Dear Friends of Trinity,
On July 11th, Sunday morning at 10:30AM, we invite you to gather at Trinity Episcopal Church to celebrate and remember this past year and a half. So much as changed in our community and in the world. As we are now beginning to assemble in person, some of us gather with heavy hearts, concerns for the future, and renewed hope for what is yet to come.
As Christians, we are encouraged to “hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23. As a church and community, we held each other up in prayer and stayed the course through a time no one could have foreseen. We lost friends and family to this horrible pandemic, gave thanks for those who remained on the front line while others remained at home, and leaned into a belief which stretched our faith. Today as I write this letter, we have arrived at a place of respite and hope.
Therefore, we, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church have decided to pause and gather as a community on July 11th at 10:30 AM to worship, celebrate, and remember. After the service we will gather for lunch and continue the conversation on how this past year shaped and positioned us to move forward into the future.
Poet Patrick Overton once wrote: When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly. Overton’s poem speaks to a time when we are afraid for the future, to trust whatever we need, will be provided.
Again, as Christians, we are to trust in the promise God will provide for us in ways we cannot conceive and in ways in which we would not have known for what or how to ask. Hence, this gathering on July 11th at 10:30 AM is our time for giving thanks for all that as been, remembering those who have crossed over into the veil, and renewing our faith in God, the community, and our future.
On this day, we will pause and hold in our hearts those we love and break bread. We will sing, pray, and gather at the communion rail with current and heavenly saints. We will remember how our Lord has been present in our individual journeys and will continue to guide us into the future, with a place to stand upon or with wings to fly. I pray you will be able to join us on this momentous day.
Please RSVP by July 2 by calling the office at 318-352-3113 so that we can plan for those who will be having lunch with us after the service. We will also be auctioning off an original watercolor painting of Trinity Episcopal Church by Durhl Davis and the winner will be announced on the 11th of July. Tickets for the painting are $5.00 for one and $20.00 for 5 tickets and are available at the church each Sunday morning and during the week, please contact the office. Tickets will also be available to purchase on July 11th.
My friends, so much has changed and yet some much remains the same. We are blessed in ways we can never fully measure, and our future is full of new beginnings. Please join us on the 11th of July at 10:30AM. If you cannot, please send us a note or card about what you are thankful for and you would want us to share to the church community and for those of who you would like for us to remember in prayer.
God’s love and abundant peace!