Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas
This issue of the Trinitarian is focusing on the many ministries that make Sunday worship possible, and I was asked to talk about my role and responsibilities in that regard. I suppose that, in light of the fact that so many people are so involved with the process, my job is make sure that everyone has done their job. Thankfully this is a very easy task on Sundays, because we are blessed with so many responsible people here at Trinity.
But if there is one significant personal contribution to the Sunday worship, it is the preaching of the sermon. It's a fairly well-known fact that I don't write my sermons down beforehand, and haven't for many years. But this doesn't mean that I don't know what I'm going to say before I step into the pulpit! The creation process of composing a sermon begins for me first thing on Monday morning, when I review the readings for the upcoming Sunday. Sometimes I have even begun earlier because my preaching review group works two weeks in advance. But I am not looking for a sermon topic right off the bat; instead I just read the passages several times over just to familiarize myself with them. Then I wait. I wait and see what the week brings to me. It's surprising how often an offhanded comment in a conversation, or a article I read, or just some random event synchronizes with the readings for that week, and becomes the core of the sermon's message. But failing that (or in addition to that) I ask myself what one or more of those passages are saying to Trinity Church. After preaching pretty consistently for ten years, I have usually written at least three sermons on that Sunday's lesson, but a previous sermon at another parish isn't always appropriate for this parish. I ask myself, what does Trinity today need to hear about these passages of Scripture? And I will say, I do think of the parish as a whole -- just in case you sometimes thought I might be singling out a particular parishioner (maybe yourself). I also ask myself if that message resonates for someone who might have just walked into Trinity for the first time. Maybe he or she is coming into a church for the first time in their lives that day -- what do they need to hear, in what might be the only sermon to which they are exposed? It's a balancing act that all preachers need to walk: writing to the people they know are going to be there in addition to the people who might be there. This is important, because if we as a church don't anticipate the newcomer, we will never have any. 2
Most importantly, however, I listen to God. There have been some nights where I am laying in bed on Saturday and I hear a voice saying, â€œYou should talk about this insteadâ€?, and I scrap the whole thing in favor of whatever new idea has occurred to me. So that's an admittedly pretty vague description of the process. When approached about the topic of what I do on Sunday, I have to admit my first thought was one of appreciation for all the people who do so much to make things go smoothly, both staff and volunteers. Having to make sure everything is in its place is pretty easy when people contribute continually and responsibly to do their part. This Trinitarian is a chance for us to both learn and appreciate all that hard work.
Trinityâ€™s Dedicated Deacons
Dick Tracy, Rita Tracy, and Steve Segebrecht serve as Deacons to Trinity Episcopal Church. The Deaconate is a full and equal order of ministry, especially ordered to symbolize and enable Christ-like ministry to those often forgotten: the hungry, the poor, the lonely, those persecuted, and all those living on the fringe of society. A Deacon functions with the direction of the Rector, and is subject to the oversight of the Bishop. There are numerous liturgical responsibilities of a Deacon. In the Eucharist, the Deacon may read the Gospel, may lead the prayers of the people, and may 4
introduce the confession. A Deacon waits on the table, assists with others in the administration of the Eucharistic elements, dismisses the people, and in general acts as herald and attendant. A Deacon performs at the Eucharist each Sunday morning, and in the principal liturgies on Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, Easter, and at other times, as the Rector wishes. Our Deacons take the Eucharistic elements to the sick and homebound, particularly at Christmas and Easter. Trinityâ€™s Deacons also assist from time to time at other liturgies in the Parish, such as Holy Matrimony and the Burial Office, if needed. In the absence of a Rector, Deacons may also officiate at Baptisms, Holy Matrimony, or at Funerals, following the Book of Common Prayer. Deacons keep an intercession list to include the prayers of the people, and they help organize the praying of the prayers of the people. Deacons help the Rector enable, encourage, recognize, and support our Parishioners to perform the servant ministry that each has been given through baptism. Our Deacons meet regularly with the Rector to discuss the servant ministry of the Parish and of the Deacons, as well as any pastoral matters. When problems arise which affect the welfare and unity of the parish, our Deacons bring them to the Rector, and shall follow his counsel and advice. Deacons keep in communication with the Bishop about the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world, and about areas in which our Parish might provide ministry to the world. Our Deacons work in the world to proclaim the gospel through their work, their family relations, and though their examples. Our Deacons strive to bring to the attention of Trinity the needs and concerns of the world by being closely involved with the needy and others.
Trinityâ€™s Altar Guild
The Altar Guild prepares the chancel and the altar for each Sunday service. The Guild consists of three teams, eight members each, who serve for the Sunday morning services. A fourth, smaller team tends to the cleaning-up duties after the Sunday Evening Solemn High Mass. On Saturdays, members set out the Eucharistic Candles on the altar, the Missal Stand, the Altar Book, the Gospel Book, and the Vested Communion Chalice. Hymn numbers are posted in the Nave. The brass collection plates are polished. The Cruets are filled with wine, and the Ciborium, with wafers. All of the candles are filled with oil. Other items used in the service are the water pitcher, the lavabo bowl, and the linen towel for washing the Celebrantâ€™s hands. Other linens include the purificators (small towels which a chalice bearer uses to wipe the rim of the chalice); and the corporal, a square cloth which the Celebrant places on the altar beneath the wine and wafers. On each Sunday, after an 8:00 a.m. Service, the Altar Guild prepares for the 10:30 a.m. Service. Chalices and Purificators are washed. Wafers and wine are set out. The Eucharistic Candles are refilled with oil. After the last Service, all of the materials used are cleaned as required, and stored in cabinets or the safe in the Sacristy. Laundering the linens is a responsibility of the Altar Guild, and each team has designated members who do this very necessary task each week. Altar Guild Teams each serve four months over the course of a year. The Altar Guild Coordinator coordinates the annual schedule, which runs from July to June of the next year. The Altar Guild Teams each have a Captain, who draws up the schedule for his/her assigned months. 6
The Altar Guild Coordinator meets monthly with Father Rob to discuss the services coming up in the next two months in order to coordinate their special needs. This information is then sent to the Captains. The Altar Guild Coordinator procures the wine, wafers, candle oil, and cleaning supplies, and then oversees the care of the vestments. Two of the three Altar Guild Teams meet for a polishing session of the brass and silver twice each year -- once on a Saturday morning in December (in preparation for Christmas); and once in March (in preparation for Easter). Once each year, the Guild gets together for fellowship and discussion of matters old and new. This year, the annual meeting will be in September.
New members of the Altar Guild are needed, and always welcome. Training is done by each Team Captain, a new member serves with a veteran. A manual with instructions and illustrations of the duties is available as a training tool. --Joan Ring, Altar Guild Coordinator
Trinityâ€™s Flower Guild The Flower Guild currently has five members who volunteer to buy and arrange flowers for the Altar each Sunday, except during Lent and Advent.
The Members of the Flower Guild also coordinate with the Wedding and Funeral Coordinators, to find out if there a wedding or funeral the day before, which took place in the Church, and whether those flowers could be used for the upcoming Sunday Service. The Members of the Guild rotate throughout the year, so one Member coordinates the Altar flowers about once a month. During the latter part of the week, the designated Guild Member purchases the flowers and the greenery, which have been requested or specified, and arranges them on the Altar and at the front of the Church. There is a Flower Account which has been incorporated into the Trinity budget to cover these expenses, and individuals requesting flowers for a special Sunday frequently donate to the Flower Fund, as well. 8
Usually on Saturday mornings, the flowers are arranged in two or more vases for the Altar. On some occasions, such as Mother's Day, or at other special times, the Flower Guild makes extra bouquets for individual tables in the Parish Hall. As soon as Sundayâ€™s Services are over with, the flowers are removed and placed in the Flower Sacristy. Then, on Monday or Tuesday, the same person who made the bouquets, discards the old, dead flowers; cleans the vases; and creates a couple of bouquets with the leftover, good flowers. These bouquets are given to the Church Office, or taken by the Deacons to deliver to shut-ins and those who are ill. The Members of the Flower Guild generally do not hold formal meetings; however they do have a Christmas Planning Meeting, to coordinate the Christmas decorations. The Coordinator of the Flower Guild, Pat Kehde, assigns particular Sundays to each member of the Flower Guild, and if the schedule is not workable for someone, a member may trade with another to better fit her schedule. The Flower Guild makes arrangements for special events, funerals, parties, receptions, or other occasions, as requested by the Rector or members of the Parish. Members of the current Flower Guild are: Ann Elizabeth Bishop Pat Kehde Gerry Miller Pam Paden Mary Stauffer -Pat Kehde, Coordinator Flower Guild
Greeters, Membership, Hospitality and Kitchen Committees There are 32 Greeters at Trinity! Three of them are scheduled each Sunday. Greeters are stationed at the front doors of the Church, and at the side door of the Church. Their jobs are to greet all attendees, and to be particularly aware of any newcomers or visitors who might be coming to a service. In the event there are any newcomers, the Greeters will ask them to join the hospitality event after the service. Each Sunday after the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. Services, the Parish Hall becomes the scene of food, beverages, and congeniality. Many volunteers of the Hospitality and Kitchen Committee help to make this a success. Thirty Trinity Parishioners are currently scheduled to coordinate and facilitate these activities. There are many openings on the Committee which need to be filled for the rest of the year.
Lectors, Intercessors, and Chalice Bearers The schedules for our Sunday Morning Services are mailed a week before the first Sunday of the month. The schedules are prepared for three months at a time. Those schedules are for the months of: December/January/February; March/April/May; June/July/August, September/October/November. In the scheduling process, it is helpful to use the previous schedules from the past month, because it often works well to just change the dates and use the same people. There is a list of people who do these jobs and their preferences for the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:30 a.m. service. It works well to assign people equal numbers to serve during the quarter when possible. It is necessary to check with Father Rob to inquire if there will be any special services during a three-month period. When the lists are ready and complete, copies are printed, and sent out to each Lector, Intercessor, and Chalice Bearer. Copies are placed in the Sacristy and the Church Office for reference. If changes are needed to the schedule, a phone call to the Church Office is necessary to update the schedule. --Marty Smith, Coordinator
The Ministry Of Playing the Organ
When asked to write an article about the preparation of organ music for the Sunday morning Eucharist, I was a bit overwhelmed because there are so many facets to this position, many of which the average parishioner is probably unaware. The life of a dedicated church organist involves far more than sitting at the console on Sunday morning, flipping the on/off switch, and playing a few hymns. Join me as we take a little trip into the weekly cycle of preparation. Organ Solos at Prelude, Postlude, Communion. Organ preludes and postludes (sometimes called â€œvoluntariesâ€?) are selected and appear in the Sunday bulletin each week. This is the music that frames what we do in corporate worship. The prelude helps to establish the mood of the Eucharistic celebration, while the postlude provides a summary and conclusion. When I have the occasion to visit other churches, I like to listen -- really listen -- to what the organist is playing for the prelude and postlude because I know he or she has probably put a lot of thought and practice into this offering of music. In planning preludes and postludes, I usually map out several monthsâ€™ worth at one time. Sometimes this music is seasonal in nature and is based on hymn tunes for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Trinity. J.S. Bach 13
wrote numerous works based on liturgical hymns. Even though the great Bach was Lutheran and wrote for the congregations he served, many of the hymn tunes he used are also sung by Anglicans. Aside from Bach, there are countless contemporary composers who write liturgical music for the organ and their music is also heard at our services. When the prelude and postlude is not hymn-based, it is selected to express a feeling of the human condition, such as joy or contemplation. Depending on the difficulty of the selected music, it may be practiced for one or two weeks. It is not uncommon to hear a voluntary that has taken six months or more to master. I am fortunate that in my organ studies at KU, I am able to delve deeply into organ masterworks, most of which are liturgically appropriate, and share them with you. Solo organ music is also played following the reading of the gospel and at communion. The “gospel walking music” as I call it, is my favorite part of the service to prepare because it is generally improvised, based on the tune of the Sequence Hymn that was sung prior to the reading of the Gospel, and expressed the mood of the reading. Although this music only occupies 30 seconds, and is used as a segue between the Gospel and the Sermon, it sometimes requires a considerable amount of preparation time. I heard a counterpart to the “gospel walking music” while on a trip to Germany a few years ago. It was their tradition that the organist provide a full-length improvisation following the sermon. So, I heard the Gospel proclaimed in spoken form, then explained through the sermon, and reinterpreted through music. Solo organ music is also played after the singing of the Communion Hymn, as Parishioners receive the Eucharist and return to their pews for prayerful meditation. Like all of the organ music discussed so far, the Communion Music is either based on the hymn that was just sung, on other Communion Hymns, or is contemplative in nature. Hymns, Service Music, Psalm. The singing of Hymns, Service Music, and the Gradual Psalm are some of the ways Parishioners actively participate in worship. Much like the selection of organ solos, hymns are selected several months in advance of their use. At present, Trinity’s organists meet to plan this music. The Episcopal Church publishes The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook that offers some direction in the choice of appropriate hymns, but we always read through each Sunday’s Gospel Lesson, in order to select a Sequence Hymn (the hymn sung prior to the Gospel Reading) that expresses some element of the lesson. In addition, Opening Hymns, Closing Hymns, and Communion Hymns are chosen because of their suitability for the particular Sunday. Besides selecting the hymns, we choose 14
the Service Music (i.e., the Gloria, Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei). A set of Service Music is usually sung for 6-8 weeks, and then another set is implemented. There is a degree of continuity and familiarity in singing the Service Music for this period of time without boredom. The music for the weekly Gradual Psalm is also selected. This music is also alternated every 6-8 weeks, and may include what is called the “Anglican Chant”, Double Anglican Chant”, and “Simplified Anglican Chant”. When the choir is on vacation for the summer months, we select hymns, service music, and psalm music that are absolutely familiar, and can be sung by the congregation with ease. Putting Everything Together. After the Preludes, Postludes, Hymns, Service Music, and Psalm Music have been selected, they are typed into a manageable list and emailed to the church office for inclusion in the Sunday bulletins. Given that practicing of the Preludes and Postludes has been an ongoing process for weeks or months, we come to the rehearsal for Sunday’s Eucharist which I like to do on Saturdays. This rehearsal usually requires two hours. I play through each musical facet of the service sometimes once, sometimes twice, or as much as it takes to get it right. There are many creative aspects to an organist’s work, but my favorite is selecting the stops. You’ve all heard the expression “pulling out all the stops”. This saying refers to the selection of particular sets of pipes used in the playing of the music. An organist chooses from flute-sounding pipes, string-sounding pipes, reed-sounding pipes (e.g., trumpet, oboe, clarinet), and principal-sounding pipes (the pipe organ’s own unique sound.). Organ stops are chosen or “registered” for each piece of music and notated on post-it notes. The stops are often changed for 15
particular verses of hymns and psalms to emphasize the text – a sort of musical word painting. From a musical standpoint then, the formation of each Sunday’s Eucharist is a unique creation. Other Services. Besides the regular Sunday Eucharists, special services requiring organ music are held on Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition, the organist provides music for weddings and funerals. Planning for weddings and funerals requires meeting the families and helping them select appropriate music. It may require engaging a vocalist or other instrumentalist, such as a trumpeter, and rehearsing with that person. Other Duties. Playing the organ at the weekly Eucharist is just a fraction of the organist’s responsibilities and time commitment. It is the only portion that most Parishioners see. Other duties include attending weekly staff meetings, accompanying choir rehearsals, and preparation of the music the choir will sing. Just as organ solos require various amounts of practice time, so do choral anthems. The Senior Organist and the Associate Organist have been coordinating the Choir since Easter of this year. I am especially grateful to Judy Heller for graciously directing the Choir for the 10:30 a.m. Service. Her guiding spirit has provided direction for the choir, and has allowed me to do what I do best (i.e., play the organ). Associate Organist, Filippa Duke, ably directed Trinity Consort (the choir for the 6:00 p.m. Solemn High Mass) with the assistance of substitute organists. Another responsibility is the coordination of special music during the summer months when the choir is away. Singers from the Morning and Evening Choirs have volunteered to sing solos, duets, and trios at the place of the usual Offertory Anthem through the summer. Organ Maintenance. By now, you are beginning to get an accurate picture of what I do. Some tasks are done on a weekly basis, others are less often. One such duty is the coordination of maintenance on the church organ. This typically requires monitoring any mechanical malfunctions, keeping a “fix-it” list, and then reporting these details to the firm that provides maintenance and tuning. Lightning Strike. With the lightning strike that recently disabled the organ, adaptability was the name of the game. The small digital piano in the choir loft was our source of music for several weeks. Music that would have been played on the organ was useless with the piano. The piano and organ both have keyboards, and that is where the commonality stops, as the writing style of each instrument is 16
vastly different, as well as the technique to play each instrument. The Reuter Organ Company of our hometown came to the rescue by providing a loaner pipe organ now positioned in the balcony. They not only made modifications to this instrument to make it more useful for our purposes, but also worked quickly and efficiently – installing it just two weeks after the fateful lightning strike. In the meantime, we will have the necessary time to consider what options are best for the organ that has served Trinity faithfully since 1956. Conclusion. I am sometimes asked what I do the remaining six days of the week. Many times, I’ve heard the statement, “I bet you are really busy with Christmas”. Actually, my vocation keeps me busy throughout the year, and I am blessed that my work is, in some ways, like a hobby. For me, it involves a life commitment and lots of creativity. I am rarely far from it. An organist’s duties are varied and multi-faceted. What you see and experience on Sunday Mornings is just the final product of all the activities that have occurred behind the scenes. --Mark Stotler, MM, Senior Organist
Trinityâ€™s Solemn High Mass
During the school year, Trinity holds a Solemn High Mass at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings. We have a predominately-student Choir which conducts a final rehearsal an hour before the start of the Service. The group of people preparing the meal for the congregation following the service arrive early to begin the food preparation. Usually, Vashti Winterburg works in the kitchen during the service, joined later by David Severance. The Master of Ceremonies and others also arrive early to set up for the service: checking to make sure that the charcoal is lit; the vessel for the Asperger (water sprinkling) is filled; the Hymns on the boards are correct; the appropriate vessels are at the back of the Church for presentation at the Altar during the Offertory Procession; and making sure the appropriate form of the Canon is on the Altar, along with other miscellaneous items. The Deacon and Priest arrive, and Father Baldwin blesses
the water for the Asperses, the Clergy and Acolytes vest, and gather with the Choir members for prayers before the Opening Liturgy and Processional. Ushers and Greeters pass out service leaflets, and welcome members of the congregation. After the Service, the Altar Guild Members clean up, G.I.F.T. cards are sold, Ushers lock up the church, dinner is served, and the dishes are washed and put away. Preparation, the actual Service and Dinner, and clean-up involve the participation of several Volunteers and Congregants, beginning at about 5:00 p.m., and lasting until about 8:30 p.m. --Patrick Musick
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1027 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 Phone: 785-843-6166 Fax: 785-843-6984 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.trinitylawrence.org
Worship Schedule Holy Eucharist, Rite I, Sundays, 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Solemn High Mass, Sundays, 6:00 p.m. (during school year) Morning Prayer, Mon, Tue, and Wed, 9:00 a.m., Matthews Chapel Wednesdays at Trinity, Wed, 6:30 p.m., Meal and Prayer
Clergy: The Reverend Rob Baldwin, Rector Dick Tracy, Deacon Rita Tracy, Deacon Stephen Segebrecht, Deacon Vestry: Patricia Henshall, Senior Warden Steven King, Junior Warden Maria Thompson, Clerk Rev. Rob Baldwin, Ex Officio Proctor Crow Lindy Eakin Dave Griffin Brian Haupt Pat Kehde Terry Mandle Donna McCain Patrick Musick Debbie Pitts Sandra Willey
Staff: Marilyn Bean, Parish Administrator Patty Johnson, Financial Secretary Bill Benso, Church Treasurer Ruth Turney, Parish Librarian James Ralston, Music Dir. Emeritus Mark Stotler, Senior Organist Susan Ralston, Youth Music Director Chris Worley, Office Assistant Filippa Duke, Associate Organist Jasmyn Turner, Nursery Natalie Wilkins, Nursery Diane Leming, Sexton David Paden, Sunday School Coord.
Our Vision: To be One in Christ, To Love, Listen, and Learn Our Mission: To love one another as Christ loves us through: Listening and Responding to the Holy Spirit; Welcoming and Nurturing all People; Learning and Teaching the Gospel; Caring for, and Sharing, Godâ€™s creation.