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22 Pentecost—24-C-Track 2
October 16, 2016
Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8
He has everything a man could want, but he is in the middle of a crisis that is shaking him to his core. His brother, whom years ago he cheated and wounded, is coming to confront and possibly to kill him. So he sends a member of his staff ahead of the meeting to give his brother a peace offering, hoping that will dampen his brother’s rage. Then, as evening approaches he withdraws from his family and sits alone on the bank of a stream. Continue reading
Music for this Sunday attempts to hearken back to many of the readings. The opening voluntary is based on the opening hymn, whose tune is Brother James’s Air. The words to this hymn, How lovely is thy dwelling place, are taken directly from the psalm for the day, 84. The closing voluntary and the B# anthem are both based on the Southern Harmony tune, Holy Manna. Since both youth choirs traveled to Gloucester last Sunday afternoon, I didn’t schedule them to sing in the morning. They will be doing a setting of psalm 121, which was last week’s psalm, and is a piece they will be doing at the Three Choirs Festival. The Parish Choir’s anthem, Give almes of thy goods, is tied to the Sirach Old Testament reading.
October 9, 2016
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17: 11-19
Do you have a bucket list? You know a list of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket? I don’t have one yet, but I’m pretty sure one thing that won’t be on it: I have no desire to jump out of a perfectly good plane at 5000 feet with a piece of cloth strapped to my back. Continue reading
Creation Care—Pet Blessing
October 2, 2016
Genesis 1:26-31, Canticle 12, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 6:25-34
Triune God said, “Let us make humankind in our image…” So what is the image of God? In the words of Franciscan Richard Rohr: Triune God is a divine dance in which “The Father does not dominate the Son, and the Son does not dominate the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit does not dominate the Father or the Son, so that there is no domination in God. The divine life is a dance of shared power and shared love in which there is only a giving away, a sharing, a letting go, and thus an infinity of trust and mutuality.” Continue reading
19 Pentecost—21-C-Track 2
September 25, 2016
Amos 6:1a,4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31
Early on in his ministry people listening to Jesus would say, where does this fellow get all this? He’s the carpenter’s son, not the rabbi’s son, right? Matthew 13:55
Well, it’s easy to guess where he gets his material for today’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus: first of all, he gets it from experience. Walking around in first century Palestine Jesus sees vast income inequality. And it is just as hard for the rich of his day, as it is for the rich of our day, to give up their money to help impoverished people who can never pay you back and who probably may continue in their destructive habits anyway.
Second, Jesus also read the prophets of Israel, like Amos who prophesied around 750 BC and proclaimed God’s judgment on the rich who ignored the suffering of the poor and how that was destroying Israel that is called to be a light to the nations. He spoke almost 3000 years ago, but his words still sting: Continue reading
The Thrift Shop opens for business this Saturday, October 1, from 10am. – 3p.m. This consignment shop, run by dedicated All Saints’ volunteers since 1958, carries women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and offers 50% to its consignors. Money raised by the Thrift Shop supports the church in many ways, as well as supporting other programs within the community. Please come by to check us out, and we would welcome your gently used fall and winter clothing. We are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm, and accept clothing the first two weeks of each month. If you have never been in the Thrift Shop, come check us out after church on October 2. We have undergone a total renovation, and the results are amazing.
Music for Creation Sunday will be uplifting, joyous, and contains a special musical treat. The opening voluntary is entitled “Comic duet for two cats” by Rossini (1792-1868), an Italian composer famous for operas as well as sacred, chamber, and other music. Our two “cats” are Lily Marshall and Maggie Mescall, two of our senior B# whose voices are beautifully matched. We will sing creation hymns, and the youth choirs will sing “All God’s critters got a place in the choir,” as well as one of their chestnuts – “Badgers and hedgehogs.” Between those two anthems and the closing hymn – “A Hymn for St. Francis,” we will be covering almost every animal made and blessed by God!
18 Pentecost—20-C Track 2
September 18, 2016
Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13
What would you think if I said, Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious figure? Think about it! He wasn’t a priest; he was not licensed by the powers that be as a Rabbi. As far as we know he trained as a carpenter. The people he called to follow him were ordinary people who played no role in the religious establishment. His teachings were stories about ordinary folks—shepherds, widows, virgins, business people, fathers and sons; farmers and winemakers. He didn’t proclaim a religious message like: if you want to find God you must belong to a church and do religious activities. Continue reading
From the Rector–As has been said before, the Bible is not an account of humanity’s search for God, but God’s search for us. Through writings ranging from straightforward to wise to weird, God addresses us with a vision of reality which claims to be the true vision of how things really are. If we reject the Biblical Story we must choose some other accounting of things and base our lives on that. Continue reading