You saw it right? That container ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal. It was drama on a Shakespearean level, riveting people’s attention all over the world. All those ships stuck in a massive traffic jam. Billions of dollars wasted every day of the delay. I bet all of us probably had the same thought: “Thank God, I wasn’t steering that boat.”
Did you see the photo of the little crane on the bank pushing rather hopelessly against the huge vessel ten times its size? If that’s not a perfect image for this past year, I don’t know what is. For more than a year now year we’ve been living with impossibly heavy things. The pandemic, fear, death, political and racial divisions (to name a few) crush us under its weight. Like that tiny little crane, we keep trying to dig ourselves out. We argue over wearing masks, we wait to get the vaccine, we read news stories about fast spreading variants. But no matter how hard we may try we just can’t set ourselves free from impossibly heavy things.
In her Easter sermon our Bishop pointed out that the ship was finally freed when the first full super moon was aligned with the sun and earth causing the tide to raise enough to set the ship free. She went on to say that the resurrection of Jesus rises us above impossibly heavy things. As strong and as technologically advanced as we believe we are there are still impossibly heavy things that are beyond our lifting. Perhaps that’s what faith is, trusting God will lift all our impossibly heavy things. Not because we are worthy, or even that we asked for the help, but simply because we are loved. A love bigger and stronger than all our impossibly heavy things. A love that moved an impossibly heavy stone from the tomb.
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
Although the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." John 20:19
The world can be a frightening place for us. The disciples too had much to fear, but Jesus encourages them, and so us too, to put aside our fear and be at peace within ourselves and with those around us.
St. Bridget's Chapter of the Daughters of the King®
This Sunday, April 11, we are having a Service of Preparation For Membership during the worship service. We are presenting: Cherie Baker, Bonnie Eckel, and Susan Johnson.
Adult Forum Returns on Sunday, April 18 at 9 am
We will be looking at and discussing the Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early church. We’ll be hearing readings from Acts throughout the Easter season so this is the perfect time to learn more!
We’ll be using N.T. Wright’s study guide available in paperback ($9.99) or Kindle ($8.49). Members may buy their own copies or contact the church for a copy.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at email@example.com.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
We give thanks for the birthday of Chris Burbach. We give thanks for the anniversary of Tom and Kathy Mencer. We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of East Timor, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Thomas', Holton.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Siefert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.