928 778-4499
Fr. Pierre-Henry, ext. 302
Mother Denise, ext. 304
Deacon Kimball & Deacon Chris, ext. 306
Beth & Lauree, ext. 303
Helen, ext. 305
Sophie, ext. 301
Dennis, ext. 309
General Mailbox, ext. 300
Pastoral Care Line: 928 460-2736

Rector: Pierre-Henry Buisson
Assistant Rector: Denise Muller
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Weekly Epistle
Week of April 5
A Video Message from Father Pierre-Henry Buisson filmed Friday, April 3
St. Luke's Video Worship Services for Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 5, 11:00 am
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 5:00 pm
Good Friday, April 10, Noon
Easter Sunday, April 12, 11:00 am
Covid-19...Did you know???
* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibiotics cannot kill what is not alive.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only -between 3 hours (fabric and porous), -4 hours (copper and wood), -24 hours (cardboard), - 42 hours (metal) and -72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%. Edit: there are a few alcohols more than 65%, and Vodka does come in 50%, but still not strong enough to kill the virus.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
Agapé Meal for Maundy Thursday  
As we journey through Holy Week this year, each of us is invited to have an Agapé  Meal in our homes. The following liturgy is available for all of us to gather with Jesus for the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday. 

A meatless meal is to be preferred. The setting should be austere and the foods sparse and simple. Appropriate foods include soup, cheese, olives, dried fruit, bread, and wine . If there are several persons present, one will preside.

The Blessings
All gather around the table, standing as able. After a time of silence, the presider offers the following blessings.

Over Wine
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine; and you refresh us with the cup of salvation in the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. May the time come quickly when we can share that cup again, even as you are with us now in our very thirst for you. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen. 

Over Bread
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth; and you have fed us on our way with the bread of life in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ. Let us be fed again soon with that bread of life. And as grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your Church in every place into the kingdom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Over the Other Foods
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 The Meal
The meal is now eaten. If several are gathered, they first serve one another, then dine.

The Word and the Prayers 
At the end of the meal, the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of John is read. The agapé meal concludes with a psalm, such as Psalm 69:1-23, or a simple hymn can be sung, followed by the closing prayer.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

O God of the crucified and risen One, from whom no trial or trouble can separate us:
you feed us with your Word and soothe us with your Spirit, closer to us than breath itself. Make us glad this night for the life of your servant Jesus; Make us servants of all for the sake of Jesus,
who for our sake gave his life for the salvation of all. In the Name of Jesus, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

From the Book of Occasional Services, Church Publishing - 2018 Edition
This Agape Meal is intended to be used at church after the Maundy Thursday Service, and I can be used at home around the dinner table. This year it can be a good way to solemnize Maundy Thursday in our homes.

Many of you have asked "how can I support St. Luke's
during this difficult time?"
The first thing we can all do is keep each other in our thoughts and prayer.
The second is to check on each other through phone calls, emails, text messages, etc.
Thirdly, at this time we need your financial support.
Pledges and plate offerings can be kept up to date by online giving click here for a one time or recurring donation.
You can also mail your offering, or if you just need to get out of the house,
go for a ride to St. Luke's and place your offering in the secured locked mailbox outside our parish office.
Thank you so much for supporting St. Luke's in this difficult time.
Journey Jottings: Notes from St. Luke’s Deacon in Formation
For those of you who wondered why there wasn’t a “Journey Jottings” column last month, the explanation is downright simple: our DFA instructors had unforeseen scheduling issues, so our February class was moved to the first weekend in March. While the six-week class break that the postponement provided was wonderful (it allowed us to focus on finishing up our internships and saying thanks and farewell to our host parishes) it also meant that March would be intense, with two weighty classes just two weekends apart. No one knew then, of course, that between those two weekends, the entire Diocese would be shut down! Fortunately, the Deacon Formation Academy, like many ministries and programs in the Diocese, has found innovative ways to continue to operate. All our classes and meetings are now conducted via Zoom, which, for those unacquainted with the name, or the technology, is an audio/video conferencing platform that truly is the next best thing to being in one place with a whole group of people!  While we already know that our Anti-Racism class, scheduled for April 18th, will be via Zoom, it may very well be that our last class, Canons and Constitutions, scheduled for May 16th, will also happen in cyberspace! Stay tuned!

But back to the present. On March 7th, we met at the Cathedral for Part II of our Christian Ethics class, unaware, like everyone else, that life would be changing dramatically by the following weekend. In our morning session we finished our discussion of the last half of Stephen Holmgren’s excellent text, Ethics After Easter.  While I don’t want to sound simplistic, the bare bones take away from it is pretty simple: there are issues in life in which Christian moral principles carry greater weight in a person’s decision of “what should I do?” than what Holmgren calls “laws” and “manners.” I’ll leave those two terms undefined in the hope that you’ll be tempted—in a good way—to read the book yourself. To illustrate the point of Holmgren’s book, Professor Myles Lynk shared with us Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which clearly makes the case that, in the words of St. Augustine, “an unjust law is no law at all.” This powerful letter became a foundational piece of the civil rights movement, which some people may not know is a movement based on Christian moral law.

In the afternoon we switched gears and moved into contemporary times and contemporary moral issues. Rather than having a discussion in the abstract, Rev. Holly Herring had created “13 Christian Ethics Scenarios” which a deacon could very well face after ordination. We took turns presenting the scenarios and responding to them—and it turned out to be a very interesting and challenging exercise. It brought home the reality that, very soon—God willing—we will be in the “public arena” and will be called upon for advice and counsel by people grappling with moral decisions.

Our second class in March, held via Zoom, was entitled “Justice, Advocacy, and Organizing.” It was taught by Deacons Scott Deasy (Epiphany, Flagstaff) and Leah Sandwell-Weiss (St. Philip’s in the Hills, Tucson), both of whom are deeply involved in social justice advocacy work. Most of what we discussed in our morning session emerged out of the book that we were asked to read beforehand:  Journey to the Common Good, by Walter Brueggemann. The book, which is thought-provoking and very relevant to the current pandemic, is a call to capitalistic states to reverse the course they’re on and build a society based on the Biblical concepts of neighborliness and trust in God’s abundance. It’s a call to justice. Brueggemann looks at the Exodus story as a recurring plot in human history, and its four essential characters (Pharaoh, the Hebrew peasants, Yahweh, and Moses) as prototypes that continue to “perform” wherever there are issues that pit truth against power. The book is excellent!

In our afternoon session, we focused on advocacy and organizing—the two processes that underlie most social changes. The text used as a springboard to our discussions was Faith-Rooted Organizing, by ELCA pastor Alexia Salvatierra and Christian theologian Peter Hetzel. Their definition of advocacy is “the process of calling on leaders to make public commitments to use their power in ways that respond accurately and effectively to the needs of those affected by their decisions.” Organizing is simply “the practice of bringing people together to create systemic change in their community.” Through videos we saw how these two processes work together and how they can bring about concrete, tangible results for the good of a community. We then discussed the work of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which, since its establishment in 1940, has helped to overcome racial, religious, and socio-economic divisions by building relationships, mentoring leaders, and engaging in public action to effect change on concrete issues. Both Scott and Leah are active in their local IAFs, and they encouraged us to affiliate with our own local chapters. The day ended by discussing other faith-based organizations in Arizona committed to establishing a more just society: Valley Interfaith Project; Pima County Interfaith Council; Southern Arizona Interfaith Council; and Northern Arizona Interfaith Council. To know that these coalitions exist, and that they are effective change agents is, indeed, heartening.

Although the Diocese is “shut down” in regard to communal worship and face-to-face fellowship and meetings, I want to remind us all that God is still alive and well and at work in the world. In spite of the terrible suffering and death that COVID-19 is inflicting on humanity—and we need to stand in solidarity with everyone whose lives are being touched by it—this is also a time to ponder what lessons God has in mind for us to learn, now that we are sequestered in our homes and experiencing a Lenten season unlike any other in our lifetimes. May our fears not paralyze us, nor prevent us from finding ways to continue to be God’s people and Christ’s presence in our little corner of the world. God bless us all!
                                                                       —Keehna Sture, Deacon Candidate
Habits of Grace: An invitation for you,
from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A  new video meditation will be posted on Mondays  through May.
March 30, 2020: Love God, love your neighbor, love yourself. 
ZOOM: A Way to Keep in Touch with your Group

Zoom is a way to hold online group meetings in your own home. To schedule a meeting, or for more information, contact Lauree Birchmeier at lauree@slecp.org or 989-859-5381.
From Mother Denise
St. Luke's is excited to announce the launch of our online St. Luke's Academy. In partnership with ChurchNext, we are making these resources available to parishioners to study online, at their own pace, and at any time of day. There are over 20 courses available ranging in topics from Episcopal Church Worship , Dynamics of Helping the Poor , Family Faith Formation , Reading the Bible through the Lens of Conflict , and Prayer and Worship in Our Homes (a course specifically designed for use during the pandemic). Courses can be accessed by simply creating an account by clicking this link.  
The Book of Common Prayer
Click here to have an online version of The Book of Common Prayer
Also we have actual Book of Common Prayer in a box outside the
wooden church doors for you to pick up.
Here's How We Can
 Keep St. Luke's Food Pantry Open

Thank you for your continued support of St. Luke's Food Pantry, both in requested grocery items and through your financial support. Your generosity has been heartwarming!

Here is a little update to keep you informed of what is going on.

Attached is a picture of the 40+/- food boxes your Food Pantry is making available on Fridays. Each box contains the makings of at least six meals for a family of four and is supplemented by other items to make additional meals and/or enhance nutrition, such as fresh fruit or vegetables. Larger families of 7 or more receive an additional box.

Last week 66 people received food assistance from these boxes.

This week the boxes are being supplemented with eggs, fresh tomatoes and cantaloupe, oranges, rolls, frozen sausage patties and a few fresh, frozen chickens donated from the Paulden Food Bank, which is sharing their St. Mary's Food Alliance deliveries with us. In return, we are sharing some of our bunker items like macaroni, spaghetti, beans and pasta.

We continue to ask for your financial support and groceries on Thursdays, and your prayers, that we can provide food assistance as long as the need exists.

Thank you!

Attached is a “Much Needed List of Food Items”. These needed items will greatly assist the Food Pantry ain offering complete meals made from different combinations of all the items.
List of Most Needed Food Items

If so inclined you are welcome to pick up a few of these items while out shopping for yourselves and
bring your food items to the church on any Thursday between 1:00 and 3:00pm  
For those who are not shopping but would like to give a monetary donation, you can mail your check to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with “Food Pantry” written in the memo section. These funds will be placed in a separate account for the Food Pantry and used as needed. A third opportunity is to keep the Food Pantry clients and each other in your prayers for peace and well-being.

Father Pierre-Henry does remind everyone that St. Luke’s remains under complete lockdown at this time.  Please do not bring items on any other day or time than what is listed above, as no one will be available to bring them inside .

Thanking you greatly for your willingness to help,
Deborah Delmastro
During this time of closures and separation, JustCoffee is making a special offer to St Luke's customers. 
Of course we want to support the growers throughout the pandemic. 
Here is how you can order online and have JustCoffee delivered to your home:
Go to their website:  www.justcoffee.org 
Click on the "Shop" tab to find the variety of coffee you wish to buy.
Compose an e-mail to Adrian Gonzalez at  sales@justcoffee.org
In your message, introduce yourself as a St Luke's Prescott customer and give your shipping address.  
List the quantity and variety of coffee you wish to order. 
Dark or medium roast. Whole bean or ground. 1 lb or 5 lb bag.
Your order will be shipped UPS the Thursday after you order and will contain an invoice.
Please pay by check as soon as you receive your shipment.  
You will be billed the partner price plus shipping which is about $2.50/pound LESS than the online prices. 
Continue to enjoy the best coffee while supporting the cooperative in their homeland!
Questions or help to place order? Call Mary Ellen at 928-458-0123.
Online 12-step Support
For parishioners who are in recovery and needing online 12-step group support, there are online groups that can be accessed at this link here .
Scripture Readings

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday
Click Here for readings!

Wednesday, April 8
I saiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

Honoring Special Dates
April 5: Linda Schwab, Nancy Paola,  
             Pierre-Henry Buisson,        
             Doris Highland, Ellie Lassiter,
             Elizabeth Ruster-McGregor
April 6: Hilary James
April 7: Kaci Brown
April 8: Maxine Tartt
April 9: Kathryn Barber
April 10: Lynette Barnett
April 11: Pat Coleman
April 5: Tony & Nancy Reynolds
April 10: Dan & Betty Phillips
Do you know we offer online giving?
St. Luke's offers secure online giving through Realm. You may use this for a one-time gift or a recurring gift. To make a gift click the following link.
We acknowledge...
According to Resolution #2016-3 , of the 56th Diocesan Convention:
We acknowledge the living culture of the Yavapai people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the role they play in the life of this region.
Our Prayer List
For those in need of Prayers
April Healing Prayers
To all members, family, friends of St. Luke's at this troubling time. Matt 57 year old brother of Don Martin diagnosed with cancer. Jerry & Rosaleen & their 6 children; Dick & Barbara as Barbara struggles with Alzheimer's at Granite Gate and Dick's unable to be with her; Elisa, Alfonso's mother-in-law diagnosed with cancer; Clay & Muriel; Rosey & Les; Jen, Greg & Mary Bowers daughter in law is struggling with a difficult pregnancy; Chanel, a friend of JoAnn Salem's grandson is in intensive care on life support. Please send the Epistle your Prayer requests. epistle@slecp.org .

For those in our Armed Forces: Echo, Brian, Lopez, Dante', Florian

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer :
Sunday, 5 April 2020 (Palm Sunday)
Pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song - Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles

Monday, 6 April 2020
Meru (Kenya) The Rt Revd Charles Mwendwa
West Malaysia (South East Asia) The Most Revd Ng Moon Hing
Idaho (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Brian Thom

Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Mexico (Mexico) The Rt Revd Carlos Touche-Porter
West Tennessee (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Don Johnson
Ideato (Nigeria) The Most Revd Caleb Maduoma

Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Michigan (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Bonnie Perry
West Texas (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd David Reed

Thursday, 9 April 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
Milwaukee (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Steven Miller
West Virginia (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Willam Michie Klusmeyer
Western Izon (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Edafe Emamezi

Friday, 10 April 2020 (Good Friday)
Minna (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Daniel Abu Yisa
Western Kansas (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Michael Milliken

Saturday, 11 April 2020
Minnesota (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Brian Prior
Western Kowloon (Hong Kong) The Rt Revd Andrew Chan
Idoani (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Ezekiel Dahunsi

In Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Grace St. Paul’s in Tucson

In the St. Luke's Outreach Cycle of Prayer:  Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank, Chino Valley Food Bank, St. Luke’s Food Pantry

For the Yavapai-Apache Nation
For Bishop Zak and Amagoro Junior Academy
For our companion Diocese in Navajoland
Community Groups
All community groups that meet at St. Luke's are cancelled through April 30, 2020.
Updates will be posted here, as needed.
The Parish Office is closed through April 30, 2020.
To contact a staff member, email or call the church office and follow the prompts for the staff directory.
Email addresses provided below:

Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson pierre@slecp.org
Mother Denise Muller denise@slecp.org
Sophie Buisson sophie@slecp.org
Kay Houser mezzomd@yahoo.com
Helen Henderson helen@slecp.org
Lauree Birchmeier lauree@slecp.org
Beth Parknowitz beth@slecp.org
Alfonso Hernandez alfonso@slecp.org
Deacon Chris Christy chris@slecp.org
Deacon Kimball Arnold kimball@slecp.org

Epistle submissions epistle@slecp.org
Church Website: 
The Sunday bulletin is available  under Worship Worship Bulletins
Our calendar is available at the Calendar section .

All area Senior Living Centers, Assisted Living Centers, and Retirement Homes are closed to outside visitors and have suspended outings.
2000 Shepherds Lane
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-4499
Fax: 928-778-4699