• Submit your "Brown Bag" questions for answers on Sunday
  • Fr. Rob: "Apocalyptic" doesn't mean guys driving spiked cars
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Last Sunday
after Pentecost
Christ the King Sunday
10:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer

The Liturgy of the Word


  • Pre-service: "Crown Him with Many Crowns" (Wilbur Held, Diademata)
  • Musical Offering: Gigue from Violin Partita III in E Major, BWV 1006 (J. S. Bach) Noah Luke, violin
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 397 Now thank we all our God (Martin Rinckart, Nun Danket Alle Gott); "Nun danket" (David Schelat); "The Ash Grove" (Michael Bedford); "St. George's Windsor" (Alan Bullard)

Livestream link:

View the complete lectionary readings at www.lectionarypage.net

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
7 p.m. – Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Children's Sunday School
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Susan Hires leads lessons and activities. Join us on our Facebook page. 

Upcoming Event: Morning Prayer
Date: Sunday, Nov. 22
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians online for worship and music.

Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Description: A community of women of various ages and backgrounds share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. For more information reach out to

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced or single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at sralston@sunflower.com for an invitation. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join Vashti and David for Evening Prayer each week.
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From the Rector's Desk...

While there are many days of the Christian year whose motto could be the quote from Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well,” a good contender for the top spot could be this Sunday, the last Sunday after Pentecost, aka “Christ the King Sunday.” 

Christ the King Sunday represents the last Sunday of the liturgical year, with a new year beginning the Sunday following with the start of the season of Advent. As such, the readings tend toward the apocalyptic and the “end times.” This year, the Gospel reading is the “Apocalypse of Matthew” featuring the Son of Man sorting of the nations into “sheep” and “goats” depending on how they treated the “least of these who are members of my family.” (Mt 25:40)

While the word “apocalyptic” tends to carry with it the connotation of something terrible (i.e. “post-apocalyptic”) the word actually just means “something revealed.” What Scripture reveals to us isn’t some dire wasteland full of mutants or zombies or guys in leather harnesses driving around spiked cars, but rather the fulfillment of the kingdom of God under the rule of our savior Jesus Christ, a loving God who continues to watch over us and guide us until that day.

So we end the (liturgical) year on a high note, celebrating with gratitude the knowledge that has been revealed that in the end, Christ is in control and all, as they say, shall be well.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Get Brown Bag Sermon Questions Answered

Fr. Rob is doing a "Brown Bag Sermon" this Sunday, but we are doing things a little differently this time. Normally, you could just hand Fr. Rob (via an usher) a question you'd like answered right before the sermon. But this time we are asking you to send your questions early to rb@trinitylawrence.org. Got something on your mind? Always wanted to know something but never had the chance to ask? This is your chance to possibly have your questions answered live on Sunday morning during our livestream service at 10:30 a.m.

Thanks for having an inquiring and discerning heart, and we will see you then!
Share your holiday season with us!

Throughout Advent and Christmas, we are hoping to share among ourselves the many ways in which we are observing this most unusual of holiday seasons. As such, we are hoping you will share with us what you are doing personally that we can then put onto our Trinity Facebook page and newsletter.

What kinds of things are we looking for?  
  • stories
  • holiday greetings
  • recipes
  • music
  • arts and crafts ideas
  • pictures of your holiday decorations
  • or anything else you might think would be fun and interesting!

Send your videos, pictures, et al to corner@trinitylawrence.org and thank you for your generosity, kindness and community spirit!

Save the Dates

Saint Nicholas Visit
Sunday, Dec. 6

Video Christmas Pageant

Mary Donovan Ordination
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m.,
Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603
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Prayer Chain

To add a person's name to the prayer list or to become a prayer chain member, please contact the parish office... Prayers... or call 785-843-6166; or Carol Hatton, Prayer Chain coordinator at (caroldonhatton@gmail.com).

The Prayer Chain prays daily for those who are ill, suffering or troubled; who have died; or who wish to offer praise and thanksgivings. Prayer Chain members find that their own private prayer life with God also deepens during this daily practice.

Pray for those who need healing: D.J., Sigrid, Eleanor, Emily, Brandon, Alyce, Stephanie, Karen, Max, Danny, Lisa, Arianna, Andrea, Evelyn, Lisa, Jon, Cooper, Drew, Helen, Amanda, Anna, Victoria, Glenna

Pray for those with special circumstance: Mary Jane, Amy, Mary, Darren, Nathan, Catherine, Rick, Tanya, Jose, the Troop, Labrador, Getto, Arenth-Myers families, for relief from the Pandemic, the health-care workers at the Mayo Clinic, the nurses at Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Pray for those in the hospital: Georgette, Holly, Barbara

Pray for the departed: Kathie Faine, Dick Hamler, Charles Getto, Dick Robins, Gill Mann, Dick Hamler, Jeana Luttrull
We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Father Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.
Please Pledge Online or Return Pledge Cards

We are only part-way toward hearing from all families that made pledges last year. The Vestry is contacting families that have not yet returned their 2021 pledge cards.

Pledges are a critical part of planning for next year's mission.
You can make your 2021 pledge online – or stick with mailing it. Either way, please get your pledge in.

The online pledge link is:

You can also return your 2021 pledge card in the addressed envelope provided. If you haven't received it in the mail, please contact the church office.
  • call the church at 785-843-6166,
  • send email to finance@trinitylawrence.org
  • or drop a line by USPS to 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

The annual pledge drive is vital for Trinity's continued success in serving the community and its parishioners. We are livestreaming Sunday services, and our community outreach continues with the Lawrence schools learning pod, Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry and other services. Your pledge helps Trinity continue its mission.

Join in, whenever and wherever you can. And please remember that Trinity needs your support.
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TEST Tidbits: Going Bananas for the Environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Website (www.usda.gov) says that in the United States, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of our food supply is wasted: Food that uses land, water, labor, and energy -- and that could have helped feed families in need -- ends up in landfills!  

Here’s a tasty, nutritious recipe (good for your at-home holidays) that will make you glad you didn’t throw out (waste) those squishy, over-ripe bananas:

Pumpkin Banana Bread

1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup turbinado/demerara sugar
3 tablespoons honey
2 large eggs
1 cup puréed pumpkin
2 ripe bananas (the riper the better), mashed; plus enough pumpkin to equal one cup
2 tablespoons orange juice or water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g., English or black walnuts, pecans, etc.); optional
(Flaked or shredded coconut, whole or ground pumpkin or sunflower seeds, etc., may be added.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Generously oil an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.
Beat together olive oil, sugar, honey, eggs, pumpkin, banana, orange juice/water, and vanilla.
Add remaining ingredients, stirring thoroughly to combine.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and allow it to rest for 15 minutes, uncovered.
Bake bread for 55 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted about 1/2" into top of loaf doesn’t encounter any unbaked batter (normally approx. 1 hour).
Remove bread from oven and cool it on a rack. Yield: 1 loaf, about 18 servings.
Great served for breakfast topped with yogurt and fruit; or as a dessert topped with whipped cream, ice cream, sherbet, fruit sauce, etc.

This recipe (adapted from the one on the King Arthur™ whole wheat flour package) is highly adaptable to your preferences; just keep the proportions of wet to dry ingredients the same. Feel free to use your favorite (preferably whole-grain) flours instead of those listed, or to adjust the proportion of banana to pumpkin, depending on what you have on hand, as long as they total at least two cups. And you can actually make this bread with other mashed fruits or vegetables. Experiment and enjoy!

Earth-Steward Action Suggestions:  
Look for ways you can reduce or eliminate food waste at home. Support an organization that works to prevent food waste, such as Food Policy Action (https://foodpolicyaction.org), Food Waste Reduction Alliance (https://foodwastealliance.org/ ) -- and of course Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry (T.I.F.P.) and Lawrence Interfaith Nutritional Kitchen (LINK), which feed people locally.

Caring for the environment—it’s a Christian thing to do!

Visit the Trinity website for past articles of interest
News From Nepal

It is getting colder here in the village – during the day, it is still in the 50s and 60’s, and maybe even higher in the sun, but at night/mornings it is between 30 and 40 F, which is chilly!

Keep in mind that I don’t have heat, and that none of my windows fit right or close fully. I also have a tin roof, which hovers above the walls to allow for ventilation, but also provides about 4 inches of space for the winter chill to find its way in. I am not really complaining, as I prefer the cold to the heat, but just providing some perspective and something to be grateful for back there at “home.”

Things are going well overall. Not much has happened lately, as we just experienced two large multi-day religious holiday festivals over the last three weeks. I am hoping that now that those are over, processes like getting bids on the new women’s group sewing center building will resume.

Please keep praying for the work here in general, and specifically the building project. Also pray for my dog who has not been feeling well. He was sick even before I arrived, and still isn’t eating much and has low energy.

Lastly, keep the village school kids in your prayers. School started again yesterday. Please pray for safety/protection from COVID-19 (no idea if there are cases here; there is no testing available) and also for the difficulty of the school year. The schools closed down at the end of March. The new Nepali school year was supposed to start mid-April, but they have been on lockdown the entire time. I have heard that the plan is for the students to go to school from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day to make up for lost time (seven months) and that they plan to finish this school year on regular schedule, so that the kids can all move on to the next school year at the regular time.

The kids here already struggle with passing classes and exams, and I can only imagine how much pressure this will put on them, to complete an entire school year in four months. Suicide rates are high for kids in Nepal, related to failing exams and classes, so pray for their protection!

Thanks so much. Miss you!
— Karin
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

Dec. 7, Jan. 4

Meetings are open to all and are being held on Zoom at this time. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes. Your Vestry can be contacted at vestry@trinitylawrence.org

Minutes through October have been added to our website. Financials through September are also added.
Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, Nov. 19
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, Nov. 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Nov. 21
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9:30 a.m., Lay Eucharist Ministry Meeting - Zoom
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Nov. 22
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream

Monday, Nov. 23
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, Nov. 24
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women

Wednesday, Nov. 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, Nov. 26

Friday, Nov. 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, Nov. 28
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, Nov. 29
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday SchoolLivestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer – Livestream
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘21 jrwarden@trinitylawrence.org
Jennifer Attocknie ‘20 785-760-2938
Elizabeth Miller ‘20 785-766-8175
Dave Severance ‘20, 785-691-7261
Betsi Anderson ‘21 785-843-9083
Leslie Foust ‘20 785-979-1829
Camille Olcese ‘21 620-704-4180
John Broholm ‘22 785-766-7002
Donna Griffin, Clerk, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401
Cristian Sauciuc, Treasurer

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