E-newsletter | August 14th, 2019
Kedron's Corner- One Family in Christ

When I graduated from seminary I was given a “seminary chair.” You know the type…the wooden chairs that have the logo from your school emblazoned on the back. In the hallowed halls of your alma matter they are the ones where the arms and seat are worn smooth by years of students taking a break for a chat. Those chairs have held generations of students and professors and hold meaning simply by their being.

My chair arrived in a HUGE box at my first parish and my immediate task was to unpack it. Cut the tape, pull the cardboard, release the stuffing from its tight quarters, more cutting, more cardboard pulling and AH HA! Victory. My chair was free from its bondage and surprisingly unscathed. I sat it in my office and I noticed a white thing tacked under the seat. Being the new owner of a “seminary chair” I didn’t know what it was so I tore it off. It was an envelope and inside it was a family tree. A big drawing with lines on it…it was a lineage. It was there so that I could write down my name and then whomever received the chair after me would write their name down and so on.
I was instantly sad. Someone I admire had given me a gift that would last and connect not only the two of us, but other people I care about and people I’ll never know…and I had torn it.

Names distinguish one person from another. When we begin to know someone well that all changes. When we get to know someone their name takes on new meaning. Mom isn’t the person who bore you; she’s the woman who cares for me, loved me for years and sent me on your way. Robin moves from being my co-worker to my friend who cheers me up on the hard days. Dan isn’t simply the guy I buy tomatoes from; he’s the man who helped me plan the most wonderful meal for my in-laws while standing at his fruit stand. Mary turns from the sweet girl across the street to the woman you love.

In creation God gave people the power to name all the living creatures. All through the Old Testament we hear stories of people being named for circumstances surrounding their birth (Benjamin= son of suffering) or names expressing the family’s faith or hopes (Samuel= heard by God and Noah= relief). In the New Testament, we get a new sense of names. We get Jesus calling the disciples by name. We hear Jesus say “I come in the name of my Father.” We also hear that all people will finally be marked with Christ’s name and thereby share in his authority, protection and identity.

This is our lineage. We are all connected to one another and find our names on the family tree of Christ. It doesn’t matter where we were born, the color of our skin or the language we speak. We are one family in Christ. Each of us is needed and has a special place in the lineage of God.

See you Sunday—Kedron +
Don't forget to register for Splash! Registration closes TODAY!

August 18, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Camp Ridgecrest for Boys , Black Mountain

Rising 6th through 12th graders, join us for an afternoon of fun on Lake Ridgecrest Fun, games, and food will be provided.

Register here - and email Rachel if you do! :)
Welcome Back Sunday
Sunday, August 25th
Back to School Blessings, Sunday School Open House, and Coffee Hour between services!

Join us for a Sunday School Open House at 9:30 am on Sunday, August 25th!

Children and Youth can meet their teachers and see their classrooms which are located on the lower level of the Sanctuary.

What better message to keep with you all year than Peace Be Upon You ? In Hebrew, it's Shalom aleichem; in Arabic, it's As-salamu alaykum. This universal message of peace is used around the world by many different cultures and religions.

What better way to go back to school than with a backpack blessing and special backpack tag? Join us for Welcome Back Sunday, bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, or computer bag ... receive a blessing and a Peace Be Upon You tag to take out into the world.

We will have DIY Backpack Tag and back-to-school prayer stations, coffee and breakfast snacks in the Commons.

We will also bless our Sunday school teachers at the 10:30 service on August 25th!

(Photo courtesy of Illustrated Children's Ministry)
Assistan ce Volunteer Meeting on August 27th
Crisis & Step Ahead volunteers are invited to gather August 27th at 10:00am in the Parish House. We will hear from Hospitality House about ways we can help our neighbors especially as winter approaches.
Our Assistance Ministry Clothing Closet needs donations of the following items:
  • Gently Used Men's and Women's tennis shoes
  • Boys and Girls clothing for children ages 9-12
  • Gently used or new sheet sets and towels

Thank you for your support!
Please check the Sunday Servants schedule on our website and make arrangements for coverage if you are not available.
Thank you!
The usher rotation schedules have been added to the website: https://stpaulwilkesboro.org/e-news-and-schedules
18 - Ricky Brockner
18 - Ann Graves   
19 - John Harwell
19 - Tana Myers
21 - Evelyn Southwell
22 - Lani Cook
24 - Cassie Stone 

18 - Gwen & David Temple
18 - Joe & Sarah Fesperman

Prayer List
Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Audrey Adams, Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Joe Barber, Jeremy Baugh, Pam Baugh, Dot Beamon, David Blair, Nancy Blair, Connor Bosson, Wayne Boyd, Jacob Brown, Ken Canter, Ron Canter, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Mike Duncan, Becky Forester, Craig Freas, Ernestine Freas, Gail Gattis, Mike Graf, Ruth Gray, Edward C. Griffith III, Peggy Harris, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Margo Hurd, Steve Jackson, John Jacobson, Joan Knox, Maggie McCann, Susan McManus, Ann McNeill, Doug Merritt, Donna Moore, Becky Mullins, Tom and Penny Musson, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Bob Skees, Carolyn Stephens, Fanny Triplett, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Bob Webber, Cole Younger

Armed Forces
Let us pray for the safety of all our troops , especially Rob Beauchaine, Matthew Cage, Alex Cline, Philip Cooney, Karl Duerk, William Grant, Edward C. Griffith IV, Jacob B. Hall, Brandon Moore, Russ Necessary, Zach Necessary, John W. Pardue, Charlie & Lauren Pendry, Adam Pinkerton, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Patrick Szvetitz, Jackson Triplett, Levi Walker, Jason Westmeyer, Nathan Wyatt, and all others who serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Please send to the church office the addresses of troops with connections to
office@stpaulwilkesboro.org , especially those abroad.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1-7
Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed, 
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
but heard a cry!
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.
9 You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11 You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.
12 Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13 The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14 Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven;
behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.
15 They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Luke 12:49-56
Jesus said, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:
father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, `It is going to rain'; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat'; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?"
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