From the calling of your first rector, the Rev. Cicero Hawkes, a Cherokee, until now, with your clear, inclusive invitation to people at all points along their spiritual journeys and from all places in society, even those on society’s margins, you have shone with a vision of the future of the Church. Positioned as you are, at the focal point of Buffalo’s renaissance, you remind me of the biblical imagery of the city as the place where the Divine is to be found.
It is the Church being and becoming what we are called to be. Trinity is a warm, dynamic community that gathers around the holy table to feed each other’s souls and encourage each other in carrying that spiritual nurture into places where it is needed in your daily lives. Furthermore, my wife Catherine and I were able to experience Trinity’s warmth and inspiring music and worship first hand one snowy Sunday in February when we slipped into the pews as “mystery worshipers.” We loved our visit, and were sorry that we could only be anonymous visitors that day. I wanted to shout “Yes!” as the sunlight poured through the Transfiguration window over the altar, but I realized that could get awkward, so instead, I did my best to blend in.
What a breathtaking range, from the children who start worship with a parade, to the elderly, who lived the history and whose hearts were formed by the words of the Prayerbook service, to those who come to Trinity on a Thursday or Sunday evening, seeking a new way to find or be found by God. I look forward to getting to know those of you who make offerings of time and energy to preparing the church for worship, or preparing and making the joyful, amazing music that is always a part of worship at Trinity.
I look forward to getting to know those of you who find yourselves sent from worship into the world to share the love and care that you receive from your encounter with God at Trinity. I look forward to getting to know those of you who are so committed to strengthening Trinity’s physical presence in the city by making the most of all its buildings, both sacred and practical. I look forward to getting to know those of you who feel the only things you bring to Trinity are your questions about the meaning of life, and whether there even is a God. It seems to me the Trinity community has figured out how to do more than merely tolerate those questions, but to celebrate them as an offering of praise to the source of life. I can’t wait to join with you in making those offerings.
As I think of the wonderful way Trinity has of letting the organ, the choir and the jazz musicians intertwine, I am reminded of a middle verse from one of my favorite hymns, When in Our Music:
How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!
Rev. Matt Lincoln
Reverend Matt Lincoln
"I am honored and over joyed to be called to serve among you as Trinity's rector."