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 9
From the Desk of Ethan Marshall

Here are a couple of videos Ethan watched recently that he wanted to share with you.
Episcopal Church House of Bishops

The following is the text of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon on July 29, 2020 regarding Holy Communion, divine and human. 

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
To the worship team that brings the Good News to those inside and outside the Church, especially Christi Marshall, Ginger Shipp, Elijah Marshall, Alison Jones, Ethan Marshall, Rev. Maggie Gat, Dale Hooey.
Prayers for our People

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

After a long, pandemic-driven hiatus, Holy Communion is being offered again at All Angels. The hiatus came from this question: How do we share in communion but breathe different air? It is inherently difficult to answer because the sacrament says we are one body because we share one bread and one cup. … just not the same air?

The solution required some retooling of the service itself. In an environment where we are required to wear masks indoors, I couldn’t understand how we were to receive the bread with masks on. To make matters more difficult, some of the communicable airborne disease material I read indicated that one should spend the least amount of time possible sharing indoor air. Since we are unable to create an indoor environment like in commercial airliner or ICU where the air is recycled seven times per minute, I came up with a 45-minute Morning Prayer service. Since communion adds twenty minutes to the service; I had to go back to the basics. Here are the requirements for Holy Communion: proclamation of the Gospel, the Lord’s Prayer, the saying of the Nicene Creed (on Sundays), and the Eucharistic prayer. With the help of our worship team, we came up with a Holy Communion service, with music, that goes just over 50 minutes. However, we still had the eat-while-wearing-a-mask problem.

This might sound strange, but I had a dream of administering communion next to a baptismal font. The church in my dreams is always the same – ancient, wooden with tall ceilings, and overflowing with people. Although it is not any church I have ever physically seen, the important part is that in my dream I was giving out communion standing next to the baptismal font. During the day, something triggered a memory of my dream and that’s when it hit me, I need to administer communion next to our baptismal font; which, in our awesome church, is outside.

One unique aspect of All Angels is that our baptismal font is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone can visit at any time. Every other baptismal font I have seen is locked inside a church. Ours is exactly the opposite and is much more representative of the river Jesus was baptized in – outside, in nature, fed by rain water, with leaves, and God’s creatures all around it which includes the black snake that lives in the garden – that’s not figurative, we actually have a friendly black snake which I believe keeps away poisonous snakes and rodents. Anyway, the point is, where others have been baptized, we now receive the Body of Christ. Communicants are invited to take and then eat somewhere on campus in their own individual outdoor air.

Unofficially speaking, the other requirement of Holy Communion is fellowship. That unofficial but important part of communion we will be working on next. Perhaps it’ll take another dream to see the answer that is right in front of me.

- Fr. Dave