This Week at Trinity, July 20, 2021
Discussing Next Steps

Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

I write with a bit of an update about the current moment in Trinity’s interim period. Over the past month or so, members of the vestry and I have been discussing next steps in this process. Our conversations have been built around a document I created sketching three broad paths for Trinity’s future: 1) a restart with a new rector called within the next year or so; 2) a carefully discerned closure over the next two or three years; 3) a longer interim period, perhaps up to three years, that would focus on setting a new course for Trinity, which would delay a new call of a settled rector. (You can find the document at the link below.) By and large, Trinity’s members have expressed preference for some combination of options 1 and 3.

In our vestry meeting on July 18, parish leaders discussed plans for a parish-wide conversation in late September or early October. Its primary purpose is to come to a decision about which path to take and what to emphasize. It will be modeled on a process called “Holy Conversations,” which invites reflection on a church’s strengths, any hurts or disappointments, and hopes for the future. It will likely include a Friday evening and a Saturday morning and afternoon. (Don’t worry—we will have food!) We will get that time scheduled as soon as possible because it will be key to have as many of Trinity’s members and friends present to come to a good decision.

In the meantime, I hope you will all reflect on both the hopes you have for Trinity and the work we can do together to allow God to lead us into the future.

I look forward to seeing where the Spirit might move this church.

Bryan
Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Last Sunday we reflected on those “blanks” in the world around us that keep God’s people from flourishing. (You can read Sunday’s homily at the link below.) What blanks do you feel called to fill, inspired by Jesus’ compassion?

Next week we read the story that was left out of Sunday's gospel: the feeding of the multitudes, though taken from the Gospel of John. (We have been reading from Mark.) The feeding of the multitudes is one that many people, both inside and outside churches, know. We have probably all heard it many times. What does this story mean to you? (You can find the reading at the link below.)
Opportunity for Worship
"Feeding of the Five Thousand," by T'oros Roslin (13th century Byzantine parchment, detail).
In the collection of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md.

Sunday Services, July 25

Invitation to the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost:

  • 9 a.m. CDT -- in-person service with communion. Guidelines
  • 11 a.m. CDT (4 p.m. UTC) -- online service set up as a recurring Zoom meeting (login link and information below remains the same every week).
To attend by telephone, call
(312) 626-6799 at 11 a.m. CDT

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,94814898440#
"Sunday Paper Junior" is a handout in the .pdf format that Trinity makes available to our parish children during the Sunday service. The Sunday Paper Junior, to which Trinity Episcopal Church has a paid subscription, is forwarded / posted with permission of the author / illustrator, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard. © Gretchen Wolff Pritchard, The Sunday Paper, 19 Colony Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06511, www.the-sunday-paper.com. All rights reserved. This is copyrighted material and should not be further forwarded or distributed.

Did you know...

Links to Trinity's online Thursday and Sunday services are also available on our website, TrinityChurchHP.org
‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ 

The Union of Black Episcopalians is hosting a multi-day virtual event that is open to the entire Episcopal community and includes both day and evening events on July 27 to 30.

Events will take place over Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.
REV. BRYAN CONES
Interim Rector, Trinity Church
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