Life is different in this epoch. What, at first, seemed like a two week safety precaution, has turned into a long term social distancing reality. I pray all of you are well and have found a rule of life during this period of stay-at-home.
Mthr. Melissa, parishioner James Guardino (who makes documentaries), Truman Bullard (standing in for Brian Rotz), and I have been recording our liturgies so that we can worship God, hearing and seeing the worship space of St. John's. Here is the link to our Palm Sunday Liturgy:
Mthr. Melissa's and my children volunteered to help us read the Passion Narratives, and for that we give them thanks.
One thing you can do to help our community is to contribute to the Rector's Discretionary Fund. This fund is held by me, and I usually use it to buy Giant Gift Cards for the Salvation Army to distribute. During this extraordinary time, I will use it to give small grants to parishioners in need. The Senior Wardens and I will examine requests together (over the internet). If you wish to contribute to the Rector's Discretionary Fund, simply send a check to the parish office with Discretionary Fund marked in the memo line.
In our Lenten Bible study we have been reading the Rev. Margaret Guenther's book, At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us (2006). In the book Mthr. Guenther looks at the rule of life practiced by Benedictine Monks and compares it to how "regular people" live. Below is a daily schedule for a Benedictine Monk.
While all of us are participating in stay-at-home for the sake of public safety, I invite you to reflect on how you spend your day, and what that pattern says about your relationship to God. You can also join our Lenten book group on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Contact me at email@example.com for the link.
Godspeed to you in this trying time, and I look forward to when we will see each other again.
Please do not reply directly to this email. If you would like to reply please contact Father Adam or Mother Melissa directly.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday. You can view this liturgy here:
Ms. Aimee prepared a Journey through Holy Week Passport for families who want to participate from home. The passport will include videos, prayers, and responsive activities for families to work through together. Look on our website for the videos, passports, and instructions on how to plan and participate.
If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still go on their page www.facebook.com, and then search for St. John's Carlisle, PA. On our Facebook page we have a variety of offerings including Daily Evening Prayer by Fr. Adam.
One potential offering we might be able to provide as a community is to have people who are low risk for Coronavirus mortality go grocery shopping for those who are high risk. To be low risk you must be (1) under 60 years of age, (2) have no preexisting conditions (such as asthma) that make the Coronavirus especially dangerous. I might also add (3)you should not be working in health care, or (4) be part of a large household (4 or more), or a household where someone fits any of the high risk conditions. If you fit the low risk category and are willing to grocery shop for a household in the parish that is high risk, please e-mail our Outreach team member Mike Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and he will coordinate this effort .
Zoom Gatherings :
If you would like to participate in ongoing Zoom Gatherings please email Father Adam.
We all are longing to be together to worship God, and yet, we are in exile waiting. During this time, please consider how much your church means to you and please remain faithful to your pledge. We are working hard to build up the kingdom, all of us, wherever we may be. We are the church in a new way guided by the Spirit and supported by all of you. Below are many ways you can continue to support your church.
We continue to expand our methods for you to pay your stewardship or roof pledges or to donate funds. The following are the current options for you to select the best option to complete your donation.
1. Mailing Cash or Check. When donating by check orcash, ensure you place it in an envelope with your name and address if you want it recorded toward your pledge and to obtain a contribution statement for tax purposes. During the current Coronavirus Pandemic, please refrain from donating cash via the mail.
2. Setup with your bank to issue a paper check to St. John’s - This can be done using your bank’s online service. There is no fee for you to setup this one-time or reoccurring contribution.
3. Paypal - Go to St. John’s website and click on the Donate link.
4. COMING SOON - A new online giving application we are implementing soon is GivePlus+. This will allow online giving and the information being recorded into your church record to ensure accurate tracking of your donations. This capability will allow us to create contribution statements necessary for your records and tax purposes. There are a few issues that we are finalizing and will send you the details in the near future.
5. Stock transfers or IRA donations can be made by contacting Alvin Blitz at email@example.com or calling 717-440-5630.
For Online Giving questions, please call Larry Alexander at 864-979-2634 or Debbie Kendrick at 717-448-6117.
Intercessions Palm Sunday, April 5
Today in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean The Most Rev. James Richard Wong Yin Song – Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles
We Pray for our Companion Congregations: St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, York; and Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, England.
In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we prayfor All Saints, Williamsport and Christ Church, Milton.
We Pray for the unemployed: Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 824)
We pray for the sick: O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servants that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 458)
Especially for Linkey, Kaew, Cheri, Jane, Susan, Charles, Lori, Betty, Revena, Elaine, Carson, Gail & Jack, Barb, Terry, Jeff, Jim, Terri, Dean, Mike, Martha, Teresa, Ryan, William, Felicity, Dave & Norma, Virginia, Ivan, Roland, Colin, Helen, Joan, Donna, Marge, Regan, Jody, Todd, Joe, Ida, Marilyn, Kara, Ben, Kimberly, Rowan, Madeline, Greg, April, Barbara, Jean, Tom, Dominick, and Norma.
For Brian Rotz:O Lord, holy Father, giver of health and salvation: Pour your Holy Spirit over Brian; that, as your holy apostles anointed many that were sick and healed them, so Brian may be healed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We pray for those desiring guidance: Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 832)
Especially for Shane, Sharon, Kate, Keaton, Dolores, Millie & Joe, Teresa, Isaiah, Brayden, Scott, The Hurt Family, J.T. & Sandra, Marie, and Chelsea & Zack.
We pray for those who are deployed: Mike Reynolds
In this time of pandemic we also pray for all who work in health care: Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their ministries the health of the community may be promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP pg. 460)
Especially for Claudia Libertine, Jennifer Still, Susan Erwin, Suzanne Cornman, Marinda Reams, Laura Potts, Andrew Dussinger, Rachel Markey, Meaghan McDermott, Monica Carman, and Jennifer Gramley.
We pray for the repose of the soul of John Solomon, brother of Bill Solomon, who died this past week after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.
Below are lists of those celebrating Anniversaries and Birthdays in the coming weeks:
Please remember them in your prayers, drop them a note, or call them. For individuals' privacy exact dates are not included in this email.