Dear Friend in Christ,
It’s likely you are feeling exhausted and discouraged in the midst of the multiple crises we are facing globally and in the United States. Covid-19 attacks our friends and family, shutters businesses, massive unemployment, and our schools and students are in flux. There is unrest in our cities because of ingrained racism that is once again being exposed in life: in education, health care, access to food, and housing. Wild fires in California and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. And of course partisan politics.
How do we respond? What keeps us from giving up? We are baptized people living out Christian Hope. Christian Hope is rooted in action through prayers, cards and letters, phone calls, emails, virtual connections, etc.. I invite you to reflect on the words from our Catechism (BCP 861):
- Question: What is Christian Hope?
- Answer: The Christian hope is to live with confidence in the newness and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in glory and completion of God’s purpose for the world.
We are called to make a difference to our friends, neighbors, and our enemies. Obviously prayer is first. There’s also sharing a kind word, an encouraging note, promise kindness and love in the face of evil, etc. Be a privier of hope in God.
A recent email from Br David Vryhof, SSJE, shared a forgotten story of Corrie ten Boon, a Dutch Christian woman who, with her father and sister, helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II by hiding them in their home. The three were arrested and sent to the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück, where Corrie’s father and sister subsequently died. Corrie survived the terrible ordeal and went on to author The Hiding Place, which recounts the story of her family’s efforts and how she found hope in God while she was imprisoned at the concentration camp. Countless Christians have been inspired by her story. I recall some of her memorable quotes: “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still;” “Now I know in my experience that Jesus’ light is stronger than the biggest darkness;” “Love is larger than the walls that shut it in;” and this one, which has spoken to me recently, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Yes, these are uncertain times, yet Corrie ten Boon reminds us these times are not the first nor will they be the last. What we do know is none of us knows—or can ever know—what the future will bring: not in our lives or our children and grandchildren, our country, or the world. We face challenges. Join me in being a voice and person of action working for justice, peace, and the welfare of all people, for the health and safety of creation—working as if it depends on us (which it does). Let us pray in earnest to God, Jesus, and the Spirit (who have better things in mind for us) that we may be the instruments of Christian Hope in the days ahead.
May God continue to bless and keep you in these troubled times, and nourish and strengthen you to be the light of Christ.
Father Galen Snodgrass
Cell Phone: 417-793-0446
SAVE THE DATE(S)
Zoom Ultreya, Friday, September 11, 6:30 PM. To receive sign-on information contact email@example.com
Parenting With Mindfulness by Jeff Janney and Kat Mercer on the Good Shepherd Grounds, Saturday September 12 from 9 to Noon.
I am so excited to share more information about the Parenting with Mindfulness workshop coming up on September 12. What the two presenters have in store for us will be invaluable and empowering, not to mention helpful in a practical day-to-day sort of way.
Jeffrey Janney will focus his portion of the workshop on raising socially and emotionally healthy children, delving into the importance of repairing the parent’s own inner-child. From child development to solution-focused parenting models, the insight provided will be applicable to anyone caring for young people.
Kat Mercer will center her workshop presentation on nurturing childhood and adult spirituality, an invitation to wonder, question, play, and create through stories, sacred space, and worship. Kat’s presentation also has so much to offer, from the changing face of childhood to how what we learn from children enriches our own well-being.
Especially now, when children spend so much of their day close by their caregivers (parents, grandparents, and others) we need the support, encouragement, and counsel of others. At 9 am on Saturday, September 12th, stay in your comfy clothes, settle the kids doing something fun and grab a coffee to join Parenting with Mindfulness online. No guilt here — the time spent will be an investment in family.
To learn more, check out the Parenting with Mindfulness event page.
Children’s Sunday School Begins – Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.
An August polling of parents and grandparents reported a 50% split between online learning and in-person attendance for our children’s Christian Formation program. Your Christian Formation Staff have made the decision to offer both. Judy Kile will lead a Zoom online instruction on Saturday, September 12 at 4:00 PM. Be watching for that Zoom invitation.
Vicki Nelson, will teach children attending the Sunday service, in the Common Room, at 10:00 AM. Children must wear masks and will be asked to maintain social distance. Materials will be sent to parents/grandparents one week in advance. Those who responded to the earlier survey have been registered for their choice of attendance. If you have not registered or responded to the online survey, please notify Fr. Galen at 452-0745, or Judy Kile, 816-520-4599 by September 6 with your option.
‘Communion to Go Kits’ are available in Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel Monday through Saturday 8 AM-8 PM with consecrated wine and wafers, both regular and gluten free. Please enter by the red chapel doors. Then on Sunday, at 10:15 AM we will once again celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II via Facebook Live. What a joy to once again partake of the real presence of Christ with you and your families.
Day by Day Booklets are available for this quarter (August-October) in the track rack or outside the Walsingham Chapel.
Ministry Chairpersons and Group Leaders: If you are a chairperson of a ministry team, a teacher or a group leader, and would like an email regarding how you can use the new Good Shepherd Business Zoom Account to schedule meetings, please let Fr. Galen or Kim Snodgrass know.
NOTE: Please review your webpage Good Shepherd’s website, and if there are changes to be made, please notify the Communications Team.
This Week at Good Shepherd
Monday, August 31, 2020
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Wednesday,September 2, 2020
- 12:00 PM – Noonday Prayer at via Facebook Live
- 12:30 PM – Noonday Bible Study via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/97149031921 – Study of Isaiah
- 7:00 PM – Children’s Bible Study with prayer via Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/97814403342 – Check in begins at 6:50pm.
- 8:00 PM – Compline via Facebook Live
Thursday,September 3, 2020
Friday,September 4, 2020
Lectionary for the 13th Week of Pentecost – Proper 18
- Lectionary for both Saturday and Sunday Services and Christian Formation class
- Year A – Readings:
- Exodus 12:1-14
- Psalm 149
- Romans 13:8-14
- Matthew 18:15-20
- Year A – Readings:
Saturday,September 5, 2020
- 4:30 PM – Holy Eucharist Rite II for Proper 18 – In Person Service – No Facebook Live
Sunday,September 6, 2020
- 9:00-9:45 AM – Christian Formation Class via Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
- 9:30-11:00 AM – Nursery Available for children under age 3
- 10:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II for Proper 18 – Facebook Live. Join online to chat with your church family prior to the service starting at 10:15 AM.
- 10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II for Proper 18 – In Person Service
- 11:30 AM – Episcopal 4 U via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Regarding Zoom Meetings – Please remember you can join any Zoom Meeting through your phone. On our website is a 5-Step process for joining Zoom meetings. You may go to https://episcopalcogs.org/zoom-meetings-in-5-steps/ if you have questions on how to join. For Zoom Technical support, you may contact Kim Snodgrass at email@example.com or call 417-793-0446.