A Message from the Rector
What a beautiful start to being in church together—Sunday’s Palm/Passion service is a powerful start to Holy Week, and you have added to it such a warm welcome. I am very much enjoying meeting people, and look forward to getting to know you in the weeks ahead.
As I mentioned in my homily Sunday, Saturday marked the 77th anniversary of the death day of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a saint of the church. I have had his statement “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God” running through my head for week, and it continues to resonate. As a person who likes to make firm plans and stick to them, I can hear a challenge to be attentive to what is happening right now, in addition to the preparation for interruptions for which I would be ill prepared.
Bonhoeffer’s story is especially moving, I think, because as a modern saint we have so much information about the challenges he faced, the uncertainties and fears and mistakes. We can imagine our lives unfolding in ways not dissimilar to his. And in learning the particulars of his story, we realize once again that in life there is always interruption from what was originally hoped for.
About two years ago I read a book review about a graphic novel written about Bonhoeffer targeting a teen audience, but revelatory for any reader. It sounded so interesting that I read it—and loved it. Greencastle library carries it—you might enjoy for a challenging and inspirational read. It is called “The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler,” the author John Hendrix. Lots of pictures, my friends, and a great and inspiring story relevant to our times.
In this Holy Week, I pray that you will continue to ponder the mysteries of this life of brokenness and challenge in which we are held by the Holy One, and see new life coming from even charred ruins.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SINGING, MASKING, AND SEATING
As we gather in person for Sunday worship, please remember we still need to be protective of each other as the Omicron Subvariant of the Covid virus continues to spread. Even those who are vaccinated may become infected and transmit the virus. To protect our communities until this subsides, we suggest that you wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We also ask that you maintain social distancing. We now encourage you to sing, but with your masks on. Many thanks to everyone for your patience.
A BIG THANK YOU…
I am overwhelmed by the sumptuous gift basket, and all the gifts within! Since I am back and forth between Hamilton Hall and our house, I’m taking a small satchel with me and putting a few items in it…then I have a good look at them when I’m having dinner. It is like several days of birthdays, and I’m looking forward to showing them (and I guess sharing them) with Chris when he arrives Saturday so that he can be here for Easter.
I have felt so welcomed, and I very much look forward to our work and walk together through the next many years.
HOLY WEEK PRIVATE DEVOTIONAL: STATIONS OF THE CROSS
We will have the services of Holy Week offered to all—but some have noted that we will not have a gathering for the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a haunting, and often wrenching devotional where we walk step by step with Jesus up the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrow, which is the central road in the Old City of Jerusalem that leads both to Temple Mount, housing the sanctuary of God, and Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, where Jesus was crucified. Our world is infused with evil even as we are ever in the presence of the Holy One.
I invite you to walk the Stations as a private devotional in this powerful 4 minute video, created by Father Robert C. Allen. https://youtu.be/Qjf_G-8DwGs
Connect With Us
Sunday In-Person Morning Worship Service, April 17 led by The Rev. Jen Oldstone-Moore
You can connect to the service via Zoom. Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.
If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 858 0497 0006 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again. NOTE: This is a new ID number as of April 4, 2022 so be sure to enter the new information!
Click here for the service booklet for April 14, 15, 16
Click here for the service booklet for April 17
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, April 30
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Alex Roehrkasse and sack lunches will be served. We are very grateful to Kate Berry, Martha Rainbolt, Carl Huffman, Karen Hirt Mannon, and Christiane Wisehart who have worked very hard to obtain supplies for the Non-Food Pantry. Kroger is not able to acquire enough products for us so the items are being purchased from a variety of sources. This is much more expensive. Donations to help offset this extra cost will be gratefully accepted!
Top 3 Needed Items
Your prayers are asked for:
The family of Jack Angleton, brother of Peggy Angleton
The family of Teresa Batto, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Lee Bird, nephew of Lucy Wieland
Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon
The Rev. Nancy Ferriani and the family of Bob Ferriani, friends of Warren and Connie Macy
Katie Gleichman, relative of Jim Ensley
Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel and Stephanie Gurnon
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
The family of Dr. John Lovett, father of Nancy Lovett
Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Mike Majors Sr., father-in-law of Renee Majors
The family of Marilyn Mourouzis
The family of Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
Elizabeth and Natalie Sheffler, daughter and granddaughter of Page and Narda Cotton
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders.
Our companion dioceses: The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil: The Most Rev. Mauricio Jose Araujo De Andrade, Primate of Brazil and Bishop of Brasilia. The people and Diocese of Haiti and Saint Andre’s in Mithon.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Pakistan (United).