This Sunday is The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
This is the longest season of the church year, lasting from Pentecost Day until Advent. The year following Epiphany and Pentecost is called Ordinary Time, and includes no major feasts. But it is a time for learning and reflection. The color of the season is green, symbolizing the life and growth of the church.
The Significance of Pentecost Today
In a video for Christianity.com, Phillip Nation explains why Pentecost is significant for Christians today. Read the transcript of that interview below:
"The significance of Pentecost to the church is something that we need to walk through carefully, and we shouldn't ignore, because Pentecost was a Jewish celebration. And so in our modern day of the New Testament church, we don't celebrate Pentecost in the way that the Old Testament Hebrews did.
"But Pentecost was the moment in history after Christ had ascended. And he had promised during the gospel narratives, during his earthly ministry, that he would leave, but that he would send the comforter, he would send the holy spirit. And it was at that moment in Pentecost where the spirit came, and he empowered the early believers, specifically the apostles that were left, and Peter, who is almost a comedic personality in the gospel narratives.
"Peter is the one who constantly puts his foot in his mouth, constantly is having to be corrected by Jesus, but is in the inner circle. And because of grace and mercy, he is chosen to be the one who stands up in front of this throng, probably thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people to proclaim the gospel, there in the midst of a Hebrew celebration that was intended to remind the Hebrews of how God had always protected them.
"And here Peter stands up and says, 'And let me tell you about the Messiah, who is the eternal protection for all of humanity. Let me tell you who he is.' And so Pentecost becomes this marker in history to really what many people would say, 'And that's the moment that church is born.'
"That is when thousands come into the faith. And it goes from this little sect of believers who followed a Jewish rabbi from Nazareth who died and rose again, and suddenly the church breaks forth into the culture. Suddenly it is that unstoppable force that no one can really deny any longer. Pentecost has taken on a new significance for us. It, at one point, is just a historical memory. Now it is the living reality of the moment that the spirit of God seemingly bursts forth."
Beginning at 7:30am. Please join us for a time of centering. ClickHEREto join us on Zoom on your computer or tablet.
Compline takes place on Zoom at 8:00pm Thursday.
Why not click on the candles and join us tonight for this brief, lovely service?
Christian Formation at Emmanuel
Formation Series: Anglican 101
As we prepare for Bishop Paula Clark's first Episcopal visitation to Emmanuel on Dec 3rd it is a good time for a refresh on all things Episcopalian. Rev's Dave and Kate will offer a brief overview of:
Finally, we'll review the baptismal covenant (11/26) and our own calls to ministry in the Church. All are welcome–whether you're a cradle Episcopalian looking to deepen your knowledge and your faith, or a newcomer still trying to figure out what the fuss about the Prayer Book is.
Those who are preparing to be confirmed or received, or to renew their baptismal vows, are expected to attend all five sessions, or to watch the recordings when they become available.
Join us at 11:15am in Beaudway Hall and live on Zoom.
These programs will be conducted in person after the service or over Zoom at approximately 11:15am.
It’s that time of year for Emmanuel to collect gifts for Lawrence Hall Youth Services students ages 13 to 21.
Trees will be up in the church with tags including gift ideas. If you can’t pick up a tag, you can still drop off a gift at the church any time, or I will be glad to pick up your donation from your home. UNWRAPPED gifts are due by Sunday, December 10th, and you can include wrapping supplies if you like.
Suggested gifts for boys and girls include: bath, beauty and hygiene products, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, games, books, warm clothes, and gift cards.
Students live full time at Lawrence Hall and your gifts are very much appreciated by these children.
Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support of this worthwhile Episcopal charity.
Please call with any questions:
Ellen B (708) 354-5847.
The Emmanuel Pipe Organ Project
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Pray for those who have been commended to our prayers:
For the Sick and for those in any other need:Donna, Drew, Jane, Janet, Janice and Don, Jeff, Jim, Judy, Karen, Kate, Madison and their baby, Kurt, Mary, Michael, Mike and Renee, Molly and Jim, Pat and Steve, Richard and Connie
For the Repose of the Soul:Arthur Williams
Birthdays: Althea M, Lisa S-R
Anniversaries: We wish Vicki and Greg Roe a Happy Wedding Anniversary
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP p. 395)
The Emmanuel Prayer List is kept in the Church Office and updated periodically. Call or email the Church Office to add someone to the list. For privacy, people will be listed by given name, and the reason for prayer will be kept generic.
Saint of the week:
St. Hugh of Lincoln
17 November 1200
As a sign of his remorse for his role in the murder of the Archbishop Thomas Becket, King Henry II founded the first house in England of the strict monastic order called the Carthusians. Difficulties arose with the first two priors, and a French noble recommended Hugh de Avalon, who at that time had been a monk at the motherhouse of the order for 17 years.
On his arrival in England in 1176, Hugh found that the building of the monastery had not begun. Worse, no compensation had been paid to those who would have to lose their lands and property to make room for it. Hugh refused to take office until these persons had been paid "to the last penny." King Henry loved him for his plain speaking. "I do not despair of you," Hugh said to him at their first interview; "I know how much your many occupations interfere with the health of your soul."
Henry, impressed by his frankness, swore that while he lived he should not leave his kingdom, and took so much pleasure in his conversation, and paid so much heed to his counsels, that a rumor arose that Hugh was his son. Hugh's biographer wrote, "of all men only Hugh could bend that rhinoceros to his will."
Riots against the Jews broke out in England at the time of the Third Crusade. In defense of the persecuted, Hugh faced armed mobs in Lincoln, Stamford and Northampton and compelled their submission.
Hugh refused to raise money for the foreign wars of King Richard the Lion-Heart, calmed the king's rage with a kiss, and persisted in his refusal: this was the first clear example on record of the refusal of a money-grant demanded directly by the crown, and an important legal precedent. Richard said, "If all bishops were like my lord of Lincoln, not a prince among us could raise his head against them."
Devout, tireless, and forgetful of self, Hugh also had wit, a temper that he described as "more biting than pepper," and a great love and concern for children and the defenseless. He visited leper-houses and washed the ulcerous limbs of their inmates.
He was fond of animals, and they of him. Birds and squirrels came readily to his hand. He had a swan that would feed from his hand, follow him about, and keep guard over his bed, so that no one could approach it without being attacked.
In 1200 the king sent him on an embassy to France. His mission was a success, but he took ill and returned to England to die on 16 November 1200. John Ruskin called him "the most beautiful sacerdotal (priestly) figure known to me in history."
Special Vestry Meeting-------November 28, 2023
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