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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

First things First

But strive first for the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matthew 6:33

Here comes “Back-to-School” season, a time of year that can feel terribly intense. Eagerness, excitement, hope, and anxiety about a new school year can together create a sense of pressure even if you aren’t a student or teacher or don’t have one in your family. When everything feels urgent, it can be hard to keep a handle on what matters most to us, but these are the times when it is most important to identify and attend to our priorities.

You may have heard the old saw about filling a jar with rocks, then pebbles, and then sand. You must start with the big stuff first, because if you fill the jar up with pebbles or sand first, you’ll never get those rocks in. So what are our rocks? What are your rocks? What are the things in your life that give it meaning? What do you need to put first in order to thrive?

Of course I am going to talk about God and the Church, but before I do I want to affirm that we all have other priorities worthy of big rock status. Our relationships with other people, family, and friends—even our animals—should probably be big rocks. Caring for our physical and mental health is also a good rock. Financial security is a very reasonable rock, so long as we are able to distinguish security from excess. There are undoubtedly others for you, some practical and others conceptual. Honor, for example, is quite important to me, for good or ill.

So here’s my plug for making your life of faith a big rock. When we put God at the center of our lives, and when we allow Christian community to support us in that, it is much easier to remember what matters most to us. Do not come to church to check a box or to make other people happy—not even me! Let the habit of prayer and connecting with others help you keep your priorities straight. A routine of worship and reflection gives to the soul what regular exercise does for the body. It is the most reliable way to find peace in the midst of the whirlwind.

As stress mounts from now into September, trust in God and build trust with your family in Christ at Trinity. Make communal worship more than tiny pebbles in your jar. Make spiritual formation and service opportunities more than sand. Let people love you and nurture your love for others. Strive first for the Kingdom of God, and everything else will fill in around it.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O God, my rock and my redeemer. — Psalm 19:14

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

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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

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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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