This is the week, my favorite one of the year at St. Dunstan’s, the week when the windows above the altar are brilliant red, filled with the leaves of the trees in peak color. I am sad that we won’t be in church to see it this year. That’s just one of the many small ways that Covid has affected our lives.
At the beginning of the week I was concerned that the weather would prevent us from having in-person worship in the Beech Grove this Sunday. But as the week has progressed Sunday’s forecast has improved, so we are planning for the service. Here is the link to RSVP:
This weekend is the Diocese of Atlanta’s Annual Council, a yearly gathering of clergy and lay representatives from every parish to do the business of the diocese. This year our representatives are Bob Longino and Bruce Lafitte. Again, the pandemic has changed the way we do things, and this year the council will be entirely online Friday and Saturday. All in the diocese are invited to participate in the opening worship at 7 p.m. Thursday. You can click on at the diocesan website, www.episcopalatlanta.org.
Finally, on this Veterans’ Day we offer this prayer for all the veterans in. our parish and in our lives.
God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom. We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war, whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day. We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in danger. Shield them and bring them home. Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies to the work of justice and a harvest of peace. May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains us, the peace that saves us. Amen.
See you at Compline this evening at 8.