SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER | MAY 24, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS | SERVICES CANCELLED WEEK 11
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are now able to review the process for reopening required by Bishop Budde for all 88 churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. In addition to the checklist for our preparation work, she has included guidelines and parameters as well as a Covenant for Regathering in Worship. She asks that we distribute this Covenant to our membership.
Here are the promises to consider in fulfillment of our Covenant:
Love my neighbor as myself – Wear a mask or scarf over my nose and mouth at all times in church. Only attend worship if I am healthy and non-symptomatic with the novel coronavirus or other disease;
Respect the dignity of every human being – Make no physical contact with people beyond the members of own household. Maintain a six foot or more distance from others in the congregation. Respect any requests for distance, masking and cleaning to ensure the safety of others;
Seek and serve Christ in all people – Trust and support the decisions of our congregational leaders. Stay connected with others in my community.
Many of you have written to me to share concern about reopening. Since we have a high percentage of members over 65, the “safer at home” personal policy certainly can be understood. The main topic at this Sunday’s vestry meeting will be how to manage a safe regathering considering all the restrictions? Then, on May 28, the clergy of the region meet to discuss the county wide plans for regathering.
We will certainly report the results of these meetings and be in touch with you as soon as possible. In this in-between time, we keep the faith that God will unite us in bonds of love and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish God’s purposes on earth. The time is coming for our reunion.
PARISH PRAYER LIST Please hold the following people in prayer:
Ryker Hurst, Vera Standing, Dan Donnelly, Bernice Nunes, William, Chase Phifer, Eleanor Young, Davi Elizabeth Reznik, Phyllis Doughty, Elaine Austin, Donald Benson, Patrick Afoakwah, Phyllis Johnston, Easton Wilkinson, Bob Rotzinger, Angelica Wilkinson, Jan Barnes, Patti Johnston, Lu Emerson, Jonathan Tanner, Judy LaMarque, Stuart A. Wood, Aida Ledesma, Eunice Benson, Brad Gehrig, Robert Bennett, Buddy Brown, Emily, Judy Cavin, Marian Underwood, Gene LeTendre, Kyle Patrick, John, Tegan, Greta, Joan Schleicher, Billy Doughty, Linda Simpson, David Larson, Artie Miller, Amos Warren, Donna Sue Bradford and Chris Ferraro and all of those serving in the military and families.
Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also called Decoration Day.
PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful
hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of
decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant
that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the
benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This
we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. (BCP p. 839).
PRAYER AT THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC
May you remember that God is above you, watching over you as a good shepherd, that God is below you, ready to lift you up in your weakest moments, that God is behind you to give you encouragement when you want to give up and turn back. God is in front of you, calling you forward in faith even when you can’t see how it’s going to work out. God is beside you holding your hand no matter what you are going through. But most of all, God is within you, as close as every breath you take. And that’s what makes all the difference. Amen. (The Rev. Malcolm Marler, UAB Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama).
PRAYER FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
In every beginning is an ending, O Lord, and in every end something begins. Our graduating seniors are ready now for new learning and experiences. Grant that innocence and hope may remain alive in them, bringing joy as they mature. Grant that they may hear you still small voice in their heart saying, “Thins is the way; walk in it.” Help them preserve old friendships while creating new ones. Grant that we who love them may help them find their own voice, their own words and their own work in Christ’s true way, who knows the person they were created to be; we pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Confirmation Collaborative, ECUSA).
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Parents: If you have a graduating High School Senior, please send me an email message so we can properly recognize him or her. We always honor their achievement and pray in thanksgiving for their presence among us. email@example.com
Please write a brief article for the June Newsletter that names your High School, describes how this health emergency has affected you, any message for your parish family and any future plans. You can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
You can also record a video message to share with your parish family. Please send it to Mary Maker at firstname.lastname@example.org
WORSHIP & FORMATION RESOURCES -
VISIT EDOW FOR RESOURCES AT THE COVID-19 RESOURCE HUB
You will find some good information on how to worship at home with kids and family that include prayers, directions on having Agape Meals, and daily devotions. Also, there is information on Christian Formation for adults, children and youth.
The Cathedral offers worship every day, Monday-Saturday, at 7am (Morning Prayer) and 7pm (Evening Prayer), and a celebration of Holy Eucharist Sundays at 11:15am. They live-stream the worship services on their web site and on YouTube. The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry will be the preacher of the day on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 https://cathedral.org
THE WAY OF LOVE PODCAST
This podcast was created with simple ways individuals and households of all ages can turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest in the wake of our current reality. https://wayoflove.episcopalchurch.org/episodes/season/3/episode/3
HABITS OF LOVE – Another resource from The Episcopal Church. https://episcopalchurch.org/traveling-the-way-love
Bible App for Kids features illustrated, narrated Bible stories plus interactive games to go with each story.
Scattergories For those of you playing games on Zoom – Scattergories works really well.
MISSION OF ST. CLARE: If you are looking for a daily service or more, I believe you will be inspired by the offerings. The morning prayer office includes a cantor or choir for responsive psalms and readings. Try it out at https://missionstclare.com - I think you will be surprised!
May 10th's Video Meditation is still available for viewing.
Click the "Video Mass" link at the top of the page to view the worship service.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY HAS ARRIVED
Large print or pocket size Day by Day are here. Simply drop by the church office building. Copies may be found in the plastic bin on the bench on the deck outside the Parish Office Building.
SHEPHERDS CONTINUE THEIR CALLING
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SHEPHERDS. GOD BLESS YOU FOR REACHING OUT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME AS THE HANDS AND HEART OF CHRIST RISEN.
Our team of Shepherds continue their calling pastoral ministry, checking-in with members who we believe need a call during this national emergency. If you have not received a call and would like to be added to the list, do not hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com or call the church office and leave a message at 301-862-2247.
OUR CHURCH MAY BE CLOSED, BUT OUR PARISH IS ALIVE!
Please mail in your weekly or monthly donation to the church or use our Web Site to pay online.
Thank You To All Those Who Have Been Mailing In Their Contributions And Using The Online Options. Such Support Is Greatly Appreciated.
Send your donations to:
44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road California, MD 20619