Announcements, Sunday – May , 2020

Please hold these people in prayer:  

Pat, Peter, Mike, JoAnn, Jim, Joan, Dennis, Roger,Terry, Peg, Ann, John, Tate, Lois, Ken, Richard, Betty, Laura, Maud, Anna, Bill and Loretta

Please pray for . . . 
. . . those who have been exposed to or contracted the flu, the Coronavirus, and those who are suffering with the effects.  We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died of them as well. Pray for healing and wholeness for Shantel, who has developed the virus, but who is recovering nicely.
 . . . Tate Williams, for healing and wholeness.
. . . healing and wholeness for Deidre Dye, our former Parish Administrator, who was scheduled for back surgery on April 2 in Rochester. But she has now been informed that due to circumstances, her surgery is postponed indefinitely.
. . . Patti Blaine, our deacon, who, because of her work at Strong (that is ending for now), must quarantine for two weeks, even though she has not shown signs of the virus.. . . healing and wholeness for Bill Palmer.  Remember his family as well.  It appears that his treatments are helping! 
. . . our parishioners in nursing and alternative living facilities, including Natalie Baker, Terry Carney, Sharon Horton, Rich Kolb, Ginny Avery, Ann Elia, Pat Perkins, Roger Gardner, as well as Sally Berry’s mom, and Shari Peck’s dad
. . .the sick, hungry and homeless, wherever they are, in whatever configuration, and for those who assist them.
. . . those seeking asylum and a better life, and for those detained/locked up at our borders no matter their circumstance.
. . . the unemployed and underemployed.
. . . those who suffer with loneliness and depression and for those who live with anger and animosity.
. . . our own dear loved ones. 
. . . all those whose needs are known to God alone.
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Holy Week – April , 2020

     There are no services at the church until further notice. However you can join in to the services for Holy Week at the National Cathedral in Washington.

See below for details.

 

We are counting down the days until Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  I’ve been in discussions with other clergy, our bishop, and my “theologian brother.”  Here’s what it comes down to . . we simply cannot do what we would normally do and no week is more important in our spiritual lives than this.  It has to have a liturgical integrity that we cannot accomplish this year due to the Coronavirus.  So, in light of that, I am suggesting to each of you that you “plug in” to the services on the web at the National Cathedral.  The link is here:                                                                          https://cathedral.org/lent/        
When you click on the link, there will be an immediate connection and the services should show and flow nicely.
The services are as follows: 

Palm Sunday will livestream at 11:15 a.m.

Maundy Thursday will livestream at 7 p.m.

What we refer to as the Night Watch will livestream (with prayer and meditation resources) between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Good Friday services include Morning Prayer at 10 a.m., the Solemn Liturgy at noon, and Compline at 7 p.m.

The Easter Vigil will livestream at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Easter Day the service will livestream at 11:15.


You can watch as much or as little as you desire, but as I always tell you, experiencing the whole of Holy Week is a life-changing experience.  You will understand so much more of the life of Christ by going through it liturgy by liturgy.  You will not regret tuning into the National Cathedral, either.  Their services are extraordinary as you may know.  I’m sorry for all of this and sad for the loss of our own community celebration, but I suspect the next celebration will be even more meaningful and spirit-filled.