"Motown Mass"

By Father Hardman

Our first outdoor service begins on June 6 with our annual picnic. This year we will be incorporating "Motown Music" in the 10:00 am liturgy. If you have grown up, as I did, separating the sacred from the profane then that may sound shocking. But note this: Motown Music is a type of R&B music which is often referred to as "Soul Music".

The Christian faith proclaims that God is Trinity. For years that has been kind of a numbers game, of 3 in 1 and 1 in 3. But in reality, it is a way of expressing a profound truth about God. It is another way of saying God is love. That means more than God loves us. It means that God is "loving relationality" God is the one in whom "we live and move and have our being." We are most truly ourselves in relationship because we are made in the image of God, who is loving relationality.

Whenever we experience relationship or communion, or even have a sense of our connectedness to something greater than ourselves, we experience God. When I listen to "soul music" I experience that sense of connectedness. It touches my soul, as they say. It empowers me to be myself while at the same time opening me to something greater.

As you have no doubt observed, most popular music is centered on our love for each other. But if God is loving relationality, then when we love someone, in a way we are loving God too. They go together. That is why the summary of the law is to love God and love one another.

I invite you to think about this imaginatively. If you change just a word or two or the perspective in many popular songs, they become songs that fit right in with our worship of God. For instance, change "My Girl" to "My God" and you have a wonderful song of praise. Change the perspective in "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to God singing to you and you have the good news of God's love for us. That is what we will be doing at our picnic.

So, "reach out; I'll be there". I hope you will be too.

Parish Picnic

The parish picnic immediately follows the 10am liturgy and is held on the parish grounds.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst are cooked up by the men of the parish, who also provide the set up and clean up for the day. 

Children's activities take place in the safety of the Columbarium gardens.  New this year, for young and old alike, are a strolling juggler, professional face painter, and a balloon artist. The old favorites - the Moon Walk, Bozo Buckets and Duck Pond - are always crowd pleasers. 

Family, friends and neighbors are invited! RSVP suggested, but not required. 

Summer at Holy Comforter

The Annual Parish Picnic on June 6 kick-offs our summer schedule. There are only two liturgies that day - 8:00 am at the Church and the 10:00 am "Motown Mass" outdoors on the front lawn. The following Sunday, June 13, our schedule of summer liturgies begins: 8:00 am in the Church; 9:00 am in the Cloister; and 10:15 am in the Church. The 9:00 Eucharist is outdoors as weather permits, and is informal and especially family-friendly. Refreshments will be provided in the parlor after the 8:00 and 10:15 liturgies, and in the Cloister following the 9:00 liturgy. The Choir, Adult Forum and Church School are on hiatus until September 12.

Each weekday, the Eucharist is celebrated at 9:00 am, except on Thursday mornings, when the liturgy and Public Service of Healing take place at 7:00 am in the Cloister, weather permitting. The Men's Bible Study, the Shawl Ministry and other fellowship events will continue during the summer months. The summer office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Clergy are available on Saturday from 9:00 am-Noon.  We hope to see you each Sunday, and perhaps weekdays, to worship God.

Succession Update

The Succession Committee has posted the Parish Profile and the Application Requirements on the Holy Comforter website.  We encourage you to visit the site and review the materials.  As always, the Committee welcomes your comments and input.  Our next meeting is June 7th.  The major topic will be defining the interviewing and selection process.  Overall, we are very pleased with the progress to date. 

Follow the progress of the Succession Committee here...

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of. . .
•  Ryals Benton to Emily and Justin Harvey of Nashville TN. Chris and Libby Hardman are his grandparents.  Ryals has a sister, 3-yr. old Libby.
•  Josiah William to former curate Melissa Wilcox and her husband Adam Kradle.  Josiah has a brother, 4-yr. old Elias, and sister, 2-yr old Adelade.  The family lives in Media PA where Adam is rector of Christ Episcopal Church.

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  Kurt Ellison, our former Coordinator of Formation & Fellowship, on the sudden death of his mother following a car accident in their hometown of Baltimore MD.

We congratulate . . .
•  Anne-Linnea MacLeod and Margaux Boles who received the Girl Scout Silver Award at the Kenilworth Memorial Day Celebration.
•  Our high school graduates David Anderson, Devon Batjer (Texas Christian University), Lindsay Boles (Middlebury College), Morgan D'Arcy (Elon University), Danny Delgado (St. Xavier), Alex Porter (University of Illinois), Jay Roever (University of California, Berkeley); Guy Sutherland (University of Denver).

A Letter from our Associate Rector

Dear Friends,
As you know I've been engaged in a search for a new position since just before the holidays this past winter. Throughout this experience I've been very touched - although not at all surprised- by how gracious and supportive this community has been to me. I am pleased to tell you that I have accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector at St. James's Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA. I am very excited about the position and the church. St. James's is a large, dynamic urban parish in the Diocese of Virginia. I will have oversight of Adult Formation and will share many of the other clerical duties with two excellent clergy colleagues and serve with an outstanding lay staff. (that part will be nothing new to me of course) The position will provide me with a lot of growth opportunities and Richmond is within a day's drive (albeit a long one!) from my family in Florida.

The only downside is that to move to St. James's I have to say goodbye to all of you. My time here at Holy Comforter has been a blessing to me. Each of you has been a tremendous blessing to me! And I will miss you. I hope that this month will provide us the opportunity to visit and say goodbye, but also to share memories and our hopes for the future.

Peace and good,

WHAM Mission: Nicaragua

Our high school youth group WHAM (We Have A Mission) embark on their first global mission trip to the mountain region of Nicaragua on Saturday, June 19.  Their host for the 7-day trip is the Fabretto Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable impoverished Nicaraguan children and their families in underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential with programs that promote nutrition, health, education, community and character development. 

While on the trip, our high schoolers will visit the schools supported by Fabretto, one of which was given a generous monetary donation by Holy Comforter's Outreach Distribution Committee.  They will interact with the children in their afterschool programs, using the arts & crafts supplies and sporting equipment they are donating to each of the schools. WHAM has also funded a building project which they will work on for part of the week.

Please keep WHAM and their leaders in your prayers as they reach out to and learn more about our global community. Student participants are Vincent Case, Hannah Caywood, Jack Drake, Ian Feeney, Hannah Green, Ford Martin, Nolen Miller, Erika Nothnagel, Christian Piekos, Andrew Porter, Jack Quigley, Scotty Stieber and Jill Wiedrich.  Chaperones include Ann Barrett, Steve Crawford, John and Margaret Campbell and Patti Pateros. 

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Another One Bites the Dust"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles: "Five Bright Balloons"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: "Hospitality" 
by Derek Nickels, Music

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