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for Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday,  May 26, at 7:30 pm for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer, Rite Two, from the Book of Common Prayer, Page 115.  The link will be available beginning at 7:15 pm.  

Evening Prayer lasts about 1/2 hour and is an opportunity to be with others in quiet prayer & reflection.  Afterwards, the group enjoys some conversation and catching up.  We invite and welcome Readers for any of the appointed Readings below.   

Week of Pentecost, Wednesday, May 26:

Psalm 119:25-48, BCP Page 765

2 Corinthians 1:23-2:17

Luke 15:1-2, 11-32

We hope you will join us!   ~ Tom Miller & Tina Barton

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Thursday, May 20, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

Worship for Sunday, May 23– THIS Sunday is Pentecost so please wear red to worship.

We will have our traditional TWO services this week at 8:00am & 10:00am.

You do not need to sign-in or RSVP at this time.

Please wear a mask, families will be seated together and distanced. We hope to see you Sunday!

We will continue this way each Sunday unless otherwise specified.

Book ClubMonday, May 24th at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall

We are reading “Reflections on the Psalms” by C.S. Lewis. Books are $12.

Please let GT know if you would like to attend.  All are welcome!

No Book Club on May 31 for Memorial Day.

The Church Office will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31.

Jerry Smith Funeral: Friday, June 11th at 1:30pm and Internment in the Columbarium

Summer Sunday School: We need teachers for a few Sundays this summer. Please let GT or Mary Lee know if you are interested.

Readers and Greeters Needed! If you would like to serve at worship during the month of June please let us know.

We appreciate your willingness to help out.

Gardeners Wanted: If you like to work in the dirt and can help in Trinity’s garden, please email Shannon Taylor: sspatz412@gmail.com.

Shepherdstown Shares Food Pantry: At the SS Food Pantry we enjoy receiving your many donations, whether financial or in the form of non-perishable or perishable goods.
We always need soups with  meat in them, beef stews, canned hams, and fresh meat. At the moment we do not need empty plastic containers or egg cartons.

Wednesday Evening Prayer meets each Wednesday at 7:30pm.  
An email is sent Tuesday mornings with Zoom instructions. Please join us!

Morning Prayer and Wednesday Eucharist has resumed and we will meet inside.

Mondays at 8:30am and Tues-Fri at 8:00am. Please join us!

Peterkin Summer Camps will not take place in person this summer.
They are putting together some fun at home materials called “camp-in-a-box” for children and families Pre K-12 grade.
Check it out at http://www.peterkin.org.

Jennifer Perrotte

Parish Admin

Trinity Church

Shepherdstown, WV

304-876-6990

for Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday,  May 19, at 7:30 pm for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer, Rite Two, from the Book of Common Prayer, Page 115.  The link will be available beginning at 7:15 pm.  

Evening Prayer lasts about 1/2 hour and is an opportunity to be with others in quiet prayer & reflection.  Afterwards, the group enjoys some conversation and catching up.  We invite and welcome Readers for any of the appointed Readings below.   

Wednesday, May 19:

Psalm 119:121-144, BCP Page 773

Hebrews 7:1-17

Luke 10:17-24

We hope you will join us!   ~ Tom Miller & Tina Barton

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Sunday, May 16, 2021 – FOR EASTER VII

  •  Dear Friends, Next Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost.  It is one of the great festivals of the Church.  Remember that red is the color of the day.  Though our celebration may be muted this year, we will still celebrate.  It looks as though the pandemic may be coming to a close.  The CDC’s recommendations regarding wearing masks is a great sign of what I hope are things to come.  Masks are still required here at Trinity.  The Bishop has promised new guidance soon. Please continue to remember the sick, the lonely and the frightened in your prayers this week and remember all who care for them and for us.  Don’t forget to admire the beauty of spring and offer all your prayers of thanksgiving.  They make all the difference.GT 
  • The Lessons Acts 1:15-17, 21-26I John 5: 9-13John 17:6-19 A Homily The collect this morning reflects the fact that today is the Sunday after the Feast of the Ascension.  You remember the story.  Jesus took his disciples out of the city to a mountain and there they watched as He was enveloped in a cloud and taken off to Heaven.  The Ascension is a feast seldom celebrated in our day and time.  Many are embarrassed by a cosmology that has Jesus floating off somewhere in the sky.  After all we know that clouds are made of vapor and having been “up there” we know that Heaven isn’t there.  Despite the physics questions I think that the story happened just as it is told and that it is especially important to us.  After all, we believe that God meets us where we are.  Why would we think that He would not utilize His disciples’ understanding of cosmology at the time to underscore His point?  As the collect says, God has exalted His Son to Jesus Christ with great triumph to His Kingdom in Heaven.  What difference does it make exactly how it happened? The fact and reality of the Ascension incorporates one of the great insights of our faith.  From the moment of the Ascension on, the Trinity, God Himself, included humanity, for when Jesus ascended our humanity ascended as well.  The late Pierce Middleton expressed it well, “Jesus took our humanity from Mary’s body when she conceived Him and gave Him birth.  He experienced it in a thousand ways, through heat and cold, hunger and feasting, joy and sorrow and lifted it beyond death and swept it to a level beyond description.  Our Lord’s Ascension affirms the goodness of our humanity and send us the message that our humanity bears within itself, by His grace, the potential for transformation.  In other words, our humanity has been exalted in Christ and fitted for Heaven.”  In the very heart of God, from where the Son came, is where humanity now resides in the person of Jesus Christ.  There are some wonderful implications to this truth.  First, there is a place for us human in heaven.  This journey of faith ends as it must in the death of each of us. We know to an extent, perhaps to the only extent possible where we are going.    One of my favorite stories periodically make its round on the internet.  A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die.  Tell me what lies on the other side.”  Very quietly the doctor said, “I don’t know.”  You don’t know.  You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side.”  The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.  Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog?  He’s never been in this room before.  He didn’t know what was inside.  He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.  I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing:  I know my Master is there and that is enough.  And when the door opens, I will pass through it with gladness, but with no fear.”  Where do we go?  To Jesus.  “Where I am, there you may be also.  I am.  Your relationship of trust with me is the way.” Jesus points to a second implication in the Gospel this morning.  “I am not asking you to take them out of the world.”  He had just observed that we don’t belong here, just as He didn’t belong here.  But we have work to do, so He asked the Father to protect us.  We know.  Life tells us over and over again that our work of loving the world in the name of and for the sake of Jesus can be both glorious and excruciating.  Jesus knows.  Jesus understands.  He knows both the joy and the pain and feels it with us.  One of my favorite hymns has this wonderful line, “And when human hearts are aching under sorrow’s iron rod, there we find that self-same aching deep within the heart of God.”  How can we be so sure?  Jesus with His scars of life in the world is there, close to the Father’s heart making intercession for us. Finally, the Ascension reminds us that Jesus is no longer bound by the limits of the world: by time, space, physicality.  As a result, we can truly trust His promise of presence with us.  In one of the Ascension stories Jesus reminded His disciples who were watching, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.”  There are no limits to His love and grace.  He is there as He promised to protect, uphold, fill us with joy.  Because of the reality of Ascension, He can be with each of us, individually and collectively.  All we need do is look His way, ask, claim His protection and love.  His presence is there and determinative for our lives.  The Ascension—so little celebrated yet filled with such glorious and wonderous truths.  It assures us of our place with Jesus at the end of our sojourn in this world, promises us a deep and profound understanding by God Himself of who and what and how we are, and assures us of the eternal protection and support of His never-failing presence with us.  Our friend and Savior, Jesus the Galilean carpenter, born of Mary is the Risen Christ who is now in the very heart of God Himself—and so are we.  Amen Some Prayers: O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son
    Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
    Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to
    strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior
    Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
    the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery
    established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all
    who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
    may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
    and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten
    Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection
    delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die
    daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of
    his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
    now and for ever. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on
    the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within
    the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit
    that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those
    who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for
    the honor of your Name. Amen. This is another day, O Lord.  I know not what it will bringforth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If Iam to stand up, help me to stand bravely.  If I am to sit still,help me to sit quietly.  If I am to lie low, help me to do itpatiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spiritof Jesus.  Amen. Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves
    to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and
    inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all
    adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil
    thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus
    Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
    Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. O God, whose fatherly care reacheth to the uttermost parts
    of the earth: We humbly beseech thee graciously to behold
    and bless those whom we love, now absent from us. Defend
    them from all dangers of soul and body; and grant that both
    they and we, drawing nearer to thee, may be bound together
    by thy love in the communion of thy Holy Spirit, and in the
    fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen. Christ we rise today
    Knowing that you alone
    Know our hearts
    You alone can change
    Our sadness into joy
    Forgive us our shortcomings
    Teach us patience
    Teach us kindness
    Help us to forgive
    Those who have injured us
    And keep us from injuring others
    Keep our way lighted
    With your steadfast love O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:
    Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;
    that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve
    thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all
    things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
    weep, and give your angels charge over those who
    sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
    the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
    joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. The General ThanksgivingAlmighty God, Father of all mercies,
    we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
    for all your goodness and loving-kindness
    to us and to all whom you have made.
    We bless you for our creation, preservation,
    and all the blessings of this life;
    but above all for your immeasurable love
    in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
    for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
    And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
    that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
    not only with our lips, but in our lives,
    by giving up ourselves to your service,
    and by walking before you
    in holiness and righteousness all our days;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
    be honor and glory throughout all ages. AmenAnd now unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you.May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord lift up the lightof His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen   

Thursday, May 6, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

[added by admin: Thrift Shop looking for volunteers to serve as cashiers Fridays and Saturdays contact Aileen Boyd cell 240-385-4284]

Worship for Sunday, May 9 – we will have our traditional TWO services this week at 8:00am & 10:00am.

You do not need to RSVP this week but please do SIGN IN when you get to church so we have a record for contact tracing purposes.

Please wear a mask, families will be seated together and distanced. We hope to see you Sunday!

Book Clubwill resumeon Monday, May 10th at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall

We are reading “Reflections on the Psalms” by C.S. Lewis. Books are $12.

Please let GT know if you would like to attend. 

Readers and Greeters Needed! If you would like to serve at worship on Sunday May 16 or 23
please let us know! We appreciate your willingness to help out.

Shepherdstown Shares Food Pantry: Several folks visiting the SS Food Pantry have asked how many clients we serve. We have about 150 registered clients, and we feed between 80 and 100 adults and children in an average week. All of these folks live, work, or worked in the 25443 Zip Code. For those of you who have gardens, we ask that you consider growing and sharing a row with us this summer.

Wednesday Evening Prayer meets each Wednesday at 7:30pm.  
An email is sent Tuesday mornings with Zoom instructions. Please join us!

Morning Prayer and Wednesday Eucharist has resumed and we will meet inside.

Mondays at 8:30am and Tues-Fri at 8:00am. Please join us!

Vaccine Information: Eastern Panhandle Region Drive Thru Vaccine Clinic | WVU Medicine Information

Peterkin Summer Camps will not take place in person this summer.
They are putting together some fun at home materials called “camp-in-a-box” for children and families Pre K-12 grade.
These will be available in late June and more details will be released soon.

ALTAR FLOWERS are given to the glory of God by Dale Walter in loving memory of her mother, Maggie Drennen, on her birthday.

Jennifer Perrotte
Parish Admin
Trinity Church
Shepherdstown, WV
304-876-6990