Apalachicola, Florida

March 29, 2024

Thank God It’s Friday

Today is Good Friday. Today, we fervently recall the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We also receive the sacrament of Holy Communion from elements reserved during the Maundy Thursday liturgy. We will not celebrate Holy Eucharist on Holy Saturday, though we will gather nonetheless to sit amidst the liminal space between life and death. 

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are the center of liturgical gravity for us and called the Easter Triduum, Paschal Triduum, or simply Triduum. Originating as the Latin word for “three days”, the Triduum is celebrated in the Anglican Communion (of which we Episcopalians claim proud membership) but also the Lutheran, Methodist, Moravian, Reformed, and Roman Catholic traditions.

The Triduum is the epicenter of Christ’s suffering for our sake. But herein lies a conundrum: our modern English lexicon falls short when using the word suffer to describe exactly what it is we are remembering as Easter arrives. In a way, the word suffer “suffers” a similar fate as that of the word love. These two words carry meanings far too broad to capture their depth. These words are like cooking with a complex recipe, with what you pull from the oven not even remotely close to the picture in the book. They are a utilitarian’s dream and a poet’s nightmare. 

Maybe we have lost some of what it means to suffer. We may strain to see how suffering leads to anything good. That’s not surprising considering that our modern age castigates weakness and sees it as opportunity for exploitation. The phrase “Jesus suffered and died on the cross” is not a great opening salvo of a sermon on being called as a suffering servant for Christ. 

It’s time to reclaim this word suffering for our Christian lives. Jesus’ suffering for our sake is linked to the word’s original meaning: the Latin word patior, as “enduring, bearing, permitting, or being passive”. You might catch a hue of the word compassion (enduring with), or even Paul’s words to the Corinthians about love bearing, believing, hoping, and enduring all things (1 Cor 13:7).

To be clear: the act of suffering, as Jesus taught us, is less about what might happen to our bodies and more about what does happen to our spirit as a result of our sacrifice and service. It is about what happens to those around us and the world through our servanthood. Jesus’ suffering through servanthood is the flourishing and revealing of God’s unconditional love for us. 

The Ancient Greeks had many words for love. But the type of love of which I was thinking as I wrote this reflection would be called agápe (ἀγάπη) by the Greeks. The Passion of Jesus is the agápe of God made real in the hearts of each of us. 

We can bring that same state of God’s unconditional love into the world every day if we would only remember that the base of suffering is not a pain endured but a joy revealed.

Look past the soldiers who nailed Jesus to the cross. Look beyond Judas’ betrayal. Look past what you have done and what you have failed to do.

Lift your head above that weight you continue to bear and be ready to

see the stone rolled away forever. For weeping may tarry for the night,

but joy cometh in the morning (Psalm 30:5)!


God’s Peace,

Stephen +


Palm Sunday began with our Traditional Processional around Gorrie Square

Please join us as we celebrate the remainder of Holy Week and enter

the bright sun of Easter morning

On March 29 we will celebrate Good Friday at noon with Communion from Reserved Sacrament, followed by Stations of the Cross at 6 pm.

On Holy Saturday, March 30, at noon in the Memorial Garden we will have a short liturgy.

Easter Sunday services on March 31 are at 7:30 am in Lafayette Park (weather permitting) and 10:30 am in the historic church. Please bring cut blooms & greenery to "Flower the Cross".

The Easter Egg Hunt will occur immediately after the Easter

10:30 am service around the church grounds.

Good Friday Offering. On March 29 the loose collection plate at the noon Good Friday service will be designated for the annual Good Friday Offering. Around The Episcopal Church, collections on this day go to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. This includes the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, St. George’s (the only Anglican church in Iraq), Christ Church in Aden, Yemen, and the Christian National Kindergarten at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Nablus in the West Bank.

You can learn more about these ministries and more by visiting the Good Friday Offering website. At 3 pm on March 29 there will be a first-ever Good Friday Offering concert of sacred music by Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA.

Join the Tour of Homes Crew

There are a few Greeter spots still available for May 4. Help welcome participants during a two-hour shift in one of the homes on tour and receive a free ticket. Sign up online, download a greeter form, or contact Bella Rudo to get started.

You can become a Pillar to support the Tour and Trinity's historic properties. Sign up online, download a pillar form, or contact Karen Kessel.

Wednesday Compline. If you love the Order for Compline from our Book of Common Prayer and want to participate from the comfort of your home, you are in luck! On Wednesdays at 8 pm Eastern, Trinity is pleased to host an online Compline via Facebook Live. Each week, Father Stephen will welcome a different guest as a co-officiant or reader from around our diocese and The Episcopal Church. And if you need in-person worship during the week, don’t forget that we have Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 8:15 am.

Formation Groups and Classes. Jason Carter is continuing the chronological study of the Gospels on Sundays at 9:15 am in the Parish Conference Room. All are welcome. The Monday and Thursday classes are on break but will start again soon.



Worship in the Woods April 21. Held on Sunday, April 21, 2:30 - 5 pm CT at Saloom Properties (2835 Bookers Mill Rd, Evergreen, AL), Worship in the Woods is a diocesan-wide gathering hosted by the churches of Convocation IV. We will celebrate God's creation with a special Stations of the Resurrection, followed by Eucharist and fun fellowship. You can see last year’s photos here. Bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket. Wear closed-toe shoes and sunscreen. Bring your water bottles; water provided. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer. For churches and ministries: on March 31, pray for The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast; and on April 7 pray for St. Mary’s, Andalusia and the Diocesan and Parish Youth Ministry. For prisons: on March 31, pray for the prisoners, families, and staff of the Holmes Correctional Institution, Bonifay, Florida; and on April 7 pray for the prisoners, families, and staff of the Jackson Correctional Institution, Malone, Florida & Jackson Juvenile Offender Correctional Center, Marianna, Florida.


A “Small” Addition to the Rectory. Stephen Pecot decided to ‘go big or go home’ in making his new barbeque table. You may have seen this monstrosity in the carport of the parish office the past six weeks.

Though there was concern that the sheriff would need to be called in to direct traffic, Stephen successfully navigated the table up 6th Street, through the double gate of the rectory (with Josie the cat’s direction), and into the backyard. We expect many good items to be made from the Big Green Egg this Summer!

At their meeting on March 22, Tour of Homes leaders helped celebrate the birthday of Kay Carson.


Readings for March 31, 2024, Easter Day

Readings for April 7, 2024, the Second Sunday of Easter

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Holy Family Senior Center, 203 7th St in Apalachicola

April 11: Accessing Local Community Supports & Services for Individuals

Living with Dementia & their Caregivers, presented by Advantage Aging Solutions

May 9: State of Florida Goals, Services, Initiatives, & Resources, presented by Department of Elder Affairs Affairs

June 13: Strategies to help Urgent Situations Involving Persons with Dementia, presented by FSU REACH

Your Bay View: Trinity's bi-weekly e-newsletter, the Bay View, reaches members and friends every other Friday, sharing news and inspiration for and about our parish. Please send information and announcements, as well as photographs, to info@trinityapalachicola.org or call the church office at 850-653-9550. The deadline for submission is noon on Wednesday of each publication week. (next deadline is April 10)

-- Kay Carson, Editor

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