Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Here is the information for worship this Sunday, 5/23, bulletins, and announcements.
- Pentecost Worship: 8 & 10 am Outdoors in-person – Holy Eucharist
- Parish Work/ Clean-up Day
- Bible Study
- Stewardship – Thank You
- Indoor Worship
- Christian Practices – Pentecost
Sunday Worship In-Person – Pentecost, May 23rd
8 am in the Memorial Garden – spoken service
10 am in the Parking Lot & Facebook Live (you don’t have to be on Facebook to see this) https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsmillington/ All Saints’ Handbell Choir will play an anthem live, and we’ll sing hymns! At both services we’ll renew our baptismal vows, as we do at each of the four baptismal feast days throughout the year.
The bulletins are attached. What do you need to do?
- 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 order of service on our home page; 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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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.
Thank you to all who have been continuing to fulfill your pledges and other donations. Your support for All Saints’ has been absolutely crucial throughout the past fourteen months! As always, if you prefer to make those contributions by mail or check to the office, or in the offering plate at in-person services, you are welcome to do so. You may also use our “virtual offering plate” - the heart and cross icon on the homepage of our website for on-line giving, www.allsaintsmillington.org. We depend on the donations of our members and friends to fund God’s mission and ministries. Thank you!
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 6:25-34. 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 11am. Please email Parish Administrator Susie Harris for the log in: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indoor Worship - Our 10 am service for May 30, June 6, and June 13 will continue on Zoom for the end of the choir/program year. During this time we’ll be experimenting 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
Sunday Worship In Person - 8:00 am in person; Memorial Garden
Sunday Worship In Person – 10:00 am; Parking Lot and streamed to Facebook Live. (posted later to YouTube and our website)
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 - Mon & Thu, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Please call before you come.
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Christian Practices ~ Pentecost: The Holy Spirit
From the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer
Q. How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Covenant (New Testament)?
A. The Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.
Q. How do we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
A. We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.
The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ. We see that likeness and the Spirit’s activity as we are able to let Jesus direct more and more areas and aspects of our lives. A real marker or gauge of that spiritual growth is being in love and harmony with our neighbors, ourselves, with all creation, and – of course – with God.
This Pentecost as we are gathering for worship, some of us will be in-person and receiving Communion for the first time in fourteen months. I hope and pray that will be a meaningful and valuable time for you. Not only will you connect with God, but we’ll also connect with one another.
Pentecost is a time we pray for the renewal of the Church. This year that will have a strong resonance. We pray for the renewal and strength of faith for each person. We also pray for the renewal and strength of our parish so that we may continue to love and serve the Lord Jesus as agents of his goodness and blessing.
Pentecost Joy, Vicki+