The Practice of Not Knowing

Bob Scott, Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones, Kathryn Carroll

Pink flowers in the golden light of the setting sun

Photo by Kathy Bozzuti-Jones

Have you ever had the experience of reading a passage of scripture for the umpteenth time and discovering that it means something new to you? Sunday’s epistle, 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, with its assurance/warning about neither knowing nor needing to know “the times and the seasons,” has always come across to me as a reminder not to get caught up in doomsday prophecies. Now I’m reading it again and writing this note while (still) waiting to know the results of the recent election. Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we’ll know. But no matter what happens, our mission is the same, as our vicar reminded us after election day.

When the early church asked about Jesus’s return, they meant, “When will things be set right? When will we live according to God’s values, not Caesar’s?” That’s something we still yearn for. Our faith tells us not only to trust that the day will arrive but also to know that we’re called to do all we can to manifest the values of the kingdom here and now, in good times and bad.

This week’s formation resources offer ways to follow that calling.


Bob Scott
Director, Faith Formation & Education


Children’s Time

This Sunday at 10am, we’ll gather for an opening assembly and then children can choose from two breakout groups. If you haven’t already, please register to join and receive the Webex link to the live program and a supply kit sent to your home.

Godly Play

Preschool through 5th grade, 30 minutes
We’ll hear the story of The Good Shepherd. In our Response Time, we’ll make cotton ball sheep and other objects to start our home sets of Good Shepherd story pieces. Bring clay, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, glue, and drawing supplies.

Whole People of God

2nd through 5th grade, 30­­–45 minutes
What are your “talents”? How can you grow them? What can you do with them?



Join Discovery online Sunday at 10am for a guest presentation and conversation about Trinity’s historical relationship with its neighbors in Little Syria, a diverse community of immigrants from the Eastern Mediterranean inhabiting the area of Washington Street (from Battery Park to above Rector Street) from the 1880s to 1940s. Linda Jacobs, author of Strangers in the West, presents. All are welcome. Be sure to register, if you aren’t already.