For the past several months, the Holy Trinity Staff has been prayerfully deliberating a helpful response to the distress that we observe and sense throughout the community these days:
- Physical and Emotional Distress
- Strained Relationships
- Social Justice Concerns
- Local, National and Global Affairs
- Ecological Apathy and Abuse
- Faith and Spiritual Struggles
After this period of prayer and discernment among ourselves, the Worship Advisory Team, and Church Council, we are ready to announce a new Service of Lament and Healing that will be conducted at these points of transition in the life of the church and community:
- 4pm, Sunday, November 24, leading into the holiday season
- 4pm, Sunday, January 5, following the holiday season at the start of a new year
- 4pm, Transfiguration Sunday, February 23, before Lent in the midst of winter darkness
- 4pm, Saturday, April 11, vigil emerging from darkness toward Easter
- 4pm, Sunday, July 5, at the time of national celebrations
- 4pm Sunday, September 13, after Labor Day at school year transition
The vision for these services is to provide a safe and holy space for persons to express their deepest concerns, silently or aloud, in the presence of the baptismal community that is committed to sharing such concerns with God and each other, even when they are difficult to hear and possibly even conflicting with our own points of view. The goal is to promote healing and strengthen the witness of our faith community as it is centered on our trust in God’s promise of life and love for all the world through Christ Jesus our Lord, even amid the various and perhaps conflicting perspectives we may bring to that community. We are gathering to lay all our concerns explicitly before the Lord, trusting that the Lord will be at work through us to address those concerns for the well-being of all.
This will be the shape of the service:
- Prelude of contemplative music
- Thanksgiving for Baptism by which God unites us
- Psalm of Lament
- Petitions of Lamentation
- Persons will be invited to light a candle for their lament across each subject above.
- The candle may be placed while expressing the lament out loud or silently.
- Each subject of lamentation will be concluded with pastoral prayer.
- Prayer of Healing and Reconciliation
- Lord’s Prayer
- Benediction and Dismissal
- Opportunity for private, individual prayer and laying on of hands
We look forward to sharing this worship experience with all who are interested. Please invite any other friends and neighbors who might like to join us for the experience. See Pastor Steve, Vicar Sara, or Josh with any questions.