The Corner
Trinity's newsletter for the week of June 7, 2020

  • Sunday service incorporates Spiritual Communion
  • Plans for bringing congregation back to the sanctuary
A lmighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Trinity Sunday
10:30 a.m.
Spiritual Communion

 The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: "Nicea: Fanfare and Trumpet Tune" (Christopher Tambling)

  • "I Bind Unto Myself Today" (Trad. Irish) Tony Silvestri, soloist

  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 362, "Holy, Holy, Holy" (Reginald Heber, Nicea); Fugue in C Major (Dietrich Buxtehude); "Fanfare" (William Mathias)

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View the complete lectionary readings at

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

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Upcoming Event: Adult Forum
Date: Friday, June 5
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians for the revised Adult Forum. See full article for more information.

Upcoming Event:  Spiritual Communion
Date:  Sunday, June 7
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Location: Livestream
Description:  Join your fellow Trinitarians on Trinity Sunday for our first Spiritual Communion. See From the Rector's Desk for more about the service.

Upcoming Event: Coffee Hour
Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: Noon
Location: Zoom
Description: Join your fellow Trinitarians via Zoom on Trinity Sunday at a virtual gathering after the livestream of the 10:30 a.m. worship. Participants can hang out together, chat, or create a "breakout room" to converse with friends.

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Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, June 9
Time: 6:o0 p.m.
Location: Barb's Driveway
Description:  We will be having a Driveway Meeting this week at Barb Johnston's home. Bring a snack, if you like, chair, and your favorite mask for a fun fellowship. For more information reach out to Patti Anderson (  ) or Mary Perkins ( ).

Upcoming Event: Children's Story Time with Susan
Date: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Livestream
Description:  Susan Hires reads picture books and great children's literature.

Upcoming Event: Friendship Circle
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at for an invitation. The Friendship Circle welcomes those who are widowed, divorced or single, or who are seeking friendship from parishioners. All are welcome.

Upcoming Event: Evening Prayer Service
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.
Reminder, if you do not see the "This Week at Trinity" at the bottom of the newsletter, there should be an expand button to click to view our complete newsletter.
From the Rector's Desk...

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, our “patronal feast day” in the annual calendar. When Episcopal churches are created, their name designates which day is their personal “birthday.” An example would be the feast day of a particular saint for a church named after that saint, or Christ the King Sunday for Christ Churches. So for Trinity Church, it is Trinity Sunday.

One of ways in which we will be observing our patronal feast day this Sunday is by engaging in what is referred to as “Spiritual Communion.” Bishop Bascom’s article in the most recent edition of the Harvest went into some detail about what Spiritual Communion is and how it works, but for those who did not see it, let me synopsize.

Spiritual Communion is when the celebrant and congregation engage in the Eucharistic Prayer but do not consume the bread and the wine, instead placing those elements in the tabernacle to be consumed at a later date. Even though we do not physically ingest the bread and wine, we do receive the spiritual benefits of the sacrament, including both the act of remembering Jesus Christ’s Last Supper with his apostles and the spiritual connection and renewal of the communion.

Now this is for me a fairly new idea and I have spent a lot of time rolling the theology concerning it around in my head, and I have come to this simple conclusion. Suppose, hypothetically, that I visited a parishioner in the hospital who was suffering a serious medical condition and could only receive nutrients through an IV and a feeding tube. As such, he or she would be incapable of consuming bread and wine. And further suppose that when I visited this person, I brought a communion kit with me, prayed the prayers, blessed the bread and wine while present there, but did not administer them to the patient. Do we suppose that the inability of the patient to receive the physical elements of the sacrament blocks the ability of God to engage in the spiritual grace underlying the sacrament? Of course not. While not the normative practice of the sacrament, the extreme condition of the situation dictates that it must be this way.

In a similar way, we are in an extreme condition as a nation, even a world, in which we are not able to share in the physical, technical aspects of a shared table for our own health and safety. But we can engage in this manner, confident in the abundant grace from God until such time as we are able to return once more together.

May God’s grace continue to manifest itself in your own lives, and stay safe and healthy and connected to your parish family.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
Planning Begins to Return Worshipers to Sanctuary

The Vestry is researching how best to clean and sterilize the church, including both the sanctuary and the restrooms. That is the first step among many that the parish needs to take to welcome parishioners back into the building for services.

Trinity plans to follow guidelines that would allow gatherings of 45 people in the sanctuary, including clergy and worship assistants, with carefully defined social distancing for everyone present. When that will happen, though, is still undetermined. 

Diocesan directives include distancing, required masks and prohibition of singing. Many questions remain about getting people safely in and out of the sanctuary, and spacing in the pews.

The Vestry has scheduled a Monday, June 15, Zoom meeting for progress reports. 
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 (

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 are healing: D.J., David, Bill, Sidney, Sharon, Susan, Lisa, John, Tudy, Joe, Susan, Betty

Pray for those with special intentions: Beth, Nicole, Lindsey, Dick, Rachel, the Emmerson and King family, Elanor, Darren

Pray for those in the hospital: Anne, Dick, May

Pray for the departed: Virginia Houser, Myra Stock, Harriet Oakes, John Emmerson, Larry Kramer, George Floyd, Kerman Vand, Christy Miller Joyce, Rev Cecil Jones, Joe Spradlin, Kerman Vann, Larry Kramer, Christo
The Adult Forum
Returns (Online)

Fr. Rob will interview the Very Rev. Torey Lightcap, Dean of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, at 7 p.m. this Friday, June 5, in a livestream on the Trinity Facebook page

We will be discussing Lightcap's vision of the Cathedral’s ministry and how COVID-19 is changing the face of the Church. Viewers will be able to send in their questions to be answered live.

Fr. Rob will be interviewing people from across the diocese and community about life, ministry, and the pandemic.  

Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still get to our public Facebook page at
We would like to know about hospitalizations, illnesses or special needs you are experiencing. Please call Fr. Rob, Deacon Deborah Burns, the Church office or a Vestry member so that we can help.

Rachel Schwaller has volunteered to lead this year's Virtual Vacation Bible School starting on Monday, June 22. Each Monday she will do a video upload of the week's activities for the children to explore. On Thursday we will gather together with a Zoom class to share what the children have learned and created. There will be four weeks of classes with new videos uploaded each Monday. 

More information will be coming next week and a survey will be sent to families of our school age children.

If you have any questions or would like to assist, please contact Rachel at
Thank You for Your Donations of Money to TIFP
Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry has been blessed with an outpouring of financial support for the purchase of food for our patrons. We received contributions of $1,017.00 in March and $5,859.00 in April, much of it from Trinity Episcopal parishioners. Your continuing ongoing and special support enables us to continue to serve people in need of food assistance.
TIFP is serving the people we need to serve:
  • 20 to 30 people each Tuesday and Saturday;
  • 225 households in April and 205 households in May;
  • anyone who needs food whether they come once a month or once a week;
  • many people who live in the Trinity neighborhood and downtown Lawrence;
  • many people who walk or ride their bikes to the food pantry who need food;
  • those people without easy transportation to get food from food pantries such as Just Food and Ballard in Lawrence;
  • people who are significantly affected by the results of the pandemic, who are homeless, or who live in transitional housing.
And we continue to serve people this new month and into the future with gracious thanks to you all.
BackSnack Program Wraps Up for the Year

Greg Hazen and Tod Sutton continue to look for ways the Trinity BackSnack program can help combat hunger in our school-age population. Because our young students who may need BackSnack services do not always have transportation to a central location, Greg and Tod have been partnering with the local schools and volunteers to contact students in the school’s area. Food is then distributed at the school at a predetermined time, implementing COVID-19 guidelines. Kennedy Elementary and Woodlawn Elementary have been served during the past two weeks.

As the school year comes to a close, the BackSnack coordinators will be looking for another community agency partner to co-develop a viable summer distribution plan. This will likely take advantage of volunteers or agency resources already established and involve only one distribution.

It has been a strange year requiring flexibility from all of us. Tod and Greg wish to thank all the BackSnack volunteers and contributors for their unwavering and enthusiastic support of this valuable program. Thanks, too, for those who offer prayers each day that our efforts to combat hunger within our school population will help our children achieve to their highest potential while they grow in a healthy way.
BackSnack will be working closely with the school district to determine what changes are needed for the 2020-2021 school year.
Do you Tweet? Trinity has a Twitter account: @trinity_kansas. By following us and especially by re-tweeting us, you can help spread the word about our services and events.
TEST Tidbits:
Prayers for Our

June 5 is World Environment Day, designated by the United Nations to reaffirm the need for the whole world take on the responsibility for the care of the environment. The following two prayers from the Book of Common Prayer are very suitable to help us to appreciate the creation, reflect on how to protect earth’s resources and be stewards of this precious gift from God.

For Knowledge of God’s Creation. Almighty and everlasting god, you made this universe with all it’s marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexities of living creature: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 
For the conservation of Natural Resources. Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of our nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The following prayer, also from the Book of Common Prayer, is to help guide us through our troubled times.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The United Nations established World Environment Day in 1972. 

EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Please reflect on these prayers when you do your devotions. What actions can you take today? Pray for genuine solutions to end our various divisions.

SOURCES: Book of Common Prayer, pages 815 and 827.

All past TEST articles are available on our website at
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

June 15, July 6, August 3, September 7

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

Minutes through April have been added to our website.
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Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, June 4
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, June 5
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Adult Forum - Livestream

Saturday, June 6
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, June 7
Trinity Sunday
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Spiritual Communion and Music Concert – Livestream
Noon, Coffee Hour - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Monday, June 8
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, June 9
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Wednesday, June 10
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, June 11
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, June 12
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7 p.m., Adult Forum - Livestream

Saturday, June 13
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, June 14
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
Noon, Coffee Hour - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream
Trinity Vestry 2020
Rob Baldwin, Rector 785-424-4312
Steve King ‘21, Senior Warden 913-645-3135
Richard Lungstrum, Junior Warden ‘20
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 ‘21 785-979-1829
Camille Olcese ‘21 620-704-4180
John Broholm ‘22 785-766-7002
Donna Griffin, ‘22 785-865-6039
Linda McCoy ‘22 785-550-6743
Bill Perkins ‘22 785-331-4401

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