Yesterday was Trinity Sunday, and at the Choral Eucharist at 7:30 am we sang many of the popular Trinitarian hymns, but not St. Patrick's Breastplate. Unity Lodge 1084 of the Independent Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World worshipped with us. I, of course, preached about the Trinity and denounced the heresies of the Arians, Monarchians, Montanists, Adoptianists, Modalists, Patripassians, Sabellians, Noetists, Subordinationists, the errors of Paul of Samosata, the GAFCON bishops, and the Jesus-Only Pentecostalists of our own day and age. Then I woke everyone up and we said the Nicene Creed.
Just before the Eighth Sacrament of the Episcopal Church (Coffee Hour), we blessed our new Parish Hall. We plan to do a big ol' ribbon-cutting thang in July when the Bishop is here for his Episcopal Visitation, but we just received the final permiso on Friday, which means we can use the place, so I decided it was time to splash some water around.
Sunday was also Día Etnia Negra (Black Ethnicity Day) en Panamá, so some folks were dressed in African-inspired clothing. Here are photos of folks at Coffee Hour.
We also had a Basket Raffle as a fund raiser for the new Parish Hall. $1.00 tickets were sold and one had the opportunity to win one of three baskets: Canasta Basica, which is a basket of all kinds of food; Canasta de Dulces, which is a basket of sweets such as cakes, cookies, and candies; and a Basket of Spirits, mostly wine. As you can see, the baskets were quite large and worth way more than a dollah! Members of the various guilds donate the items for the baskets.
Since we are across the street from Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal, and since our Assistant Rector, Revdo. Canonigo Luis Cáceres is chaplain at the school, we invite each class and their parents to worship with us on certain Sundays. We will have families of the school visiting every other Sunday through to August. Yesterday was the start, and the Pre-Kinder students and their parents worshipped with us. After the Peace and just before the Offertory, the lil' darlings recited a Bible verse and sang a song (with hand motions, of course!) and were very very cute and everyone had to come forward and take photos with their cameras and cell phones.
They all came up to the altar rail at Communion and received a blessing.
The band played Arriba los Corazones after Communion, and we had so much bump that the little girls were dancing in the aisle. They were waving their skirts and swaying, just like Típico dancers.
All in all a very nice Sunday!