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We will have in-person services this Sunday, Feb 28, 2021! 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM. Please let the office know if you plan to attend. Of course, wear masks and maintain safe distance…..

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday, February 24, 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.  During Lent, you might consider adding weekly Evening Prayer as a meditation.  Afterwards, the group enjoys some conversation and catching up.   We invite and welcome Readers for any of the Readings appointed for this Wednesday.    

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

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

Psalm 49, BCP Page 652;

Hebrews 3:12-19; 

and John 2:23-3:15.      

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Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

In Person Worship has been canceled for this Sunday, February 21st as directed by the Bishop.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has been labeled “red” due to increases in Covid-19 cases in our area.
GT, Frank, Dave and Lora will still stream a LIVE service on Facebook for you to participate that way.

Please join us Sunday at 10:00am from the comfort of your home.

For now, in person worship will be decided on a weekly basis. Updates will be emailed each Thursday
as well as posted our website, Facebook page and answering machine.

Book Club Zoom will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 9:30am.
If you would like to join us please let GT know by Saturday morning, so he can send you a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

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

Shepherdstown Shares Weekly Needs:  beef and pork — we feed more than 50 households every week; we know those numbers will increase.
Donations can be dropped off at the Trinity Chapel vestibule at any time. 

The pantry is open Mondays, 1:00–3:00 PM, Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pmand Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 PM.

For more information, go to ShepherdstownShares.org. Thank you!

Jennifer Perrotte

Parish Admin

Trinity Church

Shepherdstown, WV

304-876-6990

FOR LENT 2021

Dear Friends,

Attached are several resources/ideas, most available online, to help as we seek to “keep a holy Lent’ this year.   In so many ways, we have given up so much in the last year because of the pandemic that I am not sure our usual habits and disciplines will be particularly helpful.  Lent is a time of special devotion, prayer, preparing to observe the crucifixion of our Lord and to celebrate His Resurrection at Easter.  Even if we can get back to church service, we will still be unable to commemorate with many of the things to which we were accustomed, so it is an opportunity to “branch out” and explore.  Whatever you decide, please be gentle with yourself and others.  In so many ways life has been hard this last year.    Let God love, heal, and forgive you and embrace those realities with humility and gratitude.

GT

**The Ash Wednesday service will be streamed on FaceBook Live at 7:00pm, 2/17.

The Evening Prayer group WILL meet this week (over zoom) at 7:30pm, following worship. Directions were sent in a previous email.**

Wed, Feb 17, 2021 – Ash Wednesday Service on Facebook live streaming 7:00 PM ; Zoom Evening Prayer about 7:30 PM

Dear Friends,

Please join us this Wednesday, February 17, for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer following the Trinity Church Ash Wednesday Service, which will be live streaming on Facebook at 7:00 pm.    

The link will be available beginning at 7:25 pm and Evening Prayer will start after the Ash Wednesday Service ends. 

Evening Prayer lasts about 1/2 hour and is an opportunity to be with others in quiet prayer & reflection.  Afterwards, the group enjoys a chance for conversation and catching up.   

The Service is Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, found on Page 115 of the Book of Common Prayer.  If you need a Prayer Book, please contact the Church Office.   

We invite and welcome Readers for any of the following Readings appointed for this Wednesday,   

Psalm 130, Book of Common Prayer Page 784;

Hebrews 12:1-4; 

and Luke 18:9-14.      

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

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Sunday, February 14, 2021 –For Last Epiphany

Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that Wednesday is already Ash Wednesday and that we will once again begin the Lenten journey.  In many ways it feels like we have never left last year’s Lent.  Yet, just as Lent means that Spring is on the horizon, we are beginning to see that the end of the pandemic is on the horizon as well.  We will “broadcast” an Ash Wednesday service on Facebook beginning at 7:00 PM that evening.  You will also receive a list of Lenten resources for your journey this year.  I am still hoping that at some point soon we can resume limited services.  Because we can see the beginning of the end of the pandemic, perhaps this Lent one of the things we can begin to do is think about how it has changed us.  What have we lost?  What have we gained?  Secondly, how do we want to be when the limitations are gone?  What do we want to leave behind in pandemic time?  What new things are we looking forward to embracing?   A crisis (such as the time through which we have been living) always provides opportunity as well.

As always, please keep in your prayers the sick, the frightened, those grieving, those who care for us all and never, ever forget to be grateful for our many blessings.   Also get your shot when you can and wear your mask.

GT

The lessons

II Kings 2:1-12

II Corinthians 4:3-6

Mark 9:2-9

A Homily (by Frank Coe)

“Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud came a voice, “This is my son, the Beloved, listen to him!”

This is the last Sunday in Epiphany (more commonly called Transfiguration Sunday).  Recall the word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation.”  One definition is the appearance of a god: the manifestation of a divine being; – another definition is a sudden realization: a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence – In an epiphany it came to him what his life’s work was to be.

In early Jewish thought a mountain was often considered to be a place of revelation. The presence of God was generally connected with a cloud.  It was in a cloud on a mountain that Moses met God. In Old Testament times it was believed that clouds demonstrated the power of God as Creator. There was the pillar of a cloud that guided the Jews in their escape from Egypt.  God generally spoke from a cloud. Our gospel reading today notes that Jesus and his three disciples are on a “high mountain” and there is a cloud from which God speaks.

This account of the Transfiguration of Jesus occurs in all the Synoptic gospels and differs little in content.  Note that in Matthew’s version of this event the disciples fall on their face in awe and that Jesus came and touched them and told them to rise and not be afraid.  Remember that last week Jesus took Simon’s mother-in-law “by the hand and lifted her up.” By his touch he is saying I care for you; I have compassion for you; You are something special.  The effect of human touch cannot be understated or underestimated. Again, we see the power of the touch in reducing anxiety; this time of these three disciples.

We certainly could say that the Transfiguration of Jesus before Peter, James and John was an epiphany for them.  Quoting from the NT lesson “For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” This event unequivocally confirms to them who Jesus really is and “they were terrified.”

The life of Jesus had already shed a profoundly new light on the world. The poor had been regarded as unloved and unwanted by God, but in the light that Jesus brought they became seen as objects of God’s favor and love. “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” we are told. Tax collectors and prostitutes were shunned, but Jesus cast an entirely new light on their status when he shared meals with them. We are told in Luke “He receives sinners and eats with them”.

A personal story: this happened many years ago.  For years after my father died our daughter’s two older children would each take one afternoon each week and spend it with my mother.  They would play cards.  They would watch television and generally would have dinner with her. My mother always kept, in the refrigerator, the special deserts that each one liked.  She wanted to be prepared.  Over time they in fact learned more about my mother than I ever knew.  For example, it was through my grandchildren that I learned that she was engaged to be married before she met my father. My grandchildren fed my mother and she in turn fed them.  To this day these two now adults both have fond memories of their times with my mother. She also showered them with her love, compassion and yes, her touch. Their love and compassion were bidirectional. 

The words in today’s gospel “This is my son, the Beloved,” are the same ones that we heard at Jesus’ baptism. To these words today’s gospel adds the phrase, “listen to him.” This phrase “listen to him” in addition to meaning to pay attention and to listen also in this case also implies the Old Testament connotation of “obey.” It is through our Baptismal Covenant that we not only accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, but we also say that we will “listen to him;” and that we “will seek and serve Christ in all persons;” and that we will “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

This “mountaintop” experience of Jesus’ disciples remind us that we Christians everywhere, like Jesus, reflect God’s glory and are being transformed by the Holy Spirit.   And with a servant’s heart and in humility we are called to “listen” and to respond. We are called to listen not only as individuals but also as a community, as part of the body of Christ.

The transfiguration of Jesus not only reminds us who he is (the Son of God), but more importantly, the transfiguration of Jesus reminds us to listen to him. We listen as we seek out and relate to Christ, both as individuals and as a community through our relationships with other parts of the Body of Christ.

There is another way to think about the transfiguration of Jesus about which we heard read today.  Think of it not so much occurring in Jesus as occurring in Peter, James, and John. The light that they saw pouring from Jesus had always been there; they just had not seen it before. Point of fact His light still shines brightly today for each of us and will continue to shine for eternity. The question is do we see it or feel the effects of it?

As an interesting sidelight note that as a direct result of Jesus’ Transfiguration his appearance to those disciples present changed noticeably.  Another way a saying this is that as a result of his direct interface with God Jesus seemed to those that saw him to be different both in appearance and in behavior.  I think that most of us can relate to this.  For example, think back to your first date or when you first proposed marriage (or had marriage proposed to you).  Did not those around you notice a difference both in your behavior and appearance?  I daresay they did.  Or how about when you received that coveted promotion?  Or special recognition?  Or perhaps, how did our behavior change when we, for some slowly, for others like an epiphany, became acutely aware of God and the influence God has on our lives and behavior through Jesus and his teachings?

One of the responsibilities of leadership is to convey the ideas, commands, and thoughts of your leader in such a manner that those that hear them will not only listen but also will want to carry out the commands.  In today’s Gospel we hear the commandment from God “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”  Jesus is our leader through who in computer language information flow is bi-directional; that is we talk to God through Jesus and in turn God talks to us through Jesus.  We are told to listen to Jesus.  And Jesus in relaying God’s commands provides to us an interpretative explanation, fundamentally what is contained within the four gospels.

We are called to say yes to God’s call of leadership. The world and our church today may well be in transition. We might prefer to steady the course, keep things as they are or have been.  But we know that we, each of us, are called to new places of faithfulness and to continually respond to God’s call to listen to Jesus.

Some Prayers

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son
revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that
we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be
strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his
likeness from glory to glory; 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 wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the
people of this land], that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
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.

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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.

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.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. 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, Feb 11, 2021 – TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

In Person Worship has been canceled for this Sunday, February 14th as directed by the Bishop.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has been labeled “red” due to increases in Covid-19 cases in our area.
GT, Frank, Dave and Lora will still stream a LIVE service on Facebook for you to participate that way.

Please join us Sunday at 10:00am from the comfort of your home.

For now, in person worship will be decided on a weekly basis. Updates will be emailed each Thursday as well as posted our website, Facebook page and answering machine.

Ash Wednesday Service will streamed on Facebook Live at 7:00pm on February 17th.

Lent Resources: The office is compiling a list of home activities, references, and other materials for Lent. We will email this out on Tuesday, February 16.

New Address for Wade and Carolyn Banks : 3000 Hood Circle, apt. 101 Martinsburg, WV  25403

2020 Giving Statements have been emailed out to members. If you did not receive one, please let us know.

Giving Envelopes & Day by Day Booklets: are ready to be picked up. They are on the front porch of the Parish House.

Book Club Zoom will be held on Monday, February 15th at 9:30am.
If you would like to join us please let GT know by Saturday morning, so he can send you a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Wednesday Evening Prayer will not meet this week for Ash Wednesday.
Please tune in to FaceBook Live for Trinity’s special service at 7:00pm.
We will be back on February 24 at our NEW TIME 7:30pm.

Shepherdstown Shares Weekly Needs:  beef and pork — we feed more than 50 households every week; we know those numbers will increase.
Donations can be dropped off at the Trinity Chapel vestibule at any time. 

The pantry is open Mondays, 1:00–3:00 PM and Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 PM.

Starting February 18th, the pantry will also be open on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm.

For more information, go to ShepherdstownShares.org. Thank you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer 7:30 pm

Dear Friends,

Trinity Church invites you to join us this Wednesday, February 10, for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer at 7:30 pm.  Log in begins at 7:20 pm.  Follow the link below. 

The service lasts about 1/2 hour, and we take a little time at the end of the service to chat and catch up.   

The Service is Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, found on Page 115 of the Book of Common Prayer.  If you need a Prayer Book, please contact the Church Office.   

We invite and welcome Readers for any of the following Readings appointed for this Wednesday,   

Psalm 82, Book of Common Prayer Page 705;

2 Timothy 1:15-2:13; 

and Mark 10:1-16.      

Please join us!  ~ Tina Barton & Tom Miller

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Sunday, February 7, 2021 –For Epiphany V

Dear Friends,

Susie and I continue to be grateful for your prayers and good wishes.  The doctors so far are pleased, and we are settling into our new routines.  Please do not hesitate to use my cell number if there is no answer at the church.  As of today, Jefferson County is orange on the map.  This is a big step, and the numbers are decreasing.  If we can stay that way for two weeks, we will seriously consider resuming in person worship as we did before on a limited basis.  As a person over 65, I have signed up for my turn at the vaccine.  I hope those of you in my age group and older have done the same.

 Please continue your prayers for all of those who are sick, grieving, frightened and alone.  It really makes a difference.  And please do not forget to express your gratitude for all our many blessings even in the midst of our difficulties.   It is that thanksgiving that changes our heats and lifts our sights to see even more the ever-present hand of God in all around us.

GT

The Lessons:

Isaiah 40:21-31

I Corinthians 9: 16-23

Mark 1:29-39

A Homily

The lessons for this morning speak so eloquently of the power of God.  In the Old Testament lesson Isaiah promises “Have you not known, have you not heard” the Lord.  “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint and strengthens the powerless.  Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.  In the Gospel Mark tells us that Jesus cannot even get dinner without being mobbed by the crowds longing to be healed of their sickness, demons.  His only respite seems to be in the darkness of the early morning hours.  In Corinthians Paul is absolutely convinced that all he does and will do or accomplish is a direct result of the power of God working in him.  He has literally been taken over by God’s power. 

God’s power: so awesome, so wondrous so beyond our human capacity for comprehension and understanding.  I think that often our invited familiarity with God tends to make us forget that the one with whom we are in relationship is one of tremendous power.  One whose love, presence, grace, wisdom is unlimited.  Because today’s lessons point so eloquently to the power of God, we do well not to miss at least two essential lessons about His wondrous, unlimited power.

The first is that God’s power always works in concert with His love.  Love is who He is by nature and therefore He always seeks to heal, to save, to bring wholeness, life, health, and peace.  The lessons make that point clearly.  “Lift up your eyes and see”, God says, those who are my own, those who are in relationship with me, who wait for me are infused with amazing power to mount up with wings like eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.  Why?  Because of God’s power that loves, supports, and upholds.  In the Gospel Jesus’ ministry, the manifestation of who He is, is made known most powerfully in healing the tormented, the disabled, all that keeps people from being who they were created to be.  Jesus heals. Wholeness, health, well-being seem to flow from Him into those in His presence.  Notice how St. Paul in the Epistle acknowledges God’s power.  He can be all things to all people because God’s power to save is so all consuming. 

How often God gets accused of using His power to do the opposite of what the lessons teach us.  How often He is accused of visiting people with evil, illness, disaster.  That is not what the Gospel tells us.  Martin Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress” points us to the truth of the Gospel, “Though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed His truth (His power) to triumph through us.”  The message of Jesus’ crucifixion and Resurrection is the nth degree of what we see in the lessons.  The worst that the world, sin and evil could do is the crucifixion of our Lord, yet out of that God brings life, hope, healing, wholeness because it is His very nature to do so.  It is the nature of His amazing, unlimited power to be at work in the world, in our little lives to bring, even in the midst of the worst the world can bring, new life, new hope, new love.  

The second essential point in these lessons Martin Luther has already suggested in the last quoted line of the hymn: “His truth, His power to triumph through us”.  God uses us human beings to wield and make evident His amazing power at work.  It is people with eagle’s wings, running and not growing weary, who manifest the power of God and His love, presence, and care.  It is Paul’s whole life’s story, turned from persecuting Christians to a radical trust in the power and presence of God.  Even Jesus, fully human, fully divine, displays His total intimacy with the Father in miraculous works.  So it is with you and me as well.   God longs to use us too, you and me, frail, sinful humans that we are.  Paul knew, “I am entrusted with a commission” he wrote.  So are we.  “An obligation has been laid on me”, he said.  So too with us.  “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel”.  The lives of us who have glimpsed and thus been filled with His power must always be about making Him and His saving grace and power known to all.  Having seen, having known, it is simply who we are: conduits of the unlimited power of God to save and love. 

The awesome, unlimited power of God seeks always and everywhere to save, heal, bring new life, new hope, transforming even the worst of the world with the wonder of Resurrection.  He longs for us who have seen and known to be like Jesus and Paul, those at His disposal, those through whom He brings His wondrous gifts of life and love and hope.  He longs to use our hands, feet, hearts, minds and lives to save all those for whom He so longs.  In the process His power will also make us who we have been created to be: His precious children of love. 

Amen

Some Prayers

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us
the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known
to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the
people of this land], that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
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.

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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.

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.

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 our selves 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, Feb 4, 2021-TRINITY CHURCH NEWS

In Person Worship has been canceled for this Sunday, February 7th as directed by the Bishop.

Unfortunately, Jefferson County has been labeled “red” due to increases in Covid-19 cases in our area.
GT, Frank, Dave and Lora will still stream a LIVE service on Facebook for you to participate that way.

Please join us Sunday at 10:00am from the comfort of your home.

For now, in person worship will be decided on a weekly basis. Updates will be emailed each Thursday
as well as posted our website, Facebook page and answering machine.

New Address for Wade and Carolyn Banks : 3000 Hood Circle, apt. 101 Martinsburg, WV  25403

2020 Giving Statements have been emailed out to members. If you did not receive one, please let us know.

Giving Envelopes: are ready to be picked up. They are on the front porch of the Parish House.

Book Club Zoom will be held on Monday, February 7th at 9:30am.
If you would like to join us please let GT know by Saturday morning, so he can send you a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Wednesday Evening Prayer has a NEW TIME – We now begin at 7:30pm. You can start logging in at 7:20pm.

Each week everyone is a sent a zoom  link, please let us know if you need it.

Shepherdstown Shares Weekly Needs:  garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and ground pepper.
Donations can be dropped off at the Trinity Chapel vestibule at any time. 

The pantry is open Mondays, 1:00–3:00 PM and Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 PM, Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel.
For more information, go to ShepherdstownShares.org. Thank you!

Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department invites you to a Super Bowl Sunday Dinner on February 7th from Noon to 3:00m at the fire hall.
Ham, chicken, veggies, homemade rolls and dessert for $9.00. This will be offered as curbside pick-up only.

Thank you for supporting our firefighters!

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

for Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – Zoom Evening Prayer

Dear Friends,

Trinity Church invites you to join us this Wednesday, February 3, for a Zoom service of Evening Prayer at 7:30 pm.  Log in begins at 7:20 pm.  Follow the link below. 

The service lasts about 1/2 hour, and we take a little time at the end of the service to chat and catch up.   

The Service is Daily Evening Prayer, Rite Two, found on Page 115 of the Book of Common Prayer.  If you need a Prayer Book, please contact the Church Office.   

We invite and welcome Readers for any of the following Readings appointed for this Wednesday,   

Psalm 119:73-96, Book of Common Prayer Page 769;

Galatians 4:21-31; 

and Mark 8:11-26.      

Please join us!  ~ Tina Barton & Tom Miller

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Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 – For Epiphany IV

Dear Friends,

Susie and I are most grateful for all your prayers and expressions of care this past week.  She is home and is doing well.  I am learning some new skills.  We are of course in the rounds of doctors, physical therapy, and iv antibiotics three times a day, but we are getting the schedule and kinks worked out. 

It looks like we will have some snow over the next few days.  Book Club will continue on zoom tomorrow morning.  We will be checking the messages on the voicemail and email even if I cannot be in the Office and of course you are welcome to call on my cell.  Please be very careful out there.  Please, too, continue to pray for the sick, for those who are grieving, for the frightened, for the lonely, and all those who will continue to work through the storm and the pandemic to keep us safe and well.  The quiet and first covering of snow is actually quite beautiful.  Take some time to appreciate and give thanks for all the beauty around us and for all our many blessings.  As always you are in my thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving.

GT

The Lessons:

Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

I Corinthians 8:1-13

Mark 1: 21-28

A Homily

In the Gospel this morning St. Mark begins to tell the story of Jesus ministry.  It is no accident that he begins where he does with a man possessed coming to where Jesus was preaching in the synagogue and the evil in him being cast out.  In many ways the story is representative of the entirety of Jesus mission and ministry ending with His death and Resurrection.  It is also a wonderful statement in many ways of our lives with Him.

In the story Jesus directly confronted and overcame evil.  Mark tells us that the evil in the man was no match for the authority of the presence of Jesus.  Mark mentions Jesus’ authority in the story twice.  In Greek the word we translate as “authority” refers as well to the power that flows from that authority.  It is important for us to notice that in the story Jesus’ power and authority do not derive from an appeal to someone or something else.  He does not for example cite scripture or precedent.  We are told that Jesus’ authority, what amazes the crowd that watches, is that His authority is inherent in Himself, in His person and presence.  That is a major difference between Him and the scribes the and the Pharisees.  Time and time again in the Gospels, in fact in the Cross and Resurrection itself, the message is recounted.  Evil is no match for the power and authority and presence of God in Jesus Christ.

Time and time again we are also told the nature of that power, authority, and presence.  It is none other than God’s love for His creation.  Over and over in Scripture and especially in the Gospels, God in Jesus confronts evil with His love and evil is destroyed.  Notice, Jesus asked absolutely nothing of the man is this morning’s story.  He simply met the evil in the man with the power, authority and presence of unconditional love and the man was made whole and well.  The evil was no more.  The truth is that nothing else could have happened.  Evil simply cannot exist in the presence of unconditional love, the love God has for His creation, the love He embodies and reveals in Jesus, the love He has for each of us. 

Now, in our day and time we seldom talk in terms of demons, Satan or even evil.  Instead, we tend to talk about bad luck, unfortunate circumstances, accidents, mistakes, bad decisions.  “The devil made me do it.” is a tongue in cheek comment tossed off humorously to discount our own bad behavior.  The fact is, however, that no matter what the terminology is we choose to use or whether we acknowledge it and whether or not we assign a specific personality to it, evil is a very real part of our lives and our world.  The truth is we confront evil each and every day.  We confront evil in ourselves.  Within each of us is a place that knows and resonates with St. Paul when he cries “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.”  We spout unkind, hurtful, derogatory things even to those closest to us without even thinking.  And that does not begin to talk about what happens on social media sites.  We are guilty of racism, prejudice, pride and hypocrisy more than we want to think let alone admit.

We confront evil in others, too.  We have all been victims of another’s prejudice or selfishness or just plain nastiness and mean spiritedness.  We also confront evil in our world: terrorism, starvation, wars and rumors of wars, abused and neglected children, battered elderly, violet crime, riots, and drug abuse.  Call it what we like, deny it if we like, but evil, Satan, the demonic is very much in evidence in our very selves, in one another and in our world. 

What all of this means for us Christians is really quite simple.  The great, wondrous, and awesome story of Christianity is not yet finished.  The Gospel struggle, Jesus’ battle against the evil around and within goes on.  The promise is that in Jesus death and Resurrection the war against evil has been ultimately won.  We know how the story will end.  But in between now and the finale, evil continues to rear its ugly head.  And, as God’s beloved children, as Jesus’ brothers and sisters, as the instruments God has on this earth, it is up to us Christians to continue the battle against evil in in all its ugly forms. “You are marked as Christ’s own forever and I do sign you with the sign of the Cross that in token hereafter you shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified and to fight under His banner against sin, the world, and the devil and to continue Christ’s faithful soldier and servant until your life’s end.”  That is who we are and who we are called to be.

There is only one way that high and holy calling can be made real in our own lives and ministry.  The is only one force known that can destroy, conquer, and overwhelm the grip of evil on us and our world and it is the same power, authority and presence Jesus showed when He confronted the evil in the story this morning.  It is the very power of God.  It is the power of unconditional love.  The love with which God loves us.  The love He pours into our hearts and minds and spirits. If we are to fulfill our mission and confront evil in our lives and our world then we must begin to acknowledge, practice, and live God’s power of unconditional love that is ours.  Richard Rohr reminds us that in Jesus we literally become love as God is love.  Evil simply cannot exist in the presence of that love.  We must learn to love ourselves unconditionally as He loves us.  We must love our world into sanity and health.  Teilhard de Chardin foretold the glorious revolution that can, does, and will occur when we acknowledge our reality and begin to live the awesome power of unconditional love that is in us.  He wrote, “Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.  Then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” 

The story this morning, the entirety of the Gospel tells us that Jesus confronted evil and triumphed by the authority, power, and presence of God, of unconditional love.  That love even triumphed over death on the Cross.   We, too, encounter evil in ourselves, in others, in the world.  We are as God’s beloved sent out to confront that evil and to overcome it with exactly the same power, authority, and presence as did Jesus:  the power, authority, presence of the unconditional love of God poured into us, into our hearts and minds and spirits.  The Gospel struggle against evil continues within and without.  Each of us has been given the power and authority to confront and overcome evil, the gift to love as we have first been loved.

Amen

Some Prayers

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in
heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of
your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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 wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share
our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of
your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our
hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so
move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the
people of this land], that barriers which divide us may
crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our
divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
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.

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

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.

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.

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 our selves 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