Month: August 2011


Please pray for Postulant Julie Black, a postulant sister at Divine Compassion House, our Convent in Warsaw, Indiana.  She had a significant accident today.  Her right femur is broken in about 3 place just above the knee.  The is to have surgery early Wednesday.  She also have a number of signficant scrapes, bruises, and gouges.  Pray that God will guide the hands of the doctors, and that she recover quickly.

Fr. Greg

Alpha Small Group Training – 2

Training for Alpha small group leaders and helpers will be held again this Wednesday, 31 Aug, following Family Prayer at CoH. Come to the training even if you missed last week. Your presence is not a commitment. Thanks!

Pat and Deanna are excited about Alpha

Hey, everybody, Pat Prenger and Deanna Brown are excited about Alpha. Pat spoke to the congregation on Sunday saying that his experience of Alpha is fun: fun fellowship, fun talks, fun discussions – a great way to spread the Good News. That’s why he’s excited about Alpha. Deanna Brown is also excited about Alpha. She spoke directly to the teens in the congregation saying she is excited because it’s an opportunity to invite friends she hasn’t seen in a while and she hopes to fellowship with them, renew friendships, and maybe even encourage some of them to explore Christianity more deeply. Are you excited about Alpha?


Just a gentle reminder that we will have Sunday School available for all ages tomorrow.  At the Adult Forum, we will have a final recap of all that we learned during a study of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.  We will begin a new study that will start 4 September 2011.  More about that tomorrow.

Last week’s Gospel told us the story of St Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus Christ.  We will now consider what kind of genuine Christian life that such a confession of faith looks like.

I look forward to seeing you at Church!

Fr. Greg

Prayer for those in Hurricane Irene’s path

Hello church,

JoAnn Roberts is asking for prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Irene. Fred and JoAnn and another good friend Ron and Betsy Bishop live in Newport News, VA. The eye of the Hurricane is predicted to pass just 30 miles away in Danbridge, VA.

JoAnn said that her family has lots of supplies and just expects to have no electricity for a while. She hopes that the nearby creek don’t rise!

Karla H.

Music at the Gazebo this Sunday 8/28 6 p.m


This Sunday OSU students will be performing – Erin Rea and Sonnets on the Shortwave. These performers are good friends of Rachel Herman. Come and enjoy a nice evening of music and fellowship. All are invited over to Greg Herman’s house afterwards for s’mores and hot dogs and fun!

Karla H.


Today we remember St. Louis, King of France and Patron Saint of the Franciscan Third Order Secular.


O God, who called your servant Louis of France to an earthly throne that he might advance your heavenly kingdom, and gave him zeal for your Church and love for your people: Mercifully grant that we who commemorate him this day may be fruitful in good works, be given the grace to follow in his footsteps and those of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis; and attain to the glorious crown of all your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Louis was born in 1214 and became King of France when twelve years old. His mother, the half-English Blanche of Castile, was regent during his minority, and an influence while she lived. In 1234 he married Margaret of Provence, sister of Eleanor the wife of Henry III of England (no, not the couple from A Lion in Winter–that was Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: this is two generations later).

Louis worked for the political unification of France, yielding Limoge, Cahors, and Perigeux to Henry in exchange for Henry’s renunciation of all claims to Normandy, Anjou, Maine, Touraine, and Poitou (Treaty of Paris, 1259). He yielded French claims to Rousillon and Barcelona in exchange for the yielding of Spanish claims to Provence and Languedoc (Treaty of Corbeil, 1258). He largely eliminated the feuding and wars among French nobles and vassals that had ravaged France before his time. He protected vassals from oppression, and required their lords to fulfill their obligations. He reformed the system of taxation. He reformed the courts, so that every man in France, regardless of his station, had a far better chance of receiving justice than had previously been the case. He promoted the writing down of the law, so that it was clear what the laws were, and made major strides toward eliminating trial by combat in favor of trial by jury. (Trial by combat decided the guilt or innocence of the accused by a combat between the accused and the accuser, either personally or by proxy, with God being called on to uphold the right. Trial by ordeal required the accused to prove his innocence by, for example, walking across a bed of hot coals. Both were hold-overs from pre-Christian Frankish Law, and were vigorously denounced by many clergy, but took a long time to die out.) His reputation for integrity was such that foreign monarchs regularly asked him to arbitrate their disputes.

He founded a hospital for the poor, sick, and blind, known as the Quinze-Vingts (the Fifteen Score, originally for 300 inmates). His reign co-incided with the great era of the building of Gothic cathedrals in France. Robert de Sorbon, the founder of the Sorbonne (University of Paris) was his confessor and his personal friend, and Thomas Aquinas was a frequent guest at his table. (Once, it is said, Thomas dropped out of the conversation, lost in thought, and then suddenly struck the table with his fist and exclaimed, “That is a decisive argument against the Manichees!” Louis at once called for writing materials, so that Thomas could record the argument before he had a chance to forget it.)

Death of Louis in Tunis, from an illuminated mauscript of the history of FranceHe fought in two Crusades, both of which were total failures. In 1248 he led an army to the island of Cyprus, and was there joined by 200 English knights. In 1249 they proceeded to Egypt and took the city of Damietta, but discipline broke down and Louis was unable to keep the soldiers from looting. Disease ravaged the camp, and in 1250 the army suffered a disastrous defeat at Mansurah and Louis himself was taken prisoner. His Arab captors were quick to recognize in him a mixture of military valor and personal holiness, and were accustomed to kneel when speaking to him. He and his handful of surviving companions were released on the surrender of Damietta and the payment of a large ransom. He sailed to Palestine, visited the few Holy Places that were accessible, and returned to France in 1254. In 1270 he joined another crusade, which landed in Tunis, where he immediately caught typhoid fever and died on 25 August. His biography, by a friend and comrade in arms, the Sieur Jean de Joinville, is available in English in Chronicles of the Crusades, Penguin Paperbacks.


looking for a vehicle

Dear friends,

We are desperate for a second vehicle. We have made do with only one for eleven years, but after looking at our fall schedules, we realized that some days it will be almost impossible to make it without a second vehicle.

Basically, Charles needs a reliable car or truck that he can use for driving to school and guard weekends in Toledo. (Right now he is having to rent a car for guard weekends.) We had thought about using the bus system, but that wouldn’t be very helpful because he would still have to get from work to class, which is actually a couple miles from his office.

If you know of anyone who is selling or even just thinking about getting rid of a vehicle in fair condition, please let us know. We will pray in the meantime that the Lord would lead us into a wise decision concerning transportation.

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for us in this matter!

May the Lord bless you all,

Amanda & Charles


Today we remember St. Bartholomew the Apostle.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at Christ our Hope Anglican Church today at 12:00 p.m. (noon).


The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (M 10:3; P 3:18; L 6:14; but A 1:15).

John gives no list of the Twelve, but refers to more of them individually than the Synoptists. He does not name Bartholomew, but early in his account (John 1:43-50) he tells of the call to discipleship of a Nathaniel who is often supposed to be the same person. The reasoning is as follows: John’s Nathanael is introduced as one of the earliest followers of Jesus, and in terms which suggest that he became one of the Twelve. He is clearly not the same as Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Thomas, Judas Iscariot, Judas (not Iscariot, also called Lebbaeus or Thaddeus), all of whom John names separately. He is not Matthew, whose call is described differently (M 9:9). This leaves Bartholomew, James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes. Of these, Bartholomew is the leading candidate for two reasons:
(1) “Bar-tholomew” is a patronymic, meaning “son of Tolmai (or Talmai).” It is therefore likely that he had another name. (A historical novel which may not be well researched informs me that a first-century Jew would be likely to use the patronymic instead of the forename as a mark of respect in speaking to a significantly older Jew.) “Nathanael son of Tolmai” seems more likely than “Nathanael also called James (or Simon).”
(2) Nathanael is introduced in John’s narrative as a friend of Philip. Since Bartholomew is paired with Philip on three of our four lists of Apostles, it seems likely that they were associated.

We have no certain information about Bartholomew’s later life. Some writers, including the historian Eusebius of Caesarea (now Har Qesari, 32:30 N 34:54 E, near Sedot Yam), say that he preached in India. The majority tradition, with varying details, is that Bartholomew preached in Armenia, and was finally skinned alive and beheaded to Albanus or Albanopolis (now Derbent, 42:03 N 48:18 E) on the Caspian Sea. His emblem in art is a flaying knife. The flayed Bartholomew can be seen in Michelangelo’s Sistine painting of the Last Judgement. He is holding his skin. The face on the skin is generally considered to be a self-portrait of Michelangelo.



Loving God, who called the apostles to be companions of Christ and witnesses to his resurrection; grant that as we remember Saint Bartholomew we may heed the calling to humility and service which is Christ’s will for his whole Church. We ask this in his name, for he is one with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

Alpha Small Group Training

Training for Alpha small group leaders and helpers will be held Wednesday evenings following Family Prayer on 24 and 31 Aug. Alpha is a 10-week course where anyone can ask any question about God, Christianity, faith, or anything else on their minds. After a video presentation, small groups discuss what they have heard and get to ask the tough questions in a safe environment. Each small group has a leader and a helper. This is a chance for you to sit and chat about the important things in life and facilitate the discussion. The Alpha theme is “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” If interested in being a small group leader or helper, please contact Greg Herman or Jeff Brown, or just show up for training.

Greg Herman is excited about Alpha

Greg Herman spoke today in church about why he is excited about Alpha. Greg has taken the lead on advertising for our upcoming Alpha Course, starting Sep 11th, and he is the Small Group Coordinator for the course. Greg showed the new Alpha banner that will go up on the church this week and where we have advertised the course. He also urged everyone in the parish to invite all their Facebook friends. Greg has poured himself into this Great Commission effort and has a vision of 100 guests on our first Alpha Course. Greg is EXCITED about Alpha!!!

Are you excited about Alpha?

Christ Our Hope will launch its first Alpha Course on Sep 11th. Are you on board? Everyone in the parish can help and is needed. Contact one of the team leads to volunteer for this important ministry – in person at church, on Facebook, or post a comment to this message.

Chris Herman – Intercessory Prayer
Candy Jacques – Task Force Lead
Greg Herman – Small Group Coordinator
Pat/Darlene Prenger – Weekend Coordinators
Rosanne Brown – Music Team Lead

Jeff Brown


A Nine Year Old’s Observations on a Liturgical Church Service and a Contemporary One

By: Daniel Adkinson

Skye Jethani is the managing editor of Leadership Journal. He recently wrote about Worship Through a Child’s Eyes. (HT: JW) Skye’s nine year old daughter Zoe has been accompanying her dad as he has been visiting various churches over the last year. He noticed that (unprompted or requested) she was making notes in her journal and asked to see them. Essentially, she was making notes about the worship services of the different churches. These are the unedited observations of a nine year old child about a liturgical service and a contemporary one:


1. When you are singing the first song the pastors walk down the isle and the first is holding a gold cross that is placed on a wooden stick thingy.

2. One of the pastors walking down the isle and close to the end is holding a very pretty looking bible. When she gets to the stage she places it on a wooden table.

3. The pastors are dressed in decrotive robes.

4. The church does not have a screen that has the words of the songs and passeges and prayers. instead they have a little books that has all the songs and prayer in them.

5. The pastors sit on little wooden chairs and listen to who is talking.

5. They have time to confess their sins and the pastors sit on their knees.

6. One of the pastors prepares the table for cumuan. During cumun someone in a plain white robe holds the bible.

7. They say this during cumuan “Christ has died and Christ has risen Christ will come again”

8. The pastors bow after they finish talking during cumuan.

9. When you are taking cumuan there is one cup that the adults drink from and after the person that is holding the cup wipes it.

10. When church is almost over one of the people in the plain white robes holds the gold cross and when it goes down the isle you have to bow.

1. They have 3 screens

2. In the back there is a little station that does the lights and screens

3. There are 2 girls singing. And when you sing the lights turn off and these cool lights go on. The music is really loud.

4. In the seat in front of you their is a poket and in that poket their is a welcom thingy and an evolope wich you can give money with

5. There is no cross in the front

6. Their are cool but weird things on the walls

7. Very cool set up

8. There is a coffee shop

Here were Skye’s conclusions: “Based on Zoe’s notes, I think I can conclude that the non-verbal elements of each service impacted her most. Symbols were very effective. What might we learn by viewing our worship gatherings through the eyes of a child? What values are we implicitly communicating by our spaces, music, and liturgy? What do we hope people leave with?


There will be a Service of Holy Eucharist celebrated this evening at 7 p.m. at Christ our Hope Anglican Church in honour of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Nothing for sure is known of the parentage or the place of the Mother of the Lord, but Holy Tradition does tell us the names of her parents are Joachim and Anna.  Scripture tells us Mary had an aged relative called Elizabeth.  According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary was a young Jewish girl living in Nazareth, engaged to a man called Joseph, when an Angel, a messenger, from the Lord announced that she was to be the bearer of the Son of God to the world.  Her response, “Let it be to me according to  your word,” and her life of obedience and faithfulness have been upheld ever since as a model for all who hear and obey God’s word.  In Christian tradition Mary is often described as “the second Eve” who unlocks Eve’s disobedience.  Mary was present at the crucifixion of her Son, and was with the apostles and others at Pentecost.  According to the Gospel of John, at the time of his death Jesus commended the care of his mother to the beloved disciple which may explain why in Christian tradition her final years are associated with both Jerusalem and Ephesus.  This day is now celebrated as the major feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout most of Christendom.


Almighty God, who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary and chose her to be the mother of your only Son: grant that we who are redeemed by his blood may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


Brothers and Sisters of Hope:

I am post here a link to a sermon preached by The Rev. Canon Dr. J. I. Packer.  Many of you may have at last a book or two by Dr. Packer.  I am not hesitant in the slightest to consider Dr. Packer a living saint among us.  His sermon is on the Christian witness of another great saint who went home to be with the Lord just a few days ago, The Rev. Dr. John Stott.  Many of you likely have at least a book or two from Dr. Stott as well.  I encourage you to watch this 3 part video of the sermon given this last week on a life well lived!

Fr. Greg


Brothers and Sisters of Hope:

We have Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 today.  In the Adult Forum, we will continue our study of Galatians as we look at Chapter 5.  I  hope to see you there!

Today we celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Trinity.  As we are in year “A” of the three year cycle of the lectionary, today’s readings focus on mercy as a virtue that we are to fully embrace as part of our own DNA.  Today’s Gospel reading clearly illustrates Jesus’ desire to give mercy to a Canaanite woman.

Today, we also commemorate St. Maximilian Kolbe.  He was a Franciscan friar who born in Poland in 1894.  His parents were Franciscan Tertiaries and, beginning his training for ordination in 1907, Maximilian joined the Franciscan novitiate in 1910.  He studied at Rome but, suffering from tuberculosis, he returned to Poland and became a lecturer in Church History.  After suffering a severe illness, he resolved to publish a magazine for Christian readers and this soon gained a huge circulation.  Soon his community was producing daily and weekly journals.  After the Nazi invasion of Poland, Maximilian was arrested as an ‘intellectual’ and taken to Auschwitz in May 1941.  There he continued his priestly ministry; secretly celebrated the Eucharist.  When, after an escape, a prisoner was chosen to forfeit his life as an example, Maximilian stepped forward to take his place and be put to death.  Two weeks later he was injected with phenol and died on this day in 1941.


Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


God of life and hope, we praise you that you can turn our weakness into your strength.  As you called Maximilian Kolbe to give his life for a brother, and always to have faith in the final victory of the good, grant us the grace to bear witness to your love and to save our brothers and sisters even to death, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

Back To School Event Set Up

A slight change and reminder for those who are helping with set up for the school supplies bash- let’s meet at Christ Our Hope at 9:30 am. 

We will be taking over a few tables, coolers, and the school supply bags from the church to the playground.  Also, folks can car pool to across the street to prevent parking issues.   

It looks like the rain will be holding off until later in the day, so plans are still a “go” to have the event at the trailer park playground. 

Thanks for all your hard work so far!

Carol Herman


Today is the day on which we remember and celebrate St. Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Poor Clares.


God of peace, who in the poverty of the blessed Clare gave us a clear light to shine in the darkness of this world: give us grace so to follow in her footsteps that we may, at the last, rejoice with her in your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The virgin Clare hath the following life-story, according to the traditions handed down amongst the Franciscans.  She was the eldest daughter of the Count of Sasso-Rosso, and was born in 1194, at the family palace in Assisi, where she lived until she was eighteen.  At which time she determined to follow her fellow-townsman, Francis of Assisi, in the way of poverty.  And thereby she showed herself to be the true daughter of her father, who was known for his courage and firmness; for, perceiving that she could not win parental consent to become a nun, at a time when a rich marriage was being arranged for her, she secretly gave to the poor all that she possessed, and at night dug her way through a walled-up doorway, which same was never opened save to carry forth to burial some member of the family that had died.  When her father discovered how she had thus signified the forsaking of wealth, and its privileges, in order to die

to the world, he was determined to bend her to his own will.  Meanwhile she had gone to the Church of the Little Portion, which was used by the Franciscan friars at Assisi; and there, in the middle of the same night, Francis clothed her in the habit of his Order, and cut her hair, after which he placed her with some Benedictine nuns nearby, for training in her high vocation.  Thither her father came as soon as he learned where she was, thinking to carry her home by force.  But Clare took refuge in the chapel and, clinging to the altar, dared him to separate her therefrom.  When he saw her firmness, he appealed to her filial piety, whereat she uncovered her shorn head, to show that she had become irrevocably the bride of Christ.  Which courage he did but admire in his daughter, and even permitted another daughter, Agnes, to join her; and after his death their mother Ortolana, also joined her.  As soon as possible Francis established Clare, and those who sought a similar vocation, at Saint Damian’s, which was one of the churches he had restored with his own hands.  There Clare ruled as abbess until her death, nearly forty years later.  And forth from Saint Damian’s went many nuns whom Clare had trained, to establish the life of the Poor Clares, as they are now called, throughout the world.  Their Order is devoted to prayer and reparation, offered to God on behalf of the world, and in particular to devotion to the holy Eucharist, which is the chief sign on earth of God’s love for us.  The wisdom and firmness which Clare ever showed, during difficulties which are well nigh beyond belief, in establishing her Order, prove her to have been one of God’s most valiant women.  Many wonders were told of her, but the most noteworthy was on the occasion of an invasion of that region by a band of Saracen soldiers who were intent on despoiling the convent, and ravishing the nuns.  Clare had no protection against them except her faith.  Hence she took the Most Holy from the altar, saying: Have no fear, my daughter; trust in Jesus.  And leading her sisters, she marched out through the enclosure door, with the Sacrament as her weapon, as if to attack the Saracens therewith.  Who were so amazed by the evident and strange courage of these dedicated women, that they turned and fled.  For the last twenty-seven years of her life, she suffered a sore illness, yet never slacked in her devotion or cheerfulness.  Great men came from far to learn of God from her; and as she was dying, it was she who offered encouragement to those round about her.  Whence she departed in joy to be ever with her true Spouse, namely, in 1253, on the morrow of Saint Lawrence’s Day, being the sixtieth year of her age, and the forty-second of her religious profession.  But after her canonization, in 1255, her feast was fixed for burial.  And her grey-clad virgin body may still be seen at her shrine in Assisi, where many pilgrims come to venerate her who conquered by the blessed Sacrament.  Her feast is now celebrated by the Church on 11th August, the day of her birthday in Heaven.


If I have not writtent o you as often as your soul and mine wel desire and long for, do not wonder or think that the fire of love for you glows less sweetly in the heart of yoru mother.  no, this is the difficulty: the lack of messengers and the obvious dangers of the roads.  Now, however, as I write to your love, I rejoice and exult with you in the joy of the Spirit, O bride of Christ, because since you have totally abandoned the vanities of this world, like another most holy virgin, Saint Agnes, you have been marvellously espoused to the spotless Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

Happy indeed is she to whom it is given to share this banquet, to cling with all her heart to him whose beauty all the havenly hosts admire unceasingly, whose love inflames our love, whose comtemplation is our refreshment, whose graciousness is our joy, whose gentless fills us to overflowing, whose remembrance brings a gentle light, whose frangrance will revive the dead, whose glorious vision will be the happiness of all the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem.

Inasmuch as this vision in the splendour of eternal glory, the brilliance of eternal light and the mirror without blemish, look upon that mirror each day, O queen and spouse of Jesus Christ; and continually study your face in it so that you may adorn youself within and without with beautiful robes, and cover yourself with the flowers and garments of all the virtues as becomes the daughter and most chaste bride of the Most High King.  Indeed, blessed poverty, holy humility, and ineffable charity are reflected in that mirror as, by the grace of God, you can contemplate them throughout the entire mirror.

Look at the parameters of the mirror, that is the poverty of him who was placed in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes.  O marvellous humility!  O astonishing poverty!  The King of the angels, the Lord of heaven and earth, is laid in a manger!  Then, look at the surface of the mirror, dwell on the holy humility, the blessed poverty, the untold labours and burdens which he endured for the redemption of the world.  Then, in the depths of this same mirror, contemplate the ineffable charity which led him to suffer on the wood and to die thereon the most shameful kind of death.

Therefore that mirror, suspended on the wood of the cross, urged those who passed by to reflect, saying, ‘All you who pass by the way, look and see if there is any suffering like my suffering!’  Let us answer his cry with one voice and spirit for he said, ‘Remembering this over and over leaves my soul downcast within me.’  In this way, O queen of our heavenly King, let yourself be inflamed more strongly with the fevour of charity.

And as you contemplate further his ineffable delights, his eternal riches and honours, and sigh for them in the great desire and love of your heart, may you cry out in the words of Solomon: ‘Draw me after you!  We will run in the fragrance of your perfumes, O heavenly spouse!  I will run and not tire, until you bring me into the wine-cellar, until your left hand is under my head and your right hand will embrace me happily, and you kiss me with the happiest kiss of your mouth.’

In this contemplation may you remember our poor mother, knowing that I have inscribed the happy memory of our indelibly on the tablets of my heart, holding you dearer than all the others.