4th SUNDAY of PENTECOST | JUNE 28, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS | SERVICES SUSPENDED WEEK 16
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
These are unprecedented times. I want to thank you for your flexibility and your determination to remain engaged in the life of St. Andrew’s. As the weeks pass, I have been impressed with the reports of the Shepherds who have been calling those we know may be at higher risk, the Captain of Tellers who reports weekly donations from faithful stewards are counted, the care and appearance of our campus thanks to our Mowing Teams and with the news that the Assistant Treasurer is able to pay the bills.
And, even though services are suspended, St. Andrew’s is very much alive in the prayers you make every week for those on our prayer list, in the ways of love you practice with those known and unknown to you, and in your messages of appreciation for the worship services streamed from our Web Site.
One measure of your interest in reopening in-person worship is the number of signed Covenant for Regathering (copy enclosed) documents that I receive in the office from you. Consider it a survey. Let me hear from you and write a note sharing your viewpoint about reopening.
Some of our most at-risk members have written that they will not be returning until a vaccine is available. This is, of course, understandable. A few others have written that they believe in-person worship is essential in compliance with the protocols from civic and medical authorities. What do you think?
In this time of pandemic and of national unrest and reflection, whether we are under the roof together or not, let us all keep praying that in our concerns and fear, we may know God’s grace and steadfast love.
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, t 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, Chris Ferraro, Emmett, Natalie and David and all of those serving in the military and their families.
We offer Prayers of Thanksgiving for our Holy Mowers Teams.
Prayer For Social Order:
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For The Nation on Independence Day:
Lord God Almighty, who has made all the peoples of the earth
for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to
the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength
of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance
with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP p.207).
COVENANT FOR REGATHERING IN WORSHIP:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I promise, with God’s help and to the best of my ability, to abide by the guidelines of the Diocese of Washington for participation in the life of my congregation according to the regathering phase in which my congregation is authorized to carry out its mission and ministry.
In fulfillment of our Baptismal Covenant, I will strive to:
Love my neighbor as myself
-Wear a mask or scarf over my nose and mouth at all times in church buildings, except momentarily to receive the sacrament or lead worship through an assigned speaking part.
-Only attend worship and receive communion if I am healthy and non-symptomatic with the novel coronavirus or any other transmittable disease that could compromise the health of another congregant.
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 and comfort level of others, even as restrictions are reduced,
Seek and serve Christ in all people
-Trust and support the decisions of our congregational leaders.
-Stay connected with others in my community by telephone, email, video chat, or mail.
Signature Email Address Date
Family Household Members Included
Thank you to Libby Johnson for her Senior Reflection!
We appreciated your Senior Reflection about your spiritual journey and the gift of your inspirational meditation. We wish you a great summer serving as a counselor at St. John’s Summer Camp.
ABSALOM JONES CENTER,
EPISCOPAL CENTER FOR RACIAL HEALING
Without memory, our existence would be barren and opaque, like a prison cell into which no light penetrates; like a tomb which rejects the living…If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity. For me hope without memory is like memory without hope. Elie Wiesel, Novel Lecture 1986.
LEARNING SUPPORTS HEALING
Books Recommended by:
Living into God’s Dream:
Dismantling Racism in America.
By Catherine Meeks.
A Story of Justice and redemption.
By Bryan Stevenson
Resources for Adults:
In this time of national upheaval, protests and fear, The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and GROW.
From the Episcopal News Service.
Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation.
Resources for Talking About Race and Violence with Kids:
Little Pitchers Have Big Ears: Helping Children Deal with Tragedies by Cabinet of Curiosities LLC.
Talking to Kids about Current Events and Conflicts from Lee & Low Books.
A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice,Jennifer Gonzalez.
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Daily Worship Service
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. https://cathedral.org
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