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A Pastoral Note from Rev Karen

August 17th, 2020

Dear ones,
I hope this finds you well and happy. I’m delighted to be able to see you on screen at services or book group or coffee hour or in meetings. I miss you all, and especially those of you whom I haven’t “seen” in so many months.
This is a strange and challenging time as we make our way, like God’s people of the Exodus, through the liminal wilderness between what we have known and what we don’t yet know. We understand that the sacrifices required of us right now are an essential form of loving our neighbor. And still, we sometimes grow weary in this wilderness. We thirst for the joy of being together and seeing each other face-to-face, we hunger for the blessings of gathered worship, we long for communion and the freedom of life before the pandemic.


Still in it! Still together!

April 22nd, 2020

Dear ones,
Blessings on this rainy 50 th anniversary of Earth Day! As our worlds seem to have shrunk to the size of our homes plus the distance to the grocery store, I hope we will stop today, to give thanks for the beauty of our fragile earth, and to commit to living in ways that will help to protect our planet. One of the gifts of the coronavirus is a markedly reduced carbon footprint – fewer cars, fewer flights, fewer ferries… perhaps we will think differently about these things when the freedom to go anywhere and do anything comes back. You’ll find ten ways to celebrate Earth Day at the end of this note – I hope you’ll take advantage of some of them!

Journeying through Holy Week Day by Day
April 6th, 2020

Hello beloveds!
While we won’t be sharing Holy Week the way we normally do, we will indeed be sharing it! I hope that some of you who haven’t participated in all these services will take the opportunity to do that this year! Below, you’ll find what you need to be able to be fully present and to fully experience the many riches of Holy Week.


Still in this! Still Together!
April 2nd, 2020

Dear ones,
As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week, I find myself wondering “How can this be?” I’m not preparing people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, not making Maundy Thursday menu plans and shopping lists with Pete, not taking the big cross down from the parish hall fireplace so we can venerate it together on Good Friday, not rehearsing Easter Vigil Bible stories with the kids… we will be doing Palm Sunday and Holy Week differently this year, that’s for sure! And we are making ways for us to do all of those services together.


We’re Still in this Together! 
March 26th, 2020

I have been thinking a lot about this Bible verse recently. It’s one that pops into my mind often, like some of my favorite hymns do. So many things are taking on new meaning these days, scripture among them. This particular passage sounds very different to me, sitting in my home and unable to gather with you. Sharing the gospel with each other, sharing ourselves with each other happens very differently today than it did just a few short weeks ago. But the good news is, it is happening!

International Day of Prayer
March 25th, 2020

Dear ones,
I’ve just learned that Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, will lead an International Day of Prayer TODAY at 9:00 AM. I will be joining him and hope you will too! I’m sad that we didn’t have this information earlier, but glad to pass it along. Please join Presiding Bishop Curry on Livestream or Facebook Live to pray the Lord’s Prayer  at noon  ET (that’s 9AM for us!) today.

We’re in this Together!
March 19th, 2020

Hello beloveds!  I miss each and every one of you!  As you know, we are working on new ways of connecting and new ways of worshipping until we are able to gather again.  Your staff is very hard at work creating on-line worship resources and we are happy to tell you that, at least as of today, we’re planning Sunday Eucharist from St Barnabas that will be accessible to you on-line.  A link will be sent to you on Sunday morning, and you’ll be able to virtually “come to church” at St B!