Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Here is the information for worship this Sunday, 5/16, bulletins, and announcements.
- Seventh Sunday of Easter Worship: 8 am Outdoors in-person – Holy Eucharist
- Sixth Sunday of Easter Worship: 10 am on Zoom
- Parish Work/ Clean-up Day
- Bible Study
- Pentecost: In-Person Outdoors at both 8 am & 10 am
- Christian Practices – Baptism (3)
Sunday Worship – Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16th – 8 am, Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden. The bulletin is on the home page. What do you need to do?
- Reserve a spot on the sign-up app website here: https://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN.
- Bring a folding chair.
- Print out the attached order of service; or read it on your tablet or phone.
- Wear a mask.
- Sign in at the welcome table at the Memorial Garden gate closest to the parking lot.
Sunday Worship – Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16th – 10 am, Service of the Word online.
The bulletin is on our home page. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom log-in.
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Parish Work Day, May 22 from 8:30 am-Noon. We need your help! Over that last 18 months we have accumulated lots of brush and branches on our property that need to be cleared out as we are preparing to gather in person more fully. Bring gloves, tarps, loppers/pruners, hand saws, and masks. All ages are welcome and encouraged to come and be part of this effort. Sign up here so we know we can count on you: ttps://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN. Come when you can; leave when you need to.
Next Week! Pentecost: In-Person, Outdoor Worship Sunday, May 23 at 10am - Holy Eucharist in the parking lot. Our handbell choir will play an anthem live! Bring your own chair, wear a mask, print out the bulletin at home or use your phone or tablet. Reserve a spot here: https://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN. We will also live stream this service. Please plan to come and celebrate this important feast day - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit - with your fellow Saints. And wear something red!
Our 10 am service will continue on Zoom through the end of the choir/program year (June 13). After that we will be experimenting with how we’ll do “hybrid” - in-person and on-line. This will take a lot of trial and error! We will need to be nimble and stay flexible, as we find the right balance between safety, personal responsibility, and our need to resume in-person worship, while we stay connected on-line. Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we move ahead into God’s future for us.
Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 10:15am. During Easter season we are reading and discussing Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” - Matthew 5-7. This week’s passage is Matthew 6:15-34. 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 1am. Please email Parish Administrator Susie Harris for the log in: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The CDC, State of New Jersey, and the Diocese of Newark – as you probably know, the CDC made an abrupt announcement this week about fully vaccinated people and mask-wearing. While it is very welcome, it does not provide a lot of guidance for church situations where we have a “mixed” population. Governor Murphy has said that in New Jersey masks should continue to be worn indoors and combined with distancing where possible, until his staff has a chance to review the details. This is no surprise, given the fact that New Jersey has had the highest per capita death toll from COVID of any state in the nation; and northern NJ bore the brunt of this more than the southern part of the state.
Thanks be to God the virus levels have dropped so quickly with so many people are getting vaccinated!
The diocesan Journey Forward Team met this week to make revisions and modifications to our gathering guidelines now that so many counties have moved into the yellow level of risk https://covidactnow.org/us/new_jersey-nj/?s=1835753.
An important part of those updates will include guidance on singing in Church – for a soloist, for a small choir, and for the congregation. Congregational singing will be the last to be added. Our own Alison Siener Brown was asked to be one of the four musicians consulting on singing safety! Now the new CDC recommendations will need to be reviewed to see if there are adjustments needed in the diocesan guidelines.
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, 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.
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Parish Schedule this Week
Sunday Worship In Person- 8:00 am in person, Memorial Garden
Sunday Worship on Zoom – 10:00 am; Zoom (posted later to YouTube and our website)
Compline - daily, 9:30 pm; Facebook Live
Vestry - 7:15 pm; on Zoom
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 Work/Clean-Up Day - Sat, 8:30 am-12 noon.
Parish Office - Mon & Thu, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Please call before you come.
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Christian Practices ~ Holy Baptism (4)
Our Christian identity begins with Baptism, with being joined to Christ in this sacrament of initiation. It is the foundation of our faith, our salvation, our growing in grace by Word and Sacrament.
Here is the fourth reflection on Baptism in this Easter season.
From the Catechism (in the Book of Common Prayer)
Q. Why then are infants baptized?
A. Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in
the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.
Q. How are the promises for infants made and carried out?
A.Promises are made for them by their parents and
sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be
brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be
able to follow him.
In some Christian groups Baptism doesn’t happen until a person can choose that faith and make a commitment for themselves. There is some real value in that.
But in the Episcopal Church we baptize babies, children, teens, and adults. When we baptize babies, it reminds us that God’s love and grace and mercy come to us even before we can ask for it.
On the other hand, that leaves the church community with a very large responsibility. We promise to “do all in our power to support this person in their life in Christ.” That means that we, the people of All Saints’ Church, have a job to do. We have a role in forming that child in faith as he or she grows up.
We carry out this responsibility by praying for the child; modelling trust in God; encouraging them through our own example of worship, learning, and service; sharing our own experiences of God and faith; supporting the child in his or her ministries; and taking on the role of a mentor.
There is an old saying: “Faith is more caught than taught.” Children learn from the adults around them; the quality of Christian faith they see is the quality of faith they will develop.
What a privilege and responsibility!