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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity
Tintoretto, The Baptism of Jesus Wikimedia Commons


Baptism of Our Lord – January 10, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

Jesus’ baptism is the prelude to the beginning of his ministry. As our baptism is by water and the Spirit, so was his. The reading from the Hebrew Bible picks up these themes of God calling us by name, of protection when passing through the waters (of baptism), and of God’s great love.

Psalm 29 also picks up these themes of water and God’s voice being filled with power and glory. The second lesson emphasizes the importance of the Holy Spirit to baptism, reflecting the development of baptism in the early church from baptism “in the name of the Lord Jesus,” to “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Jesus’ first calling and ours, says John Stendahl (Christian Century, 12/24-31/1997) is not about career or role.  It is about the delight of God in this son.  When the voice from heaven calls Jesus “beloved,” it is a reference to Isaiah 42:1: “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.”  Jesus’ first call is not to do, but to be: the Beloved, the one in whom God delights, and the one who by being the beloved will redefine the meaning of Messiah.

For most Americans, this notion of being as more important than doing is a radical idea.  We learn that doing is what really matters, and that we are defined by what we do.  This motivates us to accomplish great things, but it can be a terrible curse for the infirm or the disabled. If I can’t do anything, am I worth anything? The answer from our baptism is a resounding “Yes!”  We are among those whom God calls beloved – because we belong to God through baptism, because God has called us by name. As we read in the first lesson: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

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


Music for Sunday
Prelude: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV684 –  J. S. Bach
Offertory: There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth – Felix Mendelssohn
Postlude: Sun Dance -Bob Chilcott

#450  I Bind unto Myself Today
#310  Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
#304  Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
#306  Come, Beloved of the Maker
#309 The Only Son from Heaven


Report from the Call Committee
We had a good meeting with Pastor Kathleen Koran from the staff of the Metropolitan New York Synod on Sunday, December 20.  She stated that there has been a great deal of interest in the Holy Trinity call and was very complementary regarding our Ministry Site Profile

During that meeting, we agreed that we would like to be as transparent with the congregation as possible, while respecting the confidentiality of the call process.  We know that the congregation is anxious about what lies ahead, and we would like to keep you informed as much as we can.

We expect to receive candidate’s names in late January and begin interviewing them as soon as possible. The process will be governed by two documents: Guide for the Call Process and Called to Be Among Us . Reviewing these will help you understand this process of discerning the Holy Spirit’s call to both Holy Trinity and the next pastor.

In Christ’s name,
the members of the Call Committee: Steve Aurand, chair; Tommy Bricco, Susan Hannah, Patty McGreevey, Jon Stewart, Kim Suttell,

Congratulations to Kelly Hall-Tompkins on a great article about her and her work in “Fiddler on the Roof” in the New York Times. Read the article here.

Women’s Shelter

Happy New Year! Please help us get this year’s Shelter season off to a great — and successful — start.
Here are two opportunities to support this important Holy Trinity program, and enjoy some fellowship, too:

1.  A Thrivent-sponsored Shelter Action Team is hosting a Post-Mass Lunch (in the Community Room and in lieu of Coffee Hour) as a “Food/Supplies/Fund Raiser” for the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter following Worship on Sunday, January 17th.  Please bring a contribution of cash, check and/or supplies (or make a pledge to provide something later) and enjoy a “free” lunch with good company.  The Holy Trinity Shelter Action Team, along with Shelter Coordinator Michele DeCoteau and Thrivent representative Kerry LaVelle, will be there to let you know how your contributions will be put to use, and how the Thrivent’s Action Team sponsorship works.

2.  A Thrivent-sponsored Holy Trinity Musician Community Action Team is presenting a “Fund/Supplies/Awareness Raiser” Recital to benefit the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter.  The recital, with performances by splendid musicians from Holy Trinity and Bach Vespers, will take place in the nave on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30pm and be followed by light refreshments. Your free-will donation will be most appreciated. Here’s a list of items that the Shelter could really use:

*Fresh fruits and vegetables
*Pantry items (seasonings, sugar, flour)
*Canned goods

*free standing pantry cupboard w/shelves.
*4 slot toaster
*box of mini spray bottles
*6 ice-cube trays
*3 sets of salt and pepper shakers
*3 napkin holders
*5 20 gallon plastic bins
*3 large, round, re-useable table cloths
*donated dvds
*a “dry erase” message white-board
*disposable gloves
*2 clothes drying racks
*socks, gloves, hats and scarves.
*6 drawer filing cabinet.

Please plan to attend either or both of these events with a financial contribution or donation of shelter food/supplies, and enjoy!

Did you know about 13 people volunteer during a normal Sunday service, excluding singers? 13 roles X 52 weeks = 676 volunteer jobs to cover!

Currently we have about 35 people who volunteer regularly, meaning those people will volunteer almost 20 times during the year. Holy Trinity can use your help! Come to one of our two volunteer training sessions:
Sunday, January 24, following mass and coffee hour
Monday, January 25 at 6:30 PM

If you are able to volunteer, or want to learn more, let Pastor Detweiler, Donald or Kim Suttell know in person or by emailing the Office.

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

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 Baptism of Our Lord
Monday – Isaiah 43:1-2 – When do you especially feel God’s protection?
Tuesday – Isaiah 43:3-7 – How are these words of promise hopeful?
Wednesday – Psalm 29:1-4 – What is the baptismal imagery here?
Thursday – Psalm 29:5-11 – What image for God do these verses evoke?
Friday – Acts 8:14-17 – How does this laying on of hands parallel the church’s current use?
Saturday – Luke 3:15-16 – How can we be like John the Baptist?
Sunday – Luke 3:21-22 – What does the voice from heaven communicate about us?