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Sunday, August 16, the Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Dear Friends in Christ,

This week’s worship videos are now available:

Morning Prayer, Rite I:

Morning Prayer, Rite II:

Our guest preacher this week is the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, and I hope you'll agree that her sermon is a worthy conclusion to our summer preaching series. She brilliantly weaves together a close and thoughtful reading of the text, pastoral encouragement, a stirring call to Gospel justice, and many uses of the word "bodacious." Don't miss it.

Watch your e-mail this week for a survey that will help the Vestry and the Reopening Committee decide whether, and how, our church can offer in-person worship again. We want to hear from everyone in our congregation, so please fill it out promptly. Most of the questions are multiple choice, so it should only take a few minutes.

Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at noon:

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Hope to see many of you then!

Here are Mark's music notes:

During late June 2019 the Association of Anglican Musicians gathered in Boston for the annual national conference. At that event there was a conscientious discussion to understand the lack of performing works by women composers. And our choir had already been working on addressing this inequality by learning and programming some new works. With the continued and recent focus on inequality our little church music world has widened our focus at programming music by people of color. So I’ve been investing in some new music these days and you hear 2 works today by African American composer Adolphus Hailstork. Born in 1941 Hailstork grew up in Albany and studied violin, piano, organ, and voice. He studied at Howard University (BA), Manhattan School of Music (MM) and a doctorate from Michigan State with additional studies at the American Institute at Fontainebleau. He is currently teaching at Old Dominion University in Virginia. His works range from church music, chamber music to opera and symphonic music including premieres by orchestras in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.


The Rev. Bret B. Hays


Saint John’s Episcopal Church


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