Saturday, November 28, 2020

The First Sunday of Advent


Join us for worship this Sunday, November 29, 2020, The First Sunday of Advent, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas’.
 
Holy Eucharist (Modified Phase II Guidelines)
St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.*
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.*
* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.
 
Oración Vespertina Diaria
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas tendrá una Oración Vespertina Diaria a las 5:00 p.m. a través de Zoom.
 
Zoom Compline
Sunday, 8:00 p.m.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83861688528?pwd=WFdBcndxV3hzbUpETDNTSFFzc3Z0QT09
Meeting ID: 838 6168 8528
Passcode: 800
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799
 
Readings for this Sunday, November 29, 2020, The First Sunday of Advent, Year B, can be found and printed by clicking here - https://lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Advent/BAdv1_RCL.html
We use the "Track 1" readings. You can always find the appropriate readings by going to The Lectionary Page at https://www.lectionarypage.net/ - and clicking on the link for each Sunday.
 
Art from Clip Art for Year B, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications – ltp.org

Spread the Love

 

Always and Everywhere

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Zoom (and Facebook Live) Thanksgiving Eve Evening Prayer

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, November 25, 2020, for Evening Prayer. Participate via Zoom or watch Live on Facebook. St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Thomas’ and Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas will celebrate and give thanks together with the proper readings for Thanksgiving Day , A Litany of Thanksgiving, and sing-a-long hymns. We hope to “see” you there. 


Zoom Thanksgiving Eve Evening Prayer (or watch Live on Facebook)
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86781577595?pwd=VjNnZTZnUFFadkJPc3VOVTh3K21Idz09
Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595
Passcode: 530
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or  +1 346 248 7799


Our Psalms of Thanks Continue

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

From Bishop Jake

 

Revised COVID Measures

 

November 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

Due to the sharp rise in the COVID-19 infection rate across our state, and the Governor’s mandate to move back to modified Phase II, the following enhanced procedures will be in effect until further notice.

1. Masks must be worn properly at all times for any congregational gathering. Those unable to wear a mask are to be directed to online worship.

2. Physical distancing of at least six feet is required. Each congregation must ensure that physical distance be maintained by marking off spaces accordingly. Those living under the same roof are exempted.

3. Previous sanitation measures remain in place for the building. 

4. Sanitation practices for clergy leading services remain in place. Hand sanitizer should be made available in multiple, strategic locations for the attending congregation as well.

5. No singing is allowed by soloists, choirs, ensembles, or congregations. While wind instruments are not allowed, other instrumental music or recorded music is encouraged.

6. Communion is to be distributed in one kind only. The priest is to drop the host into the worshippers’ hand without making contact. Reverting to Morning Prayer is acceptable for the principal Sunday service.

7. Preachers will now continue to wear masks during the sermon. As has been the case all along, celebrants remain masked throughout. Deacons and lectors must also remain masked during reading of scripture or prayers.

8. Fellowship gatherings may not include food and drink. Masks and physical distancing are required.

9. Maximum attendance at any event is 50% of the building’s capacity or less if physical distancing requires it.

10. Church staffs should work from home whenever possible.

None of us enjoys following these restrictions and mitigation measures. We do so not because we fear infection or our own death. Instead, we employ them out of love for our neighbor. Acting together we can slow the spread of this virus and save lives especially of the most vulnerable in our midst.

Please note that the present surge matches our steepest climb in infections. This time, however, the other states are facing an analogous situation. We cannot look to them for additional medical help this time around. Additionally, we are now in the midst of flu season. Our hospitals are not at full capacity, but they are already seriously stressed.

My love and my prayers are with you. Even under such difficult circumstances I give thanks daily for the gift of serving as your bishop. Advent begins this Sunday. And the message of those readings is especially appropriate now. Stay alert. Look for God. For surely Christ is in our midst.

Stay safe and be well.

In Christ,





The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD

IV Bishop of Western Louisiana


Psalms of Thanks


 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Psalms of Thanks

 Psalms of Thanks - This week we offer songs and Psalms of thanks!



Saturday, November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving Eve

Join us at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, November 25, 2020, for Evening Prayer. Participate via Zoom or watch Live on Facebook. St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas’ will celebrate and give thanks together with the proper readings for Thanksgiving Day , A Litany of Thanksgiving, and sing-a-long hymns. We hope to “see” you there. 

Zoom Thanksgiving Eve Evening Prayer (or watch Live on Facebook)
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86781577595?pwd=VjNnZTZnUFFadkJPc3VOVTh3K21Idz09
Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595
Passcode: 530
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or  +1 346 248 7799

 

This Sunday - Christ the King

 

Join us for worship this Sunday, November 22, 2020, The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas’.
 
Holy Eucharist
St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.*
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.*
* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.
 
Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas tendrá una Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual a las 5:00 p.m. a través de Zoom.
 
Zoom Compline
Sunday, 8:00 p.m.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83861688528?pwd=WFdBcndxV3hzbUpETDNTSFFzc3Z0QT09
Meeting ID: 838 6168 8528
Passcode: 800
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799
 
Readings for this Sunday, November 22, 2020, The Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King, can be found and printed by clicking here - https://lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp29_RCL.html
We use the "Track 1" readings. You can always find the appropriate readings by going to The Lectionary Page at https://www.lectionarypage.net/ - and clicking on the link for each Sunday.
 
Art from Clip Art for Year A, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications – ltp.org

The Fruit of the Spirit

 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Zoom Evening Prayer & Bible Project

Zoom Evening Prayer & Bible Project

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86781577595?pwd=VjNnZTZnUFFadkJPc3VOVTh3K21Idz09

Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595
Passcode: 530

Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or  +1 346 248 7799

Provoke

 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Iglesia Episcopal la Esperanza de Familias Unidas collected clothing and shoes for hurricane victims in Honduras. Folks from St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas’ helped, and the Vallejo family delivered them to New Orleans for shipping.

Great work all. Thank you!

























God is Love

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Sunday, November 15


Join us for worship this Sunday, November 15, 2020, The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas'.

Holy Eucharist
St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.* 
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.* 
* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.

Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual 
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas tendrá una Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual a las 5:00 p.m. a través de Zoom.

Zoom Compline
Sunday, 8:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83861688528?pwd=WFdBcndxV3hzbUpETDNTSFFzc3Z0QT09
Meeting ID: 838 6168 8528
Passcode: 800
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799

Readings for this Sunday, November 15, 2020, The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost can be found and printed by clicking here - https://lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp28_RCL.html
We use the "Track 1" readings. You can always find the appropriate readings by going to The Lectionary Page at https://www.lectionarypage.net/ - and clicking on the link for each Sunday.

Art from Clip Art for Year A, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications – ltp.org

No Greater Love

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Advent Study - Estudio de Adviento

We will use Living Well Through Advent 2020, Practicing Hope With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind - A Living Compass Seasonal Resource as our Advent study this year.

Designed for use as an individual reflection or for group study, this book provides a foundation for seeking a deeper experience of Advent, an experience that will help prepare us for the true meaning of Christmas. It includes reflections from: The Rev. Catherine Tyndall Boyd, The Rev. Canon Anita Braden, Robbin Brent, The Rev. Seth Dietrich, The Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher, The Rev. Jan Kwiatkowski, and The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner. 

Print copies are available at the church, or you can download a pdf version for free at this link - https://shop.livingcompass.org/products/living-well-through-advent-2020-8-5-x-11-pdf-version

Usaremos Vivir un Buen Adviento en el 2020: Practicando la esperanza con todo el corazón, alma, fuerzas y mente - un recurso de temporada de la brújula viviente como nuestro estudio de Adviento de este año.

Diseñado para su uso como reflexión individual o para el estudio en grupo, este libro proporciona una base para buscar una experiencia más profunda del Adviento, una experiencia que nos ayudará a prepararnos para el verdadero significado de la Navidad. Incluye reflexiones de: Rmo. Señor Obispo Héctor Monterroso, El Rvdo. Pedro N. López, El Rvdo. Uriel López, La Sra. Estela López, El Rvdo. Janssen J. Gutiérrez.

Las copias impresas están disponibles en la iglesia, o puede descargar una versión en pdf gratis en este enlace: https://shop.livingcompass.org/collections/advent-and-lent-resources/products/vivir-un-buen-adviento-en-el-2020-8-5-x-11-pdf-file

Ever relevant...

 

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Zoom Evening Prayer & Bible Project

Zoom Evening Prayer & Bible Project
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 867 8157 7595
Passcode: 530
or dial in at +1 312 626 6799 or  +1 346 248 7799

Veterans Day

Veterans Day, November 11, 2020 - Día de los Veteranos -11 noviembre 2020
















Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women - past and present - of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dios Todopoderoso, encomendamos a tu amable cuidado y a mantener a todos los hombres y mujeres, pasados y presentes, de nuestras fuerzas armadas en casa y en el extranjero. Defiéndelos día a día con tu gracia celestial; fortalécelos en sus pruebas y tentaciones; dales valor para afrontar los peligros que los acechan; y dales un sentido de tu presencia permanente dondequiera que se encuentren; través de Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Clothing & Shoe Collection


St. Alban's and Iglesia Episcopal la Esperanza de Familias Unidas are collecting clothing and shoes for hurricane victims in Honduras. Please bring  lightly used clothing and shoes by the church office this week, and the Vallejo family will deliver them to New Orleans for shipping. Thank you!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Hurt by a Friend

 


Love is the Way

This was a wonderful interview with our Presiding Bishop!


Please read his book, Love is the Way,  and let's begin the work of healing our world. You can find it on Amazon, here.



Peace

 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Sunday, November 8


Join us for worship this Sunday, November 8, 2020, The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, at St. Alban’s, St. Patrick’s, and St. Thomas'.

Holy Eucharist
St. Alban’s – 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.* 
St. Patrick’s – 1:30 p.m.*
St. Thomas' - 10:00 a.m.* 
* These liturgies will be Live-Streamed on Facebook for those who choose to remain at home. Please contact the clergy if you wish to receive a home communion visit.

Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual 
Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas tendrá una Oración Vespertina Diaria Virtual a las 5:00 p.m. a través de Zoom.

Zoom Compline
Sunday, 8:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 838 6168 8528
Passcode: 800
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799

Readings for this Sunday, November 8, 2020, The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost can be found and printed by clicking here - https://lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp27_RCL.html
We use the "Track 1" readings. You can always find the appropriate readings by going to The Lectionary Page at https://www.lectionarypage.net/ - and clicking on the link for each Sunday.

Art from Clip Art for Year A, Steve Erspamer, Liturgy Training Publications – ltp.org

From Teresa of Avila