A community reshaping itself
to be fit for God's purpose
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Weekly Enews
Beginning this Sunday, June 6, 9am Eucharist will be held outdoors - Church on the Street. Masks are optional when outdoors at St. Martin's. Additionally, the service will be streamed on our YouTube channel.

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Rector's Epistle

Welcome to summer, although this Memorial Day Weekend seemed an unseasonably cold and wet launch for summer 2021. Yet, not even this was able to dim our sense of relief as life continues to move towards resumption of normal social and seasonal activities with corona virus infections continuing to decline in Rhode Island and New England, generally. We can only pray that this trajectory will continue despite the inevitable arrival of new variants.

This past weekend however had its somber side with the traditional commemoration of the fallen in the wars - beginning with the Civil War and working through to the present day. The weekend also marked the truly dark and tragic centenary of the Tulsa Massacre – perhaps the single most egregious act of organized racially inspired violence in American history, although not an isolated event as Eugene Robinson’s Washington Post article It Was Much More Than Tulsa illuminates. I think for me, this shocking event has been compounded by the selective cognizance and suppression of truth - the promotion of lies in plain sight – fast forward to 2021. The massacre on ‘Black Wall Street’ is not only an expression of civic- organized white fear, but also evidence for the murderous violence of envy that stalks the hidden byways of the human heart. The Tulsa centenary is a reminder – if one were needed – that racial fear coupled with resentment remains the unhealed wound in the American psyche.

On a lighter note, June 6th marks the resumption of church-on-the-street - Sunday worship on Orchard Place. We will continue with the 9am start time, which I know continues to be too early for many but given summer heat it is the better time for our summer schedule. In the fall, we will resume two Sunday Services, one at 8am and the other at the more civilized return to 10am.

We have a new summer order of service. It is more experimental with the basic ’79 Prayer Book structure enriched by Anglican materials from the Church of England’s more contemporaneous Book of Common Worship. We so missed singing and so we will be exploring the dynamics of congregational singing in an open-air acoustic. My sense is that our worship over the coming summer months will encourage us to have fun. I hope many of you will join us for church-on-the-street beginning on Sunday. The Sunday Eucharist will also continue to be livestreamed as an open-air event for to those who can’t be physically present.

Parents with young children, if you would like us to provide childcare during the service, please reach out to Susan in the office.

After the 9am this Sunday we will move to the Memorial Garden for the interring of Al Howes ashes in front of the tree planted in his memory. Al was our faithful Sacristan and tireless behind the scenes worker. As a result of his untimely death, his legacy made the single largest contribution to the recent capital campaign and so we will honor him on Sunday in loving memory and with deep gratitude.

I hope to see you at church-on-the-street either in person or online this Sunday.


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Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates

  • David T. Barrall, M.D. will be awarded the Master of Health Care Business from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business in June.
  • Olivia Hunter Gray graduated from Home School High School in Barrington. She will attend The University of Maine in Farmington, (UMF) in the fall.
  • Alison Kostas will graduate from Barrington High School. Alison will attend American University as she pursues a degree in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG)
  • Peter Kostas will graduate from Barrington High School. He will attend American University as he pursues a degree in Economics.
  • Juliana Toolan Pal is graduating from the Wheeler School in Providence. She will attend George Washington University with a major in psychology and biology.
  • Ian Tulungen completed his Hydrology Certificate at University of Rhode Island. Ian is continuing his studies at URI for Masters in Environmental Science and Management.

Glorify the Goose

Help us "Glorify the Goose" this Summer!  

During the past year the Thrifty Goose has been an upstairs blessing to St. Martin's and the people of Rhode Island.  

Over the summer we will be refurbishing the basement location and adding new style, fresh color, clean air and world class filtration. Details about this exciting project will follow in the next few weeks.

Are you handy with a paintbrush or a saw?  Do you have a few hours to help us spruce up the Goose?

Please contact the office to let us know of your willingness to help. We will be in touch about where and when.
On Sunday, June 6 immediately following the 9am service, we will inter the ashes, in our Memorial Garden, of Alfred Upham Howes who died on August 22, 2019. We will also dedicate a styrax japonicum “snow cone” tree in his memory. Al was a committed member of the Memorial Garden team. 
Weekly Prayer List

The collect for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your
inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by
your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

  • Those who have birthdays this week: Peter Lofgren, Dana Welshman, John Staniunas, Ian Tulungen, Missy Bennett, Raya Goff, Will Burke, Addison Gonneville, Meg LoPresti, Jeanna Whittredge, and Lisa Koelle. 

  • Those who have been commended to us: Christina, Ed, Frances & Tom, Marie, Jim & Rosemary, Alisa & Gray, Eidan, Angela, Chris, Jeremiah, Virginia, Justin, Michael, Sam, Truls, Linda, Paula, Gail, Sheila, Aldo & Madeleine, Andy & Alice, David, Marie, Larry, Bobby, Ruth, Claire, Jane, Charlie, Peter & Susie, Deb, Jeannine, Rebecca, Mary, Jake, Beth, Carma, Michele, Parker, Lisa, Jane, Tracy, Roger, Brian, Carol, Beth, Allen, Steve, Liz, Jennifer, Arletta, Larry, Bob & Claudia, Martin, Ryan, Barbara, Jaymi, Elisabeth, Laura & Frank, Beverly, William, Suzanne, and John.

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