Passion Week Reading Services

Part of our Moravian Easter tradition is to meet each night of Holy Week (or Passion Week, from the Latin word passus, “to suffer”) and read a portion of the events of that week in Jesus’ life leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection.  We sing stanzas of hymns that pertain to the readings, and use this time together to reflect upon the awesome events that were woven together by God to create the first Easter.

We encourage you to set aside the time to meet with us each evening of Passion Week beginning on Palm Sunday to share in this devotional experience.  The weeknight services will be held in the Rights Chapel this year.  The Good Friday Tenebrae Service blends the readings with special music from the choir and the experience of darkness
as the candles are extinguished in the sanctuary.  This impressive experiential service ends in darkness and silence following the story of the burial of Christ.

Experiential Maundy Thursday Communion

Last year, we held a special experiential communion service for Maundy Thursday in the Reich Fellowship Hall.  In addition to the Holy Week Readings, we experienced Holy Communion in a different way.  The participants were seated in tables of twelve, and they shared the elements with one another.  It was a profound and moving experience, and we plan to use the same kind of service this year.  We hope you will plan to attend!

April 14
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service & Lovefeast  (SANCTUARY)

April 15
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 16
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 17
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service / LOGOS  (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 18
7 pm – Maundy Thursday  Communion (REICH FELLOWSHIP HALL)

April 19
7 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae Service  (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

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Easter People

Easter People

The Lord is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!

On Easter Sunday, while it is still dark, we gather with thousands of other faithful at Salem Square to bear witness to Christ’s resurrection.  The Lord is risen indeed! Some of us will also join our brothers and sisters from St Philips at the 2nd St Philips Graveyard to join in the service from there, with audio streamed from the main section of God’s Acre.  This year, the service will be led by the Rev. Chaz Snider, pastor of Ardmore Moravian Church.

We Moravians are often called “the Easter people,” in part because of these memorable Easter sunrise services — but also because the faith of the risen Christ is central to our belief and practice.  Moravians believe that in the incarnation, when God was born as a baby and experienced all of being human, something was fundamentally changed about the world — and that at the death and resurrection of Christ, the whole relationship between God and humanity was transformed.  Because Christ has died, because Christ has risen, we are called to live for Him — and to show others His love through humble service.  

I’d like to extend a special word of thanks to all the Trinity folks who worked so hard to make Holy Week and Easter the amazing experience that it is!  It takes many, many faithful workers to make everything happen.  From our wonderful choirs (senior and Logos) to our Holy Week readers; from our ushers, dieners, and band members to all the faithful folks who decorate the sanctuary and the graveyard; to those who organize and participate in the amazing Cross Walk.  All of you know who you are, and I know that you work so hard because of your faith — but I want to thank you for that faithful work!

                          -Pastor John

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2019 Watchword for SP

Each year the European Continental Province makes arrangements to draw watchwords for the individual Provinces, Mission Provinces, and Mission Areas.

The texts assigned to the Southern Province are those for Sunday, October 26:

You are a people holy to the Lord your God; it is you the Lord has chosen out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.  Deuteronomy 14:2

God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  Romans 3:30

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New Website Design

Check out our new Trinity Moravian website, which should go live around March 1.  The new layout is “responsive,” which means it is designed to display well on a mobile device such as a tablet or phone — over half the views of web sites now are on a mobile device.  Our old web site, designed for the 2012 Centennial, displayed well on a computer screen but was very difficult to navigate by phone.

In addition to the change in layout, there are important changes to content as well.

The new trinitymoravian.org will have most of the articles from this monthly newsletter available online, and we have improved the calendar to include a lot of the information you need—where meetings are, which volunteers are scheduled, etc. We will have easy access to our live webcast — and archived webcasts

If you use a Google Calendar on your phone (most of us do!), you will be able to click on event on the church calendar and add it as an event to your personal calendar.

We plan to include a number of short videos of members talking about Trinity, as well. 

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Jonathan Sidden to Clemmons Moravian Church

Jonathan Sidden to Clemmons Moravian Church

Br. Jonathan Sidden, who has served as our music director for the past 12 years, has accepted the position as music director at Clemmons Moravian Church.  He will start there in March; his last Sunday with us will be March 3.  We have all enjoyed the amazing music the choir has performed under his leadership, and of course we will miss his operatic tenor voice!  During his tenure, Trinity has seen a re-voiced organ, new choir robes, the reconfiguration of the choir loft, a sanctuary redecoration, a new piano in the choir room, a Centennial celebration, and he has introduced new traditions and countless new favorite anthems in services. 

Brother Sidden, our prayers and best wishes go forward with you as you start this new phase of music ministry at Clemmons!

Oscar Hernandez will continue as our organist.

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Lenten Meditations

When March comes, most of us are looking forward to spring — we’re tired of the cold of winter and the fickle weather in North Carolina in February.  This year, Ash Wednesday is March 6, and so March also marks the traditional parties before the beginning of Lent – Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnivale in Brazil, Pancake day in many places, Fastnacht Day in Pennsylvania.

The day of Ash Wednesday, forty days before Easter (not including Sundays, if you’re counting the days!), is meant to remind us of Noah’s forty days in the Flood, the Hebrews’ forty years in the desert, and especially Jesus forty days in the desert at the beginning of his ministry.  Lent is intended to be a special time of prayer, mediation, and spiritual preparation for Easter. 

But our busy, smart-phone buzzing world filled with sound and interruption has little space for the kind of meditation that allows Lent to unfold with spiritual benefit.  In 1943 during the height of World War II, poet T. S. Eliot caught this dilemma in his poem Ash Wednesday:

Where shall the word be found, where will the word Resound?
Not here, there is not
enough silence
Not on the sea or on the
islands, not
On the mainland, in the desert or the rain land,
For those who walk in darkness
Both in the day time and in the night time
The right time and the right
place are not here…
No place of grace for those who avoid the face
No time to rejoice for those who walk among noise and deny the voice.

We need to carve out some Sabbath-time in our noisy lives to truly experience Lent in a real way; and a gift we can give others is the reminder that they, too, need that quiet Sabbath-time to hear “the voice.”

Though our world seems disruptive and intrusive, most of the noise that blocks out our spiritual time is voluntary.  But Eliot wrote this poem during wartime, a time when he served as an air-raid warden.  So it is in the midst of rationing, blackouts, and bombs that he wrote:

 
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks,
Our peace in His will
And even among these rocks

I pray that this Lent, you will be able to set aside a space of quiet time for mediation, but also for service to others.

Blessings,

Pastor John

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Change & New Things

“How many Moravians does it take to change a light bulb?” ANSWER: “None, Moravians don’t like change!”

That’s probably true when it comes to some of our traditions that we love — don’t mess with the Lovefeast coffee recipe! But of course, all things change. Count Zinzendorf actually said once that “the only thing certain is change.”

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Women’s Fellowship News

Circle 3 will meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm in the old Fellowship Hall.  Please enter through the side door.

Circle #4 will meet on Tuesday, February 12⋅10:00 – 11:00am.

If you are interested, please join us for bible study and fellowship. New members welcomed!

 

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Credit Card Donations

Have you ever realized right when the offering was announced that you forgot your checkbook — and all you have in your wallet is a wrinkled dollar bill, some lint, and a CVS receipt?  You meant to donate, but now you’ll have to remember to go home and mail in a check. Now you will be able to make your donation for the Sunday offering with a credit or debit card as well! We will have a tablet with a card swipe unit set up at the rear of the sanctuary — just insert your card, type in the amount you want to donate, and it’s done!  You get an emailed receipt, and a card to place in the offering plate indicating that you gave electronically.  The secure card swipe system is powered by PayPal, and takes swiped cards and chip cards as well.  It’s easy and quick!  This same system will be available for donations at congregational lunches and other events, as well.  Be sure to try it out!

We are also in the process of setting up “text-to-give” options, which allow cell phone users to make donations by sending a text to a particular number.  This option should be available by the end of the month.

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Online Calendar

The Church Office is now using Google Calendar for all scheduling options.  The confusion that resulted from using both the old paper calendar and the electronic one occasionally caused some conflicts.

To submit a new date or reservation for the calendar, please CALL the church office, EMAIL the requested date to  office@trinitymoravian.org, or fill out a paper   Calendar request slip These are posted right outside the office door.  Dates are entered through our management software, and automatically “synched” to Google Calendar.

We now are including a huge amount of information on the calendar — volunteer rotations, LOGOS themes, room location for meetings, etc.  Just click on the event to see the details.  An added benefit for those who use Google calendar on their phone (that’s most Android and Apple phone users!), you can add events to your personal calendar with just a click.  Click on the event, when the detail window opens, click on COPY TO MY CALENDAR (see picture below).

No password is needed to view the calendar or the details.  We are planning to have a couple of screens in the church that display the calendar.

Do you have an older, unused tablet that still works — but not fast enough for current games and programs?  Would you consider donating that tablet to be one of our calendar display units?

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