Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Trinity has been celebrating our 125th Anniversary (our quasquicentennial anniversary) in some really wonderful ways so far this year.
Under the leadership of our Senior Warden, Bob Moore, we experienced a truly wonderful dinner and dance celebrating the 1920’s. Deborah Moore and her kitchen helpers (especially Linda Bond, Emily Malmevik, Finian Baird and Tiernan Baird) prepared and served up a tremendous meal. For the auction portion of the event, our Junior Warden, Melody Oxley and Vestry member Carol Bartley provided organization and leadership. Every member of the Vestry demonstrated a genuine commitment to serving our parish with generosity and creativity to make the event a successful fundraiser for us, bringing in just under $10,000.
On Trinity Sunday, we enjoyed a wonderful brunch prepared by Charlene Rawson and her friend, with lovely decorations prepared by Aileen Barker and Dianne McCormack. Members of Historic Everett joined us for celebrations that day, including a really wonderful slide presentation by Jack O’Donnell. So many members of our music program contributed their talents to our combine morning service that day that one visitor remarked to me, “I think that I may need to change churches!”
In the afternoon of Trinity Sunday, David Spring conducted our choirs and a chamber orchestra in a special anniversary concert, in which we were joined by six area faith leaders who contributed beautiful prayers for peace from their spiritual traditions. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace drew praises from all who attended, and I hope that you will consider purchasing a CD that has been created of our choir’s performance of it. David Spring has worked hard in preparing the CD, and many more have given selflessly of their time and talents in the recording of it so that all of us may have the opportunity of remembering something of this very special anniversary concert.
The following weekend, on June 17th, Trinity hosted historian and living history performer, Kandie Carle, who enchanted everyone with her knowledge of the Golden Era of the Victorian Age and her genuinely entertaining style. The Afternoon Family Tea was truly outstanding, under the leadership of Nancy Smith and so very many who hosted at tables, prepared savories and sweets, provided personal tea services and dressed for the occasion. If you haven’t seen the decorations and banner created by Judy Ballantyne that are still in Roger’s Hall, you should – they are really lovely.
As we turn into the days of summer, we celebrate the graduation from high school of Vestry member, Jeffrey Wheeler, who will remain in the area to attend college (and I am very glad to not lose him from our Vestry). In a few short days, Trinity’s celebrations will continue as we participate in the City of Everett’s July 4th Parade on Tuesday (July 4, 2017). If you can participate in our parade entry, I hope you will contact David Spring – we need singers and non-singers willing to represent the eras of our church history through music, creativity, and fancy dress. It should be a really fun time, and participants of all ages are welcome and appreciated!
On July 30th, Trinity will spend an evening at the Aquasox game, and tickets for that event will go on sale at church this month. In November, we will be hosting a USO show event, partnering with community friends who recognize that Trinity’s sanctuary is a WWI Victory Memorial. Later in November, we plan to hold a parish Thanksgiving Dinner (prior to the holiday of Thanksgiving) and to make available special commemorative china plates and Christmas ornaments of our 125th year. The year will conclude with another special Messiah Sing Along.
I am deeply and profoundly grateful for all the efforts that so many people have made and continue to make in creating special and meaningful occasions for all of us to enjoy throughout the year. It takes love to make a community, and I am seeing that love in everything people are doing and in giving of themselves with abundance and generosity. The events we have had have been tremendous, and I hope that if you have not yet had the opportunity to attend any of them that you will be able to join us in some celebration yet to come this year.
If our legacy as a church teaches us anything, it shows us how love keeps community alive and thriving from generation to generation. I am so grateful for your witness.
In Christ’s Peace,
The Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton