Weekly E-News - April 16, 2020

Sunday Services Continue Online

Sunday Mornings at 10:15 (Prelude Music) and 10:30 (Morning Prayer) 

We will continue live-streaming the Sunday service through Facebook at 10:30 a.m. each week. For the next few weeks we will be using Morning Prayer. It begins on page 75 in the Book of Common Prayer

Morning Prayer has its origin in the seven monastic hours of prayer. When Archbishop Thomas Cranmer prepared the first Book of Common Prayer he recognized that a monastic rhythm of daily prayer and a non-monastic rhythm of daily prayer were necessarily different. He, therefore, adapted the monastic hours of prayer to be more applicable to a non-monastic life. However, he retained the practice and rhythm of daily prayer. Our current Book of Common Prayer calls this rhythm and practice the Daily Office. The word office comes from the Latin opus, meaning work. So prayer is our daily work. 

In the Book of Common Prayer the Daily Office consists of Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline. 

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are structured around scripture and prayer. So that will be the structure of our worship for the next few weeks. One of the gifts of Morning Prayer is the canticles (you can think of them as poems or songs based on scripture) that we don’t usually hear in the eucharistic liturgy. In the Easter Season we will be using the Pascha nostrum (Christ our Passover, p. 83), Cantemus Domino (The Song of Moses, p. 85), and Te Deum laudamus (You are God, p. 95).

Why not give the Daily Office a try during the Easter Season? And I don’t mean just on Sundays. You might pray compline before bedtime, or evening prayer before supper. You could start your day with morning prayer or offer the noonday prayers right before or after lunch.

Be practical and reasonable about it. Choose a practice and rhythm that make sense for you, your life, and context. It doesn’t have to be every day, but it could be if that’s right for you. It might be once or twice a week. There’s a saying from the monastic tradition: Pray as you can, not as you think you should.

Another option would be the Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families (BCP, p. 136). These are one page devotions for the morning, at noon, in the early evening, and at the close of the day.

If you choose to begin the Daily Office let me know how it goes or if you have questions. If you want to know more join me for an Introduction to Praying the Daily Office on Wednesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.

I remember you in my prayers with thanksgiving and love, and I look forward to being with you at Morning Prayer on Sunday. 

Happy Easter. Christ is risen.


Note: Throughout the season of Easter we will begin with the Easter prelude that Blaine played on Easter morning at 10:15 a.m. The Morning Prayer service will begin at 10:30 a.m. A bulletin will be posted on the front page of the website if you would like to download it before the service. The words to the prayers and music will also be available during the live-stream. 

Holy Week and Easter 

Alleluia! Christ is Risen, The Lord has Risen Indeed. Alleluia!  
Like churches everywhere 2020 Holy Week and Easter at St. Philip's were online. While we did not see each other face to face, your attendance at our online services, your comments, your "thumbs-up", and your "hearts" showed us you were present and still experiencing the gifts of Holy Week and Easter. Below you will find the video links for each of the services in case you missed one: 
Palm Sunday  
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday 
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday

If you would prefer to read the sermons for the services - they can be found here

There was one Easter tradition at St. Philip's that went on as planned. Thanks to the Becky and Lucy Capt - we still had the most beautiful Easter Cross!  It was a stunning conclusion for our Easter service. Here's a look at the stunning reveal of a beautiful St. Philip's tradition.

The Service of Compline 

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m

Each Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. we will gather together (in our own homes) via Zoom to pray Compline together. Please join us as we pray that "The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end." Join the Zoom Meeting Here:  -

Pledges and Donations 

As you know, COVID-19 has significantly affected the country’s economy, businesses, and our personal finances. St. Philip’s has also been affected. Though we are not meeting in person bills and payroll expenses still continue.

Please, as you are able to, keep up with your offerings and pledges to St. Philip’s. You can mail your offering to the office, drop it in the mail slot on the Mesquite Street doors, or donate through Facebook or the church’s website.

Quarterly pledge statements were recently mailed. You may have noticed that the total pledged amount was not correct. It included the pledges for 2020 and 2019. This has been corrected and the correction will be shown in next quarter’s statement. 

Sunday School Classes Resume This Week

Sunday School Classes will resume this Sunday, April 19. Both classes will be via Zoom.  Fr. Mike and Ms. Haag will email you the link and password. They can also be found on the Parishioner's Portal of our website. If you would like to join one of these classes and you do not receive the email, please contact Cyndy
  • 9:15 a.m. Fr. Mike's Book Class - The book study will pick up on page 103.
  • 11:30 Children's Class with Ms. Capt and Ms. Haag.

April Birthdays
2   Laura Downing, Tru Hiatt
6   Cuate Light, Matthew Mumme
7   Cinco Sutherland
8   Ronnie Martin
11  Sophia Fitzpatrick, Joe Parker, Sofia White
12 Byron Capt, Cuatro Light, Mike Marsh
13 Sandy Suter
18 Garrett Graves
19 Doris Reynolds
21 Kincaid Light Jr.
23 Davis Light, Kristin Light
25 Mason Tyk
27 Alice Ann Harrison

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