Indoor Worship and Holy Communion

Holy Communion will be available at All Angels this Sunday. 
Please watch this video to see how it will be administered to keep everyone safe.
Holy Communion will be available at both the 7:45 am and 9:15 service. 
Like last week, you do not need to register in advance for the service, but it is first come first serve. 

If you attend in-person worship, please note:

  • Masks are required indoors. 
  • The service will be about 45 minutes. 
  • At this time there is no coffee hour afterwards. 

Drive-in Church - drive up, tune your radio to 107.5 FM
Walk-up Church - bring a chair/bike/beach blanket, stay six feet from your neighbor in our garden and grassy area, and listen to the service live.
Live-stream - go to, click on the listen live button, and you will be routed to our YouTube channel. 
Zoom - go to and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time. 

The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website:
or at the following link: Bulletin for Sunday, August 16
Picture of the Week
Census 2020

All Angels was visited by a census worker that said only 38% of Longboat Key has filled out the census materials. We are reminded to go to
The BIG YELLOW BIN needs more food

After an all time high of 206 lbs. in January, we are down to 116 lbs in June. Let's fill it up for August. 
Please do not bring items in glass jars or cardboard boxes. Below is a list of welcomed items. Please check those expiration dates.
If you are attending church you can leave your items in the narthex; otherwise, the bin by the angel fountain outside the sanctuary doors is there for you to drop off those extra items from your trip to Publix. Any day, any time. Thanks to the Food Bank, we now have a lid on the bin to keep rain off.
Canned tuna chicken or salmon
Peanut butter in plastic containers or jelly in plastic squeeze bottles
Canned soups, stews, chili
Canned vegetables or canned fruit in own juice or water
Trail mix or dried fruit
Powdered milk
Dried beans
Enfamil formula or baby food in plastic containers
Diapers, baby wipes, Desitin cream

In these times it may be more feasible to contribute monies online, especially for you who are not getting out to shop.
Go to or call 941-747-3663 or make out a check to All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, memo line Manatee Food Bank.
Thank you for supporting ECW and Outreach.
Online Giving
All Angels now has an electronic offertory plate! You can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:
Men's and Women's Discussion Groups
The Men's and Women's Discussion Groups are now
on-line. If you are interested in joining, please email
Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day,
at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 
Thank You of the Week

Many thanks to Jeff Vaughn for his time and talent spent repairing the fountain water pump and other projects around our campus.
Prayers for our People

On our prayer list is Andres who is undergoing cancer treatment. Here is his business website that details his battle with cancer and what he is doing now. 

We remember that Jesus said to his disciples who were afraid, “Be encouraged, I am with you. Don’t be afraid.”
We pray for Downs IV, Holden, Heidi and Cynthia. We pray for healing and recovery for Carlos, Virginia, Pearl, Susan, and Tom. We pray for those going through cancer treatments, especially John, Victoria, Andres and Ginny. We pray for all who are under the care of skilled nursing, especially Mike, Bob, Ruth, Timothy, Don and Barbara. We pray for all who are in hospice care, especially Ward.
Save them from every affliction that threatens to undo them. Lead them to a place of safety and shelter, healing, and hope. And bless everyone who is entrusted with caring for them in any way.
Discussion Group Readings for Next Week

Let me ask you a question, do you think there are occasions when public-health concerns outweigh the importance of religious freedom? Or, does religious freedom stand above all other concerns? How far should the freedom go when it comes to the health of others - especially non-believers? 

These questions have been raised in microclimates around our country as hospitals address the pandemic. I think it would make for an interesting discussion about the intersection of religious freedom and public health. 

At the risk of having something big occurring between now and when we will gather, let's discuss this article. I have included some discussion questions at the end of the piece if you'd like to talk it over with someone else.

God's peace to you and to our nation,
- Dave

All previous services, discussion group readings and Bible study classes may be found on our website:

It’s not often I get to say the words, “Fixed it.” My vocation is an on-going mission and ministry, and, like teaching, or management, or accounting, it doesn’t have a lot of moments where I can sit back and say it is fixed, or done, or completed. Jesus’ last words on the cross, “It is finished,” are important because ministerial life is often just the opposite. My wife’s side of the family includes fire fighters and vineyard owners. Although they can finish a season, both occupations always seem to be on call. My clergy mentor and friend, Brian Prior, would mow the lawn of his church perhaps for the sole reason of seeing something completed at church.

About six years ago, we cut-the-cord from cable and bought an over-the-air DVR and digital antenna. It had an expensive, upfront cost, but the past six years have been free television heaven. While we miss watching HGTV and cable news networks, the exchange – paying nothing – has definitely made it worth it. On Monday, however, our digital video recorder stopped working. The recording part of the DVR is on a hard drive identical to the one used in computers and laptops; and it just failed. On the DVR were 40 Nova programs, 32 Nature on PBS, 4 Father Brown episodes, a bunch of cooking shows and other things we enjoy watching. In an attempt to get the DVR to work, I had to reboot it which erased everything. But alas, unlike Fr. Brown solving another murder mystery, this ended unfinished and justice was not served.

After spending a little time on-line finding out what others have done, I bought a 2 terabyte external hard drive, plugged it into the DVR, rebooted, and… viola, it worked! While our past recorded shows are gone, we can now begin recording again to our heart’s desire. This new drive can store four-times what our old one could. In a year from now, we’re going to have a Rick Steves’ Europe binge watch! And, in addition to being able to record again, this project has allowed me to say the words, “fixed it.”

I wondered if this is how a surgeon feels after completing a surgery? And yes, I do know there is a difference between fixing a broken hard drive and replacing a heart valve. But is the satisfaction the same? I have yet to find a surgeon who has replaced a hard drive, and likewise, an IT tech who has replaced a heart valve, so I can only guess that the answer is yes.

After Jesus fed the 5,000, was there a point when he sat back in the grass and watched the people eat, and said to himself, “Fixed it.” I hope so. On the 7th day of creation, when God sat back and rested, was the satisfaction the same as a potter who completes an entire dining set? Again, I hope so. I wonder what it was like to eradicate polio. I imagine that satisfaction must be better than heart surgery or home repairs. Will there be a time in human history when the Covid-19 virus is eradicated that we will get to sit back with unmasked mouths and say, “Fixed it.” I sure hope so.

- Fr. Dave