Here you can find selected material from issues of Trinity Memorial Church's monthly newsletter, the Trinity Times.
Trinity Choir Members Sing for High Holy Days
For 13 years now, 10 to 12 members of the Trinity Memorial Church Choir have been singing Gods’ Praises in a very different setting. Temple Concord (A Reformed Temple) of Binghamton, has asked members of the Trinity Choir to sing at their Temple for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Most of the music is in Hebrew, and is led by a Cantor and the choir. You might recognize some of the service elements – we celebrate them the same way in our own service. Some of the Prayers are the same - word for word. The Torah is lifted and carried in and amongst the congregation before it is read, just as we take the gospel out to our congregation for reading. They share the peace (Shalom) of God in the same manner as we do. Before the sermon, they sing the Yih’yu L’Ratson: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable unto Thee Oh, Lord” (from Psalm 19, KJV). God is Present!
The music for Rosh Hashanah – the New Year celebration – is very moving and uplifting and the shofar is sounded at the morning service.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, starts with the “Kol Nidre,” a deeply touching prayer. Introduced by the Cantor, it is repeated with the Choir with a Cello accompaniment and followed by the inauguration of the Day of Atonement.
Experiencing these services each year is something to which the choir members look forward. They have built a strong bond with Temple Concord’s congregation. Temple Concord is one of six congregations that regularly host Trinity’s Canteen Meal served at noon every single Sunday. It seems that God has brought us together for a reason. Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melech haolam, which translates to: Blessed are You, LORD, our God, Sovereign of the Universe.
Jeff Fellows, Trinity Memorial Church