The Rev. Dexter Cheney will officiate at 9AM Morning Prayer, and preside and preach at the 10AM Holy Eucharist. Dexter+ is much admired by long-time members of the Episcopal Church in CT for his faithfulness, wry counsel, and good humor. He agreed to step-in for the Rev. Mary Anne Osborn who is still recovering from a nasty bout with Covid; please keep her in your prayers. YFNR and Jack-the-dog are in Maine.
Another special attraction for this Sunday is the return of soloist Leila Mustakos; Music Director Mark Sullivan will be accompanying her on the newly restored Steinway piano.
The General Convention ,of The Episcopal Church is meeting in Baltimore, July 8-11. General Convention, composed of a House of Bishops and a House of Deputies (made up of equal numbers of clergy and lay members), meets once every three years to oversee the worship and witness of The Episcopal Church. Due to Covid, this meeting is a year late and much briefer than typical.
Information about Connecticut's presence at General Convention can be found here. Daily reflections and photos of our deputations' arrival in Baltimore can be found here. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's opening sermon is posted here.
Parish Transitions: On Thursday, July 7, the Wardens led an informational Vestry+plus discussion about the upcoming clergy transition. Although the process won't begin until after Fr. Harrison's retirement in September, preparations for clergy supply and oversight of the parish's life are underway.
The Tag Sale Returns on Saturday, September 24, 8:30AM to 3PM. Donations of like-new housewares are now being received on Sundays during service times and Tuesdays-Thursday, 10AM-2PM in the former Nursery. Co-chairs Rose Robinson and Patti Kron welcome your participation.
Beating Guns: Hope for People Weary of Violence, by Shane Claiborne, will shape a discussion led by the Rev. Mary Anne Osborn, on Wednesday evenings at 6:30p.m. Watch for further announcements about the start date.
Special Requests from the Guilford Food Bank
The Food Bank requests help with the items below. Please leave your donations in the bin by the the north (Town Hall-side) door to the Narthex. Thanks for helping our neighbors in need.
Black tea, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Cooking Oil, Hot chocolate(mix), Baked beans, Canned tomatoes, Pasta Sauce, Household cleaner, Laundry detergent, Paper towels
Communion in "Both Kinds" continues:
We currently provide two options for receiving the consecrated wine at communion. Worshipers may take a sip from the shared chalice, or from an individual communion glass. To avoid crowding, the administration of communion continues at the foot of the chancel steps.
Our Bishops strongly urge us to continue refraining from intinction as we have practiced it -- note the 7th paragraph here. They also underscore that receiving in "one kind" is full communion.
Need an Antigen Test?
The Town provided Christ Church with a case of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests. These tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Ushers' Table and in the rectory entry hall.
Mask Protocols ...
... in Worship: Mask-wearing is optional during inside gatherings of Christ Church.
Intercessory Prayer: Please help shape the Prayers of the People, by replying to this message with the people, birthdays, anniversaries, and concerns you would like included in the Prayers of the People.
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