God of justice, In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Our Parish will host a Prayer Service (you are welcome to gather in Church or through Live Stream) on Sunday, January 17th from 5pm to 6:30pm in our Church. This Prayer Service will allow our larger community to appreciate the beautiful Conversation Groups that took place on various topics surrounding race in 2020. You are also encouraged to join us for a zoom based Reading Group on Monday, January 18th from 10am until Noon as we read and discuss selected writings of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please sign up in advance so we can send you material to read (or listen to) to maximize our time together. All are welcome!
Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for two webinars that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. These sessions (each covering a different topic) will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: January 20th and January 27th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Each session will be unique: different panelists, different topics. Panelists will include parishioners (and friends of the parish) who are physicians, medical ethicists, public health experts and leaders in vaccine development. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns or questions ahead of time to Father Chris. Please spread the word and invite others! JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM (please remember that on a webinar, you will not be on camera or able to speak but can participate via the chat box). Both webinars will also be streamed on Father Chris’ Facebook Page.
As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this VIDEO TEACHING FROM PAULA MANCHESTER and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!
Can you imagine reading the WHOLE BIBLE in a year? How about listening to it instead? Ascension Press is offering a daily podcast (20 to 25 minutes) that will allow you to listen to the entire Bible in 2021. This FREE resource has been a blessing to Father Chris and others in the parish already. SIGN UP TODAY and allow the Word of God to fill your mind, heart and ears!
As always, Father Chris desires to stay connected with the Church Family. He spends time each day calling and connecting with our family. If you have not connected with him recently (and would like to connect), send him an email or schedule time for a phone call. Fr. Chris is also happy to visit your home!
The artist of the above image, Brother Mickey McGrath, is hosting a webinar on Thursday night. The theme is “evolving justice” and will examine the gap between what the Church teaches and how her members live in the modern world. The webinar comes from Boston College, begins at 6pm and costs $10, Please go HERE for more information or to register. Enjoy!
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