Thursday, November 9, 2017

Keep me Burning 'til the Light of Day!

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know 
neither the day nor the hour."
Matthew 25:1-13
Throughout chapter 25 of Matthew, we will hear parables related to Christ's return.  This Sunday we will hear the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  What is the symbolism of each part of this parable?  
The Bridegroom: Christ.  
Ten Virgins: Professing Christians, but why ten?  The number 10 is considered a complete and perfect number.  In Jewish tradition, 10 was considered a complete congregation.
Lamp: The Bible or the symbol of our outward profession as Christians. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path" (Psalm 119:105).
Oil: Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Those who fell asleep: Complacency.
The cry at midnight: Alert to signify Jesus is on His way.
So, put together what does this parable teach us?  We cannot borrow the Holy Spirit or purchase the Holy Spirit from another.  Keeping the oil plentiful and our lamps burning is our daily calling.  This always leads me to a childhood song:
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my  lamp I pray
Give me oil in my lamp keep me burning
Keep me burning 'til the light of day

Looking for a Advent Outreach Activity?

Every year Homeless No More (Saint Lawrence Place) offers a Holiday Shop for their families. Eastminster Presbyterian and First Calvary trade off year-to-year to host the families to "shop" for Christmas gifts for their families. Tables are set up for each age group filled with gifts for the parents to choose from for their children. After they shop for the gifts, tables are set up for gift-wrapping. Volunteers are always needed to take a shift wrapping gifts. The wrapping does not need to be professional and we would love for children and families of all ages to participate. The Holiday Shop is Monday, December 11th, 12:00-5:30. It is at First Calvary on Pine Street this year. We would love to have some volunteers from Trinity!  Please contact Bibs Babson at if you can volunteer or if you have any questions.
Christmas Backpacks
Beginning this week, we will be collecting items for the Christmas backpacks to be distributed to our Christmas guests on Christmas Eve morning this year.  

3's: Granola Bars
4's: Adult Socks
Kindergarten: Writing Pens
1st & 2nd Grade: Deodorant
3rd & 4th Grade: Toothpaste
5th Grade: Hand-warmers
Be sure to mark you calendar to join us Sunday, December 17th in the Workshop during the Sunday school hour to pack the backpacks.

Children's Wednesday Night Program:
We have made a few changes to the Children's Wednesday Night Program: A Great Cloud of Witnesses.
Children will now meet in room 204 above the bookstore for dinner at 5:45; however, you must register for dinner before 2:00 on Wednesday. Parents may leave their children and go enjoy dinner fellowship, programming and Vespers. Families may also eat as a family in Satterlee Hall and then join us in Keenan Chapel for programming at 6:15.  We hope to see you Wednesday, November 8th  to meet Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours.
Christmas Present Project

Is there someone on your Christmas list who you just can't find the right present for?  Come create a one of a kind masterpiece they will cherish.  
Where: Mad Platter

1st Friday Kid's Movie Night
Join us this Friday, December 1st for kid's movie night 6-8pm in the Edward Room.Bring a Happy Meal snuggle buddy and fellowship with your friends.  

Lessons and Carols, Advent Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Come join us Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00 beginning in the Cathedral for Lessons and Carols followed by the Advent Festival and Chili Cook-off in Satterlee Hall.  I challenge you to find several other friends and families to enter the Chili Cook-off.  Prizes, Prizes and more Prizes!  Click here to register! 

CPR, First Aid and AED Training (our defibrillators are new)
Room 225
Cost $55/person if we get 8 or more participants - price goes up with fewer so get your friends to sign up
Email to sign up.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal,  
Costume Distribution and Dinner
Meet us in the Cathedral at 5:00 Wednesday, December, 20th to rehearse for the Christmas Pageant to be held at 4:00 on Christmas Eve.  We will then go to Satterlee Hall to distribute costumes and enjoy fellowship and supper. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Do you have time for a webinar?

I receive questions a lot about young children and The Eucharist..
I have attached a wonderful webinar about this subject and some great resources on this subject.

Free Webinar Today “Holy Communion: Teaching and Learning”

“When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him”
-Luke 24:30-31

Webinar on Holy Communion Today!
Join us today – Wednesday May 17 – for a free webinar on Holy Communion: Teaching and Learning. The webinar begins at 3 p.m. eastern. We’ll talk big picture thinking about Communion and formation with adults, youth, and children. We’ll also share practical ideas and resources for churches of all sizes.
Register for the Webinar Here
Holy Communion: Teaching and Learning

Today at 3 p.m. eastern

Links and Resources
Opening Chapter of Gifts of Communion: Celebrating our Story with God
by the Rev. Furman Buchanan
(Feedback encouraged! Email Furman at
Alleluia! Amen (you have to scroll down to it) and The Sunday Paper Junior
A Child’s Guide to the Holy Eucharist
Let Us Pray A Little Kid’s Guide to the Eucharist
The Anglican Family Prayer book
What We Do in Church An activity book
This Bread and This Cup a curriculum with Leader’s guide and Child’s guide
Christians Celebrate Eucharist, book from Episcopal Children’s Curriculum
Eucharist: A Child’s Story, book from Episcopal Children’s Curriculum

Monday, May 8, 2017

What's happening at Trinity?

Summer!  What emotions does that conjure up?  For some with children out of school, it causes sheer panic to set in.  I invite you to come experience summer at Trinity.  Below is a calendar of summer events and I hope you will be able to join us for many of these activities!


May 21st: During the Bishop's Forum, children are invited to Room 222 to watch "The Three Trees" and then discuss each tree.

May 28th: Summer schedule begins with Liturgy Preparation during the 10:00 service in the Cathedral.

June 2nd, July 7th and August 4th:1st Friday Kid's Movie Night 6-8pm in the Edward Room.

June 4th: Move-up Sunday for Liturgy Preparation/ Parish Picnic and Reception for Dorian Del Priore, Canon for Parish Life.

Brown Bag Lunch and Lectionary: Each Wednesday at 12:30, children will meet to hear and discuss the upcoming Genesis lesson appointed for the Sundays in June and July.

Wednesday Chapel: Every Wednesday during the summer their will be a children's service in Keenan Chapel at 3:30.

June 14th: Blueberry Picking at AA Farms at 4:30 followed by dinner at Mod Pizza.

June 19-22: Greatest Champion Basketball Camp at Trinity.

June 16, July 21 &August 18th: 3rd Friday Parent's Night: 6-9 locations to be announced.

July 10-13th VBS!  Cave Quest

So, for those of you with small children and facing summer at your doorstep, "Do not let your hearts be troubled, Trust in God...." (John 14:1-14).  Look for His blessings each day!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Little lamb who made thee?

The Lamb by William Blake

Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing woolly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice;
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee?
Little Lamb I'll tell thee,
Little Lamb I'll tell thee;
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek and he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Little Lamb God bless thee.

I had to diagram this poem for Mrs. Hannah in 7th grade.  For someone with Dyslexia and probably other learning disabilities; can you imagine?  My first question, I am sure, was why do I have to do this?  Words like meter and rhyme scheme still give me hives.  Well, her answer, "because, if you take it apart you can better understand the poem itself, you can better understand who the author was and what he was feeling; who the "person" this author actually was". 
As you read John 10:1-10 this week, take some time to do some old fashioned 7th grade diagramming.  Take some time to look at the meter, the rhyme scheme, look inside of the lines for words and meanings you may not have thought about.  You will more fully understand The Author. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Why didn't the two believers recognize Jesus?

"As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him." (Luke 24: 15-16)
Consumed with grief and dashed hopes of an earthly king, these two believers did not recognize what the Risen Christ would bring.  Not only did these two believers not recognize the fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus' death they, did not even recognize Jesus himself in their midst. They were traveling in the wrong direction; away from Jerusalem and away from fellowship with other believers.
I find myself on this road often times also.  Consumed with pushing against life, hoping and praying for an easier path and totally not recognizing Jesus each step of the way; right beside me just waiting to reveal His mercy, His grace, and Himself in every detail.
Dad and I found these shells last summer at the beach. (Have I ever told you that is my FAVORITE week of the year!)  One carrying the other.  I keep them on our kitchen counter as a reminder of how Jesus carries each of us and reveals His love in so many ways each day.
So where on this road called life are you not recognizing Jesus?  Where is He unveiling His love and mercy?
"Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him." "Were our hearts not burning within us while he talked with us on the road?" (Luke 24: 31-32)
May we all open our eyes and feel the burning in our hearts of our risen Lord! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Oyster Roast!


Trinity Oyster Roast hosted by the DHC and Men of Trinity

Bring your Shuckers!
It’s an Oyster Roast
Hosted by the Daughters of the Holy Cross 
and the Men of Trinity
 on Friday, April 21 at 6:00 pm
In the Trinity Cathedral Courtyard
Cost is $15 per person. Cost will increase to $20 per person after April 18 and again to $25 after April 20. Register online below or call the church office at 771.7300.
Childcare will be available from 6-9 pm and will be provided at no cost for those who have contacted Bibs Babson ( before Monday, April 17.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Holy Week at Trinity

Upcoming Holy Week Activities at Trinity

Maundy Thursday:
  • 5 pm: Children/Family Service with Feet Washing in the Cart Courtyard
  • 6 pm: Parish Soup and Bread Supper in Satterlee Hall - Click here to register for supper.
  • 7 pm: Maundy Thursday Liturgy in the Cathedral
The Watch:
  • Midnight: Tenebrae
Following the Maundy Thursday service, the Cathedral will remain open overnight for prayer throughout the night.

Good Friday:
  • 7:30am: Good Friday Liturgy (with communion from the reserved sacrament) in the Cathedral
  • 12:30pm: Good Friday Liturgy in the Cathedral*
  • 5:30pm: Good Friday Liturgy in the Cathedral (with Liturgy Prep for children)*
*Childcare will be provided by reservation only at the 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm services by emailing  

The Cathedral will be open for prayer and confession with clergy all morning until noon and from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm.

Holy Saturday:
  • 9 am: Dyeing of Easter Eggs in the Cart Courtyard - Please bring two dozen hard boiled eggs.
  • 10am:  Holy Saturday prayers in the Cathedral for Easter Bakers, Flower Guild & Altar Guild
  • 10:30 am: Easter baking in the kitchen - Bring your rolling pin!

Labyrinth during Holy Week -  Trinity's Labyrinth will be available for you to walk during Holy Week in the Trinity Center gym until Thursday. On Good Friday the Labyrinth will be in Satterlee Hall all day.

Labyrinths are found in many holy sites around the world and have long been used by Christians as a walking meditation. Stepping into the labyrinth is choosing to walk the spiritual path. Consider making this gentle but powerful tool for prayer an integral part of your Holy Week observance.

Join us on Easter!

Following the 6 am and 9 am services, coffee, juice and baked goods will be served on the Cathedral Lawn. Join us for some homemade cinnamon rolls baked by our Easter Bakers!