Our Acolytes, with their youth and adult helpers, will be Washing Cars this Saturday! Please bring your cars to the Little Red Barn at Bishop's Orchard Farm Market between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. August 26 for a thorough washing. Our Acolytes will be aided by other youth, some parent volunteers, and all will be under the detail-oriented eye of Acolyte Director Sue Shackford.
The now annual "Acolytes Washing Cars" event supports our Acolytes and other middle and high school youth activities. We are counting down the days to the National Acolyte Festival in Washington, D.C. over the long Columbus Day weekend in October. The funds we raise will help with travel expenses for our Acolytes and their chaperones. So, please tell your friends and neighbors about this great opportunity to get their cars sparkling clean!
Familiar folks will be leading worship on Sundays, August 27 and September 3. On the 27th, please welcome Fr. Kent Smith, our neighbor and friend, for his second Sunday with us this summer. Kent+ brings with him both his academic insights as a professor of Chinese history, and his pastoral experience as the rector of Christ Church in Redding, CT. In retirement, Kent & Margaret have become well-established as active residents of Guilford and regular participants in the life of Christ Church in New Haven. Perhaps someone might offer to lead the Birthday Prayer for Kent+ on Sunday; he recently celebrated a milestone birthday.
On Sunday, September 3, we will have the opportunity for both the Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer. The Rev. Page Rogers will be our celebrant and preacher for the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., and our own Juliana Harris will lead Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. This will harken to a time when participating in Morning Prayer, the Eucharist and then Evening Prayer was fairly standard among Episcopalians. The commandment to "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy," was thus followed in a more thorough-going way. So, yes, you can, and might want to, experience both the Eucharist and Morning Prayer on the 3rd.
For Christ Church folk, the Rev. Page Rogers' most significant credential may be that our own Suzanne Rogers is Page's mother! However, there is more to her story: Page+ was among the first women ordained in Connecticut; she just celebrated 35 years as a priest on June 10th of this year. Page+ took seriously the priestly charge to take her place in “the councils of the Church;” over the years she served as chairman of the Commission on Ministry, Committee on Constitution & Canons, Executive Council, and the Insurance Board; all that in addition to her principal ministry as a parish priest, including service as rector of St. John’s Church, Niantic, and more recently assisting with St. Ann’s Church, Old Lyme.
Our Christ Church Choir will begin their "fall" rehearsals with a pot luck supper (main course provided) on Wednesday. August. 30, at 6:30 p.m., after which we will preview some of our music for the upcoming ‘year.’ Family, friends, and all other interested parties are welcome! Have you ever wondered about singing with our Choir? This would be a great occasion to check it out!
Welcome Back Sunday will be September 10th! We will welcome one another, and the Sunday School, and the Choir back to their/our usual places and activities, and enjoy our now traditional Welcome Back Sunday Picnic. We will also have a chance to start getting acquainted with Graham Marsh, our new seminary-intern. Makings for pulled pork sandwiches, plus cole slaw, beverages and paper goods will be provided. Please consider bringing a side dish or dessert, and how else you might help with set-up, serving or clean-up.
May God's love and mystery continue to enfold us all,
p.s. Yes, I saw the Eclipse, and it was totally awesome! My uncle's ranch in Eastern Oregon was close to the centerline for Totality. Don't worry, we all had the necessary special glasses to watch as the moon blocked the sun. Although the sky grew dark,and we could hear the hooting of a nearby owl, the ground was illuminated as if by the most intensely focused moonlight. We had to take our "glasses" off to see the corona of light when the eclipse was at 100%, and then the so-called "Diamond Ring" as a bright spot of sunlight appeared on the corona. Even when we had to put our "glasses" back on, we continued sit there in total awe.
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