Weekly E-News - June 4, 2020

Help us Prepare for In-Person Worship
Please read the plan and take the survey. 

As you know, our plan for reopening in-person worship has been approved by the Diocese. The goal of this plan is to allow those who are ready to resume worshipping in person to do so in a way that is safe and healthy. Our plan looks good on paper and makes sense. What happens when it is implemented, however, is another question. To adapt a line from the movie Field of Dreams - "If we plan it, will they come?" And, if they come, will the plan work?

Every one of us has a part in this plan. Just as scripture needs to be embodied, enacted, and lived in order to be meaningful, so does our plan for reopening. There are a couple of things you can do that will help us as we move towards reopening.

First, please read and familiarize yourself with the plan and protocols outlined in the following documents:

Second, please respond to the survey below about whether you will attend Holy Eucharist on Sunday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. This will help us prepare for maintaining social distancing guidelines.

Thank you for your assistance. Please feel free to contact a member of the vestry or Fr. Mike if you have questions.

Take the Survey

Trinity Sunday 
A circle of love for all people. 

This Sunday, our first Sunday to resume in-peson worship, is Trinity Sunday. Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after the day of Pentecost.

For with your co-eternal Son
and Holy Spirit, 
you are one God, one Lord, 
in Trinity of Persons
and in Unity of Being;
and we celebrate the
one and equal glory of you, 
O Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

(Book of Common Prayer, p. 380)

If the Trinity is about anything it is about love, beauty, and new life. We may not be able to explain this but we know it when we experience it. The how of it all may be beyond our understanding but that does not stop us from seeking it.

The Triune God is ever calling and asking us to take our place among the Three. Nowhere is that better portrayed than in Andrei Rublev’s icon of the Holy Trinity. It’s based on the story of the three men who visit Abraham (Genesis 18:1-8).

For nearly seven hundred years Rublev’s icon has been the Church’s attempt to express what cannot be spoken and portray what cannot be seen. Three persons, distinct but not separate. They look just alike though dressed in different colored robes. They share the same expression. Their bodies and postures are alike and form a circle of unity and oneness. Three persons; one life, one love, one beauty.

That’s not just about God and the Three Persons. It’s also about us. Notice the empty space at the table around which the Three are gathered. Who might that be for? It’s for us; for you and for me. We are to live our lives with and in the life of God. For it is “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

It is a picture of God with us, Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23). “I am with you always,” Jesus promises (Matthew 28:20). God before us and God behind us. God on our left and God on our right. God above us and God beneath us. God within us and we within God. “I am with you always.” Read More =>>>

Please join us online (Facebook Live) or in person
this Sunday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m.

What to Expect on Sunday 
In-Person Worship Resumes on Sunday, June 7th at 10:30 a.m.

While we cannot eliminate all the risks associated with gathering in person, the leadership at St. Philip's and the DWTX have put together a comprehensive plan to manage and, hopefully, minimize those risks. Please be mindful of this and your own risk factors such as age and health as you discern whether or not to resume worshipping in person. Some will choose to resume now, some will wait a bit longer. There is no one right answer for everyone. 

The Plan
Our plan is to celebrate the Eucharist each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the church beginning Sunday, June 7th. At this time we are not resuming the 8:00 a.m. service on Sundays or the healing service on Thursdays. Meetings and classes will continue on Zoom.

We will continue to live-stream the Sunday service even after resuming in-person worship. You can access the live-stream on our Facebook page (even if you do not have a Facebook account). 

The church office is now open 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

What You May Expect

  • We will observe social distancing guidelines and wear masks. Please bring and wear a mask. Masks will be available at church if your forget to bring one.
  • Ushers will assist with seating and dismissing the congregation. Please do not gather in groups before or after the service.
  • Hand sanitizer is available from an usher or the hand sanitizer dispenser in the Narthex. 
  • Prayer Books and hymnals will not be used. We are not able at this time to have congregational singing. Music and the liturgy will be on television screens in the church. 
  • Please refrain from shaking hands, hugging, kissing, or other physical contact including at the peace. 
  • Communion will be distributed at the bottom of the steps in front of the altar. Only the bread will be distributed. 
  • The church will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each service. The offices and restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
  • Please enter and leave the church through the Getty St. doors.
  • The kitchen, Briscoe Hall, Grace Hall, classrooms, nursery, and playground will remain closed.
  • Please enter the church through the main doors on Getty Street. - Briscoe Hall and Kitchen doors will be locked.
What If?
As you’ve seen from the last couple of months things can change quickly and often. The vestry and I will keep in contact with the Diocese, stay abreast of guidelines and recommendations from medical experts, and be mindful of our local conditions. We’ll adjust our plan as necessary to fit what is happening.  - Fr. Mike+

Welcoming The Rev. Arnoldo Romero

Ordination to the Diacanate - June 13th

A little more than a year ago Mr. Arnoldo Romero came to St. Philip’s as our field education student. For the past three years Arnoldo has been studying in the diocesan Iona Collaborative.

The Iona Collaborative is a three year program of education and formation for people preparing to be ordained as bi-vocational priests. 

On Saturday, June 13, Arnoldo will be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church. Later that month we will welcome The Rev. Arnoldo Romero to St. Philip’s. Bishop Reed has assigned him to be our deacon for the next six months. After that he will, God willing and the people consenting, be ordained a priest of the Church.

Arnoldo and I are still working out his schedule and duties but you can look forward to seeing him most Sundays of the month and a few weekdays each month. 

I am grateful for Arnoldo and his faithfulness to this calling, and I look forward to working with him. 

God’s peace be with you,


The church's bedtime prayers.

Join us for Compline each Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom!  Compline can be thought of as the church's bedtime prayers. It is the final "office" of the day and is one of the four daily offices of prayer in the Book of Common Prayer (page 127)

Please join us as we pray that "The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end."

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