Morning Prayer & Coffee Hour, May 3, 2020

A REFLECTION FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
This week, we continue a series of sermons that focus on the Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. All of the seven practices—Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest—invite us to use two other practices, also essential for a church seeking a new rector, and for Christians trying to determine how to live in a time of unprecedented change. With Reflection and Discernment, we can look at our lives as individuals and in community, to see how they can lead us to further understanding of who Jesus Christ is, and what he asks of us.

Last week, in considering Turn, we looked at the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and how they turned from fear and doubt as they realized that it was Jesus who was explicating the scriptures to them, and breaking bread with them. They saw that the old ways weren’t going to work any longer. They turned in a new direction.

This week, through the prism of looking at Jesus as the Good Shepherd, we Learn about Jesus as both a care-giver and a leader. A child in Sunday School once said that she thought Jesus the Good Shepherd was like Mr. Kennedy, the policeman that helped kids to cross a busy street near their school. Asked if he also led the kids down the street, she said that was more like the Drum Major leading the band down the field with his big baton keeping time.

Like the little girl, we can have a hard time understanding exactly who Jesus is for us. There are familiar words like “Lord” and “Savior” but it is worth reflecting on how Jesus has appeared in our lives, and what he means for each of us. Who keeps you safe from traffic? Who marks the time to keep you marching, and playing with the rest of the band?

Consider whether prayer life with more rhythm and regularity, a time of Bible Study that involves both the disciplines of reading and prayer, and the sharing of fellowship, might make the music of your life sweeter.

God’s bright blessings on you in the week to come. He is risen! Practice Resurrection!

Mother Georgia+ 
COFFEE HOUR
We will be hosting a Live Virtual Coffee hour on-line via Zoom this Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. You may join at anytime and stay for as long as you like during the session. This is a live meeting, therefore we are taking safety precautions and will be using the “waiting room.” Please contact Laura Harrigan for information on how to join.
MORNING PRAYER
You can view the Virtual Worship Service at anytime and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE   You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print a copy of the sermon, please click HERE.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, May 3rd.

Morning Prayer & Coffee Hour, April 26, 2020

Alleluia! He is Risen!

Beloved Friends in Jesus Christ,

With today’s sermon we begin a series of shared meditations on the Way of Love that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called “Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life.” These practices are Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest.

You can learn more about these practices from the following website: https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love.

This time, which may seem like a “time between” offers the opportunity to learn new things, and to make them a part of our incarnate (embodied) lives. Often, humans can learn something intellectually, engaging the mind, but our emotions and our bodies are NOT engaged. As we look at our lives as followers of Jesus Christ through the lens of the Way of Love, we have a chance to make sure that all three centers—intellectual, emotional, and physical—take part in this first step on the path, as defined by Bishop Curry: TURN to meet Christ on the road of our lives.

Peace be with you,
Mother Georgia+
COFFEE HOUR
We will be hosting a Live Virtual Coffee hour on-line via Zoom this Sunday from 10:00am – 11:00am. You may join at anytime and stay for as long as you like during the session. This is a live meeting, therefore we are taking safety precautions and will be using the “waiting room.” Please contact Laura Harrigan at redeemeraldie@gmail.com for information on how to join.
MORNING PRAYER
You can view the Virtual Worship Service at anytime and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE   You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print a copy of the sermon, please click HERE.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, April 26th.

Morning Prayer & Coffee Hour, April 19, 2020

This Sunday, join us for our pre-recorded Virtual Morning Prayer Service which can be viewed at anytime AND our Live Coffee Hour from 8:45am – 10:00am. Details follow below…
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,

I don’t remember a more beautiful spring. Our flowering trees have been magnificent, the bluebells so abundant in the woods and along streams, the redbud and lilacs now opening to the sun. The Dominican monk and mystic known as Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever said were thank you, that would be enough.”

This is our present moment: beauty for which the only response can be praise, and an illness passing over the land like a dark shadow. It seems the home God has given us has been telling us for quite a few years that we are not being the good stewards God has asked us to be. The question is: how can things be different? Fires in the western United States and all over the continent of Australia, floods in the mountains of West Virginia where mountain top removal mining has dumped waste into the creeks that usually carry rainfall, a plague that has spread to nearly every country in the world, swarming locusts covering many miles in Africa, the bees that fertilize our crops dying off, oceans clogged with islands of plastic, the ice caps that keep those oceans in balance melting: these are all problems that are dangerous, but which scientists say can change if humans change their behavior.

As we face the problems that, in many instances, our miss-use and over-use of resources have caused, let us look to the gracious God who has given us what Eucharistic prayer C calls “our Island home…this fragile earth,” remembering that it is by God’s will it “was created, and has its being.” Let us ask for wisdom to effective remediation and conservation of what God has given us. Again and again, God has called us to return.
Let us in this holy season that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord, seek guidance for ways to resurrect the suffering parts of our planet.

Let us go forth in faith, live in hope, and work to care for our island home, knowing that in the blood of Jesus, we are reconciled, and by his wounds, we are healed.

With love,
Mother Georgia+
COFFEE HOUR
We will be hosting a Live Virtual Coffee hour on-line via Zoom this Sunday from 8:45 am – 10:00 am. You may join at anytime and stay for as long as you like during the session. This is a live meeting, therefore we are taking safety precautions and will be using the “waiting room.” Please contact Laura Harrigan at redeemeraldie@gmail.com for information on how to join.
MORNING PRAYER
You can view the Virtual Worship Service at anytime and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print a copy of the sermon, please click HERE.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, April 19th.

Easter Sunday Morning Prayer, April 12, 2020

Beloved in Jesus Christ,

“He is risen, he is risen, tell it out with joyful voice! He has burst his three days’ prison—let the whole wide earth rejoice.”

Do you feel that when our present hard travail is over, you will burst out of prison, too? It seems a lot of people feel that way.

Despite the strangeness of this time, we will, nonetheless, celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and a group of people from Church of Our Redeemer, Clarke Parish in Berryville, and Christ Church worked hard to make a virtual Easter celebration happen. We (the Rev. Justin Ivatts, the Very Rev. Matt Rhodes, and myself) were supported by musicians, administrators, and the Holy Spirit to bring this service for Easter together, and we hope it is rich and meaningful for you.

Please read the bulletin to see all the names of bright spirits who made this happen. Personally, I must thank our administrator, Laura Harrigan, and musician and vestry member, Susan Hollinger, for all their help and encouragement. Despite the challenges, this was a joyful effort, and these two ladies helped your supply priest to rejoice, indeed.

He is risen, indeed, and we see him in the eyes and smiles of those who share with us in the Body of Christ.

God bless you and keep you.

With love and good wishes,
Mother Georgia+

A PROMISE: when this pandemic abates, and we can meet again, we will have an Easter Eucharist in the sanctuary, and a dinner in the parish hall, and it will be wonderful!,
To say Morning Prayer at home on Sunday, April 12th, you can view the Virtual Worship Service and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).

PLEASE NOTE: The Virtual Worship Service is pre-recorded so you may view it at anytime!

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, April 12th

Palm Sunday Morning Prayer, April 5, 2020

Beloved in Jesus Christ,
Thank you for worshiping with us on Palm Sunday. This year is different, to put it mildly. Our shared worship is on-line, with video and audio components, because we cannot worship together in the sanctuary at Church of Our Redeemer. It is shared in another way: we have had the privilege of working together with the two churches of Clarke Parish in Berryville, where I was interim rector in 2018, and with Christ Church in Millwood, where I served as a supply priest in 2019, before coming to Our Redeemer.

Because I know these two churches and their priests, I felt that it would be a blessed blending to bring our congregations together virtually to experience the exaltation of the Palm Sunday part of the service, and the desolation of the Passion of Our Lord. Thank you to the Very Rev. Matt Rhodes of Christ Church and the Rev. Justin Ivatts of Clarke Parish for allowing us to join with them to observe this great event in our church year. Despite the challenges we face with the virus Covid-19, I think that we found a way to give glory to God.

You will see in the bulletin below, the credits for the musicians. They went out of their way to make this event beautiful. The administrative part of putting this together was challenging. Thank you to the Very Rev. Matt Rhodes for composing a wonderful bulletin, to Laura Harrigan, working to ensure here at Our Redeemer that all the components of the service are available to all of us, and to my former colleague Robin T. McFillen, administrator of Clarke Parish, for extraordinary efforts to make sure that the document is available in an accessible audio/video form.

In this time of pandemic, we observe the extremes of humanity. That is somehow fitting to Palm/Passion Sunday, when our Lord and Savior experienced the extremes of human behavior. Let us go forward in faith. Easter is coming—and there are hard steps to take to get to that great celebration.

Yours with love in Jesus Christ,
Mother Georgia+
To say Morning Prayer at home on Sunday, April 5th, you can view the Virtual Worship Service and follow along using the bulletin. You can also do Morning Prayer on your own using the bulletin or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).
PLEASE NOTE: The Virtual Worship Service is pre-recorded so you may view it at anytime!

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service by clicking HERE. Once the video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left).

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN AND SERMON
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.
To view/print the sermon, please click HERE.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, April 5th

Morning Prayer, March 29, 2020

To say Morning Prayer at home on Sunday, March 29, you can join Mother Georgia, Susan, and Laura with our Virtual Worship on Zoom using the printable bulletin or your prayer book (instructions follow), you can also do Morning Prayer on your own using your prayer book (instructions follow) or you can use other electronic sites (URL follows at bottom of page).

ACCESSING THE VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE ON ZOOM You can join us for our Virtual Worship Service on Zoom by clicking HERE. Once the Zoom video comes up, just click play (the little arrow at the bottom left). You DO NOT need to download anything!

THE PRINTABLE BULLETIN
The bulletin contains the entire service including the lessons, minus the sermon so that you can follow the service easier. It is designed to be printed on regular 8½ x 11 paper. To view/print a copy, please click HERE.

USING YOUR PRAYER BOOK
Click HERE for the lessons
Click HEREfor the sermon
Opening sentences for Lent—choose one, page 76, middle of the page
Confession, page 79, middle of page. Use absolution, substituting “us” and “our”
Invitatory and Psalter, page 80. For Lent, do not use Alleluia
Lenten antiphon, page 81, near top
For invitatory psalm in time of trouble or danger, use Ps. 103, page 733 insteadof Venite or Benedictus es
Psalm 130
Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-4
New Testament Lesson: Romans 8:6-11
Canticle: Kyrie Pantocrator, A Song of Penitence, page 90
Gospel: John 11:1-45
The Apostle’s Creed, page 96
The Prayers:Lord’s Prayer, page 97; Suffrages A, page 97; the Collect of the Day, page 219, middle of the page; The Collect for Sundays, page 98;
other prayers may be added, including:Number 69, On Sunday, page 835; Number 59, For Quiet Confidence, page 832; Number 54, For Those We love, page 831; Number 44, For the Future of the Human Race, page 828; Number 18, For Our Country, page 820; Number 3, For the Human Family, page 815; A Collect for Mission, page 101, at the top
Intercessions for others
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom, page 102
Blessing, page 102
Conclude with The Supplication, page 154, to be used in time of war, national anxiety, or of disaster

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, March 29

Morning Prayer, March 22, 2020

Morning Prayer at Home
Sunday, March 22nd

Click HERE for the lessons.
Click HERE for the sermon.
Click HERE for the children’s sermon.

You can use your prayer book (instructions follow) or electronic sites (URL follows at bottom).

USING YOUR PRAYER BOOK
Opening sentences for Lent—choose one, p.76, middle of the page.
Confession, middle of p.79. Use absolution, substituting “us” and “our.”
Invitatory and Psalter, p.80. For Lent, do not use Alleluia.
               Lenten antiphon, p.81, near top
For invitatory psalm in time of trouble or danger, use Ps. 103, p.733 instead of Venite or Benedictus es
Old Testament Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 5:8-14
Canticle: Kyrie Pantocrator, A Song of Penitence, p.90
Gospel: John 9:1-41
The Apostle’s Creed, p.96
The Prayers:
Lord’s Prayer, p.97
Suffrages A, p.97
The Collect of the Day, p.218
The Collect for Sundays, p.98
Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, top of p.219
Other prayers may be added, including:
Number 69, On Sunday, p.835
Number 59, For Quiet Confidence, middle of p.832
Number 54, For Those We love, p.831
Number 44, For the Future of the Human Race, p.828
Number 18, For Our Country, p.820
Number 3, For the Human Family, p.815
A Collect for Mission, top of p.101
Intercessions for others
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom, p.102, Blessing, p.102
Conclude with The Supplication, p.154, to be used in time of war, national anxiety, or of disaster.

USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
To say Morning Prayer with electronic resources, go to:
https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html and tap the icon for daily prayer, on Sunday, March 22

Faithful Living in Time of Danger

Beloved Friends in the Body of Jesus Christ at Church of Our Redeemer:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN.

We have the spiritual tools to live through dangerous times, faithfully. Right now, more than perhaps at any time in our lives, we must remember that the first and greatest commandment of our faith is to love God, and the second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. (There is nowhere in the Gospels a footnote that says, “…except when your neighbor is sick.”) There is no virus that can defeat our souls, united in Love.

We are protected spiritually by that love, and St. Paul tells us how to make that protection even stronger. “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand, therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you able to proclaim the Gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the enemy. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times, in every prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:10-

[We can visualize doing this great prayer of protection as we say it.]

“All the saints…”: that’s you and me and all the ones we love. Perfect love casts out fear, and praying for each other directs us toward perfection. Sometimes the best prayer is to simply name the person or people for whom one is praying, and to lift them up to the Lord in silence, just as we lift our hearts during the Eucharist. You can also say Morning and Evening Prayer; to use the regular Sunday form that begins on page 76 with the opening sentences for Lent, use the scriptures Laura Harrigan is sending you, and the link with specific instructions for this Sunday. I will be fasting on Fridays until this pandemic has subsided. You are welcome to join me if you wish. I will be praying for and with you. Don’t forget to use your Lenten resource materials daily. If you didn’t get Springs in the Desert, or the childrens’ book on Saints, please let Laura know. She will be working her usual hours at the church. There are now plenty of books.
My telephone number is 304-839-1124. You may call me at any time. I will be sending Laura a homily for the Sundays on which the church remains closed, and something for the children, as well. Be of good cheer, be kind to each other, and pray for each other, for the Church, and for the world. Peace be with you.

Love in Jesus Christ from Mother Georgia+