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May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Let us pray to God, in whom alone we live in safety, for those of every family, language, people, and nation who are afflicted by this virus.

For those who are ill, in isolation, or anxiety;

For those who are weighed down with depression and all who suffer from mental illness;

For those who take counsel for the nations of the earth and for the common good;

For the isolated and housebound, the lonely and the despondent;

For doctors, nurses and all who care for the sick and dying;

For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying;

For all who suffer and know not the Lord Jesus, and who have none to pray for them.

Thank God, in his mercy, will look upon the whole human race with compassion and love.

Addition to the Prayers of the People approved by Bishop Martins
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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!!!

Don't forget:  Roy has Carillon concerts several times a week in Centralia.  Tonight on Friday May 15th the performance will be at 7 PM.  A few of his selections tonight will be J.S.Bach: Chromatic Fantasy, Claude Debussy: Children's Corner, Harold Arlen: A Sleepin' Bee and R.H. Johnson: Sonata, 1956 plus many more.   There will be a special concert tomorrow Saturday, May 16, 4 PM.  Just drive up and enjoy the concert from your vehicle.

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.   

Birthdays:  Happy Belated to Jason Newell on May 10th
                        Happy Birthday:   May 16  Roy Kroezen
                                                         May 17  Deacon Sylvia Howard
                                                         May 18  Jillian Busenbark
                                                         May 22  Will Adams
Anniversary: Happy Anniversary to  Doug & Jo Williams on May 23 

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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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

May 17, 2020 - Year A

The Collect

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such
good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our
hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee in all
things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which
exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Lesson:  Acts 17:22-31

22 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op′agus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, 28 for

‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your poets have said,

‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.”

Psalm: 148:7-14

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and frost,
    stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all cattle,
    creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
    old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his saints,
    for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!

Epistle: 1 Peter 3:8-18

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For

“He that would love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking guile;
11 let him turn away from evil and do right;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right? 14 But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong. 18 For Christ also died[a] for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit;

Gospel: John 15:1-8

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

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