News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
July 7, 2019: The FOURTH Sunday after Pentecost                                                            Volume 4, Number 32
Scriptures for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost:Isaiah 66:10-14Psalm 66:1-8Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16, and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes contemporary music led by our ensemble. 
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Independence and Faith
James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, thought a lot about religion and the country he was helping to shape and lead. As a young lawyer, Madison defended Baptist preachers who were arrested for preaching without a license. It turns out that they needed permission to preach from the established Anglican Church in Virginia. A few years later, Madison contributed over a third of the content of the Federalist Papers and is considered to have been the principal author of the Constitution. In an 1822 letter to Louisiana lawyer Edward Livingston, Madison reflected on the delicate balance needed between religion and government:

There remains [in some American states] a strong bias toward the old error, that without some sort of alliance or coalition between government and religion neither can be duly supported. Such indeed is the tendency to such a coalition, and such is the corrupting influence on both parties, that the danger cannot be too carefully guarded against…[R]eligion and government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together…We are teaching the world the great truth that governments do better without kings and nobles, than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of government.

I sometimes think Madison’s words should be read more frequently by preachers and by politicians. Issues that mix up state and religion are as old as the biblical record and as recent as today’s newspaper. Especially in this country, I imagine the issues will remain in play as long as we are a free democracy. But I hope that all sides might reclaim the ability to argue, to hear the other side and rephrase its argument, and to put forth a case with equal parts of passion, faith, and reason.

As we reflect on our independence and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy, we can pray the Collect for Independence Day (Book of Common Prayer, page 242, and in person at Holy Trinity on July 4 at 8:30 AM.):

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
   John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
For children, copies of The Sunday Paper 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, 30June 2019: 8:00 AM: 18; 11:00 AM: 119; 
In our prayers:
We pray for Kit, Meghan,  Richard, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, and Kelly. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died.

Jean "Kit" Bradshaw is at home and under the weather. You may send her a card at 436 E. 88th St., NY, NY, 10128.

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.
The Week of July 7, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, July 7, 2019 - The Fourth 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, followed by First Sunday Potluck

Monday - Thursday, July 8-11, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Prayer at Church this week. 

Monday, July 8, 2019
6:00 PM Finance & Budget meeting

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, July 13, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Thanks to all who helped with Pride Sunday's Afternoon Tea and March
Enormous thanks to the hospitality committee and friends who arranged for the wonderful party we enjoyed on Sunday afternoon. Around 3PM, a group from Holy Trinity joined other Episopalians in the staging area on 32nd Street to wait for our place in the march.  Some had to leave for obligations before we finally stepped off, but thanks to all who supported, encouraged, joined, and prayed for us. 
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.
Yoga on Wednesday Nights
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 Wednesdays. 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
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
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
Grow NYC (the sustainability resource for New Yorkers)
Project Farmhouse (a state-of-the-art sustainability center and event space)
DSNY Zero Waste Program (committing to sending zero waste to landfills)
The Episcopal Church's Care of Creation Ministry 
The Anglican Communion Environment Network (in over 165 countries)
The Season of Creation (Christians of all traditions on six continents) 
Green Faith, Interfaith Partners In Action for the Earth (an interfaith coalition for the environment)
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:
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;
Altar Guild (help with linens, vessels, and set up for worship): Alden Prouty;
Choir & Music: Cleveland Kersh directs the 11:00 AM choir: Calvyn du Toit leads the 6:00 PM band and can be reached at
Communications (Digital and print communications such as weekly newsletter, social media, and outreach to greater community): Alexandra Harrington;
Environmental Ministry (help to plan & organize Stewardship of Creation initiatives): 
Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center (lunch, dinner, shelter or other programs):
Hospitality (help to plan and organize parish social events): Inez Lambert;
Lay Readers (serve as readers in worship services): Yvonne O’Neal;
Newcomers (plan events and help the church be more welcoming): Jim Synk;
Sunday School:    Oluyemisi Ariyibi;
Tours (serve as guides Sundays & Sacred Sites Weekend): Committee Chair; 
Trinity Cares (assists with such tasks as grocery shopping, dog walking, or escort to a doctor, or to church): Patsy Weille;
Ushers (volunteer to greet people at worship services and offer hospitality): Liz Poole;
Yoga at Holy Trinity (offered in the church on Wednesday nights at 7 PM) Liz Poole:
Youth Group  Susan Valdes-Dapena;
Young Adults at Holy Trinity (a community of people in their 20s and 30s): Eunice Ng and Sarah Montgomery:
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.
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