Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
11 o’clock in the morning
Pastor Miller’s Sermon: “God’s Word in All the Seasons of Life”
(Jeremiah 28: 5-9)
Good News from Pastor Miller
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you all for such a wonderful day on June 25 as you honored me on the occasion of my 40th year of ordination as a minister in the Holy Office of the Word and Sacraments. It was a joy to celebrate this day with you.
I am delighted to announce–and so grateful–that you have contributed nearly $4,800 to help paint our stairwells. In addition, a stunning icon of Andrei Rublev’s Holy Trinity was presented in my honor and will be hanging in the parish hall (cf., following icon). Your thoughtful generosity is beyond belief!
We are gearing up for Holy Trinity’s 150th anniversary. We will begin painting our building’s stairwells, making them brighter and fresher for all who enter here; we will soon meet with a well-known architect to discuss our sanctuary plans, especially our vision for enhancing the flooring, moving of baptismal font to a more central location in the nave, and seeing how we might put a columbarium (area set aside for the ashes of loved ones) in our worship space; we will have a host of famous preachers during our anniversary year and I am delighted to announce that the former presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rev. Mark Hanson, will preach on Transfiguration Sunday, February 11, 2018.
The summer months are upon us. Many of you are going here and there for rest and relaxation. Please do three things during these days: 1-worship regularly–if you are away on the weekend, attend Mass on Wednesday evening (worship attendance at these services has doubled over previous years!); 2-please give your offerings regularly even when away (in recent weeks, two members have given offerings of $8,000 and $10,000!–this is stunning news to share and, of course, helps undergird our ministry at 65th & Central Park West; 3-pray often for Holy Trinity that we may be an oasis of Christ’s love and joy in our busy city.
These are exciting times indeed. One year ago, today, Dagmar and I pulled into Holy Trinity to begin ministry with you. It has been a whirlwind year filled with joy. I believe, with love, daring, and trusting the Lord, we can do amazing things at Holy Trinity. Thank you for the part you play as we proclaim the good news of Christ’s love at the little corner entrusted to our care in God’s breathtaking universe.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Wilbert “Wilk” Miller
Wednesday evening worship attendance has doubled over previous years. This is a lovely way to end the day in God’s presence, especially if you plan to be away on the weekend or if you simply want to rest in God’s presence in the middle of the week.
Summer Reading: Brothers Karamazov
Sunday, July 23
12:30 p.m. (Miller’s apartment)
A group will be reading Fydor Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov during the summer. The first meeting will be Sunday, July 23, following Mass in the Miller’s apartment. Try to read at least the first 120 pages by then. We will discuss plans for future meetings at this gathering. (If you are looking to purchase the book, the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky has been suggested as a good one.)