The week of July 2-8, 2018
A prophet is not without honor...
2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10, Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12: 2-10, Mark 6: 1-13
It is easy to imagine that anyone who went off and did anything noteworthy and became well known would enjoy some recognition in their home town. Maybe even a newspaper article or a tickertape parade. In our Gospel reading Sunday Jesus returns to his home town. At first his townspeople are amazed. Then they reject him. He is just too well known for them to recognize as someone special.
Because of their disbelief Jesus could not perform his usual miracles of healing. Even so, it was at this point Jesus sat down with the twelve disciples and instructed them on their mission and their authority. His rejection by his own townspeople, Jesus realized, made it a teaching moment. They needed to know they were empowered to heal those who had faith. They didn't need much more. If people rejected them or ignored them, they were to move on.
Faith is like that. It's present or it's not. It is next to impossible to convince a person of the viability of faith. Instead we come by it through experience, often when all else fails. Those who want what the followers of Jesus have to offer will receive it faithfully. Otherwise, the disciples should "...leave (and) shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them."
'In Service to God & You'
Server: Maria Bell
Lectors: Rose Marie Proctor
Litanist: Pete Bedrossian
Organist: Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes: Shawn Prater-Lee
Lectors: Colleen Misner
Litanist: Mark Debald
Usher: Dewy Clarke
Altar Guild: Hyacinth & Daphne
Greeters: Debbie Pitcher
STAND UP & BE HEARD!
Youth Mission work in P.R.
St. Paul's has three intrepid, dedicated young women who are in Puerto Rico right now, helping to restore that island. Before they left, I asked Danya Clarke, Madison Goldson and Alexis Plain to share some of their thoughts on this missionary adventure.
Why did they go? For Alexis, it was an exciting to be able to help people and witness a new culture. For Madison, it thinking about those impacted by the Hurricane and all that it destroyed. For Danya, it was a chance to learn about a new culture.
Of the three, only Alexis has been to the island. All three though see the trip as an opportunity to help others, be exposed to a different culture, make new friends and form memories.
I also asked them what they thought they might gain from this trip. Their responses, although varied keyed in on learning from this experience. That learning included gaining new insight into how other people live; greater social skills; and a better appreciation of what they have here in the U.S. Madison though, also sees that this trip as a way to support her conscience: She will know that she did what she could to help those less fortunate.
They will be asked to share their experiences when they return. Let us keep them in our prayers and welcome them back when they return.
--Pete Bedrossian, Formation Committee Chair
P A R I S H N E W S
THE RINGING OF THE BELLS
Every Sunday, at both the 8:00 and 10:00 we hear bells being rung during the service. No, not the bell tower bell to announce the beginning of the service, but the smaller bells rung during the elevation of the elements during the Consecration. It is these smaller bells that are the focus of this week's piece.
The use of the bells has not always been part of Western Christian practice. It was during the late 12th century that the bells entered in to the rituals of the Mass. Coincidentally, the elevation of the consecrated host. At that time, the large church bell in the belfry was rung so that all in the area of the church would stop and be properly reverential. It move indoors so that the faithful inside the Church were alerted to this special portion of the service. Thus, the bells are to call our attention to this important moment during the service. Now the bells are rung during the elevation of both the bread and the wine.
It began in Northern Europe and migrated to Rome 200 year later. It became more central (and universal) in 1604 during the papacy of Clement VIII. While the practice, began in tyhe Roman Catholic practice is now part of our Anglican tradition.
25 WEEK CLUB TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!
Be sure to get yours ASAP in order to get in all of the drawings.
Here's a reminder of how it works:
Tickets are $25.00 each. Drawings will be held every Sunday from July 1 - December 9. Prizes for those drawings are $10 and $20.
The final drawing will be December 15 at a party that will include dinner and perhaps musical entertainment. Prizes awarded that day will be $10, $20 plus the big prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 & $50.
You can win multiple times since your ticket is always returned to the pile so that it's there for the final drawing. All parishioners are asked to buy or sell at least 2 tickets.
Tickets to sell are available from Bobbie Gordon. Tickets for purchase are available from Vestry members and Debbie Pitcher, Deb Williams, Rose Marie Proctor, Charlie Benjamin, Cynthia Benjamin, Janet Quade and Bobbie Gordon.
August 12th, 2018
Following the 10:00 church service
$6 per person or $12 per family
Please feel free to invite family & friends.
2 Elisabeth Emily Cecilia Gillon 20 Kaylee Curtis
7 Janet Quade 22 Ruthie A. Hodge
11 Ginny Gates 27 Faith Mincey
13 Sharon Sherow 28 Michael Babb
Christopher Evans 31 Selena Hyson
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THIS WEEK'S HYMNS
1982 423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise
1982 362 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty
1982 685 Rock of ages, cleft for me
1982 473 Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
HYMN INFORMATION: Scottish pastor Walter Chalmers Smith's hymn
Immortal, invisible, God only wise was first published in 1876. The opening line derives from 1 Timothy 1:17, "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever," and other portions of the text were inspired by Daniel 7:9, Corinthians 3:15-16, and Psalm 36. The tune we sing this hymn to is titled St. Denio, which first appeared in 1839, and is based on a Welsh folk song.
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
July 1-8, 2018
MON 2 7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;
6pm EVENING PRAYER, Stewardship;
6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;
CLOSED Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
THUR 5 10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;
6pm EVENING PRAYER, Evangelism/ Outreach;
FRI 6 7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;
3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery"
11am Private PH Party
5pm Private SH Party;
SUN 8 8am Rite I;
8:45am Lesson's Discussion;
10am Sunday School;
10am Rite II-
The Rev. Michael Shafer
11:15am Coffee Hour;