May 17 | Parish Post

From the Rev. Dr. Bill Hardwick…

The Present Moment

The present moment represents a divide in American society. On the one hand, we are restless to break out of the isolation that we’ve had to endure, but on the other, we are anxious about the health risks of reopening our country too soon. Both Governor Insley and Bishop Rickel have warned us that the movement forward will be more like a marathon than a sprint. 

What we often leave out of the equation is the role that God plays in our current crisis. Many have affirmed that God is in our midst, suffering with us, giving us the grace to endure whatever comes our way.

But God is even more active in this crisis than we might imagine.  God is out in front of us, leading us into new ways of relating to one another, into different ways of creating and sustaining community, and into new possibilities for renewing the creation.

The 20th century mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) once wrote:

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—and that it may take a very long time.” excerpted from Hearts on Fire

Yes, we want to return to some sense of normalcy, but we cannot go back to the way things were. If we want to have a better world and a better Church, we need to wait to discover where God is leading us. This might be the most important thing that we can do as we transition into a new reality.

Elegy – A Note about the Music this Week

For our Eucharist this week, the prelude and voluntary are both by English composers.  These two pieces are included for a reason. 

In the midst of the second world war, when the United Kingdom was facing destruction from the air, daily religious services were broadcast live on the BBC.  The services were usually held at Temple Church in London as this was the church where BBC music staffer George Thalben-Ball was the organist.  On one particular day, he played “Solemn Melody” composed by Sir Henry Walford Davies (1930) as the prelude to a service.  The service continued as normal. 

At the end, however, there was extra time left.  In such a situation, the organist was required to improvise music on the spot as the broadcast ended.  This, Thalben-Ball did and the result is his “Elegy.”  In fact, so perfectly crafted was this improvisation, that many people wrote to ask who the composer of the new work was.  He then decided to write it down to the best of his memory.  One can so easily hear and feel the courage, dedication, and bravery of a battered nation and people that is still tempered by the sadness of so many losses and hardships faced. 

I have played both of these selections before at St. Mary’s but never done so on the same service as they were experienced on that day in the 1940s.  As we face a less-dire but still catastrophic national and world situation, I hope that you will enjoy this musical prayer in this trying time. 

– Fred McIlroy, Director of Music

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
  • 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!
  • Tuesday – Bible Study continues on May 12 for the next 3 weeks. 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.
  • *New* Zoom Contemplative Prayer Chapel. Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 7:30 PM beginning May 12. “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10. To sign up for this new prayer group please contact Paul Rietmann at
  • Wednesdays – Finding Faith in the Midst of Pandemic continues Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am via Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer continues Thursday, May 14 at 11 am via Zoom.
  • Book of Common Prayer Class resumes Friday, May 15 at 10 am via Zoom. The topic is Psalms and Prayers.

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 at the top left of the home page you’ll see a large green button. There is a 3% processing fee for each transaction.

Donate the Cost of a Haircut – Support Nourish Food Bank

We are all very much aware of how food banks across the country are struggling to meet the needs of hungry people.  

Consider donating what you would have spent on a haircut these past few weeks to our Lakewood food bank.  You can donate to St Mary’s discretionary fund, and your gifts will be sent on to the food bank. 

Your generosity helps feed our neighbors in need. 

— Fr Paul

Camp Huston Cancels for Summer 2020

Camp Huston always has prioritized the health and safety of our campers and staff. We have a close working relationship with Snohomish Health District and are following the recommendation of its health officer, Dr. Chris Spitters. Not being able to hold summer camp will cause a significant impact to Camp Huston.

If you already paid any portion of the cost of summer camp, we will be in contact in the coming week to offer a full refund. Camp Huston is committed to keeping our community connected. We are developing plans to share the camp experience with you at home this summer.

Wit and Wisdom

If I feed my faith, my fears will starve to death

Someone will keep going tomorrow because you prayed for them tonight.

You can trust God with your data.

Easter Remembrances

Wendell Dutt, in memory of Shirley on their wedding anniversary

Craig & Rosemary Doupé in thanksgiving of their wedding anniversary

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