Weekly News and Thank-Yews from the Pews
Thursday, December 24, 2020
This Sunday Worship & Fellowship Info

You Tube Live-Stream broadcasts
Christmas Eve Service - Thursday,
Dec. 24th at 8:00pm

Christmas Day Service - Friday,
Dec. 25th at 9:00am

-AND-

this Sunday,
The First Sunday of Christmas,
December 27th at 9:00am.


In order to attend these services:
Please visit our website at www.trinitysonoma.org
Select Join Our Online Worship
Select the appropriate service you wish to view.
Relax and enjoy!


After the Sunday service, please join together through Zoom! for a virtual coffee hour - click here to gain access!

Wear a Mask ~ Wash Your Hands ~ Keep your Distance
Be Kind ~ Forgive anyway ~ Be Happy
Christmas Services
at Trinity

Our Christmas Eve service will be available on: Thursday, December 24th at 8pm, and

Our Christmas Day service will be available on: Friday, December 25th at 9am.

Both services can be viewed from our YouTube channel:
You can also access the services from our website: www.trinitysonoma.org
Then:
A Christmas Message
from Bishop Megan


Please click here to see the video message.
Here is the 2nd half of the Advent Calendar, as promised!
ADVENT WORDS
#REJOICE 
The time for rejoicing is near.
Can’t you feel the swell of the season? After watching and waiting these weeks, we’re just days from welcoming baby Jesus into the world once again. O come, o come, Emmanuel. Rejoice!
Our trusted friend Merriam-Webster offers two definitions for the word rejoice. We mostly live in the first one: to feel joy or great delight.
We feel joy in the freedom of summer, sun bearing down as legs pump bike pedals, and we race to meet up with friends. We take great delight in the first kiss of the one who will become the love of a lifetime. We rejoice as a newborn stretches into sleep, head resting in the soft spot between the neck and shoulder. 
During this season of Advent, we delight in family gatherings, laughter and good-natured ribbing over family-favorite feasts. We find joy in the giving (and sometimes in the getting) of gifts from loved ones.
And we rejoice in the soaring melody of this beautiful Advent hymn, “O come, o come Emmanuel.” Whether we sing with our faith community in the pews, at the top of our lungs in the shower, or alone at home as we worship online, these words stir our soul. We, like Mary in the Magnificat, proclaim: “My spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
This type of rejoicing is exuberant and contagious, and we tuck away the moments of rejoicing in our soul scrapbooks.
But Merriam-Webster offers another definition for rejoice that we don’t often consider. Rejoice can also mean to give joy to, to gladden. In this use, it’s a transitive verb. What that means is that the verb has a direct object. It seems to me that this is the definition Jesus embodies. He comes to be among us, born in a lowly stable, to give joy to us. To gladden our hearts. To be love incarnate, love made flesh. We are the object of his gift of joy.
So what does that mean for us as Christians? Yes, we rejoice. We must rejoice. Just think of the wonders of creation—the light of a firefly, cotton-candy skies at sunset, the crash of a wave. How can we not delight in their majesty? 
We rejoice in our relationships with others. The comfort of coming home, no matter how old and how long. A hand held on a long walk. The tear that escapes when a child takes flight into the world. God delights in these moments with us, and we rejoice.
And of course, we rejoice in the gift of this baby, the Christ. Emmanuel, o come.
Yet we cannot leave our rejoicing there, as something we receive or experience. As we seek to be Christlike in all that we say and do, we must also give joy to others and find ways to gladden their hearts. When we see that rejoicing is not just a taking in but a giving out, we discover blessings anew.

- Richelle Thompson
This meditation originally found in Waiting and Watching: Advent Word Reflections published by Forward Movement.

#MYSTERY
“Listen,” the Apostle Paul whispers, “I will tell you a mystery. We will not all die, but we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye…” (1 Cor 15:51-52 para). I look into the night sky. I find a star gazing back at me, and I let it be the star over Bethlehem that instantaneously called humanity’s attention to the unveiling of God’s love for all people… made known through the birth of Jesus. The mystery remains true: collapses and risings fill the patterns of our common life, still, we yearn for God’s love-filled light in the darkness. It transforms us, as God never puts an end to anything that God loves.

- Doyt Conn

#WISDOM
The wisest path is to surrender to the will of the “only wise God” when it is revealed to us. Mary was confused by her encounter with the angel Gabriel but wisely said, “Here am I” nevertheless. Indeed, having wisdom does not mean having all of the answers. Wisdom resides in actively waiting for the word of God to come to us at the appointed time. It involves trusting enough in God’s provision that we can say “yes” to God’s call.
- Joseph Thompson

2021 Stewardship Campaign
Together we are resilient.  
 
Update: December 10, 2020

To date, 42 pledge commitments for a total of $66,837. We are only $33,163 away from our $100,000 goal.

This year’s pledge goal of $100,000 represents 58% of our $176,000 operating budget for next year.

With only two weeks left, we ask our loving parish community to please consider making a pledge donation. Your gift provides vital revenue for the maintenance and operations of our parish and it also supports Father Jim who provides pastoral care and engages us in outreach and prayer.

You can mail in your pledge card or visit our website under GIVING and select 2021 Stewardship Campaign where you can make an online pledge. Additional pledge cards are available at the parish office or you can print a pledge card from our website under GIVING and select 2021 Stewardship Campaign.  No amount is too small, and every pledge counts towards our goal.   
 
On behalf of your 2021 Finance and Stewardship Campaign Committee, we would like to thank those again who have already made a pledge.

And always remember, together we are resilient.
The Trinity Office will be closed...
Thursday, Dec. 24th & Friday, Dec. 25th.
We will reopen on Monday, Dec. 28th!
- AND -
Thursday, Dec. 31st & Friday, Jan. 1st.
We will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4th!
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Wishing you a very joyous, peaceful, and blessed Christmas.
May the blessing of joy abide within you,
May the blessing of peace rest upon you,
May the blessing of love flow out through you,
May all the blessings of the Lord be yours at Christmas and the New Year.
Communion Continues at Trinity!
We have had very successful communions outside in Abbot Courtyard these past few Sundays, and everyone has been wonderfully cooperative in following protocols and maintaining a safe environment.
Please come by!
(If it rains, we will be in the breezeway)

The protocols in place are simple and straightforward:

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay at least 6-feet apart.
  • Have your temperature taken
  • Disinfect your hands (sanitizer provided).

Please come in the spirit of community and with a respect for the health of everyone attending.
Outside Communion during COVID
Acolyte Michael
John Addeo
Claire Ginesi
We Said Goodbye
to a Redwood Tree...
As you have probably noticed over the past months, one of the redwoods that rings our labyrinth has been in failing health and needed to be removed. Cost of removal had postponed the go-ahead to take the tree out, but then, on the same day the "twin star" appeared in the firmament, a miracle appeared in the form of an angel named Mr. Sam Cimino. He offered to remove the tree, using his heavy equipment and crew, at no cost to Trinity! His equipment moved in, his crew began working, and Lo! The tree was taken down safely and efficiently. But what to do with the tree? Another miracle! This time in the form of an angel sawmill operator named Mr. Tyler Nagel, who agreed (happily!) to remove the downed tree (again, at no charge - a good deal for both Trinity and Tyler!). In the meantime, the tree angels chipped the branches of the tree, leaving us with extra mulch, while clearing loads of debris from the Labyrinth area! Win-Win-Win-Win! What a wonderful Christmas Miracle for Trinity!
We give special thanks to the angel who initiated this entire process - Mr. Sam Cimino. He stepped in and created a safer, more beautiful space on the Trinity campus, and we are so grateful for his generosity!
Half way done!
Final cuts
Neatly piled!
Diocesan & Beyond News




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Presiding Bishop Curry’s
Christmas Message 2020
Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2020.
In Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/yxpdmvef
Rest and Care for
Self and Others

Recovering from Christmas is an article from Building Faith that offers tips for rest and renewal after the rush we often experience in Advent. Renewal is essential for being able to serve others in ministry. Please accept this gentle reminder to care for yourself.

The Gospel of Mark -Epiphany 2021-

Begin 2021 with the Gospel of Mark! The Good Book Club returns to read the earliest and shortest of the four gospels, starting Friday, January 1, 2021, through Shrove Tuesday, February 16.

Mark opens with words from the prophet Isaiah: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,” and indeed the gospel itself serves as a messenger for the life and ministry of Jesus. Written around 65-75 CE, Mark proclaims the good news that Jesus is the messiah and Son of God.

Make plans now to join Forward Movement and partner organizations from across the Episcopal Church to encounter the risen Lord through the Gospel of Mark.

Sign up to receive updates  on the Gospel of Mark.

The fourth season of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry podcast continues with guest Bryan Stevenson
Season 4 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with Bryan Stevenson – author, lawyer, and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama – about what it means to remember, reorient, and renew an active faith in Jesus and his Way of Love.

Coming soon!

"From Many, One:
Conversations Across Difference”  
Starting January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), The Episcopal Church launches "From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference,” a campaign urging Episcopalians and our neighbors to engage in the spiritual practice of listening and honest conversation across the many differences that separate us, starting with four simple questions: 
  1. What do you love? 
  2. What have you lost? 
  3. Where does it hurt? 
  4. What do you dream?  
Inspired by the Latin phrase on the U.S. seal – E Pluribus (“from many”) Unum (“one”) – the campaign is designed to offer a faithful perspective and time-tested practice for knitting deeply divided communities into a diverse, more perfect union. In a cultural moment shadowed by pandemic, fractious politics, and deep division within families, communities, and nations, Episcopalians can partner in simple ways to celebrate difference, listen with deep curiosity, and promote healing. 
 
"From Many, One” is designed to be simple and transformative. It is geared toward individual people talking to other individuals, although congregations may join, too.
 
Look for more information in early January 2021 here: https://episcopalchurch.org/from-many-one
Pastoral Care Corner
Your prayers are requested -

During our Online Services, you, members of your family or loved one may find yourself in need of extra support and prayers from our faith community.  If you have a particular prayer request, please email Linda Dowd at lindahdowd@sbcglobal.net.  
 
Prayer requests will be added to The Prayers of the People during our Sunday worship each week.
Mental Health Moment


CHRISTMAS.
This will get you in the spirit.

Sermons at Trinity:

Can be accessed on the Trinity website:

  • Archived video sermons here.
  • Archived audio sermons here

Sunday Snaps:

  • Will return when WE return!
Calendar
ONGOING

Sunday
9:00am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Will be live-streamed Sunday, December 27, 2020
10:00am Virtual Coffee Hour
on Zoom!
11:00am Holy Communion Live in Abbot Courtyard
(Please follow safety protocols!)

Closing smiles...
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