Welcome to Trinity Church Towson

Dear God, guide us at Trinity Episcopal Church to be an inclusive and caring Christ-centered community nurtured by our worship and tradition. We ask you to strengthen and guide us as we live out our mission to welcome and celebrate the diversity of all people through spiritual education, growth in faith and service in Christ’s Name. Amen

Looking Backward and Moving Forward

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.    
Hebrews 12:1

Since we are indeed surrounded by a cloud of both friends and their exhalations, starting on August 1, Trinity Church will require that all arrive and remain masked for the entirety of the worship services.

A few weeks ago, we did a congregational survey to determine where we are at Trinity in relation to the ongoing COIVID-19 pandemic. At the time, things looked pretty good, but much has changed since then. It feels like moving backwards, but in truth it is learning from the past to deal with what is unfolding now and whatever lies ahead.

COVID cases are increasing in Baltimore County; worse are cases of infection among people who are vaccinated; and worst are new data that vaccinated people may sometimes still carry and spread the virus. The Delta variant is the main culprit but won’t be the last mutation to find its way into our communities. That’s the nature of viruses. Maybe you recall that forty years later there is still no cure for the AIDS virus. Viruses are living things, and like all living things they are programmed to survive.

Therefore, we must persevere in loving our neighbors and resisting the power of sin by wearing the darn mask for a single hour. Do you hear the Tempter’s voice whisper, “But none of this applies to us, though, right?” or “But the ceiling is so tall!” or “But there are only a few children here.” This is the murmuring of an insidious sort of sin that takes advantage of weariness, frustration, and plain selfishness. It is the voice of the world telling us our rights matter more than our responsibilities.

The Letter to the Hebrews continues: Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (12:11). Perhaps we should look to masks not as an inconvenience but as teachers of love, reminding us that our difficulties pale in comparison to the suffering of Christ, and that with loving discipline we will grow closer to God.

in peace,

Inquirer’s Class

This fall, September 13 through November 15, on Monday nights at 7pm.

So, what is an Inquirer’s Class? Well, it’s not catechesis exactly or preparation for baptism or confirmation—although you may find it is a prelude to considering the rites of initiation. It’s a chance to ask the questions you didn’t think you were allowed to ask and explore them through the lenses of scripture, tradition, and reason. Our starting point will be material from Forward Movement.

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Children at Worship

New to Trinity

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to make a deeper connection with God at Trinity Episcopal Church. Experience the spirit of love and acceptance as we share our gifts in this Christ-centered community.

Worship

Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning
8:00 AM – Eucharist
10:00 AM – Eucharist and live streamed via YouTube

Wednesday Evening Prayer
Wednesday Night Live Evening Prayer with Sykes & Wiley. Find the dynamic duo live at 6pm on YouTube @ Trinity Church Towson

Thursday Noon Bible Study

Brown Bag Bible Study, Thursdays from 12-1pm on Zoom. Grab a sandwich and your Bible to join in a discussion of weekly lectionary readings. The meeting information is available on our website or by contacting the office. See the weekly Trinity E-times for the Zoom Link.

Small Groups on ZOOM

During the Summer our Small Groups are taking a break.  They will return in the fall.

Children at Worship

New to Trinity

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to make a deeper connection with God at Trinity Episcopal Church. Experience the spirit of love and acceptance as we share our gifts in this Christ-centered community.

Worship

Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning
8:00 AM – Eucharist
10:00 AM – Eucharist and live streamed via YouTube

Wednesday Evening Prayer
Wednesday Night Live Evening Prayer with Sykes & Wiley. Find the dynamic duo live at 6pm on YouTube @ Trinity Church Towson

Thursday Noon Bible Study

Brown Bag Bible Study, Thursdays from 12-1pm on Zoom. Grab a sandwich and your Bible to join in a discussion of weekly lectionary readings. The meeting information is available on our website or by contacting the office. See the weekly Trinity E-times for the Zoom Link.

Small Groups on ZOOM

During the Summer our Small Groups are taking a break.  They will return in the fall.

Morning Prayer
2021 Graduates Blessing
Preschool Outdoor Class Blessing

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Abraham and Sarah

I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

One of Trinity Church’s most cherished gifts is hospitality. Nobody puts on a spread like Trinity, and the feeling of warmth and generosity among us is second to none. Perhaps the most grievous loss for us over the past 15 months has been the shut-down of our Second Sunday Breakfast, a time when we share a meal and some fellowship with the community.
Birth of a Nation-2014- Stephen Towns

Critical Race Theory and the Doctrine of Original Sin

There has been a lot of kerfuffle about Critical Race theory of late, most of it unhelpful and much of it misleading. So on this anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Juneteenth, I thought I would take this moment to offer what I hope will be a helpful (thought surely imperfect) analogy for understanding Critical Race Theory.
Carmel Altar

To Carmel and Back Again

This week, Mary and I visited the Episcopal Carmel of St Teresa monastery up in Rising Sun. Some weeks ago I received a letter from Carmelite Sister Teresa Irene to offer us back a sweet little altar that Rev. Jim Ransom had given them some twenty or so years ago.

The Egg and the Tomb

In the shorter, cooler days of autumn and winter, chickens lay fewer eggs, or stop laying altogether. Among the surest signs of spring’s return are the first fresh eggs. Thus did the egg become a potent symbol of life and hope.
Rogation Sunday

In Sure and Certain Hope

Rogation Sunday is upon us. The Sunday before Ascension Day is traditionally a day when we raise our voices to God in supplication for health, prosperity, justice, and well-being for ourselves, the community, and the whole world.
Psalm-23

The Lord is my Shepherd

We often refer to this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, as Good Shepherd Sunday. Some of our most beloved—and simultaneously puzzling—readings fall on this Sunday, Psalm 23 and John 10:1-18, the Good Shepherd Discourse.
Bell Ringers by Ryland, Henry

Ring out, wild bells!

The new year has arrived, and I have been reflecting on our times. My mood has been somewhat melancholy.
Advent Candle

Oh Advent! Rich in Metaphor & Mystery!

So last week I offered my translation of the first three of the O Antiphons, and today I will share my translation of two more. I’ve been a little free, but not too wild in my departure from tradition.
Advent Candle

O Advent! You are so full of arcane traditions!

Among the ancient traditions of Advent are the “O” Antiphons. From at least the 8th century Christians have recited one these seven little prayers during each evening worship service (vespers) in the week leading up to Christmas.
Abraham and Sarah

I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

One of Trinity Church’s most cherished gifts is hospitality. Nobody puts on a spread like Trinity, and the feeling of warmth and generosity among us is second to none. Perhaps the most grievous loss for us over the past 15 months has been the shut-down of our Second Sunday Breakfast, a time when we share a meal and some fellowship with the community.
Birth of a Nation-2014- Stephen Towns

Critical Race Theory and the Doctrine of Original Sin

There has been a lot of kerfuffle about Critical Race theory of late, most of it unhelpful and much of it misleading. So on this anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Juneteenth, I thought I would take this moment to offer what I hope will be a helpful (thought surely imperfect) analogy for understanding Critical Race Theory.
Carmel Altar

To Carmel and Back Again

This week, Mary and I visited the Episcopal Carmel of St Teresa monastery up in Rising Sun. Some weeks ago I received a letter from Carmelite Sister Teresa Irene to offer us back a sweet little altar that Rev. Jim Ransom had given them some twenty or so years ago.

The Egg and the Tomb

In the shorter, cooler days of autumn and winter, chickens lay fewer eggs, or stop laying altogether. Among the surest signs of spring’s return are the first fresh eggs. Thus did the egg become a potent symbol of life and hope.
Children at Worship

New to Trinity

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to make a deeper connection with God at Trinity Episcopal Church. Experience the spirit of love and acceptance as we share our gifts in this Christ-centered community.

Worship

Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning
8:00 AM – Eucharist
9:00 AM – Sunday School – Youth Groups – Adult Forums
10:00 AM – Eucharist
5:00 PM – Eucharist

Wednesday
12:15 PM – Mid-Day Prayer

Mission Prayer

Dear God, guide us at Trinity Episcopal Church to be an inclusive and caring Christ-centered community nurtured by our worship and tradition. We ask you to strengthen and guide us as we live out our mission to welcome and celebrate the diversity of all people through spiritual education, growth in faith and service in Christ’s Name. Amen.

Children at Worship

New to Trinity

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to make a deeper connection with God at Trinity Episcopal Church. Experience the spirit of love and acceptance as we share our gifts in this Christ-centered community.

Worship

Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning
8:00 AM – Eucharist
9:00 AM – Sunday School – Youth Groups – Adult Forums
10:00 AM – Eucharist
5:00 PM – Eucharist

Wednesday
12:15 PM – Mid-Day Prayer

Mission Prayer

Dear God, guide us at Trinity Episcopal Church to be an inclusive and caring Christ-centered community nurtured by our worship and tradition. We ask you to strengthen and guide us as we live out our mission to welcome and celebrate the diversity of all people through spiritual education, growth in faith and service in Christ’s Name. Amen.

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