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Today's prayer video:
When the future is unclear

God of the Sparrow

God of the sparrow, God of the whale,
God of the swirling stars.
How does the creature say “Awe”?
How does the creature say “Praise”?
God of the earthquake, God of the storm,
God of the trumpet blast.
How does the creature cry “Woe”?
How does the creature cry “Save”?
God of the rainbow, God of the cross,
God of the empty grave.
How does the creature say “Grace”?
How does the creature say “Thanks”?
God of the hungry, God of the sick,
God of the prodigal.
How does the creature say “Care”?
How does the creature say “Life”?
God of the neighbor, God of the foe,
God of the pruning hook.
How does the creature say “Love”?
How does the creature say “Peace”?
God of the ages, God near at hand,
God of the loving heart.
How do your children say “Joy”?
How do your children say “Home”?
Jarolsav J. Vajda

At this time, we may be in awe, but we can still praise.
We may be in woe, but we can still help save.
We may be in need of grace, but we can still give thanks.
We may be in need of care, but we can still have life.
We may be in need of love, but we can still enjoy peace.
We may long for joy as we miss our church home.
Bill Wilds
When will we regather in person for worship?

I know this question is on many people’s minds. The short answer is: We don’t know. Our bishop has called together a team of experts (clergy, parish musicians, doctors (including an epidemiologist), and mental health professionals) to come up with a list of guidelines for parishes in our diocese to follow. Once I have received those guidelines, Marc and the vestry and the staff and I will ensure that we meet all of them before we reconvene for worship. We will keep you posted.

I miss being together, and I know that you do, too. But my primary concern is your health and safety. It would be terrible if any of you were to become ill because of a poor decision we made about when and how to regather for public worship.

While I don’t know when we will be able to come together again in person, I do know that worship and parish gatherings will be very different in coming days than they were before the pandemic. Safety is paramount, which means that some of the practices that are so familiar to us will have to be changed so that we do not risk passing germs to one another. While I am not looking forward to those changes, I know they are crucial. And we will work together to figure them out, trusting in God’s presence and guidance and love.

As is always the case, God is at work bringing good out of the hard things that happen to us. One example of that in our current situation is the online worship ministry that we have begun during this pandemic. Marc and I have discovered that people have found it a very helpful way to connect to St. Andrew’s—not just because of the current social distancing but also for those who for other reasons have not been able to come to church for some time. We are committed to continuing to provide online worship even once we can regather in person.

I am well aware that even when we are able to gather again in person, not everyone will want to return. Many of you are in high risk categories for Coronavirus and should continue to shelter in place. As we move forward, we will continue to seek and implement new ways to help you stay in touch and be connected. If nothing else, this pandemic has certainly helped us to remember that the Church is not the building!

As you probably know, our phone ministry continues. We will soon begin our fifth round of calls. I am so very grateful to the generous parishioners who are reaching out to make this ministry possible. There are 270 families in our phone directory, and we care about each of you! If for some reason you haven’t been receiving calls and would like to be called, please let me know.

I am praying for you, and for this whole suffering world—the world for whom Jesus was willing to die.

Blessings to you and to your loved ones. –Anne
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Live on Zoom! The Historical Jesus, led by the Rev. John W. Herbst, PhD, begins tomorow night

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One of the fundamental ideas of Christianity, reflected in our creeds and our liturgies, is that Jesus Christ was not a myth, but that he was an actual human being who walked on earth 2,000 years ago. He is an historical figure, just as George Washington and Alexander the Great are historical figures. So what happens when we study him as a figure in history?

Over the next 3–6 weeks, John Herbst will be leading a series in which we will try to comprehend Jesus of Nazareth from an historical (rather than faith-based) point of view. John will help us to think about how historians use sources to glean information about Jesus and the world in which he lived. When we utilize the historian’s tools to develop a picture of the man Jesus, we can better grasp what the New Testament is trying to teach us when it talks about the life and message of Jesus Christ.

For our first session (Thursday, May 21, 7:00 PM), we will be thinking about our sources of information about Jesus. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Gospels? What can extra-biblical sources tell us?

One of the writers we will be talk about is Flavius Josephus. You might want to read his Antiquities of the Jews 18.3.3, which can be found at:

We’ll also talk about John 20:30–31, and about why historians tend to argue that Jesus did not speak the words attributed to him in Matthew 18:15–17. (In future weeks, we will get much more heavily into the Gospels!)
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Thank you

  • A special thank you to Mary Gibson Waddill and her team, Diana Skelton, Ellen Edwards, and Bill Wilds for the delicious meals prepared today (and delivered to our cars).
  • We want to thank everyone for continuing to support the parish financially and through your prayers.
Does your stay-at-home creativity need help?

We have about 200 small pieces of white, cream, and gray card stock (roughly 4”x2” or smaller) left from a Pentecost project if anyone would like all or part of them for artistic projects at home. Give Bill Wilds a call (595-0371) and he will arrange to hand them out the door to you!
A Persian Proverb

He who knows not,
And knows that he knows not,
Is a child – teach him.
He who knows,
And knows not that he knows,
Is asleep – wake him.
He who knows,
And knows that he knows,
Is wise – follow him.
We're here for you!

What if I need to reach the parish clergy or staff?
You can reach us by email, even if we are working from home.

What if I have a pastoral emergency or know of someone else who is ill?
Call or text Anne directly at 804-687-5396!!
Links to St. Andrew's digital resources:
Other resources for worship at home: