Thursday, February 15, 2018
St. Mary's Family,

David Wilcox, our Acolyte Master and one of our newest Vestry members, has written an outstanding article on the Lenten Disciplines. I commend his article to you.

Peace,
Fr. Charles

“…I invite you therefore in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word…” ( BCP pg.265)

In her call to observe a holy Lent, the Church commends to us four practices that have withstood the test of time. They are prayer, fasting, self-denial, and reading and meditating on God's Holy Word. The Church commends these to us because she knows that if we take up these practices and incorporate them into our lives for the next forty days (and beyond) we will indeed keep a holy Lent and hopefully become holier people in the process. What the Church does not do however, is spell out what these practices look like when taken on by the individual Christian. So, what might these disciplines of prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and engaging with Scripture look like in your life? The Church may not offer rules that govern these practices, but she does have traditions and suggestions that you may find helpful in incorporating these things into your life.
When it comes to prayer you might want to consider something as simple as spending five minutes alone with God in silence at the beginning or end of each day or if you prefer something more active you might consider committing to saying one of the daily devotionals found on pages 135-140 of The Book of Common Prayer. You might consider attending a midweek celebration of the Eucharist, or you might join in the Wednesday night stations of the Cross.
For fasting you might want to consider taking up the traditional practices of reducing your food intake and not eating meat on Fridays, or you might prefer to give something up. If you spend too much time on social media, sign off for Lent. If you drink too much coffee, consider cutting back. The important thing to remember is that we don't fast to punish ourselves but rather to remind ourselves that we are dependent on God for everything we have, and to open our eyes to the needs of others. 
           What the exhortation calls self-denial, we might call almsgiving. The ideas are the same denying yourself in some way to benefit those in need. To incorporate this practice, you might consider volunteering your time at Downtown Outreach, or taking the money you would normally spend on what you gave up and donating it to a charitable organization, you might collect all your change for the next forty days and give that to charity.
           When it comes to engaging with Scripture you might strongly consider joining the rest of the Episcopal Church in the Good Book Club which is reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts throughout Lent and Easter. You might spend some time during the week meditating on the lessons from the previous Sunday, or you might want to look at the daily office lectionary.
           Whatever you do, try to heed the Church’s advice this Lent, incorporate these practices into your life in some way. You won’t regret it.

In Christ,
David Wilcox

Wednesdays at St. Mary's
Wednesdays at St. Mary's
Each Wednesday during Lent (beginning Feb 21st)
Stations of the Cross, 6pm
Bible Study and Light Soup Dinner at 6:30pm
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in reading the Scriptures together during Lent and Easter. The Good Book Club is an invitation to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. The daily reading schedule that begin on February 11th can be found here .

Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning February 21st, we will pray the Stations of the Cross, followed by a facilitated discussion of the readings from Luke or Acts since the last week. Suggested donation for the meal is $5. All are welcome!
  • If you are willing to help with the soup dinners, please click here to email Laura Iorg, or talk to her at church.
Private Confession
A priest will be available to offer spiritual guidance and sacramental confession each Saturday during Lent from 10:00am-10:45am in St. George's Chapel (Saturday, February 17, through Saturday, March 31st, inclusive). Because Downtown Outreach will be using the parish hall at that time, please enter the church through the street entrance on the northwest side of the building. You may also schedule time with Fr. Charles by emailing him at charleseverson@gmail.com.
Morning Prayer
All are invited to pray Morning Prayer live on Facebook each morning during Lent at 6:30am. You may also pray Morning Prayer later in the day by viewing the recording. Click here for more information.
Spirituality unTapped
Tuesday, February 20th, 7pm, International Tap House, 18th and Oak. Visit this page for more details. The question this month is, "What does a disciplined spiritual life look like in today's world?" Spirituality unTapped is a monthly event where young adults from all walks of life get together for good discussion over drinks or coffee. It is jointly hosted by St. Andrews Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
Adult Confirmation Classes
Please pray for those who are preparing to be confirmed or received at the upcoming Regional Confirmation on Saturday, April 7th at 2pm at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. And please put this time and date on your calendar!

  • Raja Reed - confirmation
  • John Stanks - confirmation
  • Erica Janel - confirmation
  • Hayden Heverling - confirmation
  • David Higdon - confirmation
  • Chris McQueeny - being received from the Orthodox Church
Communion Practices during Flu Season
Are you concerned about spreading germs at communion? Do you feel that dipping the bread in the wine is more hygienic than drinking from the common cup?

Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that the most hygienic way to receive the wine is from the common cup.

Please click here to read Fr. Charles's recent blog post about this topic.
This year, as we have the past two years, we will be joining forces with our sister parish, St. Augustine's, for two of the Holy Week Services. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th, and ends on Easter Day, April 1st. Here are some details:

  • Palm Sunday. Normal service times: 8:00am and 10:00am.
  • Maundy Thursday at St. Augustine's. 6:00pm. Our choir will sing a beautiful setting of the Ubi Caritas, and St. Augustine's musicians will provide the rest of the music.
  • Good Friday. 6:00pm. The choir is singing a lovely setting of the Passion, and there will be communion from the reserve sacrament.
  • Holy Saturday. A brief Holy Saturday service will occur in place of the 11:05 Mass.
  • The Great Vigil of Easter. 8:00pm. Bishop Marty Field will be the celebrant and preacher. Members of St. Augustine's are invited to join us at St. Mary's for this service.
  • Easter Sunday. Normal service times: 8:00am and 10:00am.
Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday
Low Mass: 8 a.m.   
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.

Tuesday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday 
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.
Sung Mass: 6 p.m. (Stations of the Cross during Lent)

Thursday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Saturday 
Low Mass: 11:05 a.m.
Clergy and Staff

Assistant to the Rector
 
Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Robert M. Hutcherson
  
Deacon Administrator

Deacon Missioner
The Reverend Kevin G. White
 
Artist-in-Residence/Choirmaster
 
Organist
 
Sexton
Ms. Rosalyn Powell
Vestry

Mr. Todd Chenault-Wiseley, Senior Warden
Dr. Michael D. Frost, Junior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark
Mr. Richard S. Herndon
Mrs. Faye A. Hopkins
Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox, II
                                                  
Ms. Mary Beveridge, Parish Clerk
Ms. Judith B. Brougham, Parish Treasurer 
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