NOVEMBER 21, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Mixed Blessings"
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
Thanksgiving Day is a day when we are called to offer thanks to God for the whole of our lives, which, as we are even more painfully aware this year, is not always an easy thing to do. One of the constants in my life as a child was the act of saying a blessing before family meals. Giving thanks for the food set before us was always the first step before we could plunge into our meal. The problem, though, was that there was often something set before me that I didn’t feel like giving thanks for. Like green peas.
Sundays at 5 pm
We are pleased to offer a limited opportunity for in-person worship on Sundays at 5 pm. Attendees must agree to wear masks properly and practice social distancing. Please note that registration in advance is required as we are only able to accommodate 25 people at each service. The availability of in-person worship will be re-evaluated each week in consideration of the health and safety of our community. Learn more and register here.

Thanksgiving at St. Bart's
Thursday, November 26 at 9 am
Join us online for a special Thanksgiving Eucharist. Watch the service on Facebook, YouTube or on our website.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

Tending to the Sick: The Future of Healthcare in America
Heidi Allen, Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work, offers insight on how future healthcare policy could better protect the most vulnerable. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

We are extremely grateful for the generous support that we have received during the past seven months. We would not have been able to offer our virtual worship opportunities and programs without the financial and moral support of so many of you. Please consider your financial support of this dynamic faith congregation. To make a gift go to: stbarts.org/giving
MEET US AFTER CHURCH

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

ADVENT OFFERINGS
Tuesdays, December 1-22, 7-8 pm
The spirituals composed by the enslaved people of North America in the years before the Civil War often anticipated an apocalyptic reckoning in which the high would be brought low and the low would be lifted high. Their unique ability to give voice to hope and to imagine a future filled with justice make them the perfect music for Advent. Join The Reverend Peter Thompson on four December Tuesdays for an hour of meditation on the spirituals. Sessions, based largely on Luke Powery’s book Rise Up Shepherd!: Advent Reflections on the Spirituals, will also incorporate audio recordings.

Wednesdays, December 2-16, 6:30-8 pm
Over the course of three sessions, the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Flanagan will outline practical steps you can take to bring the good out of the darkness and God’s light to your tomorrows. Bob, an adjunct faculty member at General Theological Seminary and a long-time advocate for suicide prevention, recently wrote Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Health Struggles, a spiritual journal in which he shares his struggles with mental illness.
WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Saturdays, October 31-December 19, 10-11am
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who famously plotted against Hitler in the final days of the Nazi regime, wrote The Cost of Discipleship in 1937 to contrast the “cheap grace” of modern culture with the “costly grace” of true Christianity. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and other faithful members of the St. Bart’s community for an eight-week close read of this principled and highly influential work. Please review chapters 6-13 for the November 21 session.

Saturday, November 21 at 12pm
Each week, the Reverend Peter Thompson hosts a different Instagram Priest as they together talk about the assigned readings for the next day. The guest this week will be The Reverend Meredith Day Hearn, Episcopal Priest-in-Charge of Indian Hill Church in Cincinnati, OH.
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 5pm, and Fridays at 9am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Wednesdays at 1pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
Thursdays, October 29-December 3, 6:30 - 8pm
(no meeting on November 26)
How many of us have ever prayed, “Lord make me an instrument of your peace,” then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seemingly impossible? This course is for you. Join the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith for this 5-week, interactive course designed to help us bridge the deep and contentious divides that keep us from moving forward. There will be no class on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26. In the Participant Guide, please review Session Four before the next meeting on Thursday, December 3.

JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Please register here for a free virtual Fare Share Friday event on November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving) from 6:30-7:00pm. The 2020 Fare Share Friday virtual event is an opportunity for supporters to hear about Crossroads’ work fighting hunger and homelessness. Crossroads will also serve a carry-out holiday meal for their daily guests from the lobby of St. Bart’s. We hope that you can join!

Sunday, December 13, 1:30 - 3pm
Our next meeting will focus on part 2 of The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. We may feel we know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? As one of the world’s most influential thinkers, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Join the Peace Book Club to explore this book and contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.

Beyond the 2020 Election
Read the latest message from the Office of Government Relations for The Episcopal Church.

See “Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness” at the Washington National Cathedral from November 1, 2020.

Watch the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations webinar on what we might expect beyond the 2020 vote.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

PARISH NEWS
Our Rector, the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, and Jesse Ramos, Interim Executive Director of Crossroads Community Services, spoke to NBC news about this year's virtual Fare Share FridayWatch the segment here.

Our community groups are now meeting! The basic purpose of forming these groups was (and continues to be) connecting with one another and to offer a chance for parishioners to reflect on the joys and challenges of attempting to live a life of faith in the middle of New York City (or wherever you live!) as well as help strengthen the communal life of our parish. Please contact Manny Rodríguez-Leach to learn more.

St. Bart's Community Preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For over 40 years, our preschool has provided a warm, nurturing first school experience.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Michael Duffy, who as President of the Great Oaks Foundation oversees five public charter schools, explored how an emphasis on tutoring could transform our approach to education.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith.

Listen to our choir sing Séverac: Tantum Ergote. We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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