.

At 10:15 AM we invite parents and children to gather in the Community Room to make Alleluia banners. We will provide materials, instruction and some commentary about observing Lent and anticipating Easter.

Then, during the last hymn of the 11 AM liturgy that morning, children will be invited to come up front (with their parents if they want) and place their banner in a box under the altar. The banners will stay there until Easter, when the children will get to remove them.

Please let Pastor Detweiler (pastor@holytrinitynyc.org) know that you can attend the banner making on February 7 so we are certain to have sufficient materials. Thanks!

Bread for Day
Bread for the Day is a daily-use devotional resource filled with rich treasures:

  • A brief scripture reading (NRSV texts) for each day following the daily lectionary developed by the Consultation on Common Texts and presented in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. The devotions begin January 1, 2016.
  • A prayer and hymn for each day
  • Brief yet helpful introductions to the seasons
  • Table graces/meal prayers for the holidays and seasons
  • Household blessings for special times throughout the year (for example: Blessing for the New Year, Blessing of the Home at Epiphany, Prayer for Placing Palms in the Home, Blessing of the Easter Meal, Blessings for Mother’s and Father’s Day, Remembering Those Who Have Died, Lighting the Advent Wreath, Blessing of the Christmas Tree)
  • Monthly pages for recording prayer requests
  • Notes on festivals and commemorations
  • Simplified forms for morning and evening prayer
  • Waking prayers and bedtime prayers, including prayers with children

Scripture Readings – Week after Epiphany 4
Sunday: Psalm 71:1. How do we take refuge in God?
Monday: Psalm 71:5. What does it mean to that God is our hope and trust?
Tuesday: Jeremiah 1:4-5. How are these words reassuring?
Wednesday: Jeremiah 1:6-7. If you ever feel this way, what is the antidote?
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 13:1-2. How can love change the dynamics of relationships?
Friday: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. When have you experienced this kind of love?
Saturday: Luke 4:21-23. Why was Jesus so sharp with his listeners?
Sunday: Luke 4:24-27. What was Jesus trying to convey to the people of Nazareth?