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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity
Etching of "The Widow's Mite" by Jan Luyken (b. 1649 – d. 1712). Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible Illustrations, Belgrave Hall, Leicester, England.

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.

As we embark on this new season, marked by Reformation and the mystery of Advent,
we are pleased to wind up our duties as the Transition Team by presenting our findings to Council, sharing them with you, and inviting you to consider your expressions of stewardship.

During the series of “Dialogue Circles” and other conversations, more than 60 members and stakeholders expressed their views of Holy Trinity and their visions and hopes for our future. We also listened to our wonderful but aging church building.  It is telling us that we must be much more proactive and  systematic in tackling our ongoing capital spending and maintenance needs from year to year.With this insight and information, as a Team, we spent our summer in study and prayer and in consultation with other churches and experts. We have proposed a strategic plan to strengthen and grow Holy Trinity and researched and drafted a five-year capital and financial plan.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll hear more about the Strategic Plan and 5-year Capital and Financial Plan from Council and Transition Team members. We’re also happy to share with you why we not only devoted many, many hours to this important work, but also why we commit to giving our time, talents and “treasures” as stewards, to the ministry, mission and maintenance of Holy Trinity.

Stewardship Sunday is November 22. We’ll distribute and collect 2016 “Estimate of Giving” pledge cards. We will pray together over our blessings, not the least of which are the robust tradition of music we enjoy and the enchanting nave behind the red doors on Central Park West.

Please prayerfully consider your pledge to Holy Trinity. As the Transition Team passes the baton to the Call Committee to continue the process to call our next pastor, let your voice and support resound!

The Transition Team
Tim Cage, chair, Joshua Leveque, Jean Silliman, Patty McGreevey, Suzanne Hoglund, Steve Aurand, Jonathan Stewart


Advent: A Season of Hope
Advent begins Sunday, November 29. While our culture rushes toward Christmas (my coffee came in a Christmas cup today), we in the church take time to reflect on the hope that we have in Christ and its source. The traditional Advent prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly,” is about much more than the celebration of Christmas.

On Wednesday evenings December 2, 9 and 16, following the 6:15 pm Mass, (7 pm)  I will lead a discussion about the sources of our hope in these times in which we live. We will have a chance to ask questions, to reflect on the traditional scriptures associated with Advent and to pray. I invite you to join me for these gatherings on the 2nd floor of the Parish House.

Advent Workshop – November 29
On Sunday, November 29,  following worship we will have an intergenerational Advent workshop with opportunity for everyone to make an Advent wreath and to learn about Advent traditions. Watch for more information in coming weeks!

Bibles for Children
As part of our helping parents to form their children as Christians, several Sundays a year we will distribute age appropriate Bibles to children who have turned three. The first of those Sundays will be November 29, the first Sunday in Advent. Please let me know if you want your child to receive a Spark Bible that day so we are sure to have the right number.

A word of Thanks to Frank and Kathy Meyer who have been caring for the plantings outside the church and Parish House. Both are experienced horticulturalists. Recently they removed the older plants from the planter along the Parish House steps and replaced them with hardy perennials that will be attractive throughout the winter.

Pr. Detweiler


24th Sunday after Pentecost – November 8, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings:1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146;Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

Today’s reading from the Hebrew Bible and the gospel are joined by the theme of God’s providing for those who trust God, even in the face of famine and poverty.

In the first lesson, Elijah, after prophesying to Ahab of a coming drought, is told to go live with a poor widow of Zarapheth. She tries to put him off, citing her lack of food. He promises that if she takes him in that her food will not run out for the length of the drought. The widow trusts the word of the Lord brought by Elijah, and the supply of oil and meal endures.

In the gospel, Jesus warns the disciples about those who use religion to be noticed, and instead holds up the example of a poor widow who humbly gives all that she had. Are we able to actually trust God as this widow?

The second lesson offers us the image of Christ as high priest who offers himself as the sacrifice to take away the sins of all and who will return to save us. This is the one who makes it possible for us to trust God.

Psalm 146 praises God and invites us to put our trust only in the Lord, the God of Jacob.


Music for Sunday
Prelude: Elegy, George Thalben-Ball
Offertory: Never Weather Beaten Sail, Richard Shephard
Communion: Deep River, Spiritual
Postlude: Prelude in D Major, BWV 532, J.S. Bach

#880  O God beyond All Praising
#877  Praise the Almighty
We Give Thee But Thine Own
#679  For the Fruit of All Creation
#434  Jesus Shall Reign


November 22 is Stewardship Sunday.
We will pray together over our blessings, the robust tradition of music we enjoy, and our enchanting nave behind the red doors on Central Park West. As the Mass concludes, members will be invited to complete and return a 2016 “Estimate of Giving” pledge card. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to Holy Trinity. As the Call Committee is formed and we continue the process to call our next pastor, let your voice and support resound!

The Annual Congregation Meeting and Potluck Luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 6 following mass. You will be asked to vote on the budget for 2016 and new Council members.

November 15 & 22: A two part series on “Between The Testaments,” exploring what happened during that 400 year period, why it is important, and what we can learn. Led by Pastor David G Burke, PhD.

The books of the Apocrypha are among the most important sources for the history, culture, and theological developments during the period between the prophet Ezra (c. 400 BCE) and the time of the New Testament writings (mid to late 1st century CE). This collection of scriptures that were never approved by the rabbis for inclusion in the Hebrew Bible were, however, translated quickly into Greek and became part of the ancient Greek Septuagint Bible used by the early church. The fact that they were fully part of the early Christians’ Bible is a major reason for valuing and studying the 15 books that comprise this corpus. Another important reason is to be able to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of this obscure time “between the Testaments.” The 16th century reformers (notably Luther) raised questions about these books because no Hebrew originals could be found for them (not realizing that once the rabbinic decisions had been made not to include them in the Hebrew Bible, copies in Hebrew were no longer made). Luther saw them as secondary, but said they are well worthy of study because there is much to learn of God in them and they can deepen faith. Discussion during these 2 Afterwords will center on identifying the books of the Apocrypha and digging into several of the key books.

Scripture Readings
24th Sunday after Pentecost: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44

Week after 24th Sunday after Pentecost
Monday: 1 Kings 17:8-12. Do you think this widow had heard the Lord’s command to feed Elijah?
Tuesday: 1 Kings 17:13. How would you react to a request like this?
Wednesday: 1 Kings 17:14-16. On what was the widow’s trust based?
Thursday: Hebrews 9:24-28. What difference does Christ’s one time sacrifice make?
Friday: Hebrews 9:24-28. How is this the same or different from Philippians 2:5-11?
Saturday: Mark 12:38-40. Do you know anyone like this?
Sunday: Mark 12:41-44. How is similar to Luke 1:51-53?