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St. Andrew's Happenings - July 12, 2020
July 10, 2020, 10:00 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Let me remind you of a few practices we all need to maintain in order to stay safe:

  • Please do not attend services if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has been diagnosed with the disease.
  • We all need to remain at least 6 feet apart from people not in our households at all times, including when coming forward for Communion. The green worship guides mark the places where you can sit and maintain that distance from others.
  • Masks must be worn at all times unless you are serving as a Cantor, Lector, Intercessor or Celebrant. If you leave your mask in the car, just grab one from the basket (and don't put it back).
  • Only the Cantor will sing the hymns and the service music. The rest of us may hum along, but wearing a mask doesn't begin to offset the increased risk of infection that singing presents versus normal breathing.
  • In order to avoid passing diseases along with the offering plate we ask you to leave your offering in the basin by the font as you come into church.
  • In the event you test positive for COVID-19 please advise Fr. Jason immediately so that we may advise everyone else who was in church with you. The Ushers are keeping track of who is present at each service; these records are destroyed after 2 weeks.

Even as we are able to gather in person, we continue to live stream our Sunday service at 10:00 am via our Facebook page, our YouTube channel and our website. The bulletin, children's bulletin and Prayers of the People for this Sunday are attached to this email.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community. Our June Healing Sunday offering of $440 was given to Centro de Ayuda, an organization providing food aid to needy immigrants in Anne Arundel County. You may make a special gift to the Healing Sunday offering by making a note on the memo line of your check or your electronic gift.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund is a means of enabling me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community. I am always glad to receive gifts to this fund (either electronically or by checks made out to St. Andrew's with Rector's Discretionary Fund on the memo line), especially at this time when need is increasing significantly. If you are facing job loss or a reduction in your income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

Bishop Sutton has authorized clergy to hear confessions by phone or Zoom as well as in person. I am also once again permitted to anoint the sick in person. Please contact me either by email ( or phone (410-241-4838) to arrange for these pastoral services.

We resume this Sunday via Zoom ( or by phone 301-715-8592, meeting ID 785-885-0465), our 9:00-9:30 Sunday Bible study going through the Bible in a year. Any and all are welcome to join in.


--Fr. Jason



I raise my eyes to the high hill

where I found help, faithfully at need.

My help is also lovely from the Lord,

he who made heaven, also the earth.

He will not place your foot in the power of the enemy

nor consider sleep, he who keeps you safe.

Indeed, he never sleeps nor slumbers much

who now must hold in his mind

the folk of Israel from foes without.

The holy Lord holds you

and your powerful Protector will

hover at your right hand, always at need.

The sun shall not singe you by day

nor the moon by night,

but the holy Lord will hold you eagerly

against every evil everywhere

and likewise preserve your soul.

The eternal Lord will always hold

your going out and coming in, the true King of souls,

from this time forth forever and ever.

--Psalm 121, from an Old English translation ~11th c.



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