Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." — Nelson Mandela
For all the saints who went before us, who have spoken to our hearts, and touched us with your fire, we praise you O God. For all the saints who live beside us, whose weaknesses and strengths are woven into our own, we praise you, O God. For all the saints who live beyond us, who challenge us to change the world with them, we praise you O God. Amen
Advent means arrival. Ever since human beings have looked up to the starry skies, they have longed for the arrival of a child to bring us a better future. All of us share this deep longing. The four weeks of Advent give it a Christian expression.
observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
The definition of the term "domestic violence" varies, depending on the context in which it is used It may be defined differently in medical, legal, political or social contexts. The definitions have varied over time, and vary in different parts of the world. Traditionally, domestic violence was mostly associated with physical violence. For instance, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, domestic violence is: "the inflicting of physical injury by one family or household member on another; also: a repeated / habitual pattern of such behavior." However, domestic violence today, as defined by international conventions and by governments, has a much broader definition, including sexual, psychological and economic abuse.
The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist, Methodist,Presbyterian] and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe.
A feast of the Conception of the Most Holy and All Pure Mother of God was celebrated in Syria on 8 December perhaps as early as the 5th century. Also known as the Immaculate Conception. Note that the title of achrantos (spotless, immaculate, all-pure) refers to the holiness of Mary, not specifically to the holiness of her conception.
Lucy's feast comes during Advent. Her feast originally coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feastday has become a festival of light. Lucy may also be seen as a figure of Illuminating Grace or Mercy or even Justice.
John of the Cross was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He is also known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was born into a Jewish conversio family.
The Christmas novena, as it is now known, begins on December 16, nine days before Christmas, and ends on Christmas Eve. A lovely Advent tradition and that hearts for the coming of Christ through the prophecies, psalms and Gospels.
Let us pray:
The southern polar axis of the earth tilted towards the sun to mark the advent of winter and long starlit nights. Let us take our cue from the earth's orientation, as the world spirit prompts us to turn inwards away from extroverted activity, to search the mystical depths and find the heavenly star of Being within us.
** This prayer is offer for Victims of Violence throughout of the world. Victims of verbal, physical, emotional, of hunger and thirst,economic abuse,warfare, terrorist action, the death penalty, suicide, shootings, and other guise of violence. May their souls rest in peace and their families experience the Comfort of God. The Church bells will toll on Wednesdays @ 6:10pm.
10:00am - Holy Eucharist followed by coffee hour
Pennies for Pups
Your loose change especially pennies are appreciated to help fund training for a puppy to be trained in assisting the visually impaired. We are still collecting tabs from cans/soft drinks, used stamps and pennies to help with Pennies for Pups (scholarships to help with the training of Seeing Eye Dogs)
Light a Candle
Visit our Lady’s Chapel light a candle/ say a prayer for those in need of healing. An Icon of Lady of health is present.
Red Door Farmers Market
Stay tune for news or speak to Fr. Smith. Give us a 6x6 in square of your favorite wrapping paper or paper from a gift.
Donations of food for those who are hungry or pet food for those who incomes are limited. Bring a can or bag of(rice) or box of cereal. Something that is nutritious to be part of our offering for the next eight weeks.
See info near information table.
Used Printer Cartridges
Give us your used printer ink cartridges.
Help Animal Shelters
Bring in used towels and sheets to help local animal shelter.
Now thru Nov 22
Farmers Market, Fridays, 11 – 4 pm
Advent 1 - World AIDS Day
Advent 2 Congregational meeting - where is God calling us as a Congregation? Come, learn and discuss.
Commemoration of Newtown Massacre @ 10am (Bells toll at 9:30) A voice goes up in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children. After we have all felt good about our generosity and best wishes for peace on earth around our Christmas trees, these texts wrench us back to reality like a winter wind, taking our breath away. We do not live in a peaceful snowglobe; we live in a world where children die and mothers grieve—not just occasionally, but every day, not just in hospitals but on city streets and in mud huts. We live in a world where the oppressed suffer and the oppressors get away, literally, with murder. We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Newtown and around the world. Receive them, we pray, into the arms of your mercy; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Italian American Rep Company and Cliffside Park ARTS Council- 1st Annual ARTS Festival @7pm. — Music * Food * Refreshment * Plays * Comedians — Tickets are $25.00 (Students with ID: $15.00) Call 1-877-349-5003 for more information
Advent 3 Guest Preacher/Rehearsal for Christmas Pageant
Eugenie Mukeshimana from the Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN) is dedicated to support genocide survivors' efforts to rebuild their lives by providing them with comprehensive support services and a platform to use their voices to advocate for genocide prevention. /Christmas Pageant Rehearsal.
**White Gift Sunday Bring a gift for boy or girl (unwrapped) ages 1-16 years old. Gifts are given to children whose parent is in prison.
Advent 4-Healing Eucharist for ourselves, those we love, the World / Greening of the Church in the Preparation of Christmas during Coffee hour/Christmas Rehearsal
Christmas Eve Eucharist at 9:30 pm
Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 am
Christmas 1- Christmas Lessons and Carols with Communion
* Volunteers needed to Puppeteer for Christmas Pageant on December 12/29 or Read. Contact Church office:(201) 943-1034
Feast of Epiphany