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This Week at St. Andrew's - 2 August 2020
July 30, 2020, 7:18 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Andrew's,

Fr. Ron will be preaching and celebrating 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.  I would prefer to avoid having to put tape down on the floor and pews, as other churches have done; if we can all follow this guideline, we won't need to mark up our worship space that way.  If we can't, we will.
  • 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 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 will follow in a seperate email this Friday.

On the third Sunday of each month we take up a special offering to address the needs of hungry people in our community.  We have already 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.

 

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 (priest@standrewspasadena.com) or phone (410-241-4838) to arrange for these pastoral services.

 

--Fr. Jason

 

 

We should strive then for the kingdom of heaven which is unlike the human dominion of the present world, which earthly kings love.  It blinds like mist, it slays like sleep, it wounds like a point, it destroys like a blade, it burns like fire, it drowns like a sea, it swallows like a pit, it devours like a monster.  But not like that is the kingdom which the saints and the righteous strive for.  It is a bright flower in its great purity, it is an open sea in its great beauty, it is a heaven full of candles in its true brilliance, it is the eye's delight in its great loveliness and pleasantness, it is a flame in its fairness, it is a harp in its melodiousness, it is a feast in its abundance of wine...in its true radiance.  Blessed are they who shall come into the kingdom where God himself is, a King, great, fair, powerful, strong, holy, pure, just, knowing, wise, merciful, loving, beneficent, old, young, wise, noble, glorious, without beginning, without end, without age, without decay.  May we enter the kingdom of that King, may we merit it and may we dwell there forever and ever.  Amen.

 

--Old Irish, 9th c.