|94th Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Andrew's|
I’m just back from another great vacation! It was so good to see all my family – except baby Anna and her mom, who was too worried about Covid to come. I totally understood, and think she made the right decision. It was such a privilege to officiate at my niece’s marriage. They are so happy, and my heart is full.
Here’s a picture of everyone else (except one brother and his family, who arrived the next day). The happy brides are on the left in the front row.
Many thanks to Nancy Spencer-Smith for filling in for me last Sunday!
Join us on Sunday at 9:00 for the 94th anniversary of St. Andrew’s celebration. During the usual sermon time we will share our thoughts on what we learned about church during the pandemic and our recent reopening for in-person services. What did you miss while our services were on Zoom? Now that many of us are back in church, what do you appreciate? Are there things you used to take for granted that have new meaning now? What are you most grateful for? Please write down your thoughts on one or more of these questions, keeping it to 50 words of less so that everyone who wishes can share at the service
Following the service we’ll have a parish brunch, the first one in almost two years! Bring your favorite brunch dish and enjoy catching up with each other. I hope to see you there!
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM
This Sunday-August 1st
10th Sunday after Pentecost
at 9:00 a.m.
Join us for the 94th anniversary celebration!
Sermon time devoted to sharing our experience of
St. Andrew’s during the pandemic
Followed by a potluck parish brunch
Bring your favorite brunch item to share
Collect of the Day
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First Lesson Exodus 34:29-35
In our first reading we hear how Moses’ face shone after he had spoken with the Lord. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after again receiving the ten commandments, the people were afraid to approach him because of the radiance of his face. Whenever he talked with the people, he had to wear a veil.
The holy and mighty Lord reigns on high. God spoke to Israel’s leaders from a pillar of cloud and has forgiven them their misdeeds
The Second Lesson 2 Peter 1:13-21
This lesson presents the apostle Peter as he recalls his vision of Jesus in majesty on the holy mountain and the heavenly voice that announced this was God’s beloved Son. Peter was among those who were eyewitnesses to this revelation. It makes more sure the prophetic message that is like a lamp for us. But no one should make this prophecy a matter solely of their own interpretation, for it has come through the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel Luke 9:28-36
Updating the Prayer List
Please let Deb know when a person can be removed from the prayer list. Thank you.
Eleanore’s Project Update
As part of Eleanore’s Project, Sammie Wakefield has received requests for thirty wheelchairs for children in Peru. The North American team has not been able to travel to Peru since 2019 and they will not be able to travel there in 2021. However, the Peruvian therapists continue to work with children at Yancana Huasy who need mobility as well as consultation with their parents on 24 hour postural care. At their request Eleanore’s Project is putting together a container of equipment scheduled to leave Sioux Falls, SD the last week of August.
Sammie has equipment and supplies ready to be boxed on Monday, August 2 and then on Saturday August 7. We still need some extra hands to help on both those days. Please call Sammie to volunteer or have questions about what type of help is needed.
We plan for the Uhaul truck to be in the parking lot at St Andrews on Sunday August 8 and delivered to Manchester on Monday the 9th. Sammie will be going to Sioux Falls on August 23-26 to join other members of Eleanore’s Project and pick out the rest of the equipment for the container.
Lord, you give the great commission:
“Heal the sick and preach the word.”
Lest the Church neglect its mission
and the Gospel go unheard,
help us witness to your purpose
with renewed integrity;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us
for the work of ministry.
Lord, you call us to your service:
“In my name baptize and teach.”
That the world may trust your promise,
life abundant meant for each,
give us all I new fervor, draw us
closer in community;
Lord, you make the common holy:
“This my body, this my blood.”
Let your priests, for earth’s true glory,
daily lift life heavenward,
asking that the world around us
share your children’s liberty;
Lord, you show us love’s true measure:
“Father, what they do, forgive.”
Yet we hoard as private treasure
all that you so freely give.
May your care and mercy lead us
to a just society;
Lord, you bless with words assuring:
“I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring,
may we serve as you intend,
and, amid the cares that claim us,
hold in mind eternity;
~ Jeffrey Rowthorn