Vicar - The Rev. John Burton
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From Father John
Alternative Liturgies this Summer: Summer is a time for stepping out of our routines. Following up on our well received Stay-cation tour of worship in the Anglican Communion last summer, we will be devoting a few Sundays this summer to worship outside of our usual pattern. We began June 30 with worship from the New Zealand Prayer Book. On July 21 and August 25 we will use forms from other Anglican Churches. On August 3, we will move our worship to Saturday and our location to Eastford as we use a very informal form of liturgy at the Parish picnic. On Sunday, August 4, worship at St. Paul’s will follow Rite 1 using “traditional” language. On August 19, we will worship in the Garden, under a tent as we celebrate and dedicate our new garden space.
GOD (Get Out Doors) Fridays:
For the last few summers, with the best of intentions, we have scheduled monthly Friday Evening BYO Picnics with Eucharist. The majority have been rained out. This summer, GOD Fridays will continue, but will be announced via e-mail (and other ways?) several days in advance in the hope of claiming some evenings with decent weather. Participation is simple: just show up at the appointed time and place with a picnic for yourselves. Venues may include an earlier arrival for those who wish to take a brief walk together. Fellowship, Eucharist in an informal way, etc. will be provided. Our intent is enjoyment of God and each other in the cool of the evening.
A Ministry Intern One privilegeof a vital congregation is to having the opportunity to assist in training those preparing for ordained ministry.St. Paul’s now has that opportunity in the person of Nathan Ives.Many of you have met Nathan by now. He and his family have been with us since last fall. For several years he has been in the process of preparation to become a priest. His process has been a slow one due to his work and family commitments, but he has currently completed two years of seminary.
In April, the Vestry agreed that we would sponsor him to be an Intern at St. Paul’s. This involves occasional preaching and other duties that will prepare him to be ordained a priest in a couple of years. We have been inspired by his preaching twice, and will hear him again on September 1.
St. Paul’s Garden In my very early daysat St. Paul’s—nearly 7 years ago—I was approached by parishioners desiring to have a memorial garden—a place for the burial of ashes at St. Paul’s. In due time a meeting was called, and many people came with a similar interest. Those discussions led, through the financial generosity and hard work of many, to the development of the garden space you see behind St. Paul’s now. In the process, the idea, like all good ideas, expanded and improved as plans were made and implemented and we could finally see the beauty of the space we had. St. Paul’s Garden is no longer to be just a space for the interment of ashes of the deceased (and our animal companions), but primarily a place for the living of St. Paul’s and the local community to use and enjoy. Regulations for interments are being finalized, Stewards will need to be appointed, maintenance plans worked out, etc. But we are nearly there! Included in this newsletter are notes from our first Garden Conversation with many exciting ideas for our use of this space, and an announcement of the dedication on Sunday, August 18. Great thanks are due to Gordon Muir who has led this effort, and to all who has contributed.
Sunday Nursery Suspended For many years, part of the Sunday ministry of St. Paul’s has been to provide a safe, fun space for parents to leave their young children during our worship service. For the last couple of years, this ministry has been staffed by Samantha Chace. Recently two things have happened. One, on the majority of Sundays, there have been no young children in the Nursery. Two, Samantha graduated from High School and has moved south to get ready for college in the fall. So, for the time being, there is no Nursery. The Vestry has been discussing this situation and while concerned that the lack of a Nursery is not a good way to welcome families with young children, has not identified a replacement for Samantha or a good plan for the future. Helpful input is desired. And, of course, children of all ages are always welcome in our services.
Parish Picnic Saturday, August 3 Once again this year we’ll return to Roger and Bonnie’s beautiful house on the lake in Eastford. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive—about ½ hour from St. Paul’s—but absolutely beautiful when you arrive. Come at 3:00 to swim or just relax and chat. Eucharist will be at 4:30 followed by supper. Directions and sign up sheets will appear in the Parish Hall as the date approaches. In case of rain, we will postpone until 11:00 on Sunday 8/4.
Visits, Garden Blessings and Walks The summer provides a more relaxed season for the Vicar. With no plans for a vacation until the end of the summer, I’d welcome an invitation to visit your home just to sit and chat. Or, as in summers past, there is the opportunity for a blessing of your garden. Or, Wilson (my Lab) and I walk in the woods most days. We’d love to have you (and your dog if you have one) join us. Let’s take advantage of the summer weather to make time for conversation.
Intercessors Guild There has been interest expressed in developing a group of people who feel called to pray regularly for those on our Parish intercession list in a more formal way. Cynthia Henrich has agreed to coordinate this effort and will be calling a meeting soon. If you are interested, it would be helpful if you could communicate this to Cynthia or Father John—a note or e-mail would be best.
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