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St. Andrew's News: Worship This Sunday, Spring Forward
March 11, 2021, 2:00 PM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

 

Please remember to "spring forward" Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time begins.

We, once again, will be worshiping together in person this Sunday, March 14th, with Fr. Jason preaching and presiding. As was the case when we were able to meet in the summer and fall, we need to observe several practices to keep everybody safe:

  • Please remain at least 6 feet away from anyone you don't live with. We will not exchange handshakes or embraces at the Peace.
  • Everyone must wear a close-fitting mask. If you don't have one help yourself to a disposable mask from the basket by the front door.
  • The purple worship guides indicate where you should sit.
  • Only the Cantor will sing; you may hum behind your mask, but please do not sing.
  • Only the bread will be distributed at Communion. Please come forward, masked, and receive the bread with your hands outstretched; then, you may consume it when you return to your seat.
  • Windows will be opened for the duration of the service, so you may want to dress accordingly.
  • Restroom doors will stay propped open, and restrooms should only be used by one person at a time.
  • Ushers will be taking attendance for contact tracing purposes. These attendance sheets are destroyed after 2 weeks.
  • At the conclusion of the service please exit the building immediately.

Naturally we will continue to stream services. We 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89538636563?pwd=aDZ6SXUxZTMvMklKSi81UkVlaGpIZz09, and you may access the audio stream by telephoning 301-715-8592 and using meeting ID 8953-863-6563, password 201189.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (a.k.a. Confession) is always available to you, and is especially appropriate during the penitential season of Lent. Due to COVID restrictions I am not presently permitted to hear confessions in person except in the context of last rites, but Bp. Sutton is permitting us to administer the sacrament via Zoom or over the phone. Please contact me to schedule an appointment.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address needs in our community. Our February Healing Sunday offering collected $1325 for the Diocese's Reparations Fund. Our March Healing Sunday offering will be given to Arundel House of Hope.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund enables me to work on the church's behalf to care for those in need in our community, and to support the needs of worthy ministries, as I am made aware of these needs. 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 family's income please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally.

--Fr. Jason

 

I approve of your selecting carefully anything you have found that may be more pleasing to Almighty God, whether in the Roman Church or that of Gaul, or in any Church whatever, and introducing in the Church of the English, which is as yet new in the faith, by a special institution, what you have been able to collect from many Churches. For we ought not to love things for places, but places for things. Wherefore choose from each several Church such things as are pious, religious, and right, and, collecting them as it were into a bundle, plant them in the minds of the English for their use.

--Pope Gregory the Great (feast day: March 12), to Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 597

 



Attachments:

  1. Bulletin