We hope you were able to “attend” our online service yesterday! There was wonderful music provided by our soloist, Jamie Alton, and our organist/pianist, Karen Waddill. The great thing about having our services online is that you can view them, again! We encourage you to watch and share as we worship in “virtual community” with Father Rick.
The daily message, today, is going to be a list of items to keep an eye out for this week in our Daily Messages. We have many important events and news items coming up each day, so I will list them here in order to keep you informed on when to expect them between Tuesday and Friday. And, we will close with a daily mediation from Forward Day by Day.
- We apologize for the technical difficulties with the Zoom Coffee Hour. It was disappointing to not be able to gather successfully yesterday! It appears there were some glitches with the service for many. It may have been a one-time-only hiccup, or something related to the reality that more churches are using the subscription service on Sunday’s for worship and coffee hours. Please pay special attention in the Friday/Saturday Daily Message for our messaging on the right link to connect to for coffee hour on Sunday, as we assess how to move forward so as not to miss this very important ministry offering to our parish on Sundays.
- We will be sending out a short survey, from Survey Monkey, by Friday, with several questions we need you to answer about our reopening of St. Edward’s. Please take the time to look for that and answer.
- We had a lovely turnout for the ministry of Evening Prayer, offered by Patrick Ishler, on Friday evening. What was wonderful was that it was hosted on Zoom, but also livestreamed on Facebook, which garnered an even larger audience. So, look for the link in Thursday email for this week’s service.
- The new session of Bible Study starts this Wednesday. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti prior to Wednesday to get the information for joining via Zoom. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- On Thursday, Ascension Day, Brother David Rutledge will be holding space for a service of Evening Prayer that Father Rick would like to invite members of St. Edward’s to join in on. Here are the details:
Below is the Zoom info for Ascension Day Evening Prayer on May 21 @ 7:00pm. We will be using Evening Prayer from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The readings will be from the Eucharistic Lectionary for the day:
We will be lighting a candle at the beginning of the service, so those attending may want to have a candle ready for that. I will be online about 15 minutes before the service to help with any technical issues with Zoom.
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Forward Day by Day Mediation for MONDAY, May 18 Rogation Day
Matthew 13:10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
Tell me a story, she begs. And I don’t think it’s just because she’s trying to postpone bedtime. At least, that’s not the complete reason. As I weave a story, part fantasy, part recollection, my sweet daughter curls into me.
Tell me a story, he asks. As the campfire flickers, I Frankenstein a ghost story from the horror flicks of my childhood—and my son listens, bewitched by the tale.
We are hardwired for story. Jesus knows this. He knows that stories about a wandering son or a lost sheep or seeds sown on rocky soil will soak into our psyches, shaping our lives as his followers. Imagine how different our reaction would be if Jesus simply said: Forgiveness is important; so too is having a deep faith. The End.
Jesus speaks in parables so that the lessons of faith are not rote recitations but lived experiences—so we can understand that the greatest story ever told is about the love that never ends.
MOVING FORWARD: What is your favorite parable? Share it with a new friend this week.
Have a nice evening!