From the Rector–
Every four years our nation goes through the trauma of a presidential election. This election season has highlighted a deepening split in our country and it seems we are no longer able even to discuss our differences without slipping into an adolescent reactivity of name calling. Because of this inability to be civil to one another stress and anxiety are on the rise as are visits to therapists and clergy for help. The fear now is that after the election this incivility will grow and may even lead to violence. Therefore, I support our Bishops in their call for the Church to participate in a Nov. 6-8 pre-election prayer vigil. Continue reading
From Bob Andrews, Acolyte Master
Basic information is available on the Information for Acolytes page.
Our first meeting and training is scheduled for September 27 after the 10 AM service, so please join us then. In the meantime, if you’d like to get more information, please get in touch with me, Rev. Bill, or Maggie Marshall. You can use the Contact Us page, and select Acolyte Master, Priest in Charge, or Choir Director for “To be contacted”.
I will be attending diocesan clergy conference this week so there will be no noon Eucharist on Wednesday, April 29.
This week marks the beginning of Lent, and our services will show some subtle changes. Due to our cancellation of Sunday services on 2/15, we were not able to end Epiphany with our usual big round of Alleluias. Now, we have said goodbye to our Alleluias until Easter. Our service on Sunday will begin with the Great Litany, as a penitential marker to the beginning of Lent. The cross in procession will be veiled until Easter. We will be singing the Kyrie or Lord have mercy in place of the Gloria. Also, during Lent, the candles will be extinguished and the dismissal given after a short organ voluntary. We are building in these extra few minutes of silent meditation to think about Jesus during his “forty days and forty nights” and to better prepare us to go back into the world to do God’s work.
O, COME, LET US ADORE HIM!
January 6 – 7p.m. – The Epiphany – come join all of the choirs as we celebrate the 12th Day of Christmas. Followed by a dessert potluck in the Parish Hall.
Our chapel has a bell tower and bell, which were added to the original structure in the 1890’s. Under the leadership of Dan Wilson, our high school youth are now ringing the bell at 9:55a.m. We hope that you will enjoy hearing a part of our heritage, and that you will use this sound as a signal to prepare for the start of our worship service with a time of silence and reflection.