Prayers for the Huckman Family
Please keep the Huckman’s in your prayers as they grieve the death of Bob, who died this morning. We pray especially for Tom, Bob’s son, Sue, Bob’s wife, Jen, his daughter-in-law and Sarah, Jim and Tim, his grandchildren
Email Scam Warning:
Deb received an email that looked as though it had come from me (the From: line had my name). The text was “Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy in a prayer session, no calls so just reply my email.” It was sent from the email address: onlinechurch355@g......
The purpose may have been to confirm that it was a working email address. The Bishop’s office has also reported emails being sent that purported to be from him asking for money or donations.
Please be alert to the possibility that an email that looks like it came from me or the Diocese may in fact be a scam. Pay attention to both the content and the language used (the above doesn’t sound like something I’d write, right?!) and if it’s suspicious don’t respond.
Outdoor Eucharist on Sunday, August 9 at 5:00 pm!! (Rain date: August 16)
Your Outdoor Eucharist Planning Team has been hard at work! Yesterday at 4:30 pm we met on the back lawn of the church where we will hold the service and were pleased to see how much shade the maple tree by my office provides at that hour of the day. We also plan to have several 10’ X 10’ canopies set up to provide additional shade.
We chose August 9 as the date because this is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the consecration of the church, August 6, 1927. We will commemorate our birthday by ringing the church bells 93 times at the Eucharist, one toll for each of our 93 years and writing notes expressing our gratitude for St. Andrew’s (see “Happy Birthday, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley” below).
After reading the documents recommended by the Bishop, CDC guidelines and State of NH re-opening guidance we developed the GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR EUCHARIST. Please read these guidelines and then let me know if you plan to attend. As you will see, we need to know in advance how many people will attend so that we can mark places for your chairs with appropriate physical distance between them.
The Eucharist will be a continuation of the morning Liturgy of the Word, not a full service. Our morning Zoom service will be the same as usual. The afternoon Eucharist will have only minimal elements of the Liturgy of the Word (one reading from Scripture, no sermon, no Prayers of the People), followed by the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion. Those who plan to attend the Eucharist are encouraged to attend the Zoom service as well, both for the elements of the service that will only occur at the morning service and to stand in solidarity with those who do not feel comfortable gathering in person.
Stay tuned…. As we approach August 9 we will no doubt make some minor adjustments to the plan. Meanwhile, please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend.
via Zoom (see email for Zoom information)
or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/standrewsinthevalleytamworth/
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 26th, Proper 12, Year A
Collect of the Day
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Lesson Genesis 29:15-28
In our sequential reading from Genesis, Jacob meets his match in his future father –in-law, the deceptive Laban. We encounter the cultural power of custom, here applied to women when it is deemed inappropriate to marry off the younger daughter Rachel before the elder daughter Leah. God makes no overt appearance in these events, though God’s promise is at work even in the unlikely interactions of an exploitative father-in-law, two competitive sisters, and the compromised patriarch Jacob.
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b
A hymn of praise celebrating God’s forming of a people through generations.
The one who reveres the Lord will be blessed with many children, a long life, and the prosperity of Jerusalem.
The Second Lesson Romans 8:26-39
In this lection Paul expresses his great confidence that God is for us, making love known to humankind through the sacrifice of the Son and the help of the Spirit. The Spirit pleads with God for us, interceding when words fail. We learn that God works for good with those called according to God’s purpose. Nothing, therefore, can separate us from the love of One who did not withhold from us the divine Son. Neither mortal distress nor supernatural power can separate us from such love.
The Gospel Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Our gospel is five of Jesus’ short parables: the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the priceless pearl, and the net. They suggest how the action of God’s reign is realized. What seems insignificant is suddenly of great importance. It is like a marvelous gift which one seizes upon joyfully and for which all else is willingly sacrificed. The Kingdom takes all kinds, and the sorting out must await the end. Wise servants will recognize treasure both old and new.
For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Susannah Keith, Alida, Dylan, Brian & Sara Kelley, Bob Wallace, Carl Mamigonian, 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.
A Big Thank You from David!
David has asked me to relay his abundant thanks to all of you who have reached out to him while he’s been in the hospital and rehab. He so appreciates your calls, cards and prayers, and says your support is what is sustaining him through this time. He will be in rehab for many more weeks – he doesn’t know how long – so I know he will appreciate you continued support.
He can be reached on his room phone during business hours at: 603-624-4366, ext. 3857 or his cell phone: 603-733-6961 at any time.
His mailing address is the same as previously published:
Rm. E 105
VA Medical Center
718 Smyth Rd.
Manchester, NH 03104
The 2020 Pack a PACK Drive is Going Virtual!
Although learning may look different this fall, it’s more important than ever for every student to have their own supplies. Help WMUR, Service Credit Union, The NH Food Bank and Boys and Girls Club of Central NH, to make that happen by making a donation today!
This is the program that David Manley coordinates for us every year. The only difference is that it’s all online this year. You can make a donation of any dollar amount, or you can make a $50 donation for a backpack and school supplies, a donation of $25 for a back pack, or a donation for $25 for school supplies.
To make an online donation go to https://servicecu.org/packapack/
Thanks to David for reminding me about this important way we can help school aged children, and directing me to the website!
Next Food Pantry: July 22
Happy Birthday, St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley!
As part of the outdoor Eucharist on August 9th, we will celebrate the beginnings of our ministry here at St. Andrew’s with ringing of the church bells and a Tree of Gratitude. We invite each of you to express a thought of what St. Andrew’s means to you—perhaps, something that you are especially grateful for that we can all rejoice in on this special day. Grab a note card, or anything you can write on—be creative! Bring your gift of gratitude to the 5 PM service to be hung on the tree; or mail it to the church office if you are not able to be present. We hope to hear from everyone…far and near. We will save your gifts to be displayed in the Parish Hall once we are all able to gather together again.