Father Logan Updates:

March 31, 2021

All,

First, Seder was a great evening which I truly enjoyed celebrating with you.  Thanks for the company, questions, and warm fellowship!

Second, I wish I was smarter...or at least had a better memory.  It was mentioned at the lighting of the candles there was something for the women to do and pray.  Frankly, I drew a blank.  Here is the correct Jewish answer:

-Light the candles (women only, unless none are present. This is one of the 613 commandments which apply to females);
-Sweep your hands over the candle (gently of course, and not getting burned) and then to your eyes which are covered during the prayer (some sources state the motion is drawing the light into yourself);
-Say the prayer, " Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat." (Note, certain devout conservative Jews do not say the name of God/Lord, even in writing based on the 10 Commandments prohibition against using the Lord's Name. And there are minor variations on this prayer, I have discovered.)  And all God's people answer, "Amen."
-Silently add any other prayers.
-When finished with prayers, say "Shabbat Shalom" (loosely translated, "Good Shabbath")

All this and more are found at https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/610363/jewish/Shabbat-Candles.htm.
Hope this helps!
Blessings, Jeff+

The Rev. Jeff Logan, DMin.
St. Luke's Anglican Church
600 NW 6th Street
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067
Office:  (940) 325-2244
Cell:     (808) 927-8788


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February 18, 2021

Family of St. Luke's,

I hope this email finds all of you warm and safe.  The events of this week (winter storm and loss of utilities for many) have created a disruption for all and a genuine hardship for some of us.  I have been impressed at how local folks worked together to overcome the issues confronting us.  Well done and keep it up!

Lent is here!  The storm caused changes to our plans to begin Lent this year.  Ash Wednesday this year was more about survival rather than a spiritual reminder of Lent.  This is how it should be given the threatening circumstances for many.  There was no Imposition of Ashes service on Wednesday this year, however, it might occur on Sunday (still working on that as of this writing).

Due to weather conditions, I will decide tomorrow around noon whether to have Confessions at 5pm and Stations of the Cross at 6pm.  Right now I plan on having them, and if conditions hinder safe travel and worship, I will ensure an email goes out canceling both events (and signs on the church doors).  Given all that has happened this week, we will NOT be having soup and bread after Stations this week.  Let's hope and pray we can do so next week.

As announced, Bishop Ryan Reed plans on visiting St. Luke's this Sunday, weather and conditions permitting.  Right now the church has power (and heat), but the water was turned off during the freeze, and I will not know until late Friday or Saturday if there is any damage to our plumbing due to the loss of heat earlier this week.  Thus, I can tentatively say, BIshop Reed will be visiting this Sunday.  The reception is uncertain.  I will send out an email on Saturday with more information (I wish I could plan better, trust me).

For the Bishop's visit on Sunday, there are three options of worshipping: 
  • In-Person in the Sanctuary with Communion,
  • In-Person in the Fellowship Hall (via closed-circuit TV) with Communion,
  • Virtual via live stream on Facebook (no Communion).
There is an old saying, "One day at a time" and that is good advice for us all at this time.

God bless, Jeff+

The Rev. Jeff Logan, DMin.
St. Luke's Anglican Church
600 NW 6th Street
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067
Office:  (940) 325-2244
Cell:     (808) 927-8788