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Wednesday's News from St. Dunstan's- May 12, 2021

Posted 3:52 PM
The News from
St. Dunstan's
May 12, 2021
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls
and quietness within your towers.
For my kindred and companions’ sake,
I pray for your prosperity.
~ Psalm 122:6-8
As the violence in Israel-Palestine escalates, Christians are called upon to pray fervently with our Jewish and Muslim siblings for peace in the land that is sacred to all three faiths. Please join me in asking God's guidance and healing, that war might be averted and the ongoing humanitarian crisis resolved. To that end, I commend the following prayer from the Church of Scotland; I encourage you to use these or other words to lift the peoples of both Palestine and Israel to God. ~ Patty+

A Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
God of justice, bless those who work for peace through justice. Strengthen their resolve in the face of seemingly endless violence. Guide the leaders of the people of the Middle East to know your will and to support a just peace for all of your children.
God of love, lifting up the Holy Land for all humankind, breathe love and compassion into our prayers with a desire for nothing other than peace: peace in our hearts, peace for all creation, and especially peace in the land that is called holy.
God of hope, we lift up the city of Jerusalem, distracted and divided, yet still filled with promise as all the cities of the world. Come again into our cities, places of worship, Upper Rooms and Gethsemanes, that we may be given sight to recognize you.
God of mercy, even as we long to understand that which is often beyond our comprehension, we lay before you the hearts, minds and bodies of all those suffering from conflict in Palestine and Israel and from the ongoing occupation. Shower upon all the people of the Holy Land the spirit of justice and reconciliation.
God of the nations, give to all our people the blessings of well-being, freedom, and harmony, and, above all things, give us faith in you that we may be strengthened to care for all those in need until the coming of your son, our Savior and Lord, Amen.
Please Register for Sunday Worship
Sunday, May 16
Celebration of Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. (outdoors)
Weather-permitting, we will gather again on Sunday for worship on the church grounds. The service also will be live-streamed on the St. Dunstan's Facebook page.
While it is no longer necessary to sign the Regathering Covenant and Liability Waiver each week (if you have done so once already), we do still need for everyone to sign up ahead of time. This will help our planning and enable contact tracing, in the unlikely event that it should be necessary.
Please use this link to register; you also may use this form to volunteer to help with the service.
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be live-streamed from inside the church. We will communicate via email by 7:00 a.m. Sunday to let you know our plans.
Robin Reed's Graduation Broadcast
on YouTube Tomorrow
You are cordially invited to cheer on our Senior Seminarian Intern, the Rev. Dr. Robin Reed, as she graduates with her Master in Divinity degree tomorrow, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. While COVID restraints prevent Robin's St. Dunstan's friends and fans from attending the ceremony in person, please consider watching from home on the Virginia Theological Seminary YouTube Channel.
Book Group Meeting Tomorrow
St. Dunstan's Book Group 
Thursday, May 13, 
1:00 p.m. IN PERSON
(please note change for
this month only)
This month's selection is 
This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger.
The group will meet for a socially-distanced potluck lunch outdoors at 1 p.m. at the home of Elin Botha. If you are fully vaccinated and would like to join the discussion this month, please reach out to Elin directly so that she will know how many places to set.
Save the Date! Next Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 15
1:30-6:30 p.m.
The Church of the Redeemer
6201 Dunrobbin Drive
Watch this space in the coming days
for a registration link!
Daily Intercessory Prayer and
Nightly Compline
Mornings, M-F: Intercessory Prayer (by phone) 
Call our dedicated "prayer hotline" (508.924.1769) to join Prayers for the Morning at 10:00 a.m.
Evenings, M-F: Nightly Compline (by Zoom) 
Join your sisters and brothers from St. Dunstan's and Redeemer at 8 p.m. every evening, M-F, for Compline, the "good night prayer" of the Church. To participate in the Zoom, please use this link; Meeting ID: 754 5686 5769.
The Art of Mimi Betz at
Brookside Gardens
Now through May 23: "Artists of the Atelier"
Brookside Gardens Visitors' Center
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Come see the paintings of parishioner Mimi Betz, one of St. Dunstan's amazingly gifted visual artists, at Brookside Gardens! Mimi is one of about 15 artists with paintings currently on exhibit, and there are 12 of her pieces in the show.
"Artists of the Atelier" will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through May 23. The outdoor gardens are open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and are absolutely beautiful with all of the spring blossoms.
For more information, please visit the Brookside Gardens website
For Your Prayers
For healing, strength, and protection:
Joey Alfonso, Alice and Bill Avery, Nancy Bancroft,
Joyce Barnett, Sydney Betz, Phil Carroll, the Rev. Paula Clark, Suzie Coughlan, Bill Darnell, Mike Donnelly,
Kenny Farnsworth, Maddie Fennell, Chip Gallagher, 
Gracey Greco, Warren Green, Mary Elizabeth Hannah,
Todd Leonard, Victoria Lodewick, Nicole Luedtke, Gene Maier,
Susanna Metz, Joyce Nugent, Carol Patterson, Pam Plaisance, Allison Roberts, Curt Shively, Allison Spaulding, Lina Verville, Don Wasseman, Charlie Wooters, Carmen, Claire, and
The Vivanco Family (missionaries in Quito, Ecuador)
Those victimized by racial hatred and gun violence
Those impacted in body, mind, or spirit by COVID-19, 
especially the people of India
Those experiencing homelessness, hunger, unemployment,
and underemployment
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