July 26 | Parish Post

From the Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick

Prayer is our Resource

What can we do In the midst of a crisis?  Often, we feel helpless, unsure of where to look for some peace of mind.  As Christians we always have a resource to turn to: prayer.  It may seem like a cliche to advocate prayer when we’ve run out of other options, as if prayer was a last resort.  On the contrary, prayer should be our first resort, not because prayer will move God to come to our aid; the fact is that God already knows our needs and is already on our side

Prayer is not designed to change God, but rather to change us.  It enables us to listen more closely to what God is trying to tell us. God does not take away our problems, but rather gives us grace so that we can deal with them.  Prayer gives us the ability to accept God’s plan and to abide in hope.

The collect from last Sunday’s Eucharist says it all:

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our
necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: 

Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those
things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our
blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


“Where is the glory of God? If the glory of God is not there where I am, where else can it be?” Abbot John Eudes

St. Mary’s Book GroupThe Second Mountain by David Brooks

St. Mary’s Book Group will read the New York Times Best Seller, The Second Mountain by David Brooks.  Join the group via Zoom on Friday July 31 at 10:00 AM.

Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world. “Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive. Available on Amazon in Kindle $13.99, Hardcover $13.99 (and used) or Paperback $14.49.

Repose of the Souls…

Contacting the Families

Our congregation has lost two members this past week. 

You may send cards of condolence to the families at the addresses below.

The family of Jean E. Gray 
Erick Gray & Jill Giuliani
PO Box 6025
Bellevue, WA 98008
The family of Joanne B. Miller 
Joy & Jack Marshall
7529 Zircon Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Re-entry Task Force Update

The Reentry Task Force continues to meet and evaluate the COVID 19 status of the Pierce County and what that means in terms of our reentry to our building. The group has set standards for cleaning supplies and have ordered masks and gloves for use in the building. Our sextons are engaging in cleaning and other preparations. There has been a meeting with Capital Heating & Cooling to evaluate our HVAC system relative to proper filtering and circulation throughout the sanctuary and building. We will continue to keep you apprised of the work of this group.

Entering the Building

A Reminder – Entry Procedures must be followed by those who need to access the building. This might include staff, those participating in pre-recording worship or someone coming to see Rev. Marian. Upon entering, you are required to wear a mask, complete the questionnaire, take, and record your temperature. Please follow the established guidelines upon entering the building for your health and of those around you.

Contemplative Chapel and Prayer…Schedule Changes

Contemplative Prayer Chapel returns this coming Tuesday evening July 28 at 7 pm.  Contemplative Prayer will also meet this coming Thursday morning, July 30 at 11 am. 

Beginning in August, Thursday Contemplative Prayer will return to its former schedule of the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month beginning with August 13 and August 27, 2020. We’ll continue to meet at 11 am. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Paul Rietmann at 253-565-7459 or prietmann@comcast.net.

Wit and Wisdom

If your arms can’t reach someone, hug them with your prayers.

Don’t major in minor things.

To be almost saved is to be totally lost

Celebration – Honoring

Fred & Heidi McIlroy, in loving memory of Sprout.

Wendell Dutt in loving memory of Shirley.

Foreseeable Future – Weekly Parish Calendar

Access to Worship, Bulletin, Coffee Hour Made Easy

For all weekly events you can find the Zoom links and additional information by visiting this link:

  • Sunday worship can be viewed on the website along with the bulletin. Visit the homepage at www.stmaryslw.org.
  • Coffee Hour – Each Sunday at noon you can join in the fun with online Coffee Hour. Smile and wave to everyone and say hello your friends and neighbors. Bring your own coffee and goodies!
  • Tuesdays – Bible Study The Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick will lead this study group for men and women beginning at 10 am via Zoom. Readings the weeks following Easter are available via the Lectionary Page.
  • Zoom Contemplative Prayer Chapel.
    • Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 7:30 pm. “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10. To sign up for this new prayer group please contact Paul Rietmann at prietmann@comcast.net
  • Contemplative Prayer continues Thursday at 11 am via Zoom.
  • Book Group
    • The Second Mountain by David Brooks – Join the group via Zoom on Friday, July 31 at 10:00 AM.

Visit the Foreseeable FutureWeekly Parish Calendar for more information!

Online GIVE Works

Now it’s easier than ever to manage your pledge payments without writing a check. GIVE is our new online giving platform that is available on the church website. Visit www.stmaryslw.org at the top left of the home page you’ll see a large green button. There is a 3% processing fee for each transaction. Please consider including that amount in your donation to cover the cost of processing.

Help Desk Remains Open

We have the cure for this condition called IT Frustration…

If you are having connectivity problems, need technical help or have questions forward to parishoffice@stmaryslw.org.

We’ll have one of our help desk volunteers contact you.