Previous Weeks in Quarantine


Morning Prayer – November 13, 2020: 
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Morning Prayer – November 12, 2020: 

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4 Days to CHT Blood Drive
Sleeves Up, Hearts Open, All In
Our Goal is 30 donors! Sign up, reach out to family and friends or share this post.
Contact: Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org to sign up or with questions.
Monday, November 16, 2020
12:00 PM – 05:00 PM
BNY Mellon
1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Room Name: Atrium
 
 
Let’s Get Together: Join us on Sunday after the service on Zoom. Let’s take some time to check in with each other. Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/93799543941

Morning Prayer – November 11, 2020: 

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Remembering our Veterans today and every day.
 
Curbside Care: Caring for Friends
For 30 years CHT has been preparing meals for Caring for Friends through our Cook-Off program directed by Peter Ryker. Over the years, an amazing total of 30,000 meals has been cooked, packaged, and delivered to seniors in need. This year because of the pandemic, we were unable to continue our meal preparation for this program. However, CHT kept up its practice of outreach to this community by donating funds in lieu of meals. [caringforfriends.org]

 

 

 
On Saturday, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania met in Virtual Convention to elect people to serve in the various committees and to approve the budget. The Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, opened the Convention with this message to our diocese.

 

 

 

Morning Prayer – November 10, 2020: 

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What’s Happening at the Church
Last week our contractor finished most of the work for the new Chancel Chambers organ blower room in the undercroft. It is now ready for the electrician to handle the wiring and can then be insulated and finished off.
Also, we had a major power outage on the afternoon of Thursday, October 29th causing a complete loss of power to the Parish House. After troubleshooting by our electrician and then PECO, it was determined over the weekend that one of PECO’s main power lines into the building was broken. It was fixed on Monday and we were back up and running again in the afternoon.
 
Stewardship
Our Stewardship team continues the conversation about our church, our giving, and our love for the congregation. We ask that you prayerfully consider your own gift to your congregation. Go to http://htrit.org/give/ to make a pledge online. Pledge cards will be coming to your mailbox soon.

 

 


Morning Prayer – November 9, 2020: 

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Puppet Story Time – Episode 25
Soozung and CHT talk about things that bring us happiness and sing “H, A, Double P, I, N, E, Double S.”

 

 

Candlelight Compline Service in Front of the Church

 

 


Morning Prayer – November 6, 2020: 

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Candlelight Service: Join us Monday night November 9th for a short candlelight prayer service in the Square. Meet at the church steps at 5:30 and we will move to the Square to begin. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed.

Stewardship Talk with the Wardens and Rectors
Our wardens, Oscar and Michael, and Rectors, John and Rachel, spend time together each week talking about the church. Last week we met to talk about leading the church and why we love it so much.

 

 

 

Morning Prayer – November 5, 2020: 

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View from the Pew
Jeannie Welsh and David Otwell’s View from the Pew: “I watched the service on my phone while David listened and watched the road – on I-81 headed south across Virginia, headed to New Orleans.” Send in your View from the Pew we love seeing all the ways we are being apart together. If you are interested in receiving a home worship kit or want to submit a picture of your “View from the Pew,” contact Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org.

Morning Prayer – November 4, 2020: 

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Curbside Care:
Let’s save some lives on November 16th and help keep people warm all winter!
We are proudly partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive. CHT will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly towards buying much-needed winter items for our Curbside Care program. It is a win-win for everyone! If you are able to commit, please email us directly to sign up. We will need the name of the donor, email address, date of birth, and phone number. We have time slots available from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. If you have any questions contact Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org.
 

Morning Prayer – November 3, 2020: Election Day

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Election Day
Voting is a privilege, a responsibility, and an act of faith! If you have not already voted, we encourage you to do so today!
The Collect for Elections: Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Story of Resilience from our Children-Part Two
Regardless of age, we will all find inspiration and encouragement from our young people. We have much to learn from each other. We interviewed the tweens and teens this week and here are their thoughts on resilience:
Resilience is the ability to have a quick recovery.
Resilience is staying strong in hard times.
Resilience is the ability to live through adversity.
Resilience is having the strength and courage to get back on your feet when you fall or fail.
Resilience is overcoming obstacles.
Resilience is to be able to get through hard times and bounce back.
Resilience is accepting things you can’t control and controlling what you can, like in the “Serenity Prayer.”
Resilience is loving yourself when you hate yourself, but knowing you are lovable deep down. You have to hang in there.
Resilience is getting through heartbreaks.
Resilience is knowing you get to break the cycle of madness.
Resilience is being gentle with everyone including yourself because everyone is going through stuff.
 
CHT Blood Drive
Your help is urgently needed. CHT has organized a blood drive on 11/16. The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. They follow the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. Plus, we will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly towards buying winter items for our Curbside Care program. If you are able to commit, please email us directly at communications@htrit.org. We will need the name of the donor, email address, date of birth and phone number. More details here: https://conta.cc/3iBfFCg

Morning Prayer – November 2, 2020:

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Puppet Story Time – Episode 24
Soozung & CHT read The Memory Box, a Book About Grief, and sing When the Saints Go Marching In

 

 

Candlelight Prayers at the church: Click Here to see a video.

 

Morning Prayer – October 23, 2020:

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Morning Prayer – Friday, October 30, 2020:

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Stewardship Video #2
Our Stewardship Team continues the conversation about our church, our giving, and our love for our congregation. We ask that you prayerfully consider your own gift to your congregation. Go to http://htrit.org/give/how-to-give/ to make a pledge online. Pledge cards will be coming to your mailbox in the coming weeks!
 
CH@Ts Reflections
The summer chats really helped me dig deeper into what it means to be Christ’s hands and feet in a broken world where so many of our siblings are oppressed. I was so grateful for a safe space to talk about tough stuff within our Holy Trinity community. I will definitely be back for more! — Maggie Reeder-Thornton

Morning Prayer – Thursday, October 29, 2020:

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Dear Friends:
Our city has been shaken by the tragic killing of Walter Wallace, Jr. We mourn and stand in solidarity with his family and neighbors. We share the shock and outrage over the killing of another young Black man who did not have to die. Our faith teaches us that all who mourn will be comforted with justice. We hear the call and support those who are working to find solutions for police to be better trained, equipped and/or supported to respond to mental health crises in non-violent ways. Finally, we encourage you to join your prayers to ours at a special prayer gathering on Monday, November 2, at 5:30 pm, on the front steps of the church.
 
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant, Walter, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner
The Rev. John Gardner
 
We Ring Our Bells and Pray for You, America
At noon on each day of the week prior to November 3rd—and each hour on the hour as Americans vote on Election Day—faith communities in all 50 states will ring bells from our houses of worship and on the sidewalks of our communities. These bells will toll for you, calling every American to march to the polls and protect voting rights.
Pray with us during the next seven* days…
Let not our hearts sink into anxiety and dread by the unceasing spin cycle of 24-hour news or the bread and circuses of the imperial intrigue.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven days of Creation in Genesis and let us find time to be creative and find time for rest.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven times Jacob bowed to the ground upon meeting his brother Esau whose land and inheritance he’d stolen, and let us be humble.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in Pharaoh’s dream and let us get prepared for whatever might come.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven days of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and let us strive for liberation and work to feed the poor.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven times Jesus’ command us to forgive our neighbors and let us ask for their forgiveness seven times seven in return.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven last words Jesus spoke from the cross and seek to give our lives as a sacrifice for others.
Instead, let us meditate on the seven churches in the book of Revelation and rededicate ourselves to becoming a more faithful and loving community.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent and worthy of praise, think on these seven things, for the next seven days.
Amen
*Seven, in the bible, is a number symbolizing completeness and wholeness.
 
View from the Pew
Another home worship kit was delivered last week. Touchless distribution is key in the current environment. Dr. Horace MacVaugh, III enjoyed receiving his worship bag and will use it to create his view from the pew. Send in your View from the Pew. It’s a great way to connect with our church community and to have fun doing it. If you are interested in receiving a home worship kit or want to submit a picture of your “View from the Pew,” contact Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org.

Morning Prayer – Wednesday, October 28, 2020:

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Holding on to Hope
A National Service for Healing and Wholeness: All Saints Sunday, November 1st, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Join The Reverend Rachel Gardner as she hosts a live Facebook watch party for this inspiring service.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral. In the midst of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation.
 
 
Curbside Care: Giving Back
We’ve shared stories before about guests coming to volunteer—it’s their way of expressing gratitude and experiencing the joy of serving others. We have a special story today about one of our guests, “B.” (Not pictured). B loves to bake, and for over a year, he has been making gourmet muffins for our volunteers. Some of his specialties include pear ginger, chocolate lava cherry, pumpkin spice, and simple blueberry. B takes great pride in his safe, clean baking procedures. Living on a very limited income, B sometimes gets his ingredients from Sunday Love and local food banks. We are inspired by our guests who take the time to say thank you, and especially uplifted by those who have little means but great generosity.

Morning Prayer – Tuesday, October 27, 2020:

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Story of Resilience from our Children-Part One
When we interviewed the children at CHT and asked them what it means to be resilient, they had some thoughts to share that will help any age to be resilient.
You have to have resilience to get your homework done, but not just get it done, but not rushing and doing it like you really care. You actually learn then too.
Being resilient is being brave when there is serious weather.
Being resilient is having courage to go to the dentist. Not all the time, but sometimes when you have something big done.
Being resilient is getting up when you fall down and then still trying again.
Saying you’re sorry and forgiving yourself and others takes courage. That sounds like resilience.
Being resilient is not holding a grudge for too long.
Being resilient is getting through sad things. Or angry times.
Being resilient is being strong enough to know when you need help.
Being resilient is getting the flu shot every year and managing that stress.
Being resilient is being patient for a short time and a long time.
Being resilient is trying to move on even when you feel stuck.
Being resilient is standing up to bullying behavior.
Being resilient is loving yourself all the time or most of the time.
Being resilient is finding courage to be nice to people who are not easy to be nice to.
Being resilient is getting through COVID. But you can’t do it alone. You need your pets and your family.
Praying probably helps you to be resilient.
 
CHT Blood Drive
Your help is urgently needed. CHT has organized a blood drive on 11/16. The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. They follow the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. Plus, we will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly towards buying winter items for our Curbside Care program. If you are able to commit, please email us directly at communications@htrit.org. We will need the name of the donor, email address, date of birth and phone number. More details here: https://conta.cc/3iBfFCg

Monday – October 26, 2020:

Contactless Delivery of CHT Love and Zoom Activity Bags
We have been busy with round three deliveries of Fall Activity Bags. Spring and Summer were a hit, so we will continue to create seasonal Activity Bags for our Zoom sessions. Included was a set of Diotonic Mini-Handbells for Children’s Music Sessions on Zoom starting this Fall to continue through 2021. Please contact Soozung Rankin, Program Director at srankin@htrit.org to be included in this Winter’s round four of deliveries! Thank you for your support. We miss you and us, but we are grateful we can still be together apart.

Episode 23 CHT Puppet Story Time
CHT & Soozung read Good Night Philadelphia

 

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Morning Prayer – October 22, 2020:

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CH@Ts Reflections
The book discussion on “How to be an Anti-Racist” was a safe environment to share thoughts, ask questions and help with unlearning my ideas about race and racism. It also motivated me to take action with voter registration initiatives in my community.– Susan Souffie
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHT Sponsored Blood Drive:
The need for blood is constant. Be a part of the lifesaving cause and join CHT for a blood drive on November 16th from noon to 5:00 pm. Sign up by sending an email with the donor’s name, birth date, email address, and phone number to communications@htrit.org.

Morning Prayer – October 21, 2020:

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View from the Pew.
Thanks to Sally Griffith who shared her View from the Pew this week. Share your virtual view. You can email a picture to communications@htrit.org. Even though we cannot be together in person, we can worship together in spirit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book of Remembrance:
If you’d like to remember a loved one who died in 2020 you can submit the names for the Book of Remembrance to communications@htrit.org. Names will be read at the 11:00 am All Saints Service on November 1st.
 
 
 
 
 
Curbside Care:
Today’s Curbside Care comes from the Seaman’s Church Institute our foreign mission at home. A heartfelt thank you for the support of the nearly 400,000 seafarers trapped at sea because of the pandemic. Take a listen and go to https://www.sciphiladelphia.org/seafarers-contact-us/ for more information.

 

Morning Prayer – October 20, 2020:

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Stories of Resilience
In the last few weeks, I have been feeling so restless and distracted – agitated even. In my head, I know this is from the long-term isolation and anxiety I have felt since March. But my body is really starting to feel the burden of it all.
I was waiting for a time when I would start to feel “unproductive” again. In the beginning of quarantine, I was focused on learning new skills, finding toilet paper, washing my hands and surviving. As the routine of quarantine continued, I felt like I had space and time to really prioritize and hone in on the important things in my life – sleep, family, relationships, and myself. But now, seven months in, with the uncertainty of all sorts of things, but in particular the “end” of this Coronatide, I feel strongly the pull to dive back into all the things that I used to define for myself as “productivity.” I have to remind myself that I wasn’t happy or rested when I was working on my days off and that snapping at my kids isn’t worth being more successful. And that family, relationships, and sleep are still really important.
The passage of scripture that has helped me this past week has been Psalm 46. You can read its entirety here, but the beginning and the end have been echoing in my ears: verse 1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Grounding ourselves in God’s strength when we feel weak and his help when we are adrift goes to the very core of our faith. The world tells us to look for strength in our own power or success, but all that brings us is angst. The world tells us to seek comfort from all sorts of things when we are in pain, but the only real solace is love and that comes first from God.
When I can sit with those two truths, it allows me to hear the final word of this Psalm. “Be still, and know that I am God;” Be still…take moments of quiet…turn off the news…take a break from the dishes and cuddle with your loved ones…sleep in once in a while…put down your phone and look up at the world around. These are the moments that will give us an escape from the restlessness and agitation. In these moments, we will find God.
Blessings, rest, and stillness to you! Rev. Rachel
If you would like a meditation on stillness, these two have been helpful to me:
An audio meditation on the Psalm from insight timer (a good app for meditations): https://tinyurl.com/y3wyzsbb
Short Music and Visual meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHDsU2c_vaU
 
CHT Blood Drive
Your help is needed. We have organized a blood drive on 11/16. CHT will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly towards buying winter items for our Curbside Care program. If you are able to commit, please email us directly at communications@htrit.org. We will need the name of the donor, email address, date of birth, and phone number. More details here: https://conta.cc/3iBfFCg

Morning Prayer – October 19, 2020:

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Episode 22 CHT Puppet Story Time

CHT & Soozung read Thank You Body Thank You Heart and sing “Thank You, Lord”

What’s Happening at CHT:
A word from our Stewardship Committee: As we look forward to the beginning of our annual giving campaign, our Stewardship Team and Rectors gathered on Zoom for a conversation. We talked about our church, our giving, and our love for our congregation. We will be sharing excerpts of this talk with you for the next 5 weeks.

 


Morning Prayer – October 16, 2020:

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Morning Prayer – October 15, 2020:

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CH@Ts Reflections
With the momentous events of this summer, I welcomed the opportunity to consider important issues of systemic racism in the company with fellow CHT parishioners, as we deliberated the present-day implications of our baptismal vows to seek and serve Christ in all persons. I found the discussions to be meaningful but always with a shared respect for the opinions and feelings of others. I hope we can continue to develop our awareness of the great work that needs to be done and especially to consider practical actions we can take as individuals and as a community. –Sally Griffith, Vestry Member
 

Morning Prayer – October 14, 2020:

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Curbside Care
Image may contain: 1 person, standing and indoorJoseph Tedesco, Treasurer of The Royal Arcanum, Integrity Council #586, hands a check for a generous donation to the Rev John Gardner to support The Church of the Holy Trinity’s Curbside Care Program, which is run in partnership with The Sunday Love Program, to feed and clothe our neighbors in need.
The Royal Arcanum has been helping families and the local communities since 1877 and its guiding principles are Virtue, Mercy and Charity, and its members are committed to works of charity above all others that make the lives of others better. Their website quotes Aesop, ” No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. “
We are grateful for this support which will aid our ministry to those in need here in the local community and is a perfect fit for The Royal Arcanum’s philosophy. If you would like to donate to Curbside Care you can donate here https://onrealm.org/CHT/-/give/now and select Curbside Care in the Fund dropdown menu.
 
 
 
View from the Pew
 
Joining us on Sunday with her View from the Pew was Gretchen Ekeland in the Finger Lakes, NY. We’d love for you to share your virtual view. You can email a picture to communications@htrit.org.
 
 
 

Morning Prayer – October 13, 2020: 
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Stories of Resilience – Blessing of the Animals Virtual Edition
Sometimes it is the unexpected members of our families who help us the most. On Sunday we blessed our pets acknowledging how much they help us enjoy life and find joy in this world. If you missed the Virtual Blessing of the Animals and would like to have your pet blessed, send a picture to communications@htrit.org.

Blood Drive
Your help is needed. We have organized a blood drive on 11/16. Plus, CHT will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly towards buying winter items for our Curbside Care program. It is a win/win for everyone. If you are able to commit, please email us directly at communications@htrit.org. We will need the name of the donor, email address, date of birth, and phone number. More details here: https://conta.cc/3iBfFCg

Morning Prayer – October 12, 2020: 
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What’s Happening at the Church
On October 11th the ushers met for the first time since the beginning of March. Socially distanced and wearing masks you can see them here in Rittenhouse Square. So nice to see everyone!
 
 
 
 
 
CHT Puppet Story Time Episode 21
CHT & Soozung interview Felicia, and Felicia reads After the Fall
 

Episode 21 CHT Puppet Story Time

CHT & Soozung interview Felicia, and Felicia reads After the Fall

Posted by The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square on Monday, October 12, 2020


Morning Prayer – October 8, 2020: 
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CH@Ts Reflections
I attended one session, on racism and prejudice. As a white male professional of means, it was meaningful to be asked whether I had personally experienced prejudice toward myself on the basis of some characteristic (accent) otherwise irrelevant to my character. I say meaningful, of course, because any prejudice I have experienced, while hurtful, is nothing compared to racial prejudice and its socio-economic consequences. I am sure, as educated, experienced, and old as I am, the racism/prejudice distinction had not really occurred to me. And, I found the discussion, and that insight, useful as a way to frame conversations with people who might see these matters differently, or more intensely, than do I. –Gordon Henderson, Vestry CHT
 

Morning Prayer – October 7, 2020: 
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View from the Pew
Although we cannot be together in person, we can still worship together. Simson Hui shares his virtual view from the pew this week. We’d love for you to share your virtual view. You can email a picture to communications@htrit.org.
 
 

Morning Prayer – October 6, 2020: 
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Stories of Resilience
This pandemic requires us to be resilient in a different way to any prior difficult situation I have personally had to deal with in my lifetime. It is not as though I am doing without food, shelter, or clothing, but being in lockdown brought another entirely different set of difficult conditions. Being isolated from family and friends was a real challenge, and although I have always enjoyed quiet time and some solitude, 6 months and more of it is too much! Then working remotely, which initially was a novelty, wore thin very quickly. It is surprising how much we depend on the interaction we have with our co-workers – chasing ideas, developing those ideas, finding new ways to connect, supporting one another – I am missing all of that. Yet I believe most of us living through these strange and difficult months have been able to dig deep within ourselves and draw on our inner strength to keep on keeping on. We have found other ways to connect, and will be forever grateful for the internet and face time, and zoom, which provided us the ability to see our family and friends and co-workers remotely even though we are apart. It has lessened the feelings of isolation and helped us cope.
 
With plenty of time during these days in lockdown, I found myself thinking about resilience, and to reflect on exactly what makes us resilient. Do we learn it from our own experiences, the examples of others, or is it in our genes? The nature of COVID-19, an invisible enemy until it attacks, is scary, and I was reminded of the resilience of my mother and many others who, during my early years as a child growing up in England during the war, fought another more visible enemy. Of course, I did not realize fully what was happening then, but it could be very scary, that I do know. My father served in the Royal Artillery manning the anti-aircraft guns on the east coast of England, so my mother was the only parent at home during those years. Often, without much warning, but to the blast of air raid sirens, she would reach for me and my sister and barrel down the stairs to the living/dining room with us, one under each arm, seeking safety from the air raids. She actually shoved us under the dining table which could be quickly turned into a temporary domestic air raid shelter by pulling a retractable accordion-type barrier around the open ends of the table and locked into place. Looking through the crack in the blackout shades on the window I remember clearly seeing a crescent moon and totally identified that image with the high pitched whining sound of the bombs as they sped towards the Anglo Saxon countryside below intent on destruction and chaos. For years a crescent moon symbolized fear and an urge within me to run and hide! It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the moon was not to be feared at all! Of course, my mother had no time to be afraid of the moon, she was too busy being resilient and carrying on no matter what was going on around us.
 
I was further reminded, by the staggering numbers of those dying from Covid-19, that during the war years most of the able-bodied men were away fighting and this caused a shortage of morticians. In order to help out, there were many times when my mother was called to attend to the dead by laying out the body in preparation for burial. The very thought of that to my young mind was scary, and I will never forget when I asked her why she was not afraid, she replied, “Margaret, you do not need to be afraid of the dead! The dead cannot hurt you, but the living certainly can!” It was years before I realized what she was telling me. To this day I can’t imagine her feelings while carrying out those tasks, which must have been a constant reminder of what was happening all around her; of her mortality; that of her family, and the dangers of those times. I marvel at her resilience and the incredible inner strength she was able to draw on to just move forward each and every day and make sure we were safe and cared for.
 
I am no longer afraid of the crescent moon; the dead I mourn but do not fear, and the memories of those times have helped me to recognize that resilience is what we all need now to move forward and to get safely through this pandemic. I am grateful for the example of my family as a way to withstand and recover quickly from the restrictions placed on us. My prayer is that we are able to dig deep and draw on our inner strength to stay the course, and when once again we can gather together safely we will be grateful for our own resilience in times of difficulty. – Margaret DiPinto, Staff CHT. Picture of Margaret’s Mother, Lucy Green Bradford, circa 1960.
 

Morning Prayer – October 5, 2020: 
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Episode 20 CHT Puppet Story Time
CHT & Soozung sing “This is the Day” because it is a great day!

 

 

Morning Prayer – October 1, 2020: 
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Anti-Racism Reading Group
For those who wish to continue conversations and learning begun this Summer in our Summer CH@Ts a reading group will be forming in October.
We also invite newly interested people to join. We will be reading and discussing books, articles, and other media, meeting every other week.
We have a few suggestions for beginning the group, but the readings, topics, and schedule will be determined by those who join.
 
Sunday CH@Ts
Join us on Sunday, October 4th for conversation and learning with The Rev. Seth Wispelwey, our guest speaker.
Why…How…WHAT now?! At this Sunday’s CH@T, we will build on our foundation of understanding ourselves as followers of Jesus’ liberating, life-giving, particular Way (why) and where we locate ourselves in that call (how) by diving into WHAT, specifically, that might mean for who you, and we, specifically are as beloved, embodied, selves. Read the accompanying resource full of concrete options that may speak to you, and will help guide you to “pray with your feet” when the feet are in the streets! Rev. Seth Wispelwey will help guide the discussion around most effective ways to maintain resilience when utilizing a host of tactics, with anecdotes from the halls of Capitol Hill to the frontlines in Charlottesville.
Additional resources:
•The following text is taken from pages 98-111 of The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, Walter Wink, 1998. https://cpt.org/files/BN%20-%20Jesus%27%20Third%20Way.pdf
•You can also view this video series from author Walter Wink, talking about nonviolence, a third way. http://lutheran_peace.tripod.com/wink_vid.htm
 
CH@Ts Reflection
I found participation in the Sunday CH@T’s seminars this summer tremendously informative. It resulted in a change in my attitudes toward minorities and the realization of the necessity of action to achieve equity for all. – Peter Ryker, Member since 1987
 
 
 
 
 

Morning Prayer – September 30: 
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View from the Pew
This week Nancy Rasmussen shares with us her view from the pew. By sharing worship, we are together even while we are apart. If you are interested in receiving a home worship kit or want to share your “view from the pew,” email a picture to Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org.
 
 

Morning Prayer – September 29: 
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Stories of Resilience
With access to news around the clock, and headlines inundating our phones at accelerating speeds, it can be so hard not to let ourselves get wrapped up in the anxiety of the world around us. We can feel overwhelmed, uncertain, fearful, angry, guilty, and anxious from the moment we wake up, until we close our eyes at night. I have to remind myself to take deep breaths periodically and release that knot in my stomach. It’s hard not to let our emotions take over and paralyze us, or to push them away and ignore them. But either way of dealing with emotions can make us stressed out and overwhelmed. Harvard professor and psychologist Susan David studies emotional agility. In her Ted Talk on emotional courage, she shares practical strategies for managing emotions by acknowledging what we feel and looking at emotions not as good or bad, but as data to help us better understand ourselves and our actions. Blessings, deep breaths, and courage this week. Rachel
If you’d like to share your Story of Resilience send it to Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org

 

Morning Prayer – September 28: 
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CHT Puppet Story Time – Episode 19
CHT & Soozung talk about being happy and sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It!”

 


Morning Prayer – September 24: 
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CH@Ts Reflections

First of all, I am quite aware that my experiences as a well-off white woman in a comfortable suburb are very different than for so many others in our country, and I’ve been feeling since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee that I wanted to support the cause of Black Lives Matter.  I joined the conversations because I looked forward to having the chance to talk about these subjects with other people who were also engaged in thinking about these things.  I want to thank you especially for the work you did in curating the links to articles and YouTube videos.  They were eye-opening for me, and I think many of us agreed that we were woefully blind to how pervasive racism is in our culture.  Nobody likes to think about the ugly parts of our history, and my heart was broken to see and hear Black voices speaking the truth of their experiences and realizing how little I knew about it.  We all agreed that it was important work to learn more, listen more, to pay attention.  The conversations were difficult and heartbreaking, but not contentious, and I am grateful to have had the chance to talk with so many others who wanted to take part.  I pray that we as a congregation can continue to grapple with these difficult topics so that we can be, as Jesus calls us to be, a source for healing and justice, and change for the better. –Gail Caruso


Morning Prayer – September 23: 
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View from the Pew
Our home worship kits started going out last week. Delivered in a touchless environment, recipients are really happy to receive them. Barbara Auritt loved her home worship bag and looks forward to creating her own space for worship! Send us your View from the Pew. It’s a great way to connect with our church community and to have fun doing it. If you are interested in receiving a home worship kit or want to submit a picture of your “View from the Pew,” contact Leda Milazzo at communications@htrit.org.
 
 
 
 
Curbside Care:
Many of us love this early Autumn weather. But for some, the cooler days and nights mean hard times are coming. Some of the guests at our meals have begun to think about staying warm while spending most of their time outside this winter. Our clothing ministry is able to provide warm, gently used or new coats to men and women of all sizes. We are in need of coats in good condition–these can be dropped off during our meal times: Sundays and Tuesdays from 5-6 pm and Mondays from 10-11. If you would like to donate to Curbside Care you can donate here https://onrealm.org/CHT/-/give/now and select Curbside Care in the Fund dropdown menu. “If you have two coats, give one away.”–Luke 3:11
 

Morning Prayer – September 22: 
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Stories of Resilience – Story from Rachel Gardner:
Advertisers, Instagram/Facebook, and other people have tricked us to believe that our ultimate goal is to be happy, AND that being happy means having everything you want, looking great, smiling, and achieving success. I have had my moments when I believed this hype, but in the last few months, I find these ideas falling short and hard to hold on to. I want to pass on to you a short TED talk about happiness that helped me to frame my thinking and give me fortitude in a world that often highlights depressing things, and often is terribly depressing. Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk (sometimes called the “happiest man in the world”) challenges us to reframe our understanding of happiness. It’s not about smiling and looking great, but begins with developing a strong sense of serenity and fulfillment, even during trying times. It’s “a state that actually pervades and underlies all emotional states and all the joys and sorrows that can come one’s way,” he says. He explains how to adapt your thinking — effectively training your mind — so that you, too, can achieve happiness. ​I’d love to hear how you all are adapting your thinking in these COVID times.

 

 


Morning Prayer – September 21: 
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CHT Puppet Story Time – Episode 18

CHT & Soozung sing and talk about how WE ARE THE CHURCH TOGETHER

 

 

What’s Happening in the Church?
Each week in preparation for Sunday’s service the readers come to the church and meet with Rev. Rachel. There (while keeping all COVID-19 safety protocols in place) they film the readings for the upcoming worship. Here’s what the set up for this looks like! If you’d like to be a reader for Sunday Morning Prayer contact Rev. Rachel at rgardner@htrit.org.
 
 
 
 

Morning Prayer – September 18: 
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1619 NYT podcast
This week Episode 4: How the Bad Blood Started
Black Americans were denied access to doctors and hospitals for decades. From the shadows of this exclusion, they pushed to create the nation’s first federal health care programs. On today’s episode: Jeneen Interlandi, a member of The New York Times’s editorial board and a writer for The Times Magazine, and Yaa Gyasi, the author of “Homegoing.” Released on Sept. 13, 2019.

Morning Prayer – September 17: 
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CH@Ts Reflections
I was grateful to have participated in a number of this summer’s conversations on anti-racism and social injustices. Each time I felt it was a safe space to be authentic, vulnerable and learn along with the community at CHT. We all come with our own lenses and each time I learned with and from others. I’m looking forward to hearing, sharing and learning more in the weeks and months to come. Thank you to everyone for sharing yourselves in these especially challenging times.
— Gretchen Pendleton
 
 
 

Sunday CH@Ts
Beginning September 20 and running until October 11 we will have special guests at out 12:00 pm CH@Ts. The Rev. Seth Wispelwey and The Rev Tracy Howe are married pastors in the United Church of Christ traditions. Seth is most well known for being one of the key organizers of Congregate C’ville, a faith-based group that organized to be in opposition to the white supremacist groups that came together in Charlottesville for the “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017. Together they invited interfaith clergy to stand in solidarity and love, to provide instruction on nonviolent action, to prepare and hold prayer services during the rally. They will share some of their own experiences, help us to center our justice work in our Christian faith, and give some practical advice for our congregation. All are welcome to join.


Morning Prayer – September 16: 
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View from the Pew

Perkins Sagle family in virtual worship together apart being church.

 

 

 

 

 


Morning Prayer – September 15: 
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Stories of Resilience
We are in a very untemporary temporary – Rev. Rachel begins a series on grief, resilience and how we live in this inbetween time that is pandemic.
Then, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWH8N-BvhAw#action=share. We’ll be seeking out your stories of resilience over the next few months. Blessings!
 

 


Morning Prayer – September 14: 
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CHT Puppet Story Time – Episode 17
CHT & Soozung read What Does it Mean to Be Kind? & sing about Friends

 

 

Home Worship Bags
As we move to the fall, we will continue to hold virtual services on Facebook on Sundays. We know this is disappointing, but we also hold the health of our congregation and all as our top priority. We will continue to re-evaluate and give updates each month, and we are discussing ways to gather together outside of Sunday worship. For some in our community, virtual worship is not possible or preferable. Lack of interest or access to internet keeps folks from connecting, and as the length of our separation grows, we want to reach out to those who have not connected with our virtual church community. We have assembled a limited number of home worship kits for these parishioners. They include a CD of music we’ve used in our service, a morning prayer booklet (large print), a battery operated candle, and a picture of our rose window. We will drop off the kits in a touchless delivery. If you are interested in receiving one of these kits, please contact Leda Milazzo, our Administrative Receptionist at communications@htrit.org.

Morning Prayer – Friday, September 11: 
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In rememberance of September 11, 2001
O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
For many people, the most difficult questions raised by the attacks weren’t about politics, military strategy or homeland security. They were questions about God, about good and evil, and about the potential for darkness within religion itself. Did what we see on that day negate the idea of God’s existence — or was there something in the human response to the tragedy that suggested transcendence?
 
This classic FRONTLINE documentary “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero” explores these big — and deeply personal — questions through interviews with priests, rabbis, and Islamic scholars; victims’ families and World Trade Center survivors; writers and thinkers; and atheists and agnostics. This haunting and elegiac documentary on how Sept. 11 reshaped the religious beliefs of Americans first aired a year after the attacks, and still resonates just as deeply today.
You can watch it here: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero 

 

Brandon Leake Performs Heart-Wrenching Spoken Word to His Mother – America’s Got Talent 2020

 


Morning Prayer – Thursday, September 10: Alexander Crummell
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CH@TS Reflections
“I was apprehensive about attending at first, but I finally showed up after two weeks. I found it healing and helpful to be with others who were brave enough to talk and listen. There. Is. So. Much. To. Learn! I feel as though I am trying in earnest to do my part, although still not enough, but I look forward to this critical work of dismantling racism with others and my church family. Each small step in the right direction of an extremely long journey will get us closer to our call to care for one another. I feel that in our exhaustion, the real work will begin.” Soozung Sa Rankin, CHT Staff

 


Morning Prayer – Tuesday, September 9
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Curbside Care: Sharing Excess — balancing food inequality
The partnership between CHT and Sunday Love helps to feed thousands of people every week. One of the truths about food inequality in our city is that some of us have too much food, while many more have too little. Today we want to tell you about one of our food sources that helps to address this very situation. Sharing Excess is a nonprofit that connects college students, groceries, and restaurants to redistribute food. Local and national businesses, such as Sysco, Aramark, Trader Joe’s, and Saxby’s donate their excess food, which is then shared with local organizations such as St. John’s Hospice, the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, and the Sunday Love Project/CHT partnership. Each of the boxes in this picture has an assortment of fresh produce that would otherwise been thrown away. The produce will be used by our chefs and volunteers to create healthy, delicious meals for our friends and neighbors in need. You can find out more about Sharing Excess at sharingexcess.com.

 
1619 NYT Pod Casts. This week Episode 3:The Birth of American Music.
America heard the sound of complete artistic freedom in black music, and then claimed that music as its own. “And that’s ironic,” Wesley Morris tells us. “Because this is the sound of a people who, for decades and centuries, have been denied freedom.” Released on Sept. 6, 2019.

Morning Prayer – Tuesday, September 8
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Being Church in the World
“I recently moved in near by, and I have been confined to my apartment with a double whammy of both a broken ankle and a bout of fever cautiously labeled as covid. I just wanted to write to let you know how much I appreciate your church bells. They have brought me much joy in my isolation, and I can’t tell you how much I look forward to hearing them throughout the day. It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to me!” Click Here to here the carillons.
 
 
 
 
 
CHT Puppet Story Time – Episode 16
CHT & Soozung read Wacky Wild Peek-a-boo and sing The Butterfly Song

 

 


Living in the Moment from John Gardner

Unexpected Beauty
Running is one of my favorite pastimes, and though we have some nice trails along the Schuylkill, I frequently like to run through the city. One particular evening, I navigated heavy traffic and endured the assaulting noise that comes with it. The shadows of the buildings were already long, and I had become accustomed to a loud darkness. I turned to jog through the archways under City Hall, and the world changed. The sun, setting over the Schuylkill, painted Market Street a soft orange. The traffic noise faded away, replaced by the sound of a flute. A street musician had set up shop under one of the arches, taking advantage of the resonance. In the turning of a corner, the dark pandemonium of the city gave way to quiet brilliance.
Had I expected the beautiful scene, I would have spent the entire run anticipating it. I would not have been lost in and overwhelmed by the traffic and blaring horns and long shadows, and I might have even been disappointed. The actual moment would not have compared to what I would have built up in my mind. I was able to be stunned by the beauty of the sunset, the flute player, and the city hall archways because I had been stepping, moving, and breathing in the moment.
It’s not possible for us to be mindful and present in every waking moment. We will spend time each day daydreaming, wishing we were elsewhere, remembering (or regretting) the past, or planning for (or dreading) the future. As someone who finds it difficult to sit still, let alone meditate, I find it soothing to pair my practice of mindfulness with a repetitive physical activity—walking the dog, running, or swimming. The action forces me to focus on every moment—I must watch where I step, how I breathe, my place in traffic or the pool, what my body is telling me. If I can maintain my awareness in the present moment, I find that I am open to beauty when it unexpectedly occurs. I would be able to notice and truly enjoy my dog looking up at me with a joyful face, a happy couple on the sidewalk, the way the light plays on the cityscape, or even a general feeling of the gracious presence of God.
Mindfulness is a challenging practice for me, but the best reward is the experience of beauty in many times and places.


September 2, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Curbside Care:
Working with our under-housed neighbors means dealing with a lot of pain and loss. Therefore, we really rejoice when we get the occasion to celebrate. Over the past two weeks, four of our guests have found semi-permanent housing. We haven’t included pictures of these guests out of respect for their privacy. These past several meals have been occasion for (socially-distanced/virtual) hugs and tears of joy. These guests now have their own space to relax, to sleep, to use the bathroom, to shower, and to plan for the future—all in safety and dignity. We did not contribute directly to the improvement in these guests’ housing situation … but we believe that we helped them to believe in themselves enough to pursue something better. We give great thanks to God for these guests and their great news!
To give online to Curbside Care: click here. Use the fund drop down menu for Curbside Care.
Or text “CHT CURBSIDECARE” to 73256 to give using your mobile device.
 
1619 NYT Podcasts – This week Episode 2:The Economy That Slavery Built
The cotton plantation was America’s first big business, and the institution of slavery turned the poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse. Built into this system, which formed the foundation of American capitalism, was violence. Released on Aug. 30, 2019. To hear the podcase: Click Here.

September 1, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Mindful Moment – Spiritual Exercises for Regular People, Part 3
He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.”
– Mark 14:22
I miss communion. It’s been since Easter that I have blessed and broken the bread or given it to any of you. I don’t think I have been without communion for this long since I went through my rebellious period in college and stopped going to church! The Jesuits have a long tradition of meditating on the sacrament of communion. This meditation considers each verb in the scripture above – taken, blessed, broke, gave – and weaves it into our lives. You can pray through how God has taken you, blessed you, broken you, and will give you to the world. I have found it healing and useful as a reminder that the body of Christ is not just bread and wine, but the whole of the church, which includes me! Click Here Enjoy!

August 31, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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CH@Ts Recap:
Over the past 8 weeks members of the congregation have gotten together after church to talk about race and injustice. We have spent the bulk of our time together talking and listening to one another, creating and enjoying a safe space to talk about sometime difficult topics. During the week, we have the opportunity to do some learning and self-education by reading articles, watching videos, interviews, documentaries, and books. It has been humbling, exciting, honest, and nourishing for all who have attended. We continue for two more weeks. Then we will begin the shift from learning into action. More information will be coming soon. We encourage all to join us, whether you have been thinking and talking about race and injustice for many years or are slightly hesitant to even begin the discussion. We all need to learn, and we believe the church’s call to be Christ’s body in the world means engaging in deep conversation, honest listening and sharing, and working together to create a more equitable and loving world. You will have opportunities to engage in many ways throughout the fall. Please find one that works for you!
CHT Pupper Story Time Episode 15
CHT and Soozung read the book: We Are All Born Free.

 


August 28, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Virtual Concert on the Square: August 28th at 3pm

Today’s concert: Curtis Insitute of Music
Broadcast: Young Artist Summer Program Participant Recital

Join us as we enjoy music from the Young Artists Summer Program. Typically this program ends with one of the program’s final concerts at CHT, but this year we will share the student’s music virtually. Click here to watch.


August 27, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Be of Good Cheer
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Living in the Moment from Leda Milazzo, CHT Staff
“Let your heart be softened by the balm of compassion, reflecting deeply upon the needs and aspirations of yourself and others.”
—H.H. The Dalai Lama

I had two routine doctor appointments this week. I went to the grocery store and schlepped to my storage unit. The stress and anxiety from these simple tasks was almost overwhelming.

I try to walk daily, watching my steps slowly rise on my Fitbit. I try to make 7,000 steps. I am overjoyed when I hit 10,000, and feel like a loser when I don’t break 3,000. The grind of trying to create a facsimile of my pre-pandemic daily movement also seems overwhelming.

I hear from my friends and family daily. Yet, almost always, there is someone on the other end of the line crying, stressed-out, having a panic attack or simply feeling lonely. Rarely, if ever, is there good news. This can be overwhelming also.

It seems that life itself has become overwhelming.

I try to remember my parents, who came of age during The Great Depression and World War II. Who married during desperate times. Who understood that what we do today, in this moment, matters. That if we try to be compassionate, loving, and hopeful we help ourselves and others.

I remind myself that I am lucky to have people who love me and connect with me during these days. I breathe into the promise of tomorrow and acknowledge that I am better off than so many. I remember the hardships of others, dry my tears, and move forward.


August 26, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Curbside care:
Our guests really love to give back. “Bob” has been eating with us for a year, and he keeps spirits up by playing Gospel music on speakers while waiting in line. Bob has also been eager to give back by volunteering. Here he is washing dishes as our chefs prepare a meal. Generosity inspires more generosity!
#SundayLove #CurbsideCare

 

 

 

Today we are sharing the 1619 Podcast from the New York Times. The NYT describes it as, “An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.”
The series can be found here:

The original 1619 series is here


August 25, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Mindful Moment: Spiritual Exercises for Regular People, Part 2
One of the things the Ignatian Examen teaches is to reflect on the things that have happened to us each day. The following is a very short and quick practice you can use any time throughout the day when you have about 3 minutes. It asks the following questions:
What was the high point of the last 24 hours—that moment that I felt the most consolation? What made it the high point? How was God present there?
And what was the low point of my day? What made it so low? Then spend some time in prayer sitting in gratitude with God for these moments.
https://soundcloud.com/godinallthings/anytime-examen
Enjoy!


August 24, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

Technical problems so no morning prayer today, but here’s something about Saint Bartholomew, whose feast day is today: http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Bartholomew.htm

What’s Happening Virtually in the Church?
Last night we had our first virtual Film Fest for Youth and it was a huge success!

We had a great group of tweens and teens ages 11 – 15 joining in The Hate U Give Zoom movie discussion. We had a very evolved thoughtful group of young people leading the community in important efforts. Showing up to talk about difficult topics is no longer merely an option. It is evident, our youth see it as a necessary and critical part of being in a community that cares. We acknowledged that being uncomfortable is going to be a reality as we move forward. In fact, our oldest participant Zoe, age 15 said, “I’m not going to move out of the way or sugar coat things that are reality and happen every day in front of people all the time, for someone who is choosing to be blissfully ignorant because they feel uncomfortable being taken out of their privilege. The point of having conversations like this is to make people uncomfortable and show them that this is reality for many people in America whether you want to see it or not. I won’t hand it out on a silver platter just because you don’t like the facts.”

Once you are exposed to the truth, it is hard to look back. We will continue to talk about resources and support systems and learn language to help steer actions and perspectives in the right direction for healing and justice. We commented that while the movie was made in 2018, it depicts life as we have been witnessing today over and over again, and life that has been existing for hundreds of years. Our youngest participant, Raina, age 11, when asked, what stuck out to her in the movie and what she has not been able to stop thinking about said, she couldn’t stop thinking about a line one of the main characters said in the movie, “How many people have to die before things change!” There were many poignant moments in the movie and everyone walked away feeling like change is necessary. Now. As messy as thing are, the only thing that is clear is, the time is now.

We watch, observe, listen, read, use our voice, speak up, speak out, ask questions, show up, stand up for what we believe, own our thoughts and feelings and push on to learn more. Our youth are indeed change makers of today and tomorrow. They were also supported by wonderful adult leaders who created plenty of space for the youth to lead with their voices, only interjecting comments from time to time. We were all deeply moved by the movie and appreciated learning more about the injustices our community is facing with our black friends and neighbors and those who live in the margins. We all acknowledged we have been impacted by what we are witnessing in our community and in the world and we want to see change and be a part of making the world a more just place for all. We want to know our rights and know our worth and all should be free to embrace this.

Watch for details for the next Film Fest for Youth Movie Discussions. On deck later this fall is the documentary on John Lewis Good Trouble and using his graphic novel trilogy March (Book One, Two and Three), as a companion piece to the discussion. Please contact Soozung Rankin at srankin@htrit.org, to participate.

Episode 14 CHT Puppet Story Time – Soozung and CHT talk about being BRAVE!

 


August 20, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Living in the Moment from Susan Souffie, Parishioner
I do NOT like to be still! I’m like the exact opposite of still… an epic Mary Poppins multi tasker who scoffs at yoga and meditation! Go, go, go that’s my motto… or at least it was before March 13. Life under the rule of Covid-19 has forced a stillness that I have managed to avoid most of my adult life. It’s a stillness that makes it hard to ignore how “busy” I have been in service of a lifestyle that may not really serve me.

It’s easy in our culture to get lost in daily To Dos and outside obligations. I have often confused busyness with action and checking off To Dos with progress. It takes courage (or in this case, a pandemic) to press pause and take stock: Am I really living the Golden Rule I constantly preach to my kids? Do unto others?

It takes strength to fight the status quo and change course. Do I have the faith to stay still, the strength to stay this new course? This verse is a lovely reminder that I am not alone in this fight. There is strength in numbers and I have the CHTR community for support as I fumble around in this new territory.


August 19, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Order Locally! Support local Philly businesses and keep our city Quarantine Strong. Harriett’s Bookshop at 258 E. Girard Avenue ( Phone: 267 241-2617), is a black owned bookstore. The owner is an activist bookseller and you will get great service as you search and purchase many of the books that are on our CHT reading list for discussions. If she doesn’t have it, you can order and have it shipped directly to you. During COVID, she has a lovely set-up outside for sidewalk sales 12 – 6p Thursday – Sunday. Or shop online: https://www.harriettsbookshop.com


August 18, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Mindful Moment: Spiritual Exercises for Regular People
For most of my priest life, I’ve worked with Jesuit and Ignatian spiritual directors. The basic practice of Ignatian spirituality is called the Examen or Spiritual Exercises. The intention is to look through or prepare for the day with a structure of reflection and intention. In this time of prolonged temporariness I have returned to this practice and found it useful. Over the next three weeks, as we ease back into Fall and all the new things that come with the changes of fall, I will offer your three different ways to use the examine.
A fun fact – when I was ordained to the priesthood, the Bishop named the feast day as the “Eve of St. Luke’s.” It wasn’t until much later, when I was leading a Thursday healing prayer, that I realized that my actual ordination date (October 17) is the feast of St. Ignatius! It all comes full circle.
Here is an evening examine to use at the end of the day: Click Here
Enjoy!


August 17, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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What’s happening at the Church virtually:

Children and Youth Spread Kindness! During our last Zoom sessions, we started making “Kindness Rocks!” rocks. While we created messages of kindness, we talked about how quickly kindness can spread like COVID, but unlike COVID, it is a welcomed gift. CHT children and youth will randomly, safely, and carefully place kindness rocks on front stoops, in the park under a tree, on a bench, or along walking paths to boost moods and bring sunshine to people. One of the Zoom groups also made little thank you messages for our mail carriers, to be placed on/in mailslots or mailboxes. We talked about how our actions, non-actions, words, tone of our words, eye contact, and simple gestures can change the course of someone’s day or their entire family and household. Just as in wearing masks, it is worth the effort to spread kindness. We have the power to be powerful with our messages. If you see a kindness rock, we know it will make you beam. Then you can spread more kindness too! 

Episode 13 CHT Puppet Story Time

 


August 12, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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August 11, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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“Swimming While White.”
OnNo photo description available. 8/26 (or 9/17) join with people from all over the diocese to start and sustain conversations about being white and embracing differences. Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Bill Kondrath and Sarah Werkman of Visions Inc. and sponsored by the Philadelphia Theological Institute, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the diocese’s Anti-Racism Commission. Click here to register and for more information: https://tinyurl.com/y2an8hos

 

Mindful Moment: Looking at the Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer is a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). It is commonly quoted as: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Interestingly, Niebuhr’s prayer originally asked for courage first, and specifically for changing things that must be changed, not things that simply can be changed: God, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other. In either version this prayer can serve as a powerful tool and a balm to our spirits during these challenging and quickly changing times. We are not alone, God is with us.


August 10, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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What’s Happening at the Church in the Virtual World
Did you know that every weekday morning Sally Griffith and Ben Leiby lead morning prayer live on zoom and Facebook. This brief service (20 minutes) is rooted in the monastic tradition and is the perfect way to begin your day. We recite psalms, read Scripture, and offer both ancient collects (prayers), and litanies. There are silences and time for private intercessions offered either silently or aloud. Morning prayer is the Church’s gift to us, allowing us to sanctify time and to consecrate each day. Join us

Episode 12 CHT Puppet Story Time – CHT & Soozung realize no ONE can be perfect, but together we can create something perfect.

Episode 12 CHT Puppet Story Time

CHT & Soozung realize no ONE can be perfect, but together we can create something perfect.

Posted by The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square on Monday, August 10, 2020


July 30, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Living in the Moment from Margaret DiPinto, Director of Operations at CHT

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. –Isaiah 40:31 

I am not a very patient soul, and this time of pandemic has sorely tested me. I am a hands on, results oriented person and once I undertake a project whether it be in the work place or in my private life, I am totally focused on seeing it completed, effectively and efficiently. It is an understatement to say that it has been difficult to live in this new moment so full of uncertainty and disruptive of my normal routine, and I now realize just how much I loved that routine, and how I miss it. So, it seems to me that this biblical quote has never made more sense.
But, I ask myself, how do we wait upon the Lord? That is the question of the present moment. Part of the answer might be by additional prayer on a regular basis, and for me part of my prayer must be asking the Lord to teach me how to wait ………. To learn how to live in the moment; to be grateful for the things I have, and not so focused on what I am missing.
So I pray, teach me Lord to wait upon You ……….. Show me the way and calm my fears and anxiety. Remind me of your great mercies and loving care for your creation, and help me to put my trust in You which will give me strength and confidence that if I do so, all will be well.


July 29, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Curbside Care:
The Sunday LOVE Project serves approximately 4,000 meals per week through use of the kitchen at Church of the Holy Trinity. Through our 3 meal services at the church, we serve about 320 people in need, on site. The rest of our outreach efforts go to Kensington.
#SundayLove


 

July 28, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Mindful Moment with the Reverend Rachel Gardner: Listening to each other.
The sin of racism teaches us that our fellow humans are not like us, but are other, and often less. But our faith tells us that we are all created by and children of God, and brothers and sisters through Christ. Healing this sin will take time to connect with others who are not like us and to listen to their stories and experiences with compassion and love (the same compassion and love God has for each of us). The Just Listening Project was started by Toussaint Bailey, the CEO of Enso Wealth Management with the purpose of helping to heal anti-black racism through sharing and feeling the personal experiences of colleagues and friends who are people of color. Here is Mr. Bailey’s story: https://youtu.be/wefR-jVDUaA. We invite you to hear his story, and to invite other stories into your life this week.


July 27, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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12:00 pm Puppet Story Time with Soozung and CHT Episode 10

CHT & Soozung Interview Ms. Madelyn about When Children Pray!

 6:00 pm What’s happening in virtual world of CHT:

Virtual Worship here at CHT!
Since the stay at home order in March we have been worshiping from home, but we have found ways to be together in spirit and share our faith with one another. Here is a glimpse of what it looks like on the other side of virtual worship from The Lipscomb Family – “a crowded pew on Sunday morning!!”. If you have a picture or video of your virtual worship you’d like to share please send it to us at communications@htrit.org.

 


July 24, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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July 23, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Living in the Moment from Ben Leiby, Organist/Choirmaster pro tempore
One of my favorite hymns is All My Hope on God is Founded (Hymn 665). The tune Michael, by Herbert Howells, is one of the finest hymn tunes in the Anglican tradition, but the text is even more meaningful to me. I love structures of all sorts – buildings, liturgies, organs. They are important for our life together and vital to our existence and flourishing. And yet, as the second verse of the hymn reminds us, “though with care and toil we build them, tower and temple fall to dust.” But God does not. His power is our temple and tower. “…through change and chance he guideth, only good and only true.”


July 22, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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#OneLove#OneDiopa
We continue to share images of faith, hope and action across the diocese.

Curbside Care:
After he was raised from the dead, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time Peter answered in the affirmative, Jesus challenged him: “Feed my sheep.”

For the past three years, and especially during the pandemic, CHT has been feeding and clothing our neighbors in partnership with the Sunday Love Project. Prior to the pandemic, we were feeding approximately 150 people each week in a restaurant-style setting in our Centennial Room.

The pandemic forced a change on us and also revealed a call to expand this critical work. We moved our meals and clothing service to our Walnut Street sidewalk, offering everything to go. We named this new service, Curbside Care. We still have fellowship and great conversation in this fast-moving setting, but we have found ourselves serving more and more people—up to 4000 meals per week. Additionally, our cooking staff and volunteers have begun to transport meals around the city—as far as Kensington and South Philly.

Click below for more details on how CHT and Sunday Love have teamed up to feed, clothe, and enrich the lives of thousands of our brothers and sisters around the city!
Thanks be to God! Click Here


July 21, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer: 
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Mindful Moment from Rev. Rachel Gardner
Have you found yourself short tempered or easily frustrated in quarantine, and then feeling bad about yourself later? Rev. Rachel leads a 5 min prayer meditation to help remind ourselves that we are loved, we don't need to be perfect, and we can find rest in God.

CH@Ts: Join us this Thursday, July 23rd from 7-8:30pm
Movie/Book Discussion: Just Mercy
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93173987090…
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yxu8a99e

Join us for a discussion of the book/movie Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
We ask that you watch the movie ahead of time (you can find it on Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime) or explore some of the following links:
Intro by Bryan Stevenson (author):
https://tinyurl.com/y66wlcle
EJI (Equal Justice Initiative): https://justmercy.eji.org/
New York Times Book Review link: https://tinyurl.com/v4gshyd
Click here for discussion questions: https://dominiquegilliard.com/…/Just-Mercy-film-questions.p…

July 20, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer: 
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Episode 9 CHT Puppet Story Time
CHT & Soozung sing a prayer and talk about finding answers in the EARTH!

Episode 9 CHT Puppet Story Time

CHT & Soozung sing a prayer and talk about finding answers in the EARTH!

Posted by The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square on Monday, July 20, 2020


What’s going on in the virtual world at CHT:
As a community of faith we have started coming together virtually to talk about issues of racism and injustice. Our Summer CH@Ts series launched last week. Yesterday’s noon group talked about racial identity development models and how they impact the way we see the world and ourselves. Tonight we will discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. More information on this event can be found at: http://htrit.org/book-movie-chts/ to help prep for the discussion or register and get access to the zoom meeting. More information and the entire CH@Ts schedule can be found on the church website: www.htrit.org and select the CH@Ts drop down menu at the top.

 
 

July 17, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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3:00 pm Virtual Concert on the Square
Join us Friday at 3pm for another Concert watch party here on Facebook. This week we are going to watch Charlie Albright at WRTI. Presented by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. We hope to see you there! JOIN THE WATCH PARTY HERE


July 16, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Noon: Living in the Moment
I mentioned in my sermon this week that this picture came up in my facebook memories. I originally posted it four years ago when we were leaving Colorado and moving to Philadelphia. It was a summer of change and transition, and I put it on my feed to remind me not to get stuck in all the what ifs and the what will be, and just focus on my trust in God. My personality is one of a planner and obsessing over details. I also tend to be a worrier. So, the “just trust” thing doesn’t come naturally to me. So, I had to carve out time to draw near to God in the present moment, trusting that God would be whatever came next. The changing world and constantly updated information around COVID-19, has forced me to do this more often lately, and with more intention. Living in the moment is all we can do because the next moment is rarely what we expect and nothing we can plan. I am starting to appreciate the change – noticing things like how my kids all end up on my bed at the end of the evening to chat and settle in with us before bedtime, or walking my dog in the quiet of the city, or sitting on the balcony and taking in the skyline at night. But it takes intention and time – and the faith that whatever happens I know God is not only with me now, but continues to be with me in each moment, with each step, with each change and each twinge of my gut. Faith is my steady, along with the love of the people around me, and this picture reminds me to cling to both these days. –Reverend Rachel Wenner Gardner
 

July 15, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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5:30 pm Evening Prayer:
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6:00 pm Curbside Care:
The Free Library of Philadelphia is the latest partner in CHT and the Sunday Love Project’s care for our neighbors. Every Monday, librarian Erin Hoopes will be offering free books to our guests. Normally, the Free Library would sell their excess books, but the pandemic has prevented that sale. Instead, our guests can feed their minds and improve their quality of life. Click here to give to Curbside Care. 
 
 
 
 

July 14, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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10:00 am – Facebook Post – Summer CH@Ts
Over the remainder of the summer, we, as a community of faith, will begin to hold conversations and undertake learning around issues of racism and injustice. There will be opportunities for one-time events and longer commitment. Each session will be preceded with information spanning from short articles, to podcasts, to videos, and even books. We will then gather for conversation and discussion. Our Sunday conversations (Summer CH@Ts) will be grounded in our baptismal vows. Movie and Book discussions will take place during the week. Affinity or Longer group discussions will meet as the group decides. All sessions will take place on Zoom. Please join us! Detailed information will follow–watch Facebook and the enews.

Noon: Mindful Moment from The Reverend Rachel Gardner
This week we’ll combine sound, breath, and Gregorian Chant to center ourselves and focus on our breath. Music with lyrics and composer information is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF90stmowtM&feature=youtu.be


July 13, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Noon – CHT Puppet Story Time Episode 8
6:00pm – CHT Children’s Music Program Summer Launch!

In March 2020, we were about to announce CHT Children’s Music Program is going live, but the events of the world took a turn. Now, as we live in the moment, and accept as much as we are able, this very long COVID trajectory, we decided to go ahead and start the CHT Children’s Music Program via Zoom!

In early 2020, we started to set up the 3rd floor (former office suite) space across from the choir room and choirmaster’s office in the Parish House, to function as the Children’s Music Program space. As you know, we secured a three-octave set of choir chimes about three years ago, which made appearances in worship during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons. We started a guitar choir about five years ago with the generous donation of guitars from members of our parish. We have an electronic piano, electric guitars, some percussion instruments and the beautiful voices of children and youth, so felt we could start something meaningful for our church.

Soozung has been singing with children during some of the Zoom sessions and the ability and interest seem to be ripe so start something sooner rather than later makes perfect sense. You may not know this, but Soozung’s undergraduate degree is in music and her master’s is in theology. She has over 25 years of experience in children’s music in the church setting, directing/choreographing many children’s choirs, musical theatre productions, summer music camps, and liturgical dance. We feel ready! If you have been getting emails from Soozung about children and youth Zooms, she will be reaching out to families to share more details. Please be in touch with Soozung Rankin, Program Director at srankin@htrit.org if you have any questions.

 

July 9, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:

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Announcement: Summer CH@Ts
Over the remainder of the summer, we, as a community of faith, will begin to hold conversations and undertake learning around issues of racism and injustice. There will be opportunities for one-time events and longer commitment. Each session will be preceded with information spanning from short articles, to podcasts, to videos, and even books. We will then gather for conversation and discussion. Our Sunday conversations (Summer CH@Ts) will be grounded in our baptismal vows. Movie and Book discussions will take place during the week. Affinity or Longer group discussions will meet as the group decides. All sessions will take place on Zoom. Please join us! Detailed information will follow–watch Facebook and the enews.
Sundays: 9:30 am and 12:00 pm
07/12   Introduction to Baptismal Vows and Summer CH@TS
07/19  Vow: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ? Topic: racial identity models
07/26  Vow: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Topic: racist vs. not racist
08/02  Vow: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Topic: implicit bias
08/09  Vow: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Topic: equity vs. equality
08/16  Vow: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Topic: white privilege and white supremacy
08/23  Vow: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? Topic: defund the police, what does it mean?
08/30  Vow: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? Topic: racism vs. predjudice
09/06  Vow: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? Topic: systemic racism
09/13  Topic: What do we want to be and do as a faith community after these conversations?
One Time Movie Events: Dates TBA
  • Just Mercy
  • 13
  • The Hate u Give
One time Book/Article Discussions: Dates TBA
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo
  • Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • End of Policing by Alex Vitale
Longer Commitment Groups: Dates TBA
Sacred Ground – 8 week film series on Race by Episcopal Church
Me and White Supremacy – 28 day learning and journaling experience

July 9, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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Encouragement Moment:
Psalm 16:11 In your presence there is fullness of joy
Presence, or more specifically the lack of presence, is something we’ve had to struggle with lately. Most of us have wanted to be present for our families, our friends, or church, or our jobs, but because of the pandemic, we’ve had to settle for an approximation to true presence – phone calls, facetime, zoom.
In Psalm 16:11, David says that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy. What does it mean to be in God’s presence, and what is “fullness of joy”?
Rick Warren defines joy like this… “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”
When I look back at my life, the times I’ve felt most at peace have not been the times when everything was going well. They were the times when I was really struggling and driven to spend quality time alone with God – resting in the peace of his presence and focusing on his love, forgiveness, power, and goodness.
When I was a freshman in college, someone shared with me a verse from the Prophet Zephaniah, and it’s stuck with me all these years later — “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)
I love the image of God longing to be present with me and rejoicing over me with singing. It’s amazing to contemplate that the God who created and sustains the entire universe not only allows us to be in his presence (and live!) but actually seeks us out and longs to be in our presence.
Today may you know that God is good. God is powerful. And God rejoices over YOU with loud singing, longing to welcome you into His presence and to be in yours. -Andrew Gutknecht, parishioner.
One Diocese. One Love.
We are one together in Jesus Christ. Images of hope, faith and love. #OneLove


July 8, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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Curbside Care:
CHT has long been known as a safe and welcoming space for the recovery community. For decades, we have hosted numerous 12-step groups for those dealing with additions to alcohol, drugs, marijuana, and overeating. Many of these groups elected to stop meeting in person during the pandemic, moving to Zoom for their important work. However, a few groups acknowledged the need for in-person meetings don’t as not to exclude people with no digital access. With the support of our Bishop and express permission of the governor, these groups continue to meet in our space, (In much smaller numbers), while following strict social distancing, mask wearing, and contact tracing protocols.
The recovery community has expressed much gratitude to us for being one of the few places open to 12-step groups in the city.
Evening Prayer 
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July 7, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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Message from the Bishop:
The green phase what does it mean?
As you have heard, the five counties of our diocese have recently, or will shortly, enter Phase III (Green). Far from marking the conclusion of the process, this is but another step on our journey, a journey of re-entry and a journey of faith.

You can read the full letter from Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez here http://htrit.org/category/notices/

 

Mindful Moment from the Reverend Rachel Gardner

5 minute Tibetan Singing Bowl meditation.


July 6, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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What’s happening at the Church in the Virtual World?
Over the next couple of weeks we will be highlighting what happens virtually at the church. Church life, business and community continues to thrive and we want to share it all with you. From morning prayers and Sunday worship to youth ministry, vestry, the music program and more CHT is alive and welcoming. Watch this space every Monday for spotlights of the virtual world.

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Episode 7 CHT Puppet Story Time
CHT & Soozung tell knock knock jokes and sing about being excited!