November 2018

Greetings to all in name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The beginning of this article is written as I reflect on the 2018 Prayer Agent Breakfast & Presentation. Why, because it involves all of us as a congregation. As some of you may know, we have been using portions of the "new cranberry" hymnal for our Liturgy and Worship on most every Sunday. But, what you may not know is that for over a year now, the Worship and Music Committee has been researching information about the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal a/k/a the ELW. As time passed, it was decided to wait until the roof was paid off before ordering these hymnals for our sanctuary. I am delighted that soon you will see a sign up sheet in the Narthex should you like to dedicate an ELW hymnal in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

At our recent Prayer Agent Breakfast in October, my presentation involved an introduction to all the Prayer Services and Hymns of Healing and Lament housed in this hymnal along with a brief history of the making of this hymnal. You see, my seminary class, the Class of 2006 (LTSP), was one of several pilot groups that utilized the hymnal contents before it all went into print. With the guidance of some very beloved and respected professors, we had the honor and opportunity to "try out" many, many writings submitted by composers, musicians, and writers of prayer. The Small Catechism is also included in the back portion of the ELW hymnal including Luther's Morning and Evening Prayers and Table Blessings, Luther and the Ten Commandments, Luther and The Lord's Prayer and Luther and the Apostles' Creed. But I think what I miss most about seminary is the use of the Daily Prayer section. Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. we gathered in the chapel for Evening Vespers, every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., we would gather for Matins or Morning Prayer, and every night at 10:00 p.m., we would gather for Night Prayer or Compline (Prayer at the Close of Day). To this day, I long to hear the chapel bell ringing calling all of us to each prayer service. It's a sound I think of every time the bell rings at Trinity!

So when Rae Grow asked me to do a presentation, I chose "Prayer and the ELW -- Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal" as my topic. All present seemed to enjoy learning about a time in the Lutheran Church called, "Renewing Worship," which was a time when several small paperback books became part of the planning and experimenting with what the finished product would become: The ELW Hymnal. When the Prayer Agent Breakfast was held in October, we lit tea light candles on our tables and perused the different sections on prayer. It was a very meaningful experience for me as the presenter and for all the listeners present. As we move forward here at Trinity, I hope to do this presentation again for other interested groups. Please let me know, and I would be happy to bring it to any group or committee in our church.

November promises to be a busy month! On November 3rd & 4th, we will gather to remember the Saints of Trinity, those who entered into eternal life, for "All Saints Day" at our 5pm Saturday Worship and at our 9:30am Sunday Worship. In the afternoon of November 4th, the bus will depart for Vicar Lauren Heywood's Installation Service at St. David's Lutheran Church in Northeast Philadelphia (a sign-up sheet is in the Narthex; advanced reservations are required.) Then before we gather with family and friends for a Thanksgiving meal, all are invited to Grace Lutheran Church on 4th Street to a community Thanksgiving Service at 7pm the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day (Nov.20th). We, then, close the month of November as all are invited to gather at Trinity for an outstanding performance of Lessons & Carols entitled, "The Winter Rose" presented by our Sanctuary Choir, a full orchestra & harp, under the direction of Susan Lovejoy on November 25th at 3:00 p.m. leading all the faithful into the Advent Season.

I hope to see you at all, or some, or one of these important dates in November and may the Lord continue to bless us with abundant grace and hope this Advent Season.

Your Pastor,

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore

Service Schedule

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m.

Sunday School

10:45 a.m.

First Saturday of the Month

5:00 p.m.

First Tuesday of the Month

10:00 a.m.

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