The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of September 22, 2019
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Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 22, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Rite I, Holy Eucharist  

Chalice: Andrew Hoyt, Donna Olson
Lector: Matt Eichmann 
Intercessor: Margaret Bearse
Usher: Greg Hazen

10:30 a.m. - Rite II, Holy Eucharist

Chalice: Glenna Kleinkauf, Mary Donovan
Lectors: Kim Mandle, Terry Mandle
Intercessor: Sandra Wiechert
Verger: David Severance
Acolytes: Abigail Baldwin, Ellie Seybold, Lauren Seybold
Ushers: Garth Burns, Terry Mandle, Craig Myers-Arenth

Altar Guild:
Katie Becker, Charlotte Mueller, Nora Clark, Cheryl Flessing, Nancy Haggart, Shirley Reese, Dru Sampson, Emalea Miller

Flower Guild:
Mary Stauffer, Ann Elizabeth Bishop, Pat Kehde, Terry Mandle, Pam Paden, Connie Price

Hymns

Entrance Hymn: 368 Holy Father, great Creator (Regent Square)

Sequence Hymn: 605 What does the Lord require (Sharpthorne)

Offertory Hymn: 380 (v. 3)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow (Old 100th)

Communion Hymn: 701 Jesus, all my gladness (Jesu, meine Freude)

Closing: 594 God of grace and God of glory (Cwm Rhondda)

  Altar Flowers

Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the glory of God and by Austin Turney in loving memory of his wife Ruth
READINGS
 The Liturgy of the Word


See the complete lectionary reading at www.lectionarypage.net
Upcoming Event: Board Games and Beer
Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Church
Description: Join in the fun with a gathering fellow board game enthusiasts. Always an open spot and lots of conversation.

Upcoming Event: Trinity Youth Group
Date: Sunday, September 22
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Canterbury House, 1116 Louisiana St.
Description: Youth in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend. New meeting place and new format. Please spread the word.

Upcoming Event: Sunday Evening Holy Eucharist
Date: Sunday, September 22
Time: 6:00 p.m
Location: Canterbury House,
1116 Louisiana St.
Description: This intimate service offers a time for reflection and prayer using some of the latest Eucharistic rites from Enriching Our Worship.
From the Rector's desk..

This Sunday we will be observing Alzheimer’s Awareness day in church (the day is officially Saturday, September 21), with a special anthem “When Memory Fades.” Stanton O. Berg, whose wife June died of Alzheimer’s in 2008, had to say about the anthem.

Dr. Mary Louise Bringle  (b. 1953) wrote “When Memory Fades” for a friend whose mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Bringle’s sensitivity to this passage in life’s journey and attentiveness to the needs of the world has contributed to her recognition as one of the leading hymn writers in the English language today.

Dr. Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle is a professor at Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina, where she teaches philosophy and religious studies. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and attends Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she is an elder. She is also a recent president of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and served as the chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, the group responsible for the most recent Presbyterian (PCUSA) hymnal, Glory to God (2013).

Categorized in Glory to God under “Living and Dying in Christ,” “When Memory Fades” is a hymn that touches on life, both mortal and spiritual. Written specifically for the tune FINLANDIA, the stirring theme from the orchestral work of the same name by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), its rhythmic and melodic solemnity are well suited to the honesty of hesitation and hope in the words.

This hymn text, prompting one to acknowledge the frailty and inadequacies of our earthly vessels, looks to God, who is the source of all life. Dr. Bringle guides the singer through emotions of petition, grieving, and gratitude. Rather than asking for healing, she is concerned about remembering and declaring who God is in the midst of this situation.

Professor Bringle draws heavily upon Scripture, especially referencing the psalms and the epistles. Stanzas one and two address the experience of pain. The second half of each stanza addresses God. “O God of Life and healing peace” (stanza one) suggests Psalm 36:9, where God is declared the giver or fountain of life. The last line of stanza one “with patient courage” strongly echoes the sentiments of Psalm 31, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart” (KJV) .The text leading into line four of stanza one petitions God to “empower us,” and concludes with strength gained through God’s “grace infused.” Second Corinthians 12:9 declares that “my [God’s] grace is sufficient.” Encouraged by Paul to “fight the good fight,” the servant is comforted by the psalmist’s words, “The Lord is my strength.”

Stanza two of “When Memory Fades” speaks of God’s will as a mystery still being completed by God’s servants. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” ( Jeremiah 29:11, KJV ). 

While it is unknown to the servants, Jeremiah assures the servant that God knows our every need. The calm assurance of the God who will sustain us concludes stanza two:We grieve their waning, yet rejoice, believing your arms unwearied, shall uphold us still.

The poet begins the final stanza by declaring the eternal nature of God’s love and ends with the declamatory statement “deathless life is won!”  Hebrews 6:10  reminds us of the following, “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love” ( KJV) . Because in Christ we are freed from sin ( Romans 8 ), we can receive the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23); even when strength and memory fail us, we cannot lose this promise.

One of the most significant gifts of this text is how the hymn writer gives dignity and theological meaning to God’s “aging servant.” In spite of the present situation, God’s “goodness lives unfading,” a statement in antithesis to fading memories in the first line of stanza one. Present suffering becomes more bearable and gains perspective when we draw upon memories of the past and hopes for future resolution. Then the poet, in a richly reverberant phrase, seizes on a central thought that places into context the condition of one suffering from loss of memory and dignity: “no valued deed will ever be undone.”

Most of us have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or is the care provider from someone with the disease. Some of us are those individuals. I hope you will join us for this special observation this Sunday.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Adult Forum

The Adult Forum looks at Paul’s letter to Titus

The briefest of the epistles, the letter of Paul to Titus places the reader in the midst of a Church in conflict regarding old doctrine, new doctrine and unsound doctrine. The Adult Forum meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Jackson Kemper Room, downstairs from the Parish Hall. All are welcome.
Assistants Needed

Want to help shape the lives of some of our youngest members? We are looking for adults to assist Susan Hires with our children's education program at the 10:30 AM service. You can help with music, activities, and generally have a fun time learning about Jesus. Contact Susan Hires at sh@trinitylawrence.org if you are interested. We need your help to keep our children's program strong.


Blessing of the Animals October 5, 3-5 PM

Fur, feather, and scales are all welcome at Trinity as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, October 5th. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm you can bring your beloved pets to our churchyard for a special blessing. Dog treats are being provided by Three Dog Bakery. This is a fun event to invite friends and neighbors to see your church!

Farewell reception for organist Mark Stotler October 13

Join us after the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, October 13 as we say goodbye to our beloved organist Mark Stotler. Mark will become the assistant organist at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri. We will be hosting a reception in his honor following the service.
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 ( 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 are ill: 
Brian, Verna, Oliva, Margaret, Monica, Kate, Julie, Sharon, Aly, John, DJ, Matt, Diana, Beverly, Mike, Beth

Prayer for those with special intentions: 
Carol, Ashley, Ian, Matt, David, Barbara, Diane, Jane, Andrew, Nelson, Glenna, Dane, Natalie, the Van Schmus and Harrington, families

Prayer for those in the hospital:
Richard, Dick, Griffin, Edith, Neil, Gail, Kathy,Ben, Mary, Stacie

Pray for the departed: Sherry Stanley, John Bone
TEST TIDBITS—THE ONGOING LIST OF ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Every day it seems that there is something else that draws the world’s attention to the ongoing list of environmental issues that are threatening the health of the planet and affecting the most vulnerable of its citizens. This summer has been a wild one filled with stories of melting ice sheets, burning of the Amazon Rainforest, and plastic debris in every level of the ocean. Adding to the list are the rain and flood events in the US, heat waves in Europe, hurricanes made stronger by forming over warm water---and now, the permafrost in the Arctic is melting much faster than predicted. Scientists now say that they underestimated both the amount of stored carbon and methane in the permafrost, but also the rate of the melting process. The release of both carbon dioxide and methane could be in the billions of tons of emissions per year. This is two to three times the amount used in scientific models just a few years ago. If the world wishes to follow the Paris Accord and limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees C—the deadline needs to change from 2050 to 2040. The melting permafrost is changing the arctic landscape into one of thousands of ponds, lakes and wetlands and has made whole villages move to higher ground. The Arctic residents natural “permafrost freezer” is unreliable. Once again, the citizens of the area must deal with the ongoing consequences of climate change. Their roads are flooded, plumbing broken, buildings sinking and shorelines eroding. The whole area is on track to being opened up in colder months that will be mostly ice-free. This openness might bring some economic progress for people there, but the area will also be prey to those out to develop more drilling and mining—increasing the over all emissions—which, of course, continues to heat the planet. We have been warned. Is it time to change the heading from climate change to climate emergency?

(Yes, the Trump Administration has said, “we are out of this agreement that hurts the US economy”. The truth is that, according to the Paris Accord’s rules, any removal can’t begin until Nov. 2019 with a formal letter to the UN. Then, it must wait a year –Nov. 2020 until we are officially out. US funds for PA projects have been largely withdrawn and we are no longer the world leader in addressing climate issues )  

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Please read the September issue of the National Geographic Magazine on the Arctic. Pray for the people needing to deal with the realities of climate change right now.


Visit the Trinity website for full and past TEST articles 
Women's
Quest-ioning Groups

Both of our groups are now meeting in the Trinity Library during the second and fourth weeks of each month to read and share our thoughts about spiritually oriented books. Our discussions continue to be lively as we join together in friendship and fellowship. We welcome new members to both groups:

Wednesday 9:30-11 a.m.
–  The Screwtape Letters  by C.S. Lewis

Thursday 1:30-3 p.m.
–  Convictions  by Marcus Borg

For details about our mission and purpose, please contact Tudy Youngberg at 785-218-2283 or at  tudy@sunflower.com.
Canterbury House Fall Clean Up

Canterbury House will have our fall work day on September 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come out and help us do some yard work and some seasonal cleaning of our Canterbury House. St.Anselm's is a wonderful property that provides a myriad of ministry’s help us make it look that much nicer! 
Taize 2019-2020

The opening Taize service for the 2019-2020 Taize season will be at 6 p.m., Friday, September 27, at Plymouth Congregational church, 925 Vermont. All are welcome to this ecumenical service of simple song, scripture, readings, candlelight and brief moments of silence. 

To receive information about all upcoming Taize services, email Judith Galas, judithcgalas@gmail.com or check in your church’s information area for bookmarks with a list of the season’s services and locations.
Save the Date: Trinity Garage Sale
Saturday, October 12,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Please help with the Trinity fundraiser by sponsoring a table for the garage sale. Set up begins Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11. Bring your items, arrange on a table, price items (we'll help with this), and pick up remaining items after the sale is over. We could use help monitoring the tables during the sale. We'll provide the cashier. All proceeds go to Trinity Church. What an easy way to declutter. Items that sell well: small furniture, sports equipment, power tools and accessories, entertainment items (books, movies, video games), sports memorabilia, dishes and glassware, Christmas decorations, and baby equipment (no clothes, however). 

Contact Susan Ralston (843-3920) ( sralston@sunflower.com) for more information. 
Vestry Meetings

Vestry meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month. The next scheduled meetings are:

September 23
October 28
November 25

All meetings are open to the congregation and start at 7 p.m. The minutes of each meeting are posted to the Church bulletin board and Trinity Vestry Minutes.

Minutes through May have been added to our website.
LINK MISSIONERS
LINK

At LINK on the 17th, 100 people were served 127 meals by volunteers from Trinity and St. Margaret's Episcopal Churches. Thank you to all who prepared food and served. 

This is about 20 more meals served that when we last served in July.

Trinity and St. Margaret's are next scheduled to serve on the 3rd Tuesday of November, November 19, 2019.
Ploughman's Lunch, Bake Sale, and Trinity Treasures Sale

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2019...more information soon....
From Susan Hires, Christian Ed director

Work on the basement renovations continues this week, with amazing help from Mike Bari, Holly Hulburt and April Dwyer. I'm so grateful for their help this past week. They have made huge leaps in getting the space ready for the fun part – putting color on the walls. The prep is done, so let's get to it!
 
So what's up and when? I'll be in this Saturday after 2:30 for anyone who wants to help in the afternoon. On Sunday after the 10:30 service, I'd love a crowd to finish it off. In addition to walls, we'll be prepping and painting benches and bookshelves, hauling the trash up (woohoo!) and hopefully pulling up the carpet. Please join us. We'll put on music, get some food and make it a party. 

In Sunday school, last week we talked about the many things we can do to be beautiful people in the ways God would like us to, as we interact with others. This week, we'll continue that conversation, and the many ways we can use our hands for good with family, friends and our world. These children have wonderful ideas. Thank you for your continued prayerful support. 

Peace – Susan Hires
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Ministry Opportunities
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY

Thursday, September 19
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures
9:00 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

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

Saturday, September 21
9:00 a.m., Organ practice
9:30 a.m., LEM meeting
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry
7:00 p.m., Board Games and Beer

Sunday, September 22
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group meeting at Canterbury House
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist at Canterbury House

Monday, September 23
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
7:00 p.m., Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, September 24
10:30 a.m, Staff meeting
2 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, September 25
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
9:30 a.m., Women's Quest-ioning
6 p.m., Evening Dinner
6:45 p.m., Evening Prayer

Thursday, September 26
10:00 a.m., Trinity Treasures
1:30 p.m., Women's Quest-ioning
9:00 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House

Friday, September 27
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4:30 p.m., Jones/King Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday, September 28
9:00 a.m., Organ practice
10:00 a.m., Food Pantry
3:00 p.m., Jones/King Wedding

Sunday, September 29
8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m., Adult Forum
10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:30 a.m., Coffee Hour
Noon, Alphabet Soup Parents Group
6-7:30 p.m., Youth Group meeting at Canterbury House
6 p.m., Holy Eucharist at Canterbury House
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