All Angels’ Weekly Update – August 9
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- LIVESTREAM WORSHIP SURVEY
- Your Daughters Will Prophesy concludes with Serena Gaboury
- “Priests on Zoom Getting Coffee” talk praying together
- An anonymous recipient of a Psalm 91 gift shares a testimony as part of Streams in the Desert
- Psalm 91 funds still available
We would really value your feedback as we seek to improve your experience of online church. We don’t want to do online worship forever but, while we are doing it, we want it to be as good as possible.
The results of this survey will be collated and shared with the staff team and the vestry. The results will guide our planning over the summer and inform the shape of the service come the fall. We welcome honest feedback: if filling out the form raises questions for you please don’t hesitate to contact the clergy directly for further discussion.
Please fill this quick 10-minute survey and let us know your thoughts. This is an anonymous survey unless you give us your name (there’s an option to do that at the end).
Your Daughters Will Prophesy…
At the very first Pentecost, St. Peter stood before the crowd gathered in Jerusalem, and addressed them with these words from the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Acts 2.17).
This Pentecost season, we will to acknowledge this truth, spoken at the very first Pentecost, by honoring the voices of women in our pulpit. Over these ten weeks, we will feature ten women from our congregation who have been called as teachers and preachers of God’s word.
Our preacher for this Sunday is Serena Gaboury. Serena is a rising sophomore at Horace Mann School in the Bronx, where she is part of the Debate Team and the Horace Mann Dance Company. Serena has attended All Angels’ Church all her life, and was baptized and confirmed here. An active member of the AAC youth group, Serena has gone on multiple missions trips, most recently to Rose Castle last year. This summer, Serena is editing a bible study she co-wrote with her sister and is dancing seven hours everyday with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Serena is a musical theater enthusiast and loves reading good books.
We have consolidated all our adult education and prayer services into one hour on Wednesday evenings. Over the summer, two of our priests–John Schmidt and Jimmy Lawrence–have introduced a new series of videos called “Priests on Zoom Getting Coffee.” Each video includes a mixture of theology, personal stories, resources of going deeper in prayer and most importantly: coffee. You can watch last week’s episode here. Next week, John and Jimmy will be talking about how we pray together.
Both the prayer service and the study will take place on Zoom. Please RSVP to YJ@allangelschurch.com to participate. Hope you can join us!
Praying During Social Isolation
Session 6: “How We Pray Together”
This week on Priests on Zoom Getting Coffee we are interviewing a couple to ask them how they pray together. They will be put in the hot seat as we ask them how prayer has sustained their marriage and how they pray with their children. This episode promises to be fun for all the family and helpful for your prayer life regardless of your relationship status
If you missed last week’s episode, check out the link below.
Miss last week’s episode? Check out the above to hear John and Jimmy talking with about “charismatic” prayer.
A Psalm 91 Fund recipient shares this story as part of our Streams in the Desert project:
I spent my entire childhood at All Angels’, but now find myself in that “I’m-in-college-and-don’t-attend-church-regularly” kind of phase. Still, All Angels’ has always felt like a home to me. My faith probably doesn’t look the same as other parishioners, but I still always feel welcome and loved. When COVID happened I, like many others, suddenly lost my source of income. I was hesitant to apply to the Psalm 91 relief fund—I felt like I didn’t fit the requirements. But then I was reminded that All Angels’ will always be my home, and when my request was granted a huge weight was lifted both financially and spiritually. It was a wonderful reminder that at All Angels’ everyone is known and loved, no matter what your individual faith journey looks like. I am so grateful to All Angels’ for being there during this crisis both by helping me financially, and reminding me that there is a place where I am truly known and welcome, even after all these years
Where are you seeing the encouragement of God’s presence? Tell us your story in writing or video and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those needing financial relief in the midst of this pandemic, there are still funds available in our Psalm 91 benevolence fund. We encourage you to reach out. These funds are here to help.
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