Weekly Updates

from Father Patrick

Updated May 24, 2002: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Dear Christ Church Parishioners,

Parish Life Notes have returned!

Virtual Worship is available with Morning Prayer on our Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. followed by Musical Offering at 9:30 a.m.

Please visit our website for the weekly sermon.

Virtual Learning is available on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. The topic is "A Brief Introduction to Reading Old Testament Poetry," presented by, Christ Church parishioner, Dr. Jonathan Kline.

A Prayer for Memorial Day: Today we remember the men and women who heroically gave their lives to preserve the liberty that Americans enjoy today. In their honor, grant us strength dear Lord, that we continue their work of abolishing poverty, crime, ignorance, and prejudice in order for all citizens to experience freedom equally.  Today we pray for permanent peace.

I look forward to these weekly Parish Life Notes as being a tool for parishioners to connect with each other thru announcements of ongoing Christ Church missions and opportunities for fellowship. If you were at one time in the habit of informing me about your group or updating me about our mission partners, we hope you will get back into that habit once again and start emailing me your Parish Life Note.

Sincerely,
Lorrie Manganaro, Parish Administrator


Updated May 21, 2020: Ascension Day

Dear Good Folks,

1) Happy Ascension Day! To celebrate this day that we typically don’t celebrate (since it always falls on a Thursday), our organist/choirmaster Jack Russell will offer a special "Musical Offering" in celebration of Ascension Day on Thursday, May 21st, at 5:30 PM, (live)streaming on our Christ Church Facebook page.  You can watch even without a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  God has gone up with a shout!

2) On Monday, Governor Baker released a four-phase plan to return the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to a "new normal," and I’m sure many of you have heard that churches were included in Phase 1, and allowed to start in-person worship again effective immediately.  Our bishops had issued a directive to all parishes in the diocese previous to this, disallowing in-person worship until July 1st at the earliest.  Since Governor Baker’s announcement, the bishops have reiterated that this restriction is still in effect.  We’ve begun conversations exploring how we can safely begin in-person worship in line with the guidelines and protocols set forth by the diocese.  To see the bishops’ recent statement, go here.

Father Patrick



Updated May 17, 2020: The Sixth Sunday of Easter


Dear Christ Church family,

We’re so sorry the Zoom presentations did not work today.  Hopefully Zoom will have repaired itself by next week and we can resume our practice of virtual worship and fellowship then.  Meanwhile, Fr. Patrick asked that I send the prayers we would have used this morning.  Here they are.  Blessings to all of you.  Enjoy another lovely day!


Prayers for the 6th Sunday of Easter

We offer our prayers and thanksgivings to God, who in the midst of our trials and adversities gives us the faith to endure, responding, “Hear us, O risen Christ.”

In thanksgiving for the holy commandments of the Lord’s truth, and Jesus’ eternal gift of love, that we may follow them as pathways to sanctification; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

For the gift of beauty on this Rogation Day, for the awakening of the earth, for its fruit, and for the love and respect we show as we work to preserve and protect its resources; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

That we may be a community of joyous believers, bearing one another’s burdens, forgiving each other’s sins, responding to the needs of all, so that the world may see and know that all things are being made new through the Risen One; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

For the grace to wait patiently until, once again, we may all receive the Eucharistic Meal in safety and without anxiety, knowing that Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us and invites us to share in heaven’s feast; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

In thanksgiving for the faith of Abraham and Sarah, and of all the faithful departed whose every breath was lived in response to God’s promises; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

That we may give honor to those considered least in our society, knowing that Jesus reveals the divine will through their lives and in the course of their abiding faithfulness; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

That all children may receive a full measure of food, education, parental love, and a truthful and healthy upbringing; let us pray.  Hear us, O risen Christ.

As adopted children of Jesus, through our passage in the waters of baptism, let us continue our prayers and thanksgivings, remembering all who are sick, rejoicing with those who are recovering, and mourning the dead, who have received your promise of eternal life.

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people, in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever.  AMEN.

Eastertide blessings to all, as we approach Ascension Day.

Mother Susan



Dear Good Folks,

We hope you have gotten used to the new weekly pattern of Christ Church’s virtual worship and learning opportunities over these past few weeks.  If you ever need a reminder of the schedule, however, please visit our website or hop onto Facebook.

By the way, this Sunday’s Prayer & Presentation at 10 AM (with our very own Dr. Jonathan Kline on "A Brief Introduction to Reading Old Testament Poetry") can be found at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84087432641

But we want to make sure our parish continues to connect in significant and meaningful ways, hence the return of the Parish Life Notes.  If you were at one time in the habit of informing us about your group or updating us about our mission partners, we hope you will get back into that habit once again and start emailing Lorrie Manganaro at administrator@christchurchhw.org

Thanks!

Father Patrick



Updated May 10, 2020: The Fifth Sunday of Easter


On Mother's Day we pray for all mothers: Blessed Virgin Mary, our own mothers, our aunts, our grandmothers - the living and the departed, expectant mothers, those longing to be mothers, and the mothers who bear the pain of a lost child.


Dear Good Folks,

1) Sermon – Our nine-week sermon series on “The Fruits of the Spirit” continues with our sixth installment from Father Patrick on Goodness/Generosity, and can be found at www.christchurchHW.org/virtual-worship-learning/sermons.

2) Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9 AM – Join with Father Patrick (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page for this time of worship.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).

3) Musical Offering on Sunday at 9:30 AM – Jack Russell will play hymns and music appropriate for this Easter season.  Find Jack (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page (see #2 above). 

4) Prayer & Presentation (followed by “Coffee Hour”) on Sunday at 10 AM – Dr. Jack Davis will present on “Can We Look at COVID-19 through the Eyes of Faith?”  To join in, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83190470172

5) Don’t Forget What Happens on Weekdays, All (Live)Streaming on Facebook! – Morning Prayer (9 AM) and Evening Prayer (5 PM), Monday through Friday; “Father Patrick Can Read!” at 12 PM, Monday through Friday, a chapter a day from the Chronicles of Narnia; “Storytime with Father Patrick” at 10:15 AM on Wednesdays, using the Beulahland curriculum; “Sunday School on Friday” at (approximately) 4 PM on Fridays, using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum.  These can be viewed at any time on our Christ Church Facebook page (see #2 above).  They are also archived on our Christ Church YouTube channel found at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWIzYnYK6DGh_QoV7s28nFg/videos

6) Parishioner Compassion Fund – Please consider helping parishioners in our church community who have lost jobs or income and are experiencing significant financial stress in addition to the challenge of prolonged social isolation.  The easiest way is to give online at http://christchurchhw.org/give, selecting “Parishioner Compassion Fund” from the drop-down menu.  You can also mail a check listing “Parishioner Compassion Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Father Patrick



Updated May 3, 2020: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Good Folks,

1) Sermon – Our nine-week sermon series on “The Fruits of the Spirit” continues with our fifth installment from Father Patrick on Kindness, and can be found at www.christchurchHW.org/virtual-worship-learning/sermons.

2) Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9 AM – Join with Father Patrick (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page for this time of worship.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).

3) Musical Offering on Sunday at 9:30 AM – Jack Russell will play hymns and music appropriate for this Easter season.  Find Jack (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page (see #2 above). 

4) Prayer & Presentation (followed by “Coffee Hour”) on Sunday at 10 AM – A panel discussion on how churches are engaging with the foster care system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, featuring Kevin Baird (First Congregational Church of Hamilton), Lori Roscoe (Massachusetts Department of Children and Families), and Michael Brown (Fostering Hope).  For more information on Fostering Hope, visit www.fosteringhope.org.  To join in for Prayer & Presentation, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83194283680

5) We’re on YouTube! – You might not have known this, but we have our own YouTube channel, and we hope you’ll visit it and subscribe.  You’ll find there quite a few of the videos that we’ve done recently on Facebook Live.  It can be found  here

6) Parishioner Compassion Fund – Please consider helping parishioners in our church community who have lost jobs or income and are experiencing significant financial stress in addition to the challenge of prolonged social isolation.  The easiest way is to give online at http://christchurchhw.org/give, selecting “Parishioner Compassion Fund” from the drop-down menu.  You can also mail a check listing “Parishioner Compassion Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

7) Parish Directory – Please find attached to this email the most up-to-date Christ Church Parish Directory. 

Father Patrick


Updated April 26, 2020: The Third Sunday of Easter

Dear Good Folks,

1) We’re on YouTube! – You might not have known this, but we have our own YouTube channel, and we hope you’ll visit it and subscribe.  You’ll find there quite a few of the videos that we’ve done recently on Facebook Live.  It can be found here.

2) Parishioner Compassion Fund – Please consider helping parishioners in our church community who have lost jobs or income and are experiencing significant financial stress in addition to the challenge of prolonged social isolation.  The easiest way is to give online at http://christchurchhw.org/give, selecting “Parishioner Compassion Fund” from the drop-down menu.  You can also mail a check listing “Parishioner Compassion Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

3) Sermon – Our nine-week sermon series on “The Fruits of the Spirit” continues with our fourth installment from Mother Susan on Patience found at www.christchurchHW.org/virtual-worship-learning/sermons.

4) Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9 AM – Join with Father Patrick (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page for this time of worship.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).

5) Musical Offering on Sunday at 9:30 AM – Jack Russell will play hymns and music appropriate for this Easter season.  Find Jack (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page (see #4 above). 

6) Prayer & Presentation (followed by “Coffee Hour”) on Sunday at 10 AM – Dr. Dorothy Boorse will present on “Caring for Creation in COVID-19: Problems and Opportunities, Part 2.”  To join in, use this link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96344804354

7) Invite Your Friends to Church! (sort of) – In the B.C. (Before Coronavirus) era, I was consistent but selective as to who I invited to like/follow our Christ Church Facebook page, thinking that some of my friends just weren’t “churchy” enough, so I spared them the decision of whether to like/follow Christ Church or not.  But given this new era we live in, I said to myself, “You know, maybe even that non-Christian friend from high school that I haven’t spoken to in years, maybe he wouldn’t mind being invited to like/follow a church at this time.”  So I’ve since been rather indiscriminate who I’ve invited from my friends list, in fact I’ve invited my entire friends list, and have been pleasantly surprised by who has decided to like/follow us.  Because all of us could stand to have a little Jesus in our lives right now, no matter who they are.  And if we can help bring a little Jesus into their lives, then all the better.  So would you consider inviting your friends to like/follow Christ Church?  It’s pretty easy to do.  Just go to the Christ Church Facebook page (see #4 above), and you’ll see a little button next to the “Share” button that has three little dots on it, that looks something like this “”  Click on that, and you’ll see a menu of options, with “Invite Friends” being one of them.  Click on that, and you will be given a screen with a list of all your friends, and whether they are already friends of Christ Church or not.  You can scroll through them and invite who you want, or you could do as I did, and just click “select all,” and see who decides to like/follow us!

Father Patrick



Update April 19, 2020: The Second Sunday of Easter

Dear Good Folks,

1) Invite Your Friends to Church! (sort of) – In the B.C. (Before Coronavirus) era, I was consistent but selective as to who I invited to like/follow our Christ Church Facebook page (found at www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham), thinking that some of my friends just weren’t “churchy” enough, so I spared them the decision of whether to like/follow Christ Church or not.  But given this new era we live in, I said to myself, “You know, maybe even that non-Christian friend from high school that I haven’t spoken to in years, maybe he wouldn’t mind being invited to like/follow a church at this time.”  So I’ve since been rather indiscriminate who I’ve invited from my friends list, in fact I’ve invited my entire friends list, and have been pleasantly surprised by who has decided to like/follow us.  Because all of us could stand to have a little Jesus in our lives right now, no matter who they are.  And if we can help bring a little Jesus into their lives, then all the better.  So would you consider inviting your friends to like/follow Christ Church?  It’s pretty easy to do.  Just go to the Christ Church Facebook page (see link above), and you’ll see a little button next to the “Share” button that has three little dots on it, that looks something like this “”  Click on that, and you’ll see a menu of options, with “Invite Friends” being one of them.  Click on that, and you will be given a screen with a list of all your friends, and whether they are already friends of Christ Church or not.  You can scroll through them and invite who you want, or you could do as I did, and just click “select all,” and see who decides to like/follow us!

2) Parishioner Compassion Fund – I hope you read over Friday’s email from the Stewardship Team, and will consider giving to the “Parishioner Compassion Fund,” to help parishioners in our church community who have lost jobs or income and are experiencing significant financial stress in addition to the challenge of prolonged social isolation.  The easiest way is to give online, selecting “Parishioner Compassion Fund” from the drop-down menu.  You can also mail a check listing “Parishioner Compassion Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks in advance for your generosity!

3) Sermon – Father Patrick continues a nine-week sermon series on “The Fruits of the Spirit,” with the third installment on Peace found at www.christchurchHW.org/virtual-worship-learning/sermons.  Also, please find a graphic for the fruit of the Spirit attached to this email, for you to print out (you can put it on your fridge!).

4) Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9 AM – Join with Father Patrick (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page for this time of worship.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account (see #1 above).  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).

5) Musical Offering on Sunday at 9:30 AM – Jack Russell will play hymns and music appropriate for this Easter season.  Find Jack (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page (see #1 above). 

6) Prayer & Presentation (followed by “Coffee Hour”) on Sunday at 10 AM – Dr. Dorothy Boorse will present on “Caring for Creation in COVID-19: Problems and Opportunities.”  Also, parishioners Dean Pedersen and Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta will do a “missions moment” for Family Promise.  To join in, use this link – https://zoom.us/j/99239011368

7) Sunday School on Friday – We’ve recently started a new option for kids of all ages, using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum, which will appear on our Christ Church Facebook page (see #1 above) on Friday afternoons.  You can already find there “The Good Friday & Easter Story” and “The Women at the Tomb.”

8) Parish Directory – Please find attached to this email the most up-to-date Christ Church Parish Directory. 

Father Patrick


Update April 17, 2020: New Parishioner Compassion Fund and Stewardship Update

Dear Good Folks,


Happy Easter! Despite the strangeness of this time, we hope you have entered the season of Easter rejoicing in the hope that we have in our risen Lord! We know that this is a challenging season for many in our parish family. Please know that the Stewardship Team is praying for you and your loved ones.


We want to thank each of you for your incredible generosity in this season.  As you know, pledges are the primary income source for Christ Church. Although we are all experiencing significant uncertainty, it is encouraging to see giving to the church remain consistent. We appreciate the flexibility that many of you have shown in moving your giving online; thank you for this! For your reference, we have sent your year-to-date 2020 pledge statement to you via email earlier today.


As you may be aware, there are some families in our church community who have lost jobs or income and are experiencing significant financial stress in addition to the challenge of prolonged social isolation. In order to better care for one another at this time, Christ Church has recently launched a Parishioner Compassion Fund. For those of you who would like to provide tangible help, you can give a designated gift above and beyond your annual pledge. The easiest way to support this fund is to give online, selecting “Parishioner Compassion Fund” from the drop-down menu. You can also mail a check listing “Parishioner Compassion Fund” in the memo line. 


If you or someone you know in our Christ Church community could benefit from some financial relief, please reach out to Father Patrick. He will be working with the Wardens to confidentially allocate funds to members of our parish who are experiencing hardship.


Please know that the Stewardship Team wants to be a resource to you and your family. If you need help with anything in general, please let us know! We’ve included our names and phone numbers below if there are ways we can help you! 


Sincerely, Grace Chmura, Ken Wilson, Kaye Cook, Ryan McDonnell


Update April 16, 2020:

Family Promise is April Mission of the Month.


From parishioner Dean Pedersen:

This year marks the 8th year that Christ Church has participated as a host church for Family Promise. During this time The First Congregational Church of Hamilton has been our partner. Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta and Dean Pedersen serve as the co-coordinators for the parish. 

Family Promise is a national inter-faith ministry that provides food, shelter, social service support, and counseling for families who have no housing and have lost their source of income. Family Promise Northshore Boston is located in Beverly and its Director is Rachel Hand. 

As a result of the pandemic crisis, churches have not been able to host the families in the program. The director and her staff continue to work with families in locating housing, as well as employment opportunities. Currently, two families reside in the Family Promise Center in Beverly. Thankfully there is room for them to sleep, eat, bathe and do their wash. 

This year Christ Church is scheduled to host the families at the end of June for two weeks and then at the end of July for two weeks. Currently it is doubtful that we will be able to serve as a host because of the corona virus. But there is still a way we can help!  There is a pressing need  for food, diapers, and personal hygiene items. Rachel Hand and Katie Day (the Coordinator for Volunteers) have set up "The Family Food Fund" as a  way to assist the families in the program. Monetary donations can be made on line at bit.ly/familypromisemeals. Donors can select whether they’d like their donation to go for a gift card or takeout/delivery orders. 

Checks can be made out to Family Promise NSB and sent to:

Family Promise NSB, Attn: Rachel Hand, 330 Rantoul Street,  Beverly, MA  01907

When accessing the online donation link or writing a check, please indicate that the donation is to be credited to the weeks in which Christ Church serves as a host church.

Amid the vastness of homelessness, Family Promise is committed without apology to "ending homelessness, one family at a time." Check out their facebook page at www.facebook.com/FamilyPromiseNorthShoreBoston

If you have any questions and/or want to find out more about how you can help, email Dean at dped63@gmail.com and/or Jennie-Rebecca at jennierebecca@gmail.com



Update April 4, 2020:

Dear Good Folks,

1) Holy Week Schedule – Please find attached to this email our “virtual” Holy Week Schedule.

2) Sermon – Father Patrick begins this Sunday a nine-week sermon series on “The Fruits of the Spirit,” and the first installment on Love can be found at www.christchurchHW.org/virtual-worship-learning/sermons.  Also, please find a graphic for the fruit of the Spirit attached to this email. You can print it out and put it on your fridge!

3) Morning Prayer on Sunday at 9 AM – Join with Father Patrick (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page for this time of worship.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see the attached document for your use during the service).

4) Musical Offering on Sunday at 9:30 AM – Jack Russell will play hymns and music appropriate for “The Triumphal Entry and Passion of Christ.”  Find Jack (live)streaming on the Christ Church Facebook page (see #3 above). 

5) Prayer & Presentation (followed by “Coffee Hour”) on Sunday at 10 AM – Dr. Karen Mason will facilitate “Caring for One Another: A Stephen Ministry Panel Discussion.”  To join in, use this link – https://zoom.us/j/213846682

6) Praise & Prayer Group on Sunday at 7 PM – To join, visit https://zoom.us/j/700701949?pwd=WEY1VVY4eFE0b3JVY2JRYk9LN3NVQT09 and use password CCHW.  If you have any questions, contact Paul Mason at RPaul@mason.ch

7) Parish Directory – Please find attached to this email the most up-to-date Christ Church Parish Directory. 

Father Patrick



Update March 28, 2020:

Dear Good Folks,

1) I am very thankful that Caroline & Ryan McDonnell have again agreed to help with anyone having trouble “logging in” to our array of virtual offerings this Sunday the 29th.  So don’t hesitate to call/text Caroline at 978-578-5947 or Ryan at 978-257-1116 for Christ Church Tech Support!  Also, please find attached to this email a pdf on “How to Log into Zoom.”

2) We are excited that the Praise & Prayer Group will meet via Zoom this Sunday night the 29th at 7 PM.  To join in this time of worship, visit https://zoom.us/j/489747524.  If you have any questions, contact Paul Mason at RPaul@mason.ch

3) Our Christ Church Facebook page is where you’ll find Sunday’s Morning Prayer at 9 AM.  You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account by visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).

4) “A Lenten Musical Offering” with Jack Russell will also be found (live)streaming on Facebook this Sunday the 29th at 9:30 AM. 

5) And don’t miss Prayer & Presentation (followed by a “coffee hour” chat) at 10 AM this Sunday the 29th!  Dr. Jack Davis will give a meditation on “Our Time in the Wilderness: Practicing Lent in a Time of Pandemic.”  Jack encourages us to read Deuteronomy 8 and Luke 4 in preparation for his meditation.  To join in, use this link https://zoom.us/j/407944966 as we get close to 10 AM.

6) Please find attached to this email an updated Christ Church Parish Directory.  As the commercial for Bell Telephone used to say, “reach out and touch someone!”

7) This Sunday’s sermon can be found on our website here.

8) Join with Father Patrick for 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 #3 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, and you would like to participate at home 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!

Father Patrick


Update March 25, 2020:

Bishop Gates has suspended all on campus worship services through May 31, 2020.


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.   And all Facebook videos are archived, so if 9 AM is inconvenient, you can visit our Christ Church page and stream it at a more appropriate time.  Also, please note we will be incorporating an “Act of Reception for Spiritual Communion” during the prayers (please see and/or print out the attached document for your use during the service).


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.


4) 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.  If you don’t know how to do that, or if you’re saying to yourself right now “What’s a Realm account?” please contact Lorrie Manganaro at administrator@christchurchHW.org or leave her a message at 978-468-4461, and she’ll be happy to walk you through it.  In a couple weeks, we will send out a more updated version of the directory.


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.


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.


Phew!


Father Patrick


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.


2) 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 visiting www.facebook.com/ChristChurchHamiltonWenham.  And all Facebook videos are archived, so if 9 AM is inconvenient, you can visit our Christ Church page and stream it at a more appropriate time.


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/parish-life/sermons.  You can also find there the first two parts of the series (as well as other recent sermons) if you’d like to catch up.  You could listen to it after Morning Prayer!


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.


Father Patrick


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!


2) 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.com/r/HamiltonWenham Your opinions and suggestions will enable us to form a final plan that will help meet the needs of our entire parish as it pertains to capital improvements and issues of accessibility.


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/parish-life/sermons4) 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.


Father Patrick