Sunday, March 21, 2020
Letter from Mother Tami
Hello All Saints’,
Love and peace to you in these most extraordinary of circumstances. I want you to know that I continue to hold each one of you in prayer, love, and deep concern. I have “seen” many of you on Zoom during our daily services of Morning Prayer and Compline, bible study, and even a vestry meeting! If you haven’t yet downloaded Zoom, please try and do so….it is a wonderful way to stay connected. If you are having trouble with it or want someone to walk you through how to do it, let me know and I will have one of our new Zoom experts give you a call!
I write also to let you know that Bishop Andrew Dietsche has suspended all public worship in the Diocese of New York until at least May 17th. This means we will not be together in person for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter (read the full text of Bishop's Dietsche's letter to clergy here). But I want to say to you all: Although the church building is empty and it will be for weeks to come, we are still the church and are interconnected as never before with all of creation, all of humanity. We will continue to have worship via Zoom and will post the videos on our website. We will continue to call one another and check in on one another. We will continue to be Jesus’ hands and feet and heart in this world---and ironically right now the best way to do that is to stay home and heed the rules and recommendations coming from our Governor and health officials.
As I said in my sermon on Sunday, this is hard for us because our natural inclination in times of global or national crises is to come together. And that is the one thing we cannot do right now. But we can be together in spirit, in prayer, in loving emails, texts, and phone calls. School may be closed, but learning continues. Work may shift locations, but the importance of work remains. Concerts can be cancelled, but music cannot. Sporting events can be cancelled but care for our bodies continues. Church buildings may be closed, but worship is eternal. Kindness has not been cancelled. Faith has not been postponed. Love has not been suspended. Our ability to open our hearts to all people has not been closed.
So please try and join us for worship via Zoom---we will gather every Sunday at 10:00 am. This is a temporary shift in our time while we are worshipping virtually as we blend our worship with that of St. Thomas, Mamaroneck, allowing me to be present with both congregations every Sunday. I am working with Elina who will provide me with recorded clips for preludes and postludes. Our four section leaders at St. Thomas have recorded some anthems. So there will be music and prayer and preaching and scripture and it will be good church! We will even have a virtual coffee hour! We will try new ways of worship and of being together. And when we are able to gather physically once again we will rejoice mightily!
The Zoom meeting id number for this Sunday's worship is 947 779 7880. A separate email will follow with more information, including a worship bulletin, instructions for how to load zoom if you haven't already, a way to watch the recorded service on Facebook and a video clip of Elina playing from home!
There will also continue to be Morning Prayer and Compline at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm Monday through Friday. Bible Study at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays and 11:00 am on Thursdays. All on Zoom….watch your emails for the Zoom Meeting ID number.
I will be calling one or two parishioners each day to check in one on one…if you want to speak to me sooner please give me a call at 914-584-1418. We can also set up a Zoom meeting where we can see and hear one another.
I will be sending thoughts, videos, and various distractions to you all in the days, weeks, and yes months ahead.
Please know how very much I love you and I care about you each. We will get through this if for no other reason because our loving God is with us always.
And I close with my favorite blessing, looking forward to the day when I can bless you all in person:
Life is short and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who make the journey with us, so be swift to love, and make haste to be kind; and the wisdom of God, the love of God, and the grace of God strengthen you to be God’s hands and heart in this world, in the name of the one, holy, undivided Trinity. Amen.
Peace be with you. Tami
Opportunities for Worship on Friday March 20
We want to share with you when you can meet us next time on Zoom.
Tomorrow, Friday, March 20.
The Zoom Meeting ID for both services is: 794-021-5828.
10:00 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Book of Common Prayer Compline
Services on March 18, 2020
We hope everyone had a good St. Patrick's Day!
We look forward to seeing and hearing you on Zoom. We cannot repeat often enough how easy it is to participate in these meetings. Please give it a try - it is such a great way to stay connected. Just download the app on your phone or tablet, or go to Zoom on your desktop, and click on "Join a meeting".
The Zoom Meeting number for both services and for the bible study on March 18 is: 794-021-5828. And don't forget to mute the sound.
10:00 AM - Morning Prayer
8:00 PM - Book of Common Prayer Compline
8:15 PM - Bible Study about the Woman at the Well
Services on March 17, 2020
If you haven't done so already, please download Zoom at www.zoom.com. Once you have downloaded Zoom, login, and go to "Join a Meeting" in the upper right corner. On March 17 the Zoom meeting number is:
For Morning Prayer: 568 423 7807
For Compline: 947 779 7880
Make sure you mute the sound on your computer.
And here are the booklets for the services, simply click on them:
10:00 AM - Morning Prayer Bulletin
Hope to see and hear many of you!
Brief Live-Stream Prayer Services Tomorrow Monday March 16: 10 am & 8 pm
Join us for a brief prayer service tomorrow at 10:00 am and 8 pm via Zoom. As some of our members have found today, Zoom is very easy to download and use and has the advantage over Facebook Live and Youtube of being interactive---if you want help in how to download and connect Zoom, please let Tami know and she will have one of our Zoom-friendly parishioners reach out to you and walk you through the steps! Tami and Carol Gadsden, rector at St. Thomas will take turns leading these daily services.
For Monday's services use this information:
1. Please download Zoom at www.zoom.com
2. Once you have downloaded Zoom, go to Join a Meeting in the upper right corner.
3. We will provide you with a meeting -specific meeting number issued for each service. Select the correct one for the service in which you wish to participate, and enter it into the space provided.
10:00 am Zoom meeting ID is 695 838 123
8:00 pm Zoom meeting ID is 836 337 444
4. Make sure you mute the sound on your computer
5. You are good to go!
The Morning Prayer service offered Monday through Friday at 10 am may likely take different forms each day. The Compline service will be one of two forms; the traditional Book of Common Prayer version, or the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer. Compline will be at 8 pm each evening. Both services are less than 15 minutes in length.
Attached is a bulletin for tomorrow's 10:00 am service---the 8:00 pm service words will be on the Zoom website to follow along with---fancy!
The Rev. Tami L. Burks, Associate
Instructions for Live-Streaming, Sunday - March 15, 2020
First option - Facebook Live:
You do not need to have a Facebook Account to watch the Facebook live stream. If you do have an account, you can simply go to our All Saints Page and you should see the live video. You will be able to post comments and send emojis!
If you do not have a Facebook Account, click here:
That should take you directly to our page. Scroll down until you see the live video. You will be able to watch and hear me, but not post comments.
Second option - Zoom
The Zoom option allows us to be interactive---you will hear me and I will hear you and you will hear one another. You can join with video or simply audio depending on your computer/phone set up. If you have not used Zoom before, please download the program before worship starts on Sunday by going here. The online instructions are fairly easy to follow. After you have downloaded the program, on Sunday around 10:30 am, go to www.zoom.com. You should see an option to Join a Meeting; click on it. Enter the Meeting ID: 506 948 014. Alternatively, if you already have a Zoom account, you may be able to use this link:
Friday, March 13, 2020
The past 48 hours have been ones filled with decisions and directives from national, state, and local officials, and for me, much prayer and discussion with colleagues about what the impact of COVID-19 will be on our communities. As you probably already know, Harrison schools, along with most school districts in our area have announced that they will be closed for at least the next two weeks. After consultation with other local clergy as well as communications with our bishops, the decision has been made that we will not have in-person worship at All Saints' for the next two Sundays.
Normally in times of national anxiety, church attendance swells as people seek and find support and pastoral care. What makes this current crisis so difficult is that it is precisely the thing we need most – to gather together – that we cannot do physically for the time being. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that we can still be connected to one another in community without being physically present with one another. This is the first of many communications I will be making in the days and weeks to come to build community with one another in ways that are both familiar and unfamiliar to us. Below is information about worship, prayer life, volunteer opportunities (one important one that you can do without leaving your home!) and logistics.
WORSHIP AND PRAYER LIFE
First and foremost is our community worship and prayer life. Although we will not be gathering for worship on Sunday mornings for the next two weeks (and perhaps longer), I will be live-streaming an online Morning Prayer service complete with sermon at 10:30 am on Sundays. The way this works is that I will conduct the service from my home or office and parishioners will be able to join in via Facebook, Zoom, or YouTube. Details, including links and directions will be forthcoming in a separate email tomorrow afternoon. We will also email a full bulletin with all readings and prayers so everyone can participate.
Carol Gadsden and I will also be taking turns leading live stream prayer services at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm each day. These short services will be another way to be together for worship when not able to physically gather. Here too, I will send you more information about this soon.
There are numerous online resources that can help your individual prayer life.
The Book of Common Prayer is online: https://www.bcponline.org/
Pray the Great Litany: https://www.bcponline.org/GreatLitany/Litany.html
The Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are online: https://www.missionstclare.com/english/March/cal.html
There are a variety of small prayer services online: https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html
SUNDAY SCHOOL/BIBLE STUDY
I am working on compiling Christian Education resources so families can do “home-school” Sunday school for the time being, and will also be providing opportunities for families to gather via a “Google Hangout” or similar platform as well as some type of Bible study for adults. This will be a great and novel way to build community using technology that may be more familiar to our youngest parishioners and an opportunity for them to help us learn new ways of being together! Look for more information about these opportunities as well.
I will be available as always by email at Rev.Tami.Burks@gmail.com or by phone call or text at 914-584-1418.
Our buildings, both the church and the parish house, are closed to everyone with the exception of Harrison Children's Center and the Twelve Step Groups that meet in the Cormany Room.
Debbie Imperia, Director of Harrison's Children's Center, sent an email to parents today saying that they will continue to remain open until they are personally impacted by the Coronaviurs or mandated to close by their licensing agencies. (The Office of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health.) She also expressed her sincere appreciation of All Saints' support and understanding.
The Twelve Step Group is equally appreciative of our allowing them to continue to use our space and will be observing strict cleaning and disinfecting protocol.
The telephone remains one of our best forms of communication! I am looking for people who would be willing to call a few people a few times a week to check in on one another. This is a great way to continue to be Jesus’ hands and heart (or ears and voice!) in the world. Please let me know that you would like to participate and I will start to connect people. In the meantime, call people in the parish! Call your friends, but also call people you don’t know well. Say hello, listen, say a prayer....simply see how they are doing.
Local churches have been working with the Mamaroneck School District to assure that every child who receives free breakfasts and lunch will continue to receive them during the school closure in the form of food bags provided by the district's food supplier at three distribution sites. I am trying to find out if Harrison School District will have a similar program with which we might help; if anyone has any contacts in the district who might know, let me know. In the meantime I am creating a team of ten to twelve people to distribute the food bags on Wednesdays in Mamaroneck and would welcome anyone from All Saints' who might help. (Other organizations will form teams to facilitate other days.) I am looking for people who have a car and are available between 10:00 am and 12 pm on Wednesday March 18th and March 25th to help with transporting and distributing the meals at the three distribution sites. If you are available during that time, let me know and I will send you the details.
As always if you have questions, concerns or ideas, please be in touch....I hope to "see" many of you virtually on Sunday morning at 10:30! And look for another email tomorrowI
I close with a prayer from our Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BCP, page 817
The Rev. Tami L. Burks, Priest In Charge
All Saints' Episcopal Church
300 Harrison Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528