In-church worship has resumed. Masks required.
Family Church, 10:30 am
For folks and families on the go, this family service is child-friendly and informal. This service is shorter than most Sunday services, and we do our best to make worship comfortable and fun for children. Family Church begins with the Word of God and ends with Holy Communion. Everyone is invited to the communion table. Family Church is held at 10:30 am outdoors when weather permits and in the Parish Hall when it doesn’t. The service immediately follows Sunday school, which begins at 9:30 am
HOLY EUCHARIST, 10:30 AM
Our more traditional service at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity features music accompanied on a landmark E.M. Skinner pipe organ. The Rite II liturgy from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is dignified and accessible. Prayers for healing are offered by an assisting priest for those who wish. Guest singers and musicians perform regularly at this service.
HOLY EUCHARIST, 6:00 PM
This brief, informal Rite II liturgy with Communion includes a brief homily on the appointed scriptures and provides mid-week opportunity for quiet reflection and contemplation.
MORNING PRAYER, 8:30 AM
Join us via Zoom for this 20-minute service at the start of the day. The service is found on page 75 of the Book of Common Prayer,
Bible studies, contemplative prayer, faith formation classes, book discussions, and group conversations around challenging issues offer opportunities to broaden and deepen Christian faith. These gatherings help us to explore and enhance our understanding of Jesus’ message and our relationship with God. Participation draws the community together and enriches our parish life. Everyone is invited to take part.
BIBLE STUDY, 12:15 PM
Weekly Bible Studies bring a welcome midday break as we explore a passage of scripture that is an appointed reading for the following Sunday. We gather on Zoom for this informal 45-minute discussion. All who can are welcome and encouraged to join us.
THE EXODUS TRADITION, FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00 PM
Scholars refer to “the Exodus tradition” as a way of exploring how the Exodus story – its plot, images, language, and theology – shapes and permeates everything else in the Bible, both Jewish (Old Testament, for us) and Christian (the New Testament additions).
For the 2021-2022 church program year, Fr. Craig Townsend invites you to delve into that tradition in the Bible, and also in the history of Christianity in America with him. The Exodus story has provided the same powerful influence at many stages of that history – the Puritans, for example – and this is especially true in the history of the Black church. So, we will explore “the Exodus tradition” as a history of giving hope and voice to the enslaved, the marginalized, the oppressed. We’ll look at ancient Israel’s use of Exodus in the Psalms, the prophets and other writings, and we’ll look at that use in sermons from the history of the Christian Church, Black and White, in this country.
So, plan to join Fr. Craig on the first Wednesday of the month, October 6, 2021, through May 4, 2022, 7:00-8:00 pm. We’ll gather initially on Zoom and continue there for as long as that seems best. A reading list and other information are available here. Please contact Fr. Craig if you wish to participate.
Image: Relief of Moses, Supreme Court building, Adams Street, Brooklyn
Racial Recognition, Reconciliation and Justice
The 2006 General Convention of the Episcopal adopted a resolution that called on all Episcopal congregations to explore whether they had a history of complicity in the institution of slavery and of deriving economic benefits from that institution. The Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend, St. Ann’s Associate for Faith Formation, spent the 2020-2021 academic year working with six students at Saint Ann’s School to research the ways in which the original St. Ann’s Church (founded in 1784, when slavery was still legal in New York) and Holy Trinity Church (founded in 1847, twenty years after slavery became illegal) was connected to slavery and slavery-driven economies. The group presented “History of Slavery at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church” to the parish via Zoom on Sunday, May 23, 2021, (the video is here). The final report is here, along with an informative map of sites in Brooklyn Heights that memorialize slaveowners,
The Diocese of Long Island has named Fr. Craig Townsend its Historian-in-Residence for Racial Justice. He is helping parishes in the diocese established before the Civil War who wish to study their early congregations’ involvement with slavery. While it is disturbing to learn the truth about our past as a congregation, knowing that truth should set us free to face it, address it, and carry it forward in our ongoing work for racial justice.