Thank You, and Looking Forward to Holy Week

by Maddie Spearman on March 31, 2022

Dear St. Liz family,

 

I am writing to you on behalf of your Bishop’s Committee to provide a snapshot of the current goings-on at St. Liz. But before I do that, I want to give a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who attended, participated in, thought about, and/or prayed for the Parish Profile Workshop that took place this past Sunday. Without a doubt, Mary, Liz, and the Holy Spirit are walking beside us as we move through this clergy transition process. May the love we share at St. Liz continue to energize us and carry us forward into our next chapter of pastoral leadership.

 

Now, this week’s highlights: First, mark your calendars for April 10th through April 17th, because Holy Week 2022 is fast approaching! Second, St. Liz is still in need of volunteers for various Sunday service roles. If you are interested in volunteering, please ask Wanda or me for more information about how to sign up. Finally, Martha’s weekly Lenten study on the Stations of the Cross continues Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM. I end this week’s newsletter with one of my favorite poems, Come Closer by Anis Mojgani.

 

Holy Week 2022

Holy Week 2022 is fast approaching! This year, for the first time since 2019, St. Liz will return to its regularly-scheduled Holy Week programming (yay!!!!). I personally can’t wait to be with you all, among the beautiful music and church flowers, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. Please mark your calendars for the following Holy Week services:

  • Palm Sunday Service - Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 AM*
  • Stations of the Cross - Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM
  • Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 PM
  • Good Friday Service - Friday, April 15th at 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday Service - Sunday, April 17th at 10:00 AM*

*Only the Sunday services will be livestreamed. 

 

Children at St. Liz - Nursery & Godly Play Updates

As we continue moving toward more familiar, pre-COVID worship practices, there has been some understandable confusion about what childcare options are available at St. Liz during worship on Sundays. Beginning with this Sunday, April 3rd, St. Liz’s nursery will open each Sunday at 9:45 AM before worship. I know I speak for many at St. Liz when I say that I can’t wait to hear the joyful sounds of children filling the church again! 

 

Our return to Godly Play will occur at some point in the near future, but not quite yet. If you have a child that would be interested in participating in Godly Play, please let me know by emailing me at warden@st-liz.org

 

Call for Volunteers

Hey you! Are you looking to become more involved at St. Liz? Would you like to meet new people, practice servant leadership, and deepen your connection to Sunday worship? If so, you might consider joining a volunteer group! 

 

St. Liz has several Sunday volunteer roles: Altar Guild beautifies the church and prepares the Holy Table before the service. Greeters welcome everyone into God’s House and make them feel at home. Lectors read aloud the Scriptures assigned for each Sunday. Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Ushers carry the Offering and the Elements to the Altar, and guide churchgoers through the service. Lay Eucharistic Ministers (“LEMs”) assist the priest in leading and administering the Holy Eucharist. St. Liz youth may volunteer by serving as Acolytes.

 

Each volunteer role has a written Roles & Responsibilities document that describes the qualifications, expectations and time commitment for each role. Printed copies of the Roles & Responsibilities documents are located in the vicar’s office. If you would like digital copies, please email me at warden@st-liz.org and let me know. 

 

During COVID-19, our volunteer rosters have been a bit smaller than is typical. I invite you to prayerfully consider how you and your family may contribute your time and talent to serving at St. Liz as a volunteer! 

 

Lenten Study - Stations of the Cross

Martha’s weekly Lenten study on the Stations of the Cross has been exactly the type of the contemplative fellowship and formation that my soul needed this Lenten season. If you haven’t attended the study yet, please make a point to do so. You won’t regret it. The study continues in the church on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. For those who wish to undertake a personal or family-based Lenten discipline, there are books available in the vicar’s office. If anyone has questions, please contact Martha at 908-705-5098.

 

Bishop’s Committee Meetings

As a reminder, Bishop’s Committee meetings are open to all members of St. Liz. Recently, we have been meeting via Zoom every other Sunday. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM. The link for the meeting can be found here

 

Come Closer by Anis Mojgani

Come closer.

Come into this.

 

You are quite the beauty.

If no one has ever told you that before,

know that right now: you are quite the beauty.

 

There is joy in how your mouth dances with your teeth

Your smiles are simply signs of how sacred your life actually is.

He made you and he was happy.

You make the Lord happy.

 

Come into this.

Come closer.

 

Know that something softer than us but just as holy planted the pieces of Himself into our feet that we might one day dance our way back.

Know that you are almost home.

Come just a little bit closer.

 

There are birds beating their wings beneath your breastplate, gentle sparrows who are aching to sing. Come aching hearts. Come soldiers of joy, doormen of truth. Know that my heart was too big for my body, so I let it go.

 

And most days this world has thinned me, to the point where I am just another cloud forgetting another flock of swans but believe me when I tell you that my soul has managed to squeeze itself into such narrow spaces; 

 

Place your hands beneath your heads when you sleep tonight and perhaps you will find it there making beauty, as we sleep, as we dream, as we turn over, when we turn over in ground may the ghosts that we have asked answers of do that turning, kneading us into crumbs of light and into this thing love, thing called life, come into it!

Come you wooden museums, gentle tigers, little giants!

 

I see teacups upside down glowing across your grins, your hearts are like my hands, some days all they do is tremble.

I am like you.

I am like you

I too at times am filled with so much fear, so much fear, but like a hallway must find the strength to walk through it.

Walk through this with me.

 

Through this church of blood, bone, and muscle, that is ours

There is a door knob glowing like chance before you.

Grab it, turn and pull, step through, back straight, chin up, eyes open, hearts loud.

Walk through this with me.

Walk through this with me.

 

That’s all for now. See you soon! 

 

Love, 

Maddie

 

Maddie Spearman

Bishop’s Warden

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