Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday will be on October 28.  On this day our entire congregation will gather to worship as a community and offer our Estimate of Giving Cards to the glory of God at the altar. There will be a catered brunch from Cracker Barrel immediately following services to celebrate our Stewardship campaign. Please RSVP to Sharon Horner or the church office if you plan on attending the brunch.

Projects Updates

Things are hopping around the parish!

Painting of the lower level of the Parish Hall is almost complete.  The paint selection is a nice, cool, light gray color called Icicle. The L-shaped area, entry and hall way have all been painted along with all the baseboards.  The volunteers have worked many long hours but the results are so well worth it.  A special thank you goes to Nancy Leonard, Nancy Anderson, John Worsham, Bob and Karen Booth, Donna and Bryan Whorley, Dan Lemon, Jack Morris, Barbara Smith and Kay Snyder.

Bat Eviction – As most everyone knows, Holy Trinity has had   unwelcome guests for the past several years in the church.  As the old saying goes, we have had “bats in the belfry”.  That’s about to change.  Chad Soard and Tim Stephan from Trifecta Wildlife Service have repaired the areas where the bats enter and exit the church.  After all the repairs were done, Trifecta evicted the bats in a humane way and relocates them to another area.  The next step will be to have the church throughly cleaned.

Parish Wall Repair – Somewhere around the end of July, a piece of the Trinity Circles fell of the center wall in the Parish Hall and shattered into many pieces. Upon further investigation of this incident, the Building and Grounds Committee found a suspect area that may have water damage causing the wall to bow.  This area will be evaluated by Mark Pennington, a licensed contractor from Pennington Renovations.  He will remove the siding and inspect the windows/flashing/sheathing for any water leaks.   Meanwhile, Gordon Saager, who is the artist and potter who created the circles and and the cross on the other wall has  recreated the broken piece. He and his brother Don Saager removed the remaining pieces to protect them until the wall is stable again.

Updating the Parish Registry and Memorial Records  – Carol Adams has taken on the huge role of updating the Parish Registry and the Memorial Records of Holy Trinity.  Entries in the Remembrance Book go back to 1959 but memorials are recorded as far back as 1946.  Carol is making a list of all memorials from the first recorded date to present so it can be entered by Donna on a computerized list.  After completion, Carol will start on updating the Parish Registry.  Carol has been volunteering her time several days per week for over a month.  She finds the experience very interesting and rewarding.   The office staff is very appreciative of her efforts!


Hymn Notes

April 2, 2017

“Humbly I Adore Thee” H-314 (Adore devote)
(Communion Hymn)

It never ceases to amaze me how hymns have lasted over 400 years and continue to speak to us today and no doubt will go on to speak to future generations of Christians. My imagination can visualize our joining with all the Christians through the ages who have sung these hymns. This beautiful communion hymn initially appeared as a poem in popular devotional collections of the Middle Ages. In the Roman Missal of 1570, Pope Pius V included the text as a poem among the Prayers of Preparation and Thanksgiving, where it has appeared ever since. For Episcopal use, it first appeared in Hymnal 1940.

The Latin text has been ascribed to Thomas Aquinas and is believed to have been written when he was preparing the Office Mass for the Festival of Corpus Christi, 1263. The Text Committee for Hymnal 1982 prepared a new translation of stanza 4 to facilitate congregational singing and to remove archaic language. You might want to spend some time with this text, reading it as a poem, to truly absorb its devotional communion message. It is a powerful meditation.

ADORO DEVOTE is the tune long associated with this text. The earliest known source of this melody is a Parisian Processional dating from 1697. Plainsong-like in nature, it is probably more recent than many of the plainsong melodies we sing. It is based on thirteenth century Benedictine plainsong, Mode V. You may notice its similarity to one of the melodies we use for chanting the Psalm on some Sundays. It’s not the one we are using during Lent, however.

“Go Forth for God; Go to the World in Peace” H-347 (Litton)
(Recessional Hymn)

This is not an easy hymn to learn, but we have been singing it a number of times in the last two years, and it’s getting stronger. Due to its strong text, it is definitely worthy of learning and keeping in our hymn repertoire; so continue your good efforts to learn it. The choir is there to lead and support the singing, not do it for us. The hymn is definitely a unified body-of-Christ proclamation.

The hymn is very fitting for a closing hymn since it is based on the Eucharistic prayer “send us now into the world in peace . . . to love and serve you” and on the dismissal “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Inspired by the Confirmation blessing in the 1928 Prayer Book, the text was written by British priest and poet John Raphael Peacey. The date of composition is unknown, but we know that in March 1970 Canon Peacey submitted a revision to the Hymn Society.

The tune LITTON was written especially for this text by the famed composer, hymnologist, and teacher, the Rev. Dr. Erik Routley. It was commissioned in 1982 by the Choir of Trinity Parish, Princeton, NJ, to honor its organist and choirmaster James R. Litton upon the end of his tenure there. Dr. Routley’s tune paints the mood of the text with its tone of command and action. Notice the opening phrase that rises up in strength with the word “God” at its peak and extends the words “go to the world.” It is my hope that we can sing this text with a sense of commitment and strength.

Joyce Neel Crofts

Hymn Notes – November 13, 2016

“O Christ, the Word Incarnate” H-632

This opening processional hymn is one of the best-loved hymns about the Holy Scriptures and has been in the Hymnal since 1871 under the author’s original title, “O Word of God Incarnate.” For the Hymnal 82 the Episcopal Standing Committee on Church Music clarified that “Word” meant “Christ” by altering the title as we see it. The words, based on Psalm 119: 105, were written by English priest and Bishop William How and appeared first in 1867. These words have been matched with the present hymn tune, Munich, since the 1892 Hymnal.

Munich first appeared in 1693 associated with the text “O God, My Faithful God.” It is apparently made up of various phrases from several tunes by Hieronymous Gradenthaler in a 1675 German psalter. The present form of the tune comes from a chorus in Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah (1847). The harmonization in our current hymn version is adapted from Mendelssohn’s harmonization. Munich has also been known as Meinengen.

The hymn’s use this Sunday relates to the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel in its call to digest the Holy Scriptures and hold fast to them in our daily lives that we may partake in the hope of everlasting life given us in Jesus Christ.

“Lord of All Hopefulness, Lord of All Joy” H-482

Paul’s message in 2 Thessalonians speaks to those who believed that the end was imminent and all they had to do was to wait. He emphasizes the need to continue in the daily pursuits of life in a regular and orderly way. This hymn is a prayer for God’s presence in our daily activities–waking, sleeping, laboring, and returning home.

The author of the text is Jan Struther, best known as author of the WWII novel Mrs. Miniver. It was printed in Songs of Praise in 1931. The matching of the text with the tune Slane first appeared in Hymnal 1940 (H40) where it gained immediate acceptance by congregations across the country and is continued in Hymnal 1982 (H40) without alteration in either text or tune.

The tune Slane is an ancient Irish ballad named for a hill near Tara, Ireland. In the fifth century, it was at Slane where the first fires of Easter were lighted by St. Patrick as a challenge to King Laoghaire. This tune first appeared in a hymnal of the Episcopal Church in H40 set to two texts—this one and “Be Thou Our Vision.” These two versions are derived from the adaptation and arrangement of the folk melody by David Evans published in The Church Hymnary in 1927.