" Pilgrimage of Trust"

Psalm 84:4-5 says: 

Happy are the people whose strength is in you! 
Whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way. 
Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs.

These words connect two things: the promise of strength and joy for those who set their heart on God as they move through the world as pilgrims, and the way God can move even through suffering and despair.

Sometimes we separate these things. We say that to go on a pilgrimage is a spiritual practice, a time of reflection and interiority, a time to grow close to God in prayer and in peace. Then, we say, we must come 'down from the mountaintop' and get to the work in the world. This psalm suggests that these are not two things but one. The pilgrim's way is the way of going through the desolate valley. The pilgrim's way is to move through and in the troubled world, committed to a way of walking, a way of seeing, a way of being. The pilgrim's work, in this text, is to go through the desolate valley and see signs of God there. To find power and strength and even happiness in the face of evil and hurt.

In our time, the desolate valley is made of racism and economic and social oppression, of violence, of loss of dignity, of loss of life. The killing of 18 year old, unarmed Michael Brown, whose body lay in the street for four hours in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014, has become a symbol of a great disease that we suffer from as Americans. And the fact that these kinds of unjust killings have been going on before Michael Brown, and have continued at a steady pace since his death, has become a challenge to people of God: how shall we approach this desolate valley?

We should approach it as pilgrims, go to it on the pilgrims' way, seeking springs of the water of the living God.

This is why the Taizé community model of a Pilgrimage of Trust is such a powerful catalyst for bringing people together. For over a year, brothers from Taizé and church leaders from the greater St. Louis area have been moving together on the pilgrim's way. We who are from outside of the area were privileged to be invited into their pilgrimage, to spend the weekend in St. Louis, with Catholic and Baptist, Congregational, and evangelical leaders. To walk, to sing, to listen, to pray. To move in and near and around the tragedy of Ferguson and discover it as a site of powerful springs.

What we did was simple: a group of of six Trinity youth from the choir and from TEEP's Leadership Program, along with youth mentors, staff members, and friends, spent the weekend together in the Pilgrimage of Trust. We sang, we walked through neighborhoods, and we listened to speakers leading the movement for social change in the churches and community of Ferguson and St. Louis. It was not an act of "work," there are no "outcomes." It was an offering of pilgrimage, a seeking together for God in the time of our trouble.

We return to our beloved Boston knowing that in its own way it too is a desolate valley: a fractured place bearing the great disease of racism. But we return nourished by the springs of water we found in St. Louis, and strengthened to walk the pilgrim's way in our own communities. Our eyes are opened to seek the living water of God.

Join us on Friday, June 30, as the next step on our pilgrimage of trust.  We will gather to hear the youth who went on the trip reflect, to share, to come together, to eat and to pray as we continue the pilgrim's way. 


The Rev. Rita Powell
Associate Rector for Liturgy
Weekly Services and Readings
Holy Eucharist 
7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 6 p.m.

Sacred Silence
7:15 p.m.

Choral Compline
8 p.m.
Choral Evensong (Last of the Season!)
5:45 p.m.

Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
12:10 p.m.
Coming Up at TrinitySummer
Summer Worship Schedule Begins with
Trinity Sunday Festival Holy Eucharist
Sun., June 11
10 a.m.

Mark your calendars! Our summer worship schedule begins with a bang with a festival Holy Eucharist for Trinity Sunday, the name day of our church. From June 11 until the fall, the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services will be combined into a single 10 am service of Morning Prayer with Holy Eucharist.
Celebrate and Give Thanks! Service and Reception
Sun., June 18
Holy Eucharist Service at 10 a.m.
Please join us for a special service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the ministry of The Rev. Sam Lloyd and the success of How Firm a Foundation: Trinity for the 21st Century campaign, to be followed by a festive reception. (Other services will be held as usual at 7:45 a.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) This will be Sam's last official Sunday as the rector of Trinity Church - don't miss this chance to say farewell and thank you! 
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Youth Ministry Summit
Refugee Workshop
Summer Worship Schedule
 New Deadline for Transition Committees
Traffic Advisory
Sun., June 4

It's charity walk and run season, and the Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods will experience traffic back-ups and parking restrictions due to this weekend's events. Please plan ahead by visiting boston.gov for  information on streets to avoid on Sunday morning.
Opportunities to ServeDeadlineExtended
Deadline Extended for Transition Committees

New Deadline: Monday, June 19

In light of the recent news about Sam's health, the Vestry has decided to slow down the process for calling the Parish Profile and Search Committees.  At this critical point in our parish's life, and given the importance of this work, we feel that it is necessary to take more time to discern their best possible composition.  

If you'd like to be considered, please add your application to the excellent and substantial pool of current candidates. Applications will be reviewed and decisions made about the committees' make-up over the summer.  Results will be announced in early September.
Your Notes Are Welcome

Several parishioners have asked how to best reach Sam and Marguerite. They welcome your prayers, cards and letters.  Please send correspondence to Sam's Trinity address, and we will make sure he receives them as soon as possible: 
The Rev. Sam Lloyd, Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston MA 02116.

Your memories, photos and notes are also welcome for the Memory Book.  Please drop these off in the Commons on Sunday at the Memory Book table, or email Pat Hurley, or share via Google at bit.ly/PhotosForSam.
Youth Ministry Summit

Sun., June 4
10:15 a.m.
Youth (6th-12th grade), parents, mentors and all interested parties are encouraged to attend a Youth Ministry summit. We will lay out some calendar framework and some hopes and goals for next year in youth ministry at Trinity, including confirmation details. More...
Last Day to Contribute to Book for Sam Lloyd

Sun., June 4
During a.m. Coffee Hours and after the 6 p.m. service
All are invited to share a favorite memory, photo, or message of gratitude, and all entries will be compiled into a Memory Book that will be present- ed to Sam upon his retirement on Trinity Sunday, June 18. To contribute to the book, stop by the table in the Commons, mail to phurley@ trinitychurchboston.org, or share via Google at bit.ly/PhotosForSam
Asylum Seeker/Refugee Ministry Services (ARMS) Workshop

Tues., June 6
6-7:30 p.m.

Are you eager to help someone learn English or master high school math? Refugees are NOW seeking skill training at Jewish Vocational Services. Meet Amy Stein, Manager of Volunteer Resources, and see how you can help a refugee achieve "the American Dream." More...
Sing with the Summer Choirs!
Beginning Sun., June 18
The Summer Choir is the ideal time to give it singing in the Trinity Choir a try.  Wonderful music, sparkling company and a different perspective on worship-these blessings may be yours! We ask only that you have some music-reading ability, some choral experience, and a commitment to punctuality. Contact Marissa Hall, Music Administrator, for details.