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Monday Message from St. Edward’s – June 22, 2020

Dear friends,

What a wonderful day it was yesterday at St. Edward’s!  The church was ALIVE with 8 AM Rite I parishioners and 10:15 AM Rite II parishioners.  And, it was a beautiful re-opening of our parish home.

So special to welcome Father Rick for his first in-person worship at St. Edward’s as our new rector. It was such an incredible day to finally be able to be in community, with him, and experience him celebrating and preaching, in-person.

So nice to hear the organ and piano masterfully played by Karen Waddill along with Patrick Ishler as our wonderful soloist.  All very special.

Our ushers/health safety volunteers did a fantastic job with all of our protocols and their wonderful hospitality to all who came to worship with us, while maintaining social distancing.  We are so lucky to have our bright and spacious sanctuary to be able to re-open safely with such love and welcoming, It was a lovely day!

The 10:15 AM Rite II YouTube Livestream was wonderfully received by those who we reach out to at home and in the wider community and we look forward to making our technology adjustments as we all lean in to this expanded and new way we will be worshipping together.  We thank you for your support, patience, and stewardship and we so look forward to continuing our re-opening and adding new things, as we can, while adhering to all of the health and safety protocols for you.

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In case you missed the service yesterday, you can find it here:

Click here to connect to our YouTube Channel to enjoy our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist Rite II LIVE at 10:15 AM from Sunday, June 21st.

As is our tradition, our “Scepter Summer Issue” is a July /August combination.  So, if you have items, pictures, articles you would like Mac to publish for the next two months, please get them to her no later than this Wednesday, June 24th.  You can send them to:

We received a notice from Community Aid today reminding us that while they are working to manage the bins, they understand that there is a large overflow of donations that are being placed in the bins, many times falling out or being placed on the ground.  Unfortunately, when items are left on the ground they must be tossed away and it takes a substantial amount of time and funds away from their mission to pick up and pay for the disposal of the overflow items, as they are then considered “trash.” They are doing their best, but prayerfully request that we be good stewards of our donations and if the bin is full to either wait until the pick up has been taken care of (they usually come once every 10 days) or to take your donations to the store on Good Drive and Columbia Avenue where you can ensure your gifts will not be wasted. We thank you for your understanding.

We leave you with a Prayer for the Parish, from The Book of Common Prayer – page 817

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family.  Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.  Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

As always for this week, and every week:  Be well. Stay Safe. Keep the Faith.