News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
July 21, 2019: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                              Volume 4, Number 34
Scriptures for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:  Genesis 18:1-10aPsalm 15Colossians 1:15-28Luke 10:38-42
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "Please be my strength" by Gungor.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles
The feast day for Mary Magdalene is July 22, and especially since she is sometimes misunderstood or undervalued, it seems important that we give thanks for her faithfulness and witness.  Mary of Magdala near Capernaum was one of several women who followed Jesus and ministered to him in Galilee. The Gospel according to Luke records that Jesus “went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out ... ” (Luke 8:1–2). The Gospels tell us that Mary was healed by Jesus, followed him, and was one of those who stood near his cross at Calvary. The false assumption that Mary had been a prostitute was propagated by Pope Gregory in the 6th century, who assumed that the demons from which she was healed must have been sexual in nature.

It is clear that Mary Magdalene’s life was radically changed by Jesus’ healing. Her ministry of service and steadfast companionship, even as a witness to the crucifixion, has, through the centuries, been an example of the faithful ministry of women to Christ. All four Gospels name Mary as one of the women who went to the tomb to mourn and to care for Jesus’ body. Her weeping for the loss of her Lord strikes a common chord with the grief of all others over the death of loved ones. Jesus’ tender response to her grief—meeting her in the garden, revealing himself to her by calling her name—makes her the first witness to the risen Lord. She is given the command, “Go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17). For this reason, Mary is celebrated as "apostolorum apostola," the "apostle to the apostles."

As the first messenger of the resurrection, she tells the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). In the tradition of the Eastern Church, Mary is regarded as the equal of an apostle; and she is held in veneration as the patron saint of the great cluster of monasteries on Mount Athos. Let us give thanks for Mary Magdalene and all women who have preached the love of Christ through word and deed. –adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, 2010. 
John Beddingfield

Should you be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walk into the Medieval Sculpture Gallery and say hello to Mary.  The image at left is a French sculpture from the 16th century.
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 . . . Holy Trinity hosted the British Societies' Annual Garden Party last week, opening the garden to more than 100 guests who represent various philanthropic and service organizations . . . 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 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, 14 July 2019: 8:00 AM: 18, 11:00 AM: 68, 6:00 PM 25
In our prayers:
We pray for Elaine, Mary, Kit, Meghan,  Richard, Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Chris, Rosario,Evelyn, Pat C., Janice, Oswin, Virginia, Annabella, Jackie, Patricia, Mercedes, Rosa, Yvonne, Ken, Ashley, Melissa, 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 Jayde Marks, Elfrieda Bertcher, Victor Mermani, and Elizabeth Hope Battey.

Parishioner Elaine Siu fell at home and broke her leg. After successful surgery, she is recuperating at a nearby rehabilitation facility (in transit, as this newsletter is written.)

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 Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Crisis on the U.S.Border
In these days when many of us can barely stand to watch or read the news for embarrassment and anger at some of our nation's leaders and those who blindly follow them, we need to strengthen what guides us and informs us and keeps us in the love of Christ.  Watch the recent message of the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. 
The Week of July 21, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - The Sixth 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 22-25, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
There will be no yoga this evening.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
Apollo 11 MOON LANDING 50th Anniversary is July 20, 2019
The Holy Trinity Environmental Ministry committee, following the leadership of The Episcopal Church’s Care of Creation Ministry initiatives, is pleased to highlight not only the Moon Landing mission of the Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins, but also another moment on that historic day worth remembrance and commemoration by Holy Trinity this anniversary week: 

Did you know that Communion was taken on the moon?
On July 20, 1969 the first humans landed on the moon. 
 Armstrong and Aldrin were in the lunar lander.  Collins was in the orbiter. Buzz Aldrin, an elder in the Presbyterian Church (able to distribute and administer the consecrated elements) had with him the Reserved Sacrament.  History records that Aldrin said, “Houston, this is Eagle…. I would like to request a few moments of silence…”   Aldrin remembers, “... I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture,... I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine…. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements."

DId you know there's a moon rock in the window of the National Cathedral?
The Stained Glass "Space Window" (pictured above, left) was dedicated by the Apollo 11 Astronauts and contains a 7.18 gram basalt lunar rock from the Sea of Tranquility landing site. The Washington National Cathedral, (officially named the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) is the cathedral for the Diocese of Washington and serves a symbolic role for the Episcopal Church and the nation.

You may also find the following links of interest:

The Presiding Bishop's Spiritual Insight into Space Exploration
More about Buzz Aldrin's "Communion on the Moon" 
Neil Armstrong's Speech "One Small Step
Article about the famous "Earthrise" photograph from Apollo 8
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 - BUT NOT JULY 24
In the main church following Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist
Except for this Wednesday night, July 24, 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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