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May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter
Memorial Day
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead:  we give you thanks for all your servants who have laid down their lives in the service of their country.  Grant to them your mercy and the light of your presence; and give us a lively sense of your righteous will, that the work which you have begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen
adapted from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer
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I received this prayer from Kerry last night.  On Maundy Thursday 1968, Despo gave Helen a little prayer book called Prayers for all Occasions.  

Almighty God, we pray for the guidance of thy Holy Spirit as we seek a new Minister for our church.  Thou knowest our special needs and the task that lies to our hand.  In our search direct us, and give us insight to perceive the leader thou wouldst choose for us.  And we further pray, O Lord, that in this time of waiting we may all devote ourselves afresh to thy service, so that nothing be lost of the faithful work of the past, but rather that it may be brought to a rich harvest in the years to come.  This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Jacob Bruce graduated from Salem High School
Emma Newell and Will Adams graduated from
Rend Lake College

We will be celebrating Jacob, Emma and Will when we are allowed to return to Trinity!!!  There will be cake!!!

Do you remember?  6 years ago this week we were sent a young priest fresh out of Nashotah.  I'm sure there were many thoughts going through everyone's head.  Little did we realize what an impact that Fr Ben would make on our lives and the life of the parish.  Fr Ben helped each of us grow in our faith and service to God.  He loved taking people out of their comfort zones.  Thank you Fr Ben and we miss you!!!

Did you know?  We have a parish lending library.  It is on the wall behind the white board. Feel free to take something to read or leave something you think others might like.   

Parish Prayer List:  Please take a look so we can pray intentionally for each name on the list. Can someone be moved off our prayer list? Do you know someone we should add?

Pledges:  If anyone needs to send their pledge, you can do so in a few different ways.  You can mail to Jo @ 14740 N Lost Lake Lane, Mt. Vernon; Tami @ 5990 E Richview Road, Woodlawn, IL  62898 or the church @ 1100 Harrison.

Please let Jo Williams or Tami Cralley know if there is any news to share.
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To my dear sisters and brothers in Christ of the Diocese of Springfield: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are continuing to traverse the uncharted territory of a public health emergency as best we can. On the whole, we have found that grace has been abundant, for which we are immensely grateful. It will take a good while longer than I think any of us anticipated when we were asked to stay at home in March, but we will get through this. Hope has not died!

However, we need to adjust to the emerging reality about how long this is going to last. By early next week (Tuesday, probably) I expect to release a set of new guidelines for the conduct of worship in the diocese. Unless there is a sudden and unexpected upsurge in new cases, we should be able to start dipping a toe in the water of reopening. It will be a long and gradual process.

In the meantime, any projection I have seen indicates that we will remain in Phase 3 (10-person limit on gatherings) well into the fall. Our ability to hold an in-person meeting of synod in October looks highly unlikely. This, of course, has an impact in the planned process of electing and consecrating my successor. The nominating synod is scheduled to be part of our regular synod in October, with walkabouts (presumably) set for late October, and the electing synod in mid-November. Unless we decide that this can all be accomplished “virtually,” without any in-person gatherings, there is not a realistic possibility of it happening.

Accordingly, I informed the Presiding Bishop’s office yesterday, and announced to Diocesan Council today, that I am suspending the progress of my process toward retirement, and rescinding my call for the election of the 12th Bishop of Springfield. Both of these items will be revisited as data become available, but the process of discernment and election of a bishop is too important to be done under compromised conditions. I will work with diocesan clergy and lay leaders to determine when we might be able to accomplish this work upon reaching Phase 5 of Governor Pritzker’s protocols—complete reopening, with no restriction on size of public assembly, and no expectation of personal distancing or a general need for face coverings. This would mean that an effective and widely-available treatment has been discovered, a vaccine has been developed, or “herd immunity” has been achieved. Most estimates place these conditions more than a year away. If we reach Phase 4 in the next few months, perhaps some aspects of the election process can restart.

Many might remember the hymn Once to every man and nation (not included in Hymnal 1982). It contained the memorable line,

New occasions teach new duties; time makes ancient good uncouth.

The pandemic is a “new occasion” that none of us foresaw when we laid the plans for an episcopal transition. The timetable that I envisioned, and upon which other plans have been overlaid, has become an “ancient good” that is now “uncouth.” So we must embrace “new duties” as they have been laid on us, as the crosses we are bidden to bear. I am confident that grace will continue to abound. God is good, all the time.



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May 24, 2020 - Year A

The Collect

O God, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven:  We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless, but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Savior Christ is gone before; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God world without end.  Amen

Lesson:  Acts 1:8-14

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samar′ia and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away; 13 and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Psalm: 47

1 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is terrible,
    a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves.Selah

God has gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
    Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the king of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm![a]

God reigns over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted!

Epistle: 1 Peter 4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory[a] and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker; 16 yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous man is scarcely saved,
where will the impious and sinner appear?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.

Gospel: John 17:1-11

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.

“I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; 10 all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

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