11 April 2021
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.

~~Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter

Non Nobis Domine - Rosephanye Powell (feat. The Choir School of Hartford + guests)

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, April 11: Second Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden, 8 AM
with Communion in one kind (bread only)

Rev. D. Presiding

George Chien Preaching

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM by YouTube

Rev. D. Presiding

George Chien Preaching

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM Livestreamed on YouTube followed by Greeting Time, Coffee Hour, and Adult Forum on Zoom

As the Postlude ends, all are invited to log onto zoom for a time of large group greeting followed by a short small group coffee hour and Adult Forum.

Parking lot drive-through Communion distribution (bread only) from the elements consecrated at the 10am service. 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday, April 15

Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

George Chien Officiating

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Adult Christian Formation: Sunday, April 11
Join Rev. D for a very relevant conversation:

“Living Easter in the Midst of a Pandemic”

As we celebrate the second Easter season with the Covid-19 pandemic impacting almost every aspect of our lives, how do we live into the joy, hope, and new life of the season? You are invited to join in a time of reflection around “Living Easter in the midst of a pandemic” led by Rev. D. after the 10am service on April 11th

The discussion will take place over Zoom after the April 11th 10:00 am YouTube service.

An Easter Message from Our Bishops

Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). John 20: 15-16

The exchange between Jesus and Mary in the garden is perhaps one of the most pastoral and loving images in all scripture. There is Mary, weeping at her loss, the depth of her grief is palpable and real. And then the Lord, the risen Lord speaks her name, “Mary.” You can hear his tone of love and hope reaching out to her. Do her tears of sadness turn to tears of joy? She sees the Lord, she hears his voice, she knows the Resurrection is true -new life, and new hope, a journey forward to God’s true future.

This past year we have all done a lot of weeping. We have wept at the loss of loved ones. We have wept during illness, grief, and confusion. We have wept as we watched essential workers risk their own personal safety to meet the needs of others. Some of us have been those vital, essential workers. We have wept at the loss of countless hopes and dreams -ours, those of our communities, and those of our churches. We have wept over the loss of hopes and dreams we have not yet been able to imagine. Some days we have just wept, not even knowing why.

We have wept at the injustices we have seen around us – the realities of food insecurity and the vulnerability of meeting basic human needs because of lost employment and/or economic insecurity. We grieve the deaths of those whose lives were taken by the realities of racism, white supremacy, and anti-black violence.  Sadly, the deadly mix of racism, gun violence and misogyny was recently brought home to us in the killings in Atlanta, GA a short time ago; followed up by yet another gun violence tragedy in Boulder, CO last week. And just this week we are reminded of the murder of George Floyd as the trial of Derek Chauvin begins - and we weep again.

Into this world of despair and death, Jesus speaks his heart of love to us. He calls us by name. Each one of us - by name. Each one of us -known by him, loved by him. He is overjoyed at the mere existence of our being. We are his delight. And to his delight he offers the truth revealed in the Resurrection. New life, and new hope.

New life and new hope - we are buoyed up by a lightness where there has been weight before. Some of this lightness we feel in the new hope of vaccines. We see the possibility of new life in our ongoing commitment (albeit just the first few steps) to work against racial injustice. Let us not lose sight of the fact that the true lightness comes from God who is and the source of new life and new hope. The joy of the Resurrection is true. New life and new hope are ours because we walk with Jesus. There is indeed a new day and it is a new day with Jesus. May we embrace this walk with joy! May we seek always to follow the light of Jesus, to walk in that light, and to share that light with others in word and deed. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!


The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan

The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan

Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday at Trinity Church 2021

Black Lives Matter to God and to Us

If you’ve driven down Sigourney St. by the Church this week you may have noticed a new addition to the close: a 4x6 sign that reads “Black Lives Matter to God and to Us” While there may be disagreement about various political strategies that have been lumped under the umbrella of the Black Lives Matter movement, our sign is not about endorsing any particular political strategy or tactic. Instead, the sign is an outward and visible symbol of the commitment that we have made at Trinity Church to continue to do the work of dismantling white supremacy, racism, and anti-Black violence in ourselves and in our neighborhood. Putting up the sign is one way of embodying our commitment. What other ways might we continue to live into the commitments of our Baptism to “see and serve Christ in all person, loving our neighbor as ourselves” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every being?

Black Lives Matter to God. Black Lives Matter to Us.

May God who has given us the will to persevere on this journey give us the grace and power to live like it!

COVID Vaccine Scheduling Assistance
If you or a loved one are having difficulty with trying to schedule a COVID vaccine, please contact the Rev. D. Littlepage at
Dlittlepage at Trinityhartford.org or on her cell: 860-986-3289. She will get you in touch with someone who can help.

A notice from the Standing Committee
of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

April 7, 2021

To the Bishops, Clergy, and People of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut:

Today, the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. announced his intention to retire as Bishop Diocesan effective October 2022. In consultation with the bishops, the Standing Committee issues this notice to announce the anticipated vacancy in the office of Bishop Diocesan.

We have begun the steps required by the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut; (Canon XVI: Section 1-8), for the Bishop Transition Process. As part of that process, we call for the formation of a Bishop Transition Committee (“BTC”), which will be responsible for the nomination of candidates for XVI Bishop Diocesan, the consecration of the new bishop, and the transition process generally. 

“The BTC shall consist of twenty-four members who are adult communicants in good standing, or members of the clergy in good standing canonically resident in our Diocese, selected as follows:

A)   Twelve members selected by the Regions, with each Region selecting one lay person who is a member of a Parish or Worshipping Community in the Region, and one clergy person living or working in the Region;
B)   Twelve members selected by the Mission Council from a pool of twenty-four lay or clergy persons nominated by the Standing Committee, giving priority to members of the Diocesan Ministry Networks; the resulting group of 12 shall include at least four lay persons and at least four clergy persons.” 
(Canon XVI:2) 

We request persons interested in being nominated by the Standing Committee to serve on the BTC to submit their names, parish or worshiping community affiliation, contact information (daytime phone, email, and mailing address), and a statement (no more than one paragraph) outlining the assets they would bring to the Bishop Transition Process.  Please submit this information to the Secretary of the Standing Committee, Nancy Staniewicz at staniewicz@sbcglobal.net no later than April 19, 2021 at 12 pm.  

The Standing Committee will review the submissions and will nominate 24 candidates to the Mission Council by April 22, 2021, giving priority to members of the Diocesan Ministry Networks as required by Canon XVI, Section 2(B). The Mission Council will then select 12 members of the BTC from the Standing Committee’s pool of twenty-four nominees by April 26, 2021 and submit them to the Secretary of the Diocese, The Rev. Sandra Cosman.  The Regions will also submit the names of the members of the BTC that each Region has selected to the Secretary of the Diocese by April 26, 2021.  

The Bishop Transition Committee for the Election of the XVI Bishop Diocesan will be announced to the diocese by April 27, 2021 and the first meeting will be convened by the President of the Standing Committee, The Rev. Rowena Kemp, on May 6, 2021. 

The Standing Committee has also consulted with and advised Bishop Ian on the electing Convention for the XVI Bishop Diocesan, and have consented to holding that convention on May 21, 2022. 

We thank Bishop Ian for his faithful and innovative service to our diocese, and we ask that you pray for the leaders who will be raised up in the process.


The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

The Rev. Rowena Kemp, President               Nancy Staniewicz, Secretary
The Rev. Peggy Hodgkins                              Pam Williams
The Rev. Amjad Samuel                                Denise Welsh
The Rev. Mark Byers                                     Kevin Fenner
The Rev. Darryl Burke                                   A. Bates Lyons
The Rev. Geoff Hahneman                             Thom Hagerth

Easter Sunday at Trinity Church.

Women Together
On April 27th, Women Together will begin a 6-week study of The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels, “an intellectually elegant, concise study” evoking the world of early Christianity.
WT meets weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00-3:15 pm, bringing together women from Trinity, St. John’s, St. Monica’s, and friends. This series will be the last of the program year.
If you’d like a link for these Zoom meetings, please contact Enid Oberholtzer (tomenidjas@aol.com) or Heather Kramer (heatherjk1989@gmail.com)

Life in the Spirit Book Group

You’re invited
In response to a conversation with Al Shuckra last May, a small group of Trinity parishioners decided to read and discuss “The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr, meeting by Zoom every Monday evening for an hour, over a number of months. The last chapter we read together the week after Al died.
Our experience was so rich that we’ve decided to continue. We have just finished our third book, “Beginning to Pray” by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom.
We’d like to invite you to join us in reading and discussing our next book, “Listening to the Heartbeat of God : A Celtic Spirituality” by the Rev. Dr. J. Philip Newell. “Listening for the Heartbeat of God presents a spirituality for today, modeled on the vital characteristics of Celtic spirituality through the centuries. Here is an emphasis on the essential goodness of creation and of humanity made in the image of God. This book traces the lines of Celtic spirituality from the British church in the fourth century through to the twentieth century, in the founder of the Iona Community, George Macleod.”
We meet Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via Zoom, beginning again with our new book on Monday, April 5, 2021.
For more information, contact Drew Smith at ktadsmith@comcast.net or 860-331-9021.

Companions of the Holy Cross Open Meeting: 

19 April 10:00-12:00
Newcomers are always welcome!
The Companions of the Holy Cross invite the women of the parish to a book discussion of "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.   We will discuss this best selling book in hopes of understanding this controversial topic better.

Please contact Kate Smith at Kate48smith@comcast.net for details.

Trinity Book Group: May 7

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is the featured work for the next meeting of Trinity's Book Group, on May 7th. The novel, set in modern day India, is described as “equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama”, and “explores how the small things affect people's behavior and their lives”. It won the Booker Prize in 1997. Book Group welcomes all comers - whether for one meeting or on a regular basis. The meeting on Friday, May 7th, 7 - 8 pm, will be via Zoom. Please contact Linda MacGougan at macgougans@gmail.com to receive a link.

Volunteers in the Memorial Garden. 8 April 2021.
News from the Diocese

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, April 11th             Second Sunday of Easter
     8:00 A.M.   Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
   10:00 A.M.    Holy Eucharist Rite II (YouTube)
      11:00 A.M.      Adult Christian Formation:
                               Living Easter in the midst of a pandemic, Rev D (Zoom)
      12:30 – 1:30 Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)
Monday, April 12th          
      7:30 P.M.     Life in the Spirit Book Club (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 13th          
      2:00 P.M.     Women Together (Trinity, St. Monica’s, St. John’s) (Zoom)
      5:15 P.M.     Bible Study (Zoom)
      6:00 P.M.     Choir School Rehearsal (Church)
Wednesday, April 14th
       7:00 P.M.    Property Team Meeting (Zoom)
       7:00 P.M.    Outreach Meeting (Zoom)
Thursday, April 15th
       12:00 P.M.    Noonday Prayer Service (Zoom)  
          6:00 P.M.   Choir School Rehearsal (Church)

Saturday, April 17th
        2:00 P.M.   Church by the Pond (Bushnell Park)
                           Rev. D presiding
Sunday, April 18th           Third Sunday of Easter
         8:00 A.M.     Holy Eucharist Rite II (Memorial Garden)
       10:00 A.M.     Holy Eucharist Rite II (YouTube)
      11:30 – 12:30   Distribution of Communion (Farmington Ave. Parking Lot)

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