2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, & Keehna, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 304
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Welcome back!!!
September 12 & 13

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

For a video of what the church will look like for the Welcome Back Weekend, September 12-13, please visit: 

Weekly Epistle
15th Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, 2020

A Letter to the Congregation from Pierre-Henry

What a Wonderful World???

As I was walking the dogs with Sophie, yesterday, I was thinking about this weekend and our first in-person services since March 14. A song came to my mind, What a wonderful day! I asked Sophie if she knew this song of Louis Armstrong, and she began to sing the right words: I see skies of blue, and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night, and I think to myself: What a wonderful world.

Yes, what a wonderful world...

This morning I realized that this Friday 9/11. So I began my day by reading articles about 9/11. Memories of what I did and how I reacted to the incredible news of what happened in US soil in 2001 burst into my mind. My mood changed. Suddenly, the song What a wonderful world became out of place, almost ironic: What have we done to our world? What have we done to our society?

What a wonderful world? There is so much violence in the world. There is so much violence in our society. There is so much hatred. There is so much divisiveness.

As a Christian, I know that this is indeed a wonderful world because God is among us. I also know that this is our common mission to bring peace, justice, reconciliation, and Love in this world, in our society in our communities. This is a wonderful world when we are able to live according to Jesus' teachings. If we, Christians, are not able to be artisans of peace, justice, and reconciliation, I wonder what's going to happen.

This morning my heart is heavy when I think about all the violence I see in our society today, violence in action, but also violence in words. My heart is heavy when I see how fellow followers of Jesus disrespect each other because of their opposite political views.

This morning my heart is heavy when I think about all those who are suffering in their mind, body, and soul. My heart is heavy when I think about all those who are suffering from injustice, racism, bigotry, etc. This morning my heart is heavy when I think about all those who are suffering from homelessness, those who are hungry, those who have no hope. My heart is heavy when I think about those suffering from the wildfires right now.

But I'm a Christian. I know there is always hope because of the unconditional love of God for us all. I know there is hope because Jesus redeemed this World once for all. I know there is hope because we are all forgiven sinners.
So, as I lift up to God all these sufferings, today I want to rejoice because this weekend some of us will be able to gather together to worship the Lord for the first time in six months. Today I want to rejoice this weekend some of us will be able to pray for all of us, for the community, our county, and the world. I want to rejoice because I know that when 2 or 3 are gathered in His name He is in the midst of them.

Yes, despite all the ugliness that I see around me and around the world, I want to rejoice because we are never alone. Christ is always at our side, in our midst, in our lives.

So maybe I can't say that we are living in a wonderful world, but this Saturday is going to be a wonderful day for St Luke's. Sunday is going to be a wonderful day for St Luke's. And I'm excited, I'm rejoicing that our common lives are on their way to be almost normal. This weekend will be a wonderful weekend for those able to gather at St Luke's. Together we will worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Ps 96:9). Together we will bear and pray for and with those who won't be able to come into our walls.

What a beautiful day it will be for St Luke's!

In Christ's love,
Pierre-Henry+
Loss and Grief during the pandemic
Julie Cargill, R.N., A.N.P., G.N.P., retired
In collaboration with Rev. Chris Christy

The Coronavirus episode in our lives has led to a psycho-social effect I am calling “the pandemic of grief”.  That is to say, we have all lost to some degree the valued familial and social support helpful to deal with loss. I have had contact with a friend who recently lost his dad to the virus. The extended family were mostly local here, but not able to visit the dad in the intensive care unit because of contagion precautions. My friend felt the acute pain of not being able to “settle” with his dad and offer comfort and love in this sad time. Another friend recently had the diagnosis of recurrent cancer, and under usual circumstances, I would have flown to be with her during her surgical and recovery period. However, now I would  worry about introducing a health risk  at this time.  But it feels like I am setting my friend adrift. I am sure everyone has some semblance of this sense of loss and grief.  

Of course, there are many losses during this period: deaths; illness; enforced separation from friends, family, community; cancellation of celebrations and rituals including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, funerals; very little public activities; workplace disruption and job loss; separation or divorce; sporting event cancellations—the list is endless, isn’t it? I am going to focus here on grief after death of a loved and how to assist those we can connect with in the grief process.  

Individuals, of course, each have unique responses to traumatic events such as these. Grief is a physiological response to loss which can be disabling emotionally and physically. We have had models of grief presented to us which attempt to define and “stage” grief as a process. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outline five distinctive stages to the grief process: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. We all know that these “stages” may happen in a very fluid fashion, in that there is no definitive beginning and end to any of them.

I like the more recent work of Psychologist Dr. J.W. Worden. He has done much study and clinical work with bereavement and is the author of several books on the topic: “Personal Death Awareness”; “Children & Grief: When a Parent Dies”; “Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner”, and is co-author of “Helping Cancer Patients Cope”.

In his book, Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy”, 4th ed.,2008, Dr. Worden suggests Four Tasks of Grieving. These tasks, he says, must be accomplished in order to resolve the process of mourning the death of a loved one. He divided the bereavement process into four tasks, which I have encapsulated here.
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·        Task one:  accept the reality of the loss
This goes beyond planning and attending a funeral and other accepted ritual proceedings. The person must accept the full impact of the loss of their loved one’s relationship and its impact. A death that is, for instance, somehow stigmatized such as suicide or murder will  present challenges to accomplishing this task.  

·        Task two: work through the pain of grief
For each individual and each loss this will mean working through a range of different emotions: sadness, fear, loneliness, despair, hopelessness, anger, guilt, blame, shame, relief, and countless others. Inherent in this task is acknowledging, talking about, and understanding these complex emotions in order to work through them. The danger, of course, is denying one’s feelings and avoiding them. This tendency can be exacerbated by our society’s discomfort with the feelings that accompany grief, so the griever may feel like they shouldn’t feel or acknowledge these difficult emotions.

·        Task three: adjust to life without the deceased
This task will mean very different things to people depending on the relationship of the person who has died, as well as the roles that are impacted by the loss. This readjustment happens over an extended period of time and requires internal adjustments, external adjustments, and spiritual adjustments.

It may take a significant period of time just to realize the different roles their loved one performed or internal and spiritual adjustments that are required. For instance, a surviving spouse, may need to learn a wide array of new skills and tasks such as bill paying, parenting, and taking care of the home, and environmental changes such as living alone, doing things alone, and redefining the self without the other person.

This task requires developing the necessary skills to move confidently forward in the altered environment – internal, external, and spiritual.

·        Task four:  maintain a connection to the deceased while moving on with life
The main idea here is to find an appropriate, ongoing connection in our emotional lives with the person who has died while allowing us to continue living. Like the other tasks, this will mean varying things to grievers. But it often means allowing for thoughts and memories, while beginning to meaningfully engage in things that bring pleasure, new things, and new relationships.
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All of us have suffered losses and grief. My personal experience is that support of friends and family and caring people in the community are the “saving grace” through these losses. I still keep the notes and letters I received after the death of my son 25 years ago,  and just knowing of their presence reminds me of the peace and comfort from them I felt at that time. We all know that these “tasks” come in no particular order, that grief is not a finite process with a definite timeline.
  
As individuals we can support the spiritual and emotional well-being of our community members, family, friends. I have outlined some theoretical stages above to help identify where others are in their grief process when we become aware of the loss.  Here are some suggestions for you to use.

·       You can be very important as an acquaintance by phoning.  The person affected will appreciate the chance to share their memories, their concerns, their sadness. Listen without judgement.  Again, LISTENING is a wonderful healing tool. You can connect with Facetime, Duo, or Zoom or who know what else we have(!).  Repeated contacts are appreciated, because this can be a long process. 

·       Instead of “Let me know if I can do anything”, just show up and help with practical needs: meals, child or adult care, transportation, other chores. Of course, you will be observing the contagion precaution recommendations in place at that time.

·        Write a note of care and concern. Especially if the person is confined, you might send repeated notes. Small remembrances such as a birthday card, holiday greetings, or seasonal flowers or fruit will help. These are tangible reminders that you care.

·        Inquire about the person’s health: what are they doing to address spiritual needs; how are they doing with being physically active; how are they eating, sleeping. Encourage good physical and mental health practices, and spiritual connection.  

You will notice that these actions will not only help in their bereavement, but give you a sense of sensitivity and rewarding connection to that individual. If there seems to be no resolution of the grief after time, I suggest counseling.  We have limitations in our private backgrounds to provide professional intervention. I have listed some contact information below in accessing a professional. 

·       West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) provides mental health intervention by professionals. Phone: (928) 583-6411. Services there are free for persons who qualify for AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid). This clinic will help in the process of getting enrolled in AHCCS. WYGC will also see clients on a sliding fee basis if they can’t qualify for AHCCS.

·       In you enter “Grief Counseling in Prescott, AZ in your search engine, you will see many counselors, social workers, therapists. You can inform the griever, or many times enlist a family member to proceed with a call to a professional.

·       There are several clinics and providers listed under “psychiatry” when searching DEX, the online “yellow pages”.
Plan for In-Person Worship During Phase II
The Vestry approved St. Luke’s “Plan for In-Person Worship During Phase II” on August 11, 2020, and it was approved by Bishop Jennifer Reddall on August 25, 2020.
To view the document in its entirety, please click on the link below: 
For all you folks at home,
St Luke's will be live streaming
our 10am service every week
starting Sunday, September 13!!!
Reserve your seat for In-Person
Worship Services on our Website
every Tuesday thru Thursday
15th Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 19
Saturday, September 12, 5:30pm
Sunday, September 13, 8a, 10a, 12n
This Week's Sermon will be posted on our Website Saturday, September 12!

Sermon:
The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson




Check out our new Worship Space...
That's Right ...
the Parish Hall has been Transformed!
Food Pantry is open every Friday, 9am to Noon
Pass the word!!!

Thank you St. Luke's parishioners for your continued support of the Food Pantry, both in requested grocery items and through your financial support. Please bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm 
Your generosity has been heartwarming!

Do you have fruit trees? Do you have a garden? Do you have so many peaches, apples, zukes and tomatoes that you've been wishing you had a place to give them so they wouldn't waste?  
Let us offer a suggestion. Take them to St. Luke's Food Pantry!
73 individuals this week. Because the Pantry continues to grow, the need for fresh produce grows as well. The Pantry does receive produce but often it is potatoes and onions. Occasionally we receive apples or oranges.  
This is the season of harvest and you are invited to share your harvest with those who weekly appreciate your generosity.
Items needed this week ahead for the Thursday drop-off food drive are as follows:
soups (variety)
cereal
Manwich
canned vegetables

If so inclined you are welcome to pick up a few of these items while out shopping for yourselves and
bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm.
For those who are not shopping but would like to give a monetary donation,
you can mail your check to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with “Food Pantry” written in the memo section. These funds will be placed in a separate account for the Food Pantry and used as needed. 
A third opportunity is to keep the Food Pantry clients and each other in your prayers
for peace and well-being.

Please do not bring items on any other day or time than what is listed above, as no one will be available to bring them inside.

Please continue to pray for the needs of our community; for those experiencing food insufficiency, for those seeking medical assistance, and for those needing housing.  
Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and each other. St. Luke's Food Pantry

Thank you for your continued financial support!
Pledges and plate offerings can be kept up to date by online giving click here for a one time or recurring donation. You can also mail your offering, or, if you just need to get out of the house, go for a ride to St. Luke's and place your offering in the secured locked mailbox outside our parish office. Thank you so much for supporting St. Luke's in this difficult time.
Looking for a way to socialize with your fellow parishioners while social
distancing...
Set-up a zoom meeting
Do you have a group who would like to start a Bible Study, Small Group, Book Club, Prayer group, Coffee Hour, Happy Hour, etc., etc, etc.
Get connected today...
For more information, to get instruction,
or set-up your group,
contact the office, 928 778-4499x303
Scripture Readings
Sunday, Sept 13, 2020
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Sept 16
Holy Cross Day
Isaiah 45:21-25
Psalm 98:1-4
Philippians 2:5-11
John 12:31-36a

Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
September 6: Rev. Susan Armer, Carol Covert
September 7: Larry Neece
September 8: Chuck Eaton
September 9: Nancy Davidson, Barry Walter, Arthur Reilly
September 10: Giorgio Rey
September 11: Boo Nicholson
September 12: The Rev. Jack Wolter
September 13: Becky Dill, Mary Lou Worley
September 14: David Lessard
September 16: Spence Klein, Gwyneth Mies,
Ruth Baker
September 18: Brenda Holden
September 19: JoAnn Salem  

Anniversaries
September 7: Wayne & Madelon Rolland
September 11: Art & Barb Schow, Arthur & Laura Reilly
September 12: Jack & Jean Ehlers
                           
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3, of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
 
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the role they play in the life of this region.
Our Prayer List
For Those In Need We Pray:
September Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's during this pandemic
Brandon Reynolds.; Alicia; Alex; Sharon, Dave & Nancy C.; Larie & Wife; Carol; Darrell C.; Dominica Coppola& Marty Dane; Max J.; Carol Glover; Gil & Cheri Lattimer's mother & Good Samaritan Staff; Cathy Hoaglund; Gary & Kathy MacCauley; Robert McCaulley; Jean Messick; Etta Parson; Linda Schwab; Sue; Ileen Szelka; Mark Tuttle; Patty; Ron Miller; Beth Wingate; Kate Carroll; Carl Dekemper; Sara Wiliman; Barbara Harber; Vera Mulnix;Cathie Carter

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Francis-in-the-Valley, Green Valley
In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer: Us Vets/Troop Support, Boy Scouts Troop #10, Warm for Winter collection, Prison Awareness/Camp Genesis

Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests: epistle@slecp.org.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:
Friday, 11 September 2020
Osun North East (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Ebenezer Akorede Okuyelu
Cashel & Ossory (Ireland) The Rt Revd Michael Andrew James Burrows

Saturday, 12 September 2020
Ottawa (Canada) Vacant
Central Buganda (Uganda) The Rt Revd Michael Lubowa

Sunday, 13 September 2020
Pray for the Anglican Church of South America The Most Revd Gregory James Venables - Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America & Bishop of Argentina

Monday, 14 September 2020 Otukpo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd David Bello
Central Busoga (Uganda) The Rt Revd Patrick Wakula
Kisangani (Congo) The Rt Revd Lambert Funga Botolome

Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Owerri (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Chukwuma Oparah
Central Ecuador (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Victor Scantlebury
Kita Kanto (Japan) The Rt Revd Zerubbabel Katsuichi Hirota

Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Owo (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi
Central Florida (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Gregory Brewer

Thursday, 17 September 2020
Oxford (England) The Rt Revd Steven Croft
Central Gulf Coast (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Russell Kendrick
Central Melanesia (Melanesia) The Most Revd Leonard Dawea (Primate)

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy

The Diocese of Arizona's Companion Relationship with the Diocese of Navajoland concluded some time ago. Companion Diocese relationships are generally for a specific time period. Arizona is presently in the process of establishing a new companion relationship with a different diocese. Our support, friendship, and prayers for the Diocese of Navajoland continue unabated, however.
Worship Ministers for September 12 &13

 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Trampus Tribbey
Greeters/Ushers: Bill & Rita Kraus
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Keehna Sture
Crucifer/Lector: Gib McIntosh
Ushers/Greeters: Marjorie Hultberg & Kathryn Barber

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer: Liz Kennedy
Lector: Laura Reilly
Lector 2: Arthur Reilly
POP: George Chesney
Verger: Lynne Wells
Greeters: Tani Hendrickson & Jody Abstance
Ushers: Jean Ehlers, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Leigh Hunt

12 noon Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Deacon: The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Crucifer/Lector: Larry Neece
Greeters: Marilyn Henry-DeLisle & Lauree Birchmeier
Ushers: Jim & Jan Casacchia

Altar Guild Team: Nancy Reynolds, Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Brenda Holden,
Doris Schoeben, Tigger Gillam, Dorcas Lawn
Service Schedule
 Saturday & Sunday Services: 
Saturday 5:30 pm Spoken Eucharist in the Parish Hall
 Sunday 8:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist with Organ/Cantor in the Sanctuary
Sunday 12 noon Spoken Eucharist in the Chapel

Weekday Services:
·        Wednesday 10 am      Healing Service with Communion in the Chapel
Phase II allows the following:
Offices can be open with staff staying appropriate distance from one another. 

The church and offices will remain locked
during the week. If you need to meet with someone please call and make an appointment.

To contact a staff member, email or call the church office and follow the prompts for the staff directory.
Email addresses provided below:
Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson rector@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Dennis Houser prescottchorale@reagan.com
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier laureeb@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org
Deacon Keehna Sture keehna@slecp.org
General Mailbox info@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
At least one Staff Member will be available to receive Phone Calls during the
following times:
Monday thru Thursday 9a-12n; 1p-4p
Friday 9a-12n
Call 928-778-4499

To leave a message call 928 778 4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Deacons Kimball, Chris, & Keehna, ext. 304
Beth, ext. 303
Lauree, ext. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section.

Community Groups
All community groups that meet at St. Luke's are cancelled until further notice.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699