March 22, 2024---
From the Rector

This Sunday is Palm Sunday-Passion Sunday. It is the Sunday we commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to Triduum, the three holy days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

I want to make you aware of how our gathering will proceed this Sunday.
  • We will gather in the narthex at Christ Church prior to the 8:30 a.m. service. Everyone will be given a palm frond to wave during the procession.
  • We will begin The Liturgy of the Palms, and then process into the sanctuary, singing "All glory, laud, and honor."

The service will proceed as usual. Please note the following:
  • The Gospel will not be read until the end of the service.
  • When the Gospel is read, it will be read narratively by the congregation, choir, and me. I will read the role of the Narrator and everyone else will read the other parts, appearing in bold in the bulletin.
  • The entire congregation will stand as able at the part of the Gospel that mentions Golgotha.
  • All who chose to remain will be seated after the Gospel is read. We will take a moment for silence. (If you must leave, you may quietly do so at this point.)
  • Please remain seated as the Altar Guild removes the communion elements.

We will remain in the sanctuary for an update on the building from Ken Grieshaber.
Palm Sunday led, of course, to the Passion of Christ, because on that day Jesus made a strategic choice that could not be retracted, leading inevitably to the Passion. It's important to remember this every year, as I have done for several years now in my sermon. Jesus' "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem was not done on a whim, but as a carefully planned piece of political satire.

The hymn below was written a few years ago, and expresses the research of Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. The image is a little comical, but it, too, makes clear the meaning of that fateful day.

Trinity's Sunday worship services take place this week at 8:30 a.m. at Christ UCC.

Limited parking may be available in Trinity's parking lot. You may also park in the James Funeral Home parking lot, 527 Center Street, right next door to Christ UCC. Otherwise, please park on the street.

We are so grateful to Christ UCC for their generosity and flexibility in helping us in our time of need.
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Sermons may be listened to via audio. The last one recorded was Christmas Eve Service, December25. These sermons were recorded and available on the website.
Birthdays and Anniversaries

Chidinma Onweni, March 3
Carolee Garcia, March 5
Joy Smith, March 6
Sandra Latshaw, March 7
David Kearns, March 9
Catherine Onweni, March 15
Amedeo DiEdwardo, March 17
Sandy Mesics, March 23
Annie Szmania, March 24
Karen Ernst, March 28
Bill Winterburn, March 30


Evelyn and George Condash, March 3
Linda Henry and Robert Phillips, March 13
Judy and Barry Smith, March 21

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