"Reverse Advent Calendar"
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
☩ Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road ☩
Online Worship Links for November 22, 26, and 29
22 November 2020 ~ 10am ~ Online
Service of Morning Prayer for Christ the King Sunday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Prayers, Sermon by The Rev. Peter M. Carey and music from Jonathan Stark
26 November 2020 ~ 10am ~ Online
Service of Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
29 November 2020 ~ 10am ~ Online
Service of Morning Prayer for Advent 1 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
On our Church’s YouTube channel, click HERE
The Collect for Christ the King Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for Thanksgiving Day
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for the First Sunday of Advent
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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22 November 2020 Service for the Feast of Christ the King
from St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
22 November 2020 Service of Holy Eucharist
in the Diocese of Pennsylvania with Bishop Gutierrez
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Carols from King’s College Cambridge
Full Concert performed in Sydney Town Hall, AustraliaHERE or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsu4lOshwcE
Morning Prayer on Christ the King Sunday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’
Sunday, November 15, 2020
I hope that you are well, and that you are staying healthy and safe in this rather strange time. Today, we will worship in a virtual mode, and several options are below for worship. Please pray for one another, and know that you are in my daily prayers. I also wanted to share an update from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, which he sent out to the Diocese last night. You can find this update HERE on our church’s website. Essentially, he is preparing us all for the likelihood of further restrictions on worship in weeks ahead. We may know more this coming Tuesday.
Attached to this email is the service bulletin for today.
I am sending out blessings to each of you, and praying for patience and strength.
Collect for the Day
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Many options for Online Worship this morning.
Please stay safe, and pray for one another.
Join me today for Morning Prayer at 9am on our YouTube channel HERE
Diocese of Pennsylvania Morning Prayer Service available on the Diocesan YouTube HERE
Washington National Cathedral Holy Eucharist Service ~ 11am on YouTube HERE
Canterbury Cathedral (UK) Wonderful Services of Morning and Evening Prayer and Holy Eucharist on YouTube HERE
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
2020 Diocesan Convention
Thank you to all who made this year's virtual diocesan convention a success. Here are some highlights:
You can watch Friday night's Eucharist at the Cathedral with Bishop Gutiérrez here. "Let us make a commitment that this blessed diocese will have one distinguishing mark: not political correctness, moral superiority, or reliance on past glories. Let our identity be love. Found in Christ. One God. One Love. One Diocese."
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry provided an impassioned speech for healing and the way of love at the beginning of Saturday' Convention. You can watch that here.
Convention election results can be found here.
You can review the 2021 Budget that was presented here.
The LiveBinder contains all the information that was presented as well.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
For Quiet Confidence
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
For those in the Armed Forces of our CountryAlmighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
#AdventWord Gathers Christians for Prayer via a Global Online Advent Calendar
ALEXANDRIA, VA AND ONLINE – For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in partnership with Forward Movement is offering 27 daily meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, November 29. During a year of disparate worship and communities of prayer, AdventWord offers a way to reflect and pause for the Advent season and await the birth of Christ.
Gathering a worldwide community, #AdventWord provides a daily meditation, visual image, and invites your personal reflections via social media to share your own Advent journey. Thousands have participated each year, responding to the words with photos, written responses, crafts, drawings, poems, found art, and Holy Spirit-filled posts.
“It is amazing to witness the prayers from around the world appearing on social media when Advent begins,” says AdventWord program director, Sarah Stonesifer Boylan. “I am really pleased to see that VTS has been able to continue to provide this offering consistently for four years, each time building on its success, and I’m excited to join with Forward Movement this year to expand the offering.”
In addition to the short daily meditations via email and social media, Forward Movement offers a print booklet of scripture-based longer reflections, action items, and questions. Waiting & Watching: Advent Word Reflections is available for purchase and is a perfect personal prompt following the #AdventWords and Sunday lectionaries. Each day includes a “doodle prayer” prompt by Praying in Color author, Sybil MacBeth. Forward Movement also offers a package of Advent prayer calendars created by MacBeth to accompany your #AdventWord.
“Forward Movement is delighted to be a partner in this year’s #AdventWord,” said Richelle Thompson, managing editor of Forward Movement. “Immersing ourselves in the Word of God is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. #AdventWord offers many different ways to participate, enabling us to make this journey together.”
The Advent Sunday lectionary readings and The Way of Love inspire the word list for #AdventWord. Discover the visual and written meditations and give yourself the opportunity to dive deeper into the stories of this waiting season.
The prompts for 2020 #AdventWord are:
November 29 Tender
November 30 Deliver
December 1 Strengthen
December 2 Earth
December 3 Rebuild
December 4 Fellowship
December 5 Glory
December 6 Speak
December 7 Comfort
December 8 Patient
December 9 Mercy
December 10 Baptize
December 11 Word
December 12 Honey
December 13 Go
December 14 Rest
December 15 Worship
December 16 Pray
December 17 Learn
December 18 Bless
December 19 Turn
December 20 Rejoice
December 21 Mystery
December 22 Wisdom
December 23 Holy
December 24 Proclaim
The #AdventWord Images and meditations can be experienced through AdventWord.org, direct daily emails, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and ASL videos via YouTube. Meditations will also be available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole via email and on www.adventword.org. Find Watching & Waiting on www.forwardmovement.org.
For more information:
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.