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Social Distancing ~ Spiritually connecting
The week of Mar. 27 - Apr. 2
From The Rector

Dear Friends,

One of the things I hear so often from our members and friends is the longing to gather again, to be together for worship, meals and conversation. With the arrival of Spring and vacinations we have hope that we are headed that way. Our outdoor worship was to resume tomorrow, but alas the weather will not permit this.

If the bad news is that the weather has changed our gathering plans for tomorrow, the good news is that Easter Sunday has a good forecast and we have a crowd signed up to come and rejoice together. We have high hopes for singing alleluias, ringing our bells (bring your own bells to ring) and feasting at the Lord's table.

First, we must walk with Jesus and each other through the gates of Jerusalem, to the upper room, to the garden, the trial, and the crucifixion. Then we will light the first fire of Easter, pass over from darkness to light and finally celebrate Easter Day gathering in person. Though much of this holy week will be experienced online, we will have a sense of being together, especially on Maundy Thursday.

If you came to our annual meeting, you may remember that there was a palpable feeling of our joy at being together, even on Zoom. Maundy Thursday worship this year will be on Zoom. It will be very simple, but you need to prepare a bit in advance.

We will gather for a meal, each of us in our own homes. Get a candle if you'd like, your beverage of choice, a bit of bread to break and some other simple food. Sit in front of your computer screen. We will hear part of the story of the last supper read. Then we will bless our food and share a meal and focused conversation in small Zoom breakouts. Then we will re-gather for prayers and music. It may be a gathering we will never forget - one more chance to say, "we've never done it this way before!"

The first disciples had never experienced that kind of meal before either. As Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, shared it, he said, " whenever you do this,do it in remembrance of me." And he did the same with the cup. Then he washed their feet and showed them what is was to love by serving.

Please join us in worship this week. We have reason to believe we will soon be re-gathered in person. We have hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let us walk together in that hope.

Faithfully, Jennifer+


Sunday of The Passion, Palm Sunday,
March 28, 10:30 a.m.

Facebook live 10:30
Palms and Holy Communion Distributed 11:45 - 12:15

Sunday Worship Links

This Week's Leaders:

Lector/ Intercessor
The Rev. Laura Palmer

Passion Gospel Readers
Anne Wood
Mary Lauzon
The Rev. Laura Palmer
Murry Edwards
Michael Templeton
Julie Zecher
David Brierley
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick

Altar Guild
Jennie Nestlerode,
Sheila Benevides

Livestream Videographer:
Marlo Pratt

David Brierley

Michael Templeton,
Julie Zecher

Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick+

Collect For The Week
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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/.

Holy Week Worship at St. Mary's

Prepare for Holy Week
We've never done it this way before!

Watch for a special edition of this eNews to come out on Thursday morning.

It will contain bulletins, links and directions for each of the services.

Read below and mark your calendars now.

You may wish to prepare a home altar.

Get your meal planned for Maundy Thursday and download the Zoom link.

Try out Facebook live if you have not done so before.

Find a bell to ring on Easter and get your bonnets ready!
Palm Passion Sunday
March 28, 10:30 a.m.
Facebook live,

11:45 - 12:15
Drive through distribution of Holy Communion and blessed palms at the historic church. Masks and distancing observed.

Maundy Thursday
April 1, 6 p.m.
Community Zoom Worship
Including a shared meal.
Given the great participation at our Zoom Annual Meeting, we are going to gather the community for Zoom worship as we begin the Triduum.

This service will include hearing God's word, sharing a meal from your own homes, (get a drink, some bread, and some simple food) music, prayer, and reflection on Jesus' commandment to love one another.

To prepare or join this meal/worship: download this Zoom link

Good Friday
April 2, Noon
Facebook live and recorded
The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday will be livestreamed. It will include God's word including the passion Gospel, a brief sermon, and the solemn collects.
Holy Saturday - Service of Light
April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Facebook live and recorded
In the darkness of this holy night we will kindle and bless the new fire and the Paschal Candle, recalling the Light of Christ.

We will hear the ancient, solemn chanting of the Exsultet and the Collect for light.

Here is a link to the lessons recalling salvation history. You may wish to read them on Holy Saturday as preparation for our Easter celebration.
Easter Sunday
April 4, 10:30 a.m.
In person, outdoor worship
Celebrate the resurrection with joy! This service will include Holy Eucharist shared in community. We will plan for a large attendance.

Reservations are required and may be made at this link.

Inclement weather plan will include a livestream service and drive through Easter communion.
Prayer Requests
If you would like to add someone to the prayers of the people, to be included in the Sunday morning prayers and in the daily evening prayers, please contact Parish Administrator, Karen Laroche. We typically keep people in the prayers for one month.

Seeking Baptism?
If you are interested in preparing for baptism, please contact Jennifer and she will help you to plan.

Well Being
St. Mary’s Community Garden Plots Available
Our community garden continues to provide a beautiful outdoor environment to grow your own vegetables or to donate fresh vegetables to local food pantries. The garden is a great place to be! 
If you would like to have a plot this spring, the application is available on the St. Mary’s website here. 
For information please email the garden coordinator Elise LaParle Garcia garden@smcportsmouth.org.

MLK Food Collection Change

As we move to Sunday outdoor worship; starting this weekend (weather permitting), we will once again be collecting food on that day for the MLK Center and not on Tuesdays.
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) If you have a photo or image that is always welcome.
St. Mary's Leadership and Staff
Sr. Warden: Marlo Pratt: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: George LeBlanc: jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: David Brierley:  treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:  vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 

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.