"To repent you of your sins..."      
 
This week I reread sections of a little book I was once given by an older priest. It is called St. Augustine's Prayer Book.  An Anglo-Catholic collection of prayers and devotions, it has a chapter on each of the sacraments.   For the sacrament of penitence, it began with examination of conscience with the seven deadly sins as the framework. 

It being Lent, I re-read that section.  How searching and surprising are some of the considerations of the "categories" of sin.  The sin of pride was laid out as the refusal to accept the status of creature.  I nodded, but then stopped when I read that under pride was distrust and over sensitivity and sentimentality.  I thought about these.  In fact, when I distrust things I am putting my judgment first. When I am overly sensitive, I am putting my feelings first.  I began to reconsider; yes, those habits stem from pride. I think my beautiful feelings, say in prayer, are more important than Christ's commands to action do something good before "the night comes." 
 
 Under greed, along with avarice and collecting stuff, it puts the desire to control or possess or use others.  Also under greed was prodigality, (lovely word) whether of possessions or time. We can fall off the bike on both sides.   I was not surprised with gluttony also including its opposite of being a gourmet: the focus is still on food.    Lust rounded up the usual suspects, in the view of the author, but also in the net were prudery and sexual repression.   Anger, the sinful kind, is 'open rebellion against God or our fellow creatures."  Good anger always springs from a sense of justice, but I had not considered that deliberately being a spoilsport is a type of anger, nor rudeness, nor annoyance.

 Traditionally, the purpose of such examines was not to wallow in being a sinner, but to move to repentance and change of life.  How do I move through my day and space aware or unaware of God and others?  How do I look through and beneath my habits to grasp the principals of living in love and awe of God and with respect to creation?    The goals of the old author are mindfulness and humility.  Or as a far older prophet wrote: "To do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God." 
The Rector will be out of town from Monday (3/13 to Saturday (3/18).  In case of a Pastoral Emergency, please call the Wardens and Fr. Christopher Steele of St. Mary's Irving (214) 394-6730.
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:00 a.m. is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Don't forget to turn your clock forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night if you would rather not get up at 2:00 a.m. to make the change.  Whatever is your preference.
Breakfast Sunday

March 12, the second Sunday of the month is our regular monthly Parish Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

This is another good reason to remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour so you will not miss breakfast.

Sunday Morning Lenten Program
Theology Matters
Canon Jordan Hylden

This week, March 12, the subject will be:  Creation and Fall
March 19         Christ and Salvation
March 26         Church and Life in the Spirit
April 2             Thy Kingdom Come: Heaven, Hell, and Hope

Wednesday, Lenten Series
Reaching our Community
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Evening Prayer, 6:00 p.m.
Soup, Salad, & Bread, 6:30 p.m.
Teri Petty, Director, Family Promise of Irving

Teri Petty, Director Family Promise
Teri Petty have been involved with Family Promise of Irving since 2010 as the community outreach minster for CHRIST Church. The idea of churches uniting to provide hospitality to families in crisis spoke to her heart as simply as following Jesus. She served as part of the core group helping build interest and capital to open our local affiliate.
 
When Family Promise opened in May of 2012, Teri served on the Board of Trustees for two years. As part of the support from CHRIST Church, she did part-time case management for 6 months with the families. She has been the executive director since October of 2014.
 
For Teri, Family Promise of Irving, with all of its challenges, is a labor of love.
 
Teri holds a Bachelors in Ministry and Leadership from Dallas Christian College.  She was  widowed after 23 years of marriage and has  4 adult children and 2 grandsons 6 & 3.  Her  hobbies are ballet and hiking
Need Soup, Salad and Bread
We will have a Potluck, Soup, Salad and Bread Supper. 
Please sign up at the back of the church for what you would like to bring.
Outreach
Irving Cares Pantry

Canned Fruit
Canned Meats - tuna, chicken
Canned Meals - chili, stew, soups
Peanut butter
Hot and cold cereal
The SecondSunday in Lent
Sunday, March 12, 2017
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Celebrant, The Reverend Canon Victoria R. T. Heard
Altar Party

Time
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Lector/Prayers of the People
8:00 a.m.
Bob Ware
Dick Comstock
 10:30 a.m.
Charlie Brockett
Nola Schrum


Genesis 12:1-4 a
PSALM 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

The Gospel:  John 3:1-17 

Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Holy Eucharist....................................................... 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast................................................................. 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School........................................................ 9:30 a.m.
Canon Hylden's Lenten Program............................ 9:30 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal....................................................... 9:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist...................................................... 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship following the service
Brotherhood of St. Andrew.................................. 12:15 p.m.
Rhema Gospel Church.......................................... 12:30 p.m.
Austin Street Centre................................................ 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13, 2017
Augustine Chapter SLAA....................................... 6:45 p.m.
Toastmasters........................................................... 7:00 p.m.
T uesday, March 14, 2017
Tuesday Morning Bible Study................... 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Evening Prayer........................................................ 6:00 p.m.
Potluck Supper....................................................... 6:30 p.m.
Lenten Series Reaching our Community................. 7:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal...................................................... 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Irving Chorale Rehearsal......................................... 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Berea Interdenominational Bible Study Class......... 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
North Texas Food Bank.......................................... 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017  Third  Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist ....................................................... 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School........................................................ 9:15 a.m.
Canon Hylden's Lenten Program........................... 9:15 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal....................................................... 9:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist..................................................... 10:30 a.m.
Vestry................................................................... 12:15 p.m.
Rhema Gospel Church.......................................... 12:30 p.m.

Lent - Holy Week - Easter Schedule

April 9, 2017.............. Palm Sunday........................... 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 p.m.
April 13, 2017............ Maundy Thursday......................................... 7:00 p.m.
April 14, 2017............ Good Friday................................................... 7:00 p.m.
April 15, 2017............ Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil.......................... .8:00 p.m.
April 16, 2017............ Easter....................................... 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
 

Since the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians have fasted, prayed for the coming of Christ's Kingdom and sought to shed sinful habits.
To keep Lent, the custom of the Church universal is to ask people to fast on Ash Wednesday on Fridays in Lent, and on Good Friday.  
Other good ways to observe Lent well are to read through one of the Gospels, and to give up something good to be as a symbol of your fast.
Whatever you do to observe Lent, do not make your fast or what you give up a matter of regular conversation.   Jesus said that those who fast with grand gestures "have received their reward."
In every case, the goal is to deepen your relationship with and your reliance on God.
If you would like to make a confession during Lent, please contact me at heard@redeemer-irving.org .
May you have a Holy Lent,
Victoria Heard

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