5th Sunday of Easter: Instructed Eucharist; This SundayVirtual Coffee Hour; Digital Sunday School; Mulch Weekend, May 16-17; Outreach Updates; Serving Undocumented Immigrants; Re-opening Connecticut Phase I; Sunday Intercessions; Wednesday Evening Prayer
Instructed Eucharist This Sunday, May 17:
Please help shape Sunday's Instructed Eucharist by sending me questions, concerns, wonderings about our worship. Brief explanations of what we’re doing and why will happen at pivot points during the service. To keep these comments from being only about things of interest to me, I truly welcome your participation via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Sunday School:
Tyler Jarvis, our Director for Children's & Youth Ministry, sent this week's Digital Sunday School just after 1:30pm our time on Friday. He does a great job opening up the scriptures and suggesting another for our reflection. Since I'll be talking about our worship, I encourage you to pay special attention to what Tyler has to say about our readings. As usual he's got great questions for all of us to consider. Look for Digital Sunday School in your inbox, and if it's not there, check your "buik mail" or "spam" folder. You can find editions for previous Sunday's by clicking here.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Please join us for our second attempt at a Coffee Hour via Zoom this Sunday May 17th at 11:30a.m. Those of us who participated in last Sunday's virtual gathering enjoyed catching up with each other and seeing faces we hadn't seen for awhile! In order to keep the gathering from being "Zoombombed", participants will need to be "admitted" by Your Friendly Neighborhood Rector. Virtual coffee hours are not like regular coffee hours; we can have only one person talking at a time. However, there is a chat feature where you can type side-bar conversations.
Click this link here at 11:30a.m. on Sunday, and we look forward to SEEING you!
You can also participate by phone at 11:30a.m. Sunday by dialing 646.558.8656. You'll be asked for the Meeting ID 870 0445 4526, and Password: 160097.
Mulch Weekend has begun! Thanks to all who have reserved a space and time to do some light weeding and mulch spreading in the gardens. Wheel barrows are out and the mulch is in bags in the driveway. Please bring your own gloves; yard debris bags are available inside the Parish Hal door. Please leave your filled bags near the rectory garage. Please click here to check the Sign-up Genius page. As this is written, all time slots are spoken-for; if you'd like to enjoy some quiet time in the garden in the days to come -- whether to do some gardening, eat your lunch or just sit in the swing and listen to the birds, please be in touch. I'll let 'you know if the garden is available.
The Rectory garage door is open, and my car is parked elsewhere; feel free to use rakes stored there. And please do admire how well-organized the garage is thanks to the efforts of Tony Leonard. Thanks Tony!
As you may recall from his Coffee Hour presentation, parishioner Glenn Formica is an attorney who represents undocumented immigrants. Some University of Connecticut journalism students have prepared a mini-documentary about his work called: Locked Out: American Dream in Jeopardy. Click here to watch this eleven-minute video. As you do, please remember this verse from Thursday's Daily Office reading:
“The alien who resides with you shall be to you
as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself,
for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:
I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)
Friends, this is not a one-off; this is the repeated and consistent message of Holy Scripture. When I pray for forgiveness "for the sins done on our(my) behalf...", our country's immigration practices are on my heart.
"Re-opening Connecticut: Phase I"
You may be wondering how the May 20th first phase of re-opening Connecticut will change our parish life. Based on the counsel of our Bishops and in response to Governor Lamont's Executive Orders, it looks to me that our parish life won't be changed at all until Phase 2 -- which may begin as early as June 20. This will be a topic of discussion at this Wednesday's Vestry Meeting. Our considerations will be informed by the document prepared by our Bishops and Canons called "Living with COVID-19: Protocols and Directives for Clergy and Vestries of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut." You can read it here.
Please continue sending me the people and concerns you would like included in Sunday's Prayers of the People. This request is the online version of the form on which you would note specific people, concerns and thanksgivings as you entered the church for worship. Please reply to this message by 8a.m. Sunday morning.
Our intercessions, remembrances and thanksgivings will be sent out on Monday (that's still my goal!) with any particulars you'd like to share; so, please be specific about what you're sharing with me, and what you'd like to share with the entire parish.
Wednesday Evening Prayers:
Our livestream mid-week evening service of prayer and music continues on Wednesday evening at 7p.m. Wednesday is a Rogation Day -- the Church's "Earth Day" from long before the secular world had one. We'll sing creation hymns and pray a Creation Litany -- intercessions, petitions and thanksgivings will also be included, of course. An online bulletin will be available Wednesday morning.
Thursday Morning Bible Study meets 9:30-10:30a.m. via Zoom. We're moving into Chapter 13 of Paul's letter to the Romans; in this chapter Paul talks about our obligations as law-abiding citizens. We'll address how this chapter has been abused. Here's the link to our online conversation: click here: Participation by telephone is also possible; I'll send the connection number on request.
Thanks to all who are mailing in your offerings!
God bless you, and may your numbers increase! Although we are not meeting together in-person, the life of the parish continues online, in prayer, worship, education and service -- and in all the ways that support and maintain our common life. So, as you are able, in your current financial situation, please continue your financial support of the parish by sending your offerings to Christ Church, PO Box 574, Guilford, CT 06437. Your offering will be presented at the altar; it will be physically present, even while you remain safely at home.
If you are sheltering-in-place and need assistance with picking up groceries or prescriptions, please be in touch with the Parish Office. Fellow parishioners would gladly do the go-fer-ing for you.
In the faith, hope and love of Christ,
p.s. Reminders for Christ Church's online worship:
You can access the livestream directly at facebook.com/cecguilford. or the parish website christchurchguilford.org
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Please remember to adjust both volume settings on your device:
There is the device's volume control, usually accessed via the speaker icon on the lower right corner of your screen; Be sure that the volume is turned up here.
There is another volume control on the Facebook Live image, as well. It's in the control panel at the bottom of the Live image. The default setting on that control is often mute, indicated by an "x" over the speaker icon. Be sure to click on the speaker icon to "unmute" the sound, and to turn up the volume here as well.
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