November 19, 2020


Photo courtesy of Lisa Thompson




 Christi Humphrey will offer an Advent Quiet Morning on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 – Noon. Please scroll down for more information. Thank you for once again helping to feed our souls, Christi!


 This Advent we will meet weekly to discuss this resource from the SALT Project. It is very similar to the Lenten sturdy we did two years ago using Mary Oliver’s poetry. Booklets will be available at the church office after today, or we can put one in the mailbox outside the church entrance if you can’t go by when Deb is there. We will meet via Zoom for discussion on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm, unless there are some who prefer to meet in the evening. Please let me know asap if you plan to attend and what time is best for you at

 Here is the info:

In this Advent devotional, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices interweave with Maya Angelou’s stirring vision of faith, freedom, and dignity. All you’ll need is your favorite Bible and Maya Angelou’s The Complete Poetry (all the poems are also available online). Week by week, as we wait, and watch, and pray, we’ll walk toward Bethlehem - with Maya Angelou as our guide. 

 Time off: I will be off Tuesday through Saturday of next week (November 24-28). Please contact our Sr. Warden, Sally DeGroot, if you have a pastoral emergency.

 Worship on November 29: I will be here on Sunday the 29th, but I’d like for us to worship with the Bishop as he introduces something similar to an agape meal. If we like it, we can use it ourselves; if not, we won’t! we’ll have our usual Coffee Hour following the service and discuss what we think about it and if we want to do it again.



Advent: A season of waiting with a sense of promise

As the calendar turns toward Christmas, the liturgical season moves into Advent. It is a season of preparation and waiting. Advent arrives in 2020 in an atmosphere of stress, worry, and loss. Our routines have been upended for months, there are still many unknowns and it is difficult to wait for answers, relief, and clarity.

In the scripture readings for Advent, prophets, saints, and shepherds proclaim the incarnation of God in the world. Is the waiting in Advent different from our waiting for the results of a medical test, a vaccine, or to be able to gather with family? Advent waiting has been described as holy waiting. Waiting that requires profound patience and trust and is colored by hope.

A quiet morning is planned for Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10:00am-noon for cultivating the practice of holy waiting. Gathering virtually, our time together will include prayer, guided meditation, individual contemplation time, and fellowship. Christi Humphrey will facilitate. Christi is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and a colleague at the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington, MA.

No matter where you are on your journey of faith and your ability to wait, please plan to join. To indicate your interest in attending and receive login information, please contact Christi Humphrey at or 508-633-7466.



The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-November 22, 2020
at 10:00 a.m.
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

via Zoom (email for Zoom information) 


The Last Sunday after Pentecost

Christ the King

Proper 29, Year A

Collect of the Day                     We center ourselves for worship in prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson                              Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

In our opening reading the Lord promises to be the shepherd of the people.  God will bring them home and heal them.  God will feed and protect them.  The exile of Israel is coming to an end.  Ezekiel has prophesied against the false shepherds, the rulers who only fed off the flock.  Now God will tend the sheep who have been dispersed and preyed upon, but the overfed will be judged.

Psalm 95:1-7

A call to worship the Lord our God.

The Second Lesson                    Ephesians 1:15-23

In this lesson Paul gives thanks for the faith and love of the Ephesians and prays that they may see with their inward eyes the power of God, who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthly and heavenly dominions.  How vast is the treasure that God offers to those who trust in the Lord!  The Lord Christ now reigns as head of the church, which is his body and which experiences the fullness of his love.

The Gospel           Matthew 25:31-46

Our gospel presents a picture of the universal judgment when the Son of Man, acting as judge and king, will separate humankind into two groups: those who have cared for the Lord in the needy, the stranger, and prisoners–and those who have not. On one level the evangelist intends those in need to be understood as Christian disciples. But the bringing of all peoples into judgment has caused Christians to realize that the Christ is to be recognized in every individual. Beneath this has been decisively revealed in the human person of Jesus, may be perceived in each human being.

Click below to see the readings: 


Faith, Compassion and Healing our National Divides 

Washington National Cathedral and the National Institute for Civil Discourse invite you to hear from two of America’s most respected religious leaders on how we find a way forward healing our divisions through faith and compassion.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, 11:00am ET

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Dr. Russell Moore, Executive Director of the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Hosted by Krista Tippett, broadcaster and host of On Being


As the nation gives thanks for the enduring strength of our democracy, we invite you to draw inspiration and practical tips on how to engage our neighbors with dignity and respect.
This online event is free and open to the public, but 
registration is required


For God alone my soul in silence waits;  from God comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and my salvation,  my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.

                                                                Psalm 62:1-2

Throughout the ages, humans from all faith traditions have sat in stillness and silence to return to their heart in support of their spirit. There is an inner healing presence available to us when we stop, notice, and allow.

If you are interested in strengthening or building a contemplative practice or seek silence within community, please plan to join others, each Tuesday, beginning September 15th, at 9:00am. Newcomers are welcome at any gathering. No previous meditation experience needed.

Our time begins with a brief sitting practice, facilitated by Christi Humphrey.  Christi has lead other groups which gather to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion. Guided meditations and teachings draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.

If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at If you would like to sample Christi leading a guided meditation visit her blog

One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at with any updates.

This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for: Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper, Donna Jones, Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.


Volunteer Shoppers Needed for the Tamworth Christmas Project

As most of you know, the Tamworth Community Christmas Project distributes gifts to local children at St. Andrew’s in December each year. This is also one of the projects our outreach program supports. This year, due to the pandemic, some of their volunteer shoppers will not be shopping. Cathy Baybutt, director of the project, is looking for new volunteers

Volunteers shop for a family (from 1 to 4 children). The parents fill out a form with sizes and needs. We ask shoppers to purchase items on the list and then tally them up, then we send them a reimbursement check for the amount. I have very specific directions which seem to work very well. If you enjoy shopping and might lend a hand, please contact Cathy Baybutt at


No DINNER BELL until further notice.

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
12-6 pm
(No food pantry week of Thanksgiving)
Next Food Pantry: December 9
Any questions call 603-960-4067


If you do not see your birthday or anniversary listed, please make sure Deb in the office has an information sheet on file for you.
9    Alys Walker
10  George Rau, Bruce Foreman

22  Antonio & Betty Faella
25  John & Joan Marshall