News and Notes; Thursday, October 22nd

Trinity’s Stewardship Season has begun, click here to view the Rector’s letter and Pledge Card.


Listen to our Bishop’s Sermon from this past Sunday, click here.


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)


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!


Lectionary Readings for this Sunday, October 25, the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost are here.


Watch this video guide to indoor worship before attending one of our in-person services.


Sign up for the 8 AM Eucharist this Sunday, October 25 here. Please note that the 8 AM Eucharist will alternate between Rite I and Rite II.  This Sunday is Rite II.


Sign up for Sunday school this Sunday, October 25 at 9:45am under the TEDS tent. Click here and submit by noon on Saturday, October 24.


The Outreach Committee thanks you for generous support of Sandwich Sunday and for helping to raise $225 for Crop Walk.


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).


Bell Choir Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 7:15PM in the church.  Please email Anthony ( if you intend to participate.


Diocesan day of prayer and fasting for the healing of the nation is on Friday, October 30.  This is part of the Episcopal Church’s Season of Prayer: For and Election.


The New Updated Service Schedule for All Saints to Epiphany may be viewed here.


Trinity Men’s Group is on Saturday, November 7 from 8 AM to 9 AM online. (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


A Cover to Cover reading of St Mark’s Gospel on Thursday, November 19 at 7 PM online.  (click on the link at the beginning or end of this email).


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.


Scripture texts for Scribing and the opportunity to sign up for one of the Sundays in Advent may be found here.

Spiritual Reflection: All Saints and All Souls

What is the difference between All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day?  Essentially All Souls’ is the opportunity for us to remember close family and friends who have passed away, whereas All Saints’ is a celebration of those who have lived truly inspirational lives of faith.  In the New Testament, the word ‘saints’ is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community.  However, over time the word ‘saint’ came to be applied primarily to persons of heroic faith.  So although All Saints’ technically includes all deceased Christians, historically there has been a strong inclination to remember and honor our personal loved ones on a separate day.


During the Sixteenth Century, All Souls’ devolved into a ritual of bargaining with God whereby prayers and masses were offered for loved ones in exchange for the alleviation of their suffering in purgatory.  Our Anglican ancestors were rightly suspicious of this bargaining and conflated All Souls into the celebration of All Saints’.  The 1979 Book of Common Prayer officially restored the observance of All Souls’ Day in the Episcopal Church, renaming it the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed.  With the re-naming came a renewed focus on the power and hope of our Lord’s Resurrection.


On Sunday, November 1 we keep the Feast of All Saint’s at both morning services (8 AM & 10 AM).  A special Evening Prayer liturgy for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) will be held online at 7 PM later that day.  It is traditional to remember aloud all the names of those who have died in the past year: please click here to add names of loved ones to be remembered.  This evening service will include opportunities to express grief and be reassured of the hope of the resurrection as each of us in our own homes light candles for our loved ones and in memory of all those who have died during the pandemic.  Blessed candles for the service may be collected from a box outside the office door opposite the church from this Sunday, October 25.

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:

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


Parish Contact Information

205 North Avenue, East, Cranford NJ 07016 – Phone:  908–276–4047 –

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Trinity is part of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion - an apostolic church, continuing in the teachings and fellowship of the Apostles. We are united and inspired by faith in Jesus Christ, and are joined in the community of over 70 million Anglicans and Episcopalians throughout the world.  We are also part of the Union County Episcopal Alliance.


GPS:  ​119 Forest Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016

Corner of North and Forest Avenues

Mailing address:

205 North Avenue East

Cranford, NJ  07016



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