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Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA

News and Updates

Eastertide
April 18, 2020




 
We are all working as hard as we can during this difficult time,  We are conscientiously aware of the need to remain in contact, and to perpetuate our worship time, in a manner that is conduce to meeting the needs of as many as possible.  To this end, we are diligently working to improve way in which we can 'stream' our worship service, and forward it out to the community as quickly as possible.  Since this is all uncharted territory, we truly appreciate your patience as we work through this togther.

The below link, we believe, will provide you with the recorded version of last Sunday's Easter Service.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YbcoHlNKAppCwA6MrXP0T5FK1bj9orXx/view?usp=sharing

Steps to view Worship Service after its completion: Click on video and a small screen will come up. Scroll down screen
and service choices will come up.
  • Click on screen of service you want to watch. In the middle of the screen
click on arrow and service will play.
  • If you want to watch the service via full screen. Go to bottom right of your
screen and you will see a small box next to a speaker image. Click on that
and you can view service via full screen.
 
                                                                                                       April 15, 2020
Dear Member of Trinity Parish,
I Just wanted to be in touch and let you know I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.   My wish for you is that, in some way, you each had a meaningful Easter.
Bishop Gates shared the following story in a pastoral letter recently that I offer to you. The story is about a man caught in the turmoil of an earthquake. With the world falling down around him, he fell on his knees to pray. Fearful, stricken with dread, he could not form words. A devout and lifelong person of faith, he had heard and spoken countless prayers, in public worship and in private. But in this moment of blind panic, neither the familiar words of the liturgy nor the extemporaneous plea of his heart took shape.

So he recited as a prayer the only thing that came to mind: he prayed the alphabet.

“A, b, c, d, e, f, g, …, “he offered fervently, “ …h, I, j, k, … “On it went, this heartfelt petition,
“…p, q, r, s, t, …,” to its heart felt Amen.
 
The prayer was genuine. The prayer was offered. And the prayer, surely, was received.
God knew precisely the prayer of this man’s heart.
 
As we each continue our wilderness journey let us lean on one another and on God. And know that your prayer is good enough, however it comes.
A, b, c, d, …
 
Faithfully…John
 
WORSHIP:  Beginning with Palm Sunday we will continue to send line-streamed services to you every Sunday. All services will be celebrated with music and choir. Additionally, as we did for Easter, each week we will send you emailed copies of the service with the lessons appointed      for the day. You can down load them via printer if you choose. This will allow you to more fully participate in the service, if you choose, rather than being a ‘passive viewer’. Our Eucharistic Prayer during the Easter Season will be “ Prayer B”.
 
VIEWING THE SERVICE:  We are aware that many of you are having a hard time following the steps to view our streaming services. That when you try to get in a ‘join Facebook’ request pops up for some of you. We are working on a way to see if we can’t simplify the process and make it a more “user friendly” process.     
 
   
Dear Members of Trinity.
 
As of Easter we have sent four (4) Live-streamed services to you. As you well know we are in a learning mode regarding the creation of these type of services. Hence, we want to continue to improve the quality of the services and really need your help. Please find below a brief questionnaire. We would appreciate it if you can complete it as soon as you can. Thank you!
 
Did you watch any of the services that were streamed? If not, why?
 
Were you logged into Facebook when you watched? Was it easy or hard to log in and view service?
 
What are three things you liked the most about the service?
 
What would you like to see changed or added to the service? 

Send your evaluations to our Interim Rector at johnhconn@gmail.com. John will then take your comments and work with Deacon Kris to enhance and enrich our live-streamed services we present to you. Thank you for your help.

Jerry                     Judith                         John
Senior Warden     Junior Warden           Interim Rector
 
 
The Holy Eucharist Rite Two
The Word of God
 
A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.
The people standing, the Celebrant says:
 
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 
People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
 
In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost
 
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ is risen.
People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
 
In Lent and on other penitential occasions
 
Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People: His mercy endures for ever.
 
The Celebrant may say:
 
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our
hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may
perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
When appointed, the following hymn or some other song of praise is
sung or said, all standing:
 
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
On other occasions the following is used
 
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
Christ, have mercy. or Christe eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Kyrie eleison.
 
or this
 
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
 
The Collect of the Day
The Celebrant says to the people:
 
The Lord be with you.
 
People:            And also with you.
Celebrant:      Let us pray.
The Celebrant says the Collect.
People:           Amen.
 
The Lessons
The people sit. One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read,
the Reader first saying:
A Reading (Lesson) from ____________ .
A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.
After each Reading, the Reader may say
The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
or the Reader may say: Here ends the Reading (Epistle).
 
Silence may follow.
A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.
Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
 
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to ____________ .
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
 
After the Gospel, the Reader says
 
The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
 
The Sermon
 
On Sundays and other Major Feasts there follows, all standing
 
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
 
The Prayers of the People
 
Prayer is offered with intercession for The Universal Church, its members, and its mission, The Nation and all in authority, The welfare of the world, The concerns of the local community, Those who suffer and those in any trouble, The departed (with commemoration of a saint when appropriate)
See the forms beginning on page 383.
 
Prayers of the People Intercession
 
Let us pray to God who alone enables us to dwell in safety:
 
For our Bishops and all clergy who are striving to provide spiritual support and comfort to the people in all of our congregations. 
Lord, God graciously hear us.
 
For all who are affected by the coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery.
Lord , God graciously hear us.
 
For all those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping our national policies, that they may make wise decisions and take right actions.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For all doctors, nurses, first responders, medical researchers and all those who support them, that through their skills, insights and commitment many will be restored to health.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For the vulnerable and fearful, those who are sick in our midst, especially those we now name.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For the gravely ill and dying, that they may know in some way that they are dearly loved and that they may experience your spiritual presence.
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For all who have died from Covid 19, and for all those who are suffering from the loss of their loved one may they experience God’s all loving arms around them. 
Lord, graciously hear us.
 
For our homes and families, our schools and young people and for all who are experiencing any kind of distress as well as those who are sick. Remembering especially…
Lord, graciously hear us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
For a blessing on our local communities, that our neighborhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known, respected and cared for.
Lord, graciously hear us. 
 
As we each journey and live through these challenging and uncertain days just know O’God that we are not a people of fear: we are a people of courage. We are a people who protect our own neighbor’s safety. We are a people of compassion and generosity. We are your people God and we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, to your all-inclusive healing love and protection.
Gracious God accept these prayers and heartfelt petitions.
 
If there is no celebration of the Communion, or if a priest is not available,
the service is concluded as directed on page 406.
 
Confession of Sin
A Confession of Sin is said here if it has not been said earlier. On occasion, the Confession may be omitted.
One of the sentences from the Penitential Order on page 351 may be said.
 
The Deacon or Celebrant says
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
 
Silence may be kept.
 
Minister and People
 
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
 
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, stands and says
 
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins
through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all
goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in
eternal life. Amen.
 
The Peace
 
All stand. The Celebrant says to the people
 
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.
 
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.
 
 
The Holy Communion
 
The Celebrant may begin the Offertory with one of the sentences on page 376, or with some other sentence of Scripture. During the Offertory, a hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung. Representatives of the congregation bring the people’s offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts, to the deacon or celebrant. The people stand while the offerings are presented and placed on the Altar.
 
Eucharistic Prayer B
 
The people remain standing. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest,
faces them and sings or says:
 
The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Celebrant Lift up your hearts.
People We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere
to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.
 
Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on other occasions as appointed.
 
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and
Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever
sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
 
Celebrant and People
 
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
 
The people stand or kneel.
 
Then the Celebrant continues
 
We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love
which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling
of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the
prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your
Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from
the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.
In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy
to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error
into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
 
At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it or lay a hand upon it;
and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel
containing wine to be consecrated.
 
On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took
bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and
gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body,
which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:
This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you
and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink
it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore, according to his command, O Father,
 
Celebrant and People
We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;
 
The Celebrant continues
And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you,
O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this
bread and this wine.
We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon
these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of
Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your
Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him,
being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time,
put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to
that heavenly country where, with [ ___________ and] all your
saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and
daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all
creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and
for ever. AMEN.
 
And now, as our Savior As our Savior Christ
Christ has taught us, has taught us,
we are bold to say, we now pray,
 
People and Celebrant
 
Our Father, who art in heaven,                       Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,                                  hallowed be your Name,
thy kingdom come,                                        your kingdom come,
thy will be done,                                            your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.                              on earth as in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.                   Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,                       Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those                                        as we forgive those
who trespass against us.                                 who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,                    Save us from the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.                                 and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,                               For the kingdom, the power,
and the power, and the glory,                         and the glory are yours,
for ever and ever. Amen.                               now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Breaking of the Bread
 
The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.
A period of silence is kept.
Then may be sung or said
 
[Alleluia.] Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
Therefore let us keep the feast. [Alleluia.]
 
In Lent, Alleluia is omitted, and may be omitted at other times except during Easter Season. In place of, or in addition to, the preceding, some other suitable anthem may be used.
 
Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation
 
The Gifts of God for the People of God. and may add Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.
 
The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people. .The Bread and the Cup are given to the communicants with these words:
 
The Body (Blood) of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life. [Amen.]
 
or with these words
 
The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]
The Blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. [Amen.]
 
During the ministration of Communion, hymns, psalms, or anthems may be sung. When necessary, the Celebrant consecrates additional bread and wine, using the form on page 408.
 
 
After Communion, the Celebrant says
 
Let us pray.
  
Celebrant and People
 
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
or the following
 
Almighty and everliving God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal kingdom.
And now, Father, send us out
to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you
as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.
To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Bishop when present, or the Priest, may bless the people. The Deacon, or the Celebrant, dismisses them with these words
 
Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Let us go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
People Thanks be to God.
 
or this
Deacon Let us bless the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
 
From the Easter Vigil through the Day of Pentecost “Alleluia, alleluia” may be added to any of the dismissals.
 
The People respond Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.
 

 
The Lessons Appointed for Use on  
Second Sunday of Easter
Year A
RCL
The Collect
 
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 

The First Lesson
Acts 2:14a,22-32


Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,
‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover my flesh will live in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One experience corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
 
“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
nor did his flesh experience corruption.’
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”


The Response
Psalm 16
Conserva me, Domine


1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,
my good above all other."
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
3 But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
8 I have set the Lord always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
 

The Epistle
1 Peter 1:3-9


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
 

The Gospel
John 20:19-31


When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

 

     
Let us continue, this week, to pray for those who have requested our prayers on our prayer list: Myron, Matthew, Kathleen, David, Kay, Brenda, Mario, Kendall, Eileen, Eddie, JoAn, Doris, Art, Linda, Joseph, Edwin, Leo, Nick, Kath, Keri, Bill, Jake, Julie, Jeff, Eileen, Bob, Cameron, Cynthia, Ace, Arnie, Ken, Katie, Grace, Jean, Paulette, Kathy, Rick, Jackie, Peg, Alan, Sarah, Heather, Claudia, Wayne, and Patti.

Bible Study will continue each Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30pm .  Please contact Nick Baker and send your email address: nick_baker@att.net If you do not have email please contact Deacon Kris at 508 930 5665 with your phone number... we will be studying Acts ... please join us...
 
 
As we try to care for one another, and remain in touch, please feel free to email me directly.  During this challenging time, more then ever, we need to be in touch, and connected to one another.  If you have any information, notices, bulletins, and etc., for the good of the group, please email me at: revjwkelliher@gmail.com and I will get it out as soon as possible.

Remember we are truly all connected and in this together,  Let's not forget to 'be kind to one another'

"God Bless us all....Everyone" -Tiny Tim

Faithfully,
Jim Kelliher
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Reverend John Conn
  • Phone:  (617) 549-3119
  • Email:  johnhconn@gmail.com
Deacon Kristine Holmes
  • Phone:  (508) 930-5665
  • Email:  kristineholmes7@msn.com
Parish Administrator - Jim Kelliher
  • Office phone: (508) 697-4311
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  • Personal: revjwkelliher@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Suspended until further notice
 
 


Senior Warden - Jerry Lenihan
  • Phone:  (508) 577-0053
  • Email:  jmlenih@gmail.com
Junior Warden - Judith Gabriel
  • Phone:  (508) 697-7195
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