The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world.
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Call Fr. Bob Coniglio 757-787-7258
Caronavirus Worship Service Guidelines
At present, there are no in-church services. Guidelines will apply when those services resume.
1. On entrance to church and parish hall post signs stating the Symptoms of COVID-19 and guidance to return home if symptomatic. Announce the same at the beginning of each service or other gathering such as Vestry meeting.
2. Require acceptable social distancing guidelines both for indoor and outdoor activities. For outdoor activities recommend each person bring their own seating. When using the Parish Hall seating will be spread out to meet social distancing guidelines. Once we return to using the church building the pews can be marked off to meet social distancing guidelines.
3. Masks will be required for indoor activity and strongly recommended for outdoor activity.
4. Sanitizing surfaces will be performed using CDC approved sanitizer after each activity. The Sexton usually cleans the church the day after services and will continue to do so. As our small church rarely has more than one service per week this should be sufficient. For unexpected use such as funerals or weddings, cleaning will be done after that service.
5. Prayer Books, Hymnals, pew cushions and removeable kneelers will be removed.
6. Outdoor services will be preferred weather permitting. Indoor services will utilize The Parish Hall which has room for more seats using social distancing guidelines. Current Internet service is not sufficient to broadcast live services but recording the service for future broadcast to those who are not comfortable attending is being studied.
7. Bulletins will be emailed to congregation prior to service and it will be requested these be brought to the service by each member. A few one-time use bulletins will be available for visitors who will be asked to take the bulletin home with them for disposal.
8. Eucharist will be offered with Communion in One Kind until suitable individual prefilled and disposable wafer/wine packets are available. Celebrant will wear mask and gloves to dispense elements by holding them out on a tray for one communicant/family unit to come forward at a time. Communicants should wear their mask while coming forward and returning to their chairs where they will then partake of the bread and wine. Participants may dispose of the containers in the provided plastic bag lined trash can.
9. Alms will be collected in a container into which the alms may be placed and the treasurer will collect the offerings. It will be recommended he/she wear gloves.
10. Passing of the Peace will be by voice and acknowledging others from socially acceptable seating distance. No leaving the pew/seat to greet others.
11. When services are indoors the Usher/Greeter may direct persons to safe distance seating. Separate entrance and exit doors may be difficult in our small church but the Usher/Greeter will be the person to direct the flow of traffic.
12. Hand sanitizer will be available for all to use when needed; wipes will be available for cleaning door handles and surfaces touched during church, and masks will be available to those who do not bring one.
13. Bathroom cleaning supplies will be available and a sign will be posted on bathroom door asking those who use the facilities to disinfect prior to leaving. General cleaning and sanitizing by the Sexton will continue weekly.
14. Usher/Greeter/Acolyte will count attendance as is the usual custom. No formal health coordinator will be named. Rector will oversee this. NOTE: Bishop Haynes requires that we write down all the names of those attending for contact tracing if needed.
15. Instrumental music will be allowed although singing will not until so allowed by the Bishop.
16. Coffee hour will continue on hold. Other outdoor social gatherings may be planned in the future following acceptable social distancing guidelines.
17. Adult Christian Formation also remains on hold for now, and may resume using acceptable social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks by all participating.
Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities.
Total contributions for 2020 were $1,850.00, one of the highest totals on record. The Vestry allocated the funds to our local charities as follows: H&H Pharmacy $500, Lighthouse Ministries $200, ES Coalition Against Domestic Violence $100, Center For Independent Living $100, Habitat For Humanity $100, ES YMCA $150, Interfaith Crisis Council $500, The Salvation Army $200.
The 2021 total through Feb 14 is $53.
— THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT EMMANUEL —
The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world. It is in this tradition that we offer a Ministry of Healing here at Emmanuel, Jenkins Bridge.
The healing ministry is a part of our approach to worship and pastoral care and is a vital component of the strong and committed lay ministries that have been part of Emmanuel’s long and proud history. With every Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist we offer the opportunity for prayers and the laying on of hands in a Rite of Healing. The physical touch through the laying on of hands is a rich tradition in the Christian faith and transmits the power of the Holy Spirit to those who seek God’s grace in bringing healing and wholeness to their lives. The rite is administered by Lay Healers who are devout members of the parish especially commissioned for this ministry. These “healers” serve as a channel for God’s healing grace, and will pray with you and offer the laying on of hands.
You are welcome to receive a prayer and the laying on of hands in the name of Christ, for whatever reason. Perhaps you may have been ill and desire physical healing or you are facing an operation; you may feel anxious or depressed and come for healing of your mental distress; you may wish to offer Intercessions for someone else for whom you would like to pray; you may wish to come forward for spiritual deepening, of offering yourself to be more available to God; you may wish to come for a blessing or to offer thanksgiving for an occasion of joy in your life; or you may come simply to receive the touch of Christ through a Lay Healer. “Come unto me who, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:8).
PARTICIPATING IN THE RITE OF HEALING
If you wish to participate in the Rite of Healing, as you come forward to receive the Holy Communion, take a purple ribBon from the bowl in the Font close to the organ. Place the ribbon around your wrist and proceed to the Altar Rail. Following your receiving the bread (Christ’s body) and wine (Christ’s blood) from the Priest, a Lay Healer will stand before you and lay his/her hands upon you. Share quietly with the Lay Healer anything special needs to be prayed for. Feel free to say “no” when the Lay Healer asks if you have a special prayer. The Lay Healer will then offer a prayer asking God’s healing and blessing for you. (What you offer in prayer will remain absolutely confidential. The lay healer serves as a channel of God’s healing grace and what you pray for is turned over to God and God only.)
— COMMUNICATIONS —
Messages from Bishop Susan Haynes
Bishop’s Lectionary Reflection – Proper 28, Year A
Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost
November 15, 2020
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Deborah, a prophetess, served as a judge of the Israelites. She lived in the country of Ephraim between Ramah and Bethel and would hear disputes from the Israelites on a daily basis. The writer takes care to place this text historically, giving context clues for time and place: “after Ehud died…King Jaban of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim.” This is not a good time for the Israelites. They have strayed from the path of the Lord and done evil things. As a result they suffered by being sold to King Jabin. Deborah exhorts them to do what the Lord says so that they will be restored. Sometimes it is hard to relate to these historical texts that seem so far removed from us. But the message is clear – do what the Lord commands and strive to walk in His path and He will always be ready to assist you. But stray from the Lord, and consequences are that you will sense His absence and experience a sort of bondage.
God is always ready to be merciful when we turn to Him for help. Where in your life do you feel trapped or in bondage? Look for those places, situations, circumstances, relationships where you feel anger, resentment, fear or sadness. Commit those to the Lord and He will assist you with them and will draw you to Himself. Make a list and present them to God each day in prayer.
“To you, I lift up my eyes, to you enthroned in the heavens…” The words of this well-known psalm remind us of the kind of dependence we should have on God and of how our focus should always be trained in His direction. The psalmist likens the focus to the way a servant pays attention to his or her master or mistress – focused exclusively on the one being served so as not to miss any direction. Such focus results in receiving God’s mercy which is more benevolent and life-giving than any of the wealth in the world.
Is your focus constantly trained on God and His word? Are you a vigilant student of God’s ways so that you will not miss any of His direction? Christians are exhorted to be attentive to God through prayer and study of Scripture. We often forget that as children of God, we benefit from paying attention to what God wants.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
In the continuation of this epistle to the Thessalonian Christians, Paul reminds those who are waiting for the day of the Lord that this day will come unexpectedly. He contrasts Christians with other people (“they”) who proclaim peace and security and seem unaware that God is coming; consequently they will be caught off guard and surprised. “We” (or those who belong to Jesus) are different. We do not belong to the darkness like “they” do. We are children of the day and not of the night. We are sober and watchful and not drunken and unawares (as “they” are). With the apt analogy of putting on armor, Paul likens faith and love to a breastplate that will guard our heart, and hope and salvation to a helmet that will guard our head. Guarding our heart and head, our emotions and thoughts, is an important Christian endeavor. We should always be protecting ourselves from the assaults of the world so that we will not be destined for wrath. In such guarding, we should encourage one another and build each other up.
Do you have a Christian friend who can be an encouragement partner for you? Is there someone in your life who can remind you to guard your heart and your mind, so that you will always be focused on God and on the brightness of the day that He brings? Having such friends is one reason why being in Christian community is so important. We can build each other up. And if one of us is having a bad time and is inclined to darkness, we can be the light of Christ for that person. Is there someone in your world who could use a little Christ light?
In yet another parable, Jesus explains that the Kingdom of God is a place where those who inhabit it are expected to use their abilities to further the interests of the King. A property owner needs to go on a trip, so he is placing the maintenance and oversight of his property in the hands of his slaves. Notice that he is intimately acquainted with the abilities of his slaves and gives them property to oversee in proportion to the abilities that they have. For the most part the property owner discerns well. To the slave that he gave the most, the slave increased the most. And to the slave that he gave the least, the slave did very little. The property owner rewards the one who does more with more, but takes away even the little that the one who does least has. God expects us to partner with Him to further His interests in this world. His interest is His people. He gives us abilities with which to accomplish our tasks. He knows us intimately because He seeks relationship with us. He knows our abilities because He created us and has endowed us with those abilities. We can accomplish whatever God asks us to do, because He wouldn’t ask if He didn’t know whether or not we had the capability of responding.
What has God asked you to do? Do you find yourself responding YES, knowing that God has given you whatever you need in order to accomplish His request? Or do you find yourself shrinking back from the task, maybe even wanting to pretend He hasn’t requested because you don’t think you have what it takes? You have no idea how much God believes in you. Through you He can do infinitely more than you could possibly ask or imagine.
Blessed Lord who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.