News and Notes; Wednesday, July 8th


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


The Parish Office is physically closed; contact Marion Nechuta directly via parish email or her personal cell (908-451-4498).


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.  (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


Evening Prayer is offered from Monday to Friday at 5 PM online.  (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


Compline is every Thursday night at 8 PM online.  Have your BCP 1979 open to page 127. (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email)


Children’s Activities for this Sunday can be found herehere, and here. A children’s reading of the gospel can be found here. "


The Trinity Men’s Group meets this Saturday, July 11 from 8 AM till 9 AM online using the Church’s Zoom account.  The group will review the structure of the book of Psalms.


Lectionary Readings for this Sunday; the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost are here.


This Sunday, July 12, is Cross Roads Camp Sunday; a full worship service will premiere publicly on Sunday, July 12 at 5 PM on their FacebookInstagram, and YouTube pages.


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!


Submit a reflection or memory of your time at Trinity. The 150 Years of Reflections are being collected by the Archival Committee.  Contact Vicki Goralski (, Irene Telerico (908-272-6847) or Fran Witherington ( for more info.


Emergency Food Supplies Needed for St. Joseph’s Social Service Center.  Drop non-perishables (click here for a list of appropriate items) on Sydney O’Hagan’s front porch (205 High Street, Cranford) every Wednesday.


Send your Baptismal Date to the liturgical committee.  Our date of baptism is a greater cause for celebration than our date of birth:  it is the date we were received into the household of God, and marked as Christ’s own forever, please send it in an email to the church office.


What are theologians saying about the pandemic?  Consider reading ‘God and the Pandemic’ by NT Wright this summer.  Fr Andy will lead a discussion of the book on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 PM on the Trinity Zoom account.


Bonnie Gentesse has been nominated by Trinity’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW) as this years ‘Women of Honor,’  an achievement that would normally be celebrated at a diocesan wide luncheon in the fall.  Read Bonnie’s bio here


Outdoor in-person worship is scheduled to begin at Trinity on Sunday, August 2 with Morning Prayer at 8 AM.  There will also be the option of a 10 AM online Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion.


A Sound System for outdoor worship, costing around $1000, will be purchased soon.  If you would like to make a direct contribution to this equipment please contact Fr Andy.


Lambeth Conference has been rescheduled,  listen to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special message speaking of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraging the Anglican Communion in their pastoral role of supporting churches and communities around the world.

Spiritual Reflection: The Collect for Proper 9

Spiritual Reflection:  An Ambitious Liturgical Music Project 

The Collect from this past Sunday has ancient origins.  It comes from the Leonine Sacramentary which is one of the earliest collections of liturgical texts.  Erroneously attributed to Pope Leo the Great, this book was likely composed at the time of Pope John III (561–574) from two documents dating from the fifth and sixth centuries.  The Sacramentary is poorly arranged, adhering to the secular rather than the church calendar, but is significant because it is the only material witness we have of the passage from liturgical improvisation to codification through books.  


Again the prayer conforms to the classic four-part structure which is reproduced below:


1. Attribution (Reminding ourselves who God is and how God acts)

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor:


2. Request (Asking God for something)

Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit,


3. Result (What happens when we receive what we’re asking for)

that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection;


4. Doxology (A Trinitarian conclusion to the prayer)

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


This collect wonderfully combines the teaching of St Paul (Romans 13:10) who asserts that love is the fulfilling of the law, with the great commandment of Jesus.  There is both an obvious simplicity and a rich depth to the theology of the prayer.  It reminds me of the aphorism to ‘love God and do as you please,’ often attributed to St Augustine.  The great bishop of Hippo didn’t say it exactly like that, but his Seventh Homily on 1 John 4:4-12 does say something similar: “Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.”  May God indeed grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit as we grapple with what love requires of us.

Trinity Church 150th Anniversary : 1872 – 2022

Triune God, you come to your people in dreams and visions:  quicken our imagination by your Holy Spirit,

that we will be inspired to honor our past, live out our baptism today, and serve future generations;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Rector of the Parish

Trinity Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey

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