A Family Service / Children of all ages Welcome!
Wednesday, December 24 at 5pm
Lessons & Carols is a simple Christmastide tradition of narrating the story of Jesus’ nativity, his coming to humanity…God with us. The lessons are taken from the Bible and interspersed with the singing of traditional Christmas Carols and candle-lighting. Join us for an evening of storytelling and singing!
Location: Holy Trinity Church
Vanguard University in Needham Chapel, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
This is not something we check off a list to be a good Anglican. This is an opportunity to say “yes” to following Christ in a public way, and to receive grace from God, by the Holy Spirit, to live that out – to follow Christ and to serve him. In light of this, why wouldn’t all Christians want to be confirmed?
What is required of those to be confirmed?
It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith (such as the catechism), are repentant of their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
The link below is where you can find and download your own copy of the Anglican Catechism, Guidelines Principles and Vision for Catechism and download your own copy of the Anglican Catechism. If you would like a hard copy Catechism books are for sale on the Resource Table at church.
When is the next Adult Confirmation at Holy Trinity Church?
For anyone who would like to be confirmed, we are having a Confirmation service on Sunday, January 25 during our worship service. If you plan to be confirmed at Holy Trinity on January 25, please contact Beth with your intentions.
If you have any questions or are considering confirmation and would like to have a conversation with a pastor about where you are in your journey with God as you wonder if Confirmation is your next step, please contact Beth Khorey and she can make arrangements for you to connect with a pastor at Holy Trinity.
Contact Beth Khorey at email@example.com
The Catechism of the Anglican Church of North America: click here
This year we are having a special Christmas Party Lunch at which we will celebrate the Staff & Vestry. We have so many people who serve at Holy Trinity that we can no longer fit in a home. So on Sunday December 7, in place of Conversations we are having a special catered lunch after church in the courtyard—a really delicious Taco Cart is coming. For dessert we will have a special cake.
Best of all, we will take a few minutes to thank those who care for us during the year, facilitating our worship, our daily and weekly discipleship and our special occasions.
I look forward to celebrating with you,
Sunday, November 30 – Our next book will be Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.
“In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.”
Bring your lunch if you like, and we will eat before discussing the book. We’ll start at about 12:00, but if you want to go to Conversations, feel free to come over when the Conversation is over. For those who are not staying for Conversations, I should be back at my house about 15 minutes after church ends, so it’s ok to come over before 12:00 if you like.
For future reading, our next two books will be Peace Like a River by Lief Enger, and The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey. We’ll set the January date when we meet in December.
Date: Sunday, November 30
Location: Home of Kristin Carmody (contact us for address 949.631.2820)
What Does The Gospel You Teach and Live Naturally Lead To?
If you attempt to make a Christ-like disciple based on a faulty gospel, you will fail. Every gospel has its own DNA and creates its own product.
Join Holy Trinity as we welcome our friend, Bill Hull who will help us think about the various gospels being taught today and why it determines the kind of Jesus we follow and the kind of disciples we make.
Bill Hull is a writer and one of the world’s leading discipleship experts, calling the church to choose the life to which Jesus called every disciple. The core of Bill’s writings (of over 20 books) are his highly influential books The Complete Book of Discipleship, Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor and The Disciple Making Church. These works made the case for Jesus as the prime example of a disciple maker, and that discipleship should be the core of every pastor and church’s work.
In October of 2015 Bill’s newest work will be published, Conversion and Discipleship: You Can’t have One Without the Other. It will serve as the basic text for The Bonhoeffer Project, which is devoted to the creation of disciple makers. Bill is an adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University
We are limited to 30 people at the gathering. Dessert and refreshments will be served.
Date: Friday November 14, 2014
R.S.V.P.: Beth Khorey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Piecing Together The Story We Find Ourselves In A Review of the Anglican Catechism
Dates: November 16
Every story can be outlined—no matter how nuanced by twists and turns of the plot. This is what the creeds do. The catechism does the same, but in much more detail. The catechism teaches us how to rightly believe and gives us a whole life orientation for how to live as followers of Jesus.
Thus, while our catechism conversations this fall will include Anglican uniqueness’s, our predominant focus will be:
- Rediscovering belief in a world that isn’t sure right belief is possible
- Discussing the most important concepts of Christianity
- Mining from the catechism the core drivers of Christian spirituality
- Learning to think well and communicate to others about what we believe, and why we seek to be followers of Jesus
Todd Hunter will host these conversations. Rev. Dr. Dennis Okholm (Prof. of Systematic Theology) will be our main teacher.
Please join us for what we hope will be robust, enjoyable, enriching and relationship-building conversations.
A Review of the Anglican Catechism:
Dates: November 16
Time: Immediately following our Sunday morning worship services
- November 16: How should we then live? How to be an Anglican in the world. | When Anglicans are dismissed at the end of worship, they are sometimes told to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” How do we go from worship to mission—to keep the Story going?