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St. Andrew's News - 9 August 2020
August 6, 2020, 3:39 PM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

Thanks to everyone who made our blood drive last week such a success, and thanks especially to Charlie Day, who is taking over as our Blood Program Leader. You'll be hearing from him about future opportunities to donate and to help out as a volunteer when we host these drives. With so many of the schools and workplaces where the Red Cross usually does drives unavailable, it's all the more important for venues like ours to make space for this vital service to our community.

A reflection that I wrote on the poetry of Malcolm Guite is now up on Maryland Episcopalian. I've pasted in below his sonnet on the Transfiguration, which feast we celebrate today.

I will be on vacation from August 12th-29th. For immediate pastoral needs during that time please contact our supply priest, Fr. Ron Fisher, at 443-257-0867 or

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.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately so that we can minimize everyone's exposure. Some of us have been staying after the service for an outdoor coffee hour; feel free to sit at a picnic table or bring a chair, and be sure to keep 6 feet apart from people who aren't in your household.
  • In the event you test positive for COVID-19, please advise me (or Fr. Ron, if I am away) immediately so that we may advise everyone else who was in church with you. We will not identify the person who has reported being infected, only that there was someone at church that day who has tested positive. 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. We continue to stream the 8:00 service via Zoom. You may use Zoom by visiting, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 785-885-0465.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community. We collected well in excess of $600 for our July Healing Sunday offering, which will be given to Arundel House of Hope. 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.


--Fr. Jason




by Malcolm Guite


For that one moment, in and out of time,

on that one mountain where all moments meet,

The daily veil that covers the sublime

In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet.

There were no angels full of eyes and wings,

Just living glory full of truth and grace.

The love that dances at the heart of things

Shone out upon us from a human face.

And to that light the light in us leaped up,

We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,

A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope

Trembled and tingled through the tender skin.

Nor can this blackened sky, this darkened scar,

Eclipse that glimpse of how things really are.



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