"Preparing the Way"
I am so happy it will be Advent this weekend. Amidst the swirl of life -- hectic personally, abundant professionally, chaotic nationally/culturally -- I am in dire need of the Advent invitation to stop, slow down, and prepare. The days are darkening, and the language of Advent allows me to feel enriched by that and not saddened. "Draw in, be quiet, light a candle" is what I hear. And the promise that goes with it: "Do these things, prepare space and time for Me, and I will come!" We do not prepare to meet the Lord in vain: our God is One who will be found if we seek.

I've been ordering the materials -- greens and candles -- and working with our youth ministry leaders to have a table set up this Sunday for making and buying Advent Wreaths for our homes. I can't wait for the fresh evergreen scent and textures, the prospect of the lit candles on our dining room table.

This represents a double preparation: this is the beginning of our year of preparing to go on pilgrimage as the high school youth ministry to Taizé, France, next August. Advent 1 is the new year of the church, after all. After several years of exploring our youth formation and our parish's global engagement, we have collectively discerned that a trip to the ecumenical global village of Taizé will be a good way to deepen our knowledge of the world, of each other, and of the God who calls us into pilgrimage.

So come, let us prepare the way for God to be known to us again this year. Let us prepare in domestic details and in planning for the future. Let us find, in the swirl of life, the stillness of the small voice that is God, waiting for us.

See you in church,

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


Noonday Prayer
12:10 p.m.


Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
12:10 p.m.
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This Week at Trinity
Worship Volunteer Retreat, Training & Tea

Sat., December 2
1:30-5 p.m.

It's an open secret: No one has more fun in church than the Worship volunteers. Join the fun this Saturday and be part of something larger than yourself.  More...
Family Advent Morning

Sun., December 3
10:15 a.m.

Join us for a special time of crafts, activities, and treats to help us get ready for the real meaning of Christmas: the coming of Jesus! The Youth Group will also be selling Advent wreath materials to raise money for their upcoming pilgrimage to Taizé, France.  More...
Sacred Silence & Compline On Hiatus

Due to the increased demands that Advent puts on the schedules of our staff singers and Facilities staff alike, Sacred Silence and Compline are on hold for the month of December. These services will resume January 7.
Next Week at Trinity
MessiahBuy your Tickets Now:
Handel: Messiah & Bach: Cantata 130, Wachet auf

Sun., December 10
3 p.m.

Don't miss this annual tradition and Boston's only performance of Handel's  masterpiece in a sacred setting.  More...
Book Launch Reading & Discussion

Sun., December 10
12:30 p.m.
Ferris Library

Celebrate the publication of Janis A. Pryor's new book,  White Roses, a memoir, holding the impossible, a love story before and after death Published by Black Pawn Press, Janis's book  can be purchased via  Amazon .  Excerpts can be read  here .  
Last Week to Donate to the Christmas Flower Fund

Send in your names by Tues., December 12

Remember a loved one, celebrate a milestone, or give thanks with a donation to the Christmas Flower Fund. The suggested donation is $30, and $10 for each additional name, although any amount is appreciated. Donate here...
Top Stories
 Profile Survey
 Worship Volunteer Retreat
Alternative Giving Market

Sun., December 10
10:15 a.m.

Find something for that person on your list who has everything, while supporting a worthy cause.  More...
Last Week's Sermon
Miss last Sunday, or just want to experience the sermon or Forum again? We invite you to listen or watch on our website:

Last Sunday's sermon:

by the Rev. Rainey Dankel, Associate Rector
Rector Search
Circles of Hope

Sun., December 3
Following the 9 am, 11:15 am, & 6 pm services
Meet outside the Chapel

Wed., December 6
6:15 pm
Ferris Library

The Profile Committee will host a number of small group conversations to explore together the questions of who Trinity is, where we are going, and who our next Rector should be. RSVP encouraged but not required.   More... 
Take the Parish Profile Survey

Deadline: December 15

Please share your thoughts and hopes for our congregation and our next rector.

Take Action
Deck the Church
for Candlelight Carols
& Christmas

Help make the church sparkle with greenery & flowers, as we welcome the thousands of guests through the doors for our Candlelight Carols & Christmas services. Many hands make light work!  Contact Jim Carter to sign up.
Vigil to End Gun Violence

Thurs., December 14
6:15 p.m.
66 Marlborough Street

Bishop Alan Gates will Bishop Alan Gates will speak at a candlelight vigil honoring all 2017 Boston victims of gun violence, co-sponsored by the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign and the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. More...
Donate to the Silent Auction

Donate by January 7

Silent Auction & Cabaret Friday, January 26, 6-9 pm

Help the Trinity Choirs raise money for their upcoming tour singing in English cathedrals in 2019! Donate your theater or sports game tickets, time in a vacation home, your professional skill or product of your hidden talent. Then join the fun January 26 bidding for treasures & treats! Contact the Choir Auction organizers to donate.
Looking Ahead
Candlelight Carols: Tickets Going Fast!

Sat., December 16, 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. (freewill offering)
Sun., December 17, 4 p.m. (ticketed benefit)

Fewer than 100 tickets remain for the Candlelight Carols Benefit concert--now is your chance! Or join us for one of the two chances to experience this glowing service of candlelight, scripture, and choral music for free. More...
Celebrate Christmas at Trinity

Sun., December 24 
10 am, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 11 pm
Mon., December 25
10 am

With Advent 4 falling on Christmas Eve this year, Trinity will hold a single morning service at 10 a.m., followed by our Christmas pageant at 4:30 p.m., and Festival Christmas Eve Eucharist at 7:30 & 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, join us for a joyous Festival Eucharist at 10 a.m. More...