News from 316: The Weekly Newsletter for the
Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City
August 4, 2019: The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost                                                                                         Volume 4, Number 36
Scriptures for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23Psalm 49:1-11Colossians 3:1-11, and Luke 12:13-21
Music at the 11 AM Eucharist includes hymns and organ music.
Music at the 6 PM Community Eucharist includes "Crags and Clay" by Gungor.
Did you miss a recent sermon?  You can listen to it here
Transfigured by Prayer
On August 6, the Church observes the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels of Matthew (17:1-9), Mark (9:2-8), and Luke (9:28-36) describe how Jesus and his disciples went up a mountain to pray. While praying, the disciples saw a vision of Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah. A cloud overshadowed them, and even though they couldn’t see clearly, they began to hear the voice of God saying, “This is my Son, my chosen. Listen to him.” The Transfiguration reminds us of how prayer can penetrate clouds of uncertainty, fear, or confusion.

A few weeks ago, I quoted from the anonymous 14th century book, The Cloud of Unknowing. The author counsels that sometimes our effort to know and understand everything can actually be a stumbling block to a deeper knowledge of God. Instead, the author suggests that prayer sometimes should involve simply listening. Such prayer is not complicated. It involves sitting with God, being available for God, trying to un-clutter the mind so that we’re not constantly thinking and talking to God. Instead, it becomes a time for listening, being, and breathing.

We may think that the presence of God is unattainable or too far off, but the author of The Cloud suggests heaven may be closer than we think. The author writes, “Spiritually, heaven is as near down as up, up as down, behind as before, before as behind, on this side as on that! So that whoever really wanted to be in heaven, he is there and then in heaven spiritually. For we run the high way (and the quickest) to heaven on our desires, and not on our two feet” (Chapter 60).

In the Transfiguration, clouds at first seem to obscure the disciples’ vision of God. They are confused and afraid. But then, God’s voice is heard. Even though we may sometimes feel overshadowed by clouds or trapped in a fog, prayer can help us see shapes in the clouds and hear the word God intends for us. The desire for God is the beginning, and prayer gets us to that place in which the clouds begin to disperse, we know ourselves to be God’s beloved, and we slowly perceive how to move forward. Led by Christ’s example, we can allow our prayers to be used by God to transfigure us and to fill us with a new sense of God’s love and mission.
 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" filmed several scenes at Holy Trinity this week. The trailer for the series can be seen here . . . 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, 28 July 2019: 8:00 AM: 17, 11:00 AM: 71, 6:00 PM 21.
In our prayers:
We pray for Elaine,, Kit, Richard, Meghan,. Joseph, Susan, Pearl, Jeff, Felix, Jennifer, Bea, Kelly, Chris Rosario, Todd, Melissa, Caryl, Rosa, Sunny, Yvonne, Ken, Ashley, Virginia, Judith Gwyn Brown, and  Betsy Forster.  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.
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 August 4, 2019
Sunday through Saturday if volunteers are available: Shelter for the Homeless.

Sunday, August 4, 2019 - The Eighth 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, followed by First Sunday Potluck

Monday - Thursday, August 5-August 8, 2019
8:30 AM Morning Prayer. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
6:00 PM Evening Prayer 
6:15 PM Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
7:00 PM Yoga

Saturday, August 10, 2019
5:15 PM  Neighborhood Supper
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.

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
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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