News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
June 30, 2019 : The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost with the Celebration of World Pride                            Volume 4, Number 31
Scriptures for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21Psalm 16Galatians 5:1,13-25Luke 9:51-62
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes "A Simple Song" from Mass (1971) from Mass by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Renee Fleming, soprano. (This piece of music was mentioned in Father Beddingfield's sermon of June 23, 2019.)
On Sunday, June 30, there is no 6 PM Community Eucharist.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Christian Pride
Pride and humility can be complicated words, especially when one is often regarded as overly sinful and the other is automatically viewed as virtuous.  The truth, I think, is that for us truly to be able to “love God and love our neighbors as ourselves,” we need to be balanced. At times, that means moving more one way or the other on the continuum of pride—humility. 

Pride, as a sin, is the over-inflation of self to the exclusion of others. If a person, group, or institution has lived too long in pride, they need to be humbled—either by God or by circumstances. The Blessed Virgin Mary sings of this in her Magnificat: “God has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit;He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.”

Humility, on the other hand, has to do with being connected to the “hummus,” the earth. It has to do with being “right-sized,” neither “less than” nor “more than.” Those who have been oppressed or made to walk in false humility need to find an inner pride and announce that pride to the world.  As followers of Jesus, we are called to balance a healthy and strong self-image with a life of service on behalf of other.

St. Paul mixes the ideas of pride and humility in his Second Letter to the Corinthians.  He preaches to the “proud,” those who are puffed up, self-congratulatory, and ego-maniacal.  He uses irony to say, “You want boasting?  I’ll show you boasting…” and then Paul lets loose.  He makes fun of the various things people boast about, the roots of their pride.  Paul then concludes, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Cor. 11).  

When we boast of weakness, we show solidarity with the poor, the children, the aged, the sick, the outcast, the misunderstood… and that’s Christian pride.  Through such pride, we can grow to understand ourselves to be accepted by God as good, blessed, and capable of great holiness. 

Through vulnerable confidence, Christ brings us to an appropriate place of prideful humility, a kind of “pride-ility,” if you will.  Paul echoes the earlier words of Jeremiah the prophet who hears God say, “Let those who boast, boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the LORD: I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight” (Jer. 9:24).  

May God fill us with pride that we have new life in Christ, and may we share this pride with all the world—especially with those who are victims of hate and prejudice, but also with those who perpetuate hate and injustice. Please join us for worship at 8 AM (simple service) or 11 AM (with music especially by LGBTQ composers) and Sunday afternoon for social time, and then witness to God's love for all.  John Beddingfield

Sunday, June 30, 2019
1:30 PM Pre-Parade Afternoon Tea
Meet together for an informal bite to eat and drink before joining other Episcopalians in the Pride Parade or simply come to the tea and join us for fellowship before sending us off. 

3 PM Leave Holy Trinity for the Parade
We will join others from the Episcopal Diocese of New York at 32nd Street Between Madison Ave and Park Ave, section number 8.

(Our 6:00 PM Community Eucharist is cancelled on June 30 to allow as many as wish to join the parade.)
Notes on Sunday's Special Music
In celebration of World Pride, we’re offering music by LGBTQ composers this morning.  Some have observed that, on any given Sunday, music by such composers might be programmed as a matter of course, without reference to sexuality.  In response, we offer the idea that, on occasions like this, it benefits us all to make such connections explicit: partly as a way of “mainstreaming” (normalizing) them, but also to consciously immerse ourselves in diversity, with the goal of expanding our selves, our institutions, indeed, our very ideas of humanity.  Naturally, the ultimate wish is that the great and rich variety of human expression will one day be fully accepted and celebrated, without pause or question… but we’re not there yet.  In the meantime, let’s shine a spotlight on this particular diversity and celebrate these extraordinarily beautiful accomplishments.

With the exception of Franz Schubert, whose beloved Sanctus we intone as a congregation, all the composers represented today were born in the 20th century. Exact contemporaries Ned Rorem and Daniel Pinkham both wrote in multiple genres, with Rorem’s particular gift being lyricism, and Pinkham’s a kind of restless searching quality.  Considered by many to be the godfather of 20th century American classical music, Aaron Copland’s representation of a specific kind of American voice within the context of serious (European) art was trailblazing at the time.  Keep in mind that America’s most famous musicians up until then were John Phillip Sousa, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin, all of whom excelled in more popular idioms.

The contributions of others notwithstanding, it is in Leonard Bernstein that America achieved a true synthesis of sophisticated musicianship with more popular elements, such that the divide between the two became obscured at times.  West Side Story, for instance, has eminently hummable tunes -- and it is extraordinarily well-crafted from a technical/compositional  point of view.  The composer’s Mass (1971), commissioned for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., was a controversial response to the turbulence of the era, blending the Roman Catholic liturgy with street music, operatic arias, and experimental techniques into a grand and thought-provoking theatre piece.

Close contemporaries Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten were among the first of their time to live in openly gay (and long-term) relationships; their partners were also co-creators and muses of their work.  Barber, best-known for his achingly lyrical Adagio for Strings, fashioned a body of art song that “legitimized” American classical music as much as any other composer.  Across the pond, Britten forged a highly individual voice in opera, symphonic music, art song, and church music to create a kind of renaissance of British music perhaps not heard since Henry Purcell’s time (17th century). Cleveland Kersh, Director of Music and Organist
Holy Gossip
(What's Going On Around Holy Trinity)
Copies of The Sunday Paper, 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 . . . Cards with information on activities for Pride Week here at Holy Trinity are available on the information tables in the church, and in St. Christopher’s House. Please take them and share with your friends and family. .  . Father Beddingfield will be away July 1-4, visiting family in NC . . .  Our attendance last Sunday, 23 June 2019: 8:00 AM: 18; 11:00 AM: 77; 6:00 PM: 13. 
In our prayers:
We pray for Kit, Meghan,  Richard, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Oswin, Yvonne, John, Chris, Rosario, Marie, Laverne, Deidre, Ken, Yvonne, Ashley, Jane, Mercedes, Caryl, Aashim, Lilac, Barbara, Lily, Jane, Jack, Madie, and Courtney. We pray especially for Judith Gwyn Brown and Betsy Forster.   We pray for friends and family of the parish who have died, especially Matilda, Bob & Kathy, Cora & John, Leo & Kay, Patricia, Peggy & Kel, Vivian, John and David.

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

The sympathy and love of the parish are extended to Michelle Stabler-Havener upon the death of her mother Sandra, in Pennsylvania.  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sandra, for Michelle and James and their family, and for all who mourn.

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 June 30, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 AM Spoken Eucharist
11:00 AM  Sung Eucharist
followed by Coffee Hour
1:30 PM Pre-Pride Parade Afternoon Tea
A 15 minute Tour of Holy Trinity follows the Eucharist
Coffee Hour follows the Eucharist
There is no 6:00 PM Community Eucharist today

Monday - Thursday, July 1-4, 2019
No Morning Prayer at Church this week. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
7:00 PM Yoga

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Independence Day

The Parish office will be closed for Independence Day

Friday, July 5 2019
The Parish office will be closed.

Saturday, July 6, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Thanks to all who helped with Bishop Glasspool's Visit
Many parishioners and neighbors helped welcome visitors from all around the country to a talk by Bishop Mary Glasspool on Tuesday night.  In her weekly blog, Bishop Glasspool concluded with the following:
I was deeply moved at an event this past Tuesday evening at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Manhattan, one of our congregations who have opened the doors of their church all week and provided simple respite and hospitality for guests, as well as some special programming. The Tuesday night event happened to be a conversation with me, titled Keeping Faith in a Changing World, the title being cleverly suggested by the Rector, John Beddingfield+.  There were people present who had seen the event advertised as part of World Pride, and were there in an Episcopal Church because of the promise of a safe space to share a little about who they were, as well as listening to some of my own, personal reflections. Of the many people I had the privilege of meeting, one young man and his partner were in tears as he told me that he was an ordained minister of another denomination in South Carolina who had just been fired for being gay. He wanted to know if there was someone who would be willing to sit down and speak with him about the Episcopal Church, since he and his spouse have found the welcome so authentic and real. I offered a connection and asked him to stay in touch. The love present at this event was real and palpable, and engendered hope even in situations of pain and woundedness. Thanks be to our loving God and Happy Pride to all, +Mary
Children's Sunday School
The "Sunday Paper" is available for children in the back of the church. 
Sunday School is taking a break for Summer. This is a good time to prayerfully consider your plans for the fall and next year. We plan to resume after homecoming Sunday in September. Have a good summer!
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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