THE CLOAK
St. Martin's Weekly E-Newsletter
July 9, 2020
To seek God, and be Christ’s body in the world
Greetings!
Preparing for Sunday

But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands... Matthew 13:23

REFLECT: The disciples ask Jesus confidentially about why he speaks in parables… Jesus’ explanation focuses on the fate of the seed in different types of ground. These scenarios represent various responses to Jesus’ ministry.
The seed that falls on the path represents those who hear but do not understand Jesus’ proclamation. That is, they do not discern in Jesus’ words and actions the presence of God’s empire or saving presence.
The seed that falls on the rocky ground sprouts quickly but dies in the sun, exemplifies the person who readily receives Jesus’ preaching about the kingdom but does not endure as a disciple.
The seed that is choked by thorns represents the person who hears Jesus’ proclamation but “the cares of the world and lure of wealth choke the word". The “cares of the world” signify an anxiety over daily life.
The fourth scenario concerns the seed sown on good soil. This seed and soil represent those who hear and understand the word of God.

PRAY: Loving God let us sow our seeds on good soil with our hearts embracing your good news, our courage fending off evil, and our endurance overcoming daily challenges. May we not be defined by worldly cares and wealth and commit to doing your will so to live fruitful lives reaping an abundant crop of your goodness. Amen.

Calendar
This Week's Schedule

Thursday, July 9
2:00pm Bible Discussion- Zoom
New Rector Candidate Visit

Friday, July 10
New Rector Candidate Visit

Sunday, July 12
8:00am* Holy Eucharist with Fr. David- YouTube
9:30am Holy Eucharist with Fr. David-ONSITE
10:00am Summer Sunday School-ZOOM ( email Deb Parker for details)

Tuesday, July 14
6:30pm Yoga Class- ZOOM

Wednesday, July 15
12:00pm Noonday Prayer- ZOOM

Thursday, July 16
2:00pm Bible Study- ZOOM
7:00pm Vestry Meeting

*After 8:00am, the YouTube service is available for "anytime" viewing.
Rector Search Update
Committee Report

The Search Committee prepares for the second candidate's visit which is July 9-10. All safety precautions of masking and social distancing will be in effect. The final choice is expected to be submitted to the Vestries in time for the July 16th joint meeting. Please continue to keep the Committee in your prayers.
Onsite Worship
Pray In-Person

Onsite worship continues this Sunday, July 12th at 9:30 AM for those over 18 years old, are symptom-free and comfortable with attending. Please remember to -
  • Check in with the usher providing your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Wear a face mask at all times, except when receiving communion.
  • Socially Distance a minimum 6 feet.
  • Follow the worshiping protocols in the bulletin.
  • Hold any informal post-service gathering outside while masked and socially distanced.
Thank you!

Click here for more detailed information about this COVID-19 etiquette. Questions or concerns may be directed to Sandy Reinhardt, our Rector’s Warden, by phone (610-247-5954) or email ( sandyreinhardt@msn.com).
Sunday School
Summer Sundays-Bridge Building

On Sunday, July 5th, we focused on the diversity of bridges. Some are small, short, and do not carry much weight. Others are humongous! In every case, they are connecting two or more places. Bridge designers do a lot of work to make sure bridges are strong and fit the landscape around them. One common part of bridge design is a triangle, because triangles are strong. We believe in one God, in three parts, and often use the triangle to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Next time you drive or walk over a bridge, look to see if there are any triangles. You can also offer a prayer for the designers and for the inspectors who make sure our bridges keep us safe.

This coming Sunday we turn our sights on crazy, strange, and unusual bridges. In some places, bridges are built to move! There are bridges that are not used by people, but for boats, planes, and even animals. We will explore kinds of bridges that are meant to help, and also think about what people can do to protect God's creation when a bridge or a road separates animals from places they need to go. Each Summer Sunday stands alone, and guests 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 Zoom details:
or Call: 646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 919 360 689
Noonday Prayer
Midweek Spiritual Connection

July 15 is the third Wednesday of the month and Fr. David will lead us in noonday prayer using Zoom at 12 pm. Join us! 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
Vestry News
Joint Leadership

On July 16th, the combined vestries will likely receive the recommendation of the search committee to nominate a shared rector. If the vestries vote in the affirmative by two-thirds majority, the rector will be called, a letter of Agreement will be signed, and the bishop will be notified.
Bible Study
Thursday's Bible Discussion

We are moved by the Spirit and each Thursday invite adults to join members of St. Martin's and Christ Church as we talk about Bible passages, what they mean to us, and their connection to the world. We continue to use art to give us a visual image of how artists in the past created an understanding of a Bible passage. The Presiding Bishop's video messages are another source of inspiration that help spark conversation. Once again we will be on Zoom and 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
Kids' Corner
Coronavirus Quarantining

"Why We Stay Home" is a digital children's book written by two physicians who wanted to provide a tool for parents, grandparents and anyone else in quarantine with young ones. It is a FREE resource to view and download. No signup is necessary, so it's simple to share with friends and family.
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
  • 9:30 AM Onsite Worship (25 person limit)

Weekday Activities:
  • Yoga via Zoom: 6:30pm Tuesdays
  • Midweek Prayer Service via Zoom: 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
  • Bible Discussion: 2:00pm-Zoom
  • Bible Study via Zoom: 8:30am Fridays (email Deb for details)
The Lectionary
Sunday's Readings can be found on the Worship page at St. Martin's website .

Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23