Fr. Soule celebrates Holy Eucharist at 9AM this Sunday in the Parish Hall to accommodate social distancing and maximize seating. The service is also livestreamed to the STMM Facebook page, @smmepiscopal . More information below.
Prelude begins at 8:55AM with service following the ringing of the Church Bell at 9:00AM.
Evening Prayer is livestreamed at 6:30 each Wednesday evening. led by Erin from Sanctuary.
Videos of services are posted for later viewing on our Facebook page.
2 May 2021, the Second Sunday of Easter
Hymns for 5/2/2021
Processional 448 O Love How Deep
Gloria (bulletin insert)
Sequence 512 Come Gracious Spirit
Offertory 529 No East or West
Sanctus S130 (front of hymnal, service section)
Fraction- Pascha Nostrum (bulletin inset)
Communion 379 God Is Love
Processing out 344 With Thy Blessing
(click on underlined hymn numbers above to open link in new window) Some links not available due to copyright.
Links provided are from The Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church | Hymnary.org
(click on readings below to open link in new window) Links provided are from the Lectionary Page.
The Liturgy of the Word
- First Reading: Acts 8:26-40
- The Psalm: Psalm 22:24-30
- The Epistle: 1 John 4:7-21
- The Gospel: John 15:1-8
Some have asked how to tithe or donate to support StMM and its mission, especially if they cannot attend services in person. We currently do not support an online giving format. In addition or as an alternative to donating at a service, you mail your donation directly to the church at St. Mary Magdalene, Attn: Treas., PO Box 150, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or you can use your own banking institution’s online Bill Pay (which typically charges no fees either to you or the church). Please designate as for pledge, plate, flowers, Rector's Discretionary Fund, Hands of Mercy, Good Sam, etc., as appropriate.
St. Mary Magdalene Updates and Announcements
from the 28 April Parish Newsletter
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Prayer List
from the 28 April Parish Newsletter
- For the next 6-8 weeks, a single service will be conducted Sundays in the Parish Hall and livestreamed to FB.
- The Bishop’s annual visit to Saint Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church is scheduled for June 6th, 2021.
- Parishioners are encouraged to attend services in person or participate online, according to individual levels of comfort with gathering.
- Our Parish Hall seats ~35 worshippers, adequately distanced; several doors may be opened for maximum circulation. This includes the main admin hallway and portico.
- We also hope to worship outside occasionally on the portico or 510 Polk St., weather permitting.
- Note: Plate offerings may be made upon arrival. Rather than being passed, the collection plate is located on the back table with daily readings, hymnals, and BCPs. Offerings are blessed during the Offertory portion of the liturgy.
- Livestream of Sunday services on StMM’s FaceBook page begins at 8:55 AM with musical prelude.
- Regular Sunday worship livestream begins 9:00AM.
- Sunday Readings readings are listed with links above & Daily Lectionary readings online at The Lectionary Page.
- 6:30 PM Wednesday Evening Prayer livestreams to StMM’s FaceBook page with Erin leading the service.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Prayer List
- Please join us in praying for:
The Caldwell family, Vena and family, Stephanie, Debbie, and Shirley
- Pray for all the departed, including:
Ann Cogswell Caldwell
- Our Parish Prayer List is coordinated and published weekly. To request names be included for prayer, contact Paula directly or leave a message for her at the Church Office, by phone: 931-433-2911, or email.
- Prayer requests remain on the List for six weeks from the date posted. If prayer should be continued for an individual, please contact Paula to include that request again.
- Regular Vestry Meetings, typically at 6PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month via Zoom, are open to parishioners interested in attending; a Zoom invitation will be sent to anyone interested upon request. Please reply to the weekly announcement email if you wish to receive a zoom invitation for future Vestry meetings.
- Weekly announcements are sent out to SMM parishioners. If you are not receiving the weekly announcement parish email and wish to do so, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the parish, call the church office and leave a message with your Name, phone number and current email address.
- St. Mary Magdalene has the deep privilege of supporting Hands of Mercy and Good Sam(aritan). You may donate directly to either charitable group or bringing donations to the church.
- Good Sam donations
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned fruit
- Hands of Mercy Donations
- Individual Snack Items for Weekend lunches for children
- Monetary gifts are graciously accepted as well by and for either.
- Checks can be made either to Good Sam or to St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church and designation included on memo line. If you prefer to use direct deposit, please mark Memo line appropriately.
- Good Sam donations
- Rector’s Discretionary Fund: Your donations continue to aid those requesting additional assistance with food, housing, utilities, etc. For pledges/donations, please use direct bank deposit or mail checks to: Treasurer, St. Mary Magdalene EC, PO 150, Fayetteville, TN 37334. The plate offering on the first Sunday along with your designated gifts support this fund.
- UTO offering boxes were collected in April. Bring any United Thank Offering (UTO) boxes THIS Sunday or you may donate by check in the offering plate near the readings and BCPs.
- Thank you for your gifts of time, talent, goods, or funds!
Currently, In-person attendance at Services in the Sanctuary @ 106 E. Washington location is very limited due to size and social distance limitations. Sunday Services are moved to the Parish Hall for now to accommodate larger attendance while respecting weather and distancing guidance.
As weather allows, certain services may be moved outside to allow for maximum attendance with social distancing. Please check website or weekly announcements for location updates.
See details above in Announcements.
All services are currently being livestreamed to our FB page @smmepiscopal to meet the needs of the Parish as well as social distancing requirements.
Altar visits are easily scheduled, as is access to the Sanctuary or Parish Hall. Please contact the Clerk of the Vestry (Jim R.), either directly, or leave a message on church office phone (433-2911).
Additional updates and plans for resuming in-Church worship with appropriate precautions will be posted as available. The Bishop has released guidance from the Diocese on the Diocese website in a document entitled, "The Wilderness Road", for the parish as we begin the journey down an unpredictable road to our new normal means of worship and working to fulfill God's mission for us.
Please Check our Facebook page, @smmepiscopal, for more opportunities to interact, including online Evening prayer and other resources.
(Please contact thru phone or email.)
by appointment only.
Phones and email are monitored on regular basis.
106 E. Washington Street
Parking lot is adjacent to Parish hall on Washington.
(Please send donations by banking bill pay or check to this address:
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 150
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Office Phone: (931) 433-2911
* UPS and FedEx deliveries should be addressed to the physical location, not US Mail.
**for US Mail. The Post Office only delivers mail for PO Box users addressed to that box.
When conditions allow removal of current restrictions on meetings in confined spaces, we plan to resume our previous regular worship in the church sanctuary at the corner of Elk and Washington.
Daily Community Worship
All members of our parish are invited and encouraged though physically apart, to pray together daily at 8 AM, Noon and 6 PM for solidarity, to fortify our sense of community and to counter the uncertainty of these times. Let’s begin that today and do so whenever we are able.
While we are unable to all meet together for public worship, each of us can continue to draw strength through our individual and family prayer life.
Join us in prayer wherever you are as we continue to pray for our community, country, and world as together we fight the pandemic and the turmoil it is causing. Take part in an on line service to join your voices with others. And, don't forget to reach out to someone else with a call, a text, or message during this time of physical social distancing
The Book of Common Prayer is a rich resource, including Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Daily Devotions.
Resources for personal worship, including links to on-line Book of Common Prayer, the Lectionary Page, and the Diocese website, are found in the Resources section at the bottom of this page.
Suggestion: The Supplication, BCP p. 154 and Prayers and Thanksgivings, BCP p. 814-841.
Individuals are encouraged to attend on-line streaming worship while unable to attend in person.
Additional Resources for personal worship, including links to on-line Book of Common Prayer, the Lectionary Page, and the Diocese website, are found in the Resources section below.
OUR HISTORY The first congregation was organized by A. S. Thomas, a banker from Columbia, Tennessee. Early communicants were confirmed by the Rt. Rev. Charles T. Quintard. For a time, services were held in various homes and at the courthouse.
The cornerstone of the church was laid on September 22, 1881 and that first Eucharist was celebrated in the unfinished Church of St. Mary Magdalene on May 4, 1884. The minutes of the Guild of St. Mary Magdalene (the forerunner of the current Episcopal Church Women) state that the church was dedicated on St. Mary Magdalene's Day, July 22, 1884 and in 1890 the mission became a parish.
The building was destroyed in 1952 as the result of a tornado. Following the tornado, the nine families with 33 active members, who were the church family of St. Mary Magdalene, rebuilt the church on the same spot but rotated 90 degrees to the south. A FAITHFUL CONGREGATION REBUILDS...Bishop Barth officiated at the laying of the cornerstone of the present church on June 7, 1953. The first parish hall was built in 1960; it was divided into Sunday School rooms in 1985 when a new parish hall was added. In 1982, St. Mary Magdalene celebrated its Centennial, and buried a time capsule to be opened in 2007.
At the regular meeting of the Mission Council on December 11, 1991, the members voted unanimously to apply to the Diocese of Tennessee at the 169th Convention for parish status. In the calendar year 1991, the church became financially independent of the Diocese of Tennessee. In January 1992, it obtained parish status.
CLERGY From the time of its founding until about 1920, the church was served by full-time resident clergy. From 1920 to 1955 it was served by seminarians and supply clergy from the University of the South at Sewanee. During these years without a priest, the church was forced to go from "parish status" (being entirely self-supporting) to "mission status" (depending on the diocese for financial support). The church did not have a resident priest again until 1955.
Clergy Who Served St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church:
F.A Davenport, Prentice A. Pugh, Dr. H.R. Howard, James F. Plummer, Wm. G.G. Thompson, Henry James McGehee, Rowland Hale, Peter McKinnon Dennis, Francis R. Starr, Erle Homer Merriman, John Fernsley, E.P. Bartlam, B.B. Ramage, C.A. Cole , A. Bailey Hill, Sterling Tracy, A.C. Killeffer, George A. Fox, D. Troy Beatty, William Sanders, J.M. Northrup, Arthur Freeman, H.F. Keller, Sanford Garner, Ellis M. Bearden, S. W. Toal, Francis M. Osborne, Thomas E. Dudney, John T. Deforest, Jr., James R. Cullipher III, A.F. Schwenk, David H. Fisher, C.M. Galbraith, Robert L. Beasley, William A. Jones, Jr, Clark M. Baker, J.L. Postel, Charles W. Livermore, J.E. Waller, William T. Patten, Richard N. Walkley, Buckley H. Robbins, Henry W. Lancaster, Jr., Charles Randall Dunnavant, Ben H. Shawhan, William J. McNeely, Douglas Girardeau, James L. Rogers, Gerard S. Moser, Homer Le Grand, Al Scoggins, "Randy" Hoover-Dempsey, Harry B. Bainbridge, III, William H. Ralston, Julie Anna Johnson, James C. Pappas, Jason S. Terhune
IVY FROM CASTLE The ivy which grew on the walls of the old church until it was destroyed was brought from Kenilworth Castle, the home of Sir Walter Scott, in England. "Rev. Hale," the second Rector at the church was an Englishman and on various trips back to England he brought articles to be used in the church. These items were slightly damaged in the tornado, but were restored and are still in use today. A huge brass eagle, whose out-spread wings held a large Bible, was purchased by the Rev. Hale and is still in good condition. Suspended from the exposed, aged, wooden rafters above, the chancel of the original church were seven brass lamps with red glass chimneys enclosing candles. The lamps represented the seven churches of Asia. They were demolished by the tornado and one was blown through the wall of the rectory next door. Even before the disastrous tornado of 1952, another tornado had damaged the church slightly in 1890, but it was evidently not very serious.
ORGAN FROM MEMPHIS There was also a unique organ in the original church which came from Christ Church in Memphis. During the War between the States, this organ was seized from Christ Church by drunken soldiers who took it into the streets of Memphis and danced by its music. Later it was retrieved and sent to St. Mary Magdalene where it was used for many years. The unusual feature of the organ was that it was pumped by hand, and a person had to be behind it grinding before it would emit a sound. Early members of the church report that if a sound did not come from the instrument, it was usually found that the little boy organ grinder had fallen asleep. THE ALTAR
(THIS PORTION OF HISTORY WAS TAKEN FROM THE REV. ROWLAND HALE'S PERSONAL NOTES ON THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH, OF WHICH HE WAS THE SECOND RECTOR.)The current altar has been present in the church since its inception. The altar is a memorial to the Rev. C.C. Parsons and the Rev. John M. Schwar who fell victims to the Yellow Fever in 1878. This memorial was the gift of the mother of the Rev. Rowland Hale, Rector. It is the work of Geisler & Co. of New York. It is of oak with carved panels, the center one showing the "Agnus Dei" (Latin) for "Lamb of God." The Rev. C.C. Parsons and the Rev. John M. Schwar are among the clergy remembered with Constance and her Companions as the Martyrs of Memphis on September 9th in the liturgical calendar.