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.
Last week, we, as a nation, faced the consequences of words and violent actions that continue to tear our nation apart. Whether spoken, posted on Facebook, or tweeted with seriousness or in jest, words have consequences. They can be used to either build up or take down.
In the Epistle of James, we read of our ethical and moral responsibility to train and tame our tongue for “the tongue is a fire…” and from it comes the possibility of either blessing (building up) or cursing (destruction.)
While we cannot control words that are spoken by another person, we can be mindful of our words and control what we listen to and take in as inputs and how we act in response to words. Words that cause destruction and loss of life are not in consonance with the Christian gospel. Jesus uses words to create community and renew the world.
He does this as an act of constant creation. In the gospel on Sunday, we read the heavens opened when Jesus came out of the water. What a beautiful and intentional description by the gospel writer! While we say that Christ was baptized, perhaps, it was really the Jordan and all of creation that was baptized in Christ. This is majestically sung in one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Compline service.
At Jesus’s baptism,
the earth was sanctified,
the waters blessed,
the heaven enlightened,
and humanity set loose from the bitter tyranny of the enemy
Those powerful words create an image of the possibility of new life. We need new life because of the reality that we are fallen creatures mired in sin. It is Christ that offers us redemption from sin.
So, beloved, what about our lives?
Is there space for a new beginning?
Perhaps this is an invitation to examine on how we use our words. Such an examination begins with self-examination.
In a time when we are being torn apart by words that create action or cause detrimental inaction, it is easy to lay blame on individuals or a microbe. The reality is that we cannot control others or the natural courses of the world. What we can control is how we are being in the world.
My gift for you today is a prayer adapted from the Anglican Divine, Jeremy Taylor, which I continue to meditate on.
Let us pray:
“O eternal God, who has made all things for humans
and humans for Thy glory,
Sanctify my body and soul,
my thoughts and intentions, my words and actions,
that whatsoever I shall think, or speak, or do,
maybe to the glory of Thy name…
Let no pride or self-seeking,
no covetousness or revenge,
no impure mixture or unhandsome purposes,
no little ends, and low imaginations pollute my spirit,
and unhallow any of my words and actions;
but let my body be a servant of my spirit,
and both body and spirit servants of Jesus.”
Yours in Christ,
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Stewardship 2021 – Together, We Thrive
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are deeply grateful to all who have submitted their pledge for 2021. To date, we have secured $806,000. We have yet a few yards to reach in order to hit our goal of $950,000.
Please submit your pledge soon so that we can secure a “touchdown” on our goal and ensure St. Anne’s has the funds it needs to meet its commitments to our members and the broader community.
Annual Meeting St. Anne’s Nominating Committee
The annual meeting will be held virtually on February 07, 2021. Information on how to access the meeting is forthcoming. The Vestry Nominee booklet can be found here.
The Vestry and Diocesan Delegate Nominating Committee members (Betty Creighton, Kevin Hays, Judy Olson, Vollie Melson and Paul Pope) met several times to consider more than two dozen people for open positions. The committee has completed its work and is pleased to announce the following nominations for Vestry:
- Howard Buskirk
- Katie Creely
- Kara Friedell
- Jason Houser
- David Huggins
Nominees for delegate or alternate for the Diocese Convention are:
- Joe Clapsaddle
- Kay Davis
- Elizabeth Rogers
- Bill Silva
The election will take place at the next parish Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Following the parish’s established practice, the number of nominees matches the open seats, which is allowed by our by-laws.
In the next few weeks, please keep these candidates in your prayers as they have all volunteered their time and talent contributions to St. Anne’s.
- 5:25PM: Tune in to City of Annapolis Facebook or Instagram page for a video message of unity from Mayor Gavin Buckley and Annapolis OEM Director Kevin Simmons.
- 5:30 PM: Listen for the bells to chime at local houses of worchip. Join in by ringing bells or making noise outside of your home or business.
- 5:35 PM: Take a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their lives to coronavirus.
- Overnight: The windows at City Hall will be lit as part of the commemoration.
Prayer for the Week
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 seas.
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 safe.
You are with me always. Thank you for your protection and care.
Cooking for the Lighthouse
All are welcome to gather with friends you may be missing and to meet new friends as we prepare dinner for the Lighthouse Shelter. Join with us remotely on Zoom as we cook for our neighbors on Sunday, January 17 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. If joining at that time is not possible, we may cook independently as well. Each of us will cook a portion of the meal, chill it overnight and deliver it to the Lighthouse on Monday. To learn more, contact Heather and Dave Strang at 443-995-3820 or email@example.com.
St. Anne’s parishioners and members of the Men’s Bible study group prepare the dinner for the Light House the first Wednesday of every month. We cook our items at home using Light House approved recipes, cool them and deliver them to the Light House in an aluminum pan 10×12 or 20×12 by 5:00. Thank you everyone who volunteered for our ham dinner on January 6. Our next dinner will be Wednesday, February 3. We are serving meatloaf. We need 2 more volunteers to make a meatloaf using 3 to 4 pounds of ground beef, a green vegetable (beans or broccoli), two volunteers to make bowtie pasta salad and dessert. We also need a gallon of low fat milk for breakfasts. The Light House, due to the pandemic, is no longer making iced tea or other drinks. For dinner they can use individual single size drinks – cans or small bottles of iced tea or fizzy or flavored water. We need 2 volunteers to donate 12 individual size drinks. To volunteer or for questions, contact Nancy Greeley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14 at 8:00 PM
Ring out the old, ring in the new! Understatement alert: 2020 was a big year. Join parents to learn a simple spiritual practice that will help us unpack notable moments in our personal lives over the past year. Alyssa Pasternak-Post will introduce us to the Grand Examen as we notice God’s presence among us over the past year and God’s invitation to us in the new year. Our time will include ideas around creating personal retreat space in the context of family life (yes, it can happen!).
Please RSVP to Kimberly (email@example.com) and Brie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are going to attend or think that you might be able to attend the up-coming session. You can always join us at the last minute, but it helps us with planning to know who is coming ahead of time. Here’s the Zoom link. Upcoming dates: January 14, January 28, February 11, and February 25.
Mid-Week Wednesday Morning Prayer and Scripture Study