The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of May 24, 2020
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

  • Pre-service: "Chant de May" (Joseph Jongen)
  • Post-service: Congregational Hymn 214, "Hail the day that sees him rise"; "Elegiac Melody" (Edvard Grieg); Trumpet Tune in D Major (David Johnson)

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Bulletin link:

View the complete lectionary readings at

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

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Bulletin link:
Upcoming Event: Anchor Women
Date: Tuesday, May 26
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: Our mission is to have a community of women of various ages and backgrounds to share thoughts, stories, highlights, fun and laughter. 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, May 27
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, May 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Livestream
Description: Join us for Evening Prayer each week.

Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Thursdays
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Description: We will use the weekly Diocese Youth Group's online meeting. For the month of May, youth will be meeting every Thursday at 7 p.m. All youth across the diocese are invited to join via Zoom. We will play a joint game, split into Middle School and High School groups for sharing and discussion, and then have joint prayer.
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From the Rector's Desk...

To try to sum up all of the factors that led to the Reformation in a Church newsletter article is quite impossible. It is easy to point to the abuses that were occurring in the Roman Catholic church politically, financially, and theologically as the instigators of Reformation supporters, but that would also ignore the changes that were occurring in Biblical scholarship, theological renewal and reform, the discovery by Europeans of the Western Hemisphere, and secular political shifts that were occurring all at the same time.

But in looking at the changes in architecture, liturgy, music, and implements of the Church, it might be simplest to say that there were two major trends: the one criticizing Roman Catholicism and the one celebrating it: the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

The architecture of the Roman Catholic Church continued on a triumphalist trend producing the more ornate baroque style, including architecture. The beginning of this era saw the renovation of St. Peter’s in Rome, probably the most obvious shift from Renaissance to Baroque style. Il Gesu, the mother of the Jesuits, is another prime example.

Reformation Christians initially just co-opted existing churches, often removing decorations, statuary, and relics. Over time, as they began to build their own worship spaces, the centrality of preaching over the sacraments became evident in design. The pulpit would often be more centrally located, and the worship space might resemble more of an auditorium with seats fanning out around the pulpit rather than longitudinally from the altar.

Reformation musicians placed great value on congregational singing (Martin Luther himself composed a large number of hymns to be sung in Reformation congregations) as part of a broader theology of an expanded role of the laity in worship. That’s not to say that it was uniformly embraced; Ulrich Zwingli, for example, saw singing as a strictly secular pastime. But simple, even familiar tunes became part of the Reformation worship experience. The Catholic Church, in turn, also began restraining composers from creating complex and performance-oriented music in favor of more intelligible works (although Latin was still very common).

The introduction of the printing press to Europe (Chinese monks were using block printing 600 years before Gutenberg) allowed Reformists to spread change through books of doctrine, theology, and liturgy, while the Roman Catholic Church used the same tools to achieve greater uniformity, although some texts were banned from production, including the Roman Missal. Perhaps more than any other topic I’m covering, the impact of the printing press on Christianity in Europe cannot be overstated.

When it comes to Eucharistic vessels, the Reformist style mirrored the theology of the particular Reformation tradition. Martin Luther and Anglican Thomas Cranmer, for example, held the Eucharist in high esteem and promoted the use of ornate vessels from the Roman Catholic styles. Other traditions removed or destroyed Eucharistic vessels, occasionally replacing them with simple, secular bowls, cups, and plates. During this period there were some innovations, especially in the 19th century as awareness of germ theory became commonplace, and the use of communion plates containing a multitude of smaller cups was invented.

Next week I’ll conclude my very brief survey of Christian architecture, music, liturgy, and Eucharistic vessels with the modern era.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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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 (

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., Michael, Doug, David, Bill

Pray for those with special intentions: Nicole, Lindsey

Pray for those in the hospital: Anne, Dick

Pray for our graduates: Arianna Myers-Arenth, Emma Silvestri, Tori Searles and Roseanne Liebermann

Pray for the departed:  Elenora Adams, Virginia Houser, Myra Stock
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.
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Deacon Cross

The Deacons’ Discretionary Fund has helped people in Lawrence with prescriptions, rent and utility bills. There have been many requests for assistance this month.

You can donate by sending checks with the notation "Deacons' Discretionary Fund" to our Church office or by clicking this link which will take you to our online donation page.

Your Sister in Christ,
Deacon Deborah S. Burns.
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L.I.N.K. Distributes Bag Lunches, Needs Donations

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen is closed. Some volunteers will be handing out bag lunches on our usual day. Since we cannot prepare and serve meals, L.I.N.K. would appreciate monetary donations to help with the cost of the lunches.

If you wish to contribute, please do so by using this Donation LINK, or please make out a check to L.I.N.K. and mail it to:

First Christian Church,
Attn: LINK
1000 Kentucky St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Your gift is another way to reach out to those in need during this time. Thank you!

Catherine Robins & Orean Kent
L.I.N.K. Co-Chairs
TEST TIDBITS: Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Affected Global Warming?

The coronavirus pandemic has killed many people worldwide, upended our lives and brought economic breakdowns to every community. At the same time, our environment has become cleaner and ocean waters have become clearer. 

One published report shows that emissions declined an average of 17% – although emissions from homes were up, probably because more folks were staying home and working. 

Such a reduction has give us a reason to wonder if this will end up reducing the actual warming of the earth. Unfortunately, according to an article from , emissions need to fall by 7.2% every year for the next decade to put a stop to continual warming. 

Learn more about the how the coronavirus lockdown has increased the use of plastic, and the lessons we can learn to make permanent change, in the full TEST article here .

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Please do your homework in discovering the opinions of candidates on climate and energy. Please try to conserve water by turning off the faucet while lathering hands and singing Happy Birthday twice. It all adds up to quite a lot of extra water to leave the tap open.

All past TEST articles are available on our website at
Canterbury Compline Livestream Moves to New Site

Canterbury House’s Tea and Compline service livestream is switching to the Episcopal Diocese’s campus ministry Facebook site. 

KU Canterbury will begin livestreaming the 9 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday services from the EDOK Young Adult & Campus Ministry site, at this Link.

The livestreams had originated on the Canterbury House of Lawrence site on Facebook. 

Will Chaney will continue conducting the services into August, when Clarke Mortensen takes over as program assistant. Tea & Compline has proved popular both with live viewers and those who check in later to watch recordings. 
LIRIM continues operation

The Lawrence Immigrant and Refugee Ministry (LIRIM), a ministry of Trinity, is still supporting immigrant families in Lawrence affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our regular events and projects have had to discontinue due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders. However, the need for our most vulnerable residents has not ceased.

More than ever immigrant families need assistance with daily living expenses since many of the hourly jobs they have held have been eliminated. Some of these families are not eligible for unemployment insurance.

You can help by purchasing grocery gift cards the next time you go shopping, or by just donating funds to Centro Hispano, the local social service agency assisting the Hispanic community in Douglas County – and a partner of LIRIM. Contributions of either kind can be sent to:

Centro Hispano
c/o Lydia Diebolt
637 Tennessee St.
Lawrence, KS 66047.
Diocesan Summer Camps Canceled

Due to virus concerns, both the Episcopal Summer Senior High Camp and Middle and Elementary School Camp at Camp Wood have been canceled for this year.
Vestry Meetings

The scheduled Vestry meetings are:

June 1, July 6

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 March have been added to our website.
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

Ministry Opportunities

Thursday, May 21
7 p.m., Youth Group - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, May 22
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, May 23
9 a.m., Organ Practice
9 a.m., Native Plant Sale
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, May 24
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
9 p.m, Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Monday, May 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, May 26
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry
6:30 p.m., Trinity Anchor Women - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Wednesday, May 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, May 28
Ascension Day
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
7 p.m., Youth Group - Zoom
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, May 29
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, May 30
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, May 31
9:30 a.m., Trinity Children's Sunday School – Livestream
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream
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