Year-End Giving & Caroling on Thursday Night

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Year-End Giving

Lauren and I have been receiving year-end giving appeals for well over a month. Five came in the mail today. All worthwhile.

This is because more than half of all charitable organizations receive a majority of their support in November and December, with the biggest percentage of that coming after December 15th. It’s that time of year.

A majority of Redeemer’s members give very consistently throughout the year. Thank you! But some people do make special year-end gifts. So, if you’re deciding on a year-end gift that will have a lasting impact, I hope you’ll consider giving to Redeemer. You can do so with confidence. All gifts are tax-deductible, and you can give online securely with Tithely at redeemerannapolis.org/giving. Use the pull down and select “Year-End Gift”.

Over the years, the generosity of Redeemer’s congregation has been astounding, and I know most have said No to other important things in order to say Yes to Redeemer’s work. That’s humbling. I feel sincere gratitude for this kind of commitment, and echo the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippian church: “I thank God in all my remembrance of you.” (Phil. 1:3)

With gratitude,

Steve+

 

2019 Commitments

Sunday, December 23rd is the target for 2019 Giving Commitments. You can place your card in the offering on Sundays, or pledge electronically here.

 

Christmas Caroling at Midnight Madness

Join in for some Christmas Caroling around Downtown Annapolis. Chili and drinks served at 7:30 at Ian’s home above Kilwins at 126a Main Street. Email Ian for any information.

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Preparing the Way

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Preparing the Way

There were few paved roads in the ancient Near East. Regular people travelled on little more than worn paths in the baked earth. There were no significant bridges or tunnels. You walked around rocks, over hills, and around gullies.

But not the king. When he planned a visit, the first to show up were heralds and engineers to prepare the way. To make crooked places straight and rough places smooth, to fill “valleys” and level “hills”.

 Tearing down and building up to create a “King’s Highway”.

 This is the image John the Baptist uses when he tells those in his day—and us by extension—to “prepare the way of the Lord” as we do in Advent.

 It’s also a pattern embedded in the Scriptures and in the Gospel itself.

 See you Sunday.

 Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9. 100 Lunches for Winter Relief guests.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Takin’ Care of Business

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Takin’ Care of Business

This Sunday, December 2 is an important day in the life of our church. After worship, we’ll grab a snack and some coffee and reconvene 1130-1230 for our Annual Meeting. It’s important because we’ll celebrate together the goodness of God over the past year, and look ahead to our desires for 2019.

Part of this involves our budget. Like any family or business, it’s foundational to agree on and support our priorities. So, we’ll present our 2019 budget that day and give you the opportunity to ask about it. And as we did last year, we’ll ask you to let us know how you’ll support it (of course, you’ll have some time to think and pray about this!). We’ll also have some activities for the children.

We’d also like to offer you the opportunity to ask any other question you have about Redeemer. And so that we can answer fully, we’d like to know it/them in advance. You can ask any question you’d like by following  this link.

I hope you’ll make being at our Annual Meeting a priority.

Every blessing,

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9. 100 Lunches for Winter Relief guests.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Big Day

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Big Day

Sunday, December 2 is a big day in the life of our church. After worship, we’ll grab a snack and some coffee and reconvene 1130-1230 for our Annual Church Meeting. It’s important because we’ll celebrate together the goodness of God over the past year, and look ahead to our desires for 2019.

Part of this necessarily involves our budget. Like any family or business, it’s foundational to agree on and support our priorities. So, we’ll present our 2019 budget that day and give you the opportunity to ask about it. And as we did last year, we’ll ask you to let us know how you’ll support it (of course, you’ll have some time to think and pray about this!). We’ll also have some activities for the children.

We’d also like to offer you the opportunity to ask any other question you have about Redeemer. And so that we can answer fully, we’d like to know it/them in advance. You can ask any question you’d like by following  this link.

I hope you’ll make being at our Annual Meeting a priority.

Every blessing,

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. Sign up here to donate flowers in memory or celebration of someone or something important in your life.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

Sitting Down

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Sitting Down

Most of us do most of our work sitting down. As I write this now, I’m sitting. Generally when I stand up, my work is finished…or I’ve seen something shiny (and just between you and me, it’s generally the latter). Except maybe for the something shiny, the same’s likely true for you.

It wasn’t necessarily this way in the ancient Near East. Mostly, people stood to work and sat down when their work was finished.

In this week’s Epistle, the writer of Hebrews juxtaposes standing and sitting to communicate something profound about work ongoing and work completed. And in light of that reality, our proper response.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: December 9.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. Sign up here to donate flowers in memory or celebration of someone or something important in your life.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Christmas Eve, 5:00 PM: We will gather at The Studio for Lessons and Carols to read and sing the Scriptures. Afterward, we’ll enjoy some laughter and refreshment together. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre and bottle of wine or other drink to share.

  • Christmas Day: We will gather for Holy Communion at 10:00 AM.

The Why Question & Second Sunday Sandwiches this week

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The Why Question

A friend from the 80s, now a successful executive mentor, had a refrain: "Until you answer the why question, the cost is always too high.”

Simply put, why makes what meaningful.

Nearly anyone who reads this week’s Gospel lesson (The Widow’s Mite) can pretty quickly come up with the what (spoiler alert: sacrificial giving). That’s simple.

But what’s the why? Well, that’s the vital question, isn’t it?

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Find Redeemer Online

You can like us on Facebook, or follow on Twitter or Instagram. Find out about what’s coming up and learn out our Anglican faith.

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: THIS SUNDAY.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. We are exploring ways to make our worship more beautiful with flowers for Advent and Christmas and then using the flowers which make our worship beautiful a gift to a neighbor who may need the encouragement. Email Ian to find out more. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

By Faith, Falling Back, and Paying Attention

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By Faith

Yesterday was the feast of All Saints which we will observe Sunday.

Why do we do this? To keep before us as examples—with thanksgiving—those who have walked ahead of us exceptionally by faith. It’s something Christians have always done, as it was in Hebrews 11.

We’ll mark the occasion with a beautiful Litany*, and we’ll sing a stirring hymn that will be new to many called “By Faith” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. It will add richness to our singing if you’re familiar with is beforehand. You can listen to it here.

*a series of petitions for use in Christian worship recited by a leader and responded to in a recurring formula by The People.

 

Falling Back

Daylight Saving Time ends Saturday night.

 

Paying Attention

Things we hear all the time—even important things—can become so familiar we stop really paying attention. Think about the last time you were absorbed in what the flight attendant said just before takeoff.

There’s a vital part of Christian liturgy—28 words so important that Jesus said every other word in the Bible hangs from them—the church has repeated week after week almost without exception. Year after year. Decade after decade. For millennia.

Cue the Charlie Brown adult sound.

This week, though, we’re gonna pay attention.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

  • Sanctuary Flowers: Advent-Christmas. We are exploring ways to make our worship more beautiful with flowers for Advent and Christmas and then using the flowers which make our worship beautiful a gift to a neighbor who may need the encouragement. Email Ian to find out more. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Daytime Volunteering: For those who are available during office hours there are some great ways to serve together with the Light House on a consistent basis. Email Ian to get involved. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

The Miracle That Gets Us There

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The Miracle That Gets Us There

Our Gospel Lessons this month have given us the sad story of a rich man who walks away from Jesus sad, and the strange story of James and John asking Jesus whether they can sit at his right and left hand. In these stories something is asked of Jesus which they, for some reason, cannot receive.

But this week Jesus will be asked a question which he can finally answer in the affirmative.

Yet the work he does for this person is not the end of Jesus’ ministry.

I suppose I have often thought that my needs ought to be met, but I do not consider how the answers to my prayers might fit with Jesus’ purpose for the salvation of all the world. Might it be that what I believe about what I need would change, if I kept in mind the direction I am headed?

See you Sunday,

Ian.


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Warts and All & Service Day this Saturday

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Warts and All

When Oliver Cromwell was presented with his official portrait in 1656, he angrily rejected it. Thinking it would please him, the court painter had omitted Cromwell’s unsightly facial warts.

“Take it away”, he demanded, “and paint me as I am, warts and all.”

In this week’s Gospel, Mark unabashedly paints Jesus’ disciples warts and all…bent by ambition and jealousy.

Why’d he do this? Mark had a very ancient (and biblical) way of understanding human nature, which actually aligns seamlessly with what Jesus went on to tell them about the upside-down nature of true greatness.

See you Sunday.

Steve+


Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Thank to all who have expressed an interest in this upcoming service day! We will be tending to the outside spaces at the Fahnestock home, making it safe and easier to get around in the winter. All the tools we’ll need are already there.

We will begin work at 9am promptly so please arrive early. We will eat lunch at 12pm

The address is:

6440 Elibank Dr.
Elkridge, MD 21075

It takes about 40 minutes to drive there from Annapolis.

Please take a minute to look at the food signup form here to think about bringing breakfast snacks, coffee, or lunch items!

Ian.


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Blind Spot & Second Sunday Sandwiches

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Blind Spot

The practical definition of a blind spot is simply, “something you don’t see.”

It’s often quite painful when a blind spot is exposed to us. In fact, it can be grievous. But once it’s been exposed and dealt with, the result can be quite life changing.

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus lovingly exposes a blind spot in an exceptionally successful, powerful, and moral young man—just one thing that’s holding him back (though admittedly, it’s a big one).

But sadly, while its exposure grieves him, it doesn’t quite change him.

See you Sunday.

Steve+



Second Sunday Sandwiches

Get the word out about this wonderful monthly event: Share on facebook and invite your friends!


New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: November 11.

  • Vestry Meeting: 12:30pm October 14.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.

Common Ground

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Common Ground

Just last Sunday I was telling a visitor why I value preaching through the lectionary. I said something super cheery like, “I never have to dream up a topic or a passage, because they’re determined by the Church calendar and the cycle we’re in (“Year B” this year). I actually really like that.”

May have spoken too soon. Monday morning I read this week’s Gospel.
So, besides the level ground at the foot of the cross, you and I may have other common ground this week: I

don’t really want to preach this sermon...and I’m betting you don’t really want to hear it.

See you Sunday?

Steve+

Vestry Member Nominations

We’re seeking nominations for one new member of Redeemer’s Vestry. According to our bylaws, the Vestry, along with the Rector, is responsible for the “temporal management and operation of this Congregation.” Vestry meetings are held the second Sunday of each month 12:30-2:30 PM, and members serve a three- year term (this one to begin 1/13/19). Nominees should be baptized Christians who regularly attend worship and are seeking Redeemer’s flourishing by the investment their time, talent, and treasure.

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, October 28...and you can feel free to nominate yourself! Use the connection cards on the Welcome Table, or email steve@redeemerannapolis.org

New & Upcoming

  • Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

  • Second Sunday Sandwiches: October 14, November 11.

  • Vestry Meeting: 12:30pm October 14.

  • Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch: Saturday October 20 9am-1pm. Sign up.

  • Annual Church Meeting: December 2.


5th Sunday Potluck, Study & Serve, and Reductio ad Absurdum

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Some really good things happening at Redeemer...

5th Sunday Potluck

This Sunday we will gather after worship to share a meal. It’s Redeemer’s 5th Sunday Potluck, and I hope you can join us. Tableware and bottled water will be provided. If you’d like something grapier, feel free to bring a bottle to share. Please sign up to bring a main dish AND a side dish or dessert here.

Seven-week study in the Gospel of Mark

Sundays 8:45-9:45 AM, beginning October 7 Facilitated by Brian Russell and Steve Wishart

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and sharpest of the early stories about Jesus. It’s believed to be the first of the four Gospels written, and it has all the zip and punch of a quick story that’s meant to grab you by the collar and make you face the truth about Jesus, about God, and about yourself.

We’ll be using N. T. Wright’s “Mark for Everyone” Bible study guide (available on Amazon for $10) for this discussion-based study.

Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Saturday October 20 9am-1pm (Rain date: Saturday, October 27)

All are welcome at this family-friendly morning helping our friends Dale and Medora prepare their home for Winter ensuring their property remains safe and accessible in the cold and ice.

You can easily register for either or both of these events here.

Reductio ad Absurdum

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus seemingly offers a fairly extreme way to avoid wrongdoing.

Apparently, if you sufficiently dismember yourself, you won’t be able to take any wrong action. This is, at least, the logic by which Jesus reduces the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees to the absurd.

In their view, the law could be satisfied, and thus goodness attained, if you simply avoided sinning. You’re “right” if you’ve done nothing “wrong.” You could keep from sinning if you simply eliminated the bodily parts that make sinful actions possible. You’d stay out of hell, but you’d roll into heaven a mutilated stump.

Ouch.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

Study and Serve this Fall...and a Commissioning

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Study and Serve this Fall...and a Commissioning

I’d like to invite you to be part of three good things happening at Redeemer:

Seven-week study in the Gospel of Mark

Sundays 8:45-9:45 AM, beginning October 7 Facilitated by Brian Russell and Steve Wishart

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and sharpest of the early stories about Jesus. It’s believed to be the first of the four Gospels written, and it has all the zip and punch of a quick story that’s meant to grab you by the collar and make you face the truth about Jesus, about God, and about yourself.

We’ll be using N. T. Wright’s “Mark for Everyone” Bible study guide (available on Amazon for $10) for this discussion-based study.

Service Day - Yard Work & Lunch

Saturday October 20 9am-1pm (Rain date: Saturday, October 27)

All are welcome at this family-friendly morning helping our friends Dale and Medora prepare their home for Winter ensuring their property remains safe and accessible in the cold and ice.

You can easily register for either of these events here.

A Commissioning

St. John’s College is a vital part of the city of Annapolis, and several of its students have become a vital part of Redeemer. One of those students, Isaac Hoke, has been selected to serve this year as the Archon of the St. John’s Men’s Christian Fellowship. He takes this ministry seriously, and so do we.

We’re going to commission Isaac to his work as part of our service of worship this week. Really hope you’ll join us.

See you Sunday,

Steve+

New & Upcoming

Wednesday Evening Prayer: An informal spoken service with discussion. Beginning September 26, 7:00PM. 32 Munroe Court, Annapolis. steve@redeemerannapolis.org.

Thursday Evensong: Includes sung Psalms, a hymn, and Bible study. 126a Main Street (above Kilwins) at 6:30pm. Includes sung Psalms and Bible Study. ian@redeemerannapolis.org.

Fifth Sunday Potluck: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: October 14, November 11.

Annual Church Meeting: December 2

Not the God I Wanted

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Not the God I Wanted

A few days ago, a friend texted me a quote by author Richard Rohr, and I don’t like it: “The real places of spiritual transformation are solitude, loneliness, boredom, suffering, and fear. Things we want to avoid but where the good stuff always hides.”

I know this to be true, and that’s why I don’t like it. Candidly, this is not the God I wanted.

But I’m not alone. This is revealed in the answer to a pointed question Jesus asked in this week’s Gospel reading. It’s not the God Peter wanted either...but it is the God that is.

And the God that is is so much better.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: October 14, November 11.

Second Sunday Sandwiches & Crumbs Under the Table

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Second Sunday Sandwiches

This Sunday we will again make 100 lunches to be distributed by Light House Homelessness Prevention Center. This is a great event to invite friends, and you should let them know that we start at 11:30am. 

 

Crumbs Under the Table

The Prayer of Humble Access comes, in part, from an intriguing conversation recorded in this week’s Gospel reading... “We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table...”

It’s thought to be a somewhat playful—though on the surface very insulting—conversation in which a desperate Syrophoenician woman responds to Jesus’ comment to her with wit and charm. And Jesus, whose character is always to have mercy, honors her request.

Despite the outcome, this story is a sharp reminder to us that Jesus wasn’t simply called to go around being helpful to everyone. He had specific (and controversial) things to do and a limited time to do them.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Vestry Meeting: This Sunday at 12:30pm

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 9, October 14

Cards and Bags for Second Sunday Sandwiches

Children from 4th-6th grade are invited to help prepare for Second Sunday Sandwiches by making greetings cards and decorating the lunch bags during the Sermon.

True Religion

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True Religion

This Sunday we we pray in our Collect for the week that God would 'increase in us true religion'. In so doing we admit that our ability to do and be the kinds of people God desires is not possible in our strength. We are also confronted by the hope that with God's help, these things are indeed possible. 

Why? Because he has put it in our hearts to love him when we did not even love ourselves, and because of this we can expect to see ourselves become exactly the fruitful people he desires. 

This is all God's work, and it becomes ours when we humble ourselves and pray.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

Liturgy Questions?

We have prepared this simple form to collect any questions which may have crossed your mind about our Sunday services and the liturgy we use. No limits and we don't even ask for your name! 

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 9, October 14

Cards and Bags for Second Sunday Sandwiches

Children from 4th-6th grade are invited to help prepare for Second Sunday Sandwiches by making greetings cards and decorating the lunch bags during the Sermon.

To Whom Shall We Go?

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To Whom Shall We Go?

From the ongoing sexual abuse scandal once again rocking the Roman Catholic Church, forcing the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick; to the sexual abuse scandal at the prominent and influential Willow Creek Community Church, ousting Bill Hybels, his two pastoral successors, and the entire Board of Elders.

While Lauren and I were travelling earlier this week, the top story in the local news was of a parish Priest who’d stolen more than a quarter million dollars from his predominately poor congregation.

The angry, impassioned—and justifiable—responses of heartbroken and disillusioned parishioners have been really hard to see. In a lot of ways, many are asking the very question the Apostle Peter asked (and answered!) in this week’s Gospel reading.

See you Sunday,

Steve+

 

Liturgy Questions?

We have prepared this simple form to collect any questions which may have crossed your mind about our Sunday services and the liturgy we use. No limits and we don't even ask for your name! 

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 9, October 14

Cards and Bags for Second Sunday Sandwiches

Children from 4th-6th grade are invited to help prepare for Second Sunday Sandwiches by making greetings cards and decorating the lunch bags during the Sermon.

 

How Should We Then Sing?

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How Should We Then Sing?

Besides church, try to imagine any other times and places where you sit with a group of people you don’t know and sing. Where does that happen? Sometimes at a birthday party. Or you might stumble through Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve. Or maybe during the seventh inning stretch if you’ve had a couple.

Imagine going to your favorite coffee shop, standing up, and saying, “Let’s just sing a few songs together!” I doubt you’d get much participation because culturally, today, it’s an odd thing to do.

However, in the seminal book, “Worship and the Early Church”, scholar Ralph Martin writes, “The Christian Church was born in song.” Singing together has always been seen as a vital part of Christian worship.

But why should we sing? And just as importantly, how? St. Paul gets at both in this week’s Epistle.

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

Liturgy Questions?

We have prepared this simple form to collect any questions which may have crossed your mind about our Sunday services and the liturgy we use. No limits and we don't even ask for your name! 

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: September 9, October 14

Cards and Bags for Second Sunday Sandwiches

Children from 4th-6th grade are invited to help prepare for Second Sunday Sandwiches by making greetings cards and decorating the lunch bags during the Sermon.

Tired of Understanding & Second Sunday Sandwiches

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Second Sunday Sandwiches

I am so grateful for the way we have eagerly and passionately taken up the call to serve our neighbors by preparing lunches each month. We are getting pretty good at it too! Join us for another Second Sunday Sandwiches this week. Friends are always welcome to come by and help and you can let them know by sharing the event on Facebook.

Ian.

 

Tired of Understanding

I met an old friend for coffee last week, and he said something that saddened me. Mind you, this guy’s a veteran seminary professor, and the Executive Vice President of one of the largest Evangelical ministries in the US, if not the world.

“I’m just so tired,” he said, “of having to understand and explain everything. There’s no mystery left in my faith.”

This is true of much of the modern church, but it hasn’t always been so. The command of Jesus, after all, was “take and eat,” not “take and understand.”

See you Sunday.

Steve+

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Vestry Meeting: 12:30pm August 12.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks: September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: THIS SUNDAY August 12, September 9, October 14.

Ian's Licensing Service: THIS SUNDAY August 12. Bishop Julian will license Ian to Lay Eucharistic Ministry in the Diocese of CANA East.

Following Our Stomachs

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Following Our Stomachs

Some people might say they are 'spiritual but not religious'. I am under no illusions: I am certainly 'religious but not spiritual'. My countenance toward prayer and love hinges on my stomach. If I am satisfied I find love easy. When I am hungry, physically or otherwise, I do not love nearly so patiently. Being religious, I at least have a sense of when and how I should pray at a given time of the day or occasion.

Such a discipline also gives me a moment when I can remember that if I set aside my desires, just for a minute or two, I can be open to something more wondrous.

God has seen our impatient faith many times, on the way out of Egypt and beyond. The people of God tend to do as they are called when they know their faithfulness may fill their stomachs, not because it is right or something.

Jesus knows. And he is kind.

See you Sunday,

Ian.

 

New & Upcoming

Thursday Evensong: 6:30pm at 126a Main Street (Above Kilwin's Ice Cream). Email Ian.

Fifth Sunday Potlucks:  September 30.

Second Sunday Sandwiches: NEXT SUNDAY August 12, September 9, October 14.

Ian's Licensing Service:  NEXT SUNDAY August 12. Bishop Julian will license Ian to Lay Eucharistic Ministry in the Diocese of CANA East.