Ash Wednesday is February 10, 2016.

Services at Holy Trinity: 12 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Lent: Is this your opportunity?

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The season of Lent is a gift intended especially for those who are turning to the way of Christ in some new way:

It may be that your Christian faith has only been a family tradition – until now. If this is the moment for you or your household to become intentional about following the way of Christ, Lent is for you.

It may be that your faith has been a private affair – until now. If you are ready to make common cause with other disciples of Jesus, Lent is for you.

It may be that Christ has always seemed a distant figure to you – until now. If this is the moment for you to deepen your relationship with Christ, Lent is for you.

If you would like to know how to take advantage of this opportunity, please talk to the Rector of Holy Trinity who will help you in mapping your own course through Lent.

And remember that we will all walk the path with you.

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Save Wednesday evenings in Lent and Easter for 

Becoming the Story We Tell.

Each Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., gather in the informal setting of the Parish Hall of Holy Trinity for a simple supper and small group discussion for youth and adults. A supervised children’s table provides age-appropriate activities. It all begins on February 17th.

 

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What is Lent?

Lent is an old English word that means spring. As spring is a season of the renewal of the earth, when seeds are planted, trees bud, plants flower, birds nest, the days lengthen—so people seek to renew their lives for a season (forty days plus Sundays) through worship, prayer, self-denial, reading the Scriptures, study of theological, reflection on their lives, service to their neighbors.

There are many possible ways to grow spiritually and renew one’s relationship with God. A place to begin is in a community of faith, where people gather regularly with a similar intention. The local church is a gathering of people who seek to renew their lives spiritually. It’s where one may find companionship and guidance, with people who are both like and different from us, who share our vulnerabilities and contribute their strengths.

The marks of Christian community are faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to regularly gathering with other seekers, curiosity, and certain qualities: a lively mind, a compassionate heart, an encouraging spirit, authenticity, humility, gentleness, a sense of humor, the courage to act for another’s sake. That’s just a starter list! God helps us in Lent to discern the ways we need to grow and heal, and graces us with the gifts we need when we seek to follow Christ. In Lent stirs in us the desire to become strong and whole people, who may live in peace and to love even people who are hard to love.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The worship of the day is simple. It starts with the imposition of ashes, which are smudged in the shape of a cross on the forehead. For a brief time the entire congregation bears this graphic mark of their humble identity as creatures of a good God. All are equal before God—both beautiful and broken. Bearing this visible mark in public is an experience of vulnerability. It sets us free from all pretense and posturing. Seeing the ashen cross on another enables us to more fully recognize and embrace our common humanity and respond with compassion to our neighbors. One may feel free. One may describe the day as grounding and life giving.

Lent leads to Easter. The forty days of Lent bring us into the fulness of the fifty days of Easter—a celebration of the mystery of the Resurrection: God raising Jesus Christ from death, and empowering Christ’s followers to a new life of compassion. All that we do in Lent, all that we give up, all our efforts, even our failures and disappointments, lead us to the joy of Easter.

In Easter we welcome new people into the community of faith: we become living members of the Body of Christ, the Church. In our Easter worship we will have the opportunity to renew the Baptismal Covenant, a set of promises, which shape the Christian life. Though our baptism may have been many years ago as an infant, and though our identity as a Christian may not have meant much to us up to this point, in the celebration of Holy Baptism everyone who is present may make a fresh start.

Easter Sunday is March 27, 2016.

Is it time for Holy Baptism?

imagesEaster Eve, a candlelit service,

is a beautiful and awe-inspiring occasion for celebrating the mystery of the sacrament,

the rite of initiation into the Body of Christ, the Church.

Other days are available throughout the year.

All people of all ages and all religious backgrounds are eligible to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Please speak with the Rector of Holy Trinity to set the day and begin your preparation. You may contact Father Greg in the church office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Sundays after worship: 8 & 10 a.m.

 

Big Sunday on January 31: Worship at 8 and 10 a.m. and expect an inspiring message about faith in the here and now. The Annual Meeting of the Parish follows the 10 a.m. service, and features a free breakfast, courtesy of the Men of Holy Trinity. It’s a great way to learn more about Holy Trinity ant take some next steps in faith.

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In anticipation of the the forecast for a blizzard, the Annual Meeting of the Parish is postponed until Sunday, January 31.

On Sunday, January 24, the 8 a.m. service is cancelled. On Saturday a decision will be made about the 10 a.m. service–please check this website or the Holy Trinity Facebook Page, or phone the Parish Office (732.254.1734) on Saturday evening or Sunday morning for updates.

 

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The Sundays after the Epiphany (January 6) offer a new spiritual beginning–an opportunity to make a fresh start through the worship of God in a beautiful space in the company of a diverse congregation of warm-hearted people.

Epiphany Season is a season of four to nine weeks, from the Feast of the Epiphany through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter. The gospel stories of this season describe various events that manifest the divinity of Jesus. The coming of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12) is celebrated on the Epiphany. The Baptism of our Lord is observed on the Sunday after Epiphany. The gospels for the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the wedding at Cana, the calling of the disciples, and various miracles and teachings of Jesus. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration. Jesus’ identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed in the Transfiguration gospel, as well as the gospel of the baptism of Christ. We are called to respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the gospels of the Epiphany season. (Adapted from An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church: A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians, edited by Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum.)

When you visit Holy Trinity you will find that our worship is reverent, relaxed, traditional and accessible. The order for worship is provided in an easy-to-follow booklet, which includes notes and other aids to inform your experience.Asian Baptism of our Lord

12thNightJester_300pxA Brief and Informative Tour of Twelfth Night Festival 2016, in Which Is Revealed Unto Curious Minds the Mysteries and Marvels of this Most Special Night of Merriment to Mark the End of the Christmas Holidays.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, we will enter the “Twelfth Realm.” We begin in the Church with an Evensong service in a Sixteenth-Century style that will be reminiscent of the time of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. At the end of Evensong, a Court Jester (a local knave skilled at tomfoolery) will appear and read the Proclamation inviting the honorable assembly to enter into the Great Hall for an evening of fun for all ages.

Upon entering, each person will choose their festival name: Lady Thisorthat or Lord Thusandsuch, any highfaluting name you like, for this is the Twelfth Realm! You may display your family name on a banner (crafty people will help you this task), and said banners with their heraldry will festoon the Great Hall.

Also available will be royal headgear Lords, Ladies, Lads & Lasses in the fashion of the time. To start the feasting there will be a variety of snacks, accompanied by a glittering glass of sparkling cider. And there will be games and entertainments for kids and adults.

When it’s time to begin the feast, the Court Jester will unveil the Groaning Board of Delicacies and Savories of the time—you will leave this table well sated by the copious servings of gourmet delights! Next are the four Twelfth Night Cakes: one each for Women, Men, Boys, and Girls. In each cake will he found a coin of the Realm – and the person in each category who finds that Coin will be ushered to the Crown Room to prepare for Coronation by his Most Gracious Eminence the Bishop of the Twelfth Realm and All-South River. Who will be King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the Twelfth Realm?

Joy and wonder—a space away from the daily cares and seasonal stress—an opportunity to be with friends old and new—a time to be shared by young and old! You will want to carve this date in stone: the Festival of Twelfth Night is January 8, 2016, 5-10 p.m.

Entrance into the Chapel of the Twelfth Realm is by ticket, and the same validated ticket will admit you to the Great Hall for the feasting and festivities to follow.

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for seniors and children age 5-12; free for children under age 5; with maximum price per family of $40. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the church office by phoning 732-254-1734, and will be available at the door.

All are welcome!  Please join us for this very special evening of fun and festivities for all ages.

Click Here to view the 12th Night Poster

Mark your calendars for these special days:

November 29 – First Sunday of Advent & Lighting of the first candle in the Parish Advent Wreath. After 10 a.am. service: Advent Table Wreath Making Workshop. Children’s Christmas Eve choir rehearsals begin.

December 5 – 3 p.m. – Caroling, cookies and coca for children

December 6 – 8 & 10 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent

December 24 – Christmas Eve — Worship at 4 p.m. (children’s choir) and 10 p.m. (adult choir)

January 3 – 10 a.m. Epiphany Pageant 

January 9 – 5-10 p.m. – Twelfth Night Festival – an evening of fun for all ages

All are welcome all the time!

After Superstorm Sandy caused such devastation to South River and the surrounding areas, Holy Trinity created Calico Threads Thrift Store as a way to help Sandy’s victims get back on their feet.

Three years later, Calico Threads is still going strong!

Memories of the destruction and loss caused by Superstorm Sandy three years ago remain embedded in the lives of many. And, the good will and outreach that sprang forth since the storm continues at Holy Trinity Church in South River where the Calico Threads thrift shop steadfastly meets the needs of those in crisis each day.

When the store first opened its doors at 54 Ferry St., large donations of clothing were offered to help ease the devastation from the storm. The church had lost electrical power when they began aiding the storm victims whose homes were flooded in South River.

According to Sandra Rahn, chairwoman of Calico Threads, parishioners delivered food and cleaning supplies with 80 to 90 meals delivered each night.

JoAnn Devlin, chairwoman, noted that the concept for Calico Threads was born during a group meeting with the name of the store adapted from the church’s preschool, Calico Cat, which is more than 30 years

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