As We Prepare for the Eclipse …

As we surely all know by now, on August 21, 2017 (next Monday) we are going to see an eclipse. Well, from my backyard, I will see a PARTIAL ECLIPSE — but it will happen next Monday. For those of us who live around Holy Trinity, this partial eclipse will begin at approximately 1:30 pm,

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Hymns and Lessons for August 13, 2017 (Proper 14-A)

At worship this week we will be hearing some of my favorite lessons from scripture and singing some of my favorite hymns.  Yours too, I hope. The scriptures are wonderful! The Old Testament lesson is Job 38:4-18.  You will remember that Job suffered terribly after God gave Satan permission to test Job’s faith.  Satan destroyed Job’s

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Ways to Honor the Sabbath When You can’t Really Sabbath

I recently saw this wonderful blog that I thought you might enjoy! Mike and I work on Sundays (as you might know) and so we have long taken Friday as our Day-of-Rest Sabbath, with Sunday functioning as our Day-of-Worship Sabbath (one of us worships during the sermon and the other one worships during the liturgy).

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Hymns and Lessons for August 6, 2017 (Proper 13 – A)

When the Gospel according to St. Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000, (Matthew 14:13-21) Matthew stresses how generously God provides for all our needs, both of body and of soul. All of today’s lessons and hymns have to do with God’s bountiful provision of all that we need, both here and

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Why I love Pipe Organs at Worship

I really love pipe organs! I love the massive sound they make as they seize my heart and pull my whole being into worship. I love the powerful sound these instruments make — a sound that matches on the outside the overwhelming emotions I so often feel on the inside during worship. I know I’ve

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Why does Holy Trinity Change Liturgical Settings?

Since we have just changed liturgical settings again, it might be helpful to explain why we switch liturgical settings five times a year. One Sunday, our Director of Music chanced upon a group of young parents and their children who were discussing “The Third Liturgical Setting” from the Lutheran Book of Worship, which we had

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A Walk into the Dark: A Meditation for Lent 2017

(Alan Shikhvarg sent me this and I thought it was especially good for us in Lent! I hope you find it meaningful.) A walk into the dark The spiritual life does not come cheap. It is not a stroll down a Mary Poppins path with a candy-store God who gives sweets and miracles. It is

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You Are Invited: Music for Passiontide

You are invited to: Music for Passiontide presented by the ecumenical choir Musica Concordia Jacqueline Smith, Director Chant, Hymns, and Anthems of Goss, Graun, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Schalk, Smith, Tchaikovsky, and others Two Performances: St. Cecilia Church 535 Rhawn St. Philadelphia, PA 19111 Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 2086

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Music for Lent: A Playlist for Lent 2017

(I found this wonderful piece in The Catholic World Report. It was written by R. J. Stove, an organist and adult convert to Roman Catholicism. It is a wonderful article and it gives the reader lots of ideas about additional works of music that you can turn to in order to help your Lenten devotional

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The Paraclete

Gordon Dalbey has authored four books targeted at Christian men and is a popular speaker in the Christian men’s movement, at conferences, retreats, and on radio and TV shows. In his bestselling book Healing the Masculine Soul, Dalbey points out that when Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Helper, He uses a Greek

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