Keeping Community. Growing Faith.
Dear St. Martin’s Parish Family,Even though we were not able to come together to worship with one another on Sunday, or come to the various events and group meetings that normally would take place this past week, as the body of Christ known as St. Martin’s, we are all still connected one to another. We had over 250 individual views of Sunday’s virtual service and are now offering a daily prayer services online.We are being challenged now to keep those connections, finding new ways to worship, to continue to grow and develop our faith. We have not stopped doing the work of forming disciples for Jesus Christ.Read below to learn about the new ways to experience worship together, pray together for one another, and continue to grow deeper in our faith despite our physical distance. There are opportunities for daily worship together, for growing your faith in a variety of ways, and for us to hold one another before God in our prayers.Please continue to check in on one another, continue best hygiene practices, and pray for those whose lives have been affected by this virus outbreak in our region and our world. You are an important member of our parish family, this body of Christ here at St. Martin’s; you are known and loved.
With God’s Peace and Blessings for the week ahead,
~ The Rev. Matthew Hanisian, Rector
Please pray for all those whose lives have been affected by this pandemic, especially our health care workers, first responders and all who are working to help keep us safe. As God’s beloved people of faith, these are the times we must draw closer to God in both faith and fear, trusting in God’s unending love for us.
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN PRAYER
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: IN WORSHIP DURING THE WEEK
NEW WAY TO KEEP US CONNECTED: WORSHIP VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY
A Prayer for Those Affected by the Coronavirus
O God of compassion, giver of life and health, we pray your healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them your gifts of gladness and strength. Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead institutions that care for those whom they serve. Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick; guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that is through their sacrifice and service that the health of the whole community is promoted. Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.
~ The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
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The Acts of the Holy Spirit
Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. join Rev. Matthew for a new Bible Study as we read the Book of Acts together, four chapters a week. Email Rev. Matthew, or click here to sign up and get your Zoom invite to the Bible Study.
Zoom Hymn Sing
Dr. HyeSung Hwang will lead us in a festive and joyful hymn sing as we celebrate the Great 50 Days of Easter. We will raise our voices in song on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP and receive your invite to sing along with us on Zoom.
The Bible Workbench
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. join Rev. John as we come together for community as we read and discuss the Holy Scriptures assigned for our Sunday morning worship. Click here to get your Zoom invite to The Bible Workbench.
Zoom Coffee Hour
Every other Sunday at 11:00 a.m. join your St. Martin’s parish family for a time to check in, after we worship together. This informal gathering will last approximately 30 minutes and be hosted by the clergy. Click here to RSVP for this series.
Parent’s Coffee Chat
Parenting during this time of COVID-19 compassionate distancing can be challenging and rewarding. On Sundays at 7:00 p.m. join Rev. Nathan and members of the Children’s Ministry team for a time of fellowship and fun.
Rite-13 and J2A Game Nights
Miss your friends from Rite-13 and J2A? We’ll be holding some Zoom game nights during the Great Fifty Days of Easter. All Rite-13 and J2A families will receive zoom invites, so you can join in the fun.
YAC/Confirmation: Zoom Edition
We’ll get started up with some online confirmation sessions after Easter. Youth and parents will receive a Zoom invitation and password for their first meeting.
Sunday School At Home
At-home Sunday School materials will be included in regular children’s ministry e-mails. The Children’s Ministry team is also exploring ways to engage children on Zoom. So keep an eye out for announcements about Sunday School Zoom events during the Great Fifty Days of Easter.