First, it is with sorrow, that I report to you the death of parishioner Nancy Colton. Nancy died at home Tuesday morning, with her devoted husband Frank, and supportive caregivers, at her side. The Burial Office will be offered graveside on Tuesday, August 30, at 1 p.m. in West Cemetery, Madison; enter from Jannas Lane off the Boston Post Road.
The Prayer Book's service of Morning Prayer will shape Sunday worship on August 28 at both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Many remember the prayers and canticles of Morning Prayer as having shaped their spirituality; for others, this may be an introduction to parts of the Prayer Book which can aid personal devotions. The full name of the service is "Daily Morning Prayer;" it is indeed a resource for daily prayer. And not just for clergy! I hope you will find, or be reacquainted, with a prayer that expresses what is on your heart.
The news of devastation by floods, fires and earthquakes this week has been heartbreaking. In each case, however, as Mrs. Rogers told her son Fred, "watch for the helpers." In Louisiana, and the far west, in Italy and Myanmar, helpers are showing up in moving ways. If you would like to "show up" for neighbors whose homes have been lost or severely damaged, I encourage you to consider a donation through Episcopal Relief & Development.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Acolytes, and other youth, at their car wash on August 20th! There was a steady stream of cars, and some special donations on Sunday as well, yielding $700 for youth adventures and projects. Special thanks to Acolyte Director (and production organizer!) Sue Shackford, and to Bishops' Orchard Farm Market for hosting.
Speaking of Acolytes, if you know someone entering 4th grade (or higher) who would like to serve as an Acolyte, please speak with Sue Shackford. Acolytes lead us into and through our worship at 10 a.m. and on special occasions. Sue offers thorough training and ongoing support (sometimes involving chocolate!) after Sunday worship and by special arrangement.
From my perspective, Vacation Bible School was a great adventure for all 22 children (as many as 19 on a given day)! Director Laurie Varley led us all through a "Deep Sea Discovery" with stories of Noah, Jonah, Jesus, Peter and Paul. Like them, we all discovered, "God is with us wherever we go!" Music Director Mark Sullivan led us in songs special for each day; some of the singing really raised the rafters! Many thanks to generous parishioners who provided snacks for each day, and "Prayer Journals" for each participant. Be sure and see how wonderful the Parish Hall looks with its "Deep Sea" decorations, and check out the touching V.B.S. "Prayer Flags" flying in the lilac by the Parish House door.
Vacation Bible School has set the stage for a very exciting year for our Sunday School! Be sure and spread the word!
In faith and hope,
p.s. Many thanks to Lay Officiant David Jones and Music Director Mark Sullivan for leading the services of Morning Prayer on Sunday, August 28. Although I'll be "out-of-pocket" that morning, I will be in Guilford this week, not Maryland as previously planned. August Parish Office hours continue this week -- 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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