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for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday,  May 5, at 7:30 pm for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer.   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 Readings below appointed for this Wednesday:    

Daily Evening Prayer:  Rite Two, Book of Common Prayer Page 115

Psalm 119:73-96; BCP Page 769

Romans 13:1-14

Luke 8:16-25

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

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Sunday, May 2, 2021 – For Easter V

Dear Friends,

What a glorious morning!  It was so good to see so many of you this morning at service.  Hopefully, as we move through spring and summer more and mor of us will feel comfortable being here.   It is indeed good to be together.

On Monday, May 10, we will reconvene Book Club.  It will be in person in the Fellowship Hall.  There is plenty of room to social distance there.  We will work our way through CS Lewis’ Reflections on the Psalms.   The books are in the Church.  The cost is $12.00 so please get a book and plan to join us on Monday mornings at 9:30 AM.

How easy to be grateful on days like this.  Practicing thanksgiving is truly life changing.  Please keep in your prayers those who are sick, those who care for them, those who are afraid and grieving.  Please call or write if there is anything we can do for you.

GT

The Lessons

Acts 8:26-40

I John 4:7-21

John 15: 1-8

A Homily (by The Rev. Frank Coe)

We all, most of us anyway, at one time or the other have either had a vegetable garden or grown flowers.  We know that for a garden to produce good vegetables, fruit, or flowers requires a great deal of time and of effort.  We prepare the ground – making sure that the soil is weed free and loose. We plant the seeds (or bulbs) at just right time and at the right depth, or if we are transplanting plants, we treat them carefully by taking care to ensure the correct spacing and preparation. Once the plants begin to grow, we will constantly weed and till the surrounding soil.  If we are growing tomatoes, we constantly must remove the sucker growth or else it will sap the energy from the tomato growth.  If for some reason a plant dies, we remove the dead plant and may plant another in its place.  We might spray to keep off bugs – or pick off dead flowers so that more healthy flowers might grow bigger and be prettier. In short for a garden to produce bountifully takes much time and tender loving care. And occasionally some actions that may seem counter intuitive must be taken – such a picking off early pansy blooms to ensure a fuller plant and a greater number of blooms.

In Jesus’ time it was vines.  Just as with our garden the vines in Jesus’s time required much time and care to produce good fruit.  Very specific actions were required to obtain the best fruit. The vine grower (the gospel uses the word vine-dresser) must clean and carefully prepare the soil.  He must not allow the vine to produce fruit for the first three years of its life.  He also must severely prune back the vine each year.  The vine is held up by forked sticks or trellises – sometimes they will grow round doors.  The vine slips are planted about 12 feet apart to allow for the rapid growth.

The vine produces two kinds of branches, one that bears fruit and one that does not.  The vine grower will severely prune back those branches that do not bear fruit so that none of the plant’s energy will be wasted on these useless branches.  Those branches that are left produce the fruit.  Good fruit.  The fruit closest to the vine stem is generally the best fruit.

These images as used by Jesus in today’s gospel would have been well understood by his audience – his disciples – and by the ancient audience to which John’s gospel was addressed.  God, the father, is the vine-dresser.  Jesus is the vine.  We, each of us individually are its branches.  We bear fruit.  Just as a branch of the vine can not bear fruit unless it is part of the vine, we cannot bear fruit unless we are a part (make that abide in) of Jesus.

The gospel today challenges those of us that regard the individual as supreme.  Its imagery strongly reminds us that we must be a living and growing community of faith not individualism.  Each of us, a branch, has a role to play and are a part in the whole.  It acknowledges our dependence on our creator and on Jesus as our vine who holds us together and provides the strength from which we each individually and corporately bear fruit.

So, what is the fruit we are to bear?  Is it simply a matter of a love, or of charity, or to be limited to within the church for which there are many examples in the New Testament?  Is it a life of public works?  Is it missionary activity?  Is it the care of the sick, the prisoner, the orphan, the elderly, and the widow?  Or does it involve Christianizing our own society as far as possible, including remaking laws to reflect and protect our religious values?  Or does it include securing the goods of this world, and at what cost?

So -What is the “fruit” that we bear? A few thoughts – It is action—any of our actions that are a direct result of our relationship with Jesus/God. These could be simple acts, such as taking a casserole to a house where someone is sick, stopping to offer roadside assistance, inviting a lonely person to dinner, or simply saying some friendly words. We can recognize these “fruits” because they are kindnesses we do “beyond the call of duty.”

There are also fruits that are harder to recognize.  These are those that fall within the line of duty, which defy definition as individual acts, but are rooted in long-term activities and relationships such as marriage and childrearing. In this more intimate realm, we have no immediately recognizable “fruit.”

In these ongoing endeavors, bearing fruit is a more complicated proposition. On the one hand, we can produce daily fruit by aiming for our best in each challenge of our marriage or parenting. “Doing our best” may be as simple as listening, or as prosaic as continuing to say “no” when we mean “no.”

Similarly, each individual day is a “fruit” to which we can point. No matter what our tasks, we can start the day with prayer, meet its demands with courage, and look back over it in an evening of thanksgiving. Our days are microcosms of our lives, and no life can be better than the sum of its individual days.

In short, our relationship with Jesus and understanding of his teaching leads us to individually bear much “fruit.”  When He says to “abide in me as I abide in you” we think of his greatest commandment about love which encompasses love of God and neighbor.  The two do not exist separately from each other.

We cannot leave the subject of fruits and vine branches without asking what about the branches that do not produce fruit?  In our Gospel reading Jesus specifically mentioned “He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.”  These, according to John, are those profess faith but do not engage in acts of love. They fail to live in love and are concerned only with themselves.  Life is all about them and not the community.  It is those in the community who profess faith but whose actions indicate otherwise.  It is those who only give lip service to the teachings of Christ.  These branches wither and die.

Finally, there are some questions that we as a church community and we as individuals must continually be asking ourselves.  In what ways is our community connected or disconnected from the true vine?  Is our community or church fruitful or not?  What fruit do we produce?  The vine imagery is about discipleship and community over the long haul – so what, then, needs to happen in our church community to produce a bountiful harvest?!!

So, “bearing much fruit” and “becoming my disciples” could be read as in opposition to one another.  Each is a clause expressing the way in which the Father is glorified.  Bearing fruit does not create disciples; bearing fruit reveals disciples. Both activities are dependent of abiding in Jesus, the real vine.

Some Prayers

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant
us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way,
the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his
steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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.

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus
Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of
everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the
day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death
of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ 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 bring

forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I

am 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 it

patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 

Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit

of 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 Thanksgiving

Almighty 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. Amen

And 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 light

of His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen

Thursday, April 29, 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 2 – we will have our traditional TWO services this week at 8:00am & 10:00am.

We will stay with this worship schedule UNLESS we alert you to something different. We will also continue to livestream on Facebook.

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.

Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, May 1 at 9:00am on Trinity Grounds

Shepherdstown Fire Dept Carry Out Meal: Sunday, May 2nd from Noon to 3:00pm

Ham, chicken, veggies, rolls and dessert for $9.00. Curb side pick up only.

Thank you for supporting our Volunteer Firefighters!

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 Shannon Taylor in loving memory of her mother, Margaret Spratt Klug.

Jennifer Perrotte

Parish Admin

Trinity Church

Shepherdstown, WV

304-876-6990

for Wednesday, April 28, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday,  April 28, at 7:30 pm for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer.   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 Readings below appointed for this Wednesday:    

Daily Evening Prayer:  Rite Two, Book of Common Prayer Page 115

Psalm 49, BCP Page 652

Colossians 1:24-2:7

Luke 6:27-38  

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

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Sunday/Monday April 26, 2021

Dear Friends,

It is wonderful that we can be back at a usual schedule of services. I am hoping that it can stay that way.   I look forward to seeing more and more of you as the transmission rates decline and we all get vaccinated. Of course, social distancing and masks remain the order of the day for the time being.  At Vestry the other evening we spent a fair amount of time working on “coming back”.  You will be hearing more as time goes on and things stabilize. 

The new Book Club books have arrived.  We will be working our way through C.S. Lewis’s volume on the Psalms.  Each book is $12.00, and they are available in the Church or the Office.  Please think about joining our Monday morning discussions.   

As the Vestry can tell you life and ministry go on around here.  Please remember in your prayers all who are sick, those caring for them, those who are frightened alone and never ever forget to be grateful.   I am so grateful for all of you and for all you do.

GT

The Lessons

Acts 4: 5-12

I John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18

A Homily

This fourth Sunday of Easter always has the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd as its theme for the day.  For early Christians this was a most powerful image.  There were sheep and shepherds everywhere in their lives, woven into the fabric of each day.  I was reminded that is not always so true for us 21st century Christians the other evening.  A woman was telling me with great joy and wonder about the “steer” she had recently watched give birth over the fence at her house.  Sadly, our lives are not nearly so connected to the land and the created order or the animals all around us as were the folks in Jesus’ day.  I think that far from abandoning the image, it simply calls for some deeper reflection for us.

In all the versions of the image of Jesus as Good Shepherd, it is clear that the shepherd cares and tends for those who have been entrusted to his care.  “I know my own and my own know me”.  There is a relationship between the sheep and the shepherd.  He knows them and they know him.  I often see and hear that reflected in conversations with my wife, Susie, who cares for horses.  She can tell you about each one—their personalities, their likes, their dislikes, their physical traits and problems.  She can stand at the fence and call them, and they come to her.  The Good Shepherd is not a hireling.  He has a relationship with the sheep, a vital interest in their wellbeing.  Clear in the Gospel this morning is that he does not do it as a matter of obligation but of love and care.  Notice that Jesus gains nothing from the labor.  Nonetheless, He stands, no matter what.  Trouble disaster, pain, the Good Shepherd is there, leading, guiding, tending, comforting.  Barbara Crofton put it this way, “Life and death are always close together on the farm.”  (A friend reminded me one time as I was lamenting the loss of one of our horses that wherever you find livestock you always have deadstock.)  “Both are facts.  But anonymous life, life that doesn’t matter—that is a foreign concept to a farmer.  Each matters.  Not one can be spared.  So it is with us and the Good Shepherd.  We matter, matter so much He will lay down His life for us so that we can have our own.”

Secondly, there is a reason that the farmer, the Good Shepherd behaves like this.  His good, his desire, and longing are for those entrusted to His care to have life, the best life possible.  For real farm animals that means the best grain, hay, and the cleanest, freshest water—whatever it takes for them to be strong, healthy, fully alive, happy.  For us in relationship to the Good Shepherd it is much the same.  He wants us to know and to do our best, to be fully and wonderfully alive.  As Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.  That His joy may be in us and our joy may be full.”  How often we forget that life and joy are the point of the whole enterprise. We get so hung up on trying to be successful and acceptable to God, to maintain appearances to one another that we often forget that love, life, gifts and care from the Good Shepherd are given to us so that we can have life–abundant, joy filled life.  God want us to be happy, alive, filled with joy and wonder, not as sad and overburdened as we so often are. 

Finally, a truth about sheep and many farm animals.  They are often stubborn, willful, and at least in our minds, sometimes just plain stupid.  “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” is all too true.  They have a habit of wandering off.  And we sheep are sometimes not so different.  As Isaiah says about you and me, “All we like sheep have gone astray.”

Therein lies one of the most amazing facets of this image and our Christian faith.  The Good Shepherd doesn’t just wait for us to find our way home, doesn’t just sit and long for us, doesn’t ever write us off.  No, the King of the Universe, the Creator of all that is loves us each so deeply and powerfully that He goes after the lost, the stubborn, the willful and just plain stupid.  He seeks us out, finds us, carries us home and rejoices at the homecoming.  The hymn says it so well, “Perverse and foolish oft I strayed but yet in love He sought me.  And on his shoulder gently laid and home rejoicing brought me.”  

Sheep, shepherds, farm animals are less and less parts of our daily lives, but this image of the Good Shepherd is such a powerful one for Jesus to use.  In it we are reminded of the deep abiding, caring love of God in Jesus that leads to relationship, a relationship that is so important to Him that He lays down His life for ours.  That love for us means that His goal and longing is for us to have Life, the best, life in all its fullness, joy, peace, and wonder.  In His awesome forgiveness He seeks us out no matter what, no matter how far we stray and finds us, binds us up, brings us home to Him, always rejoicing on the way.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd.  May we listen to hear His voice.  May we know the depth and heights of His love and care.  May we come to live the abundant, joy filled life He offers.

AMEN  

Some Prayers

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people;
Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who
calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with
you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever
and ever. 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.

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus
Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of
everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the
day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death
of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ 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 bring

forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I

am 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 it

patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 

Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit

of 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 Thanksgiving

Almighty 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. Amen

And 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 light

of His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen

Thursday, April 22, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

Worship for Sunday, April 25 – 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!

Readers and Greeters Needed! If you would like to serve at worship on Sunday May 2 or May 9, please let us know! We appreciate your willingness to help out.

NANO Hearing Aid Found: If you lost a hearing aid at worship last Sunday, it is here in the office.

Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, May 1 at 9:00am on Trinity Grounds

Shepherdstown Fire Dept Carry Out Meal: Sunday, May 2nd from Noon to 3:00pm

Ham, chicken, veggies, rolls and dessert for $9.00. Curb side pick up only.

Thank you for supporting our Volunteer Firefighters!

The Thrift Shop needs help on Thursdays from 8-12 sorting and organizing.

Please contact Aileen Boyd if you can help – 240-385-4284

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.

Jennifer Perrotte

Parish Admin

Trinity Church

Shepherdstown, WV

304-876-6990

for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday,  April 21, at 7:30 pm for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer.   The link will be available beginning at 7:20 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 Readings below appointed for this Wednesday:    

Daily Evening Prayer:  Rite Two, Book of Common Prayer Page 115

Psalm 119:25-48, BCP Page 765

1 John 5:1-12

Luke 4:38-44  

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

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Sunday, April 18, 2021 – For Easter III

Dear Friends,

Beautiful mornings like this always raise our hearts to gratitude.  Martin Luther used to say that in the spring the whole creation shouts the resurrection of Jesus and so it is this morning. 

It appears that our Jefferson County infection rate has begun once again to drift downward.  Hopefully, that will be true this week and we can go back to a regular schedule of services on Sundays.  Remember that we are having a regular schedule of weekday services.  There is no need to call for those.  We will keep in touch about next week’s schedule.

In addition to your prayers of thanksgiving please keep in your prayers all who are affected by the violence in our culture, those who are sick and those who care for them, the grieving, the frightened and those alone. 

PS.  While preaching this morning, I discovered at least two typos in the homily.  I fixed one but there is a form that should be from and I haven’t been able to find it again.  It reminds me of one of my favorite expressions, “There is a crack in everything.  That’s how the light gets in.”

GT

The Lessons

Acts 3:12-19

I John 3:1-7

Luke 24: 36b-48

A Homily

Throughout the Easter Season we get to read stories of Jesus’ Resurrection appearances to His disciples.  In the story this morning it is still Easter Day.  These stories are always fascinating to me because of the directness of the encounters and because of the sense of reality the stories convey.   These stories also convey a sense for the commonality to the experience of the Risen Lord that all of us are invited to share.  You and I have encountered the Risen Christ in our lives, too.  It is rarely in the same way these stories recount.  It is rarely the same for each of us.  Yet, we can all tell a story of an encounter with Jesus.  For some it is very personal and emotional, for others it is a story of the reality of His presence in the Holy Eucharist, for others He was found in fellowship, some in the scripture and prayers, yet others in the kindness and compassion of others when we were in need.  In all those ways and more we have met and seen the Risen Lord, too.  As a result, we can easily understand the disciples’ awe, wonder, disbelief (it’s just too good to be true), joy.  We can also begin to fathom the transformation in their lives about which scripture so often tells.  Witness the boldness of Peter in the story form Acts this morning.    The result is that these Resurrection stories have much to teach us about our own experiences and responses to our times of encounter with Jesus—to the times when “our hearts burned within us” when in retrospect we realize He walked with us too. 

First this morning, notice the great pains Jesus took to display the real nature of the Resurrection Life.  He told them clearly that He was not a ghost or a spirit but a real and transformed Jesus (“I myself”).  “Touch me, handle me, see my wounds” he invited.  Not only that but He was hungry.  “Do you have anything to eat?”  For most of us it would have been enough to know that Jesus Spirit was alive after the crucifixion, but that was not enough for God.  It was essential that we know that Resurrection is a real happening in this all too real world of ours.  The Resurrection of Jesus is intimately connected to and affects life in this world.  As a result, Christianity likewise is not only about the life to come at our death, but is especially about life in this world, about the here and now, about life from death now, with how you and I are this minute, with God at work in the lives of men and woman showing forth again and again the power of His presence and love in the Resurrection lives they are currently living.  How important to recognize that Jesus Resurrection raises with Him not just a spirit but the whole of creation, matter, and spirit.  God is simply telling us that Resurrection, life after all the deaths of our lives, is the way He operates.

Secondly, notice that in almost every encounter of the Risen Christ we are given in scripture, once the disciples have begun to realize the wonder that has happened, Jesus sends them out.  “You are witnesses of these things.”  “Go and tell”.  It seems that it is never enough to encounter and know Jesus.  Always, with each meeting, they are we are sent out to share the marvelous news that brings such joy, to be witnesses, pointing and testifying to the fact and reality of Resurrection in our lives and in our world, helping others see that Resurrection is simply the way reality is because God and His love are ultimately in charge.

The Epistle of John this morning makes clear to whom we disciples are sent.  We are sent to the “children of God”, to the sinners He is redeeming.   We are sent to all who need the message of hope and the promise and the reality of resurrection in their lives.  We are sent to others just as they are, where they are, with the glorious truth of the possibility of wonderous Resurrection life.

Unfortunately, so often in our day and time the message that Christians send is just the opposite of Jesus’ intention and love.  All to often, instead of hearing love, redemption, forgiveness, new life, the message that is sent is that Christianity is a club for those who qualify by their good behavior for Heaven.  The result is that the living out of one’s faith is oriented toward the preservation of some peoples’ perceived place in the Kingdom of God instead of being witnesses to forgiveness, hope, love, and the Resurrecting power of God we have experienced.  All too often we fail to realize that far from removing us from the world, our experience of the Risen Lord propels us right back into the midst of it where the witness to His hope and power are most needed.

How sorely our world needs and longs to hear of hope and love and forgiveness, the message of Resurrection.  And if it is to hear then you and I must be there to tell our friends, co-workers, family, ourselves over and over with both words and actions.  It seems that guilt, pain, hopelessness often surround us on every side.  We Christians are sent out, having encountered the Risen Lord to heal the guilt, strengthen those in pain, and transform hopelessness and fear with the love of God.  One person summarized the mission and vision by saying, “We are simply asked to make gentle our bruised world, to tame its savageness, to be compassionate with all including oneself, then with the time left over to repeat the ancient tale and go the way of God’s foolish ones.”

Out encounters with the Risen Lord Jesus call us into the very midst of our world, into the guilt and pain and death and sin of it to transform it with hope, love, forgiveness, and the truth that Resurrection, bringing new life, is the way God operates.  It is a story of wonder, awe, love, and joy.  It is call for us to love, to be gentle with ourselves and one another, to share the pain and joy, to forgive as we have been forgiven, and to invite others to share our struggle to live Resurrection life as we have come to know it. 

You are witnesses to these things, now go, and tell.

Amen

Some Prayers

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his
disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith,

that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives

and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. 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.

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus
Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of
everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the
day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death
of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ 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 bring

forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.  If I

am 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 it

patiently.  And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. 

Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit

of 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 Thanksgiving

Almighty 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. Amen

And 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 light

of His countenance upon and give you His peace this day and for ever more.  Amen

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

Worship Times for Sunday, April 18 – we will have three services this week as Jefferson County has again been designated “red.”

8:00am
9:30am
11:00am

If you have already RSVPed for 10:00am please come to the 9:30 worship.

You must (please) RSVP by Saturday at Noon by calling 304-876-6990 and leave us a message.

Wear a mask and we hope to see you Sunday!

Vestry Meeting: Tuesday, April 20th at 7:15 in the Fellowship Hall

The Thrift Shop needs help on Thursdays from 8-12 sorting and organizing.

Please contact Aileen Boyd if you can help – 240-385-4284

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 for April 18th are given to the glory of God by Doug DuPont and Paul S. Garrard in honor of the shelter dogs at the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County in Kearneysville.

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