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St. Edward’s Monday Message – June 29, 2020

Dear friends,

We hope you had a lovely Sunday. It was so nice to see people at church for both the 8 AM Rite I and the 10:15 AM Rite II service.  We continue to welcome you, as your comfort level allows, to worship with us on Sundays, and commencing next week, joining us for our Wednesday Noonday service on July 8th.  Rest assured we continue to have in place the proper protocols for health safety while also creating welcoming and contemplative spaces for worship.

If you missed our YouTube livestream, you can click here to view.  We also have included links to both service bulletins, in the event you would like to read along with the 10:15 AM service, or create your own service by worshipping in Rite I and then advancing the video to the 15:00 minute mark to listen to Father Rick’s sermon.

Click here to download the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 8 Sunday Service bulletin for 10:15 service.

If you prefer the more meditative said service of Rite I, we have provided our service bulletin for you to download and enjoy the service for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 8.
If you would like to read our said service for Rite I, please click here to download that bulletin.

We continue to tweak and refine our technological process and how we deliver the various worship components to meet the spiritual needs of our parish community, while extending our welcoming to the wider community of faith.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to improve our offerings.

To that end, we are also “finding our way” from the Daily Messages to a new rhythm that allows us to stay connected to everyone, while providing content that is enlightening, meditative, invitational, and informative.  For now, we will try this schedule:

Monday Message:  Recap of Sunday worship offerings, news for the week that will include activities all can participate in, a meditation, prayer or virtual tour.  Check out our events calendar on our web site to stay aprised of events and services:

Thursday Message:  Ministry news and offerings for Friday and Saturday as well as information the rector may share with us, and events for the upcoming week.

Saturday Message:  All essential links for Sunday worship: 8 AM and 10:15 AM bulletins, YouTube Livestream link, stewardship link.

Looking for a volunteer(s) to pick up bread on Mondays at Columbia Weis to bring back to the pantry!  One person could do every Monday OR could “split” with one, two, three or four other volunteers…each take one week of the month!  Pick up time is 8-8:30 AM. Please contact Beth Lynch if you are interested in volunteering and she can pass your name along to the Food Pantry to see where the need is (along with other volunteers from other churches).

Also, as you may be hearing in the news, food pantries are stretched thin of supplies to meet the growing need in our communities to provide for our food poor. Many of us are so fortunate to sit down at any time during the day to a bountiful table, while so many in our community struggle to provide even just one healthy meal a day for their family.  We continue to accept monetary donations to help the HAFP, made payable to St. Edward’s, with a memo notation of “food pantry.”  Thank you!

We leave you with a writing from The Book of Uncommon Prayer of Meditations and Devotions, a compilation from various writers, which Amy Swiernik passed on to us to share with others.  Today’s meditation is a writing from Harriet Beecher Stowe, a writer and Prophetic Witness, 1896, who has been honored in the past with a feast day of July 1st on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA).  The current Episcopal Church liturgical calendar honors Pauli Murray – a lawyer, poet, author, activist, Priest and the first African-American woman ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1985.

Calm and Divine
Abide in me; o’ershadow by Thy love
Each half-formed purpose and dark thought of sin;
Quench, ere it rise, each selfish, low desire,
And keep my soul as Thine, calm and divine.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.