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2016 Annual Report

Submitted by Linda†

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The Worship Committee has continued to meet monthly throughout the academic year and planned Trinity’s worship services, making sure that all ministry groups were informed and involved as needed.

During the year the Worship Committee continued to plan the No Rehearsal Epiphany Pageant, Ash Wednesday (with Ashes to Go along with hot cross buns from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Trinity’s Parking Lot), Palm Sunday with chicks on a stick in procession, Holy Week services, Easter Vigil, Easter Day, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Youth Sunday, Homecoming Sunday, Blessing of the Animals, Children’s Sabbath, In-gathering Sunday, Thanksgiving Day with blessing of breads, Advent Sundays with Advent wreath, Rite-13 liturgy, and all of the normal Sundays through the year.  At the conclusion of Trinity’s Lenten series, the group planned a Taizé worship service, and plans are currently underway to conclude 2017’s Lenten series with another Taizé service. Anthems continued to be planned by Minister of Music Kenny Woods with the assistance of Leslie Dehey until Kenny’s retirement June 30.  From that point forward Leslie and Linda have worked on the planning of music. Alex Kirstukas began as Interim Director of Music in December and will continue through the end of March 2017.

Trinity’s Saturday night service planning group continued its work of determining how the new 5 p.m. service would be built. The service was to be informal and include Holy Eucharist—a service that was modeled from the Church by the Pond Holy Eucharist. There was a request for members of the parish to help name the service, and so Jammin’ with Jesus came to be the name. The Saturday night worship planning group invited others in the parish to join in the planning process, and the group expanded to include Dawn Lowell, Travis Robinson, Ann McAdoo, Jackie Decker, Jo Wallace, Rebecca Gorman, Stephen Gorman. The service began on Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m. and was be held on each Saturday through December 31 with the exception of Christmas Eve. The musical team each week included Dawn Lowell, Leslie Dehey, and Travis Robinson with others offering their musical talents on occasion. In December’s Vestry meeting the decision was made to take a break and to step back to reassess the Saturday service. The service clearly fed people at Trinity and attracted some new members to Trinity. There is a need to build better back up support when one of the musicians is away.

I continue to be grateful for the faithful counsel and ministry of the Worship Committee—Jan Atkins, Theresa Bellacosa, Leslie Dehey, Roseann Kitching, and Phyllis Lowell.  They are eyes and ears for feedback about our liturgy—all helping to plan worship such that we are mindful of liturgy being the work of the people.  We look for ways to enrich while honoring the beauty of our tradition.  If you feel called to help us with Trinity’s worship and liturgical matters or want to offer us some ideas, please contact any one of us.  It’s a great way to learn more about the church, and why we do what we do.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Linda Spiers, Rector


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