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October 13, 2019


Trinity’s Bicentennial Year 1819 - 2019

Trinity Church continues its 200th year as a worshiping Episcopal parish, and parish life goes on. ‘What actually takes place here at church?’ ‘What is its purpose?’ and ‘Why do we attend each Sunday?’ There are many reasons, of course, for our allegiance to the Christian way of life and our desire to learn more about God. As seekers-of-truth we strive to find meaningful ways to follow the teachings of Jesus. Here is one response by theologian Henri Nouwen that captures our contemporary situation, and frames our lives with God’s purposes and values.  

From the beginning of my life, two interior voices have been speaking to me: one saying, Henri, be sure you make it on your own. Be sure you become an independent person. Be sure I can be proud of you; … and another voice saying, Henri, whatever you are going to do, even if you don’t do anything very interesting in the eyes of the world, be sure you stay close to the love of God.

You are here for just a short time; for twenty, forty, sixty, or eighty years – to discover and believe that you are a beloved child of God…Life is just a short opportunity for you during a few years to say to God: I love you too.

Here in Morgantown, over 200 years of Anglican tradition continues to this very day in the lives of those who worship in this place: we are all children of God, individuals who literally arrive from all over the state, the country, and the world. As mentioned many times, our Mission at Trinity Church is to…

“Welcome all to Worship and Walk with God.”

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