Sunday, August 20th:
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
This Sunday's Gospel includes a teaching from Jesus meant to challenge ideas of his time regarding ritual purity -- a challenge that makes clear that matters of ritual are much less important than what we do with our lives. It also includes an odd interaction in which a women from outside the Jewish community asks Jesus for help, is refused because she is not Jewish, and then challenges Jesus to expand his understanding of his mission. Is this a lesson for Jesus, a lesson for us, or a lesson for both?
Church School and Youth Group programs are currently on break until September. Chilren are invited to join parents in church, and activity packets are provided at the back of the church for older children during the service. The Nursery is always open for younger children. Our regular children's programming will resume on September 17 . Keep on eye on our youth and family ministry news pages for more information.
Here are more details about our normal Sunday worship schedule:
Our 8:00 am service is held in the Chapel, except on the first Sunday of the month, when it is held in the Church. It includes Communion, Sermon, and a little music. It follows Rite I from the Book of Common Prayer ("thee, thou, thy" language) and is a quieter, more contemplative service.
Our 10:00 am service is held in the Church, and is the one most people attend. It follows a cycle of liturgies or services over each month. The choir sings on most Sundays.
Our 5:05 pm service is held in the Chapel. This service is on summer break until September 17. It is a small, informal service, and always includes a Gospel reading, reflection on the Gospel, and a simple Communion. On the first Sunday of the month, we offer a spiritual practices Eucharist -- the first 20 minutes will focus on spiritual practices using Scripture, followed by a brief Eucharist. On the second Sunday of the month, music from the Taizé tradition is incorporated into the service. On the other Sundays of the month, we offer a Celtic-inspired Eucharist with Gospel reflection. The 5:50 service takes between 30 and 45 minutes.
We have a professionally staffed nursery (located in Angus Hall) for infants through age 3. It is open from 9:00 am until the end of the 10:00 am service.
Sunday mornings are active for children. Children begin the 10 am service each Sunday in church, and then leave in procession after the first reading to gather separately, first to hear the Gospel reading of the day and then to go to their classes. Children's Christian formation includes Godly Play for children age four through third grade and the Explorers program for children in fourth and fifth grade. Parents can pick up their children from Trinity Hall and bring them into church to receive Communion if they wish, or they may pick up their children after church is over.
For more information on our program, click here.
We invite you to join us wherever you may find yourself on your spiritual journey.
We look forward to having you with us!
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