Weekly Worship Service
Sunday, November 21, 2021
- First Message: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
- Gospel: John 18:33-37
10:00am – Eucharist Worship Service In-person and via Zoom with distanced social time to follow for those worshipping in person, and Zoom gathering for those worshipping virtually. This Sunday, The Rev. Susan Moss will be the preacher and celebrant.
The new format for the 10am service has seemed to work well for those attending virtually. Please join via Zoom in the link below and the Zoom Host will share the Live Stream. This will allow all of those attending virtually to interact during the service.
Update on the October 21st Letter from Bishop Loya
Saint Mary’s Stewardship 2022
Children and Youth
Prayers in the Weekly
Nurturing the Roots of Our Community:
An Advent Service of Healing and Renewal
led by The Rev. Susan M. Moss
Saturday, Dec. 4th at 4pm
Let us prepare the way for renewal at Saint Mary’s as we experience Advent this year. Join us for a Healing and Renewal Service, Saturday Dec. 4, 2021 at 4pm.
Saint Mary’s has experienced many changes these past few years, some which went smoother than others, to say the least. On November 28th we enter the season of Advent in preparation for the birth of Jesus as we also prepare to call a new Rector. There have been requests to have a time where all our community may gather together and support each other as we heal; a time to come with our faith and doubts, hopes and fears as we prepare for what that exciting future can be! No matter where we are on our journey, we recognize that the community of Saint Mary’s is important to us.
In her October 24th sermon, Susan Moss reminded us about a gardener’s care when she and her neighbors rescued and transplanted perennials from the backyard of a house on their alley that had been torn down. “Some of the plants were really tattered…we reminded each other– protect the roots!… we need to protect that which has been entrusted to our care.” This definitely sums up our community; we’re feeling a bit ragged, some of us more than others. Remember, our roots are good, we need to nurture them, protect and care for them. Let us all create space for a time to be together to offer that care, show support, and pray as we prepare to move forward and thrive. God is Good!
- To listen to the homily given by Steve Andrews on November 14th, Click HERE.
- Do you know about #AdventWord? 28 daily words, meditations and images will be offered during this holy season beginning Sunday, November 28. There is also a new Advent devotional published by Forward Movement, Promise & Praise, which corresponds with the daily reflection words of AdventWord, including reflections by Bishop Curry and Lisa Kimball who teaches at VTS (Virginia Theological Seminary) and who some of you know. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up for AdventWord.
- The Worship Team is looking for new members who would like to help plan the liturgy for one season. Advent is already planned so we’re looking ahead to Epiphany. Epiphany Sundays include January 9 through February 27 ( 7 Sundays). Planning for these Sundays will start at the Worship Team meeting on Tuesday, December 7, from 4-6pm at St Mary’s. Click HERE if you’re interested in joining us!
- Worship Schedule
- Sun—Nov 21…10am Eucharist –Last Sunday in Pentecost
- Sun—Nov 28…10am adapted Morning Prayer—Advent 1
- Sat— Dec 4……4pm—Advent Service of Healing and Renewal led by The Rev. Susan M. Moss
- Sun—Dec 5……10am Eucharist—Advent 2
- Sun—Dec 12….4pm Lessons & Carols—Advent 3
- Sun—Dec 19….10am Eucharist—Advent 4
- Fri— Dec 24…..4pm Eucharist—Christmas Eve
- Sat— Dec 25…..No service
- Sun—Dec 26…. Let’s Zoom together to St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis—More info to come
- Sun—Jan 2…….10am Christmas carols & adapted Morning Prayer
Feedback is welcome!
Expect changes as we try things, see how they work and make improvements! Your feedback is more important than ever before to help us know what’s working well and what isn’t. Please send your thoughts, ideas, suggestions to the Worship Team.
Click HERE to give feedback. Thanks!
In his October 21st pastoral letter to St. Marians Bishop Loya wrote:
… I recognize that given the nature of LeeAnne’s departure, some of you may want to have a conversation with her in order to bring closure to your pastoral relationship with her. If so, please be in touch with my office, and I will work with you and LeeAnne to arrange for you to meet.
The names of those who want to schedule time with LeeAnne are confidential and will not be shared. Conversations are private.
Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Brian Nerbonne, Warden firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Moss, Transition Priest email@example.com
THANK YOU to all who sent in a pledge to St. Mary’s for 2022.
- 39 pledges received totaling $125,389
Our 2022 stewardship campaign is over, but financial contributions can be made at any time by accessing the St. Mary’s website (www.saintmarysepiscopal.org), selecting the CONTRIBUTE tab and scrolling to the Faithful Belonging – Stewardship 2022 menu option.
As a reminder, we have several ways you can pay your pledge:
- By check made out to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
- Electronic Funds transfer from your bank. Contact our treasurer, Rex Holzemer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details on how this works.
- Click the CONTRIBUTE tab at the top of our website (CLICK HERE) and select Give Now Online from the menu to set up a Vanco account to put your pledge on a credit card or have it withdrawn from your bank account. Note: If you choose this option, please check the processing fee box (2.75% for credit cards and 1% for bank accounts) to help cover the processing fee. This fee will be included in your pledge statement at the end of the year, so you get the tax credit and St. Mary’s won’t have to pay the processing fee.
Thank you for your contribution and your support,
Cindy James and Jim Wheeler
Nina Johnson is asking for your help in collecting donations for the annual holiday community event sponsored by Zion Baptist Church, We Win Institute, and the Racial Justice Network. Several St. Marians donated a total of 100 gift cards last year to this cause, and it was a huge success!
“All Our Good Holiday Giving”
Saturday, December 18
Zion Baptist Church
621 Elwood Ave N, Minneapolis
Hosted by Zion Baptist Church, We Win Institute, and Racial Justice Network
Last year we welcomed over 300 adults and children and gave away over 1,600 toys, books, and gift cards in 2 hours. This year, we’re doubling the length of the event and we plan to double the amount of inventory.
What we need–
*2500 gifts (ages birth to 18 years)
*1000 Target, Walmart, Cub Foods gift cards ($10)
*$5,000 to purchase books by Black authors and illustrators
Several other churches, community partners, and corporate partners are also being asked to help make this happen. Since we know there are supply chain issues this season, we’re asking for your help in securing dollars or gifts as soon as possible.
Please let Nina Johnson know how you can help. Organizers are hoping to have a preliminary total number of gifts, gift cards, and/or dollars by December 5, if possible, so we can plan accordingly.
Please contact Nina Johnson at 651-308-8663 or email@example.com with any questions.
Please pray for those on Saint Mary’s prayer list: Don; Anne; Kirby; Amara; Bishop Craig Loya as he leads the ECMN; all frontline workers; all who are thinking about getting or waiting to a COVID vaccine or booster; all who are sick, anxious, struggling financially; all who care for the sick and dying; all who work for new systems of justice and equity; all who are in need of prayer.
If you would like a name to be added to Saint Mary’s public prayer list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The prayer list will be updated weekly, and all prayers will remain on the list for one month unless otherwise requested.
Upcoming Events at Saint Mary’s
Opportunities for Worship, Education, Choir, & Meet Ups
for the week of 11/19 – 11/26
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Hybrid Worship Service In-Person and via Zoom
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
For more information Click HERE
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Visit the Saint Mary’s Calendars page for more information on what is happening.