Morning Prayer – November 12, 2020:
Morning Prayer – November 11, 2020:
Morning Prayer – November 10, 2020:
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.
Morning Prayer – November 9, 2020:
Candlelight Compline Service in Front of the Church
Morning Prayer – November 6, 2020:
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.
Morning Prayer – November 4, 2020:
Morning Prayer – November 3, 2020: Election Day
Morning Prayer – November 2, 2020:
Candlelight Prayers at the church: Click Here to see a video.
Morning Prayer – October 23, 2020:
Morning Prayer – Thursday, October 29, 2020:
The Rev. Rachel Wenner Gardner
The Rev. John Gardner
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.
*Seven, in the bible, is a number symbolizing completeness and wholeness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning Prayer – Wednesday, October 28, 2020:
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.
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:
Monday – October 26, 2020:
Morning Prayer – October 22, 2020:
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
Morning Prayer – October 21, 2020:
Morning Prayer – October 20, 2020:
Morning Prayer – October 19, 2020:
Episode 22 CHT Puppet Story Time
CHT & Soozung read Thank You Body Thank You Heart and sing “Thank You, Lord”
Morning Prayer – October 16, 2020:
Morning Prayer – October 15, 2020:
Morning Prayer – October 14, 2020:
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
CHT & Soozung sing “This is the Day” because it is a great day!
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
CHT Puppet Story Time – Episode 18
CHT & Soozung sing and talk about how WE ARE THE CHURCH TOGETHER
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.
View from the Pew
Perkins Sagle family in virtual worship together apart being church.
Brandon Leake Performs Heart-Wrenching Spoken Word to His Mother – America’s Got Talent 2020
“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
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.
Morning Prayer – Tuesday, September 8
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Living in the Moment from John Gardner
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:
Or text “CHT CURBSIDECARE” to 73256 to give using your mobile device.
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:
August 31, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
August 28, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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:
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:
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!
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:
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.
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 email@example.com, to participate.
Episode 14 CHT Puppet Story Time – Soozung and CHT talk about being BRAVE!
August 20, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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:
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:
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
August 17, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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
Posted by The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square on Monday, August 17, 2020
August 12, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
August 11, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
“Swimming While White.”
On 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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
July 28, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 24, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
July 23, 2020 9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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:
Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer. Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
We continue to share images of faith, hope and action across the diocese.
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: Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer. Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here 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.
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: Click here to see a video of today’s morning prayer. Join us each morning online for live and interactive morning prayer. Click Here
Episode 9 CHT Puppet Story Time CHT & Soozung sing a prayer and talk about finding answers in the EARTH!
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: 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 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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July 15, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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July 14, 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
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.
July 13, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
July 9, 2020
9:00 am Morning Prayer:
- Just Mercy
- The Hate u Give
- 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
July 9, 2020
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.
We are one together in Jesus Christ. Images of hope, faith and love. #OneLove
July 8, 2020
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.
July 7, 2020
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
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.