This Week at Trinity, June 1, 2021
In the "Interim": Exploring the Possibilities
Dear fellow travelers at Trinity,

Interim times are times of “trying on” possible futures to help imagine new possibilities and get some on-the-ground data for what they might look like, how they might work. For example, I generally try to introduce some variety into common prayer and preaching as an interim, since any new clergyperson usually brings a different approach to both of those. I find it to be a good way to discover what a church values about its prayer, and also what it might like to try.

Outside of Sunday though, other possibilities for experimenting present themselves. Our neighboring Episcopal churches might already have particular things they do well, and might like partners to join them in that work. I’ve been talking, for example, with Anne Jolly, the rector at St. Gregory’s in Deerfield, who thinks that all churches—Methodist, Congregational, Lutheran—ought to be talking together about such partnerships. What might we discover we do better together? Can you think of ways to partner with other churches on some projects? What would they be?

It strikes me that Tri-Con is a perfect example of congregations joining together in common work 50 years ago! Working together with others might be part of Trinity’s DNA.

Let’s keep the conversations going.

Looking back, Looking Ahead

Last Sunday we got to puzzle a bit about what we mean when we call God “the Trinity”—a way of talking about relationship and movement and communication in God. (You can read Sunday’s homily at the link below.) How do you experience those patterns in your own life? Better yet, are there other patterns you notice?

This Sunday gives an odd batch of readings: God’s curse of the serpent in Genesis, followed by Jesus’ family coming to take him away because people thought he was “out of his mind.” (You can find the readings at the link below; we are reading “Track 2”.) I see competing voices at work: the voice of the serpent that tricked our first parents, the voice of Jesus with his message, and the voices of those who think something is wrong with him. How do we distinguish the truth among all those voices? 
Book Club to Discuss The Four Winds Tomorrow

Our next book club discussion will be on June 2, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

The selection is The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah. The story takes place during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. Thousands of families are faced with the choice of staying on dying farms and land or traveling west to California in hopes of a better life. One can read this story and feel a part of it, almost tasting the dust as storms roared across Texas with a vengeance. Life in California is no better, as it explores the living conditions and prejudices toward migrant workers. 
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Meeting ID: 932 5051 6295
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Congratulations, Trinity Graduates!

We extend our congratulations and best wishes to our graduates. We will have a time of recognition during our prayers this Sunday.
Trinity Family Reunion Slated for June 27

The Trinity Family Reunion will be Sunday, June 27, noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine — food will be provided. If you need a ride, please contact Jodie McCann at (847) 634-3618.
From the Diocese...
Virtual Camp Chicago Registration Ends Soon

Because of the pandemic, Camp Chicago, our diocesan summer camp for youth, will be a weeklong virtual event. Camp staff will send out a “camp in box” to use over Facebook Live with camp staff the week of July 11-16.

For more information, visit the “Camp Chicago Express” webpage. The cost is $35 and registration is open until June 4.
Bishop-elect Clark's Consecration Rescheduled

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has announced that after consultation with Bishop-elect Paula Clark and the Rev. Anne B. Jolly, president of the Standing Committee, he has rescheduled Clark’s ordination and consecration for August 28.

“The reason for this is that it will provide a bit more space and time for Bishop-elect Clark to continue her work and her healing, her occupational and physical therapy, and to do all the things necessary so that she can assume the duties of the Thirteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago,” Curry said in a video message.

Please keep Bishop-elect Clark and her family in your prayers as she continues to heal. Cards may be sent to 65 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611. To facilitate her rest and recovery, please do not call or visit her for any reason.
Online Service to Bless 2022 General Convention

The 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church will not take place this summer as originally planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but bishops, deputies and others will gather on July 17 at 2 p. m. Eastern, for an online convocation to pray for the work of the convention, now scheduled for July 2022.
Opportunities for Worship
Invitation to Morning Prayer Rite Two
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. (3 p.m. UTC)
(by Zoom only, no in-person service)

Topic: Morning Prayer
Time: Thursdays at 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

We have the Thurssday service set up as a recurring meeting, which means you can use the same login link and information below every week (it stays the same each week).
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Meeting ID: 930 0814 5876

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Sunday Services, June 6

Invitation to the Second 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).
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(312) 626-6799 at 11 a.m. CDT

Meeting ID: 948 1489 8440

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