St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

February 18, 2021

Words to Ponder...

“…Lent is a gift.  If everything is up to us all the time, life can become exhausting.  The good news of Lent is that the One who knows us – our stories, our failures, our burdens – is with us.  So we can dare to be honest with ourselves, because God already knows all of it.  The Lenten disciplines we set for ourselves are right and good.  But let us never fool ourselves into thinking that we are our own saviors.  There is already one who claims that title.  And that merciful Savior is not done with us yet.”

-C.K. Robertson-
from “Thursday after Ash Wednesday’
in Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

Sung Compline this Sunday Evening

Sung Compline – Sunday February 21st at 6:30PM – Join us online for a service of Compline, sung by members of our choir, on Sunday evening, February 21, 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. Click the button below to join the service; a bulletin is available online.
Password: compline

Please note that this service will be held as a Zoom meeting,
with the option to enable video and audio.
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. Contact Fr. Andrew via e-mail ( for more information and to register.
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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In our Community

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life is an evidence-based nutrition education program created by Aramark and the American Heart Association. The goal of the program is to empower people to make healthful lifestyle choices in regards to food, nutrition, and physical activity.  Four interactive, online sessions are being offered during the months of March and April, 2021, by the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management of Appalachian State University. 

The four consecutive sessions will cover the topics, "Feed Your Potential", "Healthy Ingredient Swaps", "Food Label Smarts", and "Pantry Makeovers". Sessions are currently scheduled for 2 pm on Thursdays, March 4 and 18, and April 1 and 15. Additional times for each session may be scheduled based on audience need. There is no charge for the program. Participants will be asked to complete a pre- and post-survey, and those who attend all four sessions will receive a cookbook and a certificate of completion.

For more information, or to register and access the online program, please contact Dr. Kyle Thompson of the Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management by e-mail ( or phone (828-262-2631).

This Sunday - Join us Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The First Sunday in Lent
February 21, 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

Today we begin a Lenten series entitled, “A Spring in the Desert,” based upon the book by Bishop Frank and Victoria Logue. Join us this morning as we consider sacred stories, ancient teachings, and images of creation from the desert. All are welcome! We gather at 9:00AM via Zoom each Sunday morning – Click the button below to join the meeting (password: forum).
Church Open for Prayer

The Church will be open for individual, private prayer during regular office hours
(9-5 Monday-Thursday, 9-12 Friday). If a service is scheduled during the week, the Church will close one hour prior and remain closed for one hour following the service. 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.

The Parish Office remains open to parishioners and visitors, by appointment only. Please contact a member of the staff
via phone or e-mail before coming to 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