Dear Friends in Christ,
Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Here is the information for worship this Sunday, 5/9, bulletins, and announcements.
- Sixth Sunday of Easter Worship: 8 am Outdoors in-person
- Sixth Sunday of Easter Worship: 10 am on Zoom
- Parish Work/ Clean-up Day
- Ascension Day Evening Prayer
- Bible Study
- Christian Practices – Baptism (3)
Sunday Worship – Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9th – 8 am, Holy Eucharist in the Memorial Garden. The bulletin is attached. 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 – Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9th – 10 am, Service of the Word online. Sister Monica Clare will be the preacher at this service. The bulletin is on the home page. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom log-in.
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All Saints’ Announcements
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 6:1-15. 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 1am. Please email Parish Administrator Susie Harris for the log in: email@example.com.
Ascension Day - this Thursday, 6:30 pm - a simple 20 minute service of Evening Prayer in the Memorial Garden. This service will be in-person and live-streamed to Facebook. Sign up here: https://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN. Bring a chair, a Book of Common Prayer, and wear a mask!
Parish Work Day/Clean-Up 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: https://rsvp.church/r/bloP83YN Come when you can; leave when you need to.
Pentecost: In-Person Outdoor Worship Sunday, May 23 at 10am - Holy Eucharist in the parking lot. 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!
We are keeping a close eye on the developing CDC guidelines for gathering in groups of unrelated people indoors, as well as on the levels of infection and virus spread in Morris County - all of which is changing rapidly as more people become fully vaccinated.
The diocesan Journey Forward guidelines are being revised, and the Vestry will follow them in our indoor re-gathering plan. Because new information is coming so quickly, 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 even as we keep our on-line option and parishioners connected!
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
Finance Committee - 7:15 pm; on Zoom
Bible Study - Wed, 10:15 pm; Zoom
Office Angels - Thu, 11:00 am; Zoom
Ascension Day Evening Prayer - Thu, 6:30 pm; Memorial Garden & Facebook Live
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 ~ Holy Baptism (3)
A church community gathers around font and altar, Baptism and Eucharist; inspired, instructed, challenged, and comforted by God speaking to us in the Scriptures. This understanding is central for us as we move into God’s future, taking interim steps to gathering fully in person for worship and fellowship. This is how we are formed and supported as Jesus’ disciples.
Here is the third reflection on Baptism in this Easter season.
From the Catechism
Q. What is required of us at Baptism?
A.It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Baptism asks us to turn away from values, ideas, behavior, habits of thought that separate us from God, that lead to sin. “Sin” means separation; it also means “missing the mark.” Repentance – turning away from those things and turning towards God – is a way of life, an on-going pattern of renewal for a Christian.
And in turning towards God, we align ourselves with Jesus as our Lord and Savior; as the One whose opinion, direction, and love matter most; as the One who is able to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. In Baptism we abandon ourselves to Christ.
Thought to ponder: What might you need to turn away from this week? And how will you turn once again towards Christ?