The New Angelus MARCH 2017
Issue 3 Volume 9 a monthly publication of Grace Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Women Meet, Plan Coming Year
At its first bi-monthly meeting of 2017, the Grace Episcopal Church Women (ECW) met on March 12 to discuss upcoming programs and social events. It was agreed that the meetings could continue to be held every other month. The next meeting will be in May.
After the Treasurer’s report was made, the ECW voted to grant one-third of the cost of a foodtruck distribution for the month of July. The amount, $310, comes from the general treasury account of the ECW.
Having a quarterly social event was also discussed. A “girl’s night out” (or “day out at the movies”) will be planned and publicized after Easter.
The spring banquet will be held in May.
Adult Sunday School Continues Study of Handel’s Messiah
Continuing through the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 2, the adult Sunday School will look at the so-called “Easter portion” of Handel’s Messiah. A continuation of the Advent series which looked at Part I of the oratorio, the Lenten study will examine Parts II and III.
The class meets at 9:15 am in the Parish Hall every Sunday. Students receive copies of the libretto, all of which are sections of scripture from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. After looking at the text, the class then hears the appropriate sections of music. The performance of The Messiah is the one produced by The Academy of Ancient Music and played on instruments of the period. A DVD of the same recording and artists will be available for anyone who wants to borrow it for personal enjoyment.
Soup and Salad Meals Offer Midweek Lenten Time
Continuing through Wednesday, April 5, Grace Church will observe Lent with a soup and salad meal each week. Beginning at 5:30 pm, a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread will be served in the Parish Hall. Meals will be provided by those who sign up to do so (see the Parish Hall bulletin board for more information.) Following the meal, we will participate in Everyone’s Stations of the Cross in the nave.
Bishop’s Committee Synopsis, March 2017
The Bishop’s Committee met on Monday, March 13, at its regular monthly meeting. All but two members were present.
In other action, the Commitee
• set April 1 as the date for the first 2017 Freestore Foodbank distribution
• noted that the Pancake Supper made $220 and the ECW granted $310 toward the $935 needed for the July food distribution; members were asked to bring ideas for raising the remaining $400 to the next meeting
• voted to add a project to our Outreach Ministries, this one to benefit the stable workers at the race track. Grace will collect and deliver underwear, work socks, and work gloves to the racetrack chaplain. A collection box is placed outside the Priest’s office.
Lenten Bible Study Features Death of the Messiah
Through the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 12, the weekly Bible Study class is discussing the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels, using Raymond Brown’s Death of the Messiah commentary.
The class meets every Wednesday at 10:30 am and adjourns at noon. Bibles are provided or students may bring their personal Bible to the class.
There will be no Bible Study during Easter Week on Wednesday, April 19.
Digital Photos Sought for Website
The Grace Episcopal Church website is undergoing updating, and recent photographs of parish activities are needed. Anyone with pictures that can be put on the website to give a good idea of life here at Grace are asked to provide digital copies to the office.
A message from the Priest-in-Charge
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night . . .
So begins a prayer attributed to Augustine of Hippo, a prayer included in both Evening Prayer and Compline in our 1979 Book of Common Prayer. I often say this prayer before going to bed. When I first started saying it, I used to imagine the people who were working at night—nurses, bakers, police, and the like. I used to think of them as the night workers—until, that is, my phone rang shortly after midnight one night.
I must have heard the phone ringing in my sleep. I awoke with the receiver in my hand, muttering a groggy “Hello.”
“Did someone page me?” The voice was young and harsh.
“No, I didn’t page you. You must have the wrong number.” I glanced at the Caller ID. It read “Anonymous.” My caller had blocked her call.
“Did someone else there page me?” she persisted.
“No, I’m the only one here. Just me and the cats.”
“Well, if you didn’t page me, why did you answer the phone?” She was angry.
I had answered the phone because it could have been an emergency—any number of parishioners might have called in need at that hour. I started to explain.
“I’m a priest and—”
“You’re a priest?” she demanded.
‟Well, I’m a whore. Pray for me!”
She hung up before I could answer. The dial tone droned into the dark.
“I will,” I whispered. “I will.”
And so I prayed for her that night. And I prayed for her in the morning. I still pray for her often. My anonymous caller has been added to those I include when I ask Jesus to be with “those who work, or watch, or weep this night.” Every time I say this prayer, I think of her and of others whose “night work” may be degrading, criminal, and life-threatening. And I remember that Jesus loves the thief, the tax collector, and the prostitute.
I wish I knew her name; I wish I could contact her and find our how she’s doing. I owe her my gratitude, and I would like to tell her so. Her call in the middle of the night opened my heart to a part of our human family that I had forgotten. Since that call, my prayer life hasn’t been the same.
A Prayer Attributed to Augustine:
Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who work,
or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary,
bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous;
and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
The Catechist’s Corner
Q. What are the sacraments?
A. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.
Q. What is grace?
A. Grace is God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.
Q. What are the two great sacraments of the Gospel?
A. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. (Pp 857-8, BCP)
22 5:30 pm Soup and Salad
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross
26 Mothering Sunday
29 5:30 pm Soup and Salad
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross
5 5:30 pm Soup and Salad
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross
9 PALM SUNDAY
9:15 am Palm Cross Weaving
10 7:30 am Holy Week Eucharist
11 7:30 am Holy Week Eucharist
12 6:00 pm Way of the Cross
13 7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service
14 7:00 pm Good Friday Service
15 8:50 am Holy Saturday Service
9:00 am All Altar Guild Meeting
7:00 pm Great Vigil. Trinity, Covington
16 EASTER DAY