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News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
August 11, 2019: The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                         Volume 4, Number 37
Scriptures for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 15:1-6Psalm 33:12-22 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, and Luke 12:32-40
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "May the Lord bless you" by Sam Hargreaves.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump
Just a few days (July 30, 2019) before the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the following statement was made by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, Bishop of Washington; the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, Dean of the National Cathedral; and the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, canon theologian at the National Cathedral (and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City).  Though their statement may be "like a voice crying in the wilderness," it is nonetheless a voice of faith that perhaps can help us amplify our own voices. John Beddingfield

The escalation of racialized rhetoric from the President of the United States has evoked responses from all sides of the political spectrum. On one side, African American leaders have led the way in rightfully expressed outrage. On the other, those aligned with the President seek to downplay the racial overtones of his attacks, or remain silent.

As faith leaders who serve at Washington National Cathedral ­– the sacred space where America gathers at moments of national significance – we feel compelled to ask: After two years of President Trump’s words and actions, when will Americans have enough? 

 As Americans, we have had such moments before, and as a people we have acted. Events of the last week call to mind a similarly dark period in our history:

 “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. …  You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?”

That was U.S. Army attorney Joseph Welch on June 9, 1954, when he confronted Senator Joseph McCarthy before a live television audience, effectively ending McCarthy’s notorious hold on the nation. Until then, under the guise of ridding the country of Communist infiltration, McCarthy had free reign to say and do whatever he wished. With unbridled speech, he stoked the fears of an anxious nation with lies; destroyed the careers of countless Americans; and bullied into submissive silence anyone who dared criticize him.

In retrospect, it’s clear that Welch’s question was directed less toward McCarthy and more to the nation as a whole. Had Americans had enough? Where was our sense of decency?

We have come to accept a level of insult and abuse in political discourse that violates each person’s sacred identity as a child of God. We have come to accept as normal a steady stream of language and accusations coming from the highest office in the land that plays to racist elements in society.

This week, President Trump crossed another threshold. Not only did he insult a leader in the fight for racial justice and equality for all persons; not only did he savage the nations from which immigrants to this country have come; but now he has condemned the residents of an entire American city. Where will he go from here?

Make no mistake about it, words matter. And, Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous.

These words are more than a “dog-whistle.” When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human “infestation” in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.

When does silence become complicity? What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president's sense of decency, but of ours.

As leaders of faith who believe in the sacredness of every single human being, the time for silence is over. We must boldly stand witness against the bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and xenophobia that is hurled at us, especially when it comes from the highest offices of this nation. We must say that this will not be tolerated.  To stay silent in the face of such rhetoric is for us to tacitly condone the violence of these words. We are compelled to take every opportunity to oppose the indecency and dehumanization that is racism, whether it comes to us through words or actions.

There is another moment in our history worth recalling. On January 21, 2017, Washington National Cathedral hosted an interfaith national prayer service, a sacred tradition to honor the peaceful transfer of political power. We prayed for the President and his young Administration to have “wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties that they may serve all people of this nation, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person.”

That remains our prayer today for us all.
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The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian of Washington National Cathedral
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
 
Away on the weekends? Join us for the Wednesday night Eucharist at 6:15. We pray Evening Prayer at 6, then celebrate the Eucharist, and then a few shed their outer layer clothing and stay for yoga at 7! . . . For children (and for adults who enjoy the simplicity of the message or the cartoon!), copies of The Sunday Paper, and The Sunday Paper Junior and crayons are available on the information table in the church. It has cartoons that tie in with today’s liturgical lessons. Please take a copy or two . . . Our attendance last Sunday, 4 August 2019: 8:00 AM: 17, 11:00 AM: 96, 6:00 PM 23.
In our prayers:
We pray for Fabio Sr., Elaine, Kit, Richard, Meghan,. Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Virginia, Judith Gwyn Brown, and  Betsy Forster.  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died.

Praying for our link parish of St. Stephen with St. John, in the Diocese of London, we especially pray for the Vicar, the Rev. Graham Buckle, as he continues a three-month sabbatical, and for their Curate, The Rev. Catherine Duce, who is leading the parish. We also pray for for the spiritual growth of the congregation, the many outreach programs, and for all those affected by the social and economic implications of the ongoing Brexit process. 

The Prayer List
Please note: We keep names on our prayer list for one month, but begin fresh on the first Sunday of each month. If you wish to be included or have someone included, you will need to alert the parish office by Thursday before the first Sunday of the month or add your prayers to the board in the back of the church that Sunday.
A New Interior Cloister Ramp
After years of putting up with, wrestling with, and tinkering with our wooden ramp that has been used to enable a wheelchair or scooter to enter Draesel Hall through the kitchen door, we have found a temporary solution. ("Temporary" is a relative term, but it means that no changes have been made to our historical structure.)  The new ramp system is strong and sturdy, and allows everyone (whether able-bodied or using wheels) to move safely through the cloister and enter Draesel Hall through the kitchen. The ramp system was made possible by a gift for accessibility by David and Ashley Shepherd. 

At the Wednesday night Eucharist, we asked God's blessing on the new ramps with the following prayer:
 
O God, the source of all health, as Jesus healed the lame, supported the weary, and welcomed the poor in spirit, help us to create a place of welcome and refuge.  We ask your blessing upon these ramps, that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, all those who pass over them may be defended by your most gracious and ready help.  Send your holy angels from heaven to guard, protect, and defend all those who pass this way, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Coming this Fall: Better & Stronger Connections
Our church is moving to a new kind of church record keeping system called "Realm." (The name, "Realm" helps us remember that as followers of Jesus Christ in this place, we're called to participate in the beginning of God's Holy Realm, or God's Kingdom, right here on earth.)  More than simply serving the administrative and online giving needs of the church, Realm encourages better connection, communication, and participation in the life of our parish.  Stay tuned for upcoming information. 
The Week of August 11, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Midsummer Meditation
11:00 AM  Sung Eucharist
followed by Coffee Hour
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
6:00 PM Community Eucharist & Baptism

Monday - Thursday, August 12-August 15, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
(This week, we celebrate the Eve of the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin,
also observed by other churches as the Assumption or Dormition.)
[No yoga this week, August 14.]

Saturday, August 17, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Midsummer Meditation
Sundays in July and August, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Cloister Chapel
After a 5-minute introduction, we meditate or pray in silence for 25 minutes, concluding with the St. Francis Prayer. All are welcome.

Whether one practices "Centering Prayer," repeats a favorite prayer, or uses a mantra or sacred phrase, the goal in our prayer is to rest deeply in God in silence and to let go of the thoughts, emotions, memories, images or sensations that will inevitably come into awareness during prayer. We don't try to stop thinking or combat thoughts when they arise, but rather, try to let them go gently so they can pass through one’s awareness. Thus the believer can return with his or her whole being to an awareness of God.

Morning Prayer
Monday through Thursday at 8:30 AM

Most days of the week, a few of us gather in the Memorial Chapel (within the main church worship space) and share in Morning Prayer. Every once in a while there is only the rector or a lay leader, but often, there are 3 to 7 people. The service lasts about twenty minutes and includes readings from scripture, psalms, and prayers for ourselves and others. On Fridays and weekends, some of us read Morning Prayer, the Noonday Office, or Evening Prayer on our own, either using the Book of Common Prayer or an online resource such as Mission of St. Clare or Electronic Common Prayer. Some people come several days a week and others join us every few months.  Please feel free to drop in and see how we pray. 

Yoga on Wednesday Nights - But Not August 14
In the main church following Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist
Come join us for yoga in the main worship space of our church from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Church. Learn the basics or enhance your current practice.  All levels welcome!  You’ll leave feeling more comfortable in your body and calmer in your mind. Bring your mat or borrow one of ours.  No charge, free-will offering only.  Proceeds will be donated to the Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center.  

Questions? Contact Registered Yoga Teacher and parishioner Liz Poole at yoga@holytrinity-nyc.org.
Holy Trinity Young Adults
A monthly gathering for people in their 20s and 30s
Holy Trinity Young Adults is a new, monthly gathering of people in their twenties and thirties to connect, break bread and explore how faith moves us in our everyday lives. 
 
We normally meet at the Rectory (at 332 E. 88th, under the scaffolding) and start at 7:30 for dinner and discussion. For more information, please email Eunice and Sarah at chtyoungadults@holytrinity-nyc.org
Holy Trinity Environmental Ministry
The Environmental Ministry committee and the members of our environmentally mindful congregation recognize that as Christians we have a unique, integral, and spiritual relationship with our environment.  Believing we are stewards of our environment we are putting faith into action.  We are ready, willing, and able to implement the ideas that will help Holy Trinity to protect natural resources, reduce energy use, and costs, and to engage our community, and youth in these efforts.  
We invite you to join us.  Here are a few recommended links to explore: 


Earth Day https://www.earthday.org/
Grow NYC (the sustainability resource for New Yorkers) https://www.grownyc.org/
Project Farmhouse (a state-of-the-art sustainability center and event space) https://www.projectfarmhouse.org/
DSNY Zero Waste Program (committing to sending zero waste to landfills) https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/our-work/zero-waste
The Episcopal Church's Care of Creation Ministry https://www.episcopalchurch.org/creation-care 
The Anglican Communion Environment Network (in over 165 countries)  https://acen.anglicancommunion.org/
The Season of Creation (Christians of all traditions on six continents)  http://seasonofcreation.org 
Green Faith, Interfaith Partners In Action for the Earth (an interfaith coalition for the environment) https://greenfaith.org/#
 
Tour Holy Trinity
Join Us for a 15 Minute Guided Tour
Sunday,  following the 11:00 AM service
Meet the tour guide and greeters in the Narthex (entrance.)
Tours are free!
For further information, please visit our website:
www.holytrinity-nyc.org
Copies of “A Short History of Holy Trinity” and “The Windows of Holy Trinity”
are available on the information tables
Get Involved! 
Would you like to be more a part of something? We'd love to have you!
Acolytes (volunteer in worship and help everything go smoothly): Susan Valdes-Dapena; susan@valdes-dapena.net
Altar Guild (help with linens, vessels, and set up for worship): Alden Prouty; alden.prouty@gmail.com
Choir & Music: Cleveland Kersh directs the 11:00 AM choir: organist@holytrinity-nyc.org. Calvyn du Toit leads the 6:00 PM band and can be reached at calvyn@protonmail.com
Communications (Digital and print communications such as weekly newsletter, social media, and outreach to greater community): Alexandra Harrington; alexandra.h.barker@gmail.com
Environmental Ministry (help to plan & organize Stewardship of Creation initiatives): barbarawrefaith@gmail.com 
Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center (lunch, dinner, shelter or other programs): www.htncnyc.org
Hospitality (help to plan and organize parish social events): Inez Lambert; ilambert_2000@yahoo.com
Lay Readers (serve as readers in worship services): Yvonne O’Neal; Yvonne.oneal@gmail.com
Newcomers (plan events and help the church be more welcoming): Jim Synk; James.Synk@j2.com
Sunday School:    Oluyemisi Ariyibi; sennyb@yahoo.com
Tours (serve as guides Sundays & Sacred Sites Weekend): Committee Chair; barbarawrefaith@gmail.com 
Trinity Cares (assists with such tasks as grocery shopping, dog walking, or escort to a doctor, or to church): Patsy Weille; highlandmb4@gmail.com
Ushers (volunteer to greet people at worship services and offer hospitality): Liz Poole; lizpoolenyc@hotmail.com
Yoga at Holy Trinity (offered in the church on Wednesday nights at 7 PM) Liz Poole: yoga@holytrinity-nyc.org
Youth Group  Susan Valdes-Dapena; susan@valdes-dapena.net
Young Adults at Holy Trinity (a community of people in their 20s and 30s): Eunice Ng and Sarah Montgomery: chtyoungadults@holytrinity-nyc.org
HTNC Neighborhood Supper Volunteers

Please consider donating your time and talent on a Saturday or two, between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM to help with our Neighborhood Supper. Every Saturday, we welcome 80-125 adults, seniors, and children to a freshly prepared, restaurant-style meal. 

The Neighborhood Supper is completely voluntary, and that's where YOU come in: We need people to set up the room, prepare and serve the meal, and then clean up. The work is easy, and fun because volunteers work together as a team! Many hands make light work, and we would love to have your hands on board. We need help every Saturday, particularly the second Saturday of the month. As summer approaches, we really need extra hands and bodies to fill in for volunteers on vacation. 
 
For further information, or to say, "Yes!" please call the parish office at 212.289.4100, ext. 201.
Do you have something you would like to include in an upcoming newsletter? Email your announcement to
info@holytrinity-nyc.org by Wednesday at noon. 
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