" Come, Holy Spirit: A Prayer for This Time "

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an author, Lutheran minister and public theologian. I was pleased to meet her a few years back when she was the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. She posted this prayer on her blog last week. I think it speaks for us all as we are being called to acknowledge our privilege and confront the racism all around us.
 
God whose name has been used to enslave those who bear your image, 

God whose name has been used to steal this land and kill those who bear your image,

God whose name was called upon by Moses and Miriam and Martin Luther King Jr. and Sojourner Truth and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

God who raised up prophets to speak truth to power, and poets to speak truth to stupid,

We call on your holy name to give us what we need to undo what has been done in your name. 

We call on your name to bring your fierce mercy upon us and remove our complacency and our complicity. 

We call on your name to heal the wounds of those whose daily reality we do not understand.

We call on your name to give us a holy curiosity about what being Black in America is really like, Lord. 

We call on your name to free us from our cherished notions of being “good” that keep us from hearing this truth,

We call on your name to give us this day our daily truth, our daily humility, our daily rage, our daily hope.

This country is burning Lord…may it be a cleansing Holy Spirit fire.

Guide us to believe that the true name of God is stronger than what has been done in God’s name.

Come, Holy Spirit. Amen. 


In faith, hope and love,
Dennis

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trinity Sunday

Scripture Lessons: Genesis 1:24-2:4a and Matthew 28:16-20
Rev. Lindsay Popperson's Sermon: "In the Image of God"

This week's worship video will be posted by 10am this Sunday.
Please click here on Sunday morning to view the service.

Please click on "Show More," found below the youtube video, if you would like to access the "Suggested Listening" portion of our online services.

Please click here for a copy of Sunday's bulletin.
Our Latest News and Activities
Worship Service and Coffee Hour Links

The early church met in houses, instead of in sanctuaries; in this pandemic time, we'll be bringing you worship from our houses, for you to participate in from yours. This Sunday's worship will be on YouTube, and can be found by clicking  here or by entering this link in your browser:
It will be posted by 10am. 

After worship, at 11am we'll gather for coffee hour via Zoom, an online meeting platform. You can call in with your phone, or join with video and audio from a smartphone or computer. It'll be a little weird, and a little clunky, but it will be so nice to see your faces. (You'll have to make your own coffee). Here's the Zoom information: 

Either click here or enter this link: https://zoom.us/j/566308766
Or call this number: 
    +1 312 626 6799 (Meeting ID: 566 308 766)

Children's Faith Formation
Karen Kilty, Director of Children's Ministries

In this time of “so much”, parenting has taken serious twists and turns; so many questions and so few answers. I am including these resources hoping that you may find them helpful in conversations with your children, grandchildren and other special children in your lives. 

"Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” CNN/Sesame Street are offering a Town Hall for Kids and Families". The show will talk to kids about racism and will air Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.

All Hands In For Peace

Although we are apart let us join together for a virtual art project! Please send me a selfie of your Hand, a high five, a fist pump or Peace. I will join them together to create a piece of virtual art. Please text me at 978-335-6244 or email kwkilty@gmail.com . Or send an outline of your hand to my home at: Karen Kilty, 14 Carolyn Drive, Danvers MA 01923.

 I look forward to weaving our hands together in peace.

Celebrating Our Graduates!

Among the many rites of Spring interrupted by the coronavirus, this year’s high school and college graduates are missing the commencement ceremonies that would ordinarily mark their achievement. But we want to recognize them.

If you are a high school or college senior (of the parent of one), we would like to hear from you. We will be honoring our graduates during our worship service and our e-newsletter in June. Please email us ( office@onchurch.org ) your name, your school and your photo, along with a word on your future plans. Your church family is proud of you! 
Special Offering for June: One Fund

Church, thank you for your generous support of the Marblehead Food Pantry in April (about $10,000 to feed our neighbors!) and for your continued faithfulness in supporting the ministry of ONC. So many of you are asking for ways you can continue to help. This month, the Leadership Board and Outreach Ministry are inviting you to support the One Church Fund, a project of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. 

The One Church Fund aims to provide financial and practical support to churches that have been especially hard-hit by this pandemic and unable to access state and federal funds; their focus is on immigrant, black, poor, unhoused/homeless, and unaffiliated churches. Many of these churches provide critical support in their communities: providing education, banking, health care, food, clothing, mental heath and spiritual support. Old North Church will survive this pandemic--and come out stronger and more faithful--and we want to ensure that other churches do, too. 

Learn more about the fund, and donate or volunteer your time, at onechurchfund.org

Art From the Heart: Reflections From Quarantine

We are living in extraordinary times. Our lives have been forever changed. Our very sense of our “selves” has been challenged. And yet, we persevere and prevail.

One of the greatest ways to study history, is through art. From the first forms painted on caves we have shared our lives through art. To pass on the essence of ourselves, in our own way, to the future. In this light we invite EVERY member of ONC to share their “Art from the heart: Reflections from quarantine.” While the final project ideas have not been nailed down, we would like to start receiving digital copies of anything you have done during the quarantine. Art is a form of meditation. It is in no uncertain terms God's work though your own mind and hands. But art isn’t confined to conventional ideas. We want to see “you” through the wonderful, joyous, splendor of Gods Grace. Have you written a poem, story, song or piece of music? Have you planted a garden? Did you cook a new recipe or perfect an old one? Did you discover an old place on your regular walking route that you never noticed? Did you do your children's art assignment with them just so they wouldn’t work alone (I've done many) Did you knit, sew,
sculpt, clean? Did you restructure your company to aid in the fight against the virus? What have you done during this time that best shows “you”. The
possibilities are endless.

There are different ways that ONC would like to use these artistic expressions. Some ideas have been as a video background. Website for the Church. To be archived in our history. In a time capsule. A picture book. But we need material first and this is where everyone counts. Each and every piece, provided it can be transmitted in some digital form, is welcome. We can provide assistance on how to make that happen. From uploading a performance to transmitting a picture of your favorite meal. Personal stories and reflections via audio or text will be greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you, I very much look forward to working with everyone on this project. You may email your submissions to Karen Kilty, kwkilty@gmail.com

James Horgan
Thank You!

The Music Committee wishes to thank all who made a recent contribution to the Music Patrons Fund, which supports the extra costs of special endeavors such as this year’s “Jazz Sunday”and for other musical enrichment throughout the year. All services can be revisted by searching for "Old North Church Marblehead" on youtube. Jazz Sunday (Music Sunday) was posted on 5-10-20, and the following week's guest appearance of renowned pianist Jacqueline Schawb is on our 5-17-20 online service. We are most grateful for your ongoing support. For more information, Please click here to read the Music Patrons Fund letter.

Ways to Connect With Us During the Week

So that we might stay connected, we've set up several times throughout the week to gather on Zoom. You can join from a computer, iphone, or ipad using the links below, or you can call +1 929 205 6099 and enter the meeting ID (listed with each event). 

Lectio Divina (Tuesdays 9am)
https://zoom.us/j/532654567 (Meeting ID: 532-654-567)
A time of contemplative prayer, with scripture and poetry, led by Dennis. 

Breakfast Group (Fridays 8am)
https://zoom.us/j/568995512 (Meeting ID: 568-995-512)
A time to gather with one another, with your breakfast and coffee. 
Coping with Stress and Grief during a Pandemic
Wednesdays at 8pm

Join us on Zoom every Wednesday at 8pm for a brief gathering to reflect on the grief and difficulty of these days, share how we're coping, and get support. All of the TV commercials are telling us that we'll get through these uncertain times together (thanks, banks and car dealerships and Coca Cola for the encouragement!), and--all joking aside--it's good for us to see each other's faces and connect. Lindsay will lead these sessions. Join at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88362537082 or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering Meeting ID: 883 6253 7082

If you're interested in this group but the time doesn't work for you, email Lindsay ( lindsaypopper@gmail.com ) with a couple suggestions of times that would work. We want to support you and cheer you on in these hard times! 
Call For Selfies and Videos

So that we might see each other's faces, we're looking for either selfies, or videos of you praying the Lord's Prayer. We'll use these in our worship services! You can send selfies to office@onchurch.org  

If you record a video of yourself or your family saying the Lord's Prayer, email it to Lindsay at lindsaypopper@gmail.com and we'll create a video collage. 

Here's the text of the prayer we're using:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Tips: Record using your cellphone, laptop or tablet, shooting in landscape mode (sideways). Shoot from straight-on (not looking up or down at the camera), with your torso and head in the shot, with light in front of you, not behind. 

The Bell of Old North Church is Ringing!

At the suggestion of one of the Deacons, the bell at Old North Church is ringing at 6 pm each evening as a way to reminder that we are here to serve the needs and lift the spirits of the community during these trying times. We have invited other area congregations to join us in this effort. If you would like to be a “ringer” please be in touch our Senior Deacon, Frank Arren at 617-448-6083 or email him at f garren1@gmail.com . What a great way to get involved in telling our story!

Church Building Access and Office Hours

We are limiting access to the church and office buildings to critical business needs only. Our office is closed for normal business but some of our staff are in periodically to ensure that critical operations are maintained. Please reach out to us via email at office@onchurch.org if you have any questions. Thank you for staying home and staying safe!
Do You Need Assistance? Here are some Resources.
 
We are sharing a list of resources which Gordon Lothrop thoughtfully shared with us from the Marblehead Masonic Lodge.

List of Resources
  • Swampscott Council on Aging: click here
  • Marblehead Council on Aging: click here
  • Marblehead Community Support Forum:  click here
  • Nahant Council on Aging: click here
  • Anchor Food Pantry Swampscott: click here
  • The Nahant Veteran’s Food Bank operates the first Wednesday of the month for veterans living in Nahant.
  • Marblehead Food Pantry, 80 Atlantic Ave. (781)631-5335: click here
  • Town of Marblehead:  click here
  • Town of Swampscott: click here 
  • Churches
  • Synagogues
  • Schools
Lifebridge Needs Our Help!

During this challenging and chaotic time , others are suffering and need our support . If you would like to help the Lifebridge community, here are a few ideas.

  • Food items especially looking for sliced bread, individual bottled juices, whole fruit (oranges, apples, bananas). They are doing to-go meals now that their day center is open 5 days a week in Salem, in addition to the shelter meals
 
  • Personal care items – socks, underwear, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, shampoo & conditioner, tissues, toothbrushes & toothpaste
 
Donations may be dropped off anytime at Lifebridge, 56 Margin Street in Salem. It is open 24/7 and there is someone at the front desk. Philanthropic donations can be made online or mailed to Lifebridge North Shore, Development Office, 56 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970.
Contact Us: 781-631-1244

Church Address: 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA 01945
Mailing Address: 8 Stacey St. Marblehead, MA 01945