FR. ANDY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

News and Notes; Thursday, June 17th

Today and the Rest of this Week

 

Read Fr Andy’s Sermon from this past Sunday, click here.

 

The Ministry for the Imprisoned thanks everyone who participated in the “Stamp Out Despair” collection.   We have sent 62 notes of encouragement and books of stamps to detained immigrants and asylum seekers.

 

Add and update your prayer requests to the online intercessory prayer list here.  The list is prayed twice a day at Morning and Evening Prayer.

 

Morning Prayer is offered from Monday to Friday at 8:30 AM online.

 

Evening Prayer is offered from Monday to Friday at 5 PM online.

 

Compline is offered every Thursday night at 8 PM online.

 

The Parish Office is physically closed but Marion Nechuta does come in on Thursday afternoons.  Contact her via parish email or her personal cell (908-451-4498).

 

The 150th Anniversary Committee’s Remembrances and Recollections section now includes an update on Trinity's “Baby Zoomers”— Heather Prince updates us on Edward’s progress.

 

Juneteenth (the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States) will be observed across Cranford by the sounding of bells in unison at 11 AM on Saturday, June 19.

 

Join the Diocese of NJ in advancing racial justice on June 19.  Click here for the details and to sign up.

 

Sandwich Sunday is on June 20, sign up here to provide necessary items and contact Marion (908-451-4498 ) if you would like to assist with making the sandwiches on Saturday, June 19.

 

Contribute to St. John’s Pantry, click here to view the suggested list of items.  Please deliver to 310 West Clay Avenue, Roselle Park by the Saturday before Sandwich Sunday (Saturday, June 19).

Sunday

 

Sign up for the in-person 8 AM Rite I Holy Eucharist this Sunday, June 20: Click here.  Please note that the form has been updated so that only one person from each household needs to complete it.

 

Access the Liturgy Bulletins for the 8 AM Eucharist and the 10 AM Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion this Sunday on our website; www.trinitycranford.org 

 

Do you need a lift to Church, or would you like to offer a lift to Church?  Cheryl Pantina (908-623-7046) is coordinating lifts, please contact her to make arrangements.

 

Please mail Pledges to 205 North Avenue East, Cranford, NJ 07016.  To adjust your pledge, please call Sarah Gregory (908-347-6498).  Thank you for your continued support!

 

The Cranford High School Madrigal Choir will present their annual spring concert in the church this Sunday, June 20th at 1 PM.  The concert is open to the public, but with limited socially-distanced seating.  Come hear the first choral music to be sung in the church since the pandemic began.

Next Week and Beyond

 

The Women’s Bible Study which meets on Thursdays at 10 AM online goes on summer break after next Thursday's session.

 

The Trinity Women’s Group breaks for the summer, the group will meet again on Monday, September  13 from 7 PM to 8 PM. 

Worship Schedule for the Summer

 

Sunday, June 20 — Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

8 AM in-person Rite I Eucharist 

10 AM online Rite II Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion

 

Sunday, June 27 — Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

8 AM in-person Rite I Eucharist 

10 AM online Rite II Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion

 

Sunday, July 4 — Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, July 11 — Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person outdoor Rite II Eucharist

 

Sunday, July 18 — Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, July 25 — Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, August 1 — Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, August 8 — Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person outdoor Rite II Eucharist

 

Sunday, August 15 — Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, August 22 — Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, August 29 — Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, September 5 — Fifteenth  Sunday after Pentecost

9 AM in-person Rite II Eucharist, streamed online

 

Sunday, September 12 — Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Round Up Sunday)

10 AM in-person outdoor Rite II Eucharist with Picnic after the Service

Spiritual Reflection: Holiday Celebrations

This weekend is an opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday and Juneteenth on Saturday.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States as of June 19, 1865, when the Union Army, under General Gordon Granger, marched into Galveston and proclaimed the end of slavery in the state of Texas, two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  

 

I must confess that I am more than a little suspicious of secular holiday celebrations.  For example, I’d prefer to see us recognizing, and praying for fathers on the feast day of St Joseph (March 19) the earthly father of our Lord.  The pressure of secular society with its consumerist priorities seems to have both subsumed father’s day in the church calendar and obscured the depth of reflecting on Joseph’s approach to fatherhood.

 

On a few occasions St Paul offered advice to fledgling Christian communities who were immersed in cultures that were struggling to navigate in a sea of Jewish, Pagan and emerging Christian celebrations.  When writing to the Colossians he advises them to, “Let no one, therefore, pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with respect to festivals, or new moons, or sabbaths.  These are a shadow of what is to come, but the reality is the body of Christ.”  (Colossians 2:16-17)

 

On the surface this text seems to be advising the Colossians to get their priorities right: First and foremost is the Christian’s responsibility to actively embody Christ by recognizing that there is nothing good for my neighbor that isn't also good for me, and there is nothing bad for my neighbor that isn't also bad for me, because we are connected.  In this way I suspect that St Paul would probably chuckle at my insistence on the church calendar and suggest that I do all in my power to help the secular celebration serve the body of Christ… 

The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Rector of the Parish

Trinity Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey

Personal Cell:  (609) 933-5227 – Email:  fr.andrew.kruger@gmail.com

Pastor’s Sabbath:  Father Andy takes his Sabbath on Mondays

 

Parish Contact Information

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