A prayer for these days…
Dear friends,

A few years ago, while attending a conference, I walked into a ladies' room and came across a big sign with a short prayer: Dear God, please put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth. Amen. 

I love that prayer, and I find it very helpful, especially right now. Whoever wrote it had a deep understanding both of God and of human beings. God does indeed keep a divine arm around our shoulders. God loves us with an affection beyond what we can imagine, and we are held tight in God’s loving embrace whether we realize it or not. 

And, we humans are prone to speaking in ways that hurt other people, rather than building them up—especially when we disagree with them. Especially now. Nearly every topic, it seems, has become “political,” and civil discourse among those who disagree is rare.

The good news and the bad news simultaneously is that as Christians, we are called to do better than we are doing. (It’s actually good news, for us and for the world, but it can feel like bad news because it’s so hard!) 

In the Sunday lectionary we are currently working our way through James, the epistle that offers so much practical instruction for Christians. James is especially concerned about the words we speak. He pulls no punches: If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.

James could have written the little prayer that I love so well. As I continue to pray it for myself, I hope you will find it helpful, too. May we all feel God’s arm around our shoulders—and, when we need it, the gentle divine hand covering our mouths!

Blessings. -Anne
Children's Chapel got underway this past Sunday! Children aged 3 through 5th grade are invited to join us on Sundays beginning at 10:15 AM. In this ‘one-room schoolhouse’ all children learn together. Recreation on the playground is followed by a Bible storytime and a craft with children returning to the church to join their parents for communion. Parents are always welcome to participate also. We look forward to seeing you there!
Observance of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks
 
Not long after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, my mom said that she hoped they wouldn't easily be forgotten, as memories of some events of history tend to dim after a while. This was such an egregious assault, not just on America, but on humanity, that I told her then and still believe that the wound was too deep and will never be forgotten.
 
Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, invites all who are seeking solace around the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to join together for A Time and Space for Remembrance and Healing from Friday evening, Sep. 10, to Sunday evening, Sep. 12. A live-streamed service at Trinity Church will be offered on Friday, Sep. 10 at 8:00 pm. Interactive digital exhibits displaying artifacts from the events of Sep. 11 will be available on Trinity's website. And on Sunday, Sept. 12, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at the live-streamed 11:15 am Holy Eucharist and a live-streamed Compline service will be offered at 8:00 pm. More information and links may be found here and here.
 
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Adult Forum returns this Sunday

The Adult Forum resumes on Sunday, September 12. Join us Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This year's schedule kicks off with the Response to Racism Team, led by Ron Graves and Corky Brooks. On September 19, David Lilley, Anne Kirchmier, and Marc Vance will begin a six-session series called Love is the Way. Click here to see the full schedule for this fall's Forum.
New study for Women of the Word

Women of the Word will begin again on September 15 at 6:30 PM. Our group will do a book study on “The Women of the Bible Speak” by Shannon Bream. All women are invited to join the group as we study 16 women of the Old and New Testaments ending with a chapter entitled “Jesus and the Women”. To participate you will need the book, which is available on Amazon and other stores that carry Christian books, and a notebook. For the first session, read the introduction and the first chapter. In class we will review the questions at the end of each chapter.

If you have interest in joining us as we study these interesting and inspiring women, please email Peggy Woodall (pwoodall@verizon.net) or Gloria Brooks (gloriasbrooks@hotmail.com) so that we may forward information to you as needed. Please join us and bring a friend.
Parish Luncheon - Meals to go!

Parish Luncheon - Meals to go! - return on Wednesday, September 22. There is only one menu choice for this month - spaghetti pie and salad. Reservations are required by Sunday, September 19. RSVP to Mary Gibson Waddill, samwaddill1@cox.net or 870-1182. Lunch can be picked up at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 22. Drive up to the apron in front of the Parish Hall and we will deliver your lunch(es) to your car, wearing masks. The cost is $5 per lunch. You may hand your check or cash to the dear parishioner who brings your lunch to your car.
Service of Choral Evensong – September 26, 2021
St. Andrew’s is hosting one of the country’s top church musicians, Robert McCormick, from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia at a service of Choral Evensong Sunday, September 26, at 4:00 PM. He will improvise the prelude and postlude as well as direct the choir. Five organists (three of whom have a connection to St. Andrew’s) will play the accompaniments to the anthems, as the culmination of a Saturday workshop in organ accompanying. 

A service of Choral Evensong is just that, a mostly sung service of Evening Prayer. Mr. McCormick’s artistry is the best; a rich experience is promised!
Refugee family in need of help

Through Catholic Charities, Karen Waddill has learned of a newly arrived refugee family with children in need of homework help. The family has four children in middle and high school who need help with getting homework completed. If you are able to help, please contact Karen Waddill, 604-3238 or karendwaddill@gmail.com.
Prayer Shawl thank you

I feel loved and so grateful to have received the beautiful prayer shawl. I feel loved and warmed knowing the many prayers and blessings that go into the making of these shawls. Many thanks to the Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Andrew’s. I treasure this gift.

Farrar Marsh, uncle of Ann Turner
Anne and John away

L to R: Anne and John with the Knudesons in Old Town Albuquerque, sending love to everyone at St. Andrew's; Anne and John celebrate their 8th anniversary on their way to Los Alamos on Tuesday. Anne and John are on a vacation trip to the southwest through September 17. Please keep Anne and John in your prayers as they travel and know that you will be in theirs.
Receiving Communion while worshipping virtually
If you would like to partake of communion at home while participating in the service virtually, you can call Bill Wilds (880-5460) during the week from 9:00 AM to noon and make an appointment to come and pick up consecrated communion kits for your family to use during the following Sunday’s service. 
Please remember to create/designate a “holy place” in your home to store the consecrated Body and Blood between the time you pick it up and Sunday morning.
Upcoming at St. Andrew’s
The church calendar is available on our website here.

Wednesday, September 8
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)

Thursday, September 9
7:30 AM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
10:00 AM - Bible Study (Parish Library)

Sunday, September 12
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist (in person)
9:15 AM - Adult Forum (Parish Hall)
10:15 AM - Children's Chapel (Playground)
10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist (in person and live-streamed)

Tuesday, September 14
10:00 AM - Book Club (Parish Library)
1:00 PM - Crafters (Parish Library)
7:00 PM - Outreach Team meeting (via Zoom)

Wednesday, September 15
11:00 AM - Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayer
5:15 PM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
6:30 PM - Women of the Word (Parish Library)

Thursday, September 16
7:30 AM - Centering Prayer (Parish Library)
10:00 AM - Bible Study (Parish Library)
We're here for you!

What if I need to reach the parish clergy or staff?
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What if I have a pastoral emergency or know of someone else who is ill?
Call or text Anne directly at 804-687-5396.