June 9, 2020
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firmly in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Common Worship, p.407
For me, one of the joys of being an Episcopalian, is that at its best, our Anglican tradition addresses complex theological issues with poetry. The prayer above is an example. It comes from the latest Alternative Services Book the Church of England; we prayed it on Sunday as our postcommunion prayer. Instead of jumping through hoops about the three-ness and the one-ness, the prayer acknowledges God's own self-revelation and divine community of love; we pray that we may have grace to recognize the ways God's at work, and rejoice in our abiding fellowship with God's eternal glory. Tthat works just splendidly for me.
Our prayers are specifically asked for ----
All who are ill or in distress including:
Shelley T -- facing surgery this week,
Joan G -- at home with her daughter;
Lois C -- out of the hospital but not yet home;
Gabrielle and Robin -- at home,
Dale & Michelle -- with the virus,
Lisa and Matthew -- at home;
thanksgivings for progress of 3 month-old Winnie Z
who has finally joined her parents at home,
for all facing financial hardship because of the pandemic.
May they all know the healing power of
Christ's presence and love.
For the repose of Stephen Kozlowski at 101, among
the over 113,000 of our fellow citizens
who have died of the Covid-19 virus;
and for George Floyd, Jose Soto, Breonna Taylor,
David McAtee, and too many others
who died at the hands of those sworn to protect them,
and for Ahmaud Arbery, at the hands of vigilantees:
Remember your servants, O Lord,
according to the favor you bear unto all your children,
may they go from strength to strength
in their Risen Life of perfect freedom.
Deal graciously with all who mourn,
may they know the consolation of your love.
Thanksgivings for the 49th wedding anniversary of
Rhoda & Paul W
May your peace which passes all understanding
abide with them all the days of their lives.
Please continue to hold in prayer:
Hildy J, Bernie and family, Susie & Paul, Gail B, Pam McG, Julie H, Annie & Jim, Sandy G., Murray E., Brooke & family, Kate S., Tracy M., Carl, Michael S, Joanne N-R, Dave K, Madeline H, Kelly G, Paul D, Lois S, Bob vM.
Also: Susan S, Margaret S, Linda B, June C, Charlie K, Anne C, Mark S, Angela G, Maria, Bob, Olivia, Lois T, and Jo B.
Please also remember: St. Luke’s School & Church in Martel (Haiti).
To add names and concerns for next Sunday's intercessions, and this "Let Us Pray" letter, please send them to YFNR at email@example.com with any details you care to share. Names will then move to the "continuing" list for 30 days, and the longer term list upon request.
Town Hall with Bishop Douglas and Bishop Ahrens,
South Central Region Missionary George Black, and South Central Region Leadership Team TODAY, the 9th of June for a one-hour conversation to explore what are we learning and what is God saying to us during this pandemic? This conversation will take place from 2pm to 3pm. All are welcome. No registration required. Zoom link HERE.
Congrats for Quick Lunch Sign-up:
Wow, I am so impressed and grateful! On Saturday, the Sign-up Genius was announced in the June Newsletter, for this Thursday's lunch for Amistad House in New Haven. By Monday evening, it was fully subscribed! Hurray, and thanks so much! Thanks also to Jen McShane for organizing, and to Donna LaFata for posting the Sign-Up.
Update on Worship Livestream:
Thanks to all of you who described your experience of Sunday's livestream beyond merely, Frustrating in the extreme! Mark Sullivan and I collected your responses (In sum: improved audio, but fuzzy video that frequently froze leaving out parts of the service; he used them to pointedly describe our predicament to Frontier, our internet service provider. Their tech identified the issue, recommended a "fix," and are scheduled to be here Wednesday morning to implement it. Fingers crossed! Thanks again for perseverance and patience throughout this maddening process.
Please Ignore Online Poseur:
Please do not respond to any email with my name coming from any email address other than this firstname.lastname@example.org. There's another one out there using my name, but not my address! Instead of responding, please "block" it, and report it as SPAM, and fraud. Some poor schmuck needs to find a better use for their energy.
Given all that currently divides our nation, I'd like to suggest we pray the following For the Human Family:
O God, you made us in your own image
and redeemed us through Jesus your Son:
Look with compassion on the whole human family;
take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;
break down the walls that separate us: unite us in bonds of love;
and work through our struggle and confusion
to accomplish your purposes on earth, that in your good time,
all nations and races may serve you in harmony
around your heavenly throne;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 815
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
p.s. Please do remember that copies of White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo are available on the shelf in the Rectory entry hall, 10a.m.-5p.m. (and other times by arrangement), courtesy of our Evening ECW.
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