The “outdoor” service this Sunday only (October 10) will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona where we worship with other Anglican churches from San Diego County at the Deanery Campout.
Location: Dos Picos County Park: 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, Ramona CA. It is a one-hour drive from Point Loma. Bring $3.00 for entrance fee, and the Ranger will show you where to park.
For those who prefer to worship on Point Loma this Sunday, we offer the 8:00 a.m. indoor service at Bethany Lutheran Church: 2051 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Fr. Jack Davenport of Holy Spirit Anglican Church will officiate.
There will be no YouTube service this Sunday. YouTube will be back next week!
Holy Trinity is looking for a new church administrator to join our team!
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My family enjoys sitting in the front yard and chatting with the neighbors that walk by. Sometimes people walk by with headphones and say nothing at all. Most of the time they wave and give the obligatory hello. But sometimes they stop and chat. All sorts of things get talked about on the porch of the house. We share a bit of ourselves and become more invested in our neighbors. This is where the door to community is opened. The thing is, the porch is only a taste of the greater community life that is found within the home. Moving from porch friends to friends coming over for a meal is a big and important step. The porch functions as a gateway to table fellowship but is not a replacement for it. It is always exciting when neighbors take the next step and come in. The church functions in a similar way.
Every Sunday the family of God gathers to worship together. In the house of God, we are called to God’s table to break bread with Him and each other. At the communion table we receive the body and blood of Jesus. This is the true food and true drink that sustains our spiritual lives and unites the one family. The Eucharist is fundamental to our relationship with Christ and with each other.
When we consider how the Lord has led us through the pandemic into an online format, one might ask, what function does an online service play within the worshipping community and especially at Holy Trinity?
Our online presence is a vital one. It is vital not because it is an end unto itself but because it functions as a porch. I am amazed at how many people engage in our online worship every Sunday. Typically, we have 8-10 live viewers at any given time. By Monday morning our broadcast will often have 100 - 150 views. Many of these viewers do not watch very long but some do. They are the neighbors who stick around to chat. Our online presence is like sitting on the porch of the church. We are open to chat with anyone who walks by. Our hope is that these neighbors might one day become more than a neighbor. We hope that one day they will be adopted by our heavenly Father and come in and eat with us.
Online fellowship and worship is not a substitute for the gathered church. This is because the Church is not an idea communicated online but an embodiment of Christ lived in His followers. Being a mother or father or sister or brother takes more than good thoughts. It is lived out. At the communion table we are reminded of Christ’s life poured out and his continued presence with us in the sacrament. He is not on the other side of a screen far away but within us. The great fellowship of God’s family can never fully be captured online. The best we can do online is sit on the porch and hint at a greater mystery for those neighbors who would come in.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
Last month I was joyfully surprised to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce new guidelines for us to follow.
For some this has been confusing and a bit frightening. Traversing this pandemic has been like sailing through a storm and being swamped by waves. Yet, even in the middle of storms Jesus is in the boat with us calling us to faith. He says to his disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26) It is His power than calms storms. St. John tells us that in times of worry or fear we hold on tighter to the knowledge that Jesus loves us and is ever present with us.
With this in mind we come to the CDC’s guidelines. Two facts stand out that bear repeating.
Let us no longer live in fear. Fear seeks to divide God’s people from each other and the Lord. Now is a time to gather and rejoice at all the Lord is doing at Holy Trinity. I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday.
This next Sunday’s celebration we move into the Season After Pentecost. In the church calendar this is the final season of the year. In this season you will see all the vestments and altar hangings change to the color green. The green of this season reminds us of the growth that the kingdom of God brings when we partner with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the church year we have walked with Jesus through his advent, incarnation, epiphany, call to repentance, death, and resurrection. The Holy Spirit of Pentecost has come and now we have work to do. He sends us out to grow his kingdom in the world. It is the green growing season of the Church! I pray that during this green growing season the very nature of God and His grand mission may take root in you so that God’s kingdom might be found within you and in your midst!
Dear members and friends of Holy Trinity,
I will retire this year, after serving as Office Manager at Holy Trinity for 16 years. During these years I have been honored to support the ministries of Fr. Lawrence Bausch and Fr. Paul Gibbons. But the time has come for me to step down.
Holy Trinity’s “COVID service” outdoors at 10:30 a.m. has been successful: it has brought many newcomers to our church, given us a significant online presence, and energized our vision for a 10:30 service. I see this time of church growth and vision as a good time for me to pass the baton to a younger person. I plan to return to being a normal parish member by the end of this year.
Holy Trinity Parish has been enormously significant in my life for 28 years, and so have many of you. I look forward to continued worship and fellowship with you. After a brief rest, I will seek to discern how I can best serve Holy Trinity as a volunteer. I especially look forward to spending more time with my Holy Trinity sisters in Christ.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Office Manager, and for your many loving words and deeds to strengthen me in this ministry.
January 6, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you from our College of Bishops meeting, and like many of you I am deeply concerned about the unrest in the United States Capitol today. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
Please join me in praying for the United States of America:
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure conduct. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom, in thy Name, we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 2019, p. 657)
I want to update you on our online worship service. You may have noticed that we have moved locations of the broadcast over the last few weeks. The main reason for this move was so that we can involve more people in our worship service. In addition God has blessed us in this time of difficulty with new leaders, new friends and new volunteers!
Last Sunday, we broadcast from the patio of the church office. This experiment was to see if we could make an outdoor service work while live streaming. If you joined us online you know that we have a few kinks to work out. The broadcast wasn’t perfect. We are working through some of these issues and hope to have them fixed for the coming Sunday. Just as when we first began, this will be a process that will require some patience. We thank you for sticking with us.
The outdoor space behind the church office is a common area of all the tenants of our building. Before we used this space we asked every tenant permission. It was a sign of God’s leading that every tenant was enthusiastic about our use of this space. I was blown away by the generosity of Jensens when they gave us a key to their office and the ability to use their electric and furniture for our services. God has opened doors for us!
Because we are outside, I am happy to say that we can invite guests to the 10am service. Last Sunday was extremely hot so be prepared if you plan on attending. Even outside the state government requires masks and family groups to remain socially distant. If you plan on attending our service please do your best to observe these regulations.
In addition to our 10am service we will have our 8am service on the first Sunday of each month at Bethany. We are looking for volunteers to help at both the 8am service and the 10am service. In particular we need more ushers to help enforce the state guidelines at the 8am service. Please let the office know if you are interested in helping!
I am committed to visiting those who cannot yet attend our services and even those who can. If you would like a communion visit please let the office know. These visits are such a joy to me!
Dear Holy Trinity,
The governor of California announced last week that he is allowing churches in San Diego County to restart in-person services with the condition that they follow state health guidelines. This is great news for Holy Trinity and an answer to many of our prayers. We will resume our plan to hold in person services on the first Sunday of the month and the Friday that precedes that first Sunday. That means we get to meet this week!
We will also continue to have a 10:00 am service online even as we gather in-person. The online service remains a good option for many. I will be making house calls for those who are not able to attend a Eucharist service in-person.
Before you show up to our next service please review Holy Trinity's guidelines for in-person worship. These guidelines ensure our compliance with local government and will help us to gather safely.
Next In-Person Services
Friday, September 4, 2020 @ 9:30 am
Sunday, September 6, 2020 @8:00 am