News and Notes; Thursday, November 19th

The Rest of this Week


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


Watch the Presiding Bishop’s Greeting to 236th Diocesan Convention.  For more information, visit the Convention webpage


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.


A cover to cover reading of St Mark’s Gospel tonight, Thursday, November 19 at 7 PM online. 


Project AWE (Advent Wreath for Everyone) commences with packaging Advent wreaths on Friday, November 20 from 10 AM till 11:30 AM in Witherington Hall.  Sign up is limited to 6 volunteers, click here to secure your spot.


A Farewell for Carol Willix, who is moving to Florida, will be on Saturday, November 21 at 7 PM.  Click here to sign up for the service.  The service may be viewed on Trinity's online platform.


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


New Remembrances and Recollections entry; Dawn Bunting speaks movingly about her experiences at the Vermont retreats run by Arlene Fricke and the late Bishop Vincent Pettit.  Click here to read more.




Lectionary Readings for this Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King are here.


Access the Liturgy Bulletins for the 8 AM Eucharist and the 10 AM Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion this Sunday, November 15 on our website.


Sign up for the 8 AM Eucharist this Sunday, November 22 here. Please note that the 8 AM Eucharist will alternate between Rite I and Rite II.  This Sunday is Rite II.


Sunday school will meet in one combined breakout room during the 10 AM online service.  Please ensure that your child has access to paper and pens/pencils/drawing materials.


Internet service is now available in the Church and the bulletins are posted on our website.  Consider bringing your tablet or iPad to the service and accessing an online color version of the liturgy.


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!



Next Week and Beyond


The Annual Cranford Community Thanksgiving Service, led by the Clergy Council, is on Monday, November 23 at 7 PM.  This year Kathy Willis will be honored for her years of service as Director of Cranford Family Care.  Click here for more details.


Trinity’s Greening Committee will prayerfully reflect on how to honor the natural world and our role in it.  Contact Casey Woodruff ( or 908-868-4915) if you’re interested.


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.


Bell Choir Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15PM in the church. 


The Women’s Bible Study is every Thursday, at 10 AM online. 


Morning Prayer on Thanksgiving Day will include prayers of protection and safety for those who choose to travel, and expressions of grief and absolution for those who choose to stay home.  The service will be online at 8:30 AM.


Diocesan ECW Advent Retreat Day, led by Rev. Amy Cornell, on the theme of ‘Praying Through the Hymnal’ is on Saturday, November 28 from 9 AM to 1 PM. To register email


Advent Compline on Sunday, November 29 at 8 PM both in-person in the the Church, and also accessible online.


The Service Schedule for Christ the King to Epiphany may be viewed here.


Read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic devotional book: God Is in the Manger with members of the congregation this Advent.  The book may be purchased on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Join Fr Andy on Thursday evenings (December 3, 10, 17) online to discuss the devotional material.


Virtual Bingo is on Sunday, December 6 after the 10 AM service.  3 Bingo games hosted by the 150th Events Committee.  RSVP to by Friday, December 4.


Sandwich Sunday on December 20, will include a collection for socks, knit hats, and scarves.  Please drop off your donations at Marion Nechuta's house (310 West Clay Avenue, Roselle Park) by December 19.

Spiritual Reflection: Compline to Close the Sundays of Advent

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium).  It is descended from the night prayers said before bed at the end of the monastic round of daily prayer, and is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.  The shape of this  simple office includes a gathering rite, scripture reading, prayers, and a conclusion.  One of the hallmarks of Compline is the unhurried recitation of the psalms with a pause at the asterisk. 


I’m sure many of you are well acquainted with Compline because it is offered every Thursday evening at 8 PM online.  During the season of Advent, Trinity will offer a hybrid (online and in-person) service of Compline on Sunday evenings at 8 PM.  Those who sign up and attend the service in-person will be welcomed into a candlelit church and receive their own votive.  Those who join the service online are encouraged to prepare and light their own candles at home.  


The service will begin with the Angelus devotion which is prayed during the ringing of the church bells.  The focus of the devotion is on the Incarnation of Christ and the Annunciation by the Angel to Mary, the Mother of our Lord.  The origin of this devotion is obscure, but likely goes back to the practice of the evening tolling of the bell for compline in tenth century English monasteries.  I hope you will join me in the church, or online, for this liturgy of quiet comfort.

The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Rector of the Parish

Trinity Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey

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