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Social Distancing ~ Spiritually connecting
The week of Jan. 9 - Jan. 16
From The Rector

Dear friends and members,
As my household said farewell to the old year we shared a bottle of Newport Vineyard's wine with a label that read, "Kick 2020 to the Curb." This made us laugh as we turned our attention toward a better year we hope is on the way. I'm guessing that all of us symbolically turned the pages on our calendars from 2020 to 2021 with similar hope and anticipation.

The first week of the new year has surely been chaotic and troubling as we have watched the crisis unfolding in Washington D.C. There remain many uncertainties as we wait for transitions, healing, justice and stability. In Rhode Island as in many places, the pandemic has never been more serious. We have hit new records for infections again and again in recent days. Still, I encourage us to hold onto hope that better days are coming. God is being revealed. This is the time to bear witness to the hope of the world as revealed in Jesus Christ.

This is the season after the Epiphany, which we marked on January 6. This year the feast coicided with the insurrection in our nation's capital. Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of the Christ to the nations as we recall the three wise men who followed a star to the place where the child was. The wise men encountered the Christ after following a star that led them to the place where the child lay. Along the way, they also encountered the tyrant, King Herod, who sought to destroy the infant Jesus. Of course he had wanted to destroy the child, because this messiah, this child bore a love more powerful than anything on earth, more powerful than any human king or any destructive mob that Herod could ever incite. Herod was afraid of the power of this loving messiah and so he stoked fear and violence. And still that messiah's love prevailed. It prevails still. God is revealing the truth to us. Watch for it. Listen to it.

These are difficult and confusing days, to be sure. Let us look for what God is revealing in the midst of it all. We are in transition. Our nation is in transition. Perhaps the whole creation is in transition. We are not able to see fully what is taking place. Know that God is present and is revealing the truth to us and in us. Our task is to see, hear, and know that God is being made known as we walk in the way of love.

My sermon this week will consider how God's Word reveals patterns of truth about the creation and about our identity.

Faithfully yours, Jennifer+

A Video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers important teaching for all of us at this moment of national crisis. I invite you to watch and listen to his witness here.


Worship
First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord

Sunday mornings we will be live on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. sharing a service of Holy Eucharist with music followed by drive through administration of Holy Communion outside the historic church from 11:45 - 12:15.

Liturgical ministers this week:
Lector/ Intercessor
Murry Edwards

Altar Guild:
Jennie Nestlerode

Preacher:
Rev. Jennifer Pedrick +

Livestream Videographer:
Marlo Pratt


"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:4-11

Collect For The Week
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Home Viewing of Service
Sunday 10:30 am
Watch the service in real time, Sunday morning 10:30 am https://www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/

A recording will be available at this site soon after worship has finished on Sunday morning.

The link to this week's service:   
Our weekly video worship services will be posted on our website by Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the latest.


Daily Evening Prayer on Facebook live

Lay leaders are praying the evening office at 5:30 p.m. daily online via Facebook Live. You do not need to have Facebook in order to participate in these daily prayers. If you can not make it at 5:30, the service will be recorded and remain on the St. Mary's Facebook page.
Please join us as you may at //www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/.
To submit a prayer request to our parish prayer list, email Karen Laroche, parish administrator.



Well Being
A Word from The Rector of Emmanuel Church, Newport

The Rev. Della Wager Wells would like us to know that Sea Salt Provisions is now using the kitchen at Emmanuel Church. She says, "it smells like heaven around here." If you are interested in their menu and supporting this local business please visit them online at  https://www.seasaltnutrition.com/  They’re building and improving their web site now, but you can sign up at the bottom for emails on the weekly menu. 



Service


Do you need groceries, errands or help with something else? 

Contact the head of our Pastoral Care Team, Pauline Davis. There are many people who can help.  Her email address is here. You may also phone her at 401-871-1453, but she would prefer an email if you are able.
Communication & Other Announcements

If you lead a ministry and wish to share information, please send the content (which should include relevant information, time, date, place, and contact person with email) to:
Ray Edler for eNews, 
The Rector  if you'd like it verbally announced at worship, 
Parish Administrator Karen Laroche to be included in writing in
the weekly worship bulletin
Mattie Gustafson if you want it on our webpage. 
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action) Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"
St. Mary's Leadership and Staff
VESTRY OFFICERS:
Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom: jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:  treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:  vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 

STAFF:
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org

Our buildings are currently closed due to the Covid - 19 pandemic.
Our grounds, churchyard and outdoor labyrinth are open for walking and prayer.
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.