The Dean’s Commentary

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.
Acts 2:46

Dear Friends,

The Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to live our lives in gratitude. We have experienced so very much over the past 20 months, and yet, every single one of us has reasons to be thankful.

Last Sunday’s Thanksgiving in-gathering was a tremendous success, and I’m grateful to all who helped coordinate it with our community. A special thanks to Keith Cook, Kyle Boston, Gail Browne, and members of the Centennial Committee and the Cathedral Chapter for making the event so memorable.

As mentioned on Sunday, it’s always a good time to make your pledge promise for 2022 to Trinity. Visit: trinitycathedral.com/22pledge

Tomorrow on Thanksgiving morning, the people of Trinity serve breakfast to those in our neighborhood experiencing homelessness. For those who have volunteered, “thank you!” and please remember your arrival times. For those who would like to offer donations of breakfast breads to give away, you are invited to arrive in the morning with your baked goodies already packaged so that they can be given to people to take with them. We welcome your participation!

This event occurs each year thanks to the heartfelt generosity of people like you! We serve in this ministry together, to proclaim good news, and share the inclusive message of Christ that we are all part of God’s beloved community. The Thanksgiving and Christmas breakfasts are highlights of my year, and I hope they are some of yours, too!

Next Sunday, November 28, it will be a great honor for Trinity to welcome The Rev. Canon Veronica Ritson once again as our guest preacher at 8 & 10. She will be preaching as part of our Centennial Preachers series, and will speak about her life and ministry as the greater community honors World AIDS Day. All of us are called to take the gifts we’ve been given and offer them for God’s service in the world. Veronica exemplifies this continual call by Christ on our hearts. We look forward to hearing her sermon!

The Trinity community is greatly blessed by God. Day by day we respond to Christ’s call to form beloved community in thoughtful and innovative ways. As we continue living into the sweet spirit of worship, fellowship, and service, may we continue to see our capacity to bless others, to champion others, and to bring Christ’s beloved community to all people everywhere.

We have glad and generous hearts this Thanksgiving. Thanks be to God!

In Christ’s peace and love,

The Very Reverend Troy Mendez
Dean
troy@azcathedral.org