Archive for May, 2011

Ascension day

The Feast of the Ascension

We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. with Holy Eucharist, followed by a carry-in dessert buffet. Cold drinks, plates, etc. will be provided. Please bring a fabulous dessert to share. (It’s a feast, remember!)


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Dear Christ Our Hope,

Bishop Morse could not make it to town this weekend. So, we will not be doing confirmations. Bishop Morse really apologizes for not being able to make it.

But, we will still have our First Anniversary BBQ and Middle School play and volunteer awards.

We will be having Sunday School at 9:30 as per usual.

Any and all family are still welcome! We look forward to the play performance and the anniversary party.

See you at church on Sunday.


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Along with the great BBQ following church on Sunday, there will be a production by the JonMary Miller Players (Middle Sunday School) class of The Book of Ruth. The students have been preparing this for our enjoyment for several months. We will also be recognizing our volunteers and thanking God for a blessed first year. Hope to see everyone there!

Don’t forget your side dish and dessert to share for the BBQ!

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Hello – don’t forget to bring your side dish and dessert for our 1st Anniversary BBQ/Confirmation party after church this Sunday. See you there!

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Today we will celebrate Holy Eucharist at Christ our Hope Anglican Church at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  We commemorate St. Bede the Venerable.


Heavenly Father, who called your servant Bede, while still a child, to devote his life to your service in the disciplines of religion and scholarship: Grant that as he labored in the Spirit to bring the riches of your truth to his generation, so we, in our various vocations, may strive to make you known in all the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The Life of St. Bede the Venerable

Bede was a monk at the English monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow, in Northumbria. From the age of seven, he spent all his life at that monastery except for a few brief visits to nearby sites. He says of himself: “I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.”

He was the first person to write scholarly works in the English language, although unfortunately only fragments of his English writings have survived. He translated the Gospel of John into Old English, completing the work on the very day of his death. He also wrote extensively in Latin. He wrote commentaries on the Pentateuch and other portions of Holy Scripture. His best-known work is his History of the English Church and People, a classic which has frequently been translated and is available in Penguin Paperbacks. It gives a history of Britain up to 729, speaking of the Celtic peoples who were converted to Christianity during the first three centuries of the Christian era, and the invasion of the Anglo-Saxon pagans in the fifth and sixth centuries, and their subsequent conversion by Celtic missionaries from the north and west, and Roman missionaries from the south and east. His work is our chief source for the history of the British Isles during this period. Fortunately, Bede was careful to sort fact from hearsay, and to tell us the sources of his information. He also wrote hymns and other verse, the first martyrology with historical notes, letters and homilies, works on grammar, on chronology and astronomy — he was aware that the earth is a sphere, and he is the first historian to date events ANNO DOMINI, and the earliest known writer to state that the solar year is not exactly 365 and a quarter days long, so that the Julian calendar (one leap year every four years) requires some adjusting if the months are not to get out of step with the seasons.

His hymns include one for the Ascension, which follows.

A hymn of glory let us sing;
New songs throughout the world shall ring:
Christ, by a road before untrod,
Now rises to the throne of God.

The holy apostolic band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand;
And with his followers they see
Their Lord’s ascending majesty.

To them the angels drawing nigh,
“Why stand and gaze upon the sky?
This is the Savior,” thus they say;
“This is his glorious triumph day.

“Again shall ye behold him so
As ye today have seen him go,
In glorious pomp ascending high,
Up to the portals of the sky.”

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to thee let earth accord,
Who art, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit one.

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Today we commemorate St. Vincent of Lerins, Confessor of the Faith.


O God, who raised up your blessed Confessor Vincent to proclaim the rule of faith : grant that all your people may stedfastly witness to the fulness of the truth ; that the same may be received everywhere, always, and by all, even as you have taught us through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Life of St. Vincent of Lerins

This Vincent, whom the ancients describe as a man pre-eminent in eloquence and learning, was a priest in the island-monastery once called Lerins, but now known as Saint Honorat, after its founder.  About the year 434 he wrote a celebrated treatise as a warning against heresies, and an examination in the means of establishing Christian truth.  Therein he laid down a rule of faith which is sometimes called the Vincentian Canon, to wit: the Catholic Faith is that which has been held always, everywhere, and by all : which is to say, that doubtful points are to be settled by the test of antiquity, universality, and consent.  In this little book he describes himself as a stranger and pilgrim who fled from the military service of this world, with its passing pleasures and empty vanities, that he might enter the service of Christ.  he is believed to have been a brother of that Saint Lupus who was also a monk at Lerins, and afterwards became a a Bishop of Troyes ; and about the year 445, he went to God in peace.

***The above is from the Anglican Breviary***

An excerpt from the Vincentian Canon

I have continually given the greatest pains and diligence to inquiring, from the greatest possible number of men outstanding in holiness and in doctrine, how I can secure a kind of fixed and, as it were, general and guiding principle for distinguishing the true Catholic Faith from the degraded falsehoods of heresy. And the answer that I receive is always to this effect; that if I wish, or indeed if anyone wishes, to detect the deceits of heretics that arise and to avoid their snares and to keep healthy and sound in a healthy faith, we ought, with the Lord’s help, to fortify our faith in a twofold manner, firstly, that is, by the authority of God’s Law, then by the tradition of the Catholic Church.

Here, it may be, someone will ask, Since the canon of Scripture is complete, and is in itself abundantly sufficient, what need is there to join to it the interpretation of the Church? The answer is that because of the very depth of Scripture all men do not place one identical interpretation upon it. The statements of the same writer are explained by different men in different ways, so much so that it seems almost possible to extract from it as many opinions as there are men. Novatian expounds in one way, Sabellius in another, Donatus in another, Arius, Eunomius and Macedonius in another, Photinus, Apollinaris and Priscillian in another, Jovinian, Pelagius and Caelestius in another, and latterly Nestorius in another. Therefore, because of the intricacies of error, which is so multiform, there is great need for the laying down of a rule for the exposition of Prophets and Apostles in accordance with the standard of the interpretation of the Church Catholic.

Now in the Catholic Church itself we take the greatest care to hold that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all. That is truly and properly ‘Catholic,’ as is shown by the very force and meaning of the word, which comprehends everything almost universally. We shall hold to this rule if we follow universality, antiquity, and consent. We shall follow universality if we acknowledge that one Faith to be true which the whole Church throughout the world confesses; antiquity if we in no wise depart from those interpretations which it is clear that our ancestors and fathers proclaimed; consent, if in antiquity itself we keep following the definitions and opinions of all, or certainly nearly all, bishops and doctors alike.

What then will the Catholic Christian do, if a small part of the Church has cut itself off from the communion of the universal Faith? The answer is sure. He will prefer the healthiness of the whole body to the morbid and corrupt limb. But what if some novel contagion try to infect the whole Church, and not merely a tiny part of it? Then he will take care to cleave to antiquity, which cannot now be led astray by any deceit of novelty. What if in antiquity itself two or three men, or it may be a city, or even a whole province be detected in error? Then he will take the greatest care to prefer the decrees of the ancient General Councils, if there are such, to the irresponsible ignorance of a few men. But what if some error arises regarding which nothing of this sort is to be found? Then he must do his best to compare the opinions of the Fathers and inquire their meaning, provided always that, though they belonged to diverse times and places, they yet continued in the faith and communion of the one Catholic Church; and let them be teachers approved and outstanding. And whatever he shall find to have been held, approved and taught, not by one or two only but by all equally and with one consent, openly, frequently, and persistently, let him take this as to be held by him without the slightest hesitation.

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For Brennan Abshear and Julia Burns

Saturday, 11 June 2011

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Please join the Abshear and Burns Families for an Open House to celebrate Brennan and Julia’s graduation from high school.

RSVP: Tammy at 937-723-9279 or at dabshear1

OR Karen at 937-233-4319 or at burnspk

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