Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church 
5 July 2020
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.\
~~Collect for Fifth Sunday after Pentecos

Worship With Us at Trinity Church

All are invited to join our services online while the church buildings are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, July 5:  5th Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 10 AM: 
Roy MacApline, officiating

George Chien, preaching 
This is a Standing Meeting. The log-in and password are the same every week.
Join Zoom Meeting via computer/tablet
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696

Password: 780651

Dial in by phone
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696
Password: 780651
Thursday , July 9 
Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:  
 Jon Widing, Officiating 
This is a Standing Meeting. The log-in and password are the same every week.

Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM: 
Join Zoom Meeting via computer/tablet  
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Dial in by phone 
Meeting ID: 597 938 892 
Password: 323842   
ECCT Independence Day Prayers
A Special Liturgy Affirming our Commitment to Racial Justice and the Black Lives Matter Movement

This Independence Day, join Bishop Diocesan the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Suffragan the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, and special guests for a liturgy affirming our commitment to racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement on July 4, 9:00 a.m.

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

A Fond Farewell to Father Norman and An Opportunity to Make a Gift in His Honor
The Interim Priest-in-Charge's Last Sunday with Us, 28 June 2020.

Father Norman MacLeod preached his last sermon for us and celebrated his last eucharist with us by Zoom on Sunday.  After worship, his very eventful time at Trinity was honored with song, stories, blessings, and congratulations to him and to his spouse, Elizabeth, as they depart Connecticut and begin their life in full retirement in Rhode Island.

Father Norman has seen Trinity Church through a time of transition marked not just by the expected need to find a new rector and get the church ready to receive that person, but, most unexpectedly, by a global pandemic that has required a complete re-thinking of every aspect of church life and ministry.  And then, in the midst of that, came a national, local, and even world-wide awakening around issues of racism and police brutality.  In all this Norman has led us with a prophetic voice, a pastor's heart, and a graceful, calm, generous, and caring spirit.  Many members of Trinity took the opportunity to thank him personally for his ministry among us.  And the church has chosen to honor him with gifts to Foodshare.

As the Vestry wrote to the congregation on June 15:

"Although we cannot gather in person to present a farewell gift, we invite you to take this opportunity to demonstrate how much Father Norman has meant to all of us.  Please consider making a contribution to Foodshare in his honor, to acknowledge the first of steadfast service, love, and sacramental presence that Fr. Norman has given Trinity Church through  our time together.

"If you would like to participate, please make your check payable to Foodshare and mail it to:

450 Woodland Avenue
Bloomfield, CT  06002-1342

"Please note In Honor of Rev. MacLeod -- Trinity Church, Hartford in the memo line."

If you were unable to attend the zoom service on the 28th, and would still like to convey thanks and blessings to the MacLeods, please convey your words to the church office by mail or email, and we will be sure to forward them to Father Norman.

Farewell to Father Norman, Sunday, 28 June.

A Tribute Song for Father Norman MacLeod
As written by Mark MacGougan and performed by Jack Merrill on Sunday, June 28th.

(Based on the famous, "American Pie", by Don McLain)

You should be able to hear that tune in your head.  And once you have, you won't be able to get it out again for some time.   
You're Welcome!) 
A long long time ago
I can still remember how
We waited for an interim
Our expectations were the least
A maybe-breathing, part-time priest
To shed a ray of light, however dim.
Through spring and summer, we remember
Had to wait until September
No one on our guest list
Natives getting restless
I can't remember what we feared 
When we heard his voice and saw his beard
But somehow all the darkness cleared
The time MacLeod appeared
Now we're singin'
Bye, Bye, Hope to see you around
Drove my Hyundai there on Sunday, but the place was shut down
Still by Zoom and Grace comes an encouraging sound
Sayin', this'll be a star in your crown
This'll be a star in your crown.
He threw himself into our life
We loved his dog, we loved his wife
He preached and taught and spun the plates
Jaunty but not cavalier
In charge but fellow traveler
And who is this who seems to have these traits?
A reckoning was coming soon
To complicate our honeymoon
And when it started stormin'
We had to look to Norman
We were flyin' high then crashin' down
Cause a deadly virus with a novel crown
Paid a visit to our town
The time MacLeod appeared
We started singin'
Bye, Bye, Hope to see you around
Drove my Hyundai there on Sunday, but the place was shut down
Still by Zoom and Grace comes an encouraging sound
Sayin', this'll be a star in your crown
This'll be a star in your crown.
It was a year disastrous
But troubles couldn't master us
And now we need to look ahead
The time has come to say So Long
And thank God that your arm was strong
And wish we could forget the year instead
But look around, the place is boomin'
The porch is fixed, the students Zoomin'
So Thank You to our foreman
We got here thanks to Norman
Thank you for the toil and sweat
We are ever in your debt
None of us will soon forget
The time MacLeod appeared.
And we'll be singin'
Bye, Bye, Hope to see you around
Drove my Hyundai there on Sunday, but the place was shut down
Still by Zoom and Grace comes an encouraging sound
Sayin', this'll be a star in your crown
This'll be a star in your crown.

Zoom Forum on Racism
July 12 after Morning Prayer

We've heard several challenging sermons about racism since the murder of George Floyd. But, because we're physically separated, we haven't had much chance to talk to each other about how these painful events are affecting us.   

On Sunday, July 12, there will be a Sunday Forum following our Zoom worship. It won't be a presentation by any individual. Instead, it will be a chance to talk to each other about our own experiences of racism and how we're dealing with this heightened awareness of our racist society.  No advice, no discussion - just people sharing their experiences and feelings, while our brothers and sisters in this community listen.

Please join us if you can.

Farewell to Father Norman, Sunday, 28 June.

Outreach Team Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm, Via Zoom
Outreach Team quarterly meeting - All are invited to the zoom meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm - we will be discussing current outreach activities and considering new outreach activities which can include supporting actions through people power and financial assistance.  Outreach is one of the ways the people of Trinity are the hands of Jesus in our local and world neighborhood.  If you are interested in what Trinity is doing for outreach and or have ideas of how to expand outreach please join us for this meeting.  A Zoom link will be sent to all on Tuesday July 14th. For more information you can contact Lily Miller at<mailto:> or 860-916-1994 both phone and text,  (and leave message if no answer to phone).

 A zoom link will be sent to all on Tuesday July 14th

Worship in the Garden, July 19th & 26th
8 AM In-Person Spoken Morning Prayer

In the next step of our phased re-gathering of the congregation at the Campus of Trinity Church, in-person worship will begin again, weather permitting, on Sunday, July 19th, at 8 AM in the Memorial Garden, and continuing the following Sunday, July 26th, for a Farewell to our Minister of Music, Jack Merrill, in person at 8 AM, and by Zoom from the Holtkamp Organ in the gallery at Trinity Church.

Social distancing will be practiced in the Garden.  Masks will be required of all participants.  If you cannot or will not wear a face covering for the duration of the service, you are welcome as always to join our Zoom service on-line at 10 AM.  Children too young to wear masks should stay home.  The Nursery will not be available.  The restrooms off the Narthex will be open, but the rest of the building will remain off-limits. All participants are asked to enter through the Garden Gate on Sigourney St., just north of the Bell Tower.  In the event of rain, the in-person services will be cancelled.  Zoom services will continue.  Any cancellation will be announced through email and posted on the church website.

Following the guidance of our CT government and bishops, and the best available guidance from the CDC and from national church music organizations, there will be no singing.  Morning Prayer is, of course, a non-eucharistic service.  There will be no passing of the peace, or personal greetings before or after the service.  People who do not live together will be seated at least six feet apart.

These restrictions are put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Many have expressed a deep desire to gather with friends in this sacred place, even under these conditions.  Others have expressed an unwillingness to return to in-person worship even with these precautions.

Our process of regathering continues.  It is our hope as summer turns to fall, as a new rector eventually joins us, and, God willing, as the number of cases of Covid-19 continue to decline, to be able to hold weekly services in the Nave, with live-streaming and Zoom options available to those who need or prefer them.  But we'll begin next month with this small yet momentous step.

Please keep the date and time in mind.  Whether you plan to join us in person or not, the congregation and its worship leaders ask your prayers and support.  And we thank you for your patience, your kindness, and your faithfulness in these unprecedented times.
Farewell to Father Norman, 28 June 2020.

What Matters to 
Trinity Academy 

Each morning, Trinity starts its school day with the 40 bright and happy faces of our amazing students, either in person or virtually. They are the faces of hope and promise. Our mission is to help change the cycle of inner city poverty through intensive academics, enrichment, nurture, and empowerment. We share this mission with our local affiliated NativityMiguel middle schools, Grace Academy and Covenant Preparatory School. Together we work to ensure these values for our students and alums. So far, we have shown great success.

With the overwhelming majority of our students identifying as Black, the past month has caused all of us to question how ready our world is to allow our stars to go off into it and flourish. We have always seen our students going forward into a promising future, but understand that there continue to be systemic restrictions and biases. May this time of upheaval be a wake-up call to these devastating truths, and allow for real change to happen.

As Trinity Academy approaches its seventh year as an elementary school, we hold true to our mission and continue to educate our students in ways that will empower them, not silence them. Please help us continue to make the future that much brighter and promising for our students, and keep the positive momentum going in support of the BlackLivesMatter movement. Together, true change happens!


Allison Bernhard

Donna Colliton
Executive Director - Administration & Development

 Bible Study via Zoom,
Tuesdays at 5:15 PM

Dear Everyone ~
Thank you to all who responded!
We meet on Tuesdays, at 5:15 pm. There is room for more at our Trinity Bible study through Zoom! 
We will meet on Tuesday, June 2 at 5:15 pm. There is room for more at our Trinity Bible study through Zoom!
We will use a cool approach created by folks at Yale specifically for parishes, and requiring no previous academic study. You can check it out at . (Please do! It's pretty interesting.) Each meeting starts with a conversational introduction to the subject from two faculty members, then offers discussion questions, and options for further reading. I find the curriculum both accessible and flexible. We can do as much or as little as we like with each session. It's up to us to use it in a way that works for us.
To enroll please send me an email or call me, Roy McAlpine, at, or by phone at (860) 338-4525.

Prayer Requests
Although we are not physically in the church, we can continue to take prayer requests and put them in our Sunday leaflet. Please contact Barbara Roos at with any names you would like added.


Weekly Calendar
Sunday, July 5th   - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
       10:00 A.M.  Morning Prayer-  via Zoom
Monday, July 6th
Tuesday, July 7th
      5:15 P.M.  Bible Study - via Zoom
       8:00 P.M.  RSCM Course - via Zoom
Wednesday, July 8th  
       7:00 P.M.  Campus Re-gathering Task Force - via Zoom
       7:00 P.M.  Property Team Meeting - via Zoom
Thursday, July 9th
       12:00 Noon  Noonday Prayer -  via Zoom
Friday, July 10th    
Saturday, July 11th  
       10:00 A.M.  Sanctuary Stitchers
Sunday, July 12th  - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
       10:00 A.M. - via Zoom
  Zoom Forum on Racism after Coffee Hour

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Phone: 860.527.8133
Fax: 860.527.2863
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A last Staff Meeting with Father Norman.