St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

February 4, 2021

Words to Ponder...

When God, who is love, becomes our spiritual center of gravity, and love our moral compass, we live differently, regardless of what the world around us does. The world changes for the better, one life at a time.

So don't give up on love.
Listen to it.
Trust it.
Give into it.
Obey it.

Michael Curry,
Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

An Afternoon of Feminine Song
with Emme Hooks
Choral Scholar Emme Hooks will offer a recital this Sunday afternoon, February 7, at 3:00PM, online, from St. Mary of the Hills. The half-hour program, an “Afternoon of Feminine Song,” features the work of women composers. View the program by clicking on the image. Join Sunday's live-stream via Zoom by clicking the button below or watch on our parish YouTube channel (linked below).
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.
Psalms: Hebrew Expressions of Faith & Hope
Fr. Sam Tallman will offer a Zoom group engaging four familiar Psalms interpreted through the Jewish tradition. There is great power to be found in the ancient Jewish witness of faith for this COVID-time, for our Lenten journey, and for discerning a “new normal” to emerge out of this pandemic. The four sessions will be on Mondays, 3:30-4:45, beginning Monday, February 22.   

Flower Offering Opportunities
(except during the season of Lent)

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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 7, 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

In Isaiah 40:21-31, the prophet speaks to a people wearied by the circumstances of their life. It is a time of exile, of separation from family, community, and religious life. To their weariness, and to our own, the prophet speaks a word of comfort and hope. Join us as we delve deeper into this familiar ancient text. All are welcome! 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