May 18, 2023---
From the Rector

Today, Thursday, May 18th is is the Feast of the Ascension.

The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are the most thorough accounts of this event. The Ascension closes out the Gospel of Luke and begins the Acts account. Both were written by the same author.

If you have time, follow this link to the Lectionary Page for Ascension Day. Scroll down to the bottom and read the gospel lection first, and scroll back up and read the Acts account. You may notice something interesting:

  • In the Gospel account, Jesus ascends into heaven on the Sunday after the Resurrection. In the Acts account, Luke tells us that Jesus hung around 40 days, before being swept up into heaven.

  • At the end of Luke’s gospel, Jesus blesses his followers, and tells them to remain in the city until they are “clothed from on high,” presumably a reference to the Pentecost experience. They watched him ascend till they could see him no more, and then they returned to Jerusalem.

  • At the beginning of Acts, Jesus instructs his followers to remain in Jerusalem until the descent of the Holy Spirit, and then ascends into heaven, as the Gospel of Luke has earlier stated. But—before they can return to Jerusalem, while their necks are still craned upwards, two men in white robes (heavenly figures, we presume) appear in their midst and admonish them, why are you looking up into the heavens? It’s easy to think these two men are telling them, move along, nothing more to see here. Get back to the world!

Weird, huh? Luke/Acts is considered one long narrative written by the same author. Lots of good reasons to accept that. But it’s odd that Luke wasn’t concerned about presenting a consistent story. Did Jesus ascend on the first Sunday after the Resurrection? Or 40 days later? Did the disciples encounter two robed angelic “men”—or not?

I find it fascinating. It doesn’t destroy my faith to have these kinds of things pointed out. And modern people aren’t the only ones who noticed these. Ancient people could see them, too, and yet their faith was not destroyed.

These inconsistencies serve to remind us that the biblical accounts were not written by firsthand observers of the events, but by people who inherited the stories, and wrote them down in a coherent narrative. But in doing so, they were trying to express the inexpressible, to record a soul-transforming event that was ineffable and indescribable. Put it this way, the Ascension wasn’t something that could be photographed by an iPhone. It wasn’t an event that could be marked on a specific date on a calendar. “Ascension is really about a shamefully executed criminal being raised into the very life of God,” one commentator says, and even more, that when Jesus ascends, “he takes all of us with him,” while yet abiding with us always.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
  • Lectionary study after Sunday 10:30 a.m. service

  • Iron Pigs night out
  • Women of the Cloth add to our beautiful Pentecost paraments!
  • An update on Trinity's Turning Point outreach project
Upcoming Events

Working with Turning Point
An Outreach Project

May 21st

Thanks to all those who have participated in our Turning Point outreach project. there's still time to contribute—the drive will continue through Sunday, the 21st. A comprehensive list of Turning Point needs can still be found by clicking here or on the table at the back of the church. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of victims of domestic abuse.
Trinity Needs
For One Sunday Only

On May 28, Pentecost Sunday, in the 10:30 a.m. service, we need people to read a few sentences of scripture in another language. Everyone will be reading together, simultaneously, to add to the effect of the Pentecost narrative that day.

Please email us at, or call the church office and leave a message with Kay.
Crucifers Wanted!

We have 3 faithful, talented crucifers currently serving the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. We need at least 3 more. In fact, the more we have, the fewer times per month anyone needs to serve.

Please prayerfully consider this important role! Anyone of any age able to carry the crucifer can serve. Please contact Sara Klingner at to volunteer.
Important Reminders

Events to Remember
  • May 28Pentecost, an official feast of the Church, celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit
  • June 4—Trinity Sunday, our Title Service. ONE service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a luncheon in the parish hall.
Lectionary Bible Study

returns May 7

Lectionary Bible study begins around 11:45 a.m. Get your snacks and join the group at a table in the back of the parish hall. No need to be there every time. Join us when you can!
We need more volunteers to help with providing and preparing snacks for our hospitality hour after the 10:30 service. Text or email Sister Ruth at (484.707.2304 or if you would like to take a shift!
If you rearrange your date(s) of service as reader, intercessor, usher, Altar Guild, or hospitality person, please inform Kay Mackewicz so she can change names in the worship bulletin.

Kay can be reached at (610) 867-4741 or by email at
Livestreaming at Trinity

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist
May 21, 2023
10:30 a.m.

  • To read the announcement about live-streaming to Facebook (in addition to Vimeo and to the webpage), please use this link.
Prayer and Pastoral Care
To add a name to our prayer list, inform us through our email account created especially for this purpose.

If you tell me (Pam) in person, I am likely to forget, so using our email is the best way to make sure we pray for you in the Prayers of the People. Email:

To view the coming week's prayer list, click here.
For Pastoral Care Emergencies, please call the church at (610) 867-4741, x 325. You may leave a message after hours and that message will be sent directly to Pam’s personal cell phone. Pams personal cell phone number is also in the church directory and may be found in Realm. Please be assured that we want to be present to you at times of pastoral need and will offer assistance and support in any way possible.
Information and Communication

Listen to last Sunday's Sermon! All sermons are now recorded and available on the website.
Trinity Monthly Calendar

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Security at Trinity

Recently we've had some security concerns in our building, so we have a few important requests:

  • If you are present between or after worship or other meetings when the doors are locked, and someone you do not know asks to be allowed in the building (by ringing or knocking on any door), please do not open the door. Rather, find the Rector or the Senior Warden, or anyone serving on Vestry and let them address the situation.

  • If, when you are serving the church on hospitality, or other similar activity, please do not prop any church door open unless there is someone to remain at the door to monitor it.

  • When using the kitchen door that goes out onto the fire escape, please always make sure that door is securely closed. It's kind of tricky and needs extra attention!

Thanks so much for helping us keep our church buildings safe for everyone!
Birthdays and Anniversaries


Walter Buckley, May 2
Joanne Gulya, May 8
Lori Sysak, May 8
Crystal Taud, May 9
Ivan Martin, May 11
Jill Long, May 20
Riza Taud, May 20
Ginger McQueen, May 25
Charmaine Roman, May 29


Sarah and Tom Molinaro, May 7
Bill and Karen Vitalos, May 29

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