Due to the shelter in place order from Bexar County and San Antonio city officials, Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church will remain closed through the end of April, unless the order is extended. Sunday worship services will be streamed live via the HTPC Facebook page and will be uploaded to the website as soon as possible following the live video. The link at the top of this page will have the most current sermon videos available.
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Updates regarding COVID-19:
April 1, 2020
If you would have told me a month ago that on April 1 I would be writing to the church telling them that we would an online service only on Easter, I would have thought that was a pretty funny April Fools’ joke.
But I regret to inform you that it is no joke.
Because of the extended social distancing mandates from the governor, the session has elected to suspend church activities through the end of April. This means that we will continue to offer online only worship for the time being, and the church office will remain closed. And even though this coming Sunday is the first of the month, we will not be offering the Lord’s Supper.
We are still in the season of Lent, which is the season of fasting in preparation for Easter. During Lent, many Christians practice fasting as a spiritual discipline. Truth be told, I didn’t think I would be giving up quite so much for Lent this year. I must admit, however, that the timing of the pandemic is somewhat fitting. During the season of Lent, we remember how Jesus fasted and prayed in solitude in the wilderness for 40 days. We are now fasting in our own way, from social interaction, from the freedoms we normally enjoy, from being able to go where we want whenever we please, from being able to gather to worship. Instead, we are spending more and more time in our homes, our very own wilderness.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday in the liturgical year when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey as the crowds laid down palm branches and greeted him with shouts of hosanna. In a normal year, we would have palm branches laid on the floor of the sanctuary and we, too, would shout loud hosannas. This year, we will have to settle for thumps up and heart emojis on our Facebook livestream.
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week, also called Passion Week. While we typically think of passion as intense love, the Greek word actually means “to suffer.” It does imply an intense love, but not without suffering. Passion is a love worth dying for.
During Holy Week starting next Monday, I will film a daily devotional and post it on our Facebook page. My hope for these devotionals is for all of us to turn our ears and attention away from all the noise and distractions and to focus instead on the suffering, self-giving passion of Jesus Christ. I will also livestream a Maundy Thursday service on April 9 at 7:00PM. Since we will not share communion, I am planning for it to be a little bit of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday rolled into one.
This isn’t how I envisioned spending my first Holy Week and Easter as your pastor, but I am confident that just as Jesus was raised to new life and left the empty tomb, that one day we, too, will share in his resurrection.
I look forward to being with you on Sunday at 10:05 for our worship service.
Last Sunday we attempted our very first livestreamed worship service. There were a few things that could have been improved, but overall, I was happy with the service that we put together. We were fortunate to have a small choir lead us in singing the hymns of our faith, and it really did feel like a “normal” service.
However, I have learned that it’s important to be flexible in a time like this because the circumstances are changing by the hour.
Last night, Mayor Nirenberg issued a stay-at-home emergency order. Only essential businesses and services can operate right now, while others are forced to close or work from home. The new order also explicitly states that worship services must be recorded or livestreamed without a congregation. I emailed the mayor’s office for clarification, asking if a volunteer choir could participate. A few hours later, someone in the mayor’s office called me and explained that this order would prohibit all non-staff from coming to the church, including the choir.
And so, with this new information, we will need to adjust. We will still have a livestreamed worship service on Sunday at 10:05 on our Facebook page. The service will consist of prayers, scripture readings, and a sermon. In lieu of music, I will be leading us in responsive readings of the psalms. I ask that you have a Bible with you when you watch the service so that you may participate. I will be reading from the NIV translation, but you may use any translation you like.
Lastly, if you are not on Facebook, don’t fret! I will work to upload the service when it is finished. You may watch last week’s service here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKizSNPBoJA&t=2s
Stay safe out there! I look forward to virtually worshipping with you on Sunday!
Upon the recommendations of the Mission Presbytery Executive Presbyter, the CDC, and Mayor Nirenberg, the session has voted to suspend church gatherings through the end of March. We will not gather for Sunday worship or Sunday School. All church events, committee meetings, Bible studies, and outside group meetings will also be suspended. The church office will essentially be closed off.
While we are not able to physically gather for worship, we will be livestreaming our worship services on Facebook Live. On Sunday at 10:05, you can visit our church Facebook page and worship with us from the comfort of your own home (and you don’t even have to get dressed up!) If you are not able to tune in at 10:05, the service recording will remain on Facebook for you to view later. We will also try to post the video on our website.
We are entering uncharted waters as a congregation. However, I encourage you all to think of these changes as an opportunity for growth. We may find that recording and streaming our worship services is a great way to stay connected with our homebound members and friends that—under normal circumstances—are not able to join us on Sundays. We may also discover that our worship videos are a useful evangelism tool to reach our friends and neighbors online. I was encouraged to learn that our Tuesday morning Bible study is trying to organize a Bible study conference call. I would encourage our Sunday School leaders, cluster groups, Stephen ministers, and other fellowship groups to explore online meetings to stay connected with our church family.
I also want to remind you that just because we can’t meet in person, that doesn’t mean that we can’t give to the church. If you visit our website www.holytrinitypres.org you can find a tab on the top-center of the screen which explains our online giving options. It is remarkably easy!
The core of Christian community is fellowship. While online fellowship is a poor substitute for face-to-face gatherings, we believe that this is the most loving thing that we can do for our church, our neighbors, our community, our country, and our world.
The Greek word for church in the New Testament is ekklesia, which literally means “assembly.” Simply put, the church is not a building, but a community of believers that belong together. Just because we can’t meet in person at 16245 Nacogdoches Road, that doesn’t absolve us from our calling to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. So, I am issuing a challenge to all our members to call (or Facetime) three or more church members this week. Check in with each other; ask what they are doing to stay busy; ask what books they are reading or what shows they are watching; ask if they need anything; ask if they need you to pray for them.
Be strong. Take heart. Hold fast to the faith. We will get through this together.
Please check back at the end of April for more updates.
Welcome, we are SO glad you are here!
Whether you are a member or visitor, we're glad God has led you to discover Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, and we hope you already feel at home here.
Together we are called “to proclaim with joy the presence and love of Jesus Christ.” Each person has been given a gift to help us fulfill this mission. You can make a difference here.
Our church leaders do a wonderful job of managing the many programs and activities offered by the church.
We encourage you to seek opportunities for service through Holy Trinity, reflect on your gifts and interests, pray about where God is leading you, and contact someone to get involved. Your service will benefit Christ and His church, and also will be a step in your own spiritual growth. There are a variety of ministry teams that you may be interested in becoming involved with depending upon how you see your gifts can be used.
If you have any questions, or wish additional information, please speak to church administrator at 210-654-3411.
May the spirit of the living Christ bless you richly as together we serve His Kingdom.
Your friends in Christ,
Holy Trinity Family
HTPC is currently NOT meeting at these times through the end of May 2020.
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The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church Dayschool is closed through the end of April, please check back at the end of April for more details.