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.
Today’s first lesson is the most frequently used Old Testament passage in the lectionary. We in the Church believe that Jesus Christ is the one who embodies this new covenant which Jeremiah announced.
In John’s gospel, God is glorified by Jesus’ “lifting up”: on the cross, in his resurrection and in his ascension. This reading foreshadows what is to follow in the passion narrative. God’s glory will be shown in Jesus’ lifting up to draw all people to himself. Similarly, we are drawn to him in the Eucharist.
The early church saw Communion as a covenant ritual. They were sharing the body and blood of Christ, the embodiment of the new covenant. Similarly, we believe that the covenant God makes with us in our baptism into Jesus’ death and resurrection is renewed in the Eucharist. What about our relationship with God or God’s people needs renewing? How can we grow as followers of Christ in this Lenten season?
Bach Vespers at 5:00 on Sunday
Each Sunday in Lent, Bach Vespers presents a three-fold meditation on lamentations with an organ recital, word and song, and a featured concertized work. A reception follows downstairs in the Community Room. All are welcome. This Sunday, features Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah sung by men of the Bach Choir. The organ recital is by Nancianne Parrella.
Music for Sunday
Prelude: Kyrie, Gott Vater, J.S. Bach
Offertory: Miserere mei, Deus, William Byrd
Communion: Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake, Richard Farrant
Postlude: Fugue in G minor, J. S. Bach
#506 The Word of God is Source and Seed
#330 Seed That in Earth is Dying
#759 My Faith Looks Up to Thee
HUG and the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter host an evening with Music Kitchen
On March 25th from 7-9pm, HUG and the Women’s Shelter welcome back Music Kitchen the wonderful organization led by our own Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Some of the finest musicians in our city will volunteer their time and talents to play for these two ministries of our parish, and we’d like to include the entire congregation for this special occasion. Please join us for a potluck dinner, as we show support for HUG and Shelter. All congregants are invited and encouraged to sign up to bring a dish to share. The sign up sheet will be located on the bulletin board downstairs in the community room.
The Holy Trinity Transition Team needs your input and insight!
Please plan to attend two “Dialogue Circles” following two Sunday Masses in May. In groups of 8, or so, seated around tables as we eat some lunch (one of which will be pot-luck), you’ll be asked, by Transition Team facilitators, a series of open-ended questions about Holy Trinity’s heritage, identity, community, mission — and our future. Your perspective and insights on these questions are key to completing the Strategic Plan that the Transition Team is developing, and crucial to our eventual process to seek pastoral candidates and extend a call to our next pastor. You participation is necessary to capture your view.
Dialogue Circle/Luncheon (in the community room):
Sunday, May 3, about 12:45pm – 2:00pm, following Mass and coffee. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Sunday, May 17, about 12:45pm – 2:00pm, following Mass and coffee. POT-LUCK LUNCHEON–please bring something to share!