Update March 21, 2020:
Dear Good Folks,
This has been quite a week. I hope and pray that you are finding some moments of God’s peace in the midst of the upheaval and stress that we’ve all felt. I’m saddened to inform you that Bishop Gates has given us the directive that no worship services are to be held during Holy Week or on Easter Sunday. That’s a bitter pill to swallow. But please read on, because we have a lot of new and exciting things to offer. And one day, we will gather together again and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
For all the online activity that is happening this Sunday the 22nd, if you are having any trouble with “logging in,” Caroline & Ryan McDonnell have graciously agreed to try and help, so call/text Caroline at 978-578-5947 or Ryan at 978-257-1116.
1) As we did last week, we will continue to (live)stream Morning Prayer on Sundays at 9 AM on our Christ Church Facebook page. You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/
2) But you won’t want to miss what happens after Sunday Morning Prayer! At 9:30 AM, join Jack Russell for “A Lenten Musical Offering,” also (live)streaming on our Christ Church Facebook page. As mentioned above, just click the link, even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Jack will play some hymns appropriate for the season, so you may want to dust off your 1982 Hymnal. Of course, you don’t need a hymnal to enjoy this, but if you’d like to sing along on upcoming Sundays, the 1982 Hymnal can be purchased here
3) And if that wasn’t enough, just wait until 10 AM! Since we will be missing Bible & Breakfast, we are affectionately naming (and alliterating!) our new online adult education hour “The Prayer & Presentation Webinar.” Starting at 10 AM this Sunday, Mother Susan will lead us in intercessory prayer, using intercessions written by Bishop Geralyn Wolf (the ones we use at the 9 & 11 AM services). After this time of prayer, we will have a presentation from a speaker. And we couldn’t ask for a better speaker this Sunday! I’m sure you were disappointed that you missed the third session by Jan Carlberg last Sunday since church was cancelled. Well, Jan has agreed to do this third session for us as the inaugural presenter for “Prayer and Presentation!” So please join Jan for part 3 of “Lent: An Invitation to Tithe the Times of Our Lives” on this Zoom webinar by clicking here as we get close to 10 AM this Sunday the 22nd.
One of the most important things we can do during this difficult time
is to stay in touch with one another. So I’m delighted, thanks to the
hard work of Mother Susan and Lorrie Manganaro, that we have a “working
draft” of the Christ Church Parish Directory attached
to this email. Please use it to reach out to fellow parishioners!
Please also take a look at how your info is listed (or not listed, as
the case may be). Due to privacy issues, we need your permission before
we can print any part of your contact info. So if you look at your
entry, and like what you see, you don’t need to do anything. If you’d
like to give permission for more of your contact info to be seen (and/or
if you’d like to add/change your picture), please access your Realm
account at www.onrealm.org/
5) Sermons (such as this Sunday’s sermon) will continue to be recorded as they have been in the past, and can be found on our website at http://christchurchhw.org/
6) We will continue to “keep the Daily Office” by doing Morning Prayer at 9 AM and Evening Prayer at 5 PM, Monday through Friday. This will also be accessible via (live)streaming on our Christ Church Facebook page, which you can find as mentioned in #1 above. Church Publishing has recently sent out a free pdf of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer which can be found here. If you don’t have a BCP at home, and you would like to participate at in our online services, I would recommend going to this pdf, and printing off Daily Morning Prayer: Rite II (pp. 75-102), Daily Evening Prayer: Rite II (pp. 115-126), and if you have paper and ink to spare, the Psalter (pp. 581-808). These (along with the sheet about spiritual communion attached to this email) are all you’ll need!
7) One of the many things I’m missing these days is the service we do for the Parish Day School on Wednesday mornings. But this past week, I decided to continue to tell the Bible story I would do at the PDS service, using the Beulahland curriculum (the same felt-board curriculum we use on Sunday mornings for infants & toddlers and their caregivers), so please join me for “Storytime with Father Patrick” at 10:15 AM on Wednesdays, (live)streaming on our Christ Church Facebook page.
8) And finally, maybe this isn’t as true for you, but for me, the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis have played a very influential role in my formation. So I thought it would be fun to read them! Join me for “Father Patrick Can Read!” at 12 PM weekdays (Monday-Friday) as I read a chapter a day, starting with “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” And you guessed it, you’ll find it (live)streaming on our Christ Church Facebook page.
Update March 15, 2020:
Christ Church has suspended all worship services, activities, and meetings thru Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Update March 14, 2020:
Dear Good Folks,
Warm and heartfelt greetings to you all "from a distance."
1) We are saddened by two deaths this week in our extended parish family. Ned Rowland, the husband of longtime parishioner Susie Rowland, passed away on Thursday. Service arrangements are still to be determined. Please keep Susie and her family in your prayers during this difficult time. We also learned this week of the death of Bishop Barbara Harris on Friday. Bishop Harris was the first woman consecrated as bishop in the Anglican Communion, and served as suffragan (assisting) bishop here in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts from 1989 until her retirement in 2002. I was honored to be ordained to the diaconate by her almost nineteen years ago. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.
It seems like it might be some time before we are able to gather
together again on Sunday mornings here at Christ Church. In the
meantime, I will livestream Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings at 9 AM for
anyone who wants to join me. You can find it on our Christ Church
Facebook page. If you’ve not yet “liked” Christ Church, please do! But
even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still watch by
3) Speaking of Morning Prayer, “prayer book spirituality” is one of the great gifts we have as Episcopalians, and part of that gift is the practice of keeping the Daily Office, which consists of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. We actually used to “keep the office” years ago here at Christ Church, and it seems like it might be time to bring that back while we are confined at home. So starting tomorrow, Monday the 16th, I will read Morning Prayer at 9 AM and Evening Prayer at 5 PM, Monday through Friday. These will also be streamed via Facebook Live on our Christ Church page.
4) To participate this morning in Morning Prayer, or to “keep the office” Monday through Friday, you really don’t need anything when you (live)stream. But ideally, you would have your own copy of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer with you. It can be found online at www.bcponline.org (click on “The Daily Office” in the left sidebar, then you will see options for “Daily Morning Prayer: Rite Two” and “Daily Evening Prayer: Rite Two”), but personally I think that there’s nothing quite like having a book in your hands! Here is a link to a relatively inexpensive edition of the 1979 BCP if you’d like to purchase one.
5) The third part in our instructed eucharist sermon series can be found on our website at http://christchurchhw.org/
6) Hang in there, my dear friends! We will get through this, with God’s help. And please, if you do need help, don’t hesitate to call/text either myself at 617-840-5562 or Mother Susan at 440-781-1614.
Update March 13, 2020:
Dear Good Folks,
1) As I’m sure you’re aware, protocols and
recommendations surrounding COVID-19 are changing on a daily basis.
The most recent update from Bishop Gates gives his support to all clergy
who choose to suspend worship and church-related activities. Although I
am saddened it has come to this, it does seem to be the right thing to
do, as we exercise "an abundance of caution" in these uncertain times. So,
for the month of March, all Sunday morning worship services and all
church-related activities/meetings will be suspended at Christ Church. The
situation will be reassessed at the end of March, and we will send an
email at that time with further updates. In the meantime, stay safe!
Due to the suspension of all church-related activities, this also means
the cancellation of our last Planning Study focus group meeting
scheduled for tomorrow night, Friday the 13th. If you were unable to
attend one of the Planning Study meetings, please take a few minutes to
fill out an online survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.
3) I realize that it
is ironic to continue an Instructed Eucharist sermon series when there
is no Sunday worship, but my plan is to send you a link to a recorded
sermon on the next three Sundays, completing this series on the
importance of what we do on Sunday mornings. Hopefully these sermons
will inspire in you a desire to return to worship when we are given that
opportunity! If you’d like to get caught up on the first two sermons
in this series, they can be found at http://christchurchhw.org/
4) Lastly, but certainly not least, let us "pray without ceasing" for the leaders of our country and communities, for all medical personnel, and for all those impacted by COVID-19.