National Day of Mourning and Lament, June 1, 2020

This day has been organized by more than 100 interfaith leaders and is meant “to mourn, lament, and honor the dead, acknowledge the unequal nature of our suffering, pray together for the healing of the nation, and recommit to the difficult work ahead.” It was organized before the events of this weekend and is even more needed and poignant now.

“O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day all who have died. We thank you for giving them to us, and to their family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console all who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

DIY Retreat Day 4

Scripture of the Day

Our scripture today is Luke 10:17-24, in which Jesus thanks God that wisdom has been revealed to the children. The wisdom of God is not reserved for the powerful. The wisdom of God is not reserved for clergy. The wisdom of God is offered to all who would hear these stories as children.

In hearing the stories of Jesus, we become like children. Indeed, we can be led by little children as we hear these stories in a new way. This is why in Church School we always ask questions like “What was your favorite part?” “Was there a part that was most important? “Is any part of the story about you?” With each answer offered by the children, we can hear the story afresh and discover something new.

We can pray this passage by saying, “Jesus, I need your wisdom.” Even these few words can help us know what we are to do. We can also thank God for this wisdom, saying simply “Thank you.” Just those two words are a powerful prayer we can pray when we feel we know which way to go.

Scavenger Hunt

Don’t forget to send in all of your pictures. We’d like to collect them by next Sunday, Pentecost.


Story of St. Julian

Breath Prayers

All Shall Be Well
This tune is a chant based on Julian of Norwich’s prayer “All shall be well.”

We hope you’ve had as much fun with this as we have! Don’t forget that you can still watch any of the videos you missed this week. Have a good week, and peace be with you!

In peace,

Andrew, Kirsten, and Ann

DIY Retreat Day 3

Welcome to the third day of our retreat. If you’d like to read this on the web and see the music, meditation, and stories that have been shared, click here!
Scripture of the Day
The passage for the day is Matthew 7:28-8:4, in which Jesus heals a man with leprosy. In one of our Godly Play stories, in which it says that Jesus’ work “was to come close to people, especially the people no one else wanted to come close to.” Jesus came close to people who were cast out of the community, left alone, and how he did so is a mystery. We can come close to people these days in different sorts of ways, maybe through the internet or a phone call. We can do the same work as Jesus by helping people feel loved.
Today, we can pray our scripture by saying, “Come close to me, Jesus, even when I feel alone.” We can pray this prayer any time, night or day.
I Wonder Why
You’ll notice that with Godly Play stories, we always ask questions at the end.
“I wonder, what your favorite part is?”
“I wonder, is there a most important part?
“I wonder, where are you in this story?”
“I wonder, is there any part we can leave out and still have all the story we need?”
Have you ever wondered why we wonder so much? Our wondering is part of how we engage with the stories, entering them with our imaginations. We can discover new things by wondering like this.
Wondering can be an important part of how anyone can engage with the stories in the Bible. Our imaginations can be a way we meet God. Whether you’re a kid, a youth, or an adult, you can wonder about these stories and discover new things. Try it out sometimes!
Scavenger Hunt
Don’t forget to take pictures for the scavenger hunt.
We hope your weekend is going well. Keep up with the scavenger hunt! It’ll be time to share your pictures before you know it!

DIY Retreat Day 2

Welcome to the second day of our retreat. If you’d like to read this on the web and see the music, meditation, and poetry that have been shared, click here!
Scripture of the Day
The scripture of the day is Matthew 7:22-27, where Jesus tells a story of a wise person who builds their house on a steady foundation. The wise person knows that for the house to be strong, the foundation needs to be strong too. To build without a solid foundation is dangerous because the storms will knock it down. To those who build on a solid foundation, Jesus gives the words of comfort, “I know you. You followed me, and you shared my love with people around you. No matter what storms arise, I know you and am with you.”
Like yesterday’s scripture, we can pray our scripture. We can pray, “Be with me through the storm.” No matter what arises, even a prayer as short as this can help us get through.
Godly Play stories
The Godly Play stories we share here are part of a series called “Knowing Jesus in a New Way.” After the sad events of Holy Week, the disciples discovered that they were coming to know Jesus in a new way. In today’s Godly Play story, the disciples hear Jesus saying, “Go and share my love with others.” Check it out here!
All-church Scavenger Hunt
Part of our retreat will be a scavenger hunt! Everyone is invited to participate, kids and adults alike. Over the next few days, take pictures of things on this list and share them with Andrew (details below). As you take pictures, make sure you social distance and wear your mask when you are around people. Send in all of the pictures this weekend (or at least by Pentecost, May 31). We’ll put the pictures together and share them!
  1. Something shiny
  2. A cool car
  3. A flower you really like
  4. A picture of St. Mary’s or another church building
  5. A reflection of your family in a mirror or water
  6. A bird
  7. Someone making a silly face
  8. A close picture of a leaf
Bonus: Picture of a Bible character. Maybe it’s of Mary or Moses or John the Baptist. How do you think they look? What do you think they would be doing?
How do you submit them? Email them to Andrew. You don’t have to do all of them. Just have some fun taking pictures for everyone to enjoy!
I’m excited to hear about all the fun you have on the scavenger hunt. In the meantime, we continue this journey together. Until tomorrow!
In peace,
Andrew, Kirsten, and Ann

DIY Retreat Day 1: “I am with you always”

Welcome to the St. Mary’s DIY retreat. This retreat is set up so that you can choose which parts you’d like to join. We will have daily prayer, Godly Play stories, meditations, and music. We hope that you find something you can take with you as you go.
Everything we share will be up on the website each day so that you can return to it when you need it. Today, you’ll see some music on there for you to enjoy. Find it all HERE.
Our scripture for the day is Matthew 28:16-20, a passage often called the Great Commission. In this scripture, Jesus offers the disciples, and us, words of comfort. He says, “I am with you always, even until the end of the age.” Jesus had died, but the disciples now discovered that they were coming to know Jesus in a new way. They thought they had lost him, but now he was with them again, just as he is with us.
As you go about your day, think about the scripture of the day. You can even turn it into a prayer whenever you would like. Just saying the words “Jesus be with me” can be a comfort when we feel alone. Try it out!
Starting off our retreat will be Vespers tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. (Sign up for email updates HERE is you wish to participate.)
It will be wonderful to take this journey with you over the next few days. Don’t forget, you can always return to these scriptures and prayers whenever you need them. Take care, and we hope to see you soon!
In peace,
Andrew, Kirsten, and Ann

Music at this Sunday’s Online Service

All are welcome to join our Sunday 10am service online! To join, please sign up for email updates that will include the login credentials.

This Sunday’s prelude, The Call sung by Nathan Hylan, is one of the Five Mystical Songs written for solo baritone by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). The text is a poem by George Herbert (1593-1633), the Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest. The opening phrase, “Come, my way, my truth, my life,” is a reference to John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” These words are found in the Gospel reading this Sunday and in the Prayer of the Day.

David Haas (b. 1957) is a contemporary American composer of liturgical music. He set the opening words of this Sunday’s Gospel text from John 14, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” We will hear an original arrangement of Haas’ hymn by Melanie Donnelly, alto and Eric Ritter, guitar.

This joyful Eastertide (Hymn 192) is a text by George Woodward (1848-1934), an English parish priest who wrote and translated a large number of hymns. His words are paired with a Dutch tune that was originally a 17th-century popular song. This pattern occurs often in hymn writing, where new words are set to a familiar tune to make it easier to sing. Although we may not be feeling especially joyful during this year’s Eastertide, this hymn brings a message of the hope that is ours through faith in the “Lord of all life.”

Coming Online Events

St. Mary’s held an online Trivia Night this past Saturday!

Here is a list of upcoming online get togethers, outside of our regular Sunday worship together. To join, please sign up for email updates that will include the login credentials.

Tuesday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m.: Children’s Storytime: Live from the Rectory  (NEW time)! Past stories include “If Jesus Came to My House, “Snowmen at Work,” “The Night You Were Born” (a beautifully illustrated interpretation of Psalm 139), “Hunches of Bunches” by the indomitable Dr. Seuss, “Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown, “The Tale of Three Trees,” “Snowmen All Year,” and more. Publishers have relaxed guidelines around some copyrighted material, but they do not want it to stay up indefinitely, so storytimes are deleted after three weeks. Share with your kids, grandkids, or neighbors!

Vespers every other Thursday in Eastertide! Save Thursday, May 14 and Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. for evening prayer on Zoom in Easter.

May Easter Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. COVID-19 Spiritual Survival Kit! What can we do to take care of ourselves and others right now? How can we do God’s work in the world and rely on God to help us survive — spiritually, physically, and emotionally? We will watch a video together from a respected instructor who will offer suggestions to help us navigate this period of time with care (May 10), connection (May 17), and rest (May 24). This course is ideal for anyone who wants to discuss skills and coping mechanisms that can be applied now.

Week of May 3, 2020

[Photo courtesy of Ella C.]

For login credentials for all our online activities, please subscribe to email updates.

Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. St. Mary’s Zoom Trivia Night!

Sunday, May 3

  • 10 a.m. Worship: Morning Prayer, Rite II
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Godly Play for Children Ages 3 – Grade 3
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. COVID-19 Spiritual Survival Kit
  • 11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Youth Group 4th Grade and Up

Moving to ZOOM Platform for Online Services and Events

While we are still in social distancing because of COVID, we will continue to offer Sunday worship, Christian education, and weekday Vesper service through the ZOOM platform. ZOOM gives us more interactivity and flexibility than the Facebook Live and other services we looked at. HOWEVER do be safe, all of our Zoom services will require a password to participate.

If you are not already on the church mailing list, please sign up here for email updates . This will not only keep you up to date, but have the meeting and password information needed to participate in online worship.