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The Weightier Matters

In the 23rd chapter of Matthew’s gospel Jesus excoriates the scribes and Pharisees for among other things neglecting what he called “the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness.” These concepts form a Holy Trinity for us to consider as we live out our Christian witness.
We are living in an apocalyptic time. By that I mean a time of revealing. Over the last few months much has been revealed about our economy, our health care system, our race relations and the many points where these intersect. Some of these we knew. Some we ignored. Some caught us off-guard with their intensity. Taken together they cry out for an urgent response by the people of God.
My prayer is that we do not let this moment pass unattended. Rather than yearn for the old days, I pray that each of us will find ways to participate in what feels like a new era God is struggling to bring forth, not only in our country but in our world.
The Christian witness is not easy.
Generations come and go. Progress seems agonizingly slow. But we press on. It is who we are. It is what we do. We press on, saying our prayer: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We press on, not forgetting our history, but also not letting it paralyze us and sap our hope. We are people of faith. On Christ the solid rock, we stand.
By building relationships across all divides of class and race; by sharing our blessings; and by working together we can help to bring healing to our wounded nation. Jesus has set the weightier matters before us: Justice. Mercy. Faithfulness. Our work continues, with God’s help.
Fr. Dion


Vestry Statement on Current Events


In response to racial violence and injustice against Black people, the Vestry of St. Anne’s unanimously approved the following statement: 

Jesus Christ instructs us to “Love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:34). As followers of Christ, St. Anne’s rejects racism and racial injustice in all its forms. We will continue to spread the gospel of love, rooted in God’s justice and mercy, especially for those who suffer due to the color of their skin. Based on our Baptismal Covenant, we stand in solidarity with all who strive for justice and peace in order to respect the dignity of every human being (BCP, pp.304-305). St. Anne’s is listening and working to strengthen our partnership with those who are striving to live into the common good. We wholeheartedly support the efforts and guidance of our clergy, and we are committed to the ongoing work to end injustice.

We recognize our Christian duty to help end racism in our community through direct action.

Mark Grimes, Sr. Warden
Jason Houser, Jr. Warden

COVID-19 Update

Church Reopening
We are currently preparing for the phased and safe reopening of the church offices and parish activities, along with the return of Sunday services. Additional communication of these preparations will be forthcoming. Please be reassured that we will soon share the procedures and protocols, for the protection of the health and safety of the St. Anne’s community, as we enter the first stage of Maryland’s recovery.
We anticipate opening the church for limited in-person gatherings in June. Details are forthcoming. Please continue to uphold the parish and the re-opening in your prayers as we take the necessary steps in resuming in-person worship.
Jason Houser, Junior Warden
Caprice Turano, Manager of Buildings and Grounds
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 6:00 PM. Below you will 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 remaining schedule.

June 17  — Week Nine                                    The Passion & Commission                          Chapters 26 – 28 – This week we will be looking at chapters, 26 to 28, the final chapters of our gospel journey. We have come to The Passion. All the drama and sorrows of the world will be encountered: Bribery; Betrayal; Abandonment; Temptation. And, there will be the joyful mystery of the Resurrection.

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 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.

Coffee, Fellowship and Conversation

Missing conversations with your St. Anne’s community? Join us this Sunday, May 31 at 10:30 AM, for Coffee, Fellowship, and Conversation. St. Anne’s clergy will join us and you can engage Father Manoj in conversation about the sermon. We will use Zoom to host our time. Bring your coffee, tea, or water bottle, and click here to be welcomed into the conversation.


Prayer for the Week

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole, and free downcast spirits. May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts. We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed. Amen.



Reconciliation Ministry

The work of St. Anne’s Reconciliation Ministry continues despite COVID-19. It has met twice by Zoom since the start of the pandemic with another monthly meeting planned for June 18 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome. We thank St. Anne’s Vestry for approving the ministry’s mission statement at its May meeting. Included is a Vision Statement to guide the ministry’s work for our Parish: “To have become a fully reconciled and beloved community with our neighbors at St. Philip’s and other area congregations, and to be actively engaged in truth and reconciliation and social justice efforts in the wider Annapolis community and in the diocese.” Our mission is: “To listen to, learn about, and share the whole history of St. Anne’s with respect to the surrounding community, especially the congregation of St. Philip’s; To work toward reconciliation with communities and individuals who have been harmed by racist, discriminatory, and exclusionary practices; To encourage and support a culture at St. Anne’s  that welcomes all people in everything that we do; To join our brothers and sisters in the Annapolis community in helping those in need and advocating for social justice.” For more information, contact Anne Thomas, at, Frances Burke, at or Katie Burke, at

St. Anne’s Cemetery: Year of the Woman

Ella Rush Murray (1876-1943) was born into a navy family here in Annapolis and married William Spencer Murray, one of the heirs of Acton, which became the Murray Hill area of Annapolis. Shortly after the murder of the pregnant Lottie Mae Brandon, a young white woman, the daughters of Ella’s cook came to her with a story of seeing an intoxicated “Negro” man named John Snowden, who worked on an ice delivery wagon, in the alley next to the Brandon house around the time of the murder. Ella insisted that they take their story to the police, who arrested and charged Mr. Snowden with the murder. Almost immediately Ella became convinced that he had not committed the murder with evidence backing her up. This evidence was withheld from the jury and he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to be hanged despite the legal representation that Ella and others had provided for him. Most people in Annapolis believed that he was innocent and fought hard to gain him a new trial, going all the way to an appeal to the Supreme Court, which would not take the case. Almost 400 people, including 11 of the 12 all-white jurors, marched with Ella to ask the governor to commute his sentence, but the governor refused. John Snowden was hanged on February 28, 1919 with the city under martial law due to the protests. The day after the execution, this article was posted in the Gazette:

The sheriff’s office today received a letter from Washington in which the writer declared that he had murdered Mrs. Lottie May Brandon and that Snowden was innocent of the crime. The writer hints at jealousy. The letter was printed and every precaution taken to disguise the handwriting. Following is the text of it:

“I am sorry you killed Snowden today. He is not the guilty man. I am the man. I could not stand to see another man live with my heart so I put Lottie May out of the way. I hope his sins fall on my head. I am willing to answer them. He is not the man. God will bring things right someday.”  The letter was not signed.

Ella Rush Murray never got over the part that she had played in this miscarriage of justice and fought for the rest of her life for an end to public hangings here in Annapolis. In an account of the two-hour funeral for John Snowden, Ella Rush Murray spoke to the “vast throng” about how badly she felt that she could not save Mr. Snowden from the death penalty.

It is to be noted that Mr. Snowden’s hanging was the last one held in Annapolis, largely due to the continued efforts of Ella Rush Murray. A memorial was dedicated to John Snowden at his gravesite in Brewer Hill Cemetry in 2000.


Ginger DeLuca

Environmental Ministry 

Annapolis Green is selling fine compost and Organic Potting Mix in sandbags that you can reuse or return for refilling at their location on the corner of State Circle and Maryland Ave. Much of the compost comes from last summer’s Rotary Club crab feast and is very high-quality. It sells for $10 for a 20 lb. Bag and the potting mix sells for $10 for a 15 lb. Bag.  

If you are looking for environmental reading this summer, we suggest The Future we Choose, Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christina Figueres.  

BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST: The recipe for the environmentally safe weed killer:

  • 1 gallon of regular vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • Dissolve the salt in half of the vinegar until it is desolved
  • Add 1 tsp. of Dawn dish soap and mix it in
  • Add the rest of the vinegar
  • Spray it on weeds on a day when rain is not expected.
Centering Prayer Group Moves to Zoom!

Our Centering Prayer group is now gathering together via Zoom and you all are welcome to join us the first and third Tuesdays of the month 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  If you are new to Zoom, I will walk you through how to join for free and meet with us.  The source of Centering Prayer is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.  It builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Please email me if you’d like to join us:

Women’s Retreat

Children and Youth Ministry

Children and Youth Events


Connect to Someone at St. Anne’s

Brighten someone’s day by choosing a card to send to a member of St. Anne’s family. Your card will be sent to someone in a nursing home, someone who is home alone or someone who needs to be cheered up. Templates for the cards can be found here. Once you have created your card, either scan and email them to Connie Saeger-Proctor at or mail them to St. Anne’s office at 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Flat Jesus

Feeling the need to connect your children with their St. Anne’s friends? We know we cannot meet in person, so let’s add some fun things for us to do. Download a flat Jesus, color him, and cut him out. As you go through your daily activities, take a picture of where you have invited Jesus to be with you. My flat Jesus will be with us in the Sycamore Tree on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Send your pictures to me at and we will post them on our website. If you are cautious about your child’s identity use flat Jesus in a picture without your child and his or her first initial with a description of where Jesus was invited.


Older Children and Youth Reflections

Would your child or young person like to help us reflect on Scripture in daily life? We are looking for those who are willing to read an assigned (short) Scripture and reflect on what it means to him/her. This may be done on a video or printed. Children may also be recorded saying a prayer. Reflections and prayers will be posted on our website. Contact Connie Saeger at if you are interested in participating.

Women’s Retreat


Helping our Neighbors

St. Luke’s Food Pantry

St. Luke’s in Eastport holds their weekly food pantry on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to noon. Grocery stores are not able to fill their bulk food orders as they once did and the pantry is now in need of food. If you feel comfortable, they are accepting donations on Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 AM outside of St. Luke’s at 1101 Bay Ridge Avenue. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Jess at
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Current Volunteer and Service Opportunities

The Light House

Walking with Friends at the Light House 

“Do you love me?” Jesus said to Peter for the third time. “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said,”Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

Thank you St. Anne’s friends for your loving support recently in providing dinner for our brothers and sisters at The Light House.  St. Anne’s Cooking at Light House and Family Cooking for Light House invites you to join us as we walk with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty who are most vulnerable during this crisis to learn more about the fruits of partnering in this loving and sustaining way. While safety advises that meals be prepared in house only,  we can provide the necessary grocery money for a sustainable operation. The best way to stand with our vulnerable community of Lighthouse residents at this time is to consider making a gift to support their grocery bill for meals — you can do so by clicking here. For a list of the most urgent pantry food needs for drop off, click here.

St. Anne’s ministries have a long and loving history of sharing in partnership with many churches and groups in our town, and the need is even greater now during the current COVID-19 crisis. Please consider sharing in a way that nourishes our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty, those most vulnerable during this crisis.

While we cannot cook and serve in the Light House kitchen, a sustainable and abundant option for helping has opened up.

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, Light House transitioned from a volunteer-supported food program, to one overseen entirely by staff.  Shortly after this challenging transition, leadership at the Light House Bistro stepped in to prepare and deliver boxed meals daily to Light House residents in the shelter, in off-site hotel rooms, and at their transitional housing properties. Light House Bistro has also been organizing thousands of pounds of perishable and non-perishable pantry food each week, distributing it during Light House pantry hours, and delivering it to other food distribution locations throughout the county. Boxed meals, pantry bags, and basic needs kits are also being prepped by Light House Bistro and taken by case managers to local homeless tent encampments in the area.

Light House Bistro may have temporarily closed its doors in March, but this social enterprise developed by The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center has been hard at work. The mission of this full-service restaurant and catering social enterprise is to change lives one meal at a time by providing training and job opportunities for graduates of Light House programs. Now they are also changing lives during the COVID-19 crisis by providing our most vulnerable neighbors with hot meals and pantry items.  For a fuller story, click here.

For more information, please contact, Nancy Greeley, at, or Heather and Dave Strang 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
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.