A PRAYER FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT: “God of hope, from you come every blessing and all peace: Show us that, in the midst of our struggles, you are with us. Give us the abundance of your grace that we may do the work you give us to do and that we may be for the world a sign of your presence; through Christ, the Way and the Truth. Amen.” “Renew and strengthen us, O God, as we prepare for resurrection.” (Daily Prayer for All Seasons: “Lent”)
CHANGES IN THE SUNDAY SERVICE DURING LENT: If you were in church this past Sunday, you may have noticed the order of the service was a little different, and at the 10:30 service, there were not as many hymns. During Lent we are called “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, p 265, Ash Wednesday). To help us focus on repentance, prayer, and meditating on God’s holy Word, we will begin with the Penitential Order (p 319 or 351) at both the 8 a.m. Rite I service and the 10:30 a.m. Rite II. At the Rite II service, we will have a silent procession into the church, followed by an Introit sung by the choir, before beginning the Penitential Order. There will be no gradual hymn prior to the Gospel. Our Prayers of the People at both services will be Form II. During Lent, “Alleluia” is omitted at the Fraction Anthem (Christ our Passover), and at the dismissal. Please join us this Sunday, and every Sunday, as we come together to celebrate the Eucharist and be nourished in our spiritual lives by God’s holy Word and the Bread of heaven.
“SPRING FORWARD” THIS WEEKEND: Daylight Saving Time resumes at 2 a.m. this Sunday morning, March 12. Please be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed, so you will be on time for church, and not an hour late!
GROUNDS COMMITTEE INVITES ALL TO A ONE-HOUR CLEAN-UP SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 1 P.M.: This Sunday, March 12, please join Ann Hedgepeth and other members of the Grounds Committee for a 1-hour “power hour” clean-up at the Rectory and at the Church. Bring your rakes and gardening gloves, and help clean-up the leaves and fallen branches in the beds around the Church, and also at the Rectory (208 E. Campus Ave.). Choose your site. Ann will provide leaf bags at both sites. If enough people come, the clean-up should take no longer than an hour: meet at 1, be done by 2 p.m. Hope to see you there!
POT LUCK SUPPER & LENTEN PROGRAM — WEEK 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, AT 6 P.M.: Please plan to join us for Week Two of our Tuesday evening Lenten Program, Speaking Our Faith, by the Rev. Dr. Kit Carlson, Episcopal priest. We begin with a Pot Luck supper at 6 p.m. The program follows at 6:45 and we end with Compline by 8. Even if you missed the first week, you are welcome to join us for Week 2.
COLIN LYNCH ORGAN CONCERT, FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 7:30 P.M.: Please join us on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. for Colin Lynch’s organ concert. Mr. Lynch serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, MA. Previously, he has held positions at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in Westport, CT, Marquand Chapel of the Yale Divinity School, the Episcopal Church at Yale, and was organ scholar at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. As Director of Chapel Music and School Organist at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, he led the choirs on performance tours to South Africa and Cuba in addition to producing two commercially available recordings. Tickets are $20 at the door for adults, and $5 for students with ID. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the concert.
2017 “GIVE CHANGE TO MAKE CHANGE” RECEIVES AN OFFER OF HELP FROM THE GRANDE FAMILY AND REFLECTION’S SALON AND SPA: The proceeds will be given to Camp Wright to help rebuild more cabins at the camp. We have received an offer of additional help from the Grande Family: Reflection’s Salon & Spa, 6344 Church Hill Rd., Chestertown, MD, 410-778-4247, will donate 15% of the sales scheduled during the season of Lent to GIVE CHANGE TO MAKE CHANGE, thus increasing our funds to Camp Wright. For more information about what services are available, call the Spa, or see the flyer on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall.
THE RETREAT HOUSE AT HILLSBORO OFFERS SEVERAL NEW PROGRAMS
- Finding Voices: Non-violent listening and dialogue.
- Lenten Lunch Series.
- Vestry 101 For more information about these programs, please see the flyers in the Parish Hall, or go to http://retreathousehillsboro.org/ or write to email@example.com.
CHOIRMASTER SEARCH COMMITTEE: The Choirmaster Search Committee has been formed, with Sandy Bjork as chairperson. If you know of someone you think would be interested in applying to become Emmanuel’s next Choirmaster, please have the contact the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sandy at 301-675-3093.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED: We are looking for hosts for Coffee Hosts for March 19 and 26 (when Bishop Shand will be our guest celebrant and preacher). PLEASE SIGN UP on the list on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Or if you can’t host at this time, please consider bringing baked goods, cookies, cheese and crackers, and dropping them off for use on a Sunday or frozen for the future. If you are dropping off for Sunday, please give Craig a call (443-480-0790) so he knows that goodies will be coming and does not rush out to buy things.
- REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM. The 1% rebates go to the Food Pantry.
- MARCH FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST. Please bring any nonperishable food items and place them in the blue container in the Narthex for the Community Food Pantry.
- CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS. Recycle your cell phones through the church to provide cell phones and pre-paid phone cards for our military personnel. A collection box is in the Narthex.
- BARKS4BROOKE. The friends and co-workers of the Jenkins’ family are organizing a 5K Run/Walk on April 8 to raise money to purchase a medical alert dog for 5-year old Brooke Jenkins, who was diagnosed at age 4 with Type 1 diabetes. Forms are available in the Parish Hall.
Collect for March 12: O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Readings for March 12: http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Lent/ALent2_RCL.html
Hymns for March 12: The great Creator of the worlds (489); Lift high the cross (473)
Events next week:
Sunday, March 12: (Lent II): Daylight Saving Time: Turn clocks ahead
- Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
- Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Sunday School (10:30 a.m.)
- Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)
- “Power Hour” Churchyard and Rectory cleanup (1 p.m.)
Monday, March 13:
- Knifty Knitters (2 p.m.) at Sid Cooper’s
- EfM with Holy Eucharist (5 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 14:
- GED (9 a.m.)
- Homework Study Hall (2:30 p.m.)
- Choir rehearsal (5 p.m.)
- Lenten Pot Luck Supper & “Speaking Our Faith” (6 p.m.)
- ESL (6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 15:
- Brotherhood of St. Andrew (7:30 a.m.)
- GED (9 a.m.)
- Bible Study (10:30 a.m.)
- Holy Eucharist with anointing for healing (12 noon)
- Yoga (5 p.m.)
Thursday, March 16:
- Homework Study Hall (2:45 p.m.)
- ESL (6:30 p.m.)
- AA (8 p.m.)
Friday, March 17:
- Colin Lynch Organ Concert (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 18: No events scheduled
Sunday, March 19: (Lent III):
- Holy Eucharist, Rite I (8 a.m.)
- Holy Eucharist, Rite II (10:30 a.m.), with Sunday School
- Coffee Hour (11:30 a.m.)
- ESWE Concert (4 p.m.)
- March 17-27: Vicar Darcy on vacation
- March 19: Bishop Shand will be our guest celebrant and preacher
- Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble Concert (4 p.m.)
- March 25: Warden’s and Treasurer’s Conference, Easton
- CMUS Training in Parish Hall
- March 26: Bishop Shand will be our guest celebrant and preacher
I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Darlene Housley’s brother, Don Moulds, who died this week. Please pray for his family and friends. Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant Don. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen. May he rest in peace. Amen.
I ask your prayers, as I do every week, for all those on our parish prayer list: Baylin, David, Debbie, Frank, Gracie, Helen, Joan, John, Kathleen, Kevin, Lillian, Mark, Mary, Megan, Pat, Ryan, Tyler, Margie Abler, Edna Abler, Carol Bain, Connor Campbell, Michael Chauvenet, Kim Christopher, Jed Deppman, Kim Devlin, Herb Friedman, Sandy Hoon, Bill House, Bob Kursch, Annie Lavin, Jim Naumann, Myrna Olsen, Mary Deringer Phelps, Philip Rosenberg, Harry Schreiber, Peg Schreiber, Bette Smith, Mark Smith, Anne Ward, Bill Weingarten, Traci Weingarten, Joanie West, Todd Wiggins.
Please know that you are always in my prayers and that I give thanks for your ministries in our parish community, in Chestertown, and beyond. ~~~ Darcy+