News and Notes; Thursday, September 10th


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This Sunday: Outdoor in-person Rite I Holy Eucharist at 8 AM on the North Avenue Lawn; and an online Rite II Service of the Word with Spiritual Communion at 10 AM. (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email for the online service).


The Sunday service schedule for September and October may be viewed here.


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


Sign up for the in-person outdoor Holy Eucharist this Sunday, September 13 at 8 AM by clicking here and completing the application.  Attendance is limited to the first 52 people who sign up. 


Read the protocol for receiving Communion during a pandemic and the rationale for why we will be receiving in one kind (bread only).  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)


Sunday school crafts for this Sunday focus on the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers (Genesis 50:15-21).  Read the story as a family and invite your children to engage with these crafts.  Please scan and email completed crafts to Sophie Beier (


The Cranford 9/11 Memorial Service is tomorrow, Friday, September 11 at 7 PM in the 9/11 Memorial Park at the corner of Springfield Avenue and N. Union Avenue.


Lectionary Readings for this Sunday, September 13, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost are here.


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!


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.


The Women’s Bible Study is every Thursday, at 10 AM online.  (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


The first meeting of the Trinity Women’s Group, led by Carol Beier, will be on Monday, September 14 at 7 PM online.  (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


A Memorial Garden planting and mulching morning is on Saturday, September 19.  Please contact Sydney O’Hagan at if you are interested in volunteering.  You will be assigned to a specific 1 hour slot so we can adhere to social distancing guidelines.  Masks are required.


Crop Walk is on Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM.  Please mail donations to the parish office by October 11, checks made out to Crop Walk/CWS.


The Bishop George E. Councell Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser is on Monday, October 12, at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor, New Jersey.  Click here for more information and too sign up.

Spiritual Reflection: Communion in One Kind

It was a great joy to preside again at the Eucharist this past Sunday at the 8 AM outdoor in-person Eucharist.  We followed the instructions of our Bishop to ‘receive communion in one kind (bread alone).’  This is not a decision that Bishop Stokes took lightly.  It’s a decision that touches on centuries old theological debates.  The principal rubric for Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer 1979 notes that: ‘Opportunity is always to be given to every communicant to receive the consecrated Bread and Wine separately.”  (BCP p. 407) 


Certainly that rubric would hold pride of place in ordinary circumstances, but the era of pandemic is anything but normal.  The Prayer Book seems to anticipate that this principle rubric may not always be possible; in the rubric concerning the administration of Holy Communion to the sick, the rubric reads “it is suitable to administer the Sacrament in one kind only” if the sick person is unable to receive either the consecrated bread or wine (BCP, p. 457).  This rubric sets a precedent for the reception of Holy Communion in one kind, but only under extraordinary circumstances.


A global pandemic is just such an extraordinary circumstance.  In addition the Eucharistic doctrine of Concomitance (from the Latin, “to accompany”) affirms the simultaneous presence of Christ’s body and blood in each of the eucharistic elements.  This contradicts a narrow identification of Christ’s body with the bread and Christ’s blood with the wine.  The doctrine of concomitance upholds the truth that the fullness of communion is available by receiving either the consecrated Bread or Wine.  While the extraordinary circumstances of a pandemic persist we will consecrate a small amount of wine at the 8 AM service, so that the deep significance of the common cup is visible, but the Wine will be poured reverently into the earth at the conclusion of the service.


May our Lord hasten the day when all of us can gather safely in-person and share in the fullest experience of the Eucharist.  

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

Personal Cell:  (609) 933-5227 – Email:

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