Meditation for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 11, 2020
Columbus Day Weekend: Prayers from Indigenous Peoples
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. . . . This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. [Isaiah 25:6, 8]
This Sunday we will include prayers from various Native American traditions in both our services. The celebration of the harmonious order of creation in the Native American tradition echoes strikingly the vision of salvation described in Isaiah. This passage from Isaiah is a song of praise to God, creator of the universe, whose peace will prevail over the most destructive forces at work in the world. Prayers in the Native American tradition express the resolve to grow into this harmony and affirm the dynamic balance that is inherent in creation. The essence of human life, in this tradition is what Scripture call “righteousness”: intuitive and trusting alignment with the divine Spirit of life that is the source of beauty and harmony in the tiniest realms of life.
The prayers and Scripture on Sunday create a space where we can find our way through the imbalance that we face every day in our political discourse. In this space may we be restored to our true relationship with God so that our decisions may be guided by the Holy Spirit and so that the peace beyond understanding may fill our hearts.
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers and sisters, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so that when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
Sunday Schedule for the Months of October & November
8-8:30 am Outdoor service of Holy Communion in the parking lot
9 am Morning Prayer on Zoom
9:30 am Zoom Coffee Hour
9:45 am Zoom Sunday School meets
10am – 10:30 am Zoom Sunday School Class
10:30-11:30 am Distribution of Holy Communion to individuals in the
Sunday afternoon - Home Communion for those who cannot come to the
MORNING PRAYER via ZOOM
Ministers of the Liturgy
The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee
Mary Frances Best, James Jones, Kevin Keppler, Mary Torian
Musicians: Randolph Bloom, Mary Johnson, Jeff Lukas
May all I say and all I think be in harmony with thee,
God within me, God beyond me, maker of the trees.
- Chinook prayer, Pacific Northwest Coast, North America
Meeting ID: 822-5682-7302 Password: 546896
If you cannot access through your computer, you may participate by telephone.
For the Morning Prayer leaflet, click here.
For the Weekly Announcements click here.
Sunday School Message from Rachel Carpenter:
We will begin at 9:45 on Sunday on a separate Zoom meeting.
Children and youth from St. Matthew's and the United Parish of Upton will join us.
Fr. John of St. Matthew's will lead us in a brief prayer and reflection, and then we will get to know each other.
Join Zoom Meeting :
Meeting ID: 948 3277 1037 Passcode: 435036
Our youth are together planning projects for the year. We are asking our youth (grades 6 and up) to complete this brief survey. Thank you. Click here for the survey.
The Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day
Mother Judith is working remotely and can be reached by phone [716.949.8194] or email
Sunday 5pm-6:30 Sacred Ground Session II on Zoom
Monday 5 pm Finance Committee Meeting on Zoom
Monday 6pm Vestry Meeting on Zoom – including Conversation
with the Profile Committee
Wednesday 10 am Morning Prayer & Fellowship on Zoom
Meeting ID: 831-6113-8171 Password: 497792 Telephone: 929-205-6099
Wednesday 7 pm – Zoom Chat
Thursday 4:15 pm: Grab n Go Meals distributed at Trinity
Thursday 7:30 pm – Profile Committee on Zoom
Friday Noon Lunch and Bible Study: Women of the Bible:
October 9th - Deborah and Judith
October 16th - Ruth & Naomi - The Book of Ruth
Zoom Chats are Back! Wednesdays at 7 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 3508 3870 Passcode: 252400
Conversation, reflection, and a meditation
This is a time for us to share what's working and what's not as we begin a new phase of our transition and life during covid.
Thank you to Sarah Prevelige, Lauren Pirelli, and Cindi Scrimgeour
Next Steps: Moving Forward
God of the living word,
give us faith to receive your message,
the wisdom to know what it means,
and the courage to put it into practice.
-from A New Zealand Prayer Book
New Rector Search: Next Steps:
October-November The Profile committee will hold parish meetings via Zoom to discuss future plans for new ministry with your next Rector. Mark your calendars.
Monday October 12th 7:30- 8:30 pm– Vestry
Tuesday October 20th – 7:30-8:30 pm the choir, altar guild, and liturgical ministers
Sunday October 25th 9:30-10:30 am – general
Wednesday October 28th – 10:30-11:30 am - general
Sunday November 1st 7 pm – Youth
October through December: Update website, hold Stewardship Campaign, discern new leadership
January The Profile Committee will present the Parish Profile to the Vestry for approval.
An updated timeline of the 3 "arcs" of the search process can be found on our website:
During this Time: Trinity in Stage 2:
Wednesdays @ 10 am: Morning Prayer & Fellowship via Zoom
Meeting ID: 831 6113 8171 Password: 497792 Telephone: 929-205-6099
Friday Bible Study & Discussion @ Noon - Women in the Bible
Topic for October 9th: - Deborah & Judith
Topic for October 16th - The Book of Ruth
For the outline & schedule, Click here.
Meeting ID: 874 7495 2317 Password: 097331
Ecumenical Service of Remembrance & Witness
for the Victims of COVID-19
Wednesday October 28th - 7 pm
Livestreamed from United Parish of Upton
Mark your calendars to join this service of lamentation and hope led by the churches of Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, and Upton. We want to remember by name those whom we know have died from complications during the coronavirus. Please send names of your loved ones to Mother Judith by next Monday, October 19.
Our Prayers Are Offered For:
Parish Members & Friends: Alan Smat; Somasundaram Ulaganayagi; Dave Clinkman; Elleana Shearer; Marco Weiss; Al Price; Amy Hendrick; Jane; Mary Torian, Sharon Manoogian; Sal & Vas Ferreira; Laura Uretsky; Brad Gustavesen; Erin Lewis; Liz Gienger; Beth & Terry; Esther McKenzie; Jean Conway; Lisa Wilson; Sandra Arbogast; Len Baird; Judy Shea; Robin Rowe; Skye Bayleigh Plaisted; Alex; Alisha Starkis Weddeke; Chrissy & Mark; Thomas Scano; the Canali Family; Sherel & Lou Frere; Craig Silverman; Justin Perkin; Dr. Stephen Janko; Tom Childs; Nancy Sharoogian; Bob Mezzadri; all those serving in the military and the Peace Corps, especially Avary DeRagon; Dan Consigli; Drew Beauchamp; Charles; Laura; Elena; Brendan Wood; Danielle & Joel Marsh; Tom Bento; Joel Joudrey; Justin Woessner; Chris Ketcham and their families.
Homebound Parishioners: Betty Henneberry; Verna Parente, and Wayne Morey.
Our Partner Dioceses: Kumasi and Asante-Mampong in Ghana
Those celebrating birthdays this week: Cynthia Kinne; Paul Johnson; Claire Collins; Mason Lanzillo; Liz Pekkala; Cheryl Martin; Megan Palinkas; Theresa Studer; Claudia Manoli; James D’Urso; Linda Bonina; Marie Tower; Marjorie Clinton; Brian Alexander; and Benjamin Collins.
Pledges: Thank you to all of you who have been sending in your pledges. If you are behind, please try to catch up by early November in order to give the Vestry a baseline as they prepare the 2021 budget. Our deposits are being made on a different schedule these days, so there may be a delay in seeing the record of your payment. Some of you are facing financial stress: if so, please give what you can; if not, please give a bit extra to support
those who cannot.
Mount Saint Charles Academy invites prospective students and their families to our online open house on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 AM to 12 PM to learn about our rigorous academics, service-learning, dedicated faculty, and a wide range of student clubs, sports, and fine and performing arts opportunities. You'll get to meet teachers, alumni, and current students and be guided on a virtual tour of our school!
Mount Saint Charles Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory school for boys and girls in grades 6-12 that is committed to developing the whole child.
Register at https://www.mountsaintcharles.org/2020-open-house/ or call 401-769-0310 to learn more.
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A Message from the Presiding Bishop
"It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church's responsibility to help get souls to the polls. Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on your biases, but vote your values. Vote the values of human dignity and equality. Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote."
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Click here to see Bishop Curry's full message.
A Pastoral Message from Bishop Doug Fisher
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The Episcopal Church offers valuable resources for spiritual renewal. https://episcopalchurch.org/
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