St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
October 16, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Preparing for Sunday
By: The. Rev. Veronika Travis

How is the story of Cyrus relevant to us? A reflection on this week’s reading from Isaiah.
Sometimes when I’m preparing for Sunday the first lesson speaks to me more than the Gospel early in the week. This is what happened on Monday as I began praying with the readings. I was especially drawn to the first few verses of the passage from Isaiah that we will read. Speaking about Cyrus, the king of Persia, the text reads:

I will go before you and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches hidden in secret places,
so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
Isaiah 45: 2-3

This prophecy is about how God will use Cyrus to liberate Israel from the Babylonian captivity. It has been interpreted to demonstrate that God’s sovereignty is not limited to his chosen people, but that God is the maker and ruler of all creation. Rather than acting directly to liberate Israel, God chooses to remove the obstacles in Cyrus’ path and begin a new political order in Babylon. Cyrus will eventually destroy the Babylonian empire and send the captive Israelites home with permission to rebuild the temple.

It is best not to apply the Biblical prophecies too directly to current events or to situations beyond the salvation narrative, but the fact that this story was passed on is important. The collectors and teachers of this part of Isaiah were responding to an event that happened long before. It is not historical narrative, but a way for the people to view their history through a theological lens. So, when I am working with a passage like this, I ask how looking at God’s action in the story helps me to see God’s action in my life currently.

What I find this passage useful for in contemplating my life this week is in the way the prophet portrays God removing obstacles, God changes the landscape for Cyrus. God is not just making Cyrus a conqueror, but making a new reality for Israel, Babylon, and Persia. I am drawn to the idea that God often chooses to remove obstacles in our path and offers to us things we did not seek when we are following a true calling. Of course, once one discerns a path in solitude, checking it with others in the community and against the evidence of God’s plan in Scripture is the next step to confirming it. We read stories like that of Cyrus in church because they offer touchstones for the community to remember that God has been acting in surprising ways throughout history, but always with the goal of liberating and saving the people whom God loves. Our own discernment will lead us toward those kinds of actions too if we pay attention to where God is calling and removing the obstacles before us.
This Week's Schedule

Sunday, October 18
  • 8:30am* CCI Outdoor Spoken Service (weather permitting)-The Rev. Veronika Travis
  • 10:00am* SMC Indoor Service-The Rev. David Laquintano; CCI Indoor Service-The Rev. Veronika Travis-Live Stream**
  • 10:00am Zoom Sunday School-email Deb Parker for details
  • 11:00am* COVID-Style Coffee Hour-Fr. David's Farewell (SMC Parking Lot)

Tuesday, October 20
4:30pm Beginner/Chair Yoga-ZOOM
5:30pm Evening Prayer-ZOOM
6:00pm All-Levels Yoga-ZOOM

Wednesday, October 21
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, October 22
1:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM

*Registration is helpful by noon on Fridays.
**After the 10:00am service hour, the Live Streamed video is available to view anytime.
COVID-Style Coffee Hour

THIS Sunday, October 18th, we will celebrate Fr. David Laquintano’s time at St. Martin’s as our supply priest for much of 2019 and 2020. Join us in the St. Martin’s parking lot following the 10:00am service for a COVID-19 appropriate coffee hour. This will be our opportunity to say thank you and farewell. If you are unable to be at SMC on Sunday and would like to show your appreciation to Fr. David, you can send a card to the church (400 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087), and we will send it along to him. Please direct all responses and questions to Maggie in the main office by email - or by phone - 610-688-4830.
Service Times
Upcoming Changes

For Sunday, October 25th: With Fr. David having finished his time with us, both services will be at CCI following this schedule -
8:30 am: outdoors at CCI
10:00 am: indoors at CCI (live-streamed)

Given the current in-person attendance and the coming winter weather, the wardens, vestries and Pastor Veronika have decided that indoor Sunday services will be offered on the following schedule between November 1, 2020 and February 14, 2021 (All Saints’ Day to the Last Sunday after the Epiphany):

  • 8:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music at SMC
  • 9:30 am: Sunday School continues on Zoom
  • 10:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music at CCI (live-streamed)

For more details, please view the Pastoral letter by clicking here.
Evening Prayer
A Contemplative Experience

Join Pastor Veronika on Zoom every Tuesday night at 5:30 pm for Evening Prayer and Compline - prayers, confession, readings, and a time for peace. Here are the meeting details:
or Call: 1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 912 1798 5717
A Note about Donations

When worshiping and donating at St. Martin’s or Christ Church, please use your offering envelope or the memo line of your check to designate which church you are supporting. This process will ensure donations are distributed to the proper locations. Thank you for your gifts!
Bible Study
Bible Discussion: The Book of Psalms

Cursing in the Psalms continues to be our focus in the weekly Thursday Bible Discussion. Cursing is a way to stand up to God's enemies and also call on God to not only care but to be involved in our lives. On October 22nd at 1:00 PM we begin to explore the meaning of better known Psalms like the 23rd. It begins by saying, "The Lord is my shepherd..." Sometimes rethinking the familiar is a wonderful way to spark discussion about what we mean when we say, "I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Have you ever wondered what happened to the "evil" the Psalmist references?

Each week stands alone. Zoom in any Thursday at 1:00 PM. Contact Deb Parker if you have questions or would like to test Zoom.

Here are the Zoom details:
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Password: jesus (lowercase)
Sanctuary Time
Weekday Visitors Welcome

For people who might need some church time outside of regular Sunday service hours, St. Martin’s Church will be open for Sanctuary Time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Visitors are welcome to pray, meditate, read, or simply enjoy a moment of peace in our sanctuary. Please check in at the main office upon arrival and follow the usual pandemic safety protocols of hand-sanitizing, masking, and social distancing. Thank you.
Ice Cream Social
An Outing with Pastor Veronika

Enjoy a pop-up ice cream social with Pastor Veronika on Saturday October 24th. This invite goes to all the families of Christ Church Ithan and St. Martin's Radnor for a sweet easy treat. Please stop by Handel's Ice Cream in Berwyn, order your favorite cup or cone, and have a quick visit with Veronika outside. She'll be there from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, and may just try more than one flavor! If you prefer, order ahead at:
Celebration of All Saints' and All Souls' Days
Saints & Souls

November 1st, All Saints' Day, is a major feast of the church when we thank God for the Communion of Saints. The Communion of Saints, living and dead, praise God and spread his love throughout creation. You are a part of the Communion of Saints when you join with them in worship and in honoring God's will for your life, and we remember that on All Saints' Day. November 2nd, All Souls' Day is the day when the church remembers and prays especially for those who have died. We do this because we believe that for those who believe in the love of God incarnated in Jesus Christ, life is changed at death, but not ended. Those whom we love but see no longer are still with us in God's love and will be a part of Christ's coming again in glory. We pray for them at each Sunday service and remember them especially on November 2nd. Because most of us will be in church on the 1st either in person or online, we will also pray for them especially at the Sunday services on November 1st. We are also having a whole church formation event on All Souls' Day to learn about the spiritual benefits of remembering the dead in prayer and about the hope of the resurrection. This is a two part-event:

Sunday, Nov. 1st at 6 pm: Group movie night watching Coco, a recent Pixar release which deals with the themes of All Souls' Day. To join a Disney plus group or to watch in another way, email Nancy McLaughlin or Maggie O'Malley before October 28th. Pastor Veronika and Deb Parker will put folks in groups to watch the movie together. If you can't make the time on Sunday, feel free to watch on your own and attend the Zoom event on Monday.

Monday Nov. 2nd at 6 pm: Make hot cocoa at home and discuss Coco on Zoom with Pastor Veronika and others of all ages in the church. We'll talk about what we saw in the movie, how it relates to All Souls' Day, and why we pray for those who have died. Feel free to wear your Halloween costume or to share decorations with the group!
All Saints' Day
We Remember

During the services on Sunday, November 1st, we will remember the saints in our lives that passed away this year. Please forward the names of those you would like acknowledged to Maggie in the main office at 610-688-4830 or by Monday, October 25th.
Sunday School
The Beatitudes

The third Beatitude discussed on October 11 says, "Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth." In the Bible the word "meek" is sometimes translated as humble, gentile, and kind. The "meek" are also the caretakers of God's creation because they care for both other people and the world around them. In Jesus' time the caretakers were not the powerful landowners, but those who grew crops, took care of animals, or did other work for the landowners. Our Sunday School children said that the meek must have been happy and excited to hear God's promise that THEY would inherit the earth!

On Sunday the 18th, we will explore the Beatitude where Jesus says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they will be filled." Adults are welcome to join us as we give careful consideration to what Jesus might have meant. Zoom Sunday School is for all ages!

For the rest of October we will continue with a 10:00 AM start time. Each session begins with a review so join us any week and invite family and friends to do the same. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Deb Parker by emailing

Here are the Zoom details:
10:00 AM Sundays until Nov. 1st
or call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 977 8051 9998
Password: jesus (lowercase)

NOTE: Starting November 1st, Zoom Sunday School will begin at 9:30 am. The Zoom meeting details will remain the same.
Selfie Directory
Some Digital Fun!

Wouldn't it be nice to have a pictorial directory to help Pastor Veronika match faces with names? Since distancing is the COVID norm, let's create a Selfie Directory virtually! Please take a cell phone selfie (or have someone take it for you) with a big smile and fun background and then email it to Maggie at by October 19th adding "SELFIE" in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address. With this info we'll be able to update our records while making a creative directory. When complete, a copy of the Selfie Directory will be emailed to you in return. Say cheese!
Contacting Our Rector
Stay in Touch

Please take note of the various ways to communicate with Pastor Veronika -
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM or by appointment
  • Cell Phone: 610-596-1489, voice and text
  • Email:
DioPA Events
Free Flu Clinic

The Diocese has organized free flu clinics for people to come get their flu shots. No fee. Insurance cards and photo IDs are required. Anyone 3 years old or older is welcome; if you are bringing an infant for a flu shot please contact Here is today's location:

  • 10/16: All Saints' Episcopal Church Torresdale, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13)
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22