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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
- Tidings -

Week of March 11, 2018
Following Jesus is not a program for self-improvement; it's an invitation to a community. It's dislocation from a network of relationships that perpetuates injustice, death, and alienation so that we can be knit into a network of relationships that brings healing, reconciliation, and abundant life rooted in the eternal.  
—Sarah Dylan Breuer.

  As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up on the cross.   Each lifting is a sign of God’s protecting love and mercy.  Whoever looks to the Cross trusts that the outpouring of God’s love lasts for eternity.  Thus as Jesus recalls the bronze serpent of Moses in our Gospel reading this week, he predicts his own lifting up on the cross, which will manifest once and for all God’s unconditional, steadfast love for the world.  This is the first Passion prediction in the Gospel of John, and comes early in the ministry of Jesus.  The Son comes to bring salvation and no condemnation—light and not darkness.  Those who believe will live in the light.
          As we continue our walk through Lent, be sure to make plans to attend the Pot-luck Luncheon on Sunday following the service.  The program will be “Being the Church.”  We will hear Dr. Brene’ Brown deliver a sermon at National Cathedral.  It will be a sermon you won’t forget!!
Blessings and love,
"Stunning!"  "Amazing!"  "Absolutely a Beautiful Service!"
These were descriptions of the Choral Evensong this past Sunday.  What a marvelous experience! Many thanks to our incredible choir and to Sue Webb, Choirmaster, Al Burgermeister at the organ, Melanie Boso, flute, and Michael Hardin playing 3 hand bells at one time!

Choral Evensong is a marvelous service of our church.  So what is Evensong? It is the lovely nickname for the service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. Its sister service is Mattins, which is the nickname for the service of Morning Prayer, also from the Book of Common Prayer. Together with the Holy Eucharist (also known as the Mass and Communion Service and instituted for his disciples by Jesus himself), these three services are the principal liturgies of the Anglican/Episcopal tradition since the year 1549, which was when the Book of Common Prayer was first authorized for the Church of England.

Both Mattins and Evensong were taken from the monastic offices of prayer of the Medieval English Church. These monastic offices in turn were developed over a thousand years, from around the years 500 to 1500. So what we have enjoyed Sunday has a very long history. As in any choral setting, it begins with a beautiful procession, usually with incense, choir in procession, and clergy bedecked in cassock, and surplice, Tippett, and hood. The prayers begin: “O Lord, open thou our lips.” “O God make speed to save us.” These prayer-cries reach all the way back to the Old Testament.

After these versicles are sung by the priest and choir, we proceed to the Psalms. These are chanted, either in plainsong or in Anglican Chant. [Plainsong is at least 1500 years old; Anglican Chant is nearly 500 years old.] The Prayer Book plan is to expose us to the full range of the Psalms. If we were to recite them every day, they all would be familiar to us, like old friends. Following the Psalms are the readings from Holy Scripture, punctuated by the Canticles, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis. There are two Scripture readings at a full Evensong, the first from the Old Testament and the second from the New Testament. What we have here is the sanctification of time, morning and evening. There is something especially powerful about the sanctification of Evensong. The day is over. The night is at hand. Just as each day is a kind of whole life of its own (“this is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”), so each evening signifies a little death: “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”  Thank you, Music Department!

Two Good Things to Digest

Being the Church
A Potluck & Program on
Sunday, March 11 after church

Bring a potluck dish to share and we'll watch a sermon given by Brene Brown, Ph.D., at The National Cathedral about her experience as being the church. Our bishop chose her sermon to be played during worship at our recent convention. The sermon is funny yet truthful and is sure to get you thinking about how St. Andrew's is the church in Panama City — as well as questions about your own faith journey! Brown is a life-long Episcopalian and a research professor at the University of Houston. She holds the endowed chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Brown's TED Talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.

Sunday March 11

Christian Formation for Children & Adults
Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Adult Discussion Group - Forty Minutes on Faith:  How does the Gospel shape our daily lives? Each Sunday, adults gather to share questions and perspectives about the Sunday Gospel -- our emphasis is on growing spiritually, understandings Jesus' teachings, and understanding how God works in Christians' lives. Adults meet in the Parish Hall (Byrne Hall) 9:00 - 9:40 a.m. 

In the Atrium – After all the excitement of the Christmas stories, we have been getting back into our regular routine.  We have revisited the gestures of the Eucharist and learned about the lavabo.  During Lent, we will be studying Jesus’ parables.  We will review the parables of the Good Shepherd and the Mustard Seed and hear about the parables of the Precious Pearl and the Found Sheep.  We will also be doing a children’s version of Stations of the Cross.
A BIG THANK YOU for the fabulous attendance at our Atrium Open House.  The children were thrilled to “show-off” what they’ve learned.  We hope you enjoyed it too.
Our program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is for children ages 3-12.  Please invite your children, grandchildren and friend’s children to join us.

Lenten Meditations from Episcopal Relief & Development
We invite you to share in the 2018 Lenten email series from Episcopal
Relief & Development. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection,
 co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season
 of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey
 as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both
 English and Spanish.
Stations of the Cross

February 16 - March 23

11:00 a.m. FOLLOWED BY LIGHT LUNCH OF SOUP AND SALAD.  If you can provide soup and salad one Friday, please sign up on the bulletin board.
We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt after church on Easter.  We have plenty of plastic eggs but we need candy, stickers, toys and small trinkets to fill the eggs.  If you’d like to donate items, please drop them off at the office or contact Sally Brewer (270-305-6360).  We will need the goodies by Palm Sunday.  Thank you!
On April 21 and 22, Rev. John Rice, a missionary from the Order of St. Luke, will lead a healing mission here at St Andrews Episcopal Church.  The theme of the mission will be “Praying as Jesus Taught”.   On Saturday, the 21st,  there will be three teaching sessions and one ministry session. · Two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.  According to Rev. Rice “Teachings would be something like this:”

o   “Listening to God, Hearing God”

o   “Praying with Power and Authority”

o   “Forgive and Be Healed”

o   “Come, Holy Spirit”


Sunday at 10 am, Communion service will include a healing service and Rev Rice will give the sermon. This mission is open to the community and there is no charge for the teaching sessions. A love offering will be taken.  Preregistration for the Saturday sessions is required as space is limited. If you are in need of healing or feel drawn to this ministry please mark your calendar and join us. Contact Cheryl Stanley (850) 532-3802 for more information or to register.

Backpack Ministry
Bay District Schools will be on Spring Break March 19-24.  During this time, children will not receive school breakfasts or lunches.  When you are shopping, please remember these children and purchase individual size food items for the backpacks and bring them to church by Sunday, March 11 for delivery to Lucille Moore.  Suggested Items include macaroni and cheese cups, fruit or applesauce cups, microwaveable oatmeal packets, granola bars, and raisins.  For more ideas, check the bulletin board in Byrne Hall.  Thank you for your support.
Ahoy Mateys!!!
St. Mary's Guild will meet in the Public Library on March 13th at 10:00 am.  Ann Robbins will present a program on local pirates! Be prepared to enjoy a fun presentation.  Shirley Gobat and Mary Wimpenny will host cookies and coffee! See you there.  All St. Andrew's Matey Ladies are invited!
Laundry Love
 Thursday, March 22nd, we will be at the Wash Depot on 11th Street from 5-7 for Laundry Love.  This ministry provides funds and laundry detergent to needy families in our community to wash their belongings. You can support this ministry in prayer, by joining us at the laundromat, or bringing snacks or bottled water on Sunday for us to share while laundry is being done.  If you have any questions please contact Mother Molly, Michael Hardin or Diane Tate.

The Sunday after Easter, April 8th, the Rev. Deacon Clelia Garrity from St. Simons, Ft. Walton Beach, will join us for a potluck after the service to share her experiences doing medical mission work in Haiti.  She brings a message of hope and ideas- please plan to join us in Byrne Hall.

If you have any special request for the Sunday bulletin, please email or call the office by noon on Wednesday so that we can make sure the request is included. Thank you. 
Please keep the following in your prayers:  Bob, Virginia, Warren, Betty, David, Gene, Kelly, Nina, Connie, Judy,  Rick, Bobbie, Marty, MaryLou, Monica, Kay, Donald, Howard, Llanya, Robert, Jenny,  Denise, Michael, Jade, Tommy, Chuck, Sandy, Mark, Sandy, Mark, Snookie, Belle, Nell, Wayne, Martha, Ashley, Rich, Hank, Latoya, Ruth, Donald, Jerry, My Grandpaw, Ruth, Steven, Wesley, Susan, Amy, Kyleigh, Mary, Dick, Judy, Margaret, Kathy, Shawn, Mason, Ava, Chet, Brett, Judith, Lynn, Katoya, Don, Peggy, Sheila,Veronica, Gerry, Linda, John, Skyar, Tim, Kelsey, Michael, Skye, Jade, Tommy, Scooter, Debra, Elizabeth, Hong, Kelly, Lynn, Christy & baby, Carol, Montie
We pray for our men and women in the Armed Forces at home and abroad: David, Jason, Billy, Colin, Todd, Jordan, Jeremiah, Richard. James, Jeffrey Brewer, 455TH Air Expeditionary Wing, Robert H. Banks lll    
St Andrew's Episcopal Church
1608 Baker Ct.  Panama City FL  32401
(Parking is along Baker Ct. and in the lot at Baker & Fairland)
Office Hours
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment

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