Rector's Message: Saturday, 01 May 2021
Sunday, 02 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Included in today's update: The Rector's Message, Birthdays in the Week Ahead, Annual Parish Meeting, YOM Summer Mission Trip, Altar Memorial Flower Openings, Seeking Vestry Nominations, In Person Worship, Creative Angels Recipe, and Ongoing Updates
FROM THE RECTOR
Saturday,1 May 2021
As we near the end of this 50-day-long Easter season, I was looking back over the past few weeks' sermons, in preparation for putting them away into the paper files I still keep - talk about being "old school", as my kids constantly remind me!
I was thinking about last Sunday, informally known as "Good Shepherd Sunday", because all three years of the lectionary include the 23rd Psalm, as well as the theme of the Good Shepherd in the lessons assigned for the day. Reflecting on this theme, some questions came to mind:
What does it mean "to lay down one's life for another"? While there certainly is the quite literal interpretation, are there other, more figurative, more symbolic, but just as self-giving ways that we are called to lay ourselves aside for the sake of others? When have I been called to do so? Have I done so?
Who have been the "good shepherds" in my life, sharing their love and support, and showing me the way of Jesus Christ?
Who has helped to lead me along right paths or walked with me in the dark valleys?
Who has given me comfort and calmed my fears?
Who has shown me hospitality and grace, making a place at the table for me, particularly in those times when I felt surrounded by enemies?
How and when have I done these things for others?
With these reflections in mind, here are two short prayers, the first for use in the morning, the second intended for use in the evening:
Good Shepherd, walk beside me through all the joys and the troubles of this day, and lead me in right paths, for your name's sake. Amen.
Good Shepherd, remain with me in the dark and the stillness of this night ahead; let me lie down in safety, and restore my soul. Amen.
May the days of your Easter season be filled with joy, health, and hope!
Blessings! Peace! Grace! And Love!
BIRTHDAYS IN THE WEEK AHEAD
O God, our times are in your hands: Look with favor, we pray, on these your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 13th
The Annual Parish Meeting, normally held on the first Sunday in May, has been postponed this year. The new date is Sunday, June 13th. As is the custom here at Messiah, the meeting will take place in the midst of the 9:30am Eucharist, and will feature presentations by the Rector on the highlights of the past year and proposed events planned for the year ahead, financial data from the Treasurer, and information from the Wardens on important developments for the parish. We will also honor Vestry retirements and approve a new class of Vestry members for three-year terms. Please plan to attend.
YOM 2021 Mission Trip
Local Ministry Week
We are excited to announce our Summer 2021 Mission Trip! This year our week of service will look a bit different. Our group will be working together for several consecutive weekdays during the week of June 21-25. We are coordinating with several different organizations and outreach programs in Philadelphia and Montgomery County, and our group will be volunteering at different locations each day. During a typical year we would be traveling out of state or out of the country, and we would usually be sharing some tight living arrangements with groups from other states. Although we are not travelling far this year, we recognize that there are many needs within our own community and those surrounding us nearby. This past year has brought a lot of challenges, not just financially but also emotionally and spiritually. We hope that throughout this week of service our ministry group can bring healing, love and hope to the people in our communities.
Dates: Monday, June 21st - Friday, June 25th
Who Can Go: Any Youth entering 7th - 12th grade who are currently in our YOM program or will be entering into the YOM program in the coming year. If any youth have friends who are interested in this great experience, we are always open to allowing our ministry to grow!
How Much Will The Trip Cost: The total amount for our week of service will be $100. This will help cover our costs for transportation, materials for some of our volunteer sites, evening meals, and our Friday activities. Some of the expenses are already being covered by our youth fund.
How To Sign Up: Please fill out a Mission Trip Sign Up form and turn it in along with $100 to reserve your space! If you have any friends who may be interested, please have them contact us so that we may provide information on the trip and answer any questions.
We hope you decide to join us for this unique ministry opportunity!
If you have any questions about signing up or our trip in general,
please contact Dave Reichley at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-664-2276
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
Copies of the next edition of this popular devotional for the coming quarter (May, June, July) have arrived and are available to be picked up in the narthex. Copies are free. If you are unable to pick one up in person, please contact the church office and one will be mailed to you.
ALTAR MEMORIAL FLOWER OPEN DATES
There are several dates available for memorial altar flowers. Suggested donation amount: $60.00. If you would like to dedicate flowers for one of these dates (listed below), please contact the rector (email@example.com; 215-699-9204).
SEEKING VESTRY NOMINEES
Each year, at the Annual Parish Meeting, held on the first Sunday in May, four parish members are selected to fill three-year terms on the Messiah Vestry. If you are interested in serving, or if you have someone you wish to be considered, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Vicky Fogel, Susan Miller, Charles Sudlow.
MULTIPLE WAYS TO JOIN US FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology and the hard work of several parishioners, we are able to offer a variety of ways to participate in Sunday services:
IN-PERSON – COVID precautions strictly observed
LIVE-STREAMED - the service will be broadcast on YouTube – follow the link posted on the church website (messiahgwynedd.org)
BY PHONE – for those without computer access, dial 609-663-5164 to listen to an audio-only option on your phone
WEBSITE – at the close of the service, a video will be posted to the parish website (messiahgwynedd.org) for viewing at a time convenient for you
ON THE WEBSITE
Check the website each weekend for the video of the Sunday service. And make it interactive by checking out the service bulletin with all the responses, lessons, and weekly updates and information. A copy of the Sunday sermon is also available.
IN CASE OF A PASTORAL EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS
Should you have an urgent need to contact the Rector outside of Church Office hours, please use his cell phone: 215-692-2667.
NOTE: Barbara Stevenson continues to need recipes and craft ideas to pass along to the parish through the weekly email messages. You can send your submissions to Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we consider the things we will plant in our gardens this spring, we probably will be thinking about the recipes we’ll need to utilize the veggies we harvest. If the choice is to purchase fresh veggies at the farmer’s market, having new recipes at hand is so helpful. This recipe for Veggie Lasagna is very good! It can be served as a main dish with a salad or as a side dish with your favorite protein. Enjoy!
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
8 oz. zucchini (1 med.), sliced into rounds
8 oz. yellow squash (1med.),sliced into rounds
1 cup sliced baby Bella mushrooms
1 cup spinach
Salt and pepper
9 lasagna noodles
1 15 oz. whole milk ricotta
1 can of tomato sauce , med. size (more if desired)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add zucchini and yellow squash and cook until slightly tender, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook about 3 minutes. Add spinach and turn off heat. Toss to combine, let spinach wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Spray 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Place three noodles in baking dish side by side. Layer 1/3 of veggie mixture, 1/3 of ricotta cheese and 1/3 of tomato sauce. Spread evenly. Top with 1/2 cup of basil. Repeat two more times, topping last layer with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and place under the broiler for 5 minutes.