Celebrating Eastertide the Week of May 1
This is the third Sunday of the Easter season. Spring will (eventually) come bringing with it new life and new possibilities. And our Savior is Risen Indeed. Alleluia.
Christ is risen, also, in our deeds, what we do for eachother, and for the stranger.
This week of Eastertide when hope seems on its knees and we don't know when positive change will come, we'll talk about "the fish fry invitation" Jesus makes that sends us back out and asks us to keep on going. And so we pray:
God of the Deep, Creator of the Morning Sky, Like Peter, our nets are empty. Give us, we pray, the care as individuals and as communities of Your people,
to listen for Your voice and the courage to pick up the nets of old habits
to follow You to different waters.
Ss. Martha & May is back to in-person services, but with continued masking and spacing for now. The Rev. Tom Garrison will lead our morning service at 9:30 a.m. The service is also available via Zoom. Contact us in advance of Sunday to receive links to the service, and worhsip guide. And oh, by the way, we are a church that is perfectly fine with questions and doubts.
We also enjoy a good laugh.
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The talented hymn writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette reminds us: When we face an unknown future that we can't imagine yet, when the [life] we have treasured turns from blessing into threat--As we miss our friends and loved ones, as we crave community, may we look, God, in this season, for a whole new way to be.
Our Book of Common Prayer reminds us in times like these:
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.
What is Eastertide?
Eastertide, or the Easter season, marks the 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Today, we are Christ's hands and feet in a hurting world. Don't forget to check in with people in your neighborhood who may be alone or vulnerable, or to cheer someone up with a card or a call. We are the Church together.
We hope you have a good week, and may + the blessings of Christ go with you this day, and always.
What We Stand For
The four pillars of Episcopal belief are Scripture, Reason, Tradition & Experience. We believe we are called to love everyone, with no exceptions. Our's is an ancient faith, but a modern one too.
Each week we have readings from the Bible and we listen for the inspired Word of God. Sermons (homilies) are based on the weekly scripture readings, but because the Good Book was written by humans we draw on knowledge and reason to interpret the Bible’s meaning—and not literal interpretation of every word.