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

Beloved in Christ,

Today, I share with you a translation of a poem attributed to St. Ephrem the Syrian. Living in the fourth century, St. Ephrem was one of the most prolific poets and hymn writers of the ancient church. Writing over 400 poems in the language that our Lord and Master Jesus Christ spoke, Aramaic or Classical Syriac, his poetic imagination continues to inspire us in walking towards the life of grace. May this piece of art, commonly known as the Prayer of St. Ephrem, inspire you in your Lenten journey.

O Lord and Governor of my life, 
I pray that you take away a spirit of despair,  sloth, greed, and unmindful speech.
As your servant, give me a mindful spirit, rooted in humility, patience, and charity.
Yes, O Lord and King, as you alone are Holy, grant me an understanding of my own shortcomings 
so that I may not judge others.
          Amen.
 
(Unpublished Translation and Adaptation by The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia)
 
This week, I invite you to pray and reflect on this poem by St. Ephrem and examine:
 
Where are the areas of darkness in your life?
 
Where do you need help in cultivating a mindful spirit rooted in God’s grace?
 
Beloved, allow yourself to be enveloped in a spirit of humility in order to grow in patient love and cheerful charity.
 
With love and prayer,
 
Fr. Manoj

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Reopening & Holy Week Schedule 

It is with GREAT JOY we announce our reopening!

In-person services combined with our live-streamed services will begin on Sunday March 21, 2021 at 9:30 AM.

*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.

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

The Fifth Sunday in Lent: March 21, 2021

Palm Sunday: March 28

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 needed 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.

Easter Memorial Flowers

Easter has special symbolism this year as we climb our way out of the pandemic and into the light. It has been a year of loss for many of our parishioners at St. Anne’s, as well as a year of new birth and unexpected joy. We want to offer you the opportunity to express that through Easter Memorial Flowers. As usual, you can make a donation in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone special and their names will be listed in the Easter bulletins.
There are a couple of ways to submit your request:
  1. Set up a donation through our on-line donation platform, Vanco, and select Easter Memorial Flowers. At setup, you will be given the opportunity to list the names you wish to memorialize or honor. Or, you can email your list to Kirsten Hair. Click here to access the donation page.
  2. Mail a note and check to Kirsten Hair, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Include the names of the people you would like to memorialize or honor. Be sure to add your name and contact information.
If you have any questions or need more information, please email Kirsten Hair at khair@stannes-annapolis.org.
The deadline to receive your requests is March 26, 2021.

 

Women’s Retreat

ENGAGE

Sacred Ground

Openings remain to sign up for the Sacred Ground program, a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. More information is available here. Meetings will be on Thursdays, from 4 to 6pm, on March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6. Please email Anne Thomas alfdt75@gmail.com as soon as possible if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions.
Women’s Retreat

EVANGELIZE

Stephen Ministry

 
“I needed to know that there was one person in the world who knew everything there was to know about me— the good, the bad, the ugly—and still loved me. It was the tangible expression of God’s love in my Stephen Minister that changed my life.” ~ Care Receiver
 
The COVID-19 virus has changed our church-life, as well as other areas of our lives. 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. All conversations are always confidential.
 
The stress caused by worry and fear of the unknown can slowly build and negatively affect us physically and mentally. It often helps to talk to someone who will listen without judgement or advice, a compassionate ear and heart, someone who really hears what one is saying, thinking and feeling. 
 
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).
 
 
Prayer for the Week

Lord God, we ask that You comfort and give relief to Your servants who are suffering from sickness and injury. Have mercy on those who are weak and frail and who are troubled and in pain. Answer our plea and be gracious to them and give them strength and peace and restoration. We pray to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for You live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
Women’s Retreat

FORM

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.​

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.
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.