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February 19, 2021
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Message from Fr. Bryan: Looking to Spring

Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

Even though it looks more like Christmas outside (and will for weeks to come), we take a turn in our common life toward spring—which, it turns out, is one of the meanings of the word “Lent.” Our Lenten springtime is indeed a time for tilling the soul and tending our spirits to make ready for new growth. Like the actual springtime, I’m sure it will surprise us with abundance at Easter.

In addition to our usual works of charity, fasting, and prayer, part of our Lenten practice is reflection and repentance. In our liturgies for Lent, we will do this in ways both old and new. First the new: We will begin our liturgies with a “lament,” a time to raise to God the difficulties of the world beyond our control: the pandemic, for example, divisions among us, social unrest, even our fear of death. The laments we know best are in the Psalms: Jesus prayed one on the cross, Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” While laments are always a complaint to God, they end with a prayer of confident trust.

After we “complain,” we come to the “old” (or more familiar): We will pray a confession to acknowledge our own role in the brokenness of the world and accept the grace of forgiveness. The confession will come from our Episcopal Church’s resource Enriching Our Worship; the laments are something new, drawn from the work of a Lutheran prayer writer, Gail Ramshaw.

It strikes me that the experience of the pandemic has been a mix of “old and new” in both prayer and life together as a church. I hope this season of Lent offers the gifts of both.

Grateful to journey with you at the beginning of this season,

Book Club to Discuss The Guest List

The book club will be discussing The Guest List by Lucy Foley at its next meeting.  

The book "Evok[es] the great Agatha Christie classics…Pay close attention to seemingly throwaway details about the characters’ pasts. They are all clues.” according to a New York Times Book Review.

The Trinity Book Club will meet on March 24th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the book.
To attend by telephone, call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 864 7691 4215

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86476914215#
Pastoral Care

Parishioners should contact Cynthia Wolpert, Junior Warden at 847-527-7433 or Mike Duggan, Senior Warden, at 847-282-0632 for pastoral care needs. 

Cynthia or Mike will triage the need and contact either Rev. Anne Jolly, Rector for St. Gregory's in Deerfield, or Rev. Fran Holliday, Rector of St. Mary's in Crystal Lake, to assist as required.  
Vestry Meetings

The Vestry has voted to hold our ongoing meetings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at noon unless otherwise indicated. Meetings may be held by conference call instead.

Minutes of Vestry meetings are now available online (in .pdf format)
Volunteer & Giving Opportunities
Readers Needed for Sunday Services

We are in need of readers for our online Sunday services at 11 a.m., and will also need readers for our 9 a.m. Sunday in-person services when they resume.

If you can help with this important ministry, please contact Geoff at or 847-432-6653. Thank you!

Formation & Worship Opportunities
Scripture Study Meets Saturday Mornings

Please join us on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Zoom for our Scripture Study.

Participants take turns facilitating prayer and reflection on any or all of the current Sunday's lectionary readings, which are available at  (We use Track 1, if there is a choice.)

Weekly facilitators choose any or all of the readings and simply come prepared with a few wonderings or questions (not "quizzes") based on their selected scriptures to stimulate reflection--including questions they feel they cannot satisfactorily answer. Beyond that, leaders may prepare as little or as much as desired and employ whatever props or helps they wish.

(In case you missed it, our Saturday Scripture Study ceased being a "men's group" about a year ago; all are welcome.)
To attend by telephone, call (312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 864 0421 0027

One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,#864 0421 0027

(This is set up as a recurring Zoom meeting, so the above meeting information is the same every week.)
Online Sunday Service

Invitation to the First Sunday in Lent, Sunday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m. central time (5 p.m. UTC)

Please use the information below to join us (this is the same every week).
“High and Lifted Up,” by Gwen Meharg,
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.5 License.
To attend by telephone, call
(312) 626-6799

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

One tap mobile:
"Sunday Paper Junior" is a handout in the pdf format that Trinity makes available to our parish children during the Sunday service. The Sunday Paper Junior, to which Trinity Episcopal Church has a paid subscription, is forwarded / posted with permission of the author / illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, All rights reserved. This is copyrighted material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.

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