St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of September 10-16, 2018  

Get behind me, Satan!

Jesus told Peter, "Get behind me, Satan."

 Isaiah 50:4-9a;  Psalm 116:1-8
James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38

This week's readings
In Sunday's Gospel Jesus asks his disciples who they say he is. There are various opinions. But Peter declares, "You are the Messiah." Jesus then informs his disciples of his earthly fate. It is a grim picture, as we well know.

Peter isn't having any of it. Our Sunday reading says Peter "rebukes" Jesus. Whereupon Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

"Get behind me, Satan," is not something we expect to read that is hurled at the saint on whom the church was founded by Jesus himself. But he goes on to say, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

The way to put Satan behind us is to turn away from the tempter, be it a person or a thing or just an idea. We know Jesus loves Peter and accepts his impetuousness. But Peter's challenge has to be set aside once and for all.

Our calling as Christians is the same. We are called to give our lives to the Gospel, to the Good News, to the proposition that God loves us and we are called to love God and love our neighbor. To do God's will is our mission and sometimes it involves accepting difficult realities, like Jesus' earthly end. 

P A R I S H  N E W S
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.  

Winners have been drawn weekly since July 1.  The following people have been the lucky ones so far:  Linda Santos, Claudette Tucker, Sarah LoConte, Rose Cox,  Donna Hosier, Angelique Casey,  Tony Hamel, Mark Debald, Dolores Kelly, Carolyn Dewald, Cynthia Benjamin, Dewy Clarke, and Carol Rohde.  Some of these people have even won multiple times.   Be sure to get a ticket so you have a chance to be a lucky winner too.

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.

C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S

 1     Notoe Hodge                                                14      Clifford DuBois Jr.
        Brandon Clarke                                                      Jack Porter
4      Brian McCarthy                                             21      Aleen Josephs Clarke
7      Florence Greenway                                      22      Shamara Wethington Mizell
        Rebecca Lynn Brown                                              Douglas Robinson
9      Janet Woods                                                 23      Benjamin Porter
        Judith Mizell                                                  24      Gladys Morais
11    Louise Evans                                                28      Adrian Goldson
12    Marjorie Marks                                              29      Daphne Barrett
        Colleen Misner                                              30      Tom Walker

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'  
Server:            Maria Bell
Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                        Adrian Goldson
Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee
                        Jordan Rosborough
                        Ben Rosborough
Lectors:           Alexis Plain
                        Rose Marie Proctor
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:      Mertlyn & Norma

Greeters:         Debbie Pitcher
                        Bobbie Gordon

1982                522             Glorious things of thee are spoken
 LEVAS-II        641              Love to tell the story

 1982               441              In the cross of Christ I glory
 1982               652              Dear Lord and Father of mankind
HYMN INFORMATION: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind is a hymn with words adapted from the closing stanzas of an 1872 poem, "The Brewing of Soma," by American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Soma was a sacred ritual drink in pre-Christian Vedic religion, possibly with hallucinogenic properties. The poem describes Vedic priests brewing and drinking soma in an attempt to experience divinity, and compares this to some Christians' use of "music, incense, vigils drear, and trance, to bring the skies more near, or lift men up to heaven!" But Whittier declares these efforts to be mere intoxication, and ends by describing the true method for contact with the divine, as practised by Quakers: sober lives dedicated to doing God's will, seeking silence and selflessness in order to hear the "still, small voice", described in I Kings 19:11-13 as the authentic voice of God, rather than earthquake, wind or fire. The hymn adaptation is by English pastor W. Garrett Horder, from 1884, and is sung to a tune by English organist Frederick Charles Maker.

September 10-16, 2018

MON 10                    7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                                  6pm Evening Prayer, Worship/Altar Guild;  
                                  6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
TUE 11                      10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
                                  6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study;
WED 12                     7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                                 10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                                 12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;  
                                 1pm Parish Aid;  
THUR 13                  10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;  
                                  6pm Evening Prayer, Pastoral Care;  
FRI 14                       7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;                                                       
SAT  15                     9am Episcopal Charities Workshop;  
                                 1pm Private SH Event
                                  3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery" 
SUN 16                     8am Rite I;
                                  8:45am Lesson's Discussion;
                                 9:30am Choir Practice;
                                 10am Sunday School;
                                 10am Rite II- Celebrating Birthdays & Anniversaries
                                 11:15am Coffee Hour;                                 


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