St. Michael & All Angels
Episcopal Church

Transforming lives through Christ

St. Michael's ~ Friday Brief

July 3, 2020

    I read an article recently about a number of restaurants around the country whose owners closed because their employees were being verbally, and in some cases physically, abused by customers.  Why the abuse?  Because the restaurants had mandatory mask policies and some of the customers violently objected to wearing masks.  Granted, they’re not the most comfortable things to wear, but the research I’m reading shows that they are an effective means of slowing the transmission of COVID-19.  They don’t do much to protect the wearer, but they do protect other people.  I wondered why some people are so opposed to wearing a mask that they resort to such behavior.  I suspect that one of the principal reasons is an intense aversion to authority.  
    I recall an Air Force assignment as commander of a school squadron, 500 or so young airmen fresh from basic training.  There were always a few, it seemed, who were in the process of being discharged because they could not tolerate authority and acted out.  I can understand chafing at being “bossed around,” but that is an issue of application rather than the substance of being under authority.  I’ve never been bothered by working and living under authority.  In fact, it’s usually beneficial.  But I have certainly known people who, by reason of personality or experience, refused to acknowledge any authority, often to their own detriment.
    One thing I do see in common in the people I have encountered who resist authority is that their behavior affects other people, not only themselves.  I am again reminded of Paul’s words in the second chapter of Philippians, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”  Paul sets this statement in the context of having this attitude toward other people because this is the attitude Jesus had toward others.  If we desire to become more Christlike this is a great place to start.  Even in the midst of pandemic and societal turmoil we can keep others in the forefront of our thoughts and actions.  

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II

A link (red button below) to this weekend's service bulletin is attached to this email.  You can follow online or print out the bulletin.  Either way, you are encouraged to not only follow along, but to participate as well.  

Also attached to this email is the link (blue button below) to watch the service via or recorded.  If you sign on early, please wait for the service to begin.  You'll see the timer counting down.  

The Sunday service will continue at 10:30 a.m. until we are able to have in-person services again.
LIVESTREAM ~ 07/05/2020
Jamie Smith (7/4)
Dee Caldwell (7/5)
Debi Almeida (7/6)
Gretchen Spruance (7/7)
Joyce Enns (7/8)
Charles Manzella (7/8)
Wayne Ponader (7/8)
John Mason (7/9)
John Bridge (7/11)
Jill Dillon (7/11)
David Searles (7/11)

Liz & George Farrow (7/4)
Debby & Bill Foster (7/4)
Ruth & Roger Foote (7/5)

Harriet & Bruce Pattison (7/5)
Janet & John Bendall (7/9)
Valerie & Tom Cleaver (7/10)
Linda & Steve Cronk (7/10)
Boyd Johnson     •     Barbara Cover     •     Judy Workman     •     Betty Cater
Peter Blaze Corcoran     •     Don Rolley     •     Susan Elam     •     Roz Burroughs
Kristen Beltz     •     John Bordieri     •     Ralph Sloan     •     Ed Pereles
Mary Chasseur     •     Polly Pinney     •     Paula Traxler     •     Wes Rooker
Brenda Demaree     •     George Craig     •     Jim & Pat King     •     Pat Van Alstyne
Jan Pearson-Graham     •     Margi Shilay     •     Claudia Johnson
Gretchen Van Walterop     •     Mary Lou Flynn     •     Billy Walker
Prayer for New Rector Search
God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs before we ask, may your loving presence guide us as we seek the next rector for St. Michael and All Angels. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace.  Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastor who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.  Amen.
Sunday Social Gathering
on Zoom at 11:30 a.m.
 Meeting ID: 828 682 0627
Password: 535859
Please take a moment to read
Our Flag Flies Again

Thanks to one of the ladder companies at the Sanibel Fire Department our American flag is able to fly high and proud again.  Due to a broken rope our flag was grounded the last few weeks.  Once new supplies were in hand, we reached out to our local SFD and they were glad to assist us.  She flies just in time for Independence Day. 

The Star-Spangled Banner

~ Francis Scott Key ~

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Thursday Bible Study

Every Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. our weekly Bible Study meets via ZOOM.  We will begin working our way through the Revelation to John this week.

Join Zoom Meeting ~ ID # 930 4599 7623

If you need assistance logging in, please call Susan at the Church Office.

Call: 239-472-2173

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