THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
August 20, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church... I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven..." -Matthew 16:18-19

REFLECT: The joy of being called to service can be seen in the Gospel. In today’s reading, Peter receives the most significant call to a vocation in the New Testament — the keys to the kingdom and the leader of the Church. Peter spent his life pursuing a much different path before receiving Jesus’ initial call to become His disciple… God had other plans for Peter, though. It didn’t matter that Peter had not been chosen for higher education, or that he had only developed the skills in life for commercial fishing. The Lord chose Peter for a specific vocation, and then gave Peter the necessary gifts (or “charisms”) with which to accomplish it through the Holy Spirit… that does not mean that Peter had been suddenly perfected.

So it goes with us, whatever our vocation happens to be. We work at fulfilling our vocation, whether in the laity or among the ordained, and we will all make mistakes along the way. We have to trust that the Lord calls us to a particular vocation in life, and we must discern through prayer and action to determine what that might be for each of us. For some, that means exploring paths that we may never end up completing, just to take a surprising turn and find the road which Jesus had prepared for us all along. It takes patience, prayer, and deep trust that God has a place and a task for all of us in building the body of Christ. Our vocation may not be as dramatic as Peter’s, but no vocation is small, either, or unimportant.
 

PRAY: Lord Jesus, just like Peter, we are ready and willing to be materials for building your church. Live in us so we may understand who you are and become your spiritual rocks. Surrendering to your love, may we share and serve others in your name. Amen.
Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, August 20
2:00pm Bible Discussion-Zoom

Sunday, August 23
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, August 25
11:00am Private Memorial in the Garden

Thursday, August 27
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.
Stand With Iraqi Christians News
A New Website!

The Stand With Iraqi Christians organization (SWIC) is delighted to announce that the new website is now online. Learn about the projects that supporters continue to fund. Hear a message from our founder, and watch any of the short videos that show how our projects continue to flourish even in the time of a pandemic. Please visit - https://swic.org/.
Bible Study
Thursday's Bible Discussion

Love is a word, but we shouldn't limit ourselves. It is more than a word because God teaches us that love is seen through what we do. That is one of many lessons from the prophets, including Hosea. We will be discussing this Old Testament book on Thursday to find out how we can connect in our modern times to the messages of the prophets.

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
Sunday School
Summer Sundays-Bridge Building

We expanded our definition of bridges to include the bridge of our nose, the bridge on a musical instrument, and even the bridge on a ship! There are many ways to make connections between two places, and that is at the heart of the definition for bridges. This coming week we will talk more about making connections between people when they are in different places. Some of us need to take a physical bridge to cross distances and visit family or friends, but there are many other ways we bridge the gap from us to those we love. We can imagine creating a bridge that goes to those we don't know yet but would like to get to know. We may even do some imaginary trips back in time to build bridges between us and people from the past!

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
YouTube Videos
Make a Virtual Connection

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Global Mission
The Effects of COVID-19 in the Anglican Communion

You are cordially invited to attend a Diocesan Webinar hosted by The Global Mission Commission on Wednesday, August 26th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Abagail Nelson, Executive VP at Episcopal Relief & Development, will be the keynote speaker. Please use this link for more information and to register:https://effectsofcovid19.eventbrite.com/.
Contact Pam Faber if you have any questions.
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.
Thursday, 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.

Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20