News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
July 28, 2019: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                         Volume 4, Number 35
Scriptures for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Genesis 18:20-32Psalm 138Colossians 2:6-19, and Luke 11:1-13
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "Turning over tables" by The Brilliance.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
The Balancing Act of Faithful Living
Last Sunday’s Gospel reminded us of the familiar story of Martha and Mary, as Jesus visits.  Martha asks Jesus if he is not concerned that Mary has left her to do all the work. Jesus replies that Martha is worrying too much and that Mary has “chosen the better part.”  While Jesus is certainly not encouraging everyone to stop work and join a contemplative monastic order, he is suggesting that while Martha may be doing important, faithful, and helpful work; Mary is doing soul-saving work.

To follow Jesus faithfully, there are times when we need to be more active and times when we need to be more contemplative. Churches, like people, also need to combine both these dynamics in order to be faithful.  We can all think of particular churches or denominations that are busy doing all the right things but neglect the interior life.  Other churches focus on a personal experience of God to the exclusion of a larger society and our role in participating in the unfolding Kingdom of God.  Especially as Episcopalians, we’re called to do the hard, faithful work of Martha AND Mary.

We express the Martha side of ourselves when we serve through programs of Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center, Health Advocates for Older People, or other social service organizations and charities. The Martha side of us volunteers, acts, creates, and shows up.  The more Mary side of us worships, practices prayer, learns to pray in new ways, and seeks to know God and be knows by God as deeply as possible.   

This summer, we have several opportunities to develop the Mary side of ourselves.  One is on Sunday mornings at 10 AM in July and August, as some of us gather for a 25-minute silent meditation in the Cloister Chapel (or, when it’s too hot, like last Sunday, we meet in Draesel Hall).

Another opportunity for exploring prayer and contemplation can be found on the last two Wednesday nights of July and August, with “Prayer and Pie.”  On July 31, at 7 PM, we will explore the life and prayer of St. John of the Cross and on August 28 we will explore the life and prayer of St. Teresa of Avila.

We’re all a combination of Martha and Mary, of faithful busyness and quiet contemplation.  Martha is not criticized by Jesus.  As Augustine and many others point out, “Martha did a good thing. But there is a more excellent thing. The episode does not contrast something bad with something good, it contrasts something good with something greater.” (David W. Fagerberg, On Liturgical Asceticism, p. 141)  John Beddingfield
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
Thank you for your support of the ministries and mission of Holy Trinity! Contribution statements for the first half of 2019 have been mailed. Please look yours over, and let us know of any changes or corrections . . . A new CBS series, "Evil" plans to use our buildings for some of its filming. In advance, they have cleaned and repainted the stairwell leading to the balcony, and have cleaned other parts of the church. The premise of the series has to do with a skeptical female psychologist Kristen Bouchard who joins David Acosta, who is training to be a Catholic priest, and a blue collar contractor as they investigate the church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences.  As with all filming and use of our property, scripts are read in advance to prevent any inappropriate use of our space or our symbols.  The trailer for the series can be seen here . . . For children, 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, 21 July 2019: 8:00 AM: 21, 11:00 AM: 42, 6:00 PM 19.
In our prayers:
We pray for Elaine, Mary, Kit, Meghan,  Richard, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Christopher, Oliver Family, Diane, Monica, Michael, Ms. Virginia, aunt May, Adele, David, Larry, Parker, Lucy, Maria, Mary Alice, Shawn, Tulor, Alan, Javan. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.  We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died.

The sympathy and love of the parish are extended to the family and friends of Howard Davis, a longtime parishioner who died on July 7th at the age of 101. Howard was an usher, a lay reader, and served on the vestry. 

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 28, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - The Seventh 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 29-August 1, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
7:00 POM Yoga
7:00 PM Prayer & Pie

Saturday, August 3, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Devotion with dessert on the last Wednesday nights of the month. Join us if you're interested in the topic, want to learn and talk about something spiritual in the midst of summer, or simply want to come for the pie.

Prayer & Pie follows the regular Wednesday schedule of 6 PM Evening Prayer & 6:15 PM Holy Eucharist.

This summer, we're spending two evenings exploring Carmelite Spirituality, which is characterized by an intense thirst for an immediate and direct experience of God. Reduced to its most fundamental expression, Carmelite spirituality is centerd on prayer, understood as loving friendship with God, and contemplation as the free gift of God.

Wednesday, July 31, 7 PM: John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Wednesday, August 28, 7 PM: Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
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 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
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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