Previous Weeks in Quarantine


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!