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. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736
Welcome home!!!

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson

Weekly Epistle
17th Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2020
For all you folks at home,
St Luke's will be live streaming
our 10am service every week!!!
Reserve your seat for In-Person
Worship Services on our Website
every Tuesday thru Thursday
17th Sunday after Pentecost,
Proper 21
Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30pm
Sunday, Sept. 27, 8am,10am,12n
Sermon:
The Rev. Jim Schubert
Life is Good: A Message from Pierre-Henry
Speaking with someone this week about what was going on in our country and in the world, I did not pay attention at first to the words I heard: “I believe this is the end of times.” Think about it: violence, famine, poverty, earthquakes, unprecedented fires, floods, tornadoes, the Covid-19, racial tensions, injustices, greed and so on. When we look at what is going on around us we may be overwhelmed and discouraged, we may think that this is the beginning of the end of times. 

But, as people of faith, as disciples and followers of Jesus, we know better. We know that despite all the bad things and all the darkness we can see, God is still present and active in our world. We know that even if sometimes we are discouraged, there is always hope because of Jesus’ love for us. When I feel that I’m walking through the valley of the shadows of death (Ps 23:4) I know that this is Christ’s love, the Spirit’s power, God’s active presence, who sustains me and helps me to go through problems and trials. When there is darkness around me, I remember the comforting words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” 

Our world is not perfect, but the Spirit of God is still blowing God’s love, strength and inspiration among us and among people of good will. Our world is not perfect, but it depends on each one of us to make it a better place. How? By following Christ’s teaching and way of life, even if the society does not care. And for us Episcopalians, there is a concrete way to try to make the world a better place. Let us take seriously the words of the Baptismal Covenant to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself. To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

I just met someone with these words on her t-shirt: Life is good!

May the love and peace of the Lord be with you always. May you be an instrument of peace.

Pierre-Henry+
You will see above a flyer for a contemporary service. You might wonder what it is and why we should have one. Most of us are happy with the beauty and the traditional music we enjoy during our 10:00 am service. I know for a fact that many have joined St Luke’s also because of the quality and the beauty of our musical offering.

But there are people for whom our traditional worship and music seem outdated, or more accurately, there are people whose musical tastes and needs for worship are different from ours. I know that families with children and teenagers need another kind of worship. This has been on my mind since I began to serve as your rector. I struggled to find a way to offer a more contemporary form of worship, but at the same time, I did not want to change our 10:00 AM service because it corresponds to what most of our congregation needs and wants.

With the new noon service, it occurred to me that we could have an experiment. I presented the idea to Sophie as the Children and Youth Minister and we thought we could have at least a monthly contemporary service for families, teens, and all who will be interested. I shared this idea with the staff, and all were very excited by the idea.

So, next week, first Sunday of October, we will have our 1st contemporary worship service at noon, either in the Parish Hall or in the Church, depending on the number of people registered.

What to expect? First and foremost, it will be an Episcopal Eucharist service, with some adaptations: only one reading before the Gospel; a Eucharistic Prayer adapted from Common Worship from the Church of England; no written Prayers of the People but an invitation to share silently or aloud our thanksgivings, prayers, and concerns; a shorter sermon… and contemporary Christian music. As we can not sing yet, the music will be recorded.

So, if you know in your family or circle of friends, people who would be interested in this form of worship, let them know! My plan at this time is to offer this service once a month. But if there is a demand, I’m ready to have it twice a month or weekly. This is a trial, in order to help our congregation to reach out to those who don’t know us yet, especially younger families. Let’s see what happens!

Pierre-Henry+
Numbers from Last Week's Services: In-person 119 Individuals

Views from Live Streaming on Facebook -119 Households

Views from YouTube - 12 Households
The 10 a.m. service is also available on our YouTube channel after 3pm on Sundays.

 These numbers include Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday Services
Altar Guild Needs YOU!!!
"This is a wonderful time to give back to the church as we forge ahead into our new format for worship at St. Luke's. The Altar Guild is a beautiful, behind the scenes ministry involved in preparing our service areas for worship - setting out everything needed for communion, making sure candles are filled and sanctuary areas are clean and neat, and then cleaning the linens and vessels used during worship after the services. If you are interested in serving the church in the Altar Guild, please contact Robin Borok, Directress, at 928-277-1879 or twoaterra@aol.com for more information."
Altar Flowers Sign-up
A big THANK YOU to Arthur and Laura Reilly, in celebration of their wedding anniversary on September 11, for the beautiful Altar flowers this past weekend.

Current Sign-ups for upcoming Flowers
September 27 Robin Borok
October 4 Chalys Stevens
October 11 Cynthia Moreno
October 18 Shannon Rosenblatt
October 25 No Sign-ups

Now that we are back to In-Person Worship your floral donation will be acknowledged in the Weekly Epistle. Please let the office (928-778-4499) know if you'd like to add a special memorial or honorary message. The Altar Flower Sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex or call the office to add your name.
Souls to the Polls!
Do you want to make sure your vote in the upcoming presidential election gets counted? A St. Luke’s parishioner, Jan Casacchia, wants to make sure that happens. She is volunteering to take people to the polls on election day, better yet, if you have a mail-in ballot and want to make sure it gets to the Election hdqtrs on time, she will pick you up, take you to the drop box at the County Bldg on Fair St. in Prescott and you could drop it in, then she’d take you back home. Also, for Arizona, early election voting in person takes place starting Wed., Oct 7 and goes through Friday, Oct 30. She would be happy to take people to that also. Jan doesn’t care what side of the political spectrum you are on, none of her business,
but everyone should have the right to vote.
If you would like to join Jan in giving rides or if you would like a ride
please give Jan a call at
A Video message from the St. Luke's Food Pantry
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.

Needed this week ahead:
Canned chicken
Cream soups
Saltine Crackers

Your generosity has been heartwarming!

Over the past two weeks, 152 people have been served
by the St. Luke's Food Pantry.

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
Just Coffee
You can order fresh coffee as follows:
Go to their website:  www.justcoffee.org 
Click on the "Shop" tab to find the variety of coffee you wish to buy.
Compose an e-mail to Adrian Gonzalez at  sales@justcoffee.org  
In your message, introduce yourself as a St Luke's Prescott customer and give your shipping address.  
List the quantity and variety of coffee you wish to order. Dark or medium roast. Whole bean or ground. 1 lb or 5 lb bag.
Your order will be shipped UPS the Thursday after you order and will contain an invoice. Please pay by check as soon as you receive your shipment.  
You will be billed the partner price plus shipping which is about $2.50/pound LESS than the online prices. 
Continue to enjoy the best coffee while supporting the cooperative in their homeland!
Questions or help to place order?  Call Mary Ellen at 928-458-0123.

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 27, 2020
17th Sunday after Pentecost
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, Sept 30
Saint Michael & All Angels
Genesis 28:10-17
Psalm103:19-22
Revelation 12:7-12
John 1:47-51
Special Dates this Week
Birthdays:
September 28: Darlene Hernandez     
September 29: Linda Kaul
September 30: Jerry Sweeden
Anniversaries:
September 27: Heath and Amy Thein                    
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 & Nikki 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; Rich staudt; Steven; Glenn J.; Joan Hedger; Erni Frazier; Ruth Visclo

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante’, Florian
In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity Church, Kingman
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, 25 September 2020
Central Zambia (Central Africa) The Rt Revd Derek Gary Kamukwamba (Diocesan Bishop)

Saturday, 26 September 2020
Paraguay (South America) The Rt Revd Peter John Henry Bartlett
Central Zimbabwe (Central Africa) The Revd Ignatius Makumbe
Kobe (Japan) The Rt Revd Augustine Naoaki Kobayashi

Sunday, 27 September 2020
Pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan
The Most Revd Ezekiel Kumir Kondo - Archbishop of the Province of Sudan & Bishop of Khartoum

Monday, 28 September 2020
Patna (North India) The Most Revd Dr Philip Marandih
Chandigarh (North India) The Rt Revd Younas Massey

Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Pelotas (Brazil) The Rt Revd Renato Da Cruz Raatz
Chelmsford (England) Vacant

Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Daniel Gutierrez
Chester (England) The Rt Revd Peter Robert Forster

Thursday, 1 October 2020
Perth (Australia) The Most Revd Kay Goldsworthy
Chhattisgarh (North India) The Rt Revd Robert Ali
Chicago (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Jeffrey Lee


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 26 & 27 & 30
 5:30 p.m. Service 
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Deacon: Kimball Arnold
Crucifer/Lector: Larry Neece
Greeters/Ushers: Roger & Jane Peacock
 
 8:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Deacon: Chris Christy
Crucifer/Lector: Nancy Carmichael
Ushers/Greeters: Sylvia McIntosh, Cynthia Moreno, Marjorie Hultberg

10:00 a.m. Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Deacon: Keehna Sture
Crucifer: Nancy Reynolds
Lector: Zibbie Wolter
Lector 2: Doris Schoeben
Prayers: Lynne Wells
Verger: Ellie Lassiter
Greeters: Bill & Margaret Towne
Ushers: Barbara Baker-Rosenberg, Jo Ann Salem, Leigh Hunt

12 noon Service
Celebrant: The Rev. Pierre-Henry Buisson
Preacher: The Rev. Jim Schubert
Deacon: Keehna Sture
Crucifer/Lector: Liz Kennedy
Greeters:
Ushers: Lauree Birchmeier

Wednesday 10 am Healing Service
Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev Pierre-Henry Buisson
Crucifer: Nancy Carmichael

Altar Guild Team: Pat Eaton, Elsie Tyree, Sylvia McIntosh, Pat Ogburn, Jane Peacock, Betsy Denison, Lauree Birchmeier
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

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