FR. ANDY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
News and Notes; Thursday, April 15th
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Today and the Rest of this Week
Watch the 10th Annual Cranford Community Holocaust Day of Remembrance Service which aired last night on TV35. Click here.
Read Fr Andy’s sermon from this past Sunday, click here.
Listen to ‘Christ is Risen, Alleluia!’ Arranged by Terry Osman and offered by Trinity’s Bell Choir. Click here.
Last week’s Mystagogia class may be viewed on the Trinity website, click here.
Tonight’s Mystagogia Adult Education Class has been postponed until next Thursday, April 22 from 7 PM to 8 PM online.
Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter Message here.
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 Thursdays, 2:30-5 PM. Contact her via parish email or her personal cell (908-451-4498).
Sandwich Sunday is on April 18 this month, 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, April 17.
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, April 17).
Calling all graduates to register for this year’s Baccalaureate celebration with Bishop Stokes, featuring the presentation of scholarships, a virtual parade of graduates, and more!
Sign up for the in-person 8 AM Rite I Holy Eucharist this Sunday, April 18: Click here.
The 10 AM online Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion is a Family Service with increased participation from our younger members, there will be no Sunday school.
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
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.
Trinity’s Virtual Choir and Handbell Choir are on break, they resume on Wednesday, April 21.
The Women’s Bible Study is every Thursday, at 10 AM online.
In Honor of Earth Day, the Greening Committee invites you to join in a community clean-up at Nomahegan Park on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 9 AM to 11 AM. More details here.
Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Candle are available for personal attributions or to remember loved ones. Email the parish office with any questions as to the process.
Support the AIDS Resource Foundation for at risk children; Outreach will be accepting donations through April 30. Please make your check payable to Trinity Episcopal Church, and include AIDS Resource Foundation in the memo line.
No ECW Flower Sale this year due to our supplier closing down; call Susan Olszewski (908-757-9561) if you need help getting plants.
Fr. Andy's Reflection: What is a ‘Children’s Service’
This Sunday is the third Sunday of the month which, among other things, means that the 10 AM online offering takes the form of ‘Children’s Service.’ Basically this means that: a special effort is made to appoint younger readers, Sunday school is suspended, and a children’s address is delivered in lieu of a sermon. This is a pattern that started long before my arrival at Trinity and while I recognize its practical brilliance, and love the children’s participation, there are nevertheless some disturbing theological implications that are worth exploring.
First, having a designated Sunday at which children are invited to take on leadership roles in worship can foster the assumption that children should not typically take on these leadership roles in the liturgy. But baptism entitles children to full membership in the church with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities that come with it. Therefore children with the spiritual gift for reading, ushering, leading the prayers, or assisting as a Eucharistic minister should be free to exercise that gift on any given Sunday. In the same way an adult with a gift and calling to be an acolyte should be welcomed to the ministry of serving at the Table; this should not be a ministry reserved for children only.
Second, a once a month ‘Children’s Service’ gives the impression that intergenerational worship is the exception and not the rule. While it is important for a parish to have smaller groups for men, women, children, teens, etc. our principal act of worship should, as a rule, be intergenerational and diverse. As John Milbank rightly observes: “The Church cannot be found amongst the merely like-minded, who associate in order to share a particular taste, hobby, or perversion. It can only be found where many different peoples possessing many different gifts collaborate in order to produce a divine-human community in one specific location.” *
Ok… let me come down from my ‘theological ivory tower’ and reenter the real world. If every Sunday were intergenerational both children and Sunday school teachers would have to stick around after the service or on another occasion during the week for age appropriate instruction. That’s obviously a ‘pipe dream’ in our already frenetic world of oversubscribed commitments and demands. As I acknowledged at the beginning the Children’s Service is practically brilliant and I should not let ‘the perfect be the enemy of the good.’ So, for now I’ll settle for simply alerting us to how easily our practice can undermine our baptismal identity and our understanding of the church.
The Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Rector of the Parish
Trinity Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New Jersey
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