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A Letter From Fr. Mike As We Approach Holy Week
April 4, 2020
Grace and peace be with you: 

About three months ago we chalked our houses with an Epiphany blessing. Before that they were decorated for Christmas, and before that for Thanksgiving, and before that for Halloween, and before that…. Well, you get the idea. We decorate, we remember, we celebrate with tangible things. They remind us, invite us, and help us to be present to and participate in what is happening. And Holy Week is no different - palms, feet, a cross, bread and wine - and yet it is different this year. 

We may not be gathering in person but it will still be Holy Week. So let’s still decorate, remember, and celebrate. Let’s be present and participate. Let’s make each of our houses a house of worship, a little church, a reminder to ourselves and the world that it’s Holy Week. 

Here are some ways we could do that:

  • For Palm Sunday hang some palms or “leafy branches" (St. Mark’s description) on your front door or put them in a front window for others to see. Set up a table in your house or on the front porch (or even in both places). Cover it with a red cloth and set your palms or leafy branches on it. Don't have palms? Use your imagination, use any "leafy branches" you can find.  
  • On Maundy Thursday keep the table covered in red and set out a bowl or basin, a pitcher of water, and a towel. Or you could put them in a front window as a symbol of love for the world. 
  • On Good Friday remove the table covering and let the table remain bare. Set a plain and simple cross and some nails on it, or put them in the front window. Remember, Jesus doesn’t take us off our cross. He gets up there with us.
  • On Easter Sunday hang some flowers and a white cloth on your front door. Cover the table with a white cloth and set out a bouquet of flowers and a lit candle. Proclaim beauty, light, life, and hope. Alleluia!

Here’s the thing. Holy Week and Easter never really were about what happened in the church. They’re about what’s happening in our lives. Whereas we may be physically isolated, we are not separated in spirit. We are united as the body of Christ; We are the Church.

I hope you will join St. Philip’s online celebrations of Holy Week and Easter from your own house of prayer, your little church. We would love to see your Holy Week celebrations. Enjoy, take photos, post your photos on social media, and remember to tag St. Philip's Episcopal Church. 

God’s peace be with you.


P.S. Thank you to Shanna and Kelley for giving me this idea. 

Holy Week and Easter Schedule 
With Links and Access Information for Zoom and Facebook Live
Fr. Mike's Sunday School - April 5th -  9:15 a.m. - Via Zoom
     Meeting ID: 864 531 436 
     Password: 800675

Palm Sunday - April 5th - 10:30 a.m. - Via Facebook Live 

Coffee & Conversation - April 5th 11:00 - Via Zoom
     Meeting ID: 623 873 888
     Password: 476006

Children's Sunday School - 11:30 a.m. - Via Zoom
     Meeting ID: 623 873 888
     Password: 476006

Monday in Holy Week - April 6th - 12:00 p.m. - Via Zoom
Tuesday in Holy Week - April 7th - 12:00 p.m. -Via  Zoom
Wednesday in Holy Week  - April 8th - 12:00 p.m. - Via Zoom
     Meeting ID: 221 190 853
     Password: 653318

Maunday Thursday - April 9th - 6:00 p.m. Via Facebook Live 

Good Friday - April 10th - 12:00 noon - Via Facebook Live 

Holy Saturday - April 11th - 10:00 a.m.  Via Facebook Live

Easter Sunday - April 12th - 10:30 a.m. - Via Facebook Live
New Zoom Security Measures 
Added Security for Everyone

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Zoom has experienced a sudden and unexpected increase in the number of Zoom users. We are all Zooming these days - to stay in touch with family and friends, to do our work, and to gather as the Church. This has also resulted in an increase of Zoombombers, uninvited guests who crash a meeting with inappropriate and offensive language, images, and behavior. 

As a result Zoom has implemented default security settings on our account: password protection and a waiting room. Here’s how it will work (I think!):

  1. You will still click on the Zoom link but you will need a password.
  • If you receive an e-mail invitation for a specific meeting the link and password will be in the e-mail;
  • For more general gatherings - Sunday School, coffee hour, compline or other church services - we will post the invitation, with the link and password, in the parishioners’ portal on the St. Philip’s website. 
    • If you are not a parishioner or member, or are unable to access the portal, and want to Zoom with St. Philip’s please contact Cyndy or Julie.
    • Log in to the portal and you can access the Zoom information. 
  1. After you log in to Zoom you will be placed in a waiting room. The meeting host will admit each authorized guest and then begin the meeting.  

Yes, it’s a bit more of a hassle but that’s how staying safe seems to be these days. We’ll adjust, we’ll figure it out, and all shall be well.

Peace be with you.


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