Previous Weeks in Quarantine


May 29, 2020 
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
This Week in Quarantine (5/29/20)
Click Here to see a copy of this week’s eNews.
 
Virtual Concert on the Square
Friday May 29 at 3pm (EST)
Join our watch party on Facebook as we enjoy together Gabriel Cabezas In Recital, a unique film and music experience, directed by James Darrah, and designed by Adam Larsen! You won’t want to miss this! Presented by Kaufman Music Center in collaboration with Eclipse Projects and Living Music with Nadia Sirota. This video was originally shared by Curtis Institute of Music on May 27th, and we will rebroadcast it on to our page at 3:00 pm TODAY.  JOIN THE WATCH PARTY HERE

May 28, 2020 

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Mechtild Magdeburg, Mystic c. 1282
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Encouragement Moment:

I have always loved the poetry of the psalms, and this one in particular as it speaks to the constant protection of our God for his people.  At this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, faced with so much uncertainty and for many of us an increased sense of loneliness, we are reminded by the psalmist to put the focus on our God, who will protect us, reassure us, and watch over us always.  These words assure me that I am not alone as I struggle with social distancing and the restrictions of quarantine, and even though I am unable to be with those I love I can use the psalms as prayer for strength and fortitude for all those in need, and until we can be together again.    –Margaret, Staff at CHT


May 27, 2020 

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Bertha and Ethelbert, Queen and King of Kent (616)
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Noon – Curbside Care: When God does big things through us, sometimes we need bigger equipment. Chef Lauren Hooks had to use a ladder to reach the extra large pot while preparing Tuesday’s Moroccan Chicken and chickpea stew. Sunday Love and CHT’s partnership continues to flourish. Over 4,000 meals were cooked and/or assembled here. The meals were served to guests at CHT and around the city.

#Sundaylove


Get Your Hopes Up Group

Wednesdays – 6-7 pm.

A time to gather together on zoom and talk about HOPE. Where we see it in the bible, and how we can see it today. All are invited. We will break out in groups, depending on the size. Bring something you can share that has given you hope over the last two months. Zoom link: click here. 


May 26, 2020 

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Augustine of Canterbury Bishop and Missionary.  (26 May 605)
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
#Onelove
Shout out to our Youth Leader Soozung Rankin, she does amazing work with our youth in our congregation! Click here to see the #onelove video from the Diocese.
 
 
 
CHT Puppet Story Time, Episode 1 – Aired on Sunday May 24, 2020
Soozung and Carter Harper Taylor (CHT) read, “Do You Have a Tail?”

CHT Puppet Story Time, Episode 1

CHT Puppet Story Time, Episode 1Soozung and Carter Harper Taylor (CHT) read, "Do You Have a Tail?"

Posted by The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square on Sunday, May 24, 2020

 

May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Bede the Venerable, Priest, Monk Scholar (25 May 735)
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
Tips for Thriving Through Coronavirus
Tip #4: Play A Game: Getting your mind off things with anxiety-free fun is always a win. A game is a good idea for helping you ease your time in quarantine, but you may be wondering who am I going to play with? Try these free online game sites. Play traditional board and card games with your friends over the internet. Seems like everything has moved online, why not traditional board games and card games. Give it a try.

 


May 22, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Helena of Canstantinople, Protector of the Holy Places, 330
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here

3:00 pm Virtual Concert on the Square

Join our watch party on Facebook as we enjoy together one of our long standing Concert on the Square regulars MINAS. JOIN THE WATCH PARTY HERE

Rebroadcast: Strong Black Coffee
Facebook Live Concert, April 24, 2020

 


May 21, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer – Ascension Day
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 

7:30 pm – Bedtime Prayers for Ascension Day

A special Prayers before Bedtime for Ascension (with music!) Join us on Facebook for a short service recognizing the ascension of Christ.

 

Encouragement Moment:
Pray for the broken and troubled hearts, victims of the pandemic we are facing.I pray and weep with them, as I weep for myself, as one in fear of the unknown. My faith keeps me in a safe place and I know God is my stabilizing force during the uncertainty. God is my shoulder to lean on, my rock. With God, I am never alone and He never gives me more in a day than I can handle. –Madelyn, Vestry Member

 


May 20, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer, Alcuin, Deason, Scholar, and Abbot of Tours ( 20 May 804)
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Mid-day Mindful Moment: Praying with Icons.

Praying with icons is a contemplative practice where you slow down to pray and pay attention to God using an image, called an icon. These are written (painted) over time and through prayer. Our church used to hold icon writing (painting) workshops, and some of you have written your own. If you want to know how icons are made, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrO8RBTFNj4

Praying with Icons: You can pray with an icon in silence, by talking to God casually, or by using hymns and other ancient prayers. Below you will find two ways to pray with an icon. Using music and visual only, this video explores the icon of the Holy Trinity by Andre Rublev through Tchaikovsky’s setting of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8K5P_RZ7po&t=74s
If you prefer a guided mediation, here is a guided prayer and introduction on the same icon (which is also in our Prayer Corner): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b63qWPjoF-g

Take a moment and see what God is saying to you today!

Curbside Care: Clothing
When we give clothing, we give dignity and safety.
 
Every week, CHT and the Sunday Love Project distribute dozens of clothing orders to people experiencing deep poverty and homelessness.
 
Led by volunteer Lisa Pinto Trucksess, we take and fill personalized orders for each guest. Orders include shoes, coats, blankets, socks, underwear, all types of clothing, toiletries, and feminine necessities. Lisa worked with Rev. John Gardner and Margaux Murphy to start this ministry over a year ago, and we have helped hundreds of our neighbors.
 
Lisa moves all around the food line talking with guests, practicing great kindness and empathy. Lisa recently said, “As a person who previously didn’t come in contact with this particular population beyond passing them on the street, I’ve been able to see them with softer eyes. This has helped me more than I would’ve ever expected.”

May 19, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer: Dunstan of Canterbury, Monk and Archbishop (19 May 988)
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 

Curbside Care: Facemask Drive Update

Help ensure the safety of our meal guests! 

We are holding a facemask drive so that we can equip each of our guests with a reusable, washable cloth mask. Many of our guests wear old surgical masks, but these are hard to come by and lose their usefulness after one wearing. 
 
If you like to sew, or you know someone who does, you can help! We are trying to collect 300 masks, and we hope you can help. We’ll provide a few sewing patterns, and you can use any clean cloth fabric you have on hand. Masks can be dropped off at the church door on Walnut Street during mealtimes (Sundays and Tuesdays 4-6 pm; Mondays 9 – 11 am, or message us to arrange a dropoff). Click Here for step-by-step instructions on how to make masks: Style #1Style #2Style #3
 
Is sewing not your thing? Are you wondering how can you help? Not to worry. Click here for a link to a washable facemask sold online. Masks can be sent directly to The Church of the Holy Trinity care of Curbside Care. Have fun! We look forward to seeing your masks!
 
P.S. – You can also give directly to Curbside Care. Use the button below.

May 18, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 

What’s Happening in the Building While we are not There? Our incredible Building Operations Assistant, Demetrius, has been doing an amazing job keeping the church clean while we are away. We would not be able to offer our community the support we have without him on our team. Demetrius has a few words for everyone, “Be safe out there and always be cautions, and please wear your mask.”

 

 

 

Tips for Thriving Through Coronavirus

Tip #3: Read Your Bible: God can speak to you about present issues from past revelation. On Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, come together with others from the diocese for bible study. Each week, we will explore Acts in a bible study led by Bishop Gutiérrez and other leaders in the diocese. Click here for more information. 

 

 
 
 
May 14, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer
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Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here

Encouragement Moment:

During this stay-at-home period, I have been re-watching Seinfeld episodes with my family and we just watched the one where Frank Costanza shouts ‘Serenity Now!’ every time life gets too stressful. While we chuckled along watching the absurdity of yelling to calm down, I have to agree that some days I feel the same way. There are too many depressing new articles and additional losses to our ‘normal’ lives of just 2 months ago, and I just want to shout out to block the noise. But as we are reminded in Psalms, we should instead try to ‘be still’ to feel that God is with us. I pray that we all can find time to slow all the information bombarding us these days and sit in silence to hear what God is trying to tell us all and find some true serenity now. –Amy, Vestry Member


May 13, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer: Frances Perkins, Public Servant and Prophetic Witness – 1965
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Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Mid-Day Mindful Moment: Using a finger labyrinth to calm and center the mind. The Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner walk through the use of a finger labyrinth (using the one from our Prayer Corner) and how you can do this at home.
 

May 12, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Curbside Care: Help ensure the safety of our meal guests! 

We are holding a mask drive so that we can equip each of our guests with a reusable, washable cloth mask.  Many of our guests wear old surgical masks, but these are hard to come by and lose their usefulness after one wearing.  If you like to sew, or you know someone who does, you can help!  We are trying to collect 300 masks, and we hope you can help.  We’ll provide a few sewing patterns, and you can use any clean cloth fabric you have on hand.  Masks can be dropped off at the church door on Walnut Street during mealtimes (Sundays and Tuesdays 4-6 pm; Mondays 9 – 11 am, or message us to arrange a dropoff).  Have fun!  We look forward to seeing your masks!

Click Here for step-by-step instructions on how to make masks: Style #1 Style #2 Style #3


May 11, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  Johann Arndt and Jacob Bohme, Mystics 1621 & 1624
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6:00 PM Tips for Thriving Through Coronavirus
Tip #2: Get Outside
“There’s nothing healthy about sitting around for 24 hours a day in your house,” says Bucks County health department director Dr. David Damsker. “If you’re healthy and maintain the six to ten feet distances from others, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go out and get some exercise. Just be smart, and avoid going out in groups.”

A fun idea from an article in today’s Philadelphia Citizen, Things To Do During Quarantine, suggests getting out on a nice day to see street art. They report that a host of local public arts projects meant to uplift and inspire have sprung up over the past few weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including “Fill the Walls With Hope,” a gritty street-art project that asked artists to cover walls around town with uplifting visuals and messages of hope and resilience. Get out on a nice day and see how many of these pieces you can find.


May 8, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  Julian of Norwich
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3:30 pm: Virtual Concert on the Square
Join us Today
Join our watch party on Facebook as we enjoy together one of our long standing Concert performers, Astral Artists.
Watch with us as they perform Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 which was filmed at CHT in 2017.
 

May 7, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Mid-day Encouragement Moment:
We’re all seeking this last word, “peace,” these days…in our minds and hearts, in our families, in our worries and challenges. And here we’re told that the Lord will give us that peace. The other words and phrases before it are part of that promise and that process; they are what will help us find it, even if we have to seek it anew each day (sometimes each moment). Remember these other words and phrases, to bring you/me/us peace: bless you, keep you, make His face shine, be gracious, lift up. –Nancy, Vestry Member
 
7:30 pm every Thursday Family Prayers Bedtime:
A short 20 minute prayer with The Gardners.
Join us tonight. Click Here
If this is your first time, reach out to Rachel at rgardner@htrit.org.
Click here to see a video of Thursday (5/7) bedtime prayer.

May 6, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  
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Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here

#OneLove#DiopaLove

“We have prayed, we have supported one another, we have cried and we have rejoiced. It is undeniable. We are one in the love of Christ. One Diocese. One Love.” – Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez.

Watch Now: Click Here.

 

 

 

Noon: Mindful Moment from The Rev. Rachel Gardner
The Taize Community is an ecumenical monastic community in France known for a meditative and prayerful style of music. A simple phrase from scripture or prayers is repeated to create a meditative space for prayer. This particular song has been running through my heart and mind this week. It is called “Stay with Me” and recalls Jesus’ time in Gethsemane the night before he dies. I have been using it to invite Jesus to sit with me and watch with me as I contemplate all I have seen and felt in this time of quarantine, and it has been a balm for my soul. I hope you will take 5 minutes to sit with this song and this prayer. Peace and Blessings to you – The Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmAOcHqvS0Q


May 5, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
Giving Tuesday and Curbside Care
For over three years, our congregation has been serving the needy in partnership with the Sunday Love Project. The coronavirus pandemic has seen unprecedented hunger and desperation in our city, and together we have risen to the challenge of feeding our neighbors. 
 
Last week, over 4,000 meals were prepared in our Centennial Room kitchen—10 times our pre-pandemic service! Some of these meals are served at CHT, but most are served on sidewalks around the city (including hard-hit areas in Kensington). 
 
On this Giving Tuesday, we ask you to join us to help cover the significant increase in utility and maintenance costs so that our recently-renovated kitchen can continue to sustain this vital service. 
 
To help us keep feeding our neighbors, please click here: Curbside Care, which will take you directly to the secure donation portal on this website. 
 
Thank you for your generosity and your prayers!
 
6:30 pm Women’s Group:

Women’s Group has moved to the virtual world. Join us at 6:30 tonight as we navigate the world with new eyes. If you are new to the group contact Rachel at RGardner@htrit.org for instructions on how to sign in.

Click here to join the conversation: 


May 4, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  Martyrs of the Reformation Era
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Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
What is Happening in the Church While We are Not There?

Front Steps Railings: Now that construction can resume in the City on existing repair projects, we are advised that the new railings will be installed on Wednesday, May 6th.   We will post a photograph as soon as the job is complete.

West Wall Repairs:  Your Vestry approved awarding a contract for this work to MPG of Pennsauken, N.J. and we are negotiating with The Parkway Corporation for a convenient start date for this project.  We anticipate the project will take 2-3 months to complete.

Tips for Thriving Through Coronavirus
Tip #1: Pray Often

Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer.

Click Here: https://zoom.us/j/101860127

Family Prayers before Bedtime – 7:30 pm every Thursday
A short 20 minute prayer.
Click Here: https://zoom.us/j/101860127

 

May 1, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:  St. Philip and St. James
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
3:00 pm: Virtual Concert on the Square
Join our watch party on Facebook as we enjoy together one of our long standing Concert on the Square regulars Curtis Institute’s Young Artists. Rebroadcast: Student recital series from February 21st.
 

April 30, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer: Marie of the Incarnation, Monastic and Educator, 1672
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
12:00 NoonEncouragement Moment
Watch this space on Thursdays as we reflect on a biblical quote. Brought to you by CHT staff, vestry, or clergy. 
While I sit in the stillness of my home in the midst of the chaos of the current crisis I try to remember that I strive to live to benefit humanity. I remind myself that these trying times are, in fact, opportunities to live a life that embodies His word. I remind myself that my every action, feeling, and thought affects all others. I am capable of, and responsible for, contributing to His plan. –Leda, Staff at CHT.
 
7:30 pm every Thursday Family Prayers Bedtime:
A short 20 minute prayer with The Gardners.
Join us. Click Here
If this is your first time reach out to Rachel at rgardner@htrit.org.
Click here to see a video of Thursday (4/30) bedtime prayer.
 

April 29, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer: Catherine of Siena, 1380
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
 
Noon: 20th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Carillon
Today is the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the carillon.  We are having a live concert from the bell tower of the church. If you live in the neighborhood you will be able to hear the concert from your home. If you are out of earshot, we will post the concert here to celebrate!
Click Here for concert.
 
 
 
 
Curbside Care
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feeding our beloved neighbors during the pandemic, recalling the church in the 4th century. Bishop John Chrysostom witnessed: “when plagues broke out in Carthage and Alexandria, Christians rushed to aid all in need.”
 

 

 

 

April 28, 2020

9:00 am Morning Prayer:
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer.
Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
 
12:00 pm Mid-day Meditation:
If you are finding yourself restless or with a racing mind, Rev. Rachel shares a prayerful God-centered body scan to settle yourself before prayer time.

Mindfulness Moment: Ready Your Body for Prayer (a body scan) by Fr. Thomas F. Catucci (led by Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner) Click Here


April 27, 2020

What is Happening in the Church While We are Not There?

The Church and the Parish House are being cleaned and disinfected Monday through Thursday by Demetrius Swinson, our Operations Assistant.   He regularly checks the buildings for any problems and keeps the perimeter clean.  Mail is still being delivered and we have staff onsite at least twice a week to handle mail and other administrative, accounting and operational matters.                                           

Some recovery groups have received written permission from Governor Wolf’s Office to meet in the church during the pandemic providing all of the latest CDC, State and local guidelines for keeping social distancing and wearing masks during the meetings are adhered to.  Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances.   Demetrius makes sure that the pews and bathrooms are cleaned and supplies replenished after each meeting.  


April 17, 2020

Dear Friends,
 
Thank you all for your participation and feedback on our holy week and Easter services. While it wasn’t the same as being with you, knowing you were on the other side of the technology made all our effort worth it. 
 
As we move into the season of Easter, we will be shifting our worship to morning prayer (rather than communion services) and streaming them from our homes. The bishop and state/city officials have asked churches to cease all filming in the church at least for the next few weeks as the peak hits our area. In many ways, this is exactly how the early church worshiped together – in their homes, using what they had, and sharing the good news house by house. Our service of morning prayer will also be very similar to the early days of the church – and is one of the older forms of worship the Christian community used. We will pray together, sing songs, and listen to scripture. The services will continue to be live on Facebook at 11:00 am. Coffee Hour will begin on zoom as soon as the service has ended. 
 
Connections will begin again at 9:30 am on April 26th on zoom. Look for details in the weekly enews.
 
Until we can meet face-to-face, we look forward to worshiping with you through all the creative ways we can.
 
Peace and Blessings!
John & Rachel
 

 

Easter Day: Daybreak (Facebook Live)
A short meditation with prayers as we remember the quiet moment the women discovered the empty tomb and understood Jesus had risen!
 
Easter Day: 5:30 am (CBS 3)
Join the Bishop for an Easter service on
CBS/Channel 3 at 5:30 a.m. 
 
Easter Day 10:00 am 
We will join with the Diocese in watching our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, preach and celebrate at the Philadelphia Cathedral. We encourage you to dress up, gather together around the computer, and join the watch party on our Facebook page as we all say together: Alleluia, Christ is risen!! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
 
Join us this morning! 
Virtual Coffee hour (11:00 am) after Live Stream Worship

 
 
 
The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:00 pm
(Facebook Live)
 
The Celebration of Easter begins in darkness. We light the new fire, we hear stories of God’s promise to us from the beginning, and we shout with joy at the resurrection of Jesus! This will be CHT’s own Easter celebration. A special video featuring members of our congregation will lead us in renewing our Baptismal Vows. If you have a bell or something to make joyful music with and a candle, you can join along with us at home!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Holy Saturday:
9:00 am Live and Interactive on Zoom
OR
Holy Saturday:
10:30 am Live Premier on Facebook
 
Prayers and readings for the day Jesus’ rests in the tomb. An ancient sermon entitled “Something Strange is Happening Here” will be played at the end of the service. It is an incredible sermon by an unknown author and has been read on this day for centuries.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Good Friday: 1:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

Good Friday liturgy: Prayers, silence, meditation on Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

Good Friday: 3:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

Stations of the Cross: Walk with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross that hang in our sanctuary (narrated by people of all ages).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHTRittenhouse/

Bulletin URL for 1pm: http://htrit.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Good-Friday-2020-in-quarantine.pdf

CHT YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU1sxc_wyhlG0aF9NJ7WkKw?view_as=subscriber


Maundy Thursday: 6:30 pm

(Zoom Meeting/Facebook Live)
 
A gathering of the community to share a meal and pray together – just like Jesus and his friends did the night before he died.
 
This year, more than others, we are living Maundy Thursday – locked in a room, not knowing what might happen next, and a little afraid. But they were with Jesus and they were together, and that was enough for that moment. 
 
This will be the most interactive of our services. Get together some bread (recipe below), something for everyone to drink, a candle, and join us on Zoom or Facebook to share a meal together and be with Jesus as we all prepare for what will come next.
 

UPDATE: April 3, 2020

Dear CHT Community:

We invite you to join us in just a few days for the holiest week in the church – Holy Week. This is the week where we journey with Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, his last meal with his beloved friends; his arrest, trial, and cruicifixion, and finally his burial in a tomb.  We are pulled through this week by the promise of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection.  Each day of this week you can join us as we move closer to the cross and then then empty tomb.

We had dearly hoped to be with you to celebrate Easter in person—to enjoy the Peace and the Lord’s Supper and all of the companionship and music.  The health and well-being of God’s people is even more important to us.  Therefore, we have spent the last few weeks delving into the technology available to us, and designing services that we hope will be meaningful and spiritually fulfilling, even though we are apart. We hope you, and your family, will take some moments out of your day next week, to enter into this holy week with us.

 Palm Sunday: 11:00 am (live on Facebook)

We have uploaded a pdf of a palm to print and color and put in your window (be a kid at heart!) or wave during the service.

Our service will stream live at 11 am on Facebook.

First Presbyterian, Trinity Memorial and the Church of the Holy Trinity have put together an ecumenical reading of the Gospel reading from Matthew – it’s amazing – in place of our usual ecumenical palm procession.  You’ll see some familiar faces in it!

 Monday in Holy Week: 12:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

A meditation with time for silence will be offered on the Gospel reading for the day – Mary anoints Jesus’ feet. (30 minutes)

 Tuesday in Holy Week: 12:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

A meditation with time for silence will be offered on the Gospel reading for the day – Jesus struggles then accepts his fate. (30 minutes)

 Wednesday in Holy Week: 6:30 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

The Service of Tenebrae – prayers and songs offered as we move from lightness into darkness, one candle at a time.  You can join in at home by lighting a candle and turning off your lights.

 Maundy Thursday: 6:30 pm (Zoom Meeting/Facebook Live)

A gathering of the community to share a meal and pray together – just like Jesus and his friends did the night before he died. This year, more than others, we are living Maundy Thursday – locked in a room, not knowing what might happen next, and a little afraid. But they were with Jesus and they were together, and that was enough for that moment.  This will be the most interactive of our services.  Get together some bread (recipe attached), something for everyone to drink, a candle, and join us on Zoom or Facebook to share a meal together and be with Jesus as we all prepare for what will come next.

Good Friday: 12:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

Good Friday liturgy: Prayers, silence, meditation on Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

Good Friday: 3:00 pm (Facebook and YouTube)

Stations of the Cross: Walk with Jesus through the Stations of the Cross that hang in our sanctuary (narrated by people of all ages).

 Holy Saturday: 9:00 am (Zoom and Facebook Live)

Prayers and readings for the day Jesus’ rests in the tomb. An ancient sermon entitled “Something Strange is Happening Here” will be played at the end of the service.  It is an incredible sermon by an unknown author and has been read on this day for centuries.

 The Great Vigil of Easter 8:00 pm

The Celebration of Easter begins in darkness.  We light the new fire, we hear stories of God’s promise to us from the beginning, and we shout with joy at the resurrection of Jesus! This will be CHT’s own Easter celebration. A special video featuring members of our congregation will lead us in renewing our Baptismal Vows. If you have a bell or something to make joyful music with and a candle, you can join along with us at home!

 Easter Day: Daybreak (Facebook Live)

A short meditation with prayers as we remember the quiet moment the women discovered the empty tomb and understood Jesus had risen!

 Easter Day: 5:30 am (CBS 3)

Our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, will be celebrating and preaching an Easter morning service on CBS 3.

 Easter Day 10:00 am (Facebook Watch Party)

We will join with the Diocese in watching our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, preach and celebrate at the Philadelphia Cathedral. We encourage you to dress up, gather together around the computer, and join the watch party on our Facebook page as we all say together: Alleluia, Christ is risen!! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia!

 


UPDATE March 30, 2020- Clergy Hours:

John and Rachel will be available digitally for conversation and prayer on the following days this week:

4/1 10-11 am

4/2 2-3 pm

4/7 10-11 am

Please feel free to reach out to them. https://zoom.us/j/597049585


UPDATE Sunday March 29, 2020

This evening, we (the church and the Sunday Love Project) served meals to 115 people (we normally serve 54). We had enough for everyone, but we weren’t prepared for the level of desperation. So many other services have closed, and we saw many people who have never come to our meals before. Only a few people listened to repeated instructions about social distancing. This was a lesson in how we humans are affected by deep hunger and scarcity. We apologize to our Rittenhouse neighbors for the disturbance. We’re going to be working with other programs in the city to find creative solutions to the unprecedented crowds while continuing to serve our neighbors.


UPDATE March 27, 2020 – (Click the link below for the first video in this series)

Joyful Fearless Embracing – Church in the Time of Coronavirus, Part 1

 


UPDATE 3/25/2020

AA-NA Meetings: The following groups are suspending meetings in the building during this time to adhere to the CDC and City guidelines:

  • Sunday Night 60 Minutes AA
  • Monday through Friday Square One NA
  • Monday Night WHY AA
  • Wednesday Night Big Book AA Meeting
  • Friday night Recovery International
  • Friday night The 11th Hour NA meeting

Please check with each group’s chairperson to determine if they have virtual meeting availability.

UPDATE 3/24/2020

Go to Facebook to vote:

As we continue to adapt to our new way of being church and self isolation, would you like us to continue streaming services with communion or should we shift to other ways of praying together without communion?


UPDATE 3/23/2020

Yes, the Church is still carrying out our mission AND loving each other and our neighbor.

We are working remotely with our wonderful staff to create a Holy Week and Easter experience that will be musical, moving, and spiritually nourishing. We will make sure this holy time is accessible to all levels of digital experience. We are working on staying connected to you with prayer, worship, and fellowship every Sunday and several times every week. We’ll post more as we continue to plan and organize.

We look forward to connecting with you!

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of church members practicing social distancing while enjoying each other’s company (and preparing to feed our hungry neighbors).


UPDATE 3/19/2020 (Click the link below for a video from John and Rachel.)

Church in the time of Coronavirus.


UPDATE 3/18/2020 (For a full history of posted updates click here.)

Watch for weekday video communications from John and Rachel. These will be streamed with the church via Facebook.  We are calling it “Love in the time of Coronavirus.”

9:30 am Connections THIS Sunday:

ALL AGES WELCOME and encouraged to attend!! 

Inviting ALL ages and folks interested in gathering digitally as Connections in this time of social distancing- kids, teen, parents, adults, EVERYONE – to talk about how we might do this. And also to just check in and connect! Bring your big ideas and fun thoughts! See you soon. 11:00 am service will be on Facebook Live again! Here’s the Connections invite: https://zoom.us/j/776807753

Clergy Hours:

John and Rachel will be available digitally for conversation and prayer tomorrow, Thursday 3/19/20 from 11 am – 12 pm. Please feel free to reach out to them. https://zoom.us/j/597049585

Morning Prayer:

Morning Prayer has moved to the digital world. Join us every weekday morning at 9:00 am. See you there. https://zoom.us/j/597049585

 


UPDATE 3/19/2020 (Click the link below for a video from John and Rachel.)

Church in the time of Coronavirus.


UPDATE 3/18/2020 (For a full history of posted updates click here.)

Watch for weekday video communications from John and Rachel. These will be streamed with the church via Facebook.  We are calling it “Love in the time of Coronavirus.”

9:30 am Connections THIS Sunday:

ALL AGES WELCOME and encouraged to attend!! 

Inviting ALL ages and folks interested in gathering digitally as Connections in this time of social distancing- kids, teen, parents, adults, EVERYONE – to talk about how we might do this. And also to just check in and connect! Bring your big ideas and fun thoughts! See you soon. 11:00 am service will be on Facebook Live again! Here’s the Connections invite: https://zoom.us/j/776807753

Clergy Hours:

John and Rachel will be available digitally for conversation and prayer tomorrow, Thursday 3/19/20 from 11 am – 12 pm. Please feel free to reach out to them. https://zoom.us/j/597049585

Morning Prayer:

Morning Prayer has moved to the digital world. Join us every weekday morning at 9:00 am. See you there. https://zoom.us/j/597049585

UPDATE 3/17/2020

Good Morning! As we all shift to a more restricted and isolated way of living, we want to continue to give you ways to connect as the Body of Christ and The Church of the Holy Trinity.
1) We will continue to stream the service on this platform on Sundays at 11 am. If you are a reader for the services, we will be reaching out to you with creative ways for you to participate at a distance.
2) We are preparing for digital gatherings of Teen Compass, Connections, Morning Prayer, and other small groups. Specific information will be posted on the website in the next few days in preparation for Sunday.
3) If you have not connected with Realm our database and community connection portal, NOW is the time. Through Realm we can send group emails and texts, you can continue to give to the church (even when social distancing), and connect through other members through a password protected directory. An email with a registration link was sent out late last year. If you need another link, please send an email to communication@htrit.org.
4) John and Rachel will also be available for conversation and prayer digitally for two one hour slots on Thursday this week, and then scheduled times next week on Mon-Thurs.
5) Please check back here daily for new information.
You are in our prayers and our hearts.
John & Rachel


An IMPORTANT UPDATE about SUNDAY SERVICES, beginning March 15th
The Bishop and health officials have encouraged us to immediately move services to digital platforms, including this Sunday, March 15th.
 
We encourage you to stay home tomorrow and connect with us via Facebook Live at 11 am for our service. https://www.facebook.com/CHTRittenhouse/
 
We will be prepared to welcome those who do not get this message. It is a difficult decision for us all to make, but we believe it is the best decision for all at this time.
 
We are all living with a new reality and daily and hourly adjustments to the way we live and do church. It is vital at this time for us to show our love for our neighbor by following guidelines offered by the WHO and CDC, including social distancing and self isolation. We need to be mindful of the most vulnerable among us and to help the health professionals handle the medical needs as they arise.
 
Please feel free to share this message with others.
We will give another update on Monday about how we can continue to be in touch and stay connected.

Week of March 12

We will be communicating with you as the Coronavirus and the news about it continue to spread.   We had a wonderful worship experience last Sunday while we practiced some basic safety and sanitary procedures.

Our priority is to keep the church open and to be available to all as long as it is safe to do so.  We will be taking all precautions necessary to keep you safe and to help contain the virus as much as possible. We are also following the guidance and guidelines of the CDC, Philadelphia Health Department, and the Bishop’s Office as we make changes or implement new policies. Please check social media or call the office if you have questions about changes to our schedule or services.

We will continue to greet each other in safe ways, encouraging non-skin to skin contact – both at the peace and as we greet each other before and after the service.  And we will bless a small amount of wine to offer symbolically at the altar rail.  We will continue to give out the bread – one priest will hand out all wafers, hand sanitizing before setting the altar, and again before and during the distribution of bread. If you do not wish to receive communion you are welcome to receive a prayer at the altar rail or remain in your pew.

This week we have placed hand sanitizing stations at the entrance door, the welcome table, and the Parish House and we will encourage all to sanitize their hands when entering the church. This will not only keep your hands clean, but will also help contain the virus for those in our pews who are more vulnerable to the disease. There are also pumps around the church, if you miss the stations. Please feel free to use as much as you need.

We have also removed the pew cushions, so we can more easily clean the pews between uses. CDC recommends cleaning all surfaces daily, after use, with warm soapy water. The pews will be cleaned each week after church – if you would like to grab a set of gloves and help wipe down the pews, we would love your help! If sitting in a pew is difficult without a cushion, you are welcome to bring your own.

The healing prayer team will continue to offer healing in the prayer corner each week.  This is a time when prayers for healing are so essential and when people look for reassurance.  You can request a prayer with or without the laying on of hands.  The healing prayer team members will wash and sanitize their hands before offering prayers involving touch.

Soft toys and toys that are not easily cleanable will be removed from the nursery, and all surfaces and toys will be sanitized after each use – and weekly cleaning will be continued in between uses.  We will work with families and children to continue to wash hands and practice safe hygiene when we transition to places.

If you are sick, please stay home and take care of yourself. We are working out ways to stream the service for folks who cannot come to church, and ways for folks to continue to donate to the church, even when they are not physically present. We will be happy to talk with and pray with you on the phone, or through various video platforms, if you would like a visit.

We also encourage you to stay up to date with the diocesan, city, state and especially the information from CDC.  All these links can be found at the diocesan website: https://www.diopa.org/news/faith-based-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19. We are also creating a link on our website for the most up to date information.

Above all, know that we are here for you, and that we are praying for you, and for all who are and will be affected by this new virus.

John and Rachel

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Camerata Philadelphia – After much thought about the March 15 concert, Camerata Philadelphia has decided to postpone their performance until the summer. We look forward to seeing you then.

Concerts on The Square – March 18 and April 1 are cancelled; April 8 has no scheduled concert  it is Holy Week.

Week of March 5th:

Dear Friends,

We greet you in the love of Christ!

We are reaching out to you to talk about Coronavirus (COVID-19), and how we, as a congregation can prepare and respond. The most important mission of the Church is to nourish a safe, loving, and supportive community. But we also will need to be prepared for ways to adjust the way we worship and practice our ministry, should we encounter restrictions or widespread illness in our neighborhood. We would like to make the following suggestions for worshipping together over the next few weeks, until we know what will happen in Philadelphia.

Exchanging the Peace each week is an integral part of our worship service – we connect with our neighbors in an act of reconciliation before we go to the Table to receive the Holy Eucharist. Our practice is to shake hands. We want to make sure we maintain the spirit of hospitality and reconciliation while also practicing safety. There are many aspects of our body language, including facial expressions and posture that can communicate the genuine warmth, love, and reconciliation we have come to associate with the Peace. We suggest using a fist or elbow bump, peace sign, or some other way of conveying a greeting without grasping a palm. The outward practice may change temporarily, but the inner gift of being reconciled to one another remains the same.

Our best practices to avoid respiratory disease will also apply to how we distribute the bread and wine during Communion. The simplest way to receive the Body and Blood of Christ is to take only the bread. It is an old tradition in the Church that taking the Sacrament in one kind has the same spiritual benefits as taking both. We will offer the wine symbolically to those who wish to stay at the railing after receiving the bread. As the Chalice comes to you, you will hear the familiar words, “The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation,” and we ask that you receive the wine in spirit. 

The most effective practice we can institute in church and everywhere else is to wash our hands. There are several bathrooms available in the church building, hand sanitizer in the entryway, and we already include structured time for hand washing during the children and youth programs.

Finally, we ask that if you do get sick, please let your clergy know. We want to support you through visiting, conversation, and prayer. We can (and have) helped folks with extended illness by mustering the congregation to provide meals, companionship, humor, and other support. Should a quarantine situation arise, we can still stay connected. We are also investigating the possibility of streaming our services, for those unable to attend, or if there should there be restrictions in place for social gatherings.

We don’t know exactly how our neighborhood, city, and nation will be affected by the coronavirus. We believe that the power, grace, and love of Jesus will be there for all of us. We will be working with each other and with you to help this congregation continue to serve as an example of courage, love, hospitality, and healing.

Yours in Christ,

John and Rachel