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Dry-Bone Valley

It’s like trying to stay upright,
scorched and breathless, in the blast
of some sneezing rot-toothed dragon.

This guided tour, God, is tough going.
As vistas go, it’s in questionable taste–hills
bare-ribbed and drought-dried to the bone;

Satan plays Lego with Rwandan skeletons,
chews over the remains of hope in Darfur
and a thousand other slums:

such pornography of desolation–
O God, can these bones live?
how have we been brought to this?

We wait on you.  Do not press REWIND,
returning things to the good old days
that never were.  Plant something new

in us, reassemble the strewn backbones
of our resolve, breathe prophecy into us
so that blade by blade, tuft by tuft

we may animate these Lenten slopes
with living green of Easter hopes.

Dry-Bone Valley (Ezekiel 37:1-14) by Ian Sowton from The Stink of Experience

We Are A Covenant People (Homily for Lent I)

Readings:   Genesis 9:8-17     Psalm 25:1-10    Mark1:9-15

Starting over. 

Beginning a new chapter. 

Turning over a new leaf. 

Under new management. 

Re-boot. 

Reset. 

Repent.

We have so many different ways of talking about making a fresh start, and as many reasons for wanting or needing to. Disruptive technology puts someone out of a job. Manufacturing moves to a different continent. The market crashes. A Marriage ends. You win the lottery. Continue reading We Are A Covenant People (Homily for Lent I)

Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day coincide this year. With two service times—12:15 PM and 6:00 PM—you can still make a Valentine’s dinner reservation.

The ashes for Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palm branches from last Palm Sunday. With the words, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return,” we are reminded of our mortality.

On the Sundays in Lent, the appointed Hebrew Scripture readings in Year B focus on covenants: the covenant with Noah on February 18, the covenant with Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah on February 25th, the covenant with Moses (the 10 Commandments) on March 4th, the covenant in the wilderness on March 11th, and the new covenant that Jeremiah foretells on March 18th. Continue reading Lent 2018 at Holy Trinity: We Are A Covenant People

Lent and Holy Week Services at Holy Trinity

 

Weekly services: Sunday, 10:30 am (English) Sunday, 2:00 pm (Espanol), Wednesday, 12:00 pm (English)

ASH WEDNESDAY: February 14, 12:15 pm and  6 pm

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

PALM SUNDAY: March 25 10:30  a.m.

MAUNDY THURSDAY: March 29 6 pm: Supper, handwashing intertwined into the service. In English/Espanol. 

GOOD FRIDAY: March 30, 10:30 a.m.  An English language service.  THERE IS NO SEPARATE SPANISH LANGUAGE SERVICE TODAY.

Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice: March 30 at 2:00 PM, starting at Holy Trinity. 

2:00 pm Gather at Holy Trinity
2:30 pm: Proceed Through the Streets
4:00 pm: Simple supper of soup and bread

GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER: March 31, 8 p.m. A bilingual English/Espanol service. This service includes Biblical readings, the Litany of the Saints, the lighting of the Paschal Fire and a service of light, remembering our baptismal vows, and the First Eucharist of Easter. Young people and families are active in the leadership of the service.

EASTER DAY: April 1, 10:30 a.m.  with Feast and Flowering of the Cross. A bilingual English/Espanol service.  We will flower the cross and share the Eucharist followed by a celebratory lunch and Easter Egg Hunt.
Please feel free to bring flowers to adorn the cross.

What does it mean to our parishioners to flower the cross? Find out in the videos below!

Notes for a Sermon at Holy Trinity February 14, 2016  by Suzanne Rumsey

 

Suzanne Rumsey

 

Suzanne Rumsey’s sermon

First Sunday in Lent/Valentine’s Day

 

From “Lullaby,” by the Dixie Chicks

How long do you wanna be loved?

Is forever enough?  Is forever enough?

How long do you wanna be loved?

Is forever enough?

‘Cause I’m never ever giving you up.

 

When Alison asked me to preach on this first Sunday in Lent and this Valentine’s Day, I asked how she might like me to focus my reflections.  She wrote the following:

“My hope is that the preacher can talk about the temptations that we experience at HT. Stones into bread. Political power. And the one that I think we seldom identify: our temptation to suicidal behaviours. What are we doing to tempt our own fate? Do we think we have a lock on our survival? As humans, settler Canadians? Anglicans? HT? Do we need to consider our responsibility to use our lives? How does that sound?”

 

To which I replied:

“Wow, and I thought it was all about the love (kidding)!  Okay, I will give this some thought and do my best with the challenge you present.”

Continue reading Notes for a Sermon at Holy Trinity February 14, 2016  by Suzanne Rumsey