This Sunday, we will begin our “Eucharist Grand Tour” of the Episcopal Church’s worship resources, including both The Book of Common Prayer and authorized supplemental texts. We start with the prayers of Rite I, often referred to as the “traditional language” prayers. The language of these texts is close to that of the previous (1928) prayer book, though the order of some elements of the service changed when the 1979 prayer book was published.
While the “thee/thou/thy” language used throughout this service may sound formal or stilted to 21st century Americans, this is actually the more intimate form of the English “you,” which began to fall out of use in the 17th century, less than 100 years after the first English-language prayer book was created in 1549. So for centuries, Christians addressed God with the pronouns appropriate to a member of the family, not a stranger or formal acquaintance.
Eucharistic Prayer II, which we will use this Sunday, was drafted for the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, revising the prayer found in the 1928 prayer book. A few theological additions (the reference to creation and incarnation before reference to the death of Jesus, broadening of the prayer for unity to include the whole church, rather than only those receiving communion) enhance the meaning of the prayer, while many of the phrases and sentences have been shortened.
The Prayers of the People in Rite I are based on those created by Thomas Cranmer for the original English (1549) Book of Common Prayer. In that book, this prayer was printed in the middle of the Eucharistic Prayer (after the Sanctus), then moved to just before the Eucharistic Prayer in later revisions. The revisions to this prayer for the 1979 book include the opportunity to insert the names of those for whom the congregation may particularly wish to intercede at various points in the prayer, and the bidding that we pray for “…Christ’s Church and the world,” broadening the focus of our prayers to include concerns that may not be explicitly church-related.
Nursery Care is available for infants to two-year-olds during today’s 10:00am service. Starting July 9th we will have nursery and Funday School. Volunteers are needed, so please look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the old kitchen.
Refreshments in the Garden. We continue with our summer schedule today and will be serving refreshments in the garden at 11:15 a.m. Please consider signing up to host a Sunday. Lemonade will be provided or you can serve your own punch recipe. There is a sign-up sheet on the old kitchen bulletin board.
Summer Hours. The Parish office will be closed on Fridays during the summer from June 30th thru September 1st.
“No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Perhaps one of these signs greeted you as you came into church this morning. This summer, Trinity is honoring the great commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31), with these signs in different languages. If you’d like a sign for your own lawn, they are available in the church office for a donation of any amount (our cost is $10.00). Donations over the cost of the signs will go to Trinity’s Outreach Commission.
Christmas in July. We are happy to announce that once again teenagers from St. Paul’s church in Camden will be joining us for this event at the Bamboo Gardens. We currently have raised $9,312 thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and friends. If we are able to raise another $2000.00 we will adorn our Christmas in July tree with a Red, White & Blue Star. This additional funding will help provide the teenagers from St. Paul’s a day at Bamboo Gardens and a gift bag each.
Please sign-up here to bring a dessert
Save the Date. Try your luck playing BINGO on Friday, October 13th. Join us for a fun night as we play BINGO with gift cards as the prizes. Childcare will be provided. Bring a friend! If you would like to donate a gift card, please drop one in the offering plate in an envelope marked “BINGO Night” or drop it off at the office. We’re looking for gift cards in a minimum denomination of $5 up to $100 for anywhere you like to spend money: WaWa, Dunkin Donuts, Dicks Sporting Goods, Target, Costco, Shoprite, Wegmans, Home Depot, AC Moore, restaurants, etc. We’re looking for a big variety to appeal to lots of people. Your donation is very much appreciated.
If you would like to be part of the BINGO Night committee, please come to our first planning meeting on Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm. If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to assist, please contact Sarah Senno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-678-8992.
Christian Camp. Trinity Episcopal Preschool will hold its annual Christian Camp the last two weeks of July (July 17-21 and July 24-28) from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The cost is $150 a week and a deposit of $30 with the registration form is required. The deposit is part of the total fee. The children will experience Bible stories, crafts, games, worship, and all around fun with the “Veggie Tales” gang. Please contact Nancy Johnson for more information at 856-235-1840.
Please join the outreach committee throughout the summer as we welcome three refugee families into the community. Please contact Sarah Senno at email@example.com or 609-678-8992 with any questions.
Garden Angels Meet-up. Come help spruce up Trinity’s beautiful gardens on Saturday July 8 from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. Cancelled if it rains.
Annual Phillies Game Outing. The Men’s Club will head to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, July 25 for their annual outing to see the Phils take the Houston Astros. We will meet at the church parking lot at 4:15pm to carpool to the park. Dinner in the Executive Dining Room will precede the game. Depending on availability of staff, we may have a pregame tour for our new members. Details to follow. The all inclusive price is $85 (same as the past 4 years) for drinks, dinner and seats in the Hall of Fame club section. Please send checks payable to either Trinity Church or Roy Shubert and mail to: Roy Shubert,134 East Maple Avenue, Moorestown, NJ 08057-2010. This popular event is usually a sell out, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your money in to guarantee your ticket!
Volunteer Opportunity. The Christian Caring Center, 378 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, NJ is in urgent need of volunteers to pick up donated food, pack food at the Center and perform other kitchen and client related duties. This work will apply to Community Service hours for students. If you can help, call 609-893-0700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates are available for altar flowers. If you would like to give flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for one of life’s many blessings, please call the church office at 856-235-0811 or email email@example.com. We ask for a donation of $35 to cover the cost of flower arrangements.