Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Weekly Message
The Wearing of the Green
It’s not easy being green,” laments Kermit the frog on Sesame Street. “That’s absurd!” sings all of nature as she clothes herself abundantly with it as spring unfolds. How appropriate that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated today (March 17th) just a few days shy of the official opening of Spring with the Spring Equinox falling on March 20th this year. It is definitely time to celebrate “the wearing of the green” and get in step with the natural world around us.
 
Green: pick your favorite shade. I understand that there are, officially or unofficially at least 295 shades of green, though I did see one reference announcing “a billion shades of green” if one took the time to count them all. Green is everywhere. Green is the color of revitalization and rebirth, a special theme in the Spring and for our Easter celebrations to come in two weeks. 
Green is the most common color in our natural world and second only to blue as folks most common favorite color. Green is a primary color, that along with red and blue can be used to create all other colors. It is said that the human eye sees more shades of green than any other color. For those of you who may be familiar with yoga and spiritual energy work, green is the color associated with the heart chakra, one of the traditional seven energy centers in our bodies. This energy center, associated with the color green is located in our cardiac plexus, involving the heart, lungs and the center of our circulatory system. The heart center was perceived by ancient people to be a place of integration of heart and mind. This center is considered as bridging the gap between the physical and spiritual. Opening our heart center allows us to love more, empathize and have compassion, to live as fully, lovingly human.
 
The psalmist pleads, “Create in me an open heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within me.” We seem to hold this as a theme each Lent as we prepare for the rebirthing that Easter morning symbolizes, as spring bursts through greening and coloring the world around us. Spring and Easter offer us a wake-up call to open our hearts, minds, and the eyes of our soul to the message of revitalization, rebirth, renewal that is re-energizing our world. How often we think of Lent as asking us to “clean up” and yet I love what Richard Rohr said in a recent Lenten morning meditation: “Lent is not so much about cleaning up as it is about waking up!”
 
So, let’s wake up to Spring and the message that our Creator is surrounding us with in all Creation. Let’s “Go Green!” Maybe pick a sprig of something green today and pin it close to your heart and join in Creation’s celebration of new life. Let’s clothe our hearts with hope and love, let the energy of God’s Springtime naturally rise within us, flow through us and spill over into the world around us. God is calling us to join with the rest of life to color his world! By God’s amazing Grace, Spring is happening, and we are part of its greening and unfolding.
                                                                        May it be so . . . .
 
                                                              Torrence
Frog Picture by Suzanne D. Williams on Unsplash. No permissions required.
Hydrangea photos are staff photos to remind you that we're having Hydrangeas at Easter & it's two weeks from Sunday!!!!
Every Person is Related to God - a meditation by Bishop Porter Taylor

Let me start with a quote from Rowan Williams’ book Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life:

 “Being disciples means being called to see others, and especially others in profound need, from the perspective of an eternal and unflinching, unalterable love…. For the Christian disciple, human dignity…depends upon the recognition that every person is related to God before they are related to anything or anyone else.”
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Announcements
Celebrate the Spring Equinox Saturday
at the N. Farnham/St. John’s Spring Equinox Bonfire March 20th 6-8 p.m. We will gather on the North Farnham church grounds to spend some time together around our bonfires. Bring a folding chair. Bring a friend. Wear your mask & keep socially-distanced.

Free Use ClipArt Spring Equinox image downloaded from Berserk On.

Today is the last day to order Easter Flower Memorials !!
If you would like to donate a hydrangea plant for Easter at $17, please call or email

Becky Marks (Farnham) beckymarks@aol.com (804) 925-5599

or Mercer O'hara (StJ) mercerohara@gmail.com (804) 761-9542

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Services
The Zoom links for meetings and services will be e-mailed to the congregations with the weekly Diocesan video sermon by Saturday. The link for this Sunday's Zoom service is posted on our web-site, farnhamwithstjohns.org. Zoom links are the 3rd item on the left menu
Sunday, March 21st  

Lent V 



10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer
on Zoom





homily by Torrence Harman
Sunday, March 28th  
Palm Sunday 

Procession of the palms

and walk through in the sanctuary

11 a.m. - St. John's
Combined in-person Outdoor Service of Holy Communion


5 p.m. - Zoom Service
Friday, April 2nd  



Good Friday






a video-taped
service will be sent that can be watched any time during the day.

Sunday, April 4th  

Easter Sunday

Flowering of the Cross

and walk through in the sanctuary

11 a.m. N. Farnham
Combined in-person Outdoor Service of Holy Communion


5 p.m. - Zoom Service
The Parish Prayer List
for those in need of God's comfort and healing
Courtenay Altaffer
Martha Berger
Randall Bone
Sue Bowie
Nancy Allin Bush
Constance Edwards
Bob File
Vinny Fracasse
David Gallagher
Regina Griggs
Barbara Grander
Buck & Dorothy Grove
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Weir Harman
Victoria Hinnant
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Marcia Jenkins
Stephanie, Nick & Donovan Kaywork
Jim & Sharon Krider
Mary Douglas Lawton
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Susannah Marais
Pat Merkel
Tommy Neuman
Judi Newman
Kirsten Palubinski
James Rynd
Marsha Rynd
Chris Smith
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Roclyn Tennyson
John Welch, II
Matthew Yates
Rose Mary Zellner and
all the victims of COVID 19
and for those serving in our armed forces:
Royce Baker
David Berger
Ryan Berger
Allen Crocker
Randy Crocker
Court Garretson
Cameron Heidenreich
Dan Heidenreich
Charles Jones
Daniel Kirk
Mark Lawton
Scott Longar
Luis Loya
Christopher Strickler
Gavin Wade McClung
and Travis Pullen
We pray for those who have died
To update this list, please send an e-mail to parischchurchnews@gmail.com.
Upcoming Birthdays & Anniversaries
Mar. 13th - Ed Marks
Mar. 31st - Courtenay Altaffer
Mar. 31st - Stan Terhune, III
April 5th – Barbara Grander
April 9th – Kim Calvert
April 21st – Arline Hinkson
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

Our services at Farnham & St. John's this coming Sunday are Zoom meetings. The link for these meetings is on our website farnhamwithstjohns.org
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