St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

January 21, 2021


A Prayer for the
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were being cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Frederick Buechner, Book of Common Prayer, 


Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills


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. Log-in information for this service will be included in this week’s Epistle, as well as in the January 31st Sunday bulletin.  

'Love is the Way'
Book Study

It's not too late to join!

In the weeks following the Epiphany, join Fr. Andrew in reading and discussing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s newest book, “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times.” This group will meet on Thursdays, January 14th-February 11th, from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via Zoom. 

Please e-mail Fr. Andrew (rector@stmaryofthehills.org) if you are interested in joining a discussion group, even if the time does not work for your schedule – additional opportunities may be made available. The book is available from a variety of booksellers. The book is available from a variety of booksellers.

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 (office@stmaryofthehills.org) in the parish office for more information and available dates.

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This Sunday - Join us Online

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The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
January 24, 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

Does God change God’s mind? Join us this morning in the Rector’s Forum as we consider the story of the prophet Jonah and the people of Ninevah. 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 financial@stmaryofthehills.org.