Fr. Ed Sterling’s 100th birthday is on March 10, 2021! We will celebrate it on the Sunday before: March 7. Fr. Ed will preach at the on-line 10:00 a.m. service. Then, at 11:30 a.m., everyone is invited to Drive-by Birthday Party at the church to wish him a happy birthday in the circle in front and to receive a cupcake.
A video of birthday greetings is being put together. Send your video to Naomi Shiga, our Music Director, or contact her at this address.
Join Music Director Naomi Shiga on ZOOM this Thursday at 7:00 P.M. for hymn-singing and fun!
Naomi writes: One of the things I’ve missed greatly through the pandemic is the singing of hymns. Early on the pandemic it became clear that because of the aerosol spread of COVID-19, singing is one of the most dangerous activities. I am so happy that through the streaming of Sunday services we’ve at least been able to share music in worship. But as our time apart continues, I’ve been trying to think of additional ways to be together with the great hymns of the church.
From January, the music ministry invites you to join a monthly “hymn sing gathering” It will be the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Hymns will be selected ahead of time, and I will play the accompaniments and screen share the text so that you can sing along from the comfort and safety of your home. Unfortunately, because of the limits of audio on Zoom, we won’t be able to hear each other sing (I will mute everyone’s microphones when playing the hymn accompaniments to limit sound delays), but we will be together. And you will also have a chance to sing some of your favorites as I will compile a list of requests ahead of time.
The “hymn sing gathering” will go like this: we will gather, pray, sing some hymns, then have time for coffee/wine to close. In between will be plenty of time to have conversation and be together. You can join us in your PJ’s or your Sunday finest. The gathering will conclude by 8 pm because…. That is Izumi’s bed time.
So, please give this a try. The first gathering will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. I will send a link the day before (the same one that is below) through the church office. If you would like, please send your hymn request to my personal email, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This should be a wonderful chance to be together with beloved hymns as we continue to socially distance. Please join us!
Love, Naomi Shiga, Director of Music
Topic: St. Andrew’s Hymn Sing
Time: Mar 4, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 867 6305 7163
Like so many, I found Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem, The Hill We Climb, inspiring. I’m reminded of the promises we make at baptism by her closing verses:
When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid,
the new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
In John’s Gospel Jesus is the light of all people, and his light shines in the dark- ness. Jesus then invites us to be brave enough to see his light and to be his light in the world. Each question posed at baptism also asks us to be Christ’s light in the world: Will we teach, pray and gather – even if by Zoom? Will we persevere in resisting evil and then repent when we stray? Will we model the Good News by our words and our actions? Will we love one another? And will we strive to make our world more loving and more just?
Whenever we live into our baptismal promises – wherever we are and however minor our actions might seem – we shine a light that others can see. We might heal someone’s wounds with a kind word; we might lend a listening heart to a shut-in – or someone wea- ried by the persistent isolation of quarantining; we might encourage a spirit of community; we might help someone make an appointment for a covid-19 vaccination. This is how we reveal Christ’s presence in the world.
Even in the midst of pandemic, racial injustice, social and political turmoil and iso- lation, we can be brave enough to look for and to see Christ’s light – there in the seemingly never-ending shade. For, as Ms. Gorman reminds us, there is always light.
Even though we cannot gather as a congregation on Ash Wednesday, there will be two opportunities for receiving your ashes. Wear your mask, drive your car around the Circle Drive between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. and again between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m., and Fr. Martin will be there with ashes and a prayer. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this moving ritual!
We will take a brief break from our journey through the Gospel of Mark this week. Please join Fr. Martin and the faithful ZOOM Bible group when we resume our discussions next Sunday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 31, at 11:30 a.m. for our Annual Parish Meeting. You can share your thoughts via ZOOM or by phone. The Annual Reports for parish ministries can be downloaded via the link posted above. The agenda, the names of the candidates for Vestry and alternates for Convention, and information on how to use ZOOM in the Annual Meeting space above.
Don’t miss this chance to have your voice heard and your vote recorded!
From Bishop Greg Rickel’s Pastoral Update (Dec. 19, 2020)