St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

February 11, 2021

Words to Ponder...

“Because God has already laid the foundation of our fellowship, because God has bound us together in one body with other Christians in Jesus Christ, long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that common life not as demanders but as thankful recipients.”

- Dietrich Bonheoffer, Life Together -

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

Ash Wednesday
Lent begins next week with the observance of Ash Wednesday. The Holy Eucharist will be livestreamed from St. Mary’s at 12:00PM and 6:00PM via Zoom and YouTube. Links to join the service and bulletins will be available on our parish website and e-mailed prior to the service.  
Stations of the Cross

Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a video version of The Way of the Cross and a reflection guide. Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death. Many people choose to make the Way of the Cross a part of their devotions during the season of Lent and the Stations are especially appropriate to be prayed on Fridays. The video is available to be prayed at any time and can be accessed by click on the image above. 

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. The book is also available online from a variety of booksellers. The groups will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-1:00pm beginning on February 24 and 25.
Psalms: Hebrew Expressions of Faith & Hope
Fr. Sam Tallman will offer a Zoom discussion 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. Please register with Greta Wilson at or Fr. Sam at  

St. Mary of the Hills
on YouTube

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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. If you missed last week's pickup, visit A Simple Gesture: High Country’s website by clicking the button below, to learn more and sign-up.

This Sunday - Join us Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
February 14, 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

Sunday’s Gospel reading recalls the Transfiguration of our Lord, a stunning event remembered in the Gospel according to Mark. Join us this morning as we consider the story recorded in scripture while also exploring images of the Transfiguration in art and poetry. All are welcome! We gather at 9:00AM via Zoom each Sunday morning – Click HERE to join the meeting (password: forum).
Church Open for Prayer

The Church will be open for individual private prayer on Ash Wednesday, from 1:00PM until 5:00PM. Masks and social distancing are required at all times in the building and the front door will be the only entry available to access the Church.  

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