The patter of the rain on the roof and the whoosh of the cars going by on Elm Street…those were the sounds I heard as I lit the candles in our beautiful stone chapel on Wednesday morning.
A few minutes before 9:00 am I heard the clear chiming of a Tibetan prayer bell calling us to prayer. At 9, we began with the words of confession; “We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts…” familiar words to those of us who grew up with Morning Prayer on our lips and in our hearts. It was the perfect beginning to the day. A day bounded by prayer.
Trinity is a community of deep prayer. We pray for one another, for those in our parish who are hurting, for the communities in which we live, for our country, and for the world. In a time of division and discord, uncertainty and fear, the words of our prayer book serve as a way to ground us in the reality that we are God’s beloved; children of the One who created us, redeems us, and sustains us.
In the prayers on Wednesday I was reminded that Trinity Church is right where it is supposed to be….a church in the world, in the midst of traffic and work, rushing, school, sports–all of the joys and challenges of our lives. Our presence as a community of prayer in the middle of a neighborhood is a witness to God’s love and grace.
I hope you will join in the prayer stream when you are able. I hope you will invite others to join you. We will be praying on Wednesdays: Morning Prayer Rite I at 9 am; Noonday Prayer at noon; Evening Prayer Rite II at 4 pm. For more information on the Wednesday Office go here.
At the end of the day, Becky, Robert and I all exclaimed “This was a GOOD day!” We cannot wait to pray again with you on Wednesday. Amen!