21 March 2021
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~~Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, March 21: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Call-In Morning Prayer, 8 AM

Rev. D. Officiating
Rev. Dr. Frank Kirkpatrick Preaching

Dial in by phone


Meeting ID: 881 9858 5999

Please note that if you are calling in from a land line long distance charges may apply.

Holy Eucharist at 10 AM by YouTube

Rev. D. Presiding
Rev. Dr. Frank Kirkpatrick Preaching

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

If you would like, you are invited to sign onto zoom beginning at 9:55 in order to be able to see and chat with other people while we worship together on YouTube.

(Note: The service will not be streamed into Zoom. Please make sure that you are not in full screen mode in zoom and that you have a browser window open next to your zoom window that is playing the service from YouTube.)

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.

Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696

Password: 780651

Dial in by phone
Meeting ID: 810 5750 5696
Password: 780651
We are so glad that you are joining us as we continue to try new ways of worshipping together. As we journey through the cycle of trying something new, listening to and reflecting on our experiences, and adjusting things for a new try, we acknowledge that the changes may cause some confusion and perhaps frustration. We hope that you are still able to find joy in worshipping God in community, and we encourage you to reach out to Rev. D (860-986-3289 or dlittlepage at trinityhartford.org) to share your thoughts and experiences.

Please Note: if you call in on a land line, long distance charges may apply.
Asylum Hill Sunrise. Photo Credit: Milo Evica, shared with love to all!
Thursday, March 25

Noon Prayer Via Zoom, Live at 12 PM:

Rev. D. Officiating

This is a Standing Meeting.
The log-in and password will remain the same each week.
Join Zoom Meeting via computer or tablet

Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842
Dial in
929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 597 938 892
Password: 323842

Please Note: if you call in on a land line, long distance charges may apply.

Adult Christian Formation, March 21

Forum on the 2021 Trinity Church Budget
following the 10 AM service on Sunday, March 21
On March 21, our treasurer Casey Rousseau, will present the highlights of the 2021 budget approved by vestry at its February meeting. Tune in to our Zoom forum and find out how Trinity's finances are in the time of COVID-19. Hear about our financial strengths and challenges.

Communal Prayer Video

From now until March 31st, Michelle Horsley is accepting video submissions of the Lord's Prayer, to be compiled into a communal prayer video. To participate, simply film yourself reciting the Lord's Prayer and email it to mhorsley@trinityhartford.org or text to Michelle Horsley at (727) 7767-2465. If you're filming on a cell phone, please angle the phone horizontally and choose a quiet, well-lit room. These videos will be compiled and turned into a communal prayer, which will be aired during the Easter Sunday livestream. Please join us!

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.

Let's Fight Hunger With Every Bouquet Sold!
Stop & Shop is helping Loaves & Fishes by designating this organization as the beneficiary of their Bloomin' 4 Good campaign during the month of March! 

Each time a shopper purchases the $9.99 Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker at 150 New Park Ave., Hartford Stop & Shop location during the month of March, Loaves & Fishes will receive a $1 donation.
Every bouquet sold provides meals to someone in need –
It's as simple as that!
Help us spread the word about this great program and how it will benefit Loaves & Fishes. Tell your friends, buy a floral bouquet (or two!) to expand the impact on fighting hunger in our community!
Remember: the more people who know about this opportunity the more donations Loaves & Fishes will receive, and the more people they can feed!

Christ Church Cathedral Drive to
Support the Capital Community College Panty.

In-person drop offs at the dates/times listed will be in the alley between the Cathedral and the Parish House. Volunteers will be available to receive products as a drive through, with no contact.
If you would like to participate but cannot in-person, online purchases of hygiene products may be sent to:
Christ Church Cathedral
(Attn: Deacon Bonnie Matthews)
45 Church Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Robin in the Memorial Garden.

Lenten Series:
Bringing Prayer to Life

Wednesdays 24 Feburary through 24 March

Join us on Wednesdays from 7-8pm on zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82087691272 for this year’s Lenten series, Bringing Prayer to Life. We will explore the treasures that Book of Common Prayer has to offer beyond Sunday morning worship. We will also explore ways that Book of Common Prayer can serve as a foundation to launch us into other types of prayer. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 820 8769 1272

Follow-up information from the 2/21 Open Forum on Racial Disparities in Health:

The Connecticut State Legislature will consider SB 842 during this legislative session. If enacted, this bill will expand access to health insurance in Connecticut by offering a “public option” health insurance plan. This would allow many people with limited income and no health insurance to purchase insurance they can afford. Let your state senator know if you support this bill.

Advocacy for Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

The Trinity Community for Racial Justice would like to continue to share resources on our current focus topic, disparities in healthcare” for the remainder of Lent.
This information in the graphic was published recently by the YWCA of Hartford, and if you use this link you can register to join their advocacy to create a community without racism.

Email Spam Reminder

There has been another increase in spam emails purporting to be coming from Rev. D.

Please remember that Rev. D. will never email you asking you to purchase gift cards, or to urgently email back but not call. If it’s urgent Rev. D will call you and will not request that you not call. An easy way to check the validity of an email is to check the ‘from’ email address. Finally, if there is any doubt, DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EMAIL. Instead, call or text Rev. D. at 860-986-3289.

Women Together
Women Together begins a 7-week series on February 16th with The Meaning of Mary Magdalene; Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity. The author is Episcopal priest, retreat leader and lecturer Cynthia Bourgeault. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schiori describes the book as "a remarkable invitation into the origins and wisdom of Christianity, through the apostolic witness of Mary Magdalene". Women from Trinity, St. Monica's, and St. John's currently participate in WT, and all are welcome to join, whether for this series alone, or longer. Meetings are weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays, from 2:00-3:15 pm. For more information, and to receive a link, please contact Heather Kramer (kramerheather1989@yahoo.com) or Enid Oberholtzer (tomenidjas@aol.com).

Memorial Garden Committee Seeking Volunteers
With the blessing of the Vestry, Erica Weinstock has agreed to chair the newly forming Memorial Garden Committee to shepherd the care and maintenance of the Memorial Garden and the Sigourney Street gardens adjacent to the main entrance to the Nave.
Erica is looking forward to working in the garden with all who would like to participate in a new season of working outside together. She plans to meet in the garden on Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:00 am to discuss ideas. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, please drop Erica a note with your thoughts; suggestions for alternate meeting times that might be more convenient; and if you know of anyone interested in joining the team. Erica can be reached at ericajw@mac.com .

Trinity Book Group
“Animals don’t exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.” So writes Helen Macdonald, author of Vesper Flights, the book to be discussed at the next meeting of Trinity's Book Group on Friday, March 26th.
The book contains short essays on topics ranging from the migration of songbirds to hunting mushrooms, in a style described as “breathtaking” and “dazzling”.
All are most welcome to join in this Zoom meeting, starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about an hour. For a link, please contact Linda MacGougan at macgougans@gmail.com

Blessing of the Palms - March 27th, 3:00 pm, Farmington Ave. parking lot
The prelude to Holy Week begins with a short service of Blessing of the Palms in the parking lot followed by distribution of palms from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm.
Palm Sunday - March 28th, 10 am, livestreamed
Join us for a worship service on Palm Sunday, with palm waving from the organ loft and hymns led by choristers in the Mogor family. This service will feature traditional hymns (All Glory, Laud, and Honor; O Sacred Head Now Wounded; My Song is Love Unknown; Ah, Holy Jesus) and the anthem Hosanna to the Son of David by Daniel Moe, in collaboration with Emanuel Lutheran Church.
We end this service on a solemn note, as we enter into Holy Week. 
Maundy Thursday - April 1st, 7:00 pm, livestreamed
This service will feature a trio of Choir School officers singing Ubi Caritas by Mary Lynn Lightfoot, a collaborative bell choir offering of Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word, as well as all the choristers singing an arrangement of What Wondrous Love is This. The congregation is invited to join in singing When Jesus Left His Father's Throne, Let Us Break Bread Together, and Go to Dark Gethsemane. This service ends with the stripping of the altar, accompanied by the mystique of Olivier Messiaen's music. 
Good Friday - April 2nd, 7:00 pm, livestreamed
The choristers and adult choir members will present When Jesus Wept by William Billings. Adult choir members, joined by the community, will also sing the hauntingly beautiful spiritual, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? 
Easter Vigil - April 3rd, 7:30 pm, livestreamed
This service will begin outside, by fire light, as per ancient Christian tradition, and then continue livestreamed from the sanctuary. Each lesson will be followed by a musical response as the story of salvation is told. 
Easter Sunday - April 4th
8:00 am, in the Memorial Garden
HE Rite II with communion in one kind (bread only)
10:00am, livestreamed
The joyous celebration of Easter will include special music by the Choir School of Hartford, joined by guests, singing Rosephanye Powell's Non Nobis Domine. With traditional hymns and triumphant organ music, we invite you to join us online for this most special service.
11:30am – 12:30pm
Parking lot drive-through Communion distribution (bread only) from the elements consecrated at the 10am service.

Life in the Spirit Book Group Resumes April 5th

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
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.

Sunday, March 14th 2021. Lent Four at Trinity Church on YouTube.

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, March 21st         The Fifth Sunday in Lent
        8:00 A.M. Call-in Morning Prayer – Phone call
      10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II – Spiritual Communion (via YouTube);
                           The Rev. D. Littlepage, Presiding; The Rev. Frank Kirkpatrick,
                           Preaching; Coffee Hour and Forum: Trinity Church Budget
Monday, March 22nd
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy - in person learning
Tuesday, March 23rd         
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy – in person learning
      2:00 P.M. Women Together (w/ St. John’s and St. Monica’s) via Zoom
      5:15 P.M. Bible Study via Zoom
      6:00 P.M. Choir School rehearsal – Church
Wednesday, March 24th  
       7:00 P.M. Lenten series: Bringing Prayer to Life - Zoom
Thursday, March 25th     
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy – in person learning
      12:00 P.M. Noonday Prayer – Zoom
        6:00 P.M. Choir School rehearsal – Church
Friday, March 26th 
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy – in person learning
7:00 P.M. Trinity Church Book Group -Zoom
Saturday, March 27th
       10:00 A.M. Sanctuary Stichers – Zoom 
3:00 P.M. Blessing of the Palms – Parking lot
        3:00 P.M. – 5:00 PM – Distribution of blessed palms – Parking lot
Sunday, March 28th       Palm Sunday
      8:00 A.M. Call-In Morning Prayer – Phone Call
    10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II – Spiritual Communion via YouTube
                        Zoom Coffee Hour

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