Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
Let us pray: Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Connection: Absalom Jones was born a house slave in 1746 in Delaware. He taught himself to read out of the New Testament, among other books. At sixteen, he was sold to a store owner in Philadelphia. There he attended a night school for blacks, operated by Quakers. At twenty, he married another slave, and purchased her freedom with his earnings. Jones bought his freedom in 1784.
In 1787, Black Christians organized the Free African Society, with Absalom Jones and Richard Allen were elected overseers. In 1892 the Society began to build a church, which was dedicated on July 17, 1794.
Because of prejudges, bias, and fear Jones was not allowed to be ordained for many years. Finally, in late 1894 St. Thomas African Episcopal Church was admitted, with Jones as overseer. Bishop White ordained Jones as deacon in 1795, and priest on September 21, 1802. St. Thomas grew to over 500 members in its first year.
Thank you for watching the Black History video clip from Bishop Marty Field.
Being Faithful in Worship
Ash Wednesday Services
On February 17 Ash Wednesday Services will be held via Facebook Live at Noon and 6:00 PM. Yes, you may come in person if you believe it is safe. It’s your choice. The evening service will have music, just like Sunday mornings.
What about the Imposition of Ashes? You will have a several choices.
- There will be disposable plastic containers with ashes in the chapel for you to pick up Sunday, February 7 so you may place on the foreheads of your family during the services on the 17th of February.
- If you come in person, the ashes may be applied to your forehead with an individual cotton-tipped STERILE applicator.
- ‘Ashes to Go’ will be available in the parking lot from 7-8 AM, 1-2 PM, and 7-8 PM with Fr. Galen+ applying them to your forehead with an individual cotton-tipped STERILE applicator.
- Ashes will NOT be applied by human touch.
Pray-Fast-Give, A 2021 Lenten Resolve.
This year we encourage everyone to Pray, Fast, Give as our way of observing a Holy Lent. Prayer and Mediation are available in numerous ways in our faith community. Noonday Prayer, Compline, Episcopal 4 U, Sunday Lectionary Study, Sunday Worship, Wednesday Household Eucharist, Walking the Labyrinth in the Parish Hall, Lenten Madness Saints, and meditation booklets by the chapel are your choices. No one expects you to do all, so select what’s best for you.
Fasting is about ‘giving up’ and then ‘taking up’ quiet time or an enriching Spiritual exercise. It’s a powerful mode of penance and supplication. When we fail at it, fasting reminds us that we are in need of redemption.
Lastly, Give to your community and the church as they have needs. Your vestry will be selecting one Holy Land organizations for the Good Friday Offering from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Educational Connections and Zoom Links
Weekday Services, Events, and Education
Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.
Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead, Ash Wednesday Services.
Good Shepherd Vestry Meeting:
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM. All members are welcome to join by Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/93779250861
Ash Wednesday Eucharist via Facebook Live: February 17, 2021 at Noon from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel and/or at 6:00 PM with music via Facebook Live.
Isaiah 58:1-12, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.
Wednesday Noonday Bible Study will not meet due to Ash Wednesday Services.
Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Sunday Christian Formation Class-First Sunday of Lent, Year B, at 9:00 AM. Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-9, I Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 us via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
Holy Eucharist Rite II-First Sunday of Lent, Year B, at 10:15 AM.
Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-9, I Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15. Join us on Facebook Live
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