St. Anne’s Weekly eBlast 

  Our call at St. Anne’s is to Enlarge the circle in order to reflect the love of Christ by Building, Engaging, Evangelizing, and Forming Disciples.

 
 

BUILD

 

Clergy Epistle

 
 
 
Into the Maelstrom
Philippians 2:5-11 & Mark 14:1-39
 
The ancient hymn found in Philippians and our gospel reading from Mark take us to the heart of the Christian story. They tell us that by the Incarnation and the entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus entered the maelstrom of human life.
 
Joy, sorrow, isolation, shame, friendship and pain, all of these and more Jesus experienced. And he did so for us.
 
In the words of one of our hymns: O Love how deep, how broad, how high, that God the Son of God should take our mortal form for mortal’s sake.
 
This love suffered all the humiliations inflicted by unbridled power. This love accepted the cross. In the words of one scholar, the passage from Philippians “takes us down, down, down to the deepest darkest hellhole in human history to see the horrific torture, unspeakable abuse and bloody execution of a slave on a cross.”
 
It is not an easy story. And, as we know, it did not end on the cross, at the empty tomb or outside Jerusalem on Ascension Day. The story continues, for we need Jesus to be with us, to walk with us, joy with us and, yes, suffer with us.
 
Not too long ago I visited a dying parishioner who put this question to me: Does Jesus know I’m here? Does he know my suffering?
 
This parishioner’s bed had become Gethsemane, the place where in the darkest hours, alone with thoughts and fears, and death near, he prayed words familiar to Jesus: Father, take this from me. But if not, then be here with me. Comfort me so that I may not walk this final road alone.
 
Does Jesus know our suffering? Does he know our sorrows?
 
Yes. He knows. Jesus wept at Lazarus’ grave and stared Judas in the face. Scripture reminds us that though he was in the form of God, he was born like us, and died like us so that he would know what it is to live like us in the swirling maelstrom of human life.
 
Amen
Fr. Dion
 
View last week’s sermon here. 
 
Reopening & Holy Week Schedule 

It is with GREAT JOY we announce our reopening!

 There are many opportunities for both in-person and virtual worship, please see our schedule for Holy Week and Easter services.

*There is limited seating, and we ask that you reserve a seat if you wish to attend. To reserve, please email Nikki Aseltine at nikkia@stannes-annapolis.org or phone 443-808-1376 during business hours. All weekend in-person services must be reserved before 10AM on the Friday prior to attendance.

Maundy Thursday: April 1

Note: there will be no public washing of feet, however there will be stripping of the altar.

Good Friday: April 2

  • 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross (Outdoors)  in-person*  around the Iron Rosary (around the church). Following the liturgy,  the readings and materials will be available for self-directed meditations.
  • 6:00 PM Good Friday Liturgy in-person* & live-stream

Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 3

Easter Sunday: April 4

For the 9:30 service on Easter Sunday, in-person reservations are at capacity for indoor seating. Additional outdoor participation with no reservations will be offered in the churchyard with large-screen live stream viewing. The Eucharist will be available both indoors and outdoors. Note: If the weather is inclement, a cancelation notice will be sent via eBlast early that morning and also posted on the website.

*There is limited seating, please reserve a seat if you wish to attend. St. Anne’s follows CDC and Diocesan guidelines regarding physical distancing and for cleaning protocols and attendance. We ask that you please wear your masks when you come, and if you are ill or at risk, please remain at home.

Office Closed

 
The Parish House office will be closed on Monday April 5. However, we are always available for pastoral emergencies through our on-call priest line. You can reach this line by calling our main office number at 410-267-9333.
 
 
Stephen Ministry

 
“I get from my Stephen Minister a different kind of love and a different kind of relationship than I can have with anyone else. It is so much more than a trusted friend. It is really deciding to open your arms to experience the love of Christ.” ~ Care Receiver
 
Please know that St. Anne’s Stephen Ministers have continued to faithfully meet with their Care Receivers by phone or video call every week to give emotional and spiritual support to those in need. 
 
If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Dion Thompson (dthompson@stannes-annapolis.org), Patricia Jennings (203-313-4665 or pajquilter@yahoo.com), or Hearon Dixon (919-270-1683 or hearon.dickson@gmail.com).
 
 
Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities

The Caregiver’s Voice  A Newsletter Specifically for People Caring for Family, Friends, & Neighbors The Caregivers’ Voice is a quarterly publication of the AA County Department of Aging and Disabilities’ National Family Caregiver Support Program. Contact us at: (410) 222-4336/4339 or at Caregiver Support. Click here for the latest version of Caregiver News and Updates.

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

The Light House 

Thank you everyone for your generosity covering two Light House dinners in March. On Wednesday, April 7, we are providing barbecue chicken, coleslaw and baked beans .All that is needed is 2 volunteers to donate 12 individual-serving containers of dinner-type beverages – iced tea, flavored or fizzy water, etc.
 
On Thursday, April 22, we are making chili. We need one more person to make chili, using the Light House recipe, someone to cook 2 pounds of rice, a salad, chili toppings (chopped onion, sour cream, etc.), dessert and drinks. Contact Nancy Greeley at momgreeley@aol.com to volunteer.
Cemetery Committee

The Cemetery Committee would like to thank Graul’s Market for providing us with beautiful flowering primrose plants at a highly discounted price for our entrance gardens in preparation for Easter. Easter weekend is a time when many families come to the cemetery to be with their loved-ones and we hope that these colorful plants will convey our welcome.
 
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Prayer for the Week

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give Your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in Your loving care. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 
Guest Preacher

 
 
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church is excited to welcome guest preacher Dr. Michael Metzger on Sunday April 11. Dr. Metzger is a recognized leader in translating the gospel to impact our post-Christian society. As campus minister, church planter, pastor, and—for the last 20 years—cultural analyst and mentor to church and business leaders, Metzger has thought long and hard about America’s post-Christian culture.
 
In 2002, Metzger founded Annapolis-based Clapham Institute. The institute’s mission, resourcing Christians for the next 50 years, recognizes Western Christianity is in exile, like the Judeans in the Babylonian exile, operating outside the arenas in which the greatest influence on culture is exerted. More about Dr. Metzger and the Clapham Institute can be found here. We look forward to welcoming him to St. Anne’s.
 
 
Women’s Retreat

FORM

Children’s Easter Pageant

“Good News” is the title of this year’s virtual Easter Pageant! Children will be telling the story of Jesus’ life and the Good News of his resurrection. You are invited to join us on Easter Sunday at 12:30 PM at  Sycamore Tree (Children’s Worship) on YouTube where the children will tell the Easter Story with their joyous Easter Pageant!
 
 
 
Baptism Workshop

Baptisim St Annes

Preparing for your child’s baptism? Thinking about having your child baptized? Please join us on Zoom for St. Anne’s Baptism Workshop Saturday, April 10. During the morning workshop we will reflect on why we baptize infants, children, youth, and adults. We will reflect on our Baptismal Covenant and the promises we make to support each other on our Christian journeys. By reflecting on the symbols of light, water, oil, and scripture we will explore the deep foundations of our faith.
 
If you plan on having your child baptized during the Easter Season, or if you are considering baptism, please contact Connie Saeger at clsaeger@stannes-annapolis.org.
Women’s Bible Study

Please join us for our women’s bible study group. Our next meeting is on April 10, at 11:00AM. We will be studying Hebrews Chapters 7 & 8 led by Nancy Bayers. The Xoom meeting link can be found here.
 

 

Harrison Sayre Award

Harrison S. Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name to be given each year to a graduating high school senior planning to attend a two or four college or university the following fall. The award recipient will have been active in some aspect of St. Anne’s life (Sunday School, youth group, choir, etc.). The $1,000 award is intended to help defray the cost of textbooks. Previous award winners include Andrew Loughlin and Jack Hair. The application can be accessed here, and must be completed by May 17, 2021. Please ask an adult with whom you have served at St. Anne’s church for a brief recommendation. The recommendation form can be found here. Selection criteria is based on service to St. Anne’s and the community. A committee consisting of members of the Sayre family, a member of the memorials committee and a member of the clergy will select the winner from the submitted applications. The award will be announced at church in June at a service to honor all graduating seniors. For questions or more information, contact Nancy Greeley at 410 224-2975 or momgreeley@aol.com.​

 
 
 
Adult Forum 

 

After a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter, the Adult Forum series will resume on Wednesday, April 14, with the viewing and discussion of the first of a 3-part video series on the Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage of the Episcopal Church to Ghana, led by our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry.  

Sycamore Tree
Our children’s worship service has a new look! Check it out! Families lead us in the reading and prayers, while Kristin Pagent and Ken Kimble lift our hearts in song from St. Anne’s sanctuary, and Connie Saeger-Proctor shares a lesson. Now professionally produced by our Sunday morning technology team to amplify our praises to God (yay!) Pray with us this week! Advent services for children are virtually offered each Sunday during Advent. Special children’s learning activity sheets are available every Sunday. The Sycamore Tree is premiered at 2:30.Watch Sycamore Tree here.
Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study
Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Sunday lessons? Perhaps, after reading the lessons, you have asked yourself, “what about the text” is the preacher not saying? Maybe you have wanted to be part of a group that studies and reflects upon scripture at a deeper level. Please join us over ZOOM for Morning Prayer and Scripture Study based on Sunday’s lectionary propers. The sessions will be led by a member of the ministerial team at St. Anne’s. We will begin with Morning Prayer at 8:00 AM  and then head into the study of scripture using the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. The lessons can be found here.