I always breathe a sigh of delight when Psalm 85 is in the lectionary. Verse 10 reads
Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
The psalm speaks to a resolution of things that should oppose each other: mercy and truth; righteousness and peace.
These lines are featured in a key moment of a wonderful novella and movie, Babette’s Feast. I won’t spoil the plot for you, but the core message is that the finite world that we can absorb is in an infinite sea of mercy and peace. Every so often, we have a glimpse, or a taste, or a whiff of the vastness of God’s grace when we encounter deep beauty, generosity, and connection. Suddenly we have a sense of the grandeur of spirit and depth of meaning that can be found in a humble kitchen, or a quotidian conversation between friends, or a simple gesture from a stranger. We may hold our breath in awe for a brief moment—and then we usually go back to seeing the world as ordinary again. This is the basis for the Mass—the feast—simple bread, simple wine, but through these elements connecting with the foundation of all things and with each other.
A character in the story says this,
“We have all of us been told that grace is to be found in the universe. But in our human foolishness and shortsightedness we imagine divine grace to be finite… [The moment comes when our eyes are opened, and we see and realize that grace is infinite. Grace, my friends, demands nothing from us but that we shall await it with confidence and acknowledge it in gratitude.” (Isak Dinesen, “Babette’s Feast” in Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard.”)
The poet William Blake says it like this:
“To see a World in a grain of sand, And a Heaven in a wild flower. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.” (William Blake, Auguries of Innocence).
This week may you have a taste of the infinite in the midst of the every day things, patterns, chores, and hassles.
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Rector’s Office Drop in Time
Rev. Jen has set her office drop-in day as Wednesday of each week from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to stop in and visit. Also, she has chosen Mondays as her Sabbath. NOTE: She won’t be available this Wednesday due to an unforeseen event, but will be available limited hours this Thursday and Friday.
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, August 7 led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
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!
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY AT 4:30 P.M. IN HAMILTON HALL We will continue our Bible study on Tuesdays, reading and discussing the Gospel passage that is assigned for the following Sunday. The Gospel passage for Sunday, August 14 is Luke 12:49-56; it will be our text for the August 9 Bible study. You can always find the week’s Bible readings at lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL. For the Season Pentecost 2022, we are in Year C, and we will use Track One readings. Hope to see you there!
PARENTS OF ACOLYTES MEETING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE IN HAMILTON HALL’S UPSTAIRS MURRAY SUITE There will be a short meeting after church for parents of those youth who would like to serve as acolytes.
NEW PHOTOS NEEDED We are in need of updated photos for the St. Andrew’s website so please remember to take pictures of any events or happenings and send them into the church office. Thank you!
Prayers and Reflections for This Week
We have heard that the daily reflections and scripture readings provided during Lent were appreciated. The meditations are written by persons from Saint Andrew’s, Gobin UMC and Beech Grove UMC. They will be in the newsletter each week and go from Wednesday to Tuesday, except for Sunday. Whether you enjoy these every day or as the Spirit moves you, may this resource continue to bring you spiritual food for the journey. Blessings!
Click here to view the readings and accompanying links.
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, August 27
• 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
Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Lee Bird, nephew of Lucy Wieland
Douglas Butler, brother-in-law of Claudia Butler
Richard A. Butler, father-in-law of Claudia Butler The family of Mark and Karen Cummings, friends of Jen+
Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon The family of Robert E. Fatzinger, Sr., father of Barbara Paré Nancy Ferriani and the family of Bob Ferriani, friends of Warren and Connie Macy Katie Gleichman, relative of Jim Ensley The family of Cyndamarie Gunn, friend of Jen+ Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel and Stephanie Gurnon The family of Roxanne Harrison, friend of Jen+
The family of Bob Haymaker
Terumi Imai, friend of Jen+ Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
Judy Lepper, aunt of Trudy Selvia Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Mike Majors Sr., father-in-law of Renee Majors Mary Mountz
Bryan Murray and the Murray family Lucas Murray, grandson of Dave and Sue Murray Gordon Redden The family of Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
Mike Schmidt, brother of Renee Hood Elizabeth and Natalie Sheffler, daughter and granddaughter of Page and Narda Cotton Gloria Smith The family of Susan Stewart, friend of Jen+ Skip Sutton Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Susan, friend of Jen+
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Saint Mary’s Church, Martinsville: Ms. Peggy Miller, Senior Warden.
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 the Province of the West Indies.
Anniversaries: Kevin and Harriet Moore, August 12
Worship COVID policy
The volatile nature of COVID makes it necessary to revise policy for gathering. Beginning immediately, so long as Putnam Country COVID rates are designated as low (green) or medium (yellow) by the CDC, we will be mask optional, except for the choir which is in close quarters.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church COVID policy, revised by Regathering Committee and approved by Vestry, May 17, 2022. This policy is subject to revision as COVID continues to evolve. We welcome your feedback on these policies.
Putnam County COVID rates
Worship in person
Both kinds provided
Allowed with mask
Both kinds provided
Coffee hour suspended
Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.
People may choose to mask at any time.
People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and may be required in other places by local or state authorities.
Masks are always provided and mask wearing always acceptable.
The red, yellow, and green designations of incidence of COVID are taken from the CDC COVID website, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/ Scroll down and choose “Indiana” and then “Putnam County” to get this week’s numbers.
St. Andrew’s COVID policy is based on both CDC recommendations and directives from the Diocese of Indianapolis.
THE COMMON CUP, INTINCTION, AND FULL COMMUNION
I would like to discuss our returning to communion by wine via the common cup.
Background: The Diocese of Indianapolis has stated that we may return to full communion (both bread and wine), but that receiving the wine can be by common cup only. Several parishioners have had questions about this. Here’s what I’d like you to know at this point.
The Vestry voted and approved our new COVID guidelines recommended by the Regathering Committee.
We might use the words “full communion” to indicate that we are finally back to both bread and wine, but it has ALWAYS been true that taking either one is a complete communion. You do not need both to fully commune.
The choice is yours, Eucharist by Eucharist. You can decide to let the cup pass because you have a cold; if you are worried about others you can pass; you can wait until we return to intinction. Just cross your arms over your chest—or just shake your head and quietly demur.
Yours in health, restoration, liturgical engagement, and literature review,
Most research has shown that the common cup transmits fewer microorganisms than intinction. Counter-intuitive perhaps; the problem with intinction is that some fingers make contact with the chalice and/or wine and the possibility of fecal-oral transmission. I’ve collated several articles for those of you who’d like to read up on this.
From Living Church (an Episcopal magazine): Click here https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/germs-viruses-and-the-common-cup-is-intinction-safer/
The 1943 article by W. Burrows and ES Hemmens about use of silver chalice as safe for communion. It is on JSOTR; I can get the full article if you want it. Click here
1998 CDC statement Risk of infectious disease transmission from a common communion cup. Click here
Anne LaGrange Loving, “Controlled Study on Intinction: a safer alternative”. Click here
1995 controlled study concludes that intinction appears to be less likely to transmit disease (but also notes that this depends on the microbes on the hands of parishioners and priest). Click here https://www.jstor.org/stable/44536847 (another JSTOR article if you’d like me to access it for you).
Special Events and Services
Please feel free to mail your monthly pledges into the office if you’d like. The address is 520 East Seminary Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135. You can also use this link to make a donation or pay your pledge online. It’s a service of the Diocese, who will forward the monies to Saint Andrew’s.
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service
Sunday, August 7 • In-Person Morning Worship Service, led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 7 • Blessing of the Backpacks for both teachers and students during the regular Sunday Morning Worship Service, 10:15 a.m.
Parents of Acolytes Meeting
Sunday, August 7 • There will be a short meeting after church for parents of those youth who would like to serve as acolytes in the Murray Suite.
Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study
Tuesday, August 9 • Hamilton Hall, led by The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service
Sunday, August 14 • In-Person Sunday Morning Worship Service, led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, August 16 • In-Person Monthly Vestry Meeting, Hamilton Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Beyond Homeless Distribution
Sunday, August 21 • Harriet Moore is the shepherd for the month of August. Please drop off your items to Hamilton Hall before this date!
August Non-Food Pantry
Saturday, August 27 • Noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be a drive through distribution with sack lunches served.
Beyond Homeless Ministry
The need for supplies goes on at our local shelter for homeless women and children. To sign up, click here for a list of items needed in the next few months.
Beyond Homeless operates a thrift store in the former Monon Restaurant building. To learn more about the mission and services at Beyond Homeless, check out their web page.
Donate Any Time – Drop off your items at the office Monday through Thursday mornings or at Beyond Homeless (309 East Franklin Street, Greencastle). Claudia Butler is the shepherd for the month of July with a drop off date of July 17, 2022.
IndyDio Virtual Abbey
Morning Prayer (except for Sunday morning) and Compline are available LIVE at the IndyDio Virtual Abbey. Morning Prayer is at 8:00 a.m. and Compline (prayer at the end of the day) is at 8:00 p.m. Go to the IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook page to join in!