The Corner
Trinity's e-newsletter for the week of April 19, 2020
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
10:30 a.m.
Morning Prayer

 The Liturgy of the Word

Livestream link:

Bulletin link:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
7 p.m. - Evening Prayer

Livestream Link:

Bulletin link:

View the complete lectionary readings at
From the Rector's Desk...

During this unusual and challenging time, I have found comfort, inspiration, and engagement spiritually in reflecting on the history of the Church. Some of this is revisiting things I learned about in seminary; other aspects are new avenues of learning. But as we move through the Easter season, I thought it might be of value to share with you the story of how we came to where we are today in hopes that you might find enrichment, comfort, and inspiration as well.

For source material, I am relying heavily on three sources:  From Age to Age  by Edward Foley,  The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity  edited by John McManners, and  New Testament Story: an Introduction  by David Barr.

The first century of Christianity, those first few generations of Christians some of whom had first- or second-hand accounts of Christ’s resurrection, had a worshipping community that was still deeply connected to Judaism to the point that many were still regularly participating in the rituals and traditions of the synagogue. Every Jewish family had space set aside in their homes for daily prayer, and this space as well as the communal rooms of the home became the location of early Christian gatherings. There were no sacred texts that were not part of the Hebrew Bible, but were supplemented by letters, oral preaching, or essays composed by early evangelists like Paul.
Even before Jesus’ life the distinction between music and speech, especially in the context of worship, was not distinct. Cantors would read sacred texts and prayers in rhythmic patterns of chant. What early Christian music has been discovered appears to be co-opted from existing Jewish music.

First Century Christians observed Sunday worship, and a form of the Eucharist, in the homes and apartments of believers, using a common cup to recreate the Last Supper, likely for two reasons. Most people at the time had one cup for each member of a household, but not separate cups for guests. A gathering of people for any social event would require the use of a cup for multiple people. So not only were participants in these early communions recreating Jesus’ actions, but likely acting of out necessity as well, using the vessels and implements available in the home.

Next week: the post-New Testament era of Christianity and the continual growth and change of liturgical life.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Rob+
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Story Time for Kids
Keeps Rolling on Livestream  
Story Time is a great way to give your kids a break from in-home schooling and activities. Children’s Education Director Susan Hires leads the livestream programs at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  
Susan includes crafts, music, gardening and beekeeping in her storytelling mix. The sessions run about 15 minutes.  
Tune in on the Trinity Facebook page  at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for Trinity Story Time. The livestreams are recorded to watch later if you don't catch them on the fly.
burning candle
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.
Library in Exile

So you cannot come to the Parish Library. I found that some of my favorite authors represented in the library actually have TED Talks or other videos on YouTube.

Try Barbara Brown Taylor, Joan Chittister, Bruce Feller or Bart Ehrman.

If you want to stretch your brain, attend one of two Open Yale Courses: New Testament History and Literature, taught by Dale Martin; and The Old Testament taught by Christine Hayes. I have watched both and learned a lot. We watch them on our smart TV, but you can see them on your computer. Call me if you have problems.

Margaret Bearse
Zooming Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle has set up weekly Zoom meetings on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. If you would like to join us, please contact Susan Ralston at  for an invitation. If you don’t know how to use Zoom, please contact her for help. All are welcome!!
Trinity Youth Group

The diocese has started an online youth group that meets weekly and is led by our diocesan formation team.

At 4:30 p.m. each Sunday, we will use Zoom to meet online and join the weekly Diocese Youth Group's online meeting.

To join Zoom meeting: 

Meeting ID: 560 802 994
Dial by your location:

       +1 253 215 8782 US
       +1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 560 802 994
Vestry Meetings

The next scheduled Vestry meetings are:

May 4, June 1

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's Automated Group Voice Messages

Have you been receiving Rob’s voice messages by phone? If you haven't and you'd like to receive calls relating to current happenings at our Church, please email .
Forward Day by Day

Let it be part of your daily life whenever you take time to pray and meditate. Contemplate the passage of scripture. Then see the connection to the other passages referred to.

Read the meditation and perhaps make your own. Pray for the people of the diocese for the day. Imagine how those Anglicans are praying.

Click on Forward Day by Day for daily prayers to help us through this time.
Save the Dates

Episcopal Summer
Mega Camp  
Sunday, May 31, 2:30 p.m. to
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, Kansas
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 ill:
DJ, Kim, Verla, Tate, John, Bob, Annelise, Ollie, Susan, Karen

Pray for those with special intentions:
 Nicole, David, Barb, Hunter, Logan, Ellen, Gerry, Madeline and Frances, the Schwaller family, Norma, Gary, Susie, Elise, Beth and family, Kelly, Kevin, Eleanor, Phoebe, Nicole, Lindsey, Thomas, Katie, John

Pray for those in the hospital: Arienne, Mary Jane, Lea, Jon, Bob, Anne

Pray for the departed: Karen Lind, Samuel Levi Adams, Jr, Rev. Lewis T Johnson, Elsa Fuller
Easy Access to Livestreams on Facebook  

Some Trinitarians have a hard time navigating the unfamiliar waters of Facebook to watch livestreams. The Trinity Facebook page has been revised to make it easier to find livestreams  and other new posts up at the top of the screen.  You do not need a Facebook account for this – our Facebook page is available to everybody with internet access. 
Here are the quick-and-dirty steps to “go to church” on Sunday morning and Wednesday night, attend organ concerts, and join Story Time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  
  • Go to the Trinity page by clicking this link or typing this address into your browser window: 
  • Click on the picture of the livestream, which will be at or near the top of “Posts” in the middle of the screen. The stream should appear a few minutes before it actually begins, so if you’re more than a few minutes early, it might not be there yet. Hang on.  
  • Also, when the livestream begins, a little red “LIVE” flag appears on the left side of the screen. Clicking it takes you to the video.  
  • Click the little speaker icon at the lower right of the livestream to turn audio on/off and set your volume.  
  • Click the link to the service bulletin in a post underneath the livestream. It will open the bulletin in a new tab of your browser.  
  • Please check in and say whatever you’d like to contribute in the comments section on the right side of the screen. Many of us will be doing just that.  
  • The link to the service bulletin will also be posted in a comment.  
  • Go back later and watch a recording of the livestream if you can’t join in live. It’ll be in the “Posts.” 

Help Us Make Face Masks!

Because of the need to conserve Personal Protective Equipment, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has recommended that personnel wear homemade masks when not needing isolation PPE. We can help them preserve N95 masks by donating homemade fabric masks. You can find instructions on the internet: .

If you have a sewing machine and would like to make some masks for LMH, start right away! Masks can have ties or elastic to go over the ears. You can deliver your masks at the northwest corner of LMH near the dock door in a designated receptacle between 8 a.m and 3:30 p.m. You can call 785/505-5000 for more information about drop-off.

If you would like more information or a printed pattern, call Camille Olcese (620/704-4180) and she will bring you a pattern. She can also supply fabric. This is a way we can support our healthcare professionals and love our neighbors.
TIFP Serving Twice a Week

The coordinating committee of Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry is looking for people who would not normally be available to work a shift at the food pantry. The shifts are on Tuesdays 12:45-3 and Saturdays 9:45-noon. The work is meaningful, important and fun, even under adversity, if you can fit it in during this stay-at-home time. 

The pantry relies greatly on retirees for normal operations. But, as we know, that age group is at the greatest risk from COVID-19. It might be a great time for some of our younger members to work in an essential ministry. Some of our older volunteers have already withdrawn for the time being and others probably should. 

Many precautions have been put in place for volunteer safety. If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ray Wilbur, 785-842-3312, . Thank you!
Thank you to all for your ongoing suppor t.
LIRIM Activities on Hold

Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry and Centro Hispano need help to support families in need. Most immigrant families are supported by manual labor positions that have been discontinued. 

Next time you are shopping for groceries please include a gift card from the store – any amount from any store. You can simply mail the card to:

Lydia Diebolt
637 Tennessee St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Lydia is the director of Centro Hispano and will get cards delivered to the families that need them most. 

If you are not getting out shopping these days, you could write a check to Centro Hispano and send it to the above address. This is an easy way to continue your support for some of the most vulnerable among us, and to continue to be active with LIRIM. 
Volunteer Corner

Even though our in-person services are suspended, are you looking for something to do to help your Church once public services start up? Several positions are currently open.

Please contact our office if you are able to spare a few hours at

Facebook Caretaker - Looking for a person to take care of our Facebook Page: changing profile and cover page as the seasons change, creating and adding event pictures to albums, loading videos, and posting special notices of our happenings.

Trinity Youth Group Mentor - Will Chaney will be leaving the Canterbury House and heading back to school. We wish him well and a big thank you for the fine commitment to our middle school and high school kids. If you would like to work with our Youth Group next year, please contact Fr. Rob at
TEST Tidbits

Many thanks to Ellyn Owen, who regularly writes this “TEST Tidbits” column. To give Ellyn a little break, here is a poem for our times.

COVID-19, the Planet, and Us

  • An obscure, humble microbe with which we’re “invirable”
  • is making the life of a hermit desirable.
  • A coronavirus named “COVID-19”
  • is forcing the world into self-quarantine.
  • This lowly sub-life form is ruling our lives,
  • forcing us to act fast so our species survives.
  • (In “War of the Worlds” didn’t microbes rule thus?
  • But—heavens—in this case, the “aliens” are us!)
  • We’re washing our hands, using hand sanitizer,
  • staying six feet apart; wearing masks, even wiser!
  • We leave our homes only for doctors or food
  • and know a handshake would be considered rude.
  • We watch TV updates from Docs Adams and Fauci.
  • We home-school our kids, and try not to get grouchy.
  • We stay out of church, though we miss every face,
  • and follow instructions to shelter in place.
  • At home we’re much closer than we can remember.
  • (So look for a baby boom: say, ‘round December?)
  • We laud “essential workers” who toil for our sake,
  • and stitch all the cloth masks home sewing can make.
  • With shutdowns and layoffs; the stock market tanking—
  • if we still have income, we’ve reason for thanking!
  • We seek ways to help those less lucky than we
  • and appreciate help that is given out free.
  • We hear of more illnesses, deaths, and the pain;
  • we give our kids hugs; call our parents again.
  • Besides loving more all the folk that we miss,
  • is there any good that can come out of this?
  • Mother Nature has ways of ingathering her chicks
  • ‘neath her nurturing wings, an imbalance to fix.
  • Could this be her wisdom just setting things right
  • when our carbon output had soared out of sight?
  • Can it be that an enforced Earth Sabbath was due—
  • so the Earth might relax, take a breath, and renew?
  • The veneer of hyped commerce we’ve wrapped ‘round the Earth—
  • which extracts Earth’s life blood without counting its worth—
  • has long needed a “brake” on such onslaught on Nature.
  • Could the Coronavirus fit that nomenclature?
  • It has stymied stock markets, made havoc of trade
  • (but made heroes of workers who’ve come to our aid).
  • With less flying, and cars parked in driveways at home;
  • cruise ships docked in ports so the virus won’t roam;
  • and less shopping, less shipping, and less stuff produced—
  • our carbon emissions may be much reduced!
  • And maybe less plastic poured into the seas?
  • And perhaps fewer neonics killing off bees?
  • Less-acidic oceans? Less bleaching of corals?
  • Fewer big fires and bad storms—and hey: better morals?
  • If the shock of this virus makes us more aware
  • of the need to use less, to share more, and to care,
  • then this pandemic now bringing great pain and sorrow—
  • Love may grant leads us to a more kindly tomorrow!

Version #1c; subject to further revision by author.
Nancy Hanson, 4/10/20

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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, Treasurer ‘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, April 16
10 a.m. - Kids Story Time - Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, April 17
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, April 18
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, April 19
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom

Monday, April 20
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Tuesday, April 21
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
1 p.m., Food Pantry

Wednesday, April 22
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray
4:00 p.m., Friendship Circle – Zoom
7 p.m., Evening Prayer – Livestream

Thursday, April 23
10 a.m., Story Time for Kids – Livestream
9 p.m., Tea and Compline at Canterbury House – Livestream

Friday, April 24
6 a.m., Pump 'n' Pray

Saturday, April 25
9 a.m., Organ Practice
10 a.m., Food Pantry

Sunday, April 26
10:30 a.m., Morning Prayer and Music Concert – Livestream
4:30 p.m., Youth Group – Zoom
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