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August 7th
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friends:
We're delighted to update our website after a week away. I hope this finds you well in your corner of the kingdom. Donald McKenzie, Haewook Kim, Paulina Gonzales and I have created a small youtube prayer service. You can watch it by clicking on this link:
Also hymns and their lyrics have also been posted separately in the music section.
Please note that we are planning another outdoor service for Sunday August 16th at 10:30. Please pass the word. This time we'll worship on the west side facing the stadium outside the main doors. There is more room for social distancing than on the south side. Know that masks are required. We will provide one if you don't have one. Everyone is warmly welcomed to come, but we would strongly urge those that aren't feeling well or who have been around those who might not be well or who have travelled recently to wait on coming to service until September. Thank you for your care and respect for each other. Please bring lawn chairs if you have them. Also know there is less shade on the west side. It will be good to gather, greet each other and worship all together again. [Our rain date is the following weekend]. If the weather holds, we will plan a third outdoor service in September.

Please check out picture from our July 26th Outdoor service in our Worship Our Sanctuary section on the site Click Here
The Lunchroom @ Holy Trinity is going strong on Tuesday's from 11:00 to 1:00pm. Come and enjoy a BBQ'd hamburger and meet our downtown neighbours. If you can volunteer, please talk with Donald McKenzie: 204.942.7465 ext 4 or revdonald@holytrinity.mb.ca. He would be most appreciative.
Summer blessings to you all
Your sister in Christ

July 24, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend:

I'm so delighted to have the gift of worshipping together again – outside, with the ground under our feet, in the heart of the city. Our last Sunday worship together was March 15th!  Wherever this note finds you, know that our life together in the Spirit as church continues and will re-emerge after the precautions of the pandemic are eased.  I'm including my notes for my homily this Sunday.

I find myself swimming in a very noisy and unsettling wash of news of our world these days.  People seem so polarized and strident in their positions. Every issue is presented as hugely important. It is all urgent:  buy this, consume this, don't consume this, do this, don't do that... and in order to get our attention, everything is do or die. One response to this deluge is of course to stop - turn off or put down what ever we are watching or reading. Another less self-isolating approach is recenter ourselves in Paul's three great assurances offered to the church in Rome:  
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We are always, everywhere held in God's embrace;
“If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not, with him, also give us everything else?” God shares extravagantly, arms wide open, without stinting, all we genuinely need. And
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Can we go forward in the Spirit in quiet assurance and trust?
Perhaps none of us should read or watch the news without having Romans chapter 8 at hand and in our hearts and minds.

With these assurances etched into our souls, we turn to Jesus' five small parables about the kingdom for they give us clues about to discern what is of God and God's reign. What is God's sovereign will in these crazy, uncertain times. How do we attend to and interpret our times? In those parables, we hear that:
small matters – small and insignificant and every day – like mustard seeds and yeast, can change a situation for the good;
diversity is a characteristic of the reign of God – 'fish of every kind' are part of the netted catch of the kingdom;
the kingdom is hidden – it's in the dirt, buried in the stuff of our lives. It requires finding, selling and buying – in other words we have to pay attention and search for it; we have divest ourselves of encumbrances - whether psychological or financial, and we have to commit to it.

But you might ask: what is it? What is the kingdom of heaven, the reign of God, seeds of the kingdom? How do we know it to find it? Let me offer you the words of two 20th century musical poets:
Marty Haugen in “You are Salt for the Earth”... points to the kingdom of mercy, of peace, of justice and finishes his last verse with “love is the kingdom of God!”
And Byrn Rees in “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”... [and indeed, we're told, the person who finds the treasure hidden in the field does go with joy to sell everything to buy that field]...Bryn writes in her second verse of signs of the kingdom: mercy, grace, captives free, sinners restored, outcasts welcomed to the banquet and hope awakened. And in her fourth verse she suggests that the kingdom is both gift and goal - already begun in Jesus - both 'now' and to come in its fullness “when all things cry 'Glory!' to God all in all.”
These are good word pictures, set to music, to draw us into an understanding of the kingdom. Signposts to finding our way in these uncertain, unsettled times.

And so Jesus after 5 parables of the kingdom [on top of the one last week and another the previous week] asks his disciples [and us]: "Have you understood all this?" [And] they answered, "Yes." Do we? And if we say 'yes,' we understand his invitation to see and be part of the kingdom... his words to his disciples at his last supper with them in the gospel of John should ring in our hearts:
If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.  [John 13:17]
Our knowing must be inextricably tied to our actions, to our commitments. How do we live in these crazy unsettled times? We live for the kingdom. We live as Jesus' did:
For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. [John 13:15]
We follow his way – the path of abundant life for all. For even the small can grow into a big shrub and shelter the birds; even the smallest ingredients can leaven the whole. Even we can play our part to grow the city of God.
I've included the words for “You are Salt for the Earth” and “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy” for you to consider as musical poems. If you want to hear the music search for them on YouTube. Enjoy!
Note that our webmaster: Derek, is scheduled for eye surgery this coming week. Gwen our parish administrator had emergency eye surgery this week. Instead of a website update for next Sunday, we will have a good old-fashioned parish mailing. I give thanks for our parish phone/email connectors for keeping us all in touch in these unsettling times.
May God shower you with summer blessings
Your sister in Christ
CP#502 You Are Salt for the Earth
Verse 1
You are salt for the earth, O people:
salt for the kingdom of God!
Share the flavour of life, O people:
life in the kingdom of God!
Bring forth the kingdom of mercy,
bring forth the kingdom of peace;
bring forth the kingdom of justice,
bring forth the city of God!
Verse 2
You are a light on the hill, O people:
light for the city of God!
Shine so holy and bright, O people:
shine for the kingdom of God!
Verse 3
You are a seed of the Word, O people:
bring forth the kingdom of God!
Seeds of mercy and seeds of justice
grow in the kingdom of God!
Verse 4
We are a blest and a pilgrim people
bound for the kingdom of God!
Love our journey and love our homeland:
love is the kingdom of God!
CP #631 The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy
V 1: The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and here after the kingdom shall grow.
V 2: The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is a wakened in place of despair.
V 3: The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to his cross,
Our crisis of judgement for gain and for loss.
V 4: God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal,
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer his call,
And all things cry “Glory!” to God All-in-All.

July 16, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friends

I pray on this beautiful summer day that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you, enfold you and all you love, and guide you in all you do. These are uncertain and muddled times, but we are blessed. We're blessed as we are – as muddled, uncertain, and ordinary as we are these days.
On the surface, at first reading, Jesus' parable of the wheat and weeds divides the world simply and clearly into categories of children of the kingdom and children of the evil one. But in the moment, practically and mercifully, it proves not so simple to divide the wheat from the weeds. They are muddled together, their roots are intertwined, and sorting them would kill the wheat as well as the weeds. The counsel is to live in the muddle and stay our inclination to clear up the muddle prematurely – before the harvest. And this is merciful counsel because, in truth, are we not all in ourselves muddles of weeds [sinners] and wheat [children of God]? We are works in progress. As Paul writes: “the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption” - full adoption as children of God. And so Paul writes, in this in between, muddled time, before all is resolved, we live with patience and hope. And we live with the assurance of God's presence wherever we find ourselves. Jacob, that epitome of  the mixture of weeds and wheat of Jesus' parable, on the side of road, hears: “know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.” And Psalm 139 testifies to this assurance in a beautiful crescendo of images.
We can live – live fully and well - in harmony and love of God, neighbour and creation. Because, even in these unsettled, uncertain times, God is with us and will keep us always in steadfast love, compassion and wisdom. And so indeed we live into our future with patience, trust and hope. And maybe when we wake into our new day, we too with Jacob will be able to sing:
"Surely the LORD is in this place--and I did not know it!...How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
And then take the sign of our discomfort and unsettledness – for Jacob his stone pillow, and mark it as a sacred reminder of God's presence and commitment to us and all of creation.
Next Sunday July 26 at 10:30 am – God willing and the weather permitting, those who can, will gather outside on the south side of Holy Trinity, with masks and social distancing, to worship and pray together. Please bring your own lawn chairs and masks if you are able. Know that there will be music, but no congregational singing. There will be communion, but in one kind only. And we will be together but six feet apart, with extra ushers and hosts so we can move safely among each other. If it is rainy, we will delay our service until August 2. We do ask that if you have any cold, flu or Covid-like symptoms and/or if you have travelled recently, please wait to participate in worship until a time when it safe for us all to be together. You will be in our prayers and we are grateful for your consideration.
This is a special week for Holy Trinity. I am SO delighted to be able to include Bishop Geoff's July 16th letter to the parish. On October 6th, the Reverend Andrew Rampton will become Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity. I have also included his note to the parish. Andrew's appointment is terrific good news for the parish. He is a gifted priest who is passionate about the mission and ministry the church in our time and place. I look forward to journeying with the parish and supporting Andrew as a volunteer. Please welcome him as you welcomed me - with open good hearts.
In the meantime, I offer summer blessings to each of you.
Your sister in Christ
204.926.7465 ext 3  
Bishop Geoff's note:
The Diocese of Rupert’s Land
The Right Reverend Geoffrey Woodcroft
Bishop of Rupert’s Land

July 16, 2020
Dear People of God, Disciples of Holy Trinity,
Greetings in the name of Jesus, the head of the Body to which we belong!
It is with great excitement and honour that I write to you this day. The Rev’d Dr. Cathy Campbell has served her term as an interim priest for the last most extraordinary year. Her gifts, along with that of the Rev’d Aubrey Hemminger for a few months, has made for new beginnings and hope amidst the Body gathered here in Holy Trinity. Technically, her time in this role is complete as of September 1, 2020.
Last Tuesday evening members of Holy Trinity were called to hear a presentation from the Rev’d Andrew Rampton, by my invitation. Andrew spoke with passion and conviction about vision meeting reality for this downtown parish.
I hereby inform you that it is my intention to appoint The Rev’d Andrew Rampton to a 5 year, renegotiable contract, as Priest in Charge, beginning October 6, 2020.
During the early months of this appointment I am requiring Holy Trinity to undergo an assessment of human and other resources to help us achieve the goals and skill-sets necessary to meet the mission and ministry needs we are identifying for Holy Trinity.
May you continue in the rich blessing of God, who continually calls us forward.
In Christ,
+ Geoffrey
Andrew Rampton's note:
Dear People of God in the Parish of Holy Trinity,
I write to you today both honoured and filled with excitement. The bishop’s announcement of his intent to appoint me as priest-in-charge in your parish is one that carries much hope, much excitement, many possibilities, and has surely been guided by the careful work of the Holy Spirit.
I met with representatives from your community on Tuesday, 7 July, and was given many stories and dreams by them. These words spoke of a people who are called to be the sharers of God’s abundant blessing, to be healers and caregivers, and who see the face of Christ throughout their parish, and who long for strong, healthy relationships with all of God’s children.
I am honoured by the invitation extended by you and our bishop to join with you, the Body of Christ in the centre of Winnipeg. I look forward to meeting each of you and to the many blessings our ministry together will reveal.
Yours in Christ,
The Revd. Andrew Rampton
July 8, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity parishioner and friends,
I look  out my window and see blue and green and more green – dotted with bright flower colours, but every shade of green moving in the wind. Creation is shining in all her glory! Thanks be to the Creator for these beautiful summer days and the nights which bless us with coolness and renewal. Although mostly isolated, we are indeed all in this moment together.
At the heart of our life together in faith, is God's great circle economy of grace. God's grace is poured out for all, for free [unconditionally], forever – always; and we pass it on in big and small ways. It's not written about in the financial news of the day, but it sustains and renews the globe. God showers the earth, indiscriminately and extravagantly, with words of grace, seeds of kingdom, kernels of love. Isaiah writes:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty...
The picture that unfolds is of joy, peace, song, trees clapping their hands, the earth overflowing with goodness. And our psalmist joins the chorus and echos the great life giving power of water - the hydrological cycles of nature. And so God's great circle economy of grace. [see our scripture section for these readings]
What are the seeds that the sower in Jesus' parable scatters so indiscriminately and generously? Matthew calls them “the word of the kingdom.” Jesus starts with the command: “Listen!” and ends his parable with: “Let anyone with ears listen!" Can we hear, can we take in and absorb the “words of the kingdom” - the words of grace and love showered upon us each and every day? What is the state of the soil of our lives – our souls?
Are they hard packed, bitter, resentful, cynical, reluctant to hear a single word of grace; or
Are they thin and superficial, infatuated with all that glitters or moves us in the moment, easily distracted; or
do we find ourselves anxious or judgmental – preoccupied, we might say weedy, with competing priorities so that there is no room for God's word to grow; or
are we open, receptive, attentive and responsive to the grace and blessings God showers upon us?
What sustains and grows the health and fertility of the soil of our souls? How do we tend, fertilize and keep our souls awake and alive. All the spiritual practices matter: wonder, generosity, gratitude, praise, loving kindness, empathy, simplicity. You can add to the list. And so we pray:
Crazy, indiscriminate, extravagant Gardener, you shower the earth with your words of love. Plant us deep in your heart that we might bring life, joy, right relations and your peace to all whose lives touch ours. We give thanks for your steadfast love. “You are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” May we and all your beloved creation “shout and sing together for joy.” We pray in the name of your Word, Amen. [quoting Psalm 65]
In news of the parish:
we continue to plan for an outdoor service: Sunday June 26th at 10:30 on the south side of the church – with careful social distancing, face masks and care for our neighbour; bring a lawn chair if you can; rain date a week later.
The Lunchroom at Holy Trinity is open and also outside; volunteers welcome.
our revenue is significantly down as you can imagine; we give special thanks to all who have posted a cheque or have authorized an automatic withdrawal – Gwen can help set that up for you if you would like; and we now have the capacity for e-transfers if that makes things easier for you to support Holy Trinity – please see the instructions below.
I pray that you are enjoying the long hot days of summer and staying safe.
Every blessing,
Your sister in Christ
04.929.7465 ext 3
Instructions for E-Transfer Donations to Holy Trinity
After logging in to your financial institution select the payments option and the select interac e-transfer.
You can then set up a payee – the information requested will be similar to what is displayed below but there will likely be differences depending on your financial institution:
Fill in the amount you would like to donate.
When you press continue you will get a message as shown below.


July 2, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity parishioner and friend:

Here we are in the heart and heat of summer. I pray you are well and safe. It is too long since I’ve been able to greet you in person. But this week we have the next best thing – a video of a small prayer time with music and reflection on our gospel for this Sunday:
I extend special thanks to Paulina Gonzales and Richard Greig for splendid music, Be Buckingham for our prayers and Donald McKenzie for this technical expertise. I pray that Jesus’ radical and unconditional invitation continues to reside and work in your hearts and imagination:
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Holy Trinity is cautiously opening in this new phase of the Covid pandemic. We had a happy hotdog BBQ under the trees on the south side of the building at last Tuesday’s LUNCHROOM. Please speak to Donald if you’re interested in helping. Donald has re-initiated our Wednesday Eucharist service with our new pandemic protocols. And if we can identify parish hosts, Richard is prepared to have Pipes Alive on Thursday noon hours in August. In addition, weather permitting and God willing, Holy Trinity will worship outside Sunday morning July 26th at 10:30. Anyone who would help host, read and serve at this service, please let me know.  It will be so good to gather and worship together [with masks and social distancing] again!
Know that you are in the prayers of my heart. Should you or anyone you know need specific prayers, please email or phone me. Given our social isolation, the current events and turmoil around the world and an atmosphere of deep uncertainty about the future, prayer is critically important. May the Spirit enfold and empower you and those you love in blessing.

Your sister in Christ
Associate Priest; revcathy@holytrinity.mb.ca
204.942.7465 ext 3

June 25, 2020
Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend:
I pray that this note finds you and all in your circle of love and care well and able to embrace the beauty and life of these long days of summer. Indeed life is bursting out and around us: birds, gardens, trees and people – out of winter coats and enjoying God's grace. In the midst of so much uncertainty, illness and death, and demonstrations against the terrible injustices and violence of our time, we must remain deeply grounded in God's grace. It is from a heart of grace and love, that the new creation – the fullness of the kingdom, is brought to life.
Our scripture passage for this Sunday [Matthew 10:40-42] concludes Jesus' instructions to the disciples he has sent out to bear witness, in word and action, to the good news that “the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Our simple short gospel text describes the heart of hospitality that lies at the centre of the economy of the kingdom - God's economy of grace.
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me... [and] whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."
And the reward is the reward of the righteous [the sheep – those who fed, watered, clothed, welcomed, healed and visited “the least of these who are members of my family”] in Matthew 25:  to “inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”  At the heart of the economy of the kingdom is welcome received and welcome given.
Years ago, 'the banquet' became for me a synonym for 'the kingdom' – specifically a banquet where everyone has a place at the table, every place is one of dignity, and there is enough always for all. All are welcome. Only those who exclude themselves are absent from the table.  I've included a prayer that I wrote about the banquet that elaborates this vision and underlines the expansiveness of God's welcome.
How do we remain rooted in God's great circle economy of grace in times such as ours – times of distress and anxiety and change when we cannot even be together safely. The witness of so many people demanding racial justice, the gradual opening of our public spaces and resilience of the globe's atmosphere are hopeful signs of our times. But the traditional disciplines of faith are critical to stay centered in the Spirit: prayer, critical reflection on the scriptures, creation and the newspaper, acts of generosity and compassion.
Our letters, emails and phone calls are meant to invite and encourage us all to live in and act out of this circle of grace in our daily lives. There is so much that invites us to close our hearts, we must stay in touch with all that opens our hearts in love – to each other, to the world around us, to ourselves, to God. May we all continue to welcome God's invitation to the banquet and extend it on in word and deed. For it is indeed the path of life – abundant life for all.

Summer blessings
Your sister in Christ
Cathy Campbell
204.942.7465 ext 3
PS Our Wednesday noon time Eucharist services have begun again [Donald presiding]; The Lunchroom is set to begin again – please talk to Donald if you

“Gathered in Love in the family of life, we are one Sacred Community.”
Mary Southard, CSJ 1997


{C.Campbell “Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice”; Liturgical Press; 2003; p.243/4}
Station 12 Litany: The Banquet
Voices 1:          At the beginning of the day, we join you at the breakfast table;
Voices 2:          We sing our thanksgivings to you for all the blessings of the banquet.  
One:                O Host of the wedding feast, who calls each of us by name,
Voices 1:          You welcome the poor, the weeping, the lost, exiled, rejected, and reviled, the hungry and thirsty, the bullied and victimized; and in your mercy, the bullies and victimizers.
Voices 2:          You welcome the humble, the peace-makers,  the patient, the faithful, and the resolute; and in your steadfast love, the tentative, the impatient, and the proud.
Voices 1:          You welcome the eccentrics, the wild ones and those who dance to drummers we don’t yet hear; and in your great love, the upright and respectable.
Voices 2:          You welcome the great hearts and the scared hearts, the wise ones and the simple ones; and in your compassion, the misguided and the angry.
All:                  All the creatures are welcomed to your table
Indeed all of creation has a place at your table.
Voices 1:          The joy of your welcome is perfect peace;
Voices 2:          The company you keep is love’s full harvest;
All:                  We come each day to the feast of your grace,
With hearts full of wonder and thanksgiving.
One:                O Source and Power of Salvation,
Voices 1:          Banish scarcity, destruction and fear from our midst;
Voices 2:          Banish the ravenous and aching hungers of your beloved creation.
One:                Feed us with the abundance of your table:
Voices 1:          The food of justice and truth, The food of reconciliation and solidarity,
Voices 2:          The food of healing and wholeness, The food of freedom and peace,
All:                  That we ourselves might become food for all.
One:                Source of all wisdom and compassion,
Voices 1:          You open the door to the new creation,
Voices 2:          And accompany us as friend, challenge and surprising provider;
All:                  Lead and we will follow.
One:                Deep current of everlasting joy,
Voices 1:          All our striving, reaching, consuming and restless searching finds fulfillment in you.
Voices 2:          You are the well that satisfies all thirst.
All:                  We sing of the glory, splendour and joy of the banquet, And praise your name forever. Amen. Alleluia!
{C.Campbell “Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice”; Liturgical Press; 2003; p.243/4}

Cathy’s Note June 21, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,

          10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 10:30 And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 10:31 So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

This is Rev. Donald, filling in once more for Rev. Cathy, who will be returning with these notes, beginning next week.

Fear. Fear seems to be stalking us at every turn. Some of this fear is quite natural. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and so we wish to tread carefully.
Much of the fear we face though, is manufactured. Fear is used as a tool to make us doubt our worth. To make us doubt each other’s worth.
First, as we read the Gospel for today, we need to remember that it is a continuation of a passage where Jesus is sending the disciples out into the world. As Jesus encounters opposition so will the disciples. Yet, in the middle of all of that, Jesus wants them to remember how much God cares for them.
Jesus uses the example of the sparrow. A small and seemingly insignificant bird. There are so many of them, that we generally do not notice when harm comes to them. God does though. Every. Single. Time. Never does the fate of one sparrow escape God’s notice.Jesus then goes on to say, even the hair on our heads are numbered. The smallest details of who we are matter to God. We are loved. Love is the antidote to fear 1 John 4:18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
We are perfectly loved. There is nothing in this world that we should fear. More importantly, there is no one in this world that we should fear. We are all created by God’s love.

When we allow each other to be fully human, we are not lessened. We do not lose anything of who we are by allowing anyone else the freedom to be who they are. Why, because we are all people who are created by God’s love. When we stand up against injustice. When we work to create systems that benefit all people. That is when we show love and not fear.

Thinking about this in terms of our reopening. Do we have enough love to wait, until all can gather? Can I allow some to gather, even though I am not yet able? Do we seek the welfare of the whole body, or just what makes us happy as individuals? Will we allow God’s love to drive away our fear?
Rev. Donald
(offered by The Rev. Donald McKenzie for June 21, 2020)

Cathy’s Note June 14, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Trinity,

Recently, someone said, “I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live during the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s . . .  all at the same time!”
I’m not sure what your days are like, but mine seem to fit the times.  At work, we still wear masks and have our temperature taken daily, but I’m fortunate that I did not lose my job.  I’ve now had a haircut and been shopping, even though I haven’t yet entered a mall or a restaurant.  My oldest two kids are both graduating from university this spring, but without a convocation or photos in cap and gown, and my youngest, who is in grade 11, says she’s keeping up – but it looks and feels more like summer holidays than school!  I’ve come to realize that I hate Zoom, although it has allowed all sorts of things to happen.  Maybe, like me, your days are quietly unfolding.
And, of course, I’ve been shocked at what is happening in the U.S.  I chose not to watch the video of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, but I have been riveted by the demonstrations that followed.  I was especially moved by two things: first, I discovered that a photographer in the U.S. has recreated Michelangelo’s Pieta, using Black mothers and their sons in locations across the country.  One is in front of a Target store, one in the centre of a major city, one on the steps of a legislative building, one beside a country road.  In each photo, a mother stares into the camera, holding her son, just as Mary held the body of Jesus, her dead son, in Michelangelo’s statue.  There is strength in the mother’s face, even as there is pain and bewilderment, as she cradles her child.
The second thing that moved me were some of the final words of George Floyd, as he lay on the road under the officer’s knee.  He cried out to his mother.  Mama, he screamed.  Someone called this a sacred invocation.  When he called out to his mother, he called out to all mothers, and all mothers came.  
I think about all these things: the monotonies of self-isolation, the students graduating from school, those who have lost their jobs and are struggling, the sin of racism, the failure of political leaders, the cries of suffering that rise to heaven every day.  I think of Rev. Cathy as she mourns the death of her mother.  I think of Holy Trinity, closed and silent.
The psalm for this Sunday says that the Lord hears the voice of our supplications (116:1).  How important it is to remember that.  When our world convulses under the strain of disease or prejudice, or when things fall apart and our eyes fill with tears, how important it is to remember that.  The Lord hears our supplications.  God hears our asking, our begging, our earnestness, our bewilderment.  The Lord hears, and like the mother in the Pieta, holds us close, eyes us with deep love, and carries us into life.  
(offered by The Rev. Norman Collier for June 14, 2020)

Cathy’s Note June 7, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend,
This is Reverend Donald writing. Over the next three Sundays, myself and Rev. Norm Collier will be sharing on the Cathy’s Note page. Rev. Cathy is taking some much-needed time off. Please continue to keep her and her family in your prayers as she mourns the death of her mother.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
13:13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
This week has brought about an opening of the city. Yes, there are still many restrictions and we will be continuing in our practice of waiting until the fall when we hopefully be together again. Along with that, it has been largely, warm, bright, and sunny. This should be a time for celebration.
Yet, at the same time, our world has been thrown into greater turmoil. With the killing of George Floyd, we have again been reminded that all is not as it should be in our world. We must acknowledge that the systems of our world are set up to allow some people to hold an advantage over others. Whether we approve of or decry the rioting that is going on alongside the peaceful demonstrations, we need to see the injustice that pushes people to engage in such behaviour.
In the first verse of our epistle reading for this week, as Paul is signing off his letter to the Corinthians, he tells them to: Put things in order. Yes, he also tells them to agree with one another, and to live in peace, but these statements come after putting things in order.
Our world is disordered. Our world is fragmented. We have built systems that assure peace for one group of people, by assuring that others: blacks, indigenous, LGBTQIA+, and more, are never able to be at peace. We create a world where others must live in fear, so that we can live in denial.
How do we do this. The answer may be found in reflecting on the Trinity. Too often we spend our time trying to find technical descriptions of how the Trinity works. Instead let us focus on the way that each member of the Trinity is in relationship with each. A relationship built on love.
This is not love in any sentimental sense. Rather it is love in a practical sense. Every action of each member of the Trinity perfectly reflects the will of the others.
We need an action-based love, and we need a loved based action. We need to take some time to read 1 Corinthians 13. Then we should ask ourselves how we can apply that definition of love in the world around us. Ask ourselves how that definition of love shapes our race relations (Pentecost should remind us that there is only one race, the human)? How that definition of love shapes our economic system? How that definition of love shapes our sexuality?
We are currently not meeting at our building, but we are always meeting people. Let us meet them with the love that is demonstrated for us in the Trinity.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Rev. Donald McKenzie

Cathy’s Note May 29, 2020

Dear Holy Trinity Parishioner and Friend:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful; and kindle in us the fire of your love.
For Pentecost Sunday – May 31, we have created a little prayer service and reflection, captured with Donald MacKenzie's help, as a youtube video:

Please click on the video and let's pray and reflect on the scriptures together, but in a time and place that works for you. Haewook and Richard have offered music to inspire your heart in prayer. It is a modest expression of Holy Trinity in this Covid moment – disbursed but together in the Spirit.
Vestry met last night at Holy Trinity.
We gave special thanks for our volunteer phone and email connectors. They keep us in touch with each other and sustain the parish. They are committed to staying in touch with everyone in the parish.
The parish has indeed taken quite a financial hit as have so many charitable organizations. We give thanks to those who have continued to give to the parish – by mail, by e-transfers and pre-authorized giving and we trust that others will generously make up the difference in their donations when we gather again.
We will not gather for in person Sunday worship until September. However, there will be small Wednesday noon time Eucharistic services starting June 17th. Please know that these services will be for 20 or less and follow strict protocols set by the Diocese.
We will continue with a weekly website update and have three YouTube prayer and reflection recordings – one this Sunday and one for the beginning of July and of August. There will be three Canada Post mailings to those who requested it and to those without email addresses.
Over June and July, Cathy and Gwen will each take holidays, but the parish phone and email will be monitored for calls and questions.
Good news: the Lunchroom @ Holy Trinity will re-open on June 16th depending on the availability of volunteers. It will also host some outdoor events. If you can volunteer or know others who would like this opportunity please call or email the Rev'd.Donald MacKenzie at: 204.942.7465 ext 4 or revdonald@holytrinity.mb.ca. With thanks
The Spirit is calling us to new life here at Holy Trinity. Let us rejoice and be very grateful.
Stay safe and pray for the continued health and well-being of the city.
Your sister in Christ

See the
Winnipeg Free Press Article “Keeping The Faith” by Ben Waldman. posted 04/09/2020.

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