Announcements – 6/16/2019

Worship

† Our first Liturgy Lab is this morning!  9:15AM Donuts & discussion in the Parish Hall.

† During the summer months, the 10:00AM Sunday service may be held in the parish hall if it is too warm to hold them in the church, which does not have air conditioning.  8:30AM Morning Prayer will continue to be held in the church.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December.

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† This summer, we will be sponsoring an end of summer celebration for the summer day camp at the Darby Mission.  If you would like to contribute, please make a contribution to the Outreach Committee.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

† Nursery childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.

Parish Life

† If you have an announcement to be included in Acts of the Apostles, please send it to holyapostlescomm@gmail.com before Thursday at noon of each week.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates

· Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting. 

· June 28

· July 19—*date change*—with a special musical guest

· August 30

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11:00AM. We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.

† Liturgy Lab: This summer we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of liturgy with 5 “Liturgy Labs.”  Liturgy Lab will begin with a brief discussion of some aspect of liturgy.  During our worship that day, we will incorporate an experiment that will further explore or illustrate our topic.  Donuts & Discussion from 9:15AM—9:45AM, service begins at 10AM.  It’s going to be fun! 

June 16– What is liturgy, anyway? 

June 23– Morning Prayer vs. Holy Eucharist, a duel to the death?

July 7– Does changing the room change how liturgy feels?

July 21– The Bible (and its many translations) in liturgy.

August 4– All the pieces of the Eucharistic prayer you wish you     knew the fancy names for.

A Note from the Rector – 6/16/2019

Happy Father’s Day!  Today is our first Liturgy Lab of the summer.  As is true of all good experiments, one never knows for sure what the outcome will be, but with God’s grace we will hopefully avoid any explosions or poisonous gas clouds resulting from an experiment gone awry.  

One of the several components of our experiment will be our monthly practice of Healing Prayer.  Normally, we do this on the second Sunday of the month. For the past several months that practice has been interrupted by major feasts–last week, it was the Feast of Pentecost.  Rather than try to cram too much liturgical action into such important days, I think it is better to have healing prayer on a subsequent Sunday (like today). However, we are going to change (shudder!) how we do it for this Liturgy Lab Sunday.  It is our normal practice to have healing prayers AFTER everyone has received Communion. Those who wish, normally come back to the altar rail and receive the laying on of hands and/or annointing with oil. Today, Healing Prayer will be offered before the Peace and right after the Confession.  There is a method to the madness, but you’ll have to come to Liturgy Lab at 9:15 Sunday morning to find out what it is.

Healing prayer itself is a New Testament practice.  The Epistle of James, for instance, says this: “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.” (James 5:14-15; for a hint about why we are moving it within the service order, look at verse 16).            

In medieval Europe, particularly during times when the bubonic plague was rampant, healing prayer with laying on of hands and anointing with oil (anointing with oil is also called “unction”) came to be associated with the end of one’s life–because, well, if you were sick with the plague, most likely you were not going to recover.   Over the years, anointing the sick morphed into (or conflated with) anointing the dying and dead, a practice known as extreme unction. In the 1540s, Thomas Cranmer took medieval liturgy, translated it into English and edited it into the first Book of Common Prayer. He tried to recover the New Testament sense of healing prayer: that is, you pray for healing, expecting healing–whether that be spiritual healing, physical healing, or both.  In other words, he wanted to differentiate between healing prayer and prayers for the dying. Thomas Cranmer’s Reformation buddies didn’t like that part of the original Book of Common Prayer and the service of healing with anointing of oil was removed from subsequent versions of the Prayer Book. That is how things remained for about 300 years in the Anglican world (Church of England, and it’s “children” including the Episcopal Church). In the earliest 20th century there was a revival of interest in healing prayer and anointing the sick with oil.  This revival coincided with the early Pentecostal movement that emphasized healing, and with Christian Science and similar movements, which rapidly gained popularity in both the US and the UK. The Church of England and the Episcopal Church took note of this renewed interest in healing, and the Episcopal Church included a service of “Ministration to the Sick,” which included anointing the sick with oil in the 1928 Prayer Book, and again, with minor changes in the 1979 Prayer Book. The prayers for anointing in this service are derived from Thomas Cranmer’s prayer that he composed in 1549 for the first Book of Common Prayer.    

In Christ,
James+

Announcements – 6/9/19

Worship

† Next week, June 16, 10AM service will be held in the parish hall.  Come at 9:15AM for Liturgy Lab!

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smartphone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† Our Connect by Night hosting month has been moved from July to December!

† Thanks to all who contributed to food collection for St. Mark’s in Frankford.  Joe Zorc delivered groceries collected, and they were very appreciative and added it to their pantry for parishioners in need.  We will continue to collect food for St. Mark’s in the box in the parish office hallway. We will look for other opportunities to work with them.  Let Joe Zorc know if you are interested in participating.

† This summer, we will be sponsoring an end of summer celebration for the summer day camp at the Darby Mission.  If you would like to contribute, please make a contribution to the Outreach Committee. 

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal is September 17, 2019.

Children and Youth

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† Sunday School is on hiatus from June 16 until September 8!  Thank you to all students, parents, and especially our teachers for a great year of Sunday School.  

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today. More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.

Parish Life 

† 2019 Happy Hour dates.

· Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out on the lawn weather permitting.

· June 28

· July 19—*date change*—with a special musical guest

· August 30

† The Rev. Jim Robertson, who was our deacon here from 1992-94, is being ordained to the priesthood in Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.  Jim reached out to the church with an invitation and a request for our prayers. The ordination will be June 15, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA.  An invitation posted in the parish hall provides more information.

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

· Purchase through JT Wertz

· 5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

· Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through Peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11AM.  We will continue to hold Bible Study through the summer.  

† Liturgy Lab: This summer we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of liturgy with 5 “Liturgy Labs.”  Liturgy Lab will begin with a brief discussion of some aspect of liturgy. During our worship that day, we will incorporate an experiment that will further explore or illustrate our topic.  Donuts & Discussion from 9:15AM—9:45AM, service begins at 10AM. It’s going to be fun!

June 16 – What is liturgy, anyway?

June 23 – Morning Prayer vs. Holy Eucharist, a duel to the death?

July 7 – Does changing the room change how liturgy feels?

July 21 – The Bible (and its many translations) in liturgy.

August 4 – All the pieces of the Eucharistic prayer you wish you knew the fancy names for.

Community Events

† Family Fun Festival at Penn Wynne Presbyterian Church, Saturday June 15, 10AM–2PM.

A Note from the Rector – 6/9/19

Happy Feast of Pentecost!  I love a good cookout. Thank you to Suzanne Lees for coordinating this event, to all those who brought side dishes, and to Meg and Todd Delevan for grilling!

Today, we are celebrating our wonderful Sunday School.  I am so grateful to every one of our Sunday School teachers.  They are a dedicated and loving bunch of people, and the care and time they spend with our children is an incredible gift to the parish – one that will reap benefits in our children’s lives that we cannot even predict or fully understand.  In 1 Corinthians 3, St. Paul is talking about the role different teachers and preachers have in the spiritual growth of the church in Corinth. He uses the familiar agricultural metaphor of planting and watering to talk about the role he played in the growth of the church in Corinth in conjunction with the role that another person, Apollos, had played.  He writes: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  None of us can predict the impact that our time and talent will have on future generations. All we can do is the work that God lays before us: to love and nurture those God has given into our care, and then trust that it is God who will bring about growth.

Thank you especially to Jamie Grant and Joe Zorc who have been co-coordinators of the Sunday School this year.  This year, long time Sunday School teacher Peter Patton was elected to the Vestry, and he has taken over the role of Vestry liaison for the Sunday School; a big thanks to him as well.

Announcements – 6/2/19

Worship

† We need your language skills! Next week in honor of Pentecost, we’re hoping to read portions of our first lesson (Acts 2:1-21) in several languages in addition to English.  If you speak a language other than English and would like to read, even if you aren’t a regular reader, please contact James before next Thursday (6/6/19).  He’ll assign you a few verses to read.  As a resource—or just if you’re curious—a website and phone app called bible.is offers some or all of the Bible in well over 1,000 languages.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smart phone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† We will continue collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Look for the collection box in the hallway outside the parish hall.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† Sunday School: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. Classes are held on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.

Parish Life

† The All Parish-Sunday School cook-out is next Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, June 9th.  Sign up to bring a side-dish outside the parish office.  Main course, drinks, dessert will be provided.  Bring a friend!

† Africa Team Ministries: carved tchotchkes, jewelry, and more, all made in Kenya are for sale this Sunday in the parish office hallway.  Proceeds go toward clean water projects in Kenya and other places.

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates

               Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out      on the lawn weather permitting. 

               June 28

               July 19—*date change*—with a special musical guest

               August 30

† New Parish Communications Coordinator: We are happy to announce that Dan McKeon, a graduate student in creative writing & publishing will be joining the church staff in June.  Dan will be responsible for our printed and online communications! 

† The Rev. Jim Robertson who was our deacon here from 1992-94, is being ordained to the priesthood in Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.  Jim reached out to church with an invitation, and a request for our prayers.  The ordination will be June 15, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA.  An invitation posted in the parish hall provides more information. 

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

               -Purchase through JT Wertz

               -5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

               -Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through     peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11AM.

† Liturgy Lab: This summer we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of liturgy with 5 “Liturgy Labs.”  Liturgy Lab will begin with a brief discussion of some aspect of liturgy.  During our worship that day we will incorporate an experiment that will further explore or illustrate our topic.  Donuts & Discussion from 9:15am—9:45am, service begins at 10am.  It’s going to be fun! 

               June 16– What is liturgy, anyway? 

               June 23– Morning Prayer vs. Holy Eucharist, a duel to the death?

               July 7– Does changing the room change how liturgy feels?

               July 21– The Bible (and its many translations) in liturgy.

               August 4– All the pieces of the Eucharistic prayer you wish you knew the fancy names for.

Announcements – 5/26/19

Worship

† Today is Rogation Sunday.  There will be a special procession and blessing in Wynnewood Valley Park immediately following 10AM Eucharist.

† May 30th is the Feast of the Ascension.

† There will be no Morning Prayer on May 30 & 31.  James will be at his nephew’s high school graduation.

† Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30AM on Sunday mornings and at 9:15AM Tuesdays through Fridays.  Anyone can pray the service privately using the Book of Common Prayer or one of a number of smart phone apps!  See the last section of the digital edition of the “Acts of the Apostles” for details.

Outreach

† We will continue collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Look for the collection box in the hallway outside the parish hall.

† Our next all-church Darby Mission Meal: 9/17/19.

Children and Youth

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00AM Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† Sunday School: Children Preschool – 2nd grade and 3rd – 8th grade attend Sunday classes at 10:00AM, the same time as the church service starts; children join their parents in the church in time for communion. Classes are held on the 1st, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month. On 2nd Sundays children attend church with their parents, either the 10:00PM Holy Eucharist service or the 5:30PM Family Worship Service. When there is a 5th Sunday, children attend church with their parents, with some of the children taking part in leading the service.

† The Holy Apostles Choir School is looking toward it’s grand opening in the Fall of 2019.  If you have a potential student, apply today.  More information is available at holyapostlespa.org/choir-school/. Please forward this information to friends and neighbors who may be interested. Contact Deb Stambaugh if you have any questions.

Parish Life

† The All Parish-Sunday School cook-out is Pentecost Sunday, June 9th.  Sign up to bring a side-dish outside the parish office.  Main course, drinks, dessert will be provided.  Bring a friend!

† 2019 Happy Hour Dates

            Bring a drink and a snack or appetizer to share.  We’ll hang out     on the lawn weather permitting. 

            May 31—THIS FRIDAY 6:30PM

            June 28

            July 19—*date change*—with a special musical guest

            August 30

† New Parish Communications Coordinator: We are happy to announce that Dan McKeon, a graduate student in creative writing & publishing will be joining the church staff in June.  Dan will be responsible for our printed and online communications! 

† The Rev. Jim Robertson who was our deacon here from 1992-94, is being ordained to the priesthood in Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.  Jim reached out to church with an invitation, and a request for our prayers.  The ordination will be June 15, 2019 at 10:30AM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, PA.  An invitation posted in the parish hall provides more information. 

† Don’t forget to enter the church through the Parish office door and grab a “Church Member” badge from the office during Daycare hours (7:00AM – 6:00PM Mon-Fri)!

† The Cash for Causes Program at Giant Supermarket:

            -Purchase through JT Wertz

            -5% of card value is given to Holy Apostles operating fund.

            -Can be used in store or when ordering Giant groceries through    peapod online delivery service.

Education

† Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 11AM.

† Liturgy Lab: This summer we will be exploring the meaning and purpose of liturgy with 5 “Liturgy Labs.”  Liturgy Lab will begin with a brief discussion of some aspect of liturgy.  During our worship that day we will incorporate an experiment that will further explore or illustrate our topic.  Donuts & Discussion from 9:15am—9:45am, service begins at 10am.  It’s going to be fun! 

            June 16– What is liturgy, anyway? 

            June 23– Morning Prayer vs. Holy Eucharist, a duel to the death?

            July 7– Does changing the room change how liturgy feels?

            July 21– The Bible (and its many translations) in liturgy.

            August 4– All the pieces of the Eucharistic prayer you wish you knew the fancy names for.