One of the things that people love most about Rittenhouse Square is that so many different people gather together in this place each day – a diversity of color, race, gender, economic status, ages, beliefs, and life experiences. The Square has been touted as a cosmopolitan space. Just this week we saw a large, diverse, vocal, and peaceful group gather together to cry out against systemic and institutional inequality, injustice, and racism.
We, the Church of the Holy Trinity, are blessed to sit on The Square and watch this diversity walk by and enter through our doors each day. We have strived to open wide our hearts and our doors to anyone who comes into our church. We have given our time, resources, and love to those who live on the margins, experiencing hunger, homelessness, poverty, hatred, racism and bigotry. We have tried to be good neighbors to the residents and businesses on the Square.
At the same time, we are painfully aware that there is much more work to do. Being together and sharing our love is the beginning. But now we must do the hard introspection that is needed in our country and in our own lives. We must do the Christian work of reconciliation: to recognize our own efforts that support the status quo and to break open and dismantle the injustice and inequality we have created either intentionally or because we stood silent for so long. We must take our baptismal covenant seriously: seeking and serving Christ in all people, loving our neighbors, striving for justice and peace, and respecting the dignity of every human being. We must remain grounded in Jesus Christ and our faith in his power to reconcile and transform each of us and the world.
As we move forward into our call as Christians, The Church of the Holy Trinity will work to create spaces for conversation: listening, praying, repenting, praising, lamenting, healing, and forgiving. Now is the time to listen, to hear the stories of the people around us, to raise up the voices that have been shouted over or silenced, and to connect to each other as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Let us hold each other in prayer, steep ourselves in our faith, and move courageously into our Christian call of reconciliation and love.
The Rectors and Wardens of The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
3:00 pm Virtual Concert on the Square
Concert #1 – IN RIO
Live From Our Grand Piano Studio
Minas started a new concert series last night. We are rebroadcasting their concert for out Facebook watch party. Don’t miss it, 3:00 pm TODAY. Join the watch party here.
June 4, 2020
If you would like to read the full message from Rachel and John it can be found below!
6:00 pm Encourage Moment: Complicated emotions waft through me. It is challenging to find focus and I am simply grasping for peace. How does one exist or lead? Psalms 94:19 keeps it simple, so I too, will keep it simple. At a time when I am at a loss for words, I will borrow the words of a young adult artist, poet, activist and author Cleo Wade. –Soozung, Staff at CHT
“The world will say to you: We need to end racism. Start by Healing it in your own family. The world will say to you: How do we speak to bias and bigotry? Start by Having the first conversation at Your own kitchen table. The world will say to you: There is too much hate. Devote yourself to love. Love yourself So much that you can love others Without barriers And without judgement.” –Cleo Wade
Generosity Begets more Generosity
Yesterday evening’s community meal served not only regular guests, but also hungry protesters and new passers by. For every new meal guest, there was also a spontaneous act of generosity from the community. One woman gave us 100 packets of hand sanitizer. A young man went to the trouble of driving through the demonstrations to get 3 large tubs of clothing to donate. At least a half-dozen others asked how they might volunteer.
When we are automatically generous, and we attach no conditions to our gifts, we are participating in God’s generosity. Thanks to the Sunday Love Project and the CHT Outreach team for bringing our meal service to the streets—where we are sorely needed—and where we, too, are fed. #SundayLove
June 2, 2020
6:30 Women’s Group in the virtual world. Join us at 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.
June 1, 2020