A Message from our Senior Warden

July 13, 2017

I would like for us to take a little time to reflect on our good fortune we have as being members of this church. On Sunday past, we had a very informative and heartfelt presentation by Ben Bynum and his wife, Mary, on their work in Rawanda, Africa. They have different jobs, employed by different people, but have a common goal of improving the conditions of these folks who have lived through violence yet have endured to try to live in peace now with one another. What was supposed to have been a 20 minute presentation carried on twice that because of the interest they generated to the parishioners who attended coffee hour to hear them speak. My personal thanks go out to Ben and Mary for making last Sunday even more special to us.

Another example of our good fortune has been the quality of preaching we have been able to assemble through this transition period. This facet of our church life continues in spades as the Rt. Rev. Larry Maze, retired Bishop of Arkansas, has been with us for the last two weeks. His sermons have been riveting, poignant, and current to today’s living. When you hear him speak, a person understands why some people are bishops and others are not. He will be here for the next three weeks so I hope our church family will take full advantage of this opportunity to hear this fine orator. He has been very complimentary of our house of worship and I hope we can reciprocate by showing up in full force to hear his narrative on the readings. Fr. Ron Summers will fill out our summer by being here for the month of August.

The Undercroft cleanup day for this coming Saturday has been cancelled. The main reason for this was the disparity between the cost of the garbage container and its size for what our actual needs were in relation to the amount of refuse to be thrown away. The Vestry always takes into consideration the value given in regard to the expense outlayed and in this case it was decided to explore other more viable ways to reach the goal of cleaning out the Undercroft. My sincere thank you to those of you who were prepared to help in the endeavor. We will simply reschedule in the future once the Vestry feels comfortable with the improved plan.

What has not been cancelled is the parish picnic for August 13. It will be held at the pavilion in Victoria Estates, same as last year. Kayaking, corn hole and good food will be the order of the day. It really was a fun time last year and I hope to see you all out there this year also. Thank you, Mary Beth Banks, for offering us the opportunity to be there again.

Your transition committee has been given names to consider for our new priest. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they begin this important work.

Peace to all of you is my wish as we continue our summer.
John Worsham Sr. Warden

Sadness in our Parish

Rusty Miller, husband of Viola Miller, passed away at their home on June 21. His funeral will be in his former parish in Nashville, Tennessee. Viola is grateful for the support of Holy Trinity during her husband’s illness. Condolences may be sent to her home.

Please keep Viola and her family in your prayers.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.  

A Message from the Senior Warden

June 15, 2017

Evelyn Underhill is celebrated today on the church calendar. She was born in 1875, died in 1941. A former agnostic, she eventually became very involved in the Anglo-Catholic theology and was a prolific writer, most noted for her 1911 book on Christian Mysticism. With that being way over my head, feel free to google her for more information. At least she wasn’t martyred which is a good thing.

On June 18, we start our summer schedule. The psalm will be spoken, not sung, and there will be a simpler form of service music. The choir will not be rehearsing after church. Just a more simple schedule for people to follow.

With that being said, the church will be very active this summer. On June 23, a religion class from Georgetown College will be at the church to learn more about the constructs of the Episcopal faith with Fr. Ron Summers leading the discussion. On July 9, a Sunday, Ben Bynum will be giving an overview of his work in Africa along with his wife, Mary. This should be fascinating and I truly hope for a big turnout for that day. The Parish Hall, after church, is where this will be held. Saturday, July 15 will be a day for cleaning out the undercroft with a container box being outside the door to be picked up by a garbage contractor. A cookout will be held afterwards for those who participate. More on this later. The youth group will use their pancake proceeds to go to a Legends ballgame on July 29. Check your church bulletin with more on this later. The church picnic is unofficially scheduled for Sunday, August 13. Stay tuned for details.

The point is that the church is still very much open this summer, especially on Sundays. Please keep your house of worship in your prayers and in your attendance throughout the summer. We have come this far in a good way and I hope we can keep the momentum going. The transition (search) committee will begin their work in 2 to 3 weeks with interviewing of potential prospects beginning very soon.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe summer, I remain
John Worsham Sr. Warden

Sadness in our Parish

Dixie Lockett Neel, the mother of our organist Joyce Neel Crofts, passed away on Sunday May 28.  She was 101 years into this life before her passing.

Her calling was homemaking and child raising, and she did that with complete commitment.  As Joyce’s brother said, “She made Martha Stewart look like a slob.”  Joyce’s parents were married 77 years, still holding hands at the end.

Visitation will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, June 1 with her Service of Burial being performed at 11:30 by Fr. Ron Summers in Versailles at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home, 161 Broadway.

Interment immediately afterward in Versailles Cemetery on S. Main St.

Please keep Joyce and her family in your prayers.

 

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon her.

May her soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.  

Dates to Remember

Wear RED

Next Sunday, June 4, will be The Day of Pentecost.  Please wear red to commemorate the joy and fire of the Holy Spirit.

Georgetown College Students to Visit Holy Trinity

On Friday June 23, a group of students from Georgetown College will be visiting the church to 1. Learn about the history of the building and 2. To learn about the history of our religion.  Father Ron Summers will be leading the talk about the history of the Episcopal Church.  The times will be posted in the bulletin later.  We will be providing lunch for this group as part of our outreach to hungry students.

Presentation by Ben Bynum

Sunday July 9, will also be a special day at the church.  Ben Bynum, Gus’ son, will be giving a presentation about his previous work in Africa as well as his current work in Africa, along with his wife Mary.  This will be in the parish hall after church.  Please try to attend as this really is a one of a kind experience to learn from the two most knowledgeable people I could think of.

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is an international Christian, twelve-step recovery program aimed at all “hurts, habits, and hang-ups”, including but not exclusive to high anxiety; co-dependency; compulsive behaviors; sex addition; financial dysfunction; drug and alcohol addictions and eating disorders.  In addition to the 12 Steps, Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Sermon on the Mount.   If you or anyone you know needs help with hurts, habits or hangups, Victory Life Church, 1141 Lexington Rd. is hosting meetings every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M.  If anyone is interested in leading a class at Holy Trinity, there will be a Leader Class beginning on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 P.M.  Leader classes will meet every Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. for approximately 12 weeks after which you will receive certification to lead a Celebrate Recovery class.  The cost for leader books will be approximately $50.00.   Central Church of God, Grace Christian Church and Leesburg Christian Church (all in Scott Co) also have Celebrate Recovery meetings.  For additional information, you may contact Donna at the church office at 863-0505.

A Message from the Senior Warden

On this day of the church calendar, Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) is remembered.  Born around 1412, she was illiterate yet had a deep faith instilled in her by her mother.  This was during the ‘Hundred Years War” with England.  She was 13 years of age when she heard voices sent by God to save France by installing Charles VII as the rightful ruler of England.

She lobbied Charles the VII in 1429 for an army to lead to the embattled city of Orleans.  This battle lifted the siege of Orleans and drove the  Anglo-Burgundians from the city across the Loire River.   In the spring of 1430, the king ordered her to Compiegne to defend the city against a Burgundian assault.  During this battle, she was thrown from her horse and the gates of the city were closed before she could make her way back and she was captured.

Her trial contained 70 charges against her which included witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man.  In May 1431, she agreed to sign a confession denying she had received divine guidance.  However, a few days late she recanted and on May 30 she was taken to Rouen and burned at the stake.  Charles VII ordered a new trial 20 years later and her named was cleared.  Her mythic stature continued to rise until 1920 when she was canonized as the patron saint of France.  (History.com)

John Worsham, Senior Warden

Blessings in a Backpack 

Our Blessings in a Backpack donation plea has been met!!  We will be able to serve the 48 students again for the 2017-2018 school year!  Thank you for the support!
Lisa Estes-Cheatham

 

Your pledge dollars at work

A Message from the Senior Warden

The Church Missionary Society began work in 1899 in the Sudan in Omdurman, and the Christian faith spread rapidly among Africans of the southern region of the country. Until 1974, the Diocese of Sudan was part of the (Anglican) Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The Church in the Sudan reverted to the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury until the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, consisting of four new dioceses, was established in 1976.

In 1983 the government of Sudan was seized by Islamicists who declared sharia, requiring all Sudanese to convert to Islam on pain of death. On May 16 a small group of Anglican and Roman Catholic chiefs in southern Sudan, together with their bishops, clergy, and laity, declared that they “would not abandon God as [they] knew him”. With that declaration the second cycle of the Sudanese civil war began. (The first cycle of the civil war had started with the departure of the British from Khartoum in 1957 and ended in 1972.) Peace was finally signed on January 9, 2005, but two and a half million of the Sudanese people had been killed, most of them Christian. By the end of the civil war, two thirds of the six million people of southern Sudan were internally displaced, and another million were in exile throughout Africa and the rest of the world, including the bishops of most of the dioceses of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

The second century north African theologian Tertullian wrote, “semen est sanguis christianorum” (the blood of the Christians is seed), often paraphrased “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Christians were estimated to be only five percent of the population in southern Sudan in 1983, but today nearly ninety percent of the population is either Anglican or Roman Catholic. In the words of their bishops, the Sudanese Christians “live only on the mercy of God…whether we live or die we are the Lord’s…we have had nothing else but the grace of God and his guidance.”
adapted from the Anglican Communion website and the proposal to the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church

The Collect
O God, steadfast in the midst of persecution, by your providence the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant us your grace, that as the martyrs of the Sudan refused to abandon Christ even in the face of torture and death, and so by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest, we too may be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I am always amazed, when I look at the church calendar, how many people have died for their faith in the name of Jesus Christ. These revelations are good reasons to help to keep me grounded when I think about pounding my chest and saying what a good person am I. It is very easy to do God’s work in a society which allows free expression of religion and the freedom to bring it to life in outreach and evangelism. The true test is how a person would react in a repressive society where your own life is at stake. People talk about WWJD (What would Jesus do) when the question I would ask myself is WWID (What would I do).

The church year is winding down and we should take an inventory of the past year. Attendance is up. A healthy Sunday school and youth group continue to flourish. The garden committee and choir, ECW, backpacks,etc. These activities only occur if people volunteer and are committed to each other and their church. For that, I give thanks to each and everyone of you in this parish who make this place the center of worship of which it has become. This summer, the church service will be dialed back a touch. The psalm will be spoken and not sung and a more simple set of service music will be used. People will be taking vacations, including our organist, so a substitute will be called on when needed. Of course, bills still need to be paid so even if you miss a Sunday or so, please try to maintain your pledge to the church. Also, there is still an opportunity to be involved with the Blessings in a Backpack. Simply put a check in the offering plate with a designation and much good will come from that. Your church is sponsoring 5 children (at this point) to go to camp this summer. At $495.00 a pop, you can see that this is not insignificant. The parish picnic will also be occurring in August. We have priests lined up through July and hopefully our opening will be filled by then or soon thereafter.

I am honored to be your Senior Warden. My life has been enriched more than I can say during these last 9 months. It is a proud moment when It is said to others that I am a member of this parish. My wish to all is to have a safe and blessed summer with all the joys which come therein.
Peace.

Faithfully,
John Worsham

Hymn Notes

May 21, 2017

To my surprise, when I prepared to write these hymn notes, I found an interesting synchronicity in three of our hymns this Sunday. There are two texts by St. Francis of Assisi and two hymn tunes by the famed British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. You may know him best as the composer of SINE NOMINE (“For All the Saints”).

“All Creatures of Our God and King” – H-400 (Lasst uns erfreuen)

The text of the opening processional hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King” (H-400) was written in 1225 by St. Francis as his “Canticle of brother sun and of all creatures.” This canticle, often referred to as the first genuine religious poem in Italian, was written a year before his death when he was blind and quite ill. It was translated into a hymn version by Anglican priest William Draper in the last part of the 19th century and set in the metre of the German tune LASST UNS ERFREUENfirst published with that tune in 1919.

The origins of that tune can be found in various snippets from the 16th and 17th centuries which inspired some Catholic musicians in Cologne to compose a new tune, LASST UNS ERFREUEN. In 1895,German musician Henrich Reimann made some rhythmic changes and other editorial adjustments and published the tune in a collection of tunes. This version was Ralph Vaughan Williams’ source for his own revisions for the tune which subsequently appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. The popularity of this tune to this text is directly attributed to that hymnal and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting. It is indeed a powerful tune for a hymn of praise.

“Come Down, O Love Divine” – H-516 (Down Ampney)

This prayerful, contemplative hymn seeks to shape our response to both the Epistle and Gospel lessons. The text asks for the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts, God’s glorious light to illuminate our paths, and Love to create a place in our hearts for the dwelling of the Holy Spirit. These words are a translation in 1867 by Richard Littledale of a poem by 15th century monk Bianco of Siena.

The tune DOWN AMPNEY is another one by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is named for Vaughan Williams’ birthplace. He composed it especially for this text and published both together in The English Hymnal in 1906. The highly respected English hymnologist, Erik Routley, has called this tune “The most beautiful hymn-tune composition since OLD 100th (The Doxology).

“Lord, Make Us Servants of Your Peace” – H-593 (Dickinson College)

Although this may seem like an unusual recessional hymn, it seems to summarize our response to the Word for Sunday. We go into the world as servants of God’s peace, sowing faith, hope, light, and joy. We seek to provide consolation, understanding hearts, unselfish love, and a forgiving spirit; and in so doing we walk as children of the light.

The source of the text of this hymn is a prayer attributed to the medieval mystic St. Francis of Assisi. This prayer appears in translation among the Prayers and Thanksgivings in the BCP (page 833, no. 62). The actual hymn text based on that prayer is by the noted Roman Catholic hymn writer and theologian Rev. James Quinn, S.J.

The tune DICKINSON COLLEGE was composed by Lee Hastings Bristol, an outstanding layman of the Episcopal Church, composer, and educator. The tune name honors Dickinson College, Pa, the composer’s alma mater.

by Joyce Crofts, Choirmaster

Episcopal Church Women

The Journey in Faith and Wellness was a great success. Thanks to the ECW, the committee members and the workshop presenters, this year’s event was brought up to an exciting new level. We appreciate all those that attended and look forward to making the 7th Annual Journey in Faith and Wellness even more successful.  A special recognition goes out to those that donated items for the silent auction at the Journey in Faith and Wellness event. A total of $802. was raised due to the generosity of the members and friends of Holy Trinity. The proceeds from the 6th annual Journey in Faith and Wellness was $1,127.00. A check for this amount was presented to Bluegrass Care Navigators formerly known as Hospice at the ECW meeting on May 2nd. Hospice of the Bluegrass has cared for thousands of families in our local communities since 1978. Over the years, they have grown and expanded their services beyond hospice care. They now provide expert care long before life’s final months. They changed their name from Hospice of the Bluegrass to Bluegrass Care Navigators to better represent all of their services. Our support helps them to continue to provide expert connected care.

New officers were elected for the Episcopal Church Women at a pot luck hosted by Jackie Hardin at her home on Tuesday, May 2nd. New officers for 2017-2018 are as follows: Jackie Hardin, President; Janet Cantrill, Vice President; Marybeth Banks, Secretary and Nancy Anderson, Treasurer. This was the last meeting of the ECW for the summer. Meetings will resume in September on the 1st Monday of each month. The ECW is open to all ladies of Holy Trinity.

The ECW spends a portion of its income on a need in the Parish. As a new project for next year, the ECW is exploring buying a defibrillator for the parish.  A defibrillator is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. Shonda Dollarhide and Corinne Trimble has been appointed to investigate the need, cost, risks and benefits of this purchase.