From Deacon George …

How We Carry On

Those of us – that is, most of us – who are staying very close to home these days, are compensating in their own ways. Yesterday, while walking our dog Beasley, I noticed that the Little Library in my neighbor’s front yard was running precariously low on inventory. Makes sense, I thought, as my neighborhood of predominantly retired folks relies on it for reading material, and now more than ever. So, I took an armload of books over and re-stocked it. The books I took were mostly ones I had begun to read some time ago, but never finished. Until now. My immediate plan is to finish the books worth finishing, before engaging in new ones. 

That may be a good plan for many of us. How many things are there around the house that we have left undone (around the house and in our lives, as we confess our sins)? My study is starting to look like it should, as I can now see the top of my desk again. The holes that Beasley carved in the laundry room drywall are now nonexistent. And, thus, I find therapy in the work that I am currently able to perform.

As we find our own ways of carrying on, waiting, coping and caring, I hope you will avail yourselves of the alternate forms of socialization, if you will, that we have. St. John’s Church has made a commitment to continue as much of our ongoing activities as possible on the web-based Zoom application. If you aren’t yet familiar with Zoom, I will oversimplify it be saying that it brings us together on our computer screens, tablets or smartphones, where we can see and talk with each other, share videos and photos, discuss business or just chat. 

The vestry held their regular monthly meeting last week on Zoom. They then piloted an informal “virtual coffee hour” on Sunday following the livestream Virtual Eucharist from the National Cathedral. The Starfish House committee met on Zoom yesterday and the Shared Ministry Oversight committee will meet on Zoom at 6:15 this evening. Look elsewhere in this eNews (and how about this new eNews format?!) for more information on how we are embracing virtual socialization at St. John’s.

Let It Be, Let It Be 

Yesterday, March 25, was the day the Church celebrates The Annunciation of the Lord. Most mainline protestant faiths have taken their time in developing a focus on the mother of Jesus. The feast day we reserve to “commemorate how God made known to a young Jewish woman that she was to be the mother of his Son” is an exception, for which we ought to take time now to reflect.

The words in quotation above are from The Proper for the Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church. As I read those pages, I cannot help but think of some other words about Mary, which may give us some extra strength these days –

From Lesser Feasts, I leave us today with the Collect for the Annunciation of Our Lord –

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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