28 February 2021
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

~~Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent

Worship With Us at Trinity Church
Sunday, February 28: Second Sunday in Lent

Call-In Morning Prayer, 8 AM

Rev. D. Preaching and Officiating

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

The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas Preaching and Presiding

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

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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.
Thursday, March 4

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
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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.

Anthem from Sunday, 21 February 2021.

Bishop Visitation

We are excited that Bishop Ian Douglas will be preaching and presiding at our live-streamed 10AM service on February 28th. During the service he will also confirm Jane Mogor and Margaret Rousseau After the service he will lead a special Adult Forum “Chat with the Bishop” where he will share about what’s happening across the Episcopal Church in Connecticut and answer questions from the congregation. You don’t want to miss this worship service (on YouTube) and Forum (on Zoom)!
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. is the XV Bishop Diocesan of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, serving approximately 168 parishes and faith communities in the state of Connecticut. Elected in October 2009, he was ordained bishop in April 2010. Douglas Came to Connecticut from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity for over two decades. He has been active in the wider Episcopal Church as a member of The Executive Council, Chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, and founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. Douglas formerly served on the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion and represented The Episcopal Church on the Anglican Consultative Council. He is a widely published author and speaker on topics related to missiology, the missional Church, history of The Episcopal Church, contemporary Anglicanism, and world Christianity.


The prayers of Trinity Church are with Cathy Rowe in the death of her father, Joseph Negrelli Jr., who passed into eternal life on February 23rd.

Father of all, we pray to you for Joseph, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

~~Book of Common Prayer

Virtual Event: Conversation on PBS's
"The Black Church"

Join us on Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm EST for a virtual event reflecting on the recent PBS film series The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.

In partnership with THIRTEEN, Union Theological Seminary will screen highlights from the film series and then hear from Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union, and Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, and Kimberley Gordy, 2nd-year Union M.Div. student. The evening conversation will be moderated by, Jenna Flanagan, host of MetroFocus on THIRTEEN. Both Dean Douglas and Dr. Sorett are featured in the film.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, an intimate four-hour series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiered on PBS on February 16 and 17. The film explores the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. You can view the full series here:


THIRTEEN is one of America’s most respected and innovative public media providers. A member of The WNET Group family of companies, THIRTEEN is a unique cultural and educational institution that harnesses the power of television and electronic media to inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. The flagship public television station of the New York City tri-state area and the most-watched public television channel in the nation, THIRTEEN reaches millions of people with programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites people of all ages to have fun while learning.

Church by the Pond: 20 February 2021.
Rev. D. led the service. Outreach volunteers distributed lunches along with hats and scarves made by the Sanctuary Stitchers.

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 Hartford Region YWCA has developed a toolkit to assist people in reaching out to local and state leaders to call for them to address racism by declaring racism a public health emergency. The toolkit can be accessed here.

Please take the time to explore the toolkit and take action!

Rooted in Hope in a Time of Anxiety: A Day for Laity

Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Are you growing weary of life in “COVID-time?” Would you benefit from a Lenten Retreat?
Join our bishops and laity from across ECCT for a day of spiritual refreshment and learning. Living in the midst of chronic anxiety impacts all of us; our relationships with our children, spouses/partners, family, friends, colleagues, and faith communities. Together we will learn about the predictable ways humans react to chronic anxiety from Dr. David Olsen, a nationally recognized expert on the impact of anxiety on families and churches. We will also explore patterns of behavior that can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Interspersed throughout the day our chaplains from the Bethany House of Prayer will offer opportunities for reflection, meditation, and prayer. 
Note: This is a free event open to all laity in ECCT; preregistration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

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).

Trinity Book Group
“A Perfect Life: A Novel” by Eileen Pollack is the featured work for Trinity book group's meeting on Friday, February 26th. Its main character is a scientist researching a serious genetic disorder affecting herself and her family. The story explores her brilliance and bravery as she confronts her deepest fears and desires, and then comes to accept the inevitable and the unexpected. All are welcome to join in the discussion, which will take place via Zoom from 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Feb. 26th. Contact Mark MacGougan at macgougans@gmail.com to receive a link.

Save the Dates for Adult Christian Formation

  • March 7, Trinity Academy Update, with director Donna Colliton and principal Allison Bernhard.  

  • March 21, Trinity Church Budget for 2021, with treasurer Casey Rousseau and members of vestry. 

Vaccination Info

People 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Eligibility will expand to those 55 and over on March 1.

More information about scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine can be found here

The CT Covid Vaccine Appointment Assist Line can be accessed at 877-918-2224 M- F 8am-4:30pm.

News from the Diocese

Click the links below to read up on what's going on in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and in our North Central Region.

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, February 28th          The Second 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 Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas Presiding and Preaching. Zoom Coffee and Adult
        Christian Formation following.
Monday, March 1st
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy in person learning
      5:30 P.M. Trinity Community for Racial Justice – via Zoom
       7:30 P.M. Life in the Spirit – Book Club – Zoom
Tuesday, March 2nd        
      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 3rd 
      7:00 P.M. Lenten series: Bringing Prayer to Life – via Zoom
Thursday, March 4th     
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy – remote learning
      12:00 P.M. Noonday Prayer – Zoom
        6:00 P.M. Choir School rehearsal – Church
Friday, March 5th  
      8:15 A.M. Trinity Academy – remote learning
Saturday, March 6th
Sunday, March 7th      The Third Sunday in Lent
      8:00 A.M. Call-In Morning Prayer – Phone Call
    10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite II – Spiritual Communion and Confirmation
    (via YouTube)

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