News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
September 1, 2019: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                         Volume 4, Number 40
Scriptures for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 58:9b-14Psalm 103:1-8Hebrews 12:18-29, and Luke 13:10-17
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes new arrangements of old hymns, and indie-folk-Gospel music.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Looking ahead to Michaelmas
Join us for Choral Evensong at 3 PM on September 29

I look forward to late Wednesday nights or Thursday mornings.  Each week, at 3:30 PM (British time), BBC3 airs its longest-running show, “Choral Evensong.”  Since 1926,  the hour-long worship service is usually recorded in a Church of England cathedral.  Sometimes, other choral services are recorded in Roman Catholic churches or monastic houses, and several American Episcopal Churches have also been featured.  Each recording is available on the BBC3 website for about a month after the initial recording, so I tend to listen to some of the broadcasts over and over—learning new musical settings, discovering new (or new to me) composers, and almost always being more deeply inspired by “the beauty of holiness.”

Evensong is usually just what the word suggests:  a sung form of Evening Prayer.  But not always. Sometimes, Evening Prayer without music might be called “Evensong”—thus the additional word, “choral” makes things clearer. 

Choral Evensong embellishes the basic pattern of Evening Prayer found in the Book of Common Prayer. Rite I, with more traditional, Elizabethan-sounding language, begins on page 61.  Rite II, in more contemporary language and which we use on Wednesday nights at Holy Trinity, begins on page 75.  When Thomas Cranmer edited the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, he simplified monastic prayer services and hoped to make them available to families and individuals.  That first Book of Common Prayer had forms for Matins (Morning Prayer) and Evensong (Evening Prayer.)  Since the 16th century, priests in the Church of England have been required to pray Morning and Evening Prayer every day. 

Choral Evensong usually begins with opening sentences that are sung between the cantor (who may be clergy or lay) and choir.  Psalms are a large part of the service, and typically there are two readings from scripture.  After the first reading, the Song of Mary, Magnificat, is sung.  After the second scripture, the Song of Simeon, Nunc dimittis, is sung. Then may follow the Apostles’ Creed, more prayers, and perhaps an anthem and/or a hymn. Sometimes there is a homily or short sermon. 

On Sunday, September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, the choir of St. Joseph’s Church (our Roman Catholic neighbor on 87th Street) will join our choir to lead us in Choral Evensong at 3 PM.  This will kick off our choral season at Holy Trinity, and will be followed by a festive reception in Draesel Hall. Please plan to join us on Michaelmas, September 29.  Also, please make a contribution to the Friends of Music campaign to help support our choir in the coming year and to create the possibility of more special choral events in the future. John Beddingfield

Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
The Rector is on vacation through August 24 . . . 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, 25 August 2019: 8:00 AM: 24, 11:00 AM: 54, 6:00 PM 26.
In our prayers:
We pray for Fabio Sr., Elaine, Kit, Richard, Meghan, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Virginia, Judith Gwyn Brown, Betsy Forster, Vanessa, Christopher, Mercedes, Patricia, Anabella, Yvonne, Ken, Ashley, Sunny, Cecile, David, Parker, Adele, Margarita, Eileen, Ralph, Chris, Rosario, Evelyn, Pat, Rosemary, and Bernice  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.
The Week of August 25, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - The Twelfth 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
(No Potluck this Sunday, Happy Labor Day Weekend!)

Monday, September 2, 2019
The Parish Office will be closed.

Tuesday - Thursday, September 3 - 5, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:00 POM Triangle Theatre Board meeting
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, September 7, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
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. 
Children's Sunday School Begins September 29
Meeting Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM in the round Cloister Chapel. 

All children are invited to join us at the Cloister Chapel from 11:00 AM. (We request that children under the age of 2 years and those not yet potty-trained be accompanied by a parent/caregiver). Children will be brought back to the service for the Peace Greeting and blessing at Communion.
Adult Christian Education resumes September 29
Faith and the Environment 
For five Sundays this fall, we’ll look at the Episcopal Church House of Bishops' Pastoral Teaching on the Environment (2011). Though the bishops’ statement is several years old, global changes have only become more apparent.  The statement invites the whole church to reflect on our place in the world, using prayer, conversation, scripture and the Book of Common Prayer.  Our discussions will be based on a study guide available for purchase online or in the back of the church. 

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
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
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.
Triangle Theatre Acting Class will begin September 21 Emoji

                                                                                 REGISTER NOW!
Triangle Theatre at The Church of the Holy Trinity (316 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128) is now inviting actors of all levels of experience to join the Fall 2019 Acting Class. The class will be taught by director/actor/playwright, Constance George, who has taught the class many times since 2007.  
The fee for the class is $125 and must be paid in advance. Please register with Erlinda Brent at at least a week before the class starts and send the payment to her attention at the church (address above).  Please make checks out to Triangle Theatre.  It's important to register ahead of time so we know how many people will be in the class.

Classes will meet on eight Saturdays from September 21st through November 9th from 1:30PM – 4:30PM at the Church. The class will work on monologues and scenes.  As in the past, classical and contemporary material will be presented.

The class will present a performance on Friday, November 15th at 7PM, in Draesel Hall, followed by a reception. Actors can either perform two monologues or perform one monologue and be in a scene. Please note that the class is limited to twelve people.

So, if you've always wanted to try your hand at acting, sign up!  If you want to get back into acting, sign up!  In this class, you will learn new skills by working on material you enjoy and find challenging.  Being among your fellow thespians, you'll find it a creative and inspiring process.  
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:
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