SUNDAY FORMATION

Sunday formation meets at 10:10 a.m., between the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services on Sundays. In addition to our year-long catechumenate program (Faith Seeking Journey), we offer a diverse array of classes as we seek to grow in love of God and neighbor. 

 

Faith Seeking Journey (September to May)

This year-long program led by Fr. Steve is addressed to the desire people have to discover God. It is an attempt to provide them with the habits and resources that will enable them to seek him within the branch of the family of God known as the Episcopal Church, and it will initiate them into the mystery of Christian experience through the sacraments, within the course of the liturgical year. It aims to transform lives, by providing participants with the resources to live the Christian life in today's world.  If you are new to Trinity, the Episcopal Church, or want to get more involved at Trinity, this class is for you!

 

The Prayerbook and You  (September 11-25, 2022)

Join our Rector as he explains some of the unique features and resources of our Anglican tradition, our Book of Common Prayer, and how we use our prayer book in corporate and individual prayer life. This three-week series begins with a talk on Prayer in time of trial (Remembering 9/11) and ends with the most common questions about Trinity-by-the-Cove answered!

 

Paul's Letter to the Galatians (October 9-November 13, 2022)

The letter to the churches in Galatia shows the development of many important aspects of Paul's thinking. Paul was a complex man, one of whom we seem to know a good deal (perhaps second only to Jesus) through the Letters and Luke/Acts.  His concepts and the communities that he founded were important to the development of the early Christian church, and remain important today as our Church copes with a changing society.

 

Finishing Well: A Final Gift to Family (November 20-December 18, 2022)

Did you know that the Book of Common Prayer directs its ministers to instruct "all persons to make wills, while they are in health" (BCP 445)? Trinity wants to help you through this process—young and old alike—by offering thoughts from clergy and others as you put your final affairs in order. This is a gift to your family and friends, where a few minutes now can help them in their time of sorrow. We will hear about the last stages of life from a medical, legal/financial, and pastoral perspective. 

 

The Practice of Forgiveness (January 8-22, 2023)

This series will focus on a theme that is central to our faith: forgiveness. We will explore forgiveness in the Bible and Theology, forgiveness in the Sacraments and Lord's Prayer, and finally—the heart of the matter—forgiveness in Practice.

 

Looking ahead:

The English Mystics with Mthr. Helen Marshall (February 2023)

God and Suffering with Fr. Tad Meyer and Mthr. Ann Stevenson (Lent 2023)

Keeping Sabbath as Spiritual Practice (Easter 2023)

 

 

 

WEEKLY STUDIES

We offer many opportunities for spiritual growth and formation throughout the week. In addition to our regular weekly offerings below, clergy are always available to speak to you about how you can apply the Bible to your daily life.

 

Mizpah: Prayer and Friendship Mondays at 4:00 p.m.

Meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays by Zoom, this prayer group is facilitated by Fr. Edward using a prayer book written in the nineteenth century. Mizpah (מִצְפָּה  miṣpāh, mitspah) is Hebrew for "watchtower" and has come to connote an emotional bond between people who are separated physically or by death.  Although the group meets once a week, the prayerbook is for daily use and includes a psalm reading in the morning and a Scripture and reflection for the evening.

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Filled with discussion and guidance, this class rotates through different books of the Bible and is facilitated by Fr. Steve Zimmerman.  All are welcome!

 

Contemplative Prayer Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Contemplative Prayer is a group that meets to practice contemplative or centering prayer.  No matter your experience in prayer, you are welcome to discover for yourself the restorative power of silent prayers.  

 

Education for Ministry (EfM) Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.

EfM is a four-year course of study for Christian lay people who want to connect spiritually with the activities and relationships of daily life. Each year focuses on a different topic: the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Church History, and Theology and Ethics. The group is facilitated by Mthr. Marti Dalby. 

 

Women's Bible Study Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

This group of women meets weekly for study and fellowship. We are continuing to study Paul's letters in the order they were written.  All women of the parish are welcome.

 

Men's Bible Study  Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Whether a book of the Bible or spiritual literature, you can expect some lively discussions, great fellowship, and the opportunity to see the story of our lives through the story of Scripture. All men of the parish are welcome. 

 

Brown Bag Bible  Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Bible Study will meet via Zoom and spend several weeks in the fall reading and discussing the book of Exodus.  All are welcome – just bring your Bible.  

 

Pray. Eat. Grow. Study  Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.

After choral evensong and dinner, we have an opportunity to grow in faith through a rotating series of classes. This year we will study the practice of prayer, the art of Advent, the spiritual power of habits, and a book study on Esau McCaulley's Reading While Black. In addition, four times throughout the year, we invite a speaker to come talk to us on a timely issue of faith and Christian living, and this takes the place of our regular formation time on Thursday Nights.

Get Involved!

Please call me with more information about ways to get involved.