Photo by Kathy Bozzuti-Jones
The Gospel appointed for this Sunday returns us to the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount with Jesus’s beatitudes: those nine simple observations about who is happy (“blessed”). Taken together, they leave us with, in the words of the rousing number from Hamilton, a world turned upside down. Please find a moment to read them (Matthew 5:1–12). They always help me to see that my anxiety may come from focusing on the wrong things.
What are you doing to find space and peace this weekend?
A lot is happening. On Sunday the church observes All Saints’ Day. Liturgists around the globe are preparing to nurture our capacity for remembrance and reverence. On Saturday, economists project that Americans will spend no less than eight billion dollars on whatever form of celebration Halloween takes in this year when little has gone according to the norm. Also on Saturday, I know that many of you plan to participate in Trinity’s first Living Our Values retreat online, where theologian and poet Pádraig Ó Tuama will lead us in reflection on social justice. And need I mention that this weekend will be the last before one of the most contentious national elections in our living history?
This week’s worship and formation resources all help us to keep breathing, feeling, seeing, and caring. Please remember to pause, pray, breathe, and trust. When things are chaotic, it helps to remember what we cherish most. As Psalm 30 reminds us, “joy comes with the morning.”
Director, Faith Formation & Education
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.
Preschool through 5th grade, 30 minutes
We'll hear the the Parable of the Good Samaritan and then make cards. Bring cardstock or paper folded in half, as well as coloring and drawing materials.
Whole People of God
2nd through 5th grade, 30–45 minutes
We’ll talk about the beatitudes and have a virtual potluck feast with all saints. What will you bring to the table?
Discovery will gather at 10am on Sunday for the first of two classes led by Trinity’s Pastoral Care team on self-care for voters — why it’s important in rough political times and how it can be a vital expression of faith and activism. All are welcome. Be sure to register, if you aren’t already.