St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

January 28, 2021

Words to Ponder...

Baptism is a ceremony in which we are washed, cleansed, and re-created. It is also a ceremony in which we are pushed into the middle of a human situation that may hurt us, and that will not leave us untouched or unsullied. And the gathering of the baptized people is therefore not a convocation of those who are privileged, elite and separate, but of those who have accepted what it means to be in the heart of a needy, contaminated, messy world. To put it another way, you don't go down into the waters of the Jordan without stirring up a great deal of mud!

-Rowan Williams, Being Christian-

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

Sung Compline
Sunday January 31st at 6:30PM

Join us online for a service of Compline, sung by members of our choir, on Sunday evening, January 31st, via Zoom. 

Compline is the final prayer office of the day in the monastic tradition, a quiet and gentle series of prayers and scripture readings for nighttime. Use the button below to join the service on Zoom or participate via our parish YouTube channel (links below).
Evening Prayer for the Feast of the Presentation
Tuesday, February 2nd at 5:30PM

Join us for Evening Prayer, livestreamed from St. Mary’s on the Feast of the Presentation, also known as ‘Candlemas.’ On this day, forty days following Christmas, we recall Jesus’ presentation in the Temple.  The service will begin at 5:30PM, via Zoom and our parish YouTube channel. 

Lenten Reading 2021

This year, during the season of Lent, Fr. Andrew will be offering reflections and leading discussion on the book, Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief and Hope. Written by the Reverend Christian Brady, Ph.D., an Episcopal priest and biblical scholar whose research has focused on the Old Testament book of Lamentations, the book is a personal, biblical, and theological struggle with the reality of suffering, pain, and loss. A limited number of books are available from the parish office for $10. The book is also available online from a variety of booksellers.
Flower Offering Opportunities

Is there an important person or a significant event happening in your life? Is there an upcoming birthday or anniversary you would like to honor? Sponsoring the flowers placed at the altar each week is a great way to offer thanks for life’s many gifts. Many dates are available. 

Please contact Greta Wilson ( in the parish office for more information and available dates.

St. Mary of the Hills
on YouTube

Did you know that all services are available for steaming and are also archived on YouTube? Visit our channel by clicking the logo and don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with all our latest postings.

Serving our Community

A Simple Gesture

Hosted by the Hunger and Health Coalition, A Simple Gesture is a bi-monthly, door-to-door food collection program that helps to provide a steady supply of food for those experiencing greatest need in our community. The next pick-up day in our area is Saturday, February 6th. To learn more and to sign-up, visit A Simple Gesture: High Country’s website by clicking the button below.

This Sunday - Join us Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
January 31, 2021

Morning Prayer
Online at 10:00AM

Sunday Coffee Minute

After worship on Sunday mornings, join us at 10:45AM for an online Coffee Minute on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and cultivate new relationships. All are welcome! Use the button below to connect. The password is 'coffee'.
Rector's Forum

The stories of sacred scripture and the world around us are both filled with prophets. How do we discern the difference between a true prophet and false prophet? 

Join us this week as we discuss Deuteronomy 18: 15-20. All are welcome to join in the conversation. We gather at 9:00AM via Zoom each Sunday morning – Click the button below to join the meeting (password: forum).

Online Giving to St. Mary of the Hills

Thank you for your continued generous support of St. Mary of the Hills!

Even as we practice social distancing and refrain from gathering for the health and safety of one another, the mission and ministry of the Church is ongoing - Worship, Christian Formation, and Outreach to our community continue in this season.

Please continue to remember us with your generous financial support.
Gifts can also be received via mail at P.O. Box 14 Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

Joe Raulerson, Financial Secretary, can speak with you about setting up recurring payments to fulfill your pledge. You may reach him via e-mail at