News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
July 14, 2019: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                              Volume 4, Number 33
Scriptures for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Deuteronomy 30:9-14Psalm 25:1-9Colossians 1:1-14, and Luke 10:25-37
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "God of this City."
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Drawing Inspiration from St. Benedict
In his book After Virtue, Alisdair MacIntyre can sound pessimistic as he assesses our current era as a “new dark age” in terms of ethics and virtue. But near the end, he writes about the need for renewal and for moral strength: 

What matters at this stage is the construction of local forms of community within which civility and the intellectual and moral life can be sustained through the new dark ages which are already upon us. And if the tradition of the virtues was able to survive the horrors of the last dark ages, we are not entirely without grounds for hope. This time however the barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament. We are waiting not for Godot, but for another—doubtless very different—St. Benedict. 

MacIntyre is not alone in suggesting that St. Benedict and Monasticism (with its organized systems for saving and transmitting knowledge, books, art, literature, and music) saved Western civilization from chaos and war.  Benedict (whose feast day is July 11) is generally accounted the father of western monasticism. He was born about 480, in central Italy, and was educated at Rome. But Rome, at that time, was overrun by various barbarian tribes, with political instability, a breakdown of western society, and the beginnings of barbarian kingdoms. Benedict looked for an alternative and eventually turned to a hillside cave above Lake Subiaco, about forty miles west of Rome, where there was already at least one other monk. Gradually, a community grew up around Benedict. Sometime between 525 and 530, he moved south with some of his disciples to Monte Cassino, midway between Rome and Naples, where he established another community, and, about 540, composed his monastic Rule.  The Benedictine Rule has been the guide and framework for most of Western Monasticism.  

Though we’re not all called to be monks or nuns, we are called to live our lives with care and order.  In these days when very few virtues seem stable, we can give thanks that the church encourages us to think, pray, and reflect on what sustains us and nurtures us.  By drawing from scripture, tradition, and reason, we aim to form a community of love and service at Holy Trinity.  As we come and go from this place, we pray the Spirit empowers us to be Christ’s body out in the world—in our families, in our places of work, and in the places we play, visit, or spend time. 

The prayer appointed for St. Benedict’s Day asks that God would “give us grace, following the teaching and example of your servant Benedict, to walk with loving and willing hearts in the school of the Lord’s service; let your ears be open to our prayers; and prosper with your blessing the work of our hands;  through Jesus Christ our Lord ….”  

May Christ empower us, like Benedict, to stand for truth and light in our world. 
  John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
Contribution statements for the first half of 2019 will be mailed in the next week. Please look yours over, and let us know of any changes or corrections. . .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, 7 July 2019: 8:00 AM: 22, 11:00 AM: 61, 6:00 PM 18
In our prayers:
We pray for Elaine, Mary, Kit, Meghan,  Richard, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Chris, Rosario, Elaine, Evelyn, Pat C., Janice, Oswin, Virginia, Annabella, Jackie, Patricia, Mercedes, Rosa, Yvonne, Ken, Ashley, Mleissa, Todd, Caryl. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died, especially Elfrieda Bertcher, Victor Mermani, and Elizabeth Hope Battey.

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.
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 July 14, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - The Fifth 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

Monday - Thursday, July 15-18, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Prayer at Church this week. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, July 20, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper

Friday, July 12: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps
"Lights for Liberty" is a national coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.  On Friday July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

A group of young adults and others from Holy Trinity plan to join the demonstration in Foley Square from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm this Friday night.  See the Facebook announcement for more, or contact Eunice or Sarah

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.
Do you have something you would like to include in an upcoming newsletter? Email your announcement to by Wednesday at noon. 
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