Welcome to Trinity Church Towson

Loving God, we give you thanks that you have called Trinity Church to be a caring and diverse, Christ-centered community, empowered to worship, serve, and grow in faith. Guide us and strengthen us to be ever more welcoming and inclusive, and to encourage all people to love God and one another. Amen.

As a matter of fact, we do have nuns:
Religious Life Sunday

Among the resolutions passed at last summer’s General Convention of the Episcopal Church was to designate the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany as Religious Life Sunday, a day to celebrate and learn about the many Episcopal monastic and dispersed Christian communities. Monastics live together under a rule of life and under vows such as poverty, chastity, and obedience, but “religious life” also encompasses those who make religious vows but live in their own homes, hold down jobs, and sometimes raise families.

These communities commit themselves to a life of prayers and service. Most of them also make themselves available to everyone for spiritual counsel and development. I have benefited enormously from the ministry of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. In the silence and routine of daily prayer at their New Hampshire retreat house I was finally able to finish my dissertation. I continue to be encouraged by their daily mini-meditation emails called “Brother, Give us a Word.”

During the time I was caring for my brain injured father in Georgia, the sisters of the Order of Saint Helena, now in South Carolina, rescued me from spiritual despair on a four-day retreat of silence, prayer, laughter, and spiritual direction. There I was introduced to their magnificent breviary of daily prayer and their exquisite, intimate translation of the Psalms that we use for Sunday worship. If I didn’t love my wife so much, I’d probably consider joining those gals.

I don’t have much experience with dispersed communities, but they are mushrooming all over the Episcopal Church even as church attendance is dropping. Clearly, they are meeting the need for spiritual community in fresh ways. I encourage you to look around at all the different communities with their various gifts and missions.

In peace,

Trinity Church

Annual Report – 2021

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 Bible Study

Brown Bag Bible Study, Thursdays from 11-12pm 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 Bible Study

Brown Bag Bible Study, Thursdays from 11-12pm 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

Latest News

Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth!

Over two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that “all slaves are free.” Real freedom did not come to most of the “freed” people in Texas until somewhat later, and laws quickly sprang up to control and circumscribe their lives. Nevertheless, African Americans adopted the date of Granger’s order to celebrate emancipation.

From Ghoulies and Ghosties Good Lord, Deliver Us

Did you know that the Episcopal Church has a worship service for Halloween?  It’s true! Special readings and prayers are appointed for the Eve of All Hallows—more commonly called the Feast of All Saints—as a way of putting the festivities and frissons of Halloween in Christian context.
Matthew

A Tale Tolled by the Bellringer: Holy Needlepoint!

Trinity Church is abundantly blessed with both the beauty of God’s holiness and the inspired beauty of human artistry. Our gloriously carved altar, handsome chancel furnishings, and sublime stained-glass, combine with intricate needlework created by parishioners over the years to magnify the splendor of our surroundings.
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.
Juneteenth

Happy Juneteenth!

Over two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, that “all slaves are free.” Real freedom did not come to most of the “freed” people in Texas until somewhat later, and laws quickly sprang up to control and circumscribe their lives. Nevertheless, African Americans adopted the date of Granger’s order to celebrate emancipation.

From Ghoulies and Ghosties Good Lord, Deliver Us

Did you know that the Episcopal Church has a worship service for Halloween?  It’s true! Special readings and prayers are appointed for the Eve of All Hallows—more commonly called the Feast of All Saints—as a way of putting the festivities and frissons of Halloween in Christian context.
Matthew

A Tale Tolled by the Bellringer: Holy Needlepoint!

Trinity Church is abundantly blessed with both the beauty of God’s holiness and the inspired beauty of human artistry. Our gloriously carved altar, handsome chancel furnishings, and sublime stained-glass, combine with intricate needlework created by parishioners over the years to magnify the splendor of our surroundings.
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.
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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