In the creation story God rested from work on the seventh day. Shabbat is more than just a day off from labor. It is a day of physical and spiritual renewal. In his book "Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives," Wayne Muller writes, "In today's world, with with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves "(Bantam Books,2000)." That's the real meaning and purpose of Shabbat, we are given the gift to restore balance in our lives. To not allow all our work, errands, and distractions to block us form listening to God.
Psalm 46:10 encourages us to "Be still, and know that I am God." Mark's, Matthew's, and Luke's Gospel all have stories of Jesus retreating to a isolated place to pray. No matter if we have full or part time jobs, we volunteer, or are retired, Shabbat is crucial. Shabbat is not resting, not catching up on TV, or sleeping in, or just chilling with friends and family. It means taking a purposeful break from your normal routine. It doesn't have to happen on a Saturday or Sunday but should include opening our ears to God's voice and reflecting on our faith life. How would you rearrange your life to have more Shabbat in it?
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 email@example.com.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
When Simon and his companions found Jesus, they said to Jesus, "Everyone is searching for you."
People today continue to search for Jesus, for his message, his encouragement, his presence. As stewards, our task is to make Jesus present by what we say, what we do, how we act, how we support, how we love.
Sunday, Feb 7 - The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Adult Forum: Begins today - see announcement below.
10:00 am: Spiritual Communion Service, on Facebook LIVE
Wednesday, Feb, 10
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
5:30pm Vestry Meeting
Thursday, Feb 11
6 pm: Cup of Cocoa - join us via ZOOM
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 - The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
9:00 am Adult Forum
10:00 am: Spiritual Communion Service, on Facebook Live
The first meeting will be on Zoom this Sunday, February 7 at 9am look for a link in Unison. For the next few weeks we'll be reading and discussing Diana Butler Bass' book "Christianity for the Rest of Us". Books are still available for free or you can offer a donation of $15 to offset the cost.
Pledges and Offerings Until St. Aidan's Reopens
Please send your pledges and offerings to the church office.
You may also donate online.
MAKE SURE YOU DESIGNATE ST. AIDAN'S IN THE DROP DOWN BOX.
The next Vestry Meeting is on this Wednesday February 10th at 5:30pm. This will be the first Vestry meeting for the newly elected Vestry members. Want to thank the current Vestry members for continuing to serve on the Vestry and want to say a welcome to the new Vestry Members Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed for agreeing to serve on the Vestry.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
I’m excited to announce our next program for Adult Forum.
We will be be reading and discussingDiana Butler Bass'“Christianity for the Rest of Us” (link below).
This book has been used by many churches and is a very interesting read about what modern people are looking for in a church
Her findings will surprise and encourage you!
All the copies we ordered ofDiana Butler Bass'"Christianity for the Rest of Us" have been distributed! Don't worry, we've ordered more and received them. Come join our growing group! The book is free and donations are appreciated.
I encourage you to get prepared by reading ahead when Adult Forum resumes on Zoom this Sunday, February 7 at 9 am.
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. email@example.com.
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 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 Anglican Church of Canada..
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for St. Paul's, Clay Center.
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, Carolyn Sturgeon; 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.