THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
August 27, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

“From that that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” -Matthew 16: 21

REFLECT: In these few, powerful words, Jesus revealed the whole purpose of His earthly ministry, the Father’s divine plan for the salvation of all humankind and the good news (Gospel) that He, the Christ, had come to suffer, die and be raised again for the forgiveness of our sins and the sins of the whole world!

Just as He did for us, so He calls us to “take up our cross” and follow Him. So often, however, it seems that we misunderstand what a cross is. Our “cross” is not something common to all people – Christian and non-Christian alike. Difficulties at work, illnesses and disease, struggles in relationships are not necessarily “crosses” because they are common to all human beings. Rather, our cross is something He places before us to willingly endure (suffer) because we are His followers, because we are believers, because we are His disciples. Loving the unlovable; caring for the lonely and forgotten; sharing a hug with the “untouchable;” volunteering to help those in need; providing a ride to worship for a newcomer in our community; giving over-and-above to meet ministerial challenges; and many other ways in which God is calling you to “take up your cross and follow Christ.”

What cross is Jesus placing before you today? How will you respond in joyful service to your Savior? How will you “Take Up Your Cross” to follow Jesus?

 
PRAY: Today, Lord, I once again take up my cross and follow you. Shake me of my complacency; I want to live daily with an urgency to radically be the change you call me to be. Strip me of my comforts; may my love for you be a driving force to live with joyful surrender. Scratch out my schedule so my circumstances or timeline don’t influence my dedication and obedience to take up my cross and follow you. May your word pour out of me like water to the thirsty, and may my life be full of the fruit of the Spirit. All I am and have I give back to you with open hands knowing that all my needs you will meet as I go with you. Today I take up my cross and FOLLOW YOU. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, August 27
2:00pm Bible Discussion-Zoom

Sunday, August 30
Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Celebrant at all services
8:00am* Holy Eucharist—YOUTUBE
8:30am** - CCI: Outdoor Spoken Service
9:30am** - CCI: Indoor Service, with Music
10:00am Summer Sunday School-ZOOM (email Deb Parker for details)
NO live indoor Services @ SMC until September 13th

Tuesday, September 1
First day for Rev. Veronika

Wednesday, September 2
10:00am Staff Meeting
12:00pm Noonday Prayer-ZOOM

Thursday, September 3
2:00pm Bible Study-ZOOM

*After 8:00am, the YouTube service is available for "anytime" viewing.
**Registration is necessary. To sign-up, please email Nancy McLaughlin at GuardianAngel720@hotmail.com or call CCI's main office at 610-688-1110 by noon on Fridays.
Bible Study
Thursday's Bible Discussion

The final two weeks of the summer Bible discussions will focus on the ways prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures share hope both for those in their times, and for those of us today. Walter Brueggemann continues to be our guide as we explore the Bible and relate passages to our own experiences.

You are invited to join members of Christ Church and St. Martin's any week for this Zoom discussion at 2 pm on Thursday. Each discussion stands alone so newcomers are welcome. We continue to use art to give us a visual image of how artists in the past created an understanding of a Bible passage. If anyone would like to test the Zoom connection or talk more about this discussion group, please contact Deb Parker.

Here are the Zoom details:
or Call: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 938 4282 6315
Thank You
With Much Appreciation

This Sunday is Fr Karl’s last Sunday with us. He and Fr. David were engaged in January to cover the pastoral duties at St. Martin’s and Christ Church after the departures of Fr. Chris and Fr. John in December. Karl’s last Sunday was originally to be February 23rd, but then the pandemic changed his plans and ours. The sabbatical leave he was to cover in the Spring for the Associate Pastor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Devon and our search for a new Rector were both put on hold. Beginning September 1st, he will begin a 10-month contract assisting the staff at St. Luke's Church while their Pastor recovers from serious non-COVID related health issues. For the immediate future, Fr. David has agreed to return to assist our new Rector, Rev. Veronika Travis as she begins her ministry at St. Martin’s and Christ Church. We are grateful to Fr. Karl for his ministry to us, and we wish him well!
Sunday School
Summer Sundays-Bridge Building

This coming Sunday will be the last one for the summer VBS with a focus on “Building Bridges.” All children are encouraged to make a bridge out of Legos, clay, books and rulers, design bridges on paper, or use any other method that sparks creativity! We will share our favorite bridges and once again consider ways we build bridges to stay connected to God.

Each Summer Sunday begins at 10 am and each discussion stands alone. So you are invited to join us even if this is your first time. Guests of all ages are always welcome. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Deb.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join in the Zooming fun!
Here are the meeting details:
or Call: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 919 360 689
Noonday Prayer
Midweek Spiritual Connection

September 2 is the first Wednesday of the month and we will have noonday prayer (repeated each first and third Wednesday of the month) using Zoom at 12 pm. Join us for the Zoom call then. If you have any questions or would like to test using your phone, tablet, or computer to call into a Zoom meeting, please contact Deb Parker
Here are the Zoom details for 12:00 PM on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
or Call: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 928 7196 7908
Back to School News
A Special Blessing

There will be a Blessing of Backpacks on Sunday, September 6th. Students of all ages, teachers, office-employees, and other tote-carrying workers are encouraged to tune into the first video service with our new rector, Rev. Veronika Travis. Have your school bags, briefcases, laptop cases, diaper bags, tablets, laptops or any other school related devices ready for a remote blessing. After the blessing Ms. Deb will follow up and deliver blessed items to school aged-children. This is a great evangelizing opportunity, so please extend invites to friends and neighbors!
A New Start
Welcome Back & Welcome To

Sunday, September 13th will be a momentous day in the life of St. Martin's Church! At 10:00 AM, we will resume in-person worship with a Welcome Back service that will also be a "Welcome To" event for Rev. Veronika. The COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect so space will be limited. Registration is required. To sign-up, please email Admin@StMartinsRadnor.org or call the main office at 610-688-4830 by 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 10th.
YouTube Videos
Make a Virtual Connection

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Episcopal Community
ECS Virtual Events

St. Barnabas Mission: Speak with the director of St. Barnabas Mission to learn how services are coordinated and offered on site by ECS and partner organizations to help families gain stability.
TODAY! August 27, from 10:30am to 11:20am

Seeing Youth Succeed: Find out how this program for teens enables them to discern and build confidence in their futures with an empowering curriculum and a cohort of peers.
Thursday, September 24, from 10:30am to 11:20am

For more information or to register for these FREE events, please visit https://ecsphilly.org/news-events/events/behind-the-scenes-at-episcopal-community-services/
COVID-19
The New Norm

From social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and staying-at-home, new "norms" are in full effect. Here is a St. Martin's summary:

Helping Others-
  • Making masks: to sew, purchase materials, or financially support this effort, please contact Janice Martin (of CCI) at jm@janicemartin.net or 610-645-4540.

Weekly Giving-
  • Mail: 400 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
  • Online: Donate button on St. Martin's Home page
  • Drop-off: during office hours

Office Hours:
  • Mondays and Fridays: 9am-3:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-12:30pm

Sundays' Activities:
  • Summer Sunday School: 10am-Zoom
  • 8:00 AM Worship Service via YouTube
  • 8:30 AM Outdoor Quiet Worship at CCI (25 person limit)
  • 9:30 AM Indoor Worship with music at CCI (25 person limit)

Weekday Activities:
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Bible Discussion: 2:00pm Thursdays -Zoom
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website.

Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28