This Week – 04/06/2020

This week.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self‑examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self‑denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.    –The Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday service

This week, those of you on Facebook are likely to see your feed filled up with churches attempting to ‘do’ Holy Week services in a variety of ways.  Some will be, like we will, pre-recorded and from our homes; some will be as close to ‘normal’ as they can get while observing social distancing.  Some will endeavor to recreate what you would see if these weren’t the times they are as churches, big and little, near and far, do Holy Week.

But what if the invitation to Lent, to Holy Week, this year isn’t about doing anything?  What if the invitation is to stop worrying about questions like ‘how do we do it right?’ or ‘how can we make what’s supposed to happen, happen?’  What if, we’re just supposed to read the story, hear the story, and then find where we are in the story?  What if all we’re supposed to do is cease trying to make everything fun, or exciting, or entertaining, or a spectacle, and just hear the story?

Old habits are hard to break and the church has been hearing and liturgically engaging with the last week of Jesus’ earthly life ever since the end of the 4thcentury.  Doing church, by which most people mean offering a liturgical worship service, is a hard habit to break.  But notice in that invitation to a holy Lent what we’re invited into is all about finding a way to connect that part of our lives which is so caught up in doing, achieving, performing, that we miss the real power comes in what we do inside ourselves: praying, examining our lives, learning to make do with less and by loving more.  This is what Jesus came to show us by his whole life, not just one week in Jerusalem; my hope for you this week is to read and listen to the story in a different way this year.  If that’s by watching one of our videos or another church then great; but I hope, if nothing else, you’ll just sit and read Exodus 12.1-14 and John 13.1-17, 31b-35 on Thursday.  That you’ll read Isaiah 52.13-53.12 and John 18.1-19.42 on Friday.  That you’ll read Exodus 14.10-31,15.20-21; Ezekiel 37.1-14 and Matthew 28.1-10 on Saturday evening.  And if you can’t join us Easter Sunday at 6 pm on Zoom then I hope you’ll read Isaiah 25.6-9 and Luke 24.13-49 Sunday evening.

What I hope you hear is the story of God with us, and that, this year, while not doing anything, you’ll hear the ‘with us’ part a little more clearly and distinctly.

–Thomas

Gathering Online

Tuesday Checkin on Zoom @ 6 pm
Join Thomas and Kelley on Zoom. This is a time to check-in or just say hello. https://bit.ly/TCZoom
Maundy Thursday on Facebook @ 6 pm
Join us on our Facebook page (fb.com/trinitycommonsepiscopal) as we begin our Triduum worship with a service of prayers and scripture for Maundy Thursday. You can get the bulletin here.
Good Friday on Facebook @ 12 pm
Join us on our Facebook page (fb.com/trinitycommonsepiscopal) as we continue our Triduum worship with a service of prayers and scripture for Good Friday. You can get the bulletin here.
Stations of the Cross on Facebook @ 3 pm
Join us on our Facebook page (fb.com/trinitycommonsepiscopal) as we join in the Stations of the Cross across the diocese. You can get the bulletin here.
Easter Vigil on Facebook @ 7 pm
Join us on our Facebook page (fb.com/trinitycommonsepiscopal) as we conclude our Triduum worship and offer the first celebration of Easter with a service of prayers and scripture for the Easter Vigil. You can get the bulletin here.
Easter Sunday on Zoom @ 6 pm
Join us on Zoom for a service of prayers and scripture as we celebrate Easter. You can get the bulletin herehttps://bit.ly/TCZoom

This Week – 03/30/2020

This week.

The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
–Isaiah 50.7

I’ve been thinking a lot about this passage from Isaiah which we’re going to hear this Sunday, Palm Sunday.  Flint was rock, basically, easily crafted into use as a knife or sharp tool. Flint was something central for individuals and society to survive.  While the survival of our society isn’t ultimately in danger, there is something important about what it ultimately means to survive.

COVID-19 has, I suspect, made us all a little more aware of what we need to survive, what we can do without, and what we can’t do without.  As Palm Sunday approaches, I’d like you to consider that this liturgical celebration is meant to do just that as well; focus our attention. This isn’t going to be the usual Palm Sunday and Holy Week, but I suspect it’ll be one that, if only for the week, takes on a new significance for us.

If you haven’t joined us yet on Sunday night at 6 pm for Evening Prayer I hope you will.  We can, following Isaiah’s example, all be set like flint, to be a useful and important means for the prosperity of someone else, maybe even ourselves.  While we all need reminders, the reminder of Holy Week is to become what you are capable of being, and to live into your nature as the holy people of God.   We do that best when we do it together.

–Thomas

 

This Week on Zoom at https://bit.ly/TCZoom

Tuesday at 6 pm – Check-in
Join Thomas and Kelley on Zoom. This is a time to check-in or just say hello.
Thursday at 5 pm – Lenten Series  
We will gather via Zoom to continue our discussion of Money and Possessions by taking a look at the Book of Revelation.
Sunday at 6 pm – Palm Sunday Evening Prayer
Join us for Evening Prayer and time to check-in.

This Week – 03/23/2020

This week.

“What we do in a particular liturgy must come from within—not some decorative element that we apply from outside.  The heart of authentic liturgy is always the inner reality of faith embodied, using fragile human forms that are our stewardship of the gifts of grace.”  –Louis Weil

Often, when I’m asked what is an Episcopalian, I find myself referring to the Book of Common Prayer.  There’s no getting away from how foundational worship is to the identity of Episcopalians as a part of the Anglican heritage.  Where our theology is most apparent, where our hearts and minds are directed, where beauty and joy are to be found, is most deeply expressed in the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this book, and these liturgies, as we clergy types find ourselves struggling, burdened, frantic, with ways to connect the people together without the use of our buildings.

It is as if we are the blind man in the gospel we heard on the 4th Sunday in Lent (John 9.1-41).  We’re grieving what we no longer have, we’re trapped by an experience in which there’s no clearly defined end, and we’re unable to see a way forward.  Lent can be like that; life can be like that.  Jesus heals that blind man by the simple gesture of a loving gesture and the invitation to trust in what God will do.  Our Eucharist, our evening prayer, our compline, all of our worship together is a recognition that God can help us to see too, and what we see is that we belong, that we have a way forward, and that we can help each other.

The truth is all times in our lives are uncertain; none of us know what the next day will bring and moments like this remind us of how little control we ultimately have over the things that we’d like to have control over.  But it’s an invitation to see clearly what does matter, who does matter, and why they matter.  You matter to God, and in times of physical distancing, we can still gather together on Zoom to remember those prayers create us and form us to be people who see clearly.  I hope to see you with us this week as we gather together on Zoom.

–Thomas

 

This Week on Zoom at https://bit.ly/TCZoom

Tuesday at 6 pm – Check-in
Join Thomas and Kelley on Zoom. This is a time to check-in or just say hello.
Thursday at 5 pm – Lenten Series 
We will gather via Zoom to continue our discussion of Money and Possessions by taking a look at the Gospels.
Sunday at 6 pm – Evening Prayer
Join us for Evening Prayer and time to check-in.

This Week – 03/16/2020

This week.

Well, this wasn’t the way this was supposed to go.  I’m not sure what you expected from this semester but I’m willing to bet it wasn’t this.  As with any disruption, I wonder what you’re feeling, what you’re dealing with, and what you need right now.  We can still stay connected, you may always call, text, email, message us for anything you need, or if you just want to talk.  Using Zoom, we’ll continue to gather on Sundays at 6 pm and say Evening Prayer (BCP, page 115); we’ll have time each Tuesday at 6 pm for check-in, a chance, just like we do on campus, to come if you want to and share what’s going on with you.  We’ll continue our Lenten series ‘Money and Possessions’ each Thursday at 5 pm.  This isn’t the way it was supposed to go; but we can continue to connect, share, and be a community of faith with one another. Links are listed at the end of this email.

Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation but staying connected is requiring a new way of life.  Uncertainty is hard, and when we don’t know when or how life will get back to normal we begin to grieve what we’ve lost.  In one of the more important lines from our service of burial the priest (or bishop) says, “for to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended.”  Life is indeed changed and it’s not ended.  We still need to carry on with life but in new ways, in ways that demand creativity, in ways that inspire conversation.  We need a human touch and a human voice to remind us we’re not alone; and we need to remember that God hasn’t forgotten us or abandoned us when our lives get turned upside down.

A friend recently joked to me saying, of all the congregations yours is the best suited to this new way of communication.  While you are far more tech-savvy than older generations, in the days to come I suspect you’ll miss gathering together on campus, in dorms, apartments, at your jobs, even in class.  You’ll miss the rituals of college life, and for those of you graduating, a chance to be recognized for your hard work and achievement.  This is a hard time and Jesus teaches us that in hard times we do best when we remember God is with us and we should be with one another.

I hope to see you on Tuesday, thanks to Zoom; and I hope you’ll let us know what you need, how we can help, if a prayer needs to be said, or if you just want to talk about a show you’ve seen or a book you’ve read.  Life is changed, not ended; and together, as God’s people have always done, we can move forward in trust and hope knowing we’re not alone.

–Thomas

This Week On Zoom

Tuesday at 6 pm – Check-in
Thomas and Kelley will be on Zoom beginning at 6 pm. Drop-in and say hello: https://zoom.us/j/821152763.
Thursday at 5 pm – Lenten Series
We will gather via Zoom to continue our discussion on Money and Possessions by taking a look at the letters of Paul. We will post this link soon!
Sunday 6 pm – Evening Prayer
Join us for Evening Prayer and a time to check-in via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/554598167.

This Week – 03/09/2020

This week.

For who has despised the day of small things?
–Zechariah 4.10 (Robert Alter translation)

When we think about Lent the concept of delight isn’t the first thing we typically think about.  But Lent is about changing our perspective, and finding delight is all about seeing the people around us and our situation with a different perspective.  Delight is about seeing abundance over deficit, opportunity over stagnation, relationship over isolation, and joy over happiness.  Delight is moving beyond our expectations of how things should be to open ourselves up to the surprise of what we encounter.  Delight is about taking time, avoiding the need to rush, moving beyond urgency and hurry, in order to be present in the experience right in front of us.  This Tuesday we’ll encounter this concept of delight as we experience a chance to connect with people looking with us for hope.

Hope doesn’t have to come in big ways, but by little things, little gestures, the ‘day of small things’ as the prophet Zechariah put it.  Those who ignore, disregard, and dismiss humble gestures or the very first steps of any opportunity don’t appreciate how important a small gesture, a humble beginning can be; great things are done by the day of small things.  Hope begins with a willingness to listen, to show compassion, and to offer our most precious commodity: time.

This Tuesday we’ll meet at Trinity Commons at 4 pm and walk (or carpool if it’s raining) over to UAB hospital where our friend the Rev. Malcolm Marler with introduce us into a way of offering hope and sharing in delight with others.  We’ll offer Prayers to Go at UAB hospital, which is a way of offering a prayer for someone who needs it, and find the power of delight in connection in a time of anxiety and uncertainty.  Prayers are always welcome, and being a part of this will probably take you out of your comfort zone and that’s ok.  Lent is about seeing with new eyes, and delight comes when we slow down and engage in the experience.  Prayer is a small thing but from this willingness to connect and name our needs before God we’ll find delight, offer hope, and experience a whole new way of seeing the world.

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
Enjoy your Spring Break! We look forward to seeing you when you get back!
Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 4 pm, Prayers-to-Go @ UAB
We will meet at Trinity Commons at 4 pm and then walk or carpool (depending on weather) to UAB Hospital. Or you can meet us at the Pastoral Care office at UAB Hospital.

Thursday, 5 pm, Money & Possessions Lenten Series
Join us at Trinity Commons as we continue our discussion of Money & Possessions. This time we will explore what the Prophets have to tell us.

This Week – 03/02/2020

This week.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
–Exodus 20.17

This Thursday at Trinity Commons, from 5-6 pm, we begin our five-week Lenten series focused on what the Bible has to tell us about money and possessions.  How we understand and order our lives around money and possessions says a lot about who we are as people, as well as where we place our trust.  The starting point for any understanding of money and possessions begins at Sinai, with the covenant Moses makes with God expressed in what we know as the 10th Commandment, against coveting.  To covet refers to an attitude of desire, but it’s a desire with an inability to understand that what we desire is not properly our own.  Faced with the desire to possess, we live as seduced by our desire which skews our life. To covet isn’t just to want but to want AND take.

What underlies the prohibition to covet is an understanding of our neighbor.  The word ‘neighbor’ occurs three times in verse 17, and it’s the first usage in the Decalogue.

The reality that we have a neighbor lies at the heart of the commandment against coveting and lies at the heart of our life together, which is what the Decalogue is fundamentally all about.  Learning how to live with other people, and learning how to live without fear, without shame, without resentment, anger, and hostility isn’t just the challenge of our time, it was the challenge of Israel wandering homeless in the wilderness.

Being in the wilderness can be useful as we sort some things out, examine our values, create some priorities.  You don’t need a lot of money or a lot of possessions in order to want to hear and discuss your relationship with them; ultimately these objects are about the ways we relate to God and one another. Over the course of the next five weeks, we’ll also hear from the Prophets, from the words of Jesus, from Paul, and from the Book of Revelation (a vision of the new Jerusalem).  Join us from 5-6p m at Trinity Commons to listen, examine, enjoy community (as well as some delicious snacks), and come and find your life in God with your neighbor.

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 12 noon in Reid Chapel, and then lunch in the Caf after.
Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 5:30 pm, Evensong
Join us for a short service of scripture and sung prayers.

Thursday, 5 pm, Money & Possession Lenten Series
Join us as we consider what the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, has to tell us about our money and possessions.

This Week – 02/24/2020

This week.

“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others.  An interpreted world is not a hope.  Part of the terror is to take back our own listening.  To use our own voice.  To see our own light.”
–Hildegard of Bingen

Being able to see is important; if you’ve ever had to stumble through a dark room, walk to your car on a dimly lit street, or be ‘led’ while blindfolded on one of those trust walks, you know how important seeing can be.  But being able to see clearly doesn’t just refer to our eyesight, it can also reflect our ability to understand and articulate a vision for who we are and what we do.  Jesus, we remember, heals those who have trouble seeing and the church has tried to follow that model, with mixed success.  There are many of us who experienced the church as controlling, judgmental, hypocritical, and fake.   And yet, we make up the church, we are the body of Christ on earth; what happens will happen because we do, or don’t, do it. Where humanity and God meet is encouraged or hindered by what we do.  We gather in worship to participate in Eucharist and in prayer, because it’s where you see yourself in God’s story, see what keeps you distant from God, and see that you are loved, forgiven, and valuable to God.

As we begin Lent this Wednesday, I hope you experience in the ashes placed on your forehead and in the bread and wine you consume an invitation beyond the loneliness we all feel, all the false promises you’ve been told, all your fears about God and about your future.  I hope you experience a welcome beyond isolation, a relief from the emotions of yourself which control you, a need for attachment to another person, an idea, an evaluation.  I hope you find the courage to engage, listen, let go so that all the substitutes we use to cope are seen for exactly what they are, substitutes.  All of these things: ashes, bread, wine, prayers, inclusion, connection, and love are about a vision we find when we stop worrying about whether or not we’re on the right path, and trust in the presence of God and one another to find the way by what sight we have.

The church isn’t perfect, and that’s because you and I who make up the church aren’t perfect.  Lent is about recognizing we don’t have to be perfect, only faithful.  And this week, this Lent, is an opportunity to begin again to use our own voice, and see our own light which points us to God.  God is already there, eager for you to connect your sight and your voice with something more than what you have in a world interpreted by others.

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Then join us at Noon for “Ashes to Go” in Ben Brown Plaze with Patrick Harley and UKirk.
Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 6 pm, is Pasta Night!
Join us for an evening of cooking, eating, and hanging out. We will provide the recipe and ingredients. Just bring yourself (and a friend). This month’s pasta is Creamy Shells with Pancetta and Peas.

Wednesday, 6 pm, Ash Wednesday Service
Join us as we begin our observance of Lent with a service of Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist at 6 pm at Trinity Commons.

Coming Soon!

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This Week – 02/17/2020

This week.

“My mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.”  To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”
–Fred Rogers

I remember when I was in high school I watched my dad put together a storage shed in the backyard.  It was one of those sheds you pretty much had to put together everything yourself and the booklet of instructions seemed to rival a Russian novel in length.  My dad was struggling, finding it difficult to find the right part, the right bolt, not drop the tool, to find the right page in the manual.  Seeing him struggle I helped to get us on the right page in the directions and hold things while he put it together; together, we were able to get it done.  Even with just a small bit of help from me it was a job that was a whole lot easier with two people than just one person trying to do it all by themselves.

Thank you to those of you who were there to help us provide support and refreshments to the runners of the marathon on Sunday.  I am grateful for your help and the runners certainly were.  Helping people is good for everyone, for the person needing our help and in allowing us to feel good for seeing someone else succeed.  For those of you who weren’t able to join us there’s another opportunity this week to provide help for those who’re looking to you for your expertise.

On Tuesday, we’ll meet and leave from Trinity Commons at 4 pm and carpool over to Episcopal Place; Episcopal Place provides safe and affordable housing to low income and disabled seniors. Once there, we’ll help the residents with learning how to use their phones and tablets.  While these devices are second nature to us, learning how to use them and set them up can be frustrating for them.  Your expertise will not only make life easier for someone else, but you’ll be surprised by what you can learn from each other as you talk about something as simple as a phone.

If you need to meet us at Episcopal Place that’s fine, and you’re welcome to leave whenever you need to.  Episcopal Place isn’t too far from Trinity Commons (it’s located at 112 26th Street South 35205).

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 12 noon in Reid Chapel, and then lunch in the Caf after.
Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 4 pm, Technology Help at Episcopal Place!
We will meet and leave from Trinity Commons at 4 pm and carpool to Episcopal Place. While there we will help the residents with learning how to use their phones and tablets. If you need to meet us at Episcopal Place, that’s fine. The address is 112 26th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205.

Vocare 20 @ Camp McDowell, March 6-8
Join college students and young adults for a free weekend at Camp McDowell to explore faith and where God is calling you. If you have questions, ask Thomas or Kelley. Sign up here!

This Week – 02/10/2020

This week.

Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
–Isaiah 58.2-3

‘How do you know?’  Is that a question that constantly goes through your mind when someone tells you something; is your first thought ‘how do you know?’  Taking the time to wonder why things are the way they are, and do they have to be that way, can be helpful as we assess where we are and where we want to go.  Don’t just take my word for it, test it for yourself by listening to what others think, then spend some time asking questions and reflecting; thinking and asking questions is how we learn.

‘What do you believe?’  Asking questions of God, even challenging God, is something the Old Testament takes seriously.  The prophet Isaiah questions why the predictions of the restoration of Israel haven’t come true?  For Isaiah, the exiles have returned but where is God?  Isaiah wonders if the problem is we’re doing what we’re doing for us, not for God?  Asking where is God and what does our life in God mean, is central to our faith. Faith is a dialogue with God and we engage one another in that dialogue too.

This week, as we continue to explore different ways of gathering for Trinity Commons Tuesdays, and this Tuesday at 4:30 pm we’ll start ‘Good People, Good Book,’ an informal Bible study at Good People Brewing Company. You don’t have to be 21 to come but you do have to be 21 to buy yourself a beer, but everyone is welcome whether you drink beer or not. The point of this time together is to hear what God has to say, ask each other what we believe about God and discuss the question: How can we determine what is or isn’t part of the Christian faith?

If you’ve wanted to ask some questions, hear what others think, and try and figure out what you believe then come join us and feel free to bring a friend.

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 12 noon in Reid Chapel, and then lunch in the Caf after.
Thursdays at UAB
We’ll be in the Hill Center from 10 am to 3 pm. Come by and have a coffee, or lunch, or for a chat or a prayer, or just to say hello.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 4:30 pm, “Good People, Good Book”!
Join us for an informal Bible study at Good People Brewing Company. You don’t have to be 21 to come but you do have to be 21 to buy yourself a beer, but everyone is welcome whether you drink beer or not. The point of this time together is to hear what God has to say, ask each other what we believe about God and discuss the question: How can we determine what is or isn’t part of the Christian faith?
Sunday, 7 am, Mercedes Marathon!
Yes we know it’s early, but come help us support the runners in the Mercedes Marathon by passing out water and Gummi bears. We will provide breakfast and coffee.

Sunday, 6 pm, Joint service with St. Andrew’s
We will have a joint service with our neighbors at St. Andrew’s. So join us next door for Eucharist.

Vocare 20 @ Camp McDowell, March 6-8
Join college students and young adults for a free weekend at Camp McDowell to explore faith and where God is calling you. If you have questions, ask Thomas or Kelley. Sign up here!

This Week – 02/02/2020

This week.

One who sings prays twice.
–St. Augustine

Do you like to sing?  Do you sing when no one else is around, in the shower, in the car, in your room with the music loud enough so no one else can hear and you can’t hear yourself?  Or is singing out loud, anywhere, just natural; you feel like breaking into song when you’re happy and feeling good, or find yourself attached to a slow and moving song when you’re down?

What about prayer?  Do you pray when you’re along and by yourself, when you can remember to do it?  Or is prayer a regular part of your day; is it something that begins your day, something said on the way to class or at a meal, or do you finish the day taking stock over what happened and what it means as you say a few prayers?

The church, long, long ago established an order to the day which included set times for praying.  From our earliest Jewish roots, prayer and music went together and prayers were sung, or chanted, rather than said.  In the middle ages when monasticism was at its height, those set hours of the day marked the passage of time by prayer.  Today we mostly are just familiar with compline, which ends the day, but our Prayer Book includes Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer.

This week we begin an opportunity to see, do, and experience new ways of relating to God and one another by sung prayer.  We’re going to offer Evensong (sung Evening Prayer) for anyone who’d like to come join us; it’ll take place in the chapel on the second floor of Trinity Commons at 5:30 pm on Tuesday (and every first Tuesday of each month).

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to this, a chance to sing and connect your prayers to the ancient practice of chanting. Maybe you’re a little unsure, intimidated by singing in public.  Maybe you’re curious about it, and you’re not sure that you want to sing but you’d like to come be a part of it. All of those are invitations for you to join us, give it a try, let your prayer be matched to other prayers for the good of the world and for the good of us all.

No matter if you’re good at singing or reluctant to lift up your voice, I bet you’re willing to say some prayers, and I bet you have some prayers you’d like to say. Come match your song to prayer, experience God in a new way (actually, in quite an old way) and find your voice in unison with others willing to help you find that voice so that you hear the voice of God.

–Thomas

On Campus

Tuesdays at BSC
We will be on Campus hanging our in front of the Caf beginning about 9 am. Join us for a Holy Eucharist in Yielding Chapel at 11:45 am, and then for lunch in the Caf after.
Wednesdays at Samford 
We’ll be in the University Center near O’Henry’s around 9 am. Join us for Holy Eucharist at 12 noon in Reid Chapel, and then lunch in the Caf after.
Thursdays at UAB
Diocesan Convention is this week, so we won’t be in the Hill Center.

At Trinity Commons

Tuesday, 5:30 pm, is Evensong!
Join us for an evening of prayers, scripture, and singing!

Vocare 20 @ Camp McDowell, March 6-8
Join college students and young adults for a free weekend at Camp McDowell to explore faith and where God is calling you. If you have questions, ask Thomas or Kelley. Sign up here!