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Reflection on Palm Sunday’s sermon.
We are in a time of lament and we are called to write our own prayers of lamentation. That was my observation and my invitation in last Sunday’s sermon. Holy Week always challenges us with its roller coaster ride of emotions. There is joy and wonder, sorrow and bewilderment. And there is the cross, the portal we must pass through to get to Easter. The cross is our place of lament, the place where we realize in the most profound way that what Isaiah said of the Suffering Servant was true: “He was wounded for transgressions, crushed for our iniquities.”
We had a choice. Barabbas or Jesus of Nazareth. We chose the former. Why? The New Testament scholar, Donald Hagner, said there is only one possible answer, “it is sin, the universal malady of all human beings. … It is ‘I’ who am guilty of crucifying Jesus.”
Thanks be to God we are not left at the cross, though it is a necessary stop. But it is not the end of our journey. Salvation will come. Easter will come. Yet, my invitation stands for us, myself included, to linger at the cross, to count our losses, and write our prayers in this unsettling time.
Our world has been upended. Our shops are closed. Our streets are empty. The virus claims the rich and the famous, the poor and the unknown. We lament and we pray: “Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation.”
God’s peace,
Father Thompson
Gospel of Matthew Bible Study

Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ!

Join me on-line for a deep dive into this year’s premiere gospel. We’ll meet in cyberspace via Zoom on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Below you’ll see a schedule for our nine-week journey. The sessions might change as we go along. The Holy Spirit is often prone to lead us in ways we had not expected.

As luck would have it, the Visual Bible’s word-for-word dramatization of the Gospel According to Matthew is available on YouTube. The film along with the Bible and our own inquiry will be our essential tools. There is no end to the commentaries on Matthew, but that won’t stop me from passing on some insights from scholars who have mined this gospel.

One book you might consider buying is “A Journey with Matthew,” by the Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie. It is a 50-day devotional with commentaries by some of our leading contemporary thinkers. It is available on Kindle and paperback through Amazon, Forward Movement Publications and elsewhere.

Be on the lookout for updates and more on our website and on Facebook. As our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Here is our schedule.

April 22 — Week One                                      Prelude and Beginnings                                 Chapters 1 – 4

April 29 — Week Two                                      The Sermon on the Mount                           Chapters 5 – 7

May 6    — Week Three                                  The Son of Man is Lord                                  Chapters 8 – 11

May 13 —  Week Four                                     Teachings Along the Way                              Chapters 12 – 15

May 20 —   Week Five                                     Encounters                                                         Chapters 16 – 17

May 27 —   Week Six                                       The Kingdom is Like …                                    Chapters 18 – 20

June 3   — Week Seven                                 Jerusalem!                                                          Chapters 21 – 23

June 10  — Week Eight                                    How Shall We Live                                           Chapters 24 – 25

June 17  — Week Nine                                    The Passion & Commission                          Chapters 26 – 28

I’ll leave you with what has become one of my guiding quotes. It is from Gregory the Great, a Church Father of the sixth century.

“You will progress in understanding the Holy Scriptures only to the degree that you yourself have made progress through contact with them.”

I hope to see you soon in cyberspace!

In Christ,

Father Dion

Virtual Stations of the Cross

This year we have a Virtual Stations of the Cross. A special thanks to Jack Hair for creating this on Google maps, the readers at each station and Alec and Ernie Green for music production.


Virtual Worship

How Can I Worship?In these extraordinary times, we are excited to continue worshiping together virtually! Our Sunday morning 9:30 service, Holy Week services and Daily Evening Prayer are just some of the virtual offerings at St. Anne’s. For more information on these services, click here.


Resources for Spiritual Nourishment

St. Anne’s invites you to pray and retreat in new ways. Your presence, even virtually, widens our circle.

 The offerings are provided without charge by the centers and churches listed in compassion for what we share during this time of uncertainty and separation. If you have any questions or thoughts about this page, or these spirituality offerings, please contact Heather Strang at If you would like to participate in a small group discussion after your experience with one of these offerings, contact Jess Sexton at Groups that form will meet over Zoom with guidance to connect as needed.

Information on these offerings will soon be available on our website.




Centering Prayer


As we follow the request that ministries refrain from meeting, I share a recent Contemplative Outreach posting, which a few of you have already received.

Blessings on you during this desert time, that you may sink deeply into the interior self, welcoming the holy in surrender.  May the Lord release our resistance.  May He feed our humility and our yearning for Him.  May He remind us again of how deeply he hungers for us.  May we each find, in the tumult of upended plans and schedules, the treasure that He has waiting for us…somewhere…if only we will allow it.

Love, light and every hope in Jesus,




What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar, Pandemic, March 11, 2020

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Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events

Virtual Sycamore Tree and Children’s Discovery

Connie Saeger-Proctor, Minister for Congregational Life will be offering Sycamore Tree on Sunday, March 29, at 10:30 AM and Children’s Discovery on Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 PM using Facebook live. For information on how to access these offerings, click here.

High School Seniors Harrison Sayre Award

Graduating high school seniors can apply for the Harrison Sayre Award. The award is given annually to a high school senior who has been active is some aspect of St. Anne’s life (choir, acolyte, youth group, outreach ministries, etc) and is planning on attending a two or four year college or university the following fall.  The award money is intended to help defray the cost of college textbooks. Applications are available here and should be submitted by April 20. The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at

Harrison Sayre was a long time active member of St. Anne’s Church.  When he died in March 2005, friends, family and fellow parishioners donated money to set up an award in his name.  Mr. Sayre was interested in young people and their education.  A committee made up of a clergy member, a member of the memorials committee and members of the Sayre family will select the recipient.  The award will be announced at a church service to honor all graduating seniors.  If you have any questions, contact Nancy Greeley at


Very Big Story Camp

Join us for a week of spirit-filled fun as St. Anne’s & First Presbyterian churches partner for Very Big Story Camp exploring the theme: You Are a New Creation in Christ. July 6-10 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with option of an extended camp until 4:00 PM. Children between the age of 4 through rising 5th graders will learn about the transformation of butterflies and explore how Christians are a new creation in Christ. Morning camp will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and is free to all families The extended camp will run from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at a cost of $175. Register here: The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24. For questions, please contact Connie Saeger at or 443-808-1361.

To register, please click here. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 24.

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Backpack Buddies

We are still serving our Backpack Buddy families by providing food and gift cards to the Stanton Center where those donations are provided to many of the same families in the Clay Street Neighborhood. We will continue to distribute food and need your help!

If you would like to purchase food directly, these items would be great: pasta, ramen noodles, rice, cereal, canned pork and beans, canned chicken or tuna fish, soap, detergent, toilet paper and cleaning products.

We’ve also been giving grocery gift cards to allow the families to get what they specifically need. We would love any donations from St. Anne’s! More information on donating can be found by emailing

You can also purchase gift cards from Giant or Safeway in $10, $20 or $50 denominations and drop them off to Paulette at the Stanton Center–92 West Washington St.

For questions or more information, please contact Townsend McNitt at


Partners in Mission in Guatemala


Calling all parishioners – all ages, especially our youth – to join the St. Anne’s team for a week-long adventure with our brothers and sisters in Guatemala: July 31 – August 7.  Get to know our local partners and help check on current St. Anne’s-funded projects underway – latrine construction, schooling, medical training.  Please contact Kevin Hays ( soon for more information.  Please note – the cost of the adventure is about $1,000. Spanish fluency is not required!  


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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

Volunteer Oppportunities
In this season we are aware that there are many people who will be short on funds or out of jobs and unable to have enough food to eat. St. Annes is identifying ways that our church community can help in tangible ways to the Annapolis community and Anne Arundel County during this time. We have listed opportunities to stay informed, make food donations, or make funding donations to important organizations seeing to fill the gap for many families so that children and families do not go hungry. We welcome your involvement and your feedback. For more information on these opportunities, click here.


The Light House

The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has served the community as a basic needs provider of food, shelter and support services for over 30 years. They rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing and self-sufficiency.

If you have never volunteered with Light House and would like to learn more please visit their website at Thank you for your support!


Cooking for the Light House

It was a challenge to provide dinner for the 28 current residents at The Light House but we managed to cobble together a very nice dinner on April 1. With what was available in stores and what we had in our pantries and freezers, we provided meatloaf, spaghetti with homemade sauce, vegetables, homemade bread, iced tea and home baked chocolate chip cookies. Thank you Page Lyon, Lynn and Glenn Mortoro, Nancy Steere, Eleanor Huggins and John Merrick. Since we cannot enter the shelter, we prepared what we could at home and left it with the staff.
Our next scheduled meal at the Light House is May 6. We are waiting to plan the meal to see what the situation is towards the end of April.

To volunteer, contact Nancy Greeley at 410-224-2975 or or John Merrick at

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Pastoral Care

Love Heals – A Prayer from the Stephen Ministry Team

Bless us almighty God during our time of need. Fill our bishops, clergy and churches with compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit. Give our leaders the wisdom to bring us through the Covid-19 crisis. Break down all barriers and unite them as they govern are nation. Loving God, support and protect all healthcare providers as they care for the afflicted. Help us to live out your greatest commandment to love each other, and so strengthen us to care for others in their time of need that we may commend their healing to your infinite mercy. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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 2020 Support Group Schedule.

Click here for the latest version of Caregiver News and Updates.

Stephen Ministry

Did you know? Once trained and commissioned, Stephen Ministers meet twice a month to give and receive peer supervision, which is necessary to help them provide quality care and grow as caregivers. .St. Anne’s Stephen Ministry is inviting the men and women of St.Anne’s to explore serving as a lay Christian caregiver. Training will be provided from September, 2019 through March, 2020. If you are interested in journeying with someone who needs confidential spiritual and emotional support, this may be the right caring ministry for you. For further details please contact: Chip Tucker: 443-852-1779 Patricia Jennings: 203-313-4665

The logo Stephen Ministry congregations use consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person.  The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives as a result of our sin.  The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole.  The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God’s love for us.

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister or know of someone seeking care, please contact Rev. Thompson or Carol Leach, 410-263-1752.

Pastoral Care at St. Anne’s
 Prayer Letter
Our weekly prayer letter gives you a chance to mention by name those who have asked for our prayers. Copies are available for you to take home and include in your daily devotions. Patricia Spencer coordinates this effort and would love to hear from you if you have questions or concerns. You can reach her at 301-751-0555, or
Weekly Prayer
Dear Lord,
You are the wind in my sails.
You guide me as I steer and find direction.
You give me the strength to keep on going.
You watch over me as I navigate stormy
You are the harbor where I stop for rest.
You are my encourager when I lose hope.
You are the lighthouse that keeps my path
You are with me always. Thank you for your
protection and care.
For more information on Pastoral Care, click here.
Hearing Loop
St. Anne’s has a hearing loop to better serve the 57% of people over  60 who have significant hearing loss. The Hearing Loop provides clean, clear sound without a headset and sends the voices of clergy and readers directly into the hearing aids of people sitting in the pews. If you have hearing loss but no hearing aids, ask an usher for a Loop Receiver with earbuds which you can use during the service.