I am happy to report that David is finally back at the rehab center after a long hospital stay. I’m sure he would love to hear from you. 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
I will be on vacation next week, July 13-19. Worship this Sunday will be as usual at 10:00 (look for an email on Saturday with the Zoom link and the bulletin). Next Sunday, July 19, worship will be with the Bishop at 9:00. Information for that service can be found at the Diocesan website: https://www.nhepiscopal.org/worship-liturgy.
Our mid-week worship services will continue as usual, thanks to Sammie and Pat, who will host Compline and Morning Prayer in my absence. They will also host Coffee Hour at our usual Zoom link following the Bishop’s service on July 19.
Have a wonderful week!
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The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 12th, Proper 10, Year A
Collect of the Day
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
LESSONS We hear the Word of God proclaimed.
First Lesson Genesis 25:19-34
Esau and Jacob are born to Isaac and Rebekah, but it is the second and younger twin who makes himself first, upsetting the established cultural pattern of primogeniture. God’s purposes are fulfilled within the untidy and compromised patterns of human interaction. Jacob deceives his brother Esau, who driven by his appetites, loses his birthright.
Even in times of hardship, the psalmist is committed to following the statutes and precepts of the Lord.
The Second Lesson Romans 8:1-11
In this lesson Paul draws a sharp contrast between the mind set on the flesh, and the mind set on the Spirit. The person oriented only toward this temporal world with its rewards and pleasures can neither keep the law nor please God. Only through the grace of God in Christ can a fundamental reorientation toward God’s Spirit occur. When God’s Spirit quickens faith there is no longer any condemnation, for the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now indwells those so animated.
The Gospel Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Our gospel is Jesus’ parable of the sower, together with its interpretation. The story by itself may once have been used to stress how surprisingly fruitful God’s power can be, quite apart from human expectations or control. With its explanation the parable was used as an allegory by early Christians to help them understand the missionary situation of the church. Because of the work of the devil and human weakness and sin, the word they preached did not always produce. But, in the right circumstances, its fruit could be anywhere from substantial to amazing.
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.
The United Thank Offering (UTO) Presents The Great EpisGOpal Race!
Calling all St. Andrew’s walkers, runners, hikers…...join with me in participating in the
Great EpisGOpal Race Virtual Run/Walk to support the 2020 UTO Ingathering. “Anytime between July 22-July 31, choose your preferred mode and distance and race to raise money for COVID-19 relief.”
Even though it would be fun to organize a team, I just went on the website and it looks like it might be a bit daunting to try and register everyone – need several contact details. If we all do our own registration, we can still be a virtual team and know what we have raised collectively as a parish. Your registration fee of $15 becomes your donation and I think you can also ask people to sponsor you. Take a look at the website listed below for more details and the registration form.
I will be happy to keep track of who registers and our fundraising totals. Give me a call at 367-8223 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This seems like a great way to make our UTO contribution. Hope to hear from many of you sometime soon.
DID YOU KNOW?
IT’S IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE A CENSUS FOR ALL PROPERTIES, INCLUDING SEASONAL HOMES!
I received a call from the Census Bureau asking if I would help spread the word about the low number of Census responses in Carroll County. NH currently reports a response rate of 61.9%, which is the same as the national rate. However, Carroll County’s response rate is only 34%.
The Census representative, Nicole McKenzie, says it’s possible that people who own a summer home may not be aware that they need to complete the census form for all properties they own, which could be a factor in Carroll County’s low response rate. She also noted that households that self-respond will reduce the need to send Census Takers out door-to-door in August.
If you haven’t yet filled out your Census form, please do. It will inform the allocation of federal funding over the next 10 years to support education, healthcare, roads and other needed community services.
To see response rates of individual states and counties, go to https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
Here are instructions if you own a summer home:
If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you were staying on April 1, 2020. However, a census response is required from each and every property. For any property you own but only use part of the time, follow these instructions:
1. Visit www.my2020census.gov
2. Enter the Census ID or address for this secondary property
3. Enter “0” for the number of people living at this property
4. Hit Next, and when a “soft error” occurs, click Next again
5. Select “No” when asked to confirm no person lives at this property
6. Select primary reason – Seasonal (most likely)
7. Complete! If you have already completed the 2020 Census for your primary residence you can exit at this point.
Following these instructions ensures all properties are counted!
For more information go to 2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020.
Next Food Pantry: July 22
Prayer for the end of the day:
In the quiet of the night
may we know your presence, O God.
At the ending of the day
may our souls be alive to your nearness.
Amidst the tiredness that overcomes our bodies
and the tensions that linger in our minds,
amidst the uncertainties and fears
that haunt us in the darkness of the night,
let us know your presence, O God,
let our souls be alive to your presence.
John Philip Newell
Sounds of the Eternal