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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity
Transfiguration of Christ by Peter Paul Rubens Wikimedia Commons


The Festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord – February 7, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

Transfiguration is last Sunday before Lent, the last fling before we begin the journey to the cross and resurrection. For the disciples, Peter, James, and John, this experience provided a glimpse of Jesus’ post-resurrection glory. With that glimpse of the end of their journey toward Jerusalem, they were in some way prepared for what was to come.

Similarly, the celebration of the Transfiguration is to prepare us for the journey to the cross that is Lent. We go on this journey with a glimpse of our ultimate destiny in Christ. Another reminder of that is the tradition of Burying the Alleluia. This Sunday, at the last hymn, children will bring up Alleluia “banners” they have made that day and place them in a box under the altar, where they will remain until Easter. On Easter, the Alleluia will be “resurrected” as an expression of our joy at Christ’s resurrection.

The Hebrew Bible reading for this Sunday is the parallel transfiguration of Moses after meeting with the Lord on Mount Sinai. When Moses returned from the mountaintop carrying the tablets of the 10 Commandments, his face shone so that the people were afraid to come near him. After that he veiled his face whenever he returned from speaking with the Lord.

Psalm 99 expresses the sense of awe at God’s glory and of being in God’s presence that is present in all of today’s scriptures.

The theme of the veil over Moses’ face is taken up by Paul in the second lesson. Paul says that in Christ that veil is removed, so that “all of us, with unveiled faces, see[ing] the glory of God as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” How are you being transformed today and this coming Lent?

Beginning Wednesday, February 17, Mass will be at 6:30 PM.

Bach Vespers resumes Sunday at 5:00PM
After a brief hiatus during the month of January, we resume praying the office of Evening Prayer together with the Bach Choir and Players of Holy Trinity. This Sunday”s cantata by Buxtehude is based upon the beloved hymn “Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart”.


Music for Sunday
Prelude: Sortie  –  Théodore Dubois
Offertory: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies  – T. Frederick H. Candlyn
Postlude: Entrée –  T. Dubois

#315  How Good, Lord, to Be Here!
#317  Jesus on the Mountain Peak
#838  Beautiful Savior
#318  Alleluia, Song of Gladness


Lent, the church’s primary time for spiritual renewal, is only a week away. The observance of Lent can take many forms, but the point is always the same: to prepare us to celebrate the events of Holy Week and Easter with deepened faith and hope, to grow as followers of Christ.

This year we are providing an opportunity for reflection over a simple meal after both the Sunday and Wednesday Masses. Our theme is Journey to the Cross, and we will focus on questions that arise about our faith in Jesus. The questions are posed by a book we have available, Beyond Question. Among these questions are: “What are you looking for?”;”Who do you say that I am?”; “What do you want me to do for you?”; and “How will you believe what I say?”

We are asking that you sign up for one of the groups so we know how much food and how many books we will need. The Sunday group will gather around 12:30 in the back of the nave, and then move to the Community Room for food and discussion.

On Wednesday, Mass will be at 6:30 PM, so we will meet for food and discussion at PJ Clarke’s across from Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM. If you have questions about any of this, please contact me (pastor@holytrinitynyc.org) or our Cantor, Donald Meineke, (donald@holytrinitynyc.org).

Looking forward to growing together in God’s grace this Lent,
Pastor Detweiler

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!

This 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!

The Paul Enger Play Reading Series
resumes with Paralyzed, a comedy by Jeff Stolzer, on February 9 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.  Paralyzed tells the story of an embittered, wheelchair-bound actor who writes a stirring autobiographical play about his disability that deeply moves his agent, attracts the attention of Broadway’s biggest producer, and introduces him to a beautiful, wheelchair-bound actress.  But he faces some difficult compromises and decisions on the road to Broadway. Doors open at 6:45 pm.  The reading is free and open to the public.

“Music for Food” Concert
On Thursday, February 11, at 7:30 PM, you are invited to attend a concert by the Juilliard String Quartet (Joseph Lin, Ronald Copes, Roger Tapping, and Joel Krosnick) with guests Samuel Rhodes, viola, and Marc Rosen, cello. The program includes Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19, “Dissonance,” K. 465 and Brahms’ String Sextet NO. 2 in G, Op. 36. $30 suggested donation/ $15 students. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Shelter and HUG Program at Holy Trinity.

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 Festival of the Transfiguration
Sunday – Exodus 34:33-35 – What do think is the meaning of the veil over Moses’ face?
Monday – Psalm 99:1-4 – What are the attributes of God here?
Tuesday – Psalm 99:5-9 – What is to be our response to God?
Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3:12-16 – What is the contrast Paul sets up here?
Thursday – 2 Corinthians 3:18 – What do you think this verse means?
Friday – 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 – What is the result of being transformed?
Saturday – Luke 9:28-33 – What do you think the disciples expected when they went up the mountain?
Sunday – Luke 9:34-36 – Why do you think the disciples were silent after this experience?