WELCOME TO Pentecost AT HOME

WELCOME TO Pentecost AT HOME

Proper 14, 8/9/20

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A foreshadowing of the spiritual presence of the Risen Christ: Jesus walks on water!

Proper 13, 8/2/20

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Come and be fed, by meditative music, sacred stories, silence, and Spiritual Communion

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Proper 12, 7/26/20

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Our virtual worship this weekend, offered to you by our diocesan staff.

Proper 11, 7/19/20

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Proper 10, 7/12/20

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Are God’s seeds of love being rooted in our souls? How can you tell?

Proper 9, 7/5/20

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A musical experience designed to touch and restore your soul.

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Proper 8, 6/28/20

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Engage with the holy with us through music, prayer, scripture and reflection.

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Our call to compassionate welcome of all as a way to receive Christ in our lives.

Proper 7, 6/21/20

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To listen to Mother Barbara’s homily for this Sunday, “Mind the Gap”, please click on the video below:

Finding peace on the other side of conflict.

Proper 6, 6/14/20

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Trinity Sunday, 6/7/20

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A time to settle your soul

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How to reflect the “right relationship” among the Trinity in our lives.

Feast Day of Pentecost, 5/31/20

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Come, Holy Spirit!

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Come, O Holy Spirit
Come, O Holy Spirit.
Come as Holy Fire and burn in us,
come as Holy Wind and cleanse us within,
come as Holy Light and lead us in the darkness,
come as Holy Truth and dispel our ignorance,
come as Holy Power and enable our weakness,
come as Holy Life and dwell in us.
Convict us, convert us, consecrate us,
until we are set free from the service of ourselves,
to be your servants to the world. Amen.

by John Henry Newman

7th Sunday of Easter, 5/22/20

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Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

6th Sunday of Easter, 5/17/20

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To access the video “Faces of Jesus”, please click below (It’s delightful!)

Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

5th Sunday of Easter, 5/10/20

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Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

4th Sunday of Easter, 5/3/20

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Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

3rd Sunday of Easter, 4/26/20

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Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

2nd Sunday of Easter, 4/19/20

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Make us an Easter people, O Christ, whose name is “Alleluia.” May we, like Mary, rise in joy when you call our name. May we, like Thomas, see and believe. May we, like Peter, become bold and brace. May we, like Cleopas, meet you in every road. May we, like them, be utterly changed, in the victory of the love by which you left your tomb, and saved us forever from death. In your name, Jesus. Amen.

An Evening Eucharist, 4/18/20

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This evening, we gather for a contemplative service during which we are invited to enter in the mystery of the Holy, which is embedded in our creation, made new in Jesus’ life and death, and born out of God’s deep desire to love each one of us and all living beings. We don’t need to understand how that happens to experience God’s redemptive love. We need only to seek it and to settle into this holy goodness before us, within us, and among us.

Our service includes times of silence, contemplation, and evocative music to lift our souls.

Your participation can be one of heart alone. If you choose, you may close your eyes as you prepare for worship, as our contemplative music begins to pierce your heart and you may open your eyes only as you are aware the service is ending. Or you may follow the Order of the Service and say the parts which are bolded.

Our service includes the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a time when we and Christ are drawn together in an unexplained yet very real way. Yet, during this time of the COVID pandemic, we cannot safely share the consecrated elements within a large gathering. However, we can allow the words of our familiar Eucharistic prayer to touch our soul; we can feel our heart break open to God’s redemptive love as the bread is torn apart; and we can, through the prayer of spiritual communion, receive the presence of Christ into our lives in a very real and alive way. This is your invitation this evening.

You may engage in this service whenever your heart deeply yearns for this communion with Christ and/or you can gather in your family setting or within a small group through online presence, and share this with those whom you love. The celebration of Holy Eucharist is intended to be done in community, so I urge us all to join together, in our hearts and souls, as we enter into this holy time and space.

In the truth of all goodness and Light, which casts out all darkness,

Faithfully,  Mother Barbara

Easter Sunday, 4/12/20

Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

With this Easter acclamation, we begin the Great 50 days of Easter, during which we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and our participation in that glorious and holy event that forever changed the nature of our relationship with God.

We welcome you to St. Andrew’s this morning and to this Feast of the Resurrection of Christ, the greatest and oldest feast of the Christian Church.

To listen to Mother Barbara’s Easter message, please click below.

To listen to a wonderful rendition of Crown Him With Many Crowns, which is a virtual recording of Kevin Gorman on the piano, Alexander Smeltz on the trombone, and James Williams on the trumpet. It is glorious and speaks to us of the wonder and gift of Easter!

https://soundcloud.com/barbara-hutchinson-15700134/crown-him-with-many-crowns

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If you would like to join your many sisters and brothers in Christ by worshiping virtually at the Washington National Cathedral, please be ready by 11:15 a.m. on Easter morning to go online. The service should be glorious! Please click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/wncathedral

Easter morning at the Washington National Cathedral

After having walked through Holy Week, where we were pulled into the depth of Jesus’ self-giving love as he washed the feet of his disciples and then offered his own body for us, first through the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and then by hanging on the cross, we have experienced deep pain and sorrow. The absence of Christ on Good Friday, evidenced by the stripped altar and a covered cross, startled us into an awareness of how empty our lives would be without Christ. Deep within our souls, we began to yearn for Christ to be present again in our lives, to offer us a new beginning and to lead us into a life full of the light and love of Christ that God desires for each one of us. Today we celebrate that Christ is indeed risen. Christ has broken the bonds of suffering and death and offers us our salvation.

Throughout the year, each Sunday worship is considered a “little Easter,” for Christ’s resurrection is what we celebrate each week. We as Christians are “Easter people,” in that we live with hope into the promise of our salvation, offered to us by Christ. We hope that you will return often and worship with us here at St. Andrew’s where we strive to share God’s self-giving love with others and build a strong community of faith.

The Great Vigil of Easter, 4/11/20

We welcome you to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and to this service, which concludes the “Great Three Days” (in Latin, Triduum sacrum). You are invited to worship this service in your sacred space which you have created for this purpose. You will want to have ready a candle, some bells to ring and a heart ready to rejoice!

This is simply the most important liturgy of the entire year. St. Augustine, in the fourth century, said that this rite is so central that all other celebrations of the Eucharist can be said to be the repeatable parts of this rite. This is the Passover of the Lord, the paschal feast of the people of God. Typically we gather in the same darkened church which was stripped, silent, bereft of fire and water from the end of Good Friday. Suddenly, light appears in a flash as new fire is kindled. From this fire the celebrant lights the Paschal Candle. “The Light of Christ,” is sung as the Paschal Candle is brought into the darkened church, and the people respond, “Thanks be to God” . Then, in candlelight, we hear the great hymn of Easter praise, the Exsultet (which means “Rejoice!”). Tonight, you will enter into this glorious celebration in your homes, perhaps alone or gathered with your family members. This is a good time to remember, however scattered we may feel at the moment, we are always gathered together in Christ’s love, which knows no bounds and removes all isolation.

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In this service, we hear the history of salvation in readings from the Hebrew Scriptures. Many of the readings touch on the themes of creation, water, and the spirit by which the people of God gain their identity, and somehow, through hearing these sacred stories, we too find our identity deep within them. We encourage you to read the scriptures aloud and then sing your hearts out in the moving music associated with each of the sacred stories.

As you will shout “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” the ancient paschal greeting, the glorious season of Easter begins. Light has broken through the darkness and, in a flash of recognition, we know the Risen Lord, found in our very presence.

The service ends with the dismissal, concluding the sacred Triduum, the three holy days.  What we have celebrated in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter is a single continual liturgy which proclaims, reenacts, and displays the mystery of our redemption through Jesus, our risen Lord.

Thank you for holding this most holy night in prayer and worship.

Faithfully, Mother Barbara

Good Friday, 4/10/20 – Stations of the Cross

We welcome you to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and to this service.  We hope this commemoration of our Lord’s death is a meaningful part of your observance of Holy Week and Easter.

Good Friday is the second of the “Great Three Days” (in Latin, Triduum sacrum), and is the most somber and desolate day of the Christian calendar. In token of this desolation, the church sanctuary is completely bare. The liturgical color is black, the color of mourning and death, for today we remember Jesus’ death. Good Friday teaches us that we must die with Jesus, who died for us. We are reminded that it is only  within the love of Jesus that we can do this hard work of acknowledging what within us needs to die, for Christ to be alive in us.

This service developed in Jerusalem as a devotion to be undertaken by those wishing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus on Good Friday. In time it developed into 14 stations. Eight of these stations are based directly on the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, while stations 3,4,6,7,9 and 13 are inferred from the Gospels or taken from pious legends of the crucifixion. Each station begins with a portion of the Stabat Mater, the 12th century hymn of the crucifixion (At the cross her station keeping) attributed to the Franciscan poet Jacopone da Todi. Where noted, prayers are from the Book of Common Prayer. The meditations and prayers were written by the Rev. Frank and Victoria Logue.

As we traditionally offer, there will be an opportunity for you to write down your sins at Station XI, where Jesus is nailed to the cross. At the conclusion of the service, you are invited to return the paper to the earth, so Christ, who came to redeem all of creation, may redeem or erase all your sins. Your heart will then be cleansed and prepared to enter into the renewing of your baptismal vows on the Great Vigil of Easter, which will be tomorrow evening.

Prior to the service, you may want to gather a slip of paper and a pencil, a singing bowl or bell to begin and end the service, and a cross of any kind, which you can hold during the service. I invite you to settle into your sacred space at home as we share this worship in heart and spirit.

We pray that the words and music will draw you deeply into this very moving service, entering fully into the Passion of Christ.

Faithfully, Mother Barbara

Maundy Thursday, 4/9/20

We welcome you to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and to this service, the first of the “Great Three Days” (in Latin, Triduum sacrum). Our service is in the evening because it commemorates the evening meal shared with Jesus and his friends.

This year, you are invited to share an agape meal as Jesus would have eaten with his disciples on what we refer to as the Last Supper. You may enter into the spirit of this meal whether you eat alone, or are gathered with your immediate family, or if wish to gather with members of your parish family or extended family through an online gathering technology (such as Zoom). The idea of this meal is that we will proclaim the agape love Jesus shared with his disciples and with the world, and draw that love so deeply into our hearts that we become that love to our world, so in need of selfless and universal love for all of humankind and for creation. 

This service includes preparing a simple and austere meal, offering blessings upon the food, serving one another (if you are with someone else), hearing a poignant passage from the Gospel of John, singing and praying.

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To engage in a Guided Meditation on the hymn, “Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love”, please click below.

A Guided Meditation on the Hymn Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love.

Typically on Maundy Thursday, after we share the sacramental meal of the Holy Eucharist, we strip the altar, symbolizing the movement from the love shared in the meal to the love shared in Jesus’ willing offering of himself to the world through his crucifixion, death, and resurrection, so that we may all experience renewed life through the Risen Christ’s ever-present and abiding love. You may imagine clearing your table as the same ritual, moving your heart from the love shared at your table to the willing offering of yourself to Christ’s love, so that we may continue the faithful work of Jesus.

You may also choose to sit in silence, pondering on the gifts offered to us by our loving God in our creation, through the selfless love of Jesus, and in the presence of the Holy Spirit which continually draws us ever nearer to the source of Love.

This service has been adapted from the 2018 Book of Occasional Services and edited by The Rev. Dr. James Farwell (my former liturgics professor at The General Theological Seminary) and Dr. Lisa Kimball, both of whom currently serve The Virginia Theological Seminary and further adapted to our parish’s need by myself. I hope you will find this service meaningful and your heart filled with the love of Christ as we take this journey deeper into Holy Week.

Faithfully, Mother Barbara

Palm Sunday, 4/5/20

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The 5th Sunday of Lent, 3/29/20

Church at Home for the 5th Sunday of Lent

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To download the Prayers of the People so you can pray through them throughout the week, please click below.

The 4th Sunday of Lent, 3/22/20

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To engage in our worship, please copy this link and place in a new browser window, in you find an error with the link below. https://youtu.be/le4AwswrlwM

To listen to the beautiful solo offered for our worship, please click below.

A beautiful offering by Milan Shepherd (vocalist) and Kevin Gorman (pianist).

God calls us to be in relationship with God and with each other. It is through this gathering together of our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls that we form as the Body of Christ; it is through the nourishment received through our life in community, with the breaking open of the Word of the scriptures in our worship services, and through the spiritual feast of the Holy Eucharist, that we are strengthened and nourished as Christians; and it is from this place of love shared with each other and with Christ that we go out to “be the church” in our world, bringing healing and hope to our broken world.

During this time of social distancing and intentional isolation due to COVID-19, we are challenged and invited into discovering new ways that we can come together in community, be fed by the scriptures and the sacraments, and live out our baptismal promises in the world. And we can do this, for God is a God of creation, who calls us to co-create with each breath that we take. With God’s help, we will continue to find meaningful ways of connecting, of gathering for worship, of being nourished spiritually, and by offering our help to those in greater need.

This morning we will begin to worship online, with Mother Barbara offering the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Although you will not physically receive the consecrated bread and wine, you will be connected to this sacrament spiritually and your heart and soul will be touched, for it can be in the offering of the sacrament and the intention to receive the life giving love of Christ that we can be transformed. It is not the same as kneeling at the altar rail and stretching out your hand, but you are encouraged to open your heart and mind to this new experience and allow God, whose love knows no bounds, to make something new happen within you.

This will be new for us and many of us will yearn for everything to quickly get back to “normal” and that is a natural response. Certainly, there will be great rejoicing when we can safely gather together in person in our beautiful sanctuary and feel the fullness of our community and the Holy Eucharist.

In the meantime, I invite you to imagine the following:

  1. How will you prepare the space for your “Church at Home”? Do you already have a sacred space set aside for prayer? If not, where might you create one? What might you want to place in this space (a candle, cross, prayer beads, something from nature)?
  2. How can you draw from your memory the special parts of entering into our sanctuary for worship? What images come to heart (the light through the altar window, the beauty of our altar, the friends you meet, the faithful preparation of the acolytes for worship, your kneeling as you prepare for worship)? Can you take a moment to offer the gratitude you feel in your heart for the other members of our parish and for the gift of our sanctuary?
  3. What rituals can you re-create at home? Can you light a candle as you might at our votive candle stand? Can you fill a beautiful bowl with water and make the sign of the cross on your forehead with it, as you might with our holy water font? Can you sit in silence for a few moments before the service begins?
  4. How will you carry the service forward after engaging in the worship? Are there people with whom you can share the post so they may worship “with you”? Can you reflect on how God spoke to you in the service and what God may be calling you to do or be differently?

This is an invitation to live into our belief that God yearns to meet us wherever we are and if that means in our individual homes, then that is where God will find and meet us. God is everywhere and God’s love will find and transform our hearts as we discover new ways of loving God and each other.