Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Here is the information for worship this Sunday, 5/30, links, bulletins, and announcements.
- Trinity Sunday Worship
- Clean-up Thank You
- Storm Results
- Funerals for Joyce Kulzer & Bonnie Stocker McGrath
- Indoor Worship
- Christian Practices
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Sunday Worship – Trinity Sunday, May 30th
The Rev. Shawn Carty preaching; the bulletins are attached
8 am in the Memorial Garden – Holy Eucharist
- Reserve a spot on the sign-up app website here: https://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN and check in at the welcome table. You can also just sign-in at the welcome table on the day.
- Bring a folding chair.
- Print out the attached order of service; or read it on your tablet or phone.
- Wear a mask. For this interim time, we will continue to wear masks and keep six feet of distance – not for your health, but for the health and care of others.
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All Saints’ Announcements
Thank You to everyone who came out on Saturday to help with parish work day. We got a lot done and cleaned up and have a big pile of lumber and brush in the parking lot still to get rid of. We also discovered that we have more property in the wooded area than we thought! We began to daydream about some ways we could use the woods for a peaceful, reflective space – a labyrinth? A prayer path with Stations of Creation?
Wednesday Night Storm – the severe thunderstorm and winds seem to have included a microburst. It took down a tree and some very large branches behind the Rath House, two trees in the parking lot across from our garage, and a number of very large limbs in our woods. Thankfully, the only damage was to a gutter on the back of the Rath House and one of the parking lot lights. Bill Smullen came first thing in the morning to cut up some of the trees. And our neighbor Max Wasserman (a high school junior) cut up a great deal more! As of this writing we are waiting to see of the town can take some of the brush because it is in the town easement in the parking lot, and the storm water drainage ditch behind the Rath House. Thank you, Bill and Max!
- For Joyce Kulzer will be Thursday, June 10 in the morning (time not yet decided).
- For Bonnie Stocker McGrath will be Saturday, June 26 at 2 pm.
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 31 for the staff Memorial Day holiday.
Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10:15am. We are continuing to read and discuss Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” - Matthew 5-7. This week’s passage is Matthew 7:1-15. To participate in this Zoom class, or if you have questions, please e-mail Mother Vicki.
Office Angels - drop in for conversation and fellowship with our office staff and clergy from the comfort of your own home on Zoom, Thursdays at 11am. Please email Parish Administrator Susie Harris for the log in: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 10 am service will continue on Zoom until June 20 (the end of the choir/program year.) This will give us time to experiment with how we’ll do “hybrid” - in-person and on-line. On June 20 we’ll start having in-person indoor worship in the church at 10 am. 8 am continues in-person outdoors.
Here are some things we know about our indoor worship parameters - as per the updated diocesan guidelines and the structure of our own church building:
- We will be at 50 % capacity for any service. That means we will use every other pew, leaving us 17 pews to work with.
- Everyone will need to wear a mask in church for the following reasons -1) the governor’s indoor mask mandate is still in place 2) we want to protect unvaccinated children and people who may be immunocompromised for whom vaccines are less effective 3) our diocesan guidelines currently require it.
- We will be able to sing hymns on a limited basis as long as everyone is wearing masks - singing produces more aerosols.
- We will use our ventilation sanitizing system.
- You will need to register ahead of time for indoor worship.
- If you normally come to church by yourself and are willing to sit in a pew with someone else, please contact a friend or two and register for the service together and sit together - otherwise every individual person (not part of a household) will sit by themselves in a pew, limiting our overall attendance.
- Communion will be bread only for the congregation.
- The service will be 45-minutes long.
- Outdoor refreshments may be served after the service.
- Updated diocesan guidelines are here; look at the overview on page 2. We are currently in the Yellow zone: https://dioceseofnewark.org/sites/default/files/resources/Journey%20Forward%20Guidelines%203.0%202021.05.19.pdf. Morris County daily virus levels are here: https://covidactnow.org/us/new_jersey-nj/county/morris_county/?s=1853770
No matter what, All Saints’ will continue to be a faith community where everyone is welcome for worship. How we manage that for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people (young children, people who medically can’t be vaccinated, immunocompromised people whose vaccination doesn’t protect them all fully as others’ do, etc.) will be a process that will continue to need some revision along the way. As always, please continue to exercise patience, faithfulness, and generosity of spirit with one another. Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we move ahead into God’s future for us.
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Parish Schedule this Week
Memorial Day - office closed; staff holiday
Compline - daily, 9:30 pm; Facebook Live
Bible Study - Wed, 10:15 pm; Zoom
Office Angels - Thu, 11:00 am; Zoom
Junior Choir – Thu, 5:30 pm; Zoom
Adult Choir - Thu, 7:30 pm; Zoom
Parish Office - Thu, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Please call before you come.
Sunday Worship In Person - 8:00 am in person; Memorial Garden
Sunday Worship On-Line – 10:00 am; via Zoom (posted later to YouTube and our website)
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Christian Practices ~ Ministry: Lay People
Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?
A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.
Q. What is the ministry of the laity?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given to them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
~ From the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer
When we think about ministers in the Church we often think about ordained people; that is certainly the popular idea. But that is not the way God and the Church understands it!
When a person is baptized, they are called, equipped, and sent out to do God’s work in the world – ministry. That ministry can be official or unofficial; it can be done in Church, but is most often done outside of the worshipping community. Ministry can be a volunteer position, or it can be something you are paid for.
But ministry works best when the gifts and talents that God gave you are put to good use for the benefit of others. When you do that, it makes God happy.
The Season after Pentecost we are currently in is the time we particularly think about our ministry and service in the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Here are some questions to ponder:
- What ministry are you currently doing?
- How do you feel or see God’s presence in what you do?
- Are there other ways or different ways that your gifts could be a blessing to others?
- What might Christ be calling you to do?