Month: September 2011

TOMORROW: Trends in the Job Market Workshop

Saturday morning Samaritan Outreach is hosting a free workshop open to all. Karen Fox from Wright State University Career Services Dept. will be speak on the current job market and give insight into how to get employment and plan for the future. Great for college students, families in job transition, and single parents.

Location: Christ the King Church, 925 North Main Street, Dayton OH 45405
Schedule: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Please RSVP to Jeff & Pam at soministries @ yahoo.com.

Prayer Walks

Dear CoH,

I would like to move the monthly prayer walks to the 2nd Saturday of the month, at least for Oct and Nov. If there is no monthly conflict with other church events, perhaps we will continue with every 2nd Saturday of the month. Let me know if you have an opinion one way or another. The Oct prayer walk, then, will be next Saturday, 8 Oct, 9 am, meeting at Forest Ridge Gazebo. Thanks! -JeffB

Prayer Request

From Pam Baugham:

Please pray for my mother. She fell backwards and hit her head tonight while at my brother’s house. She is in a hospital in Indiana, and I am heading there tonight with my sister.

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29 SEPTEMBER 2011, MICHAELMAS

Brothers and Sister of Christ our Hope:

Just a friendly reminder that Thursday, 29 September 2011, is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, also known as Michaelmas.  I would encourage you to learn a bit about this feast day by going to the link Fr. Wayne posted on the blog a couple of days ago.  This is one of the important feast days of the year, and is an important opportunity for the brothers and sisters of Christ the King and Christ our Hope to worship and fellowship together.  Please don’t forget to bring a dessert to share.  I look forward to seeing you there.

7 p.m. Holy Eucharist

8 p.m. Dessert Potluck

Fr. Greg

28 SEPTEMBER 2011, ST. WENCESLAS

Today we will celebrated Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and commemorate St. Wenceslas, Duke, Martyr.

THE LIFE OF ST. WENCESLAS

Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, was called of God to the hard task of defending Christianity when his subjects were just beginning to learn the Faith, and the devil’s hatred thereof was first being manifested.  He was the son of a Christian father, Duke Wratisllas I, and a mother, named Drahomira, who was Christian only in name.  But he had in his paternal grandmother a most holy foster-mother, namely St. Ludmilla, who trained him up in godliness.  therefore, he became a man eminent in all graces, and one who carefully kept chastity unsullied throughout the whole course of his life, and in the midst of great wickedness.  After his father’s death, his mother seized the supreme power through the foul murder of Ludmilla, and did all that she could to extirpate Christianity.  But some of the nobles, wearied with her tyranny and wicked government, cast off her yoke, and hailed Wenceslas, in the city of Prague, as their ruler.  At once he issued a proclamation that he would rule justly, but with mercy, and he did.  To the orphaned, the widowed, and the destitute he was very charitable, so that sometimes in the winter he carried firewood to the needy ton his own shoulders. He helped oftentimes to bury the poor; he set captives free; and at the dead of night he went many times to the prisons to comfort with money and advice them that were detained therein.  To a prince of so tender an heart it was a great grief to be behoven to condemn any to death, however guilty.  For the Churchh and her clergy he had a most earnest respect, and it was his pleasure to sow and reap the corn, and press the grapes, with his own hands, wherewith to provide for the holy sacrifice.  When Tadislas, Prince of Gurinna, invaded Bohemia, Wenceslas, to save the bloodshed of many, went out to meet him in single combat.  Faced with such courage and goodness, his enemy bowed in reverence before him, made with him a league of friendship.  When he went to Germany, the Emperor was so impressed with his evident holiness that he arose from his throne, embraced him in his arms, decorated him with the insignia of royalty, and gifted him with relicks of the holy Martyr Vitus.  Nevertheless, his godless brother, at the exhortation of their mother, sought him out in a church, where he was praying, thinking to kill him.  There with his unnatural brother, Boleslas, together with some accomplices in crime, wounded him with their swords.  And then Boleslas dispatched him with his own hand, running him through the body with a lance.  He suffered a little after midnight on September 28th, 935.  At once he was acclaimed by the people as a Martyr who had given his life to uphold the Faith against pagan opposition; and since about the 985 his feast hath been observed in Bohemia.  He is considered the national patron of the Czechs.

COLLECT FOR ST. WENCESLAS

O God, who through the victory of martyrdom didst exalt thy blessed Saint Wenceslas from his earthly principality to the glory of thy heavenly kingdom : we pray thee, at his intercession, to defend us against all adversities; and to suffer us to rejoice in his eternal fellowship.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

LYRICS TO ‘GOOD KING WENCESLAS (from http://www.carols.org.uk/good_king_wenceslas.htm)

The words to the carol “Good King Wenceslas” were written by John Mason Neale (an Anglican priest, scholar, and hymn-writer) and published in 1853, the music originates in Finland 300 years earlier. This Christmas carol is unusual as there is no reference in the lyrics to the nativity. Good King Wenceslas was the king of Bohemia in the 10th century. Good King Wenceslas was a Catholic and was martyred following his assassination by his brother Boleslaw and his supporters, his Saint’s Day is September 28th, and he is the Patron Saint of the Czech Republic. St. Stephen’s feast day was celebrated on 26th December which is why this song is sung as a Christmas carol.


Good King Wenceslas : Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

WEDNESDAY FAMILY PRAYER SUSPENDED

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

I have made the decision to suspend Wednesday evening Family Prayer until Advent.  At this time we have a number of ministry and prayer opportunities in which everyone  may participate.  ALPHA is one of those opportunities, as are the mid-week services.  The Wednesday night service will return at the beginning of Advent.

Blessings,

Fr. Greg

Feast of St.Michael and All Angels

Dear friends of Christ Our Hope,

Please join us at Christ the King Anglican Church on Thursday, September 29 for a communion service and a time of fellowship afterwards . Here are the details:

7:00 PM Communion Service and celebration of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas is the old traditional name)

8:00 PM Reception and dessert. Please bring a dessert to share and any angelic statuary or pictures to be added to the display for the evening.

A suggested website to get more information about traditions and observations of the Michaelmas feast: http://fullhomelydivinity.org/ , select the Customs and Traditions link at the top then on the left scroll to the Michaelmas link.

We hope to see everyone Thursday evening and make this a great time of celebration and fellowship!

May His peace be yours in abundance,

Your friends at Christ the King

PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Sherrie Mathis was released from hospital this morning at 11 a.m.  She is home recuperating and getting some much needed rest.  I visited with the family and we shared Holy Eucharist together.  Sherrie also received the Sacrament of Healing.  Please continue to remember Sherrie, and the rest of the family, in your prayers in the days ahead.

Fr. Greg

25 SEP 2011, 14TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Today we celebrate the 14th Sunday after Trinity.  The question I would like to pose, based on today’s Gospel (Matt. 21:23-32), is: “Who is a true Disciple of Jesus?”  This is a difficult question that many Christians avoid simply because the actions of our lives are the answer to the question, and the answer it not something some Christians find comforting.  So, let’s take some time to be in that place of holy discomfort and deal with the question together.

Remember that we have Sunday School for all ages.  During the Adult Forum we will continue our discussion on the History of Monasticism as we work our way through Celtic Christianity and continue through the difficulties of the Reformation.  I look forward to seeing you this morning!

Fr. Greg

PRAYER REQUEST

Please remember my cousin, Kathy, in your prayers.  She is only in her mid-30s and has suffered a stroke.  The stroke has affected her brain functions.

Fr. Greg

PRAYER REQUEST

Brother and Sister of Christ our Hope:

Please keep Sherrie Mathis in your prayers.  She has been admitted at Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Centre due to some health issues of concern.  Updates will be made as they become available.

Fr. Greg

: Prayer Request for Tom’s Father, Vernon

Hi Karla,

I just talked with Tom and his Father is not doing well. Please pray for Tom and his Dad. Vernon’s kidneys are not functioning and if they can’t get them back it looks like he’ll be transferred to hospice and made comfortable. Dad has so much going on with cancer, mersa, clots, pneumonia, etc. He still has a strong will to live.

Thanks so much,
Martha

Update on Mr. Evanhoe’s mother

Update on Kyoko Gasper, Chuck Evanhoe’s mom

She was in the hospital for 3 days starting 9/4. They sent her home with oxygen, prednisone for inflammation in the lungs and an anti-fungal medication. Still nothing conclusive yet on what the infection in her lungs was. She saw her family doctor on Wednesday of this week and sees another doctor on the 20th but is doing much better and her oxygen levels are ok (were in the mid-high 70’s). Thank you for your prayers.

blessing of animals

Monday, Oct. 3rd – Dominion Academy will have its first annual Blessing of the Animals at noon in the parking lot. Members of Christ the King and Christ Our Hope are invited to bring leashed or caged pets to receive a blessing. Refreshments (including animal treats!) will follow.

Today is a very important feast day in the life of the Church.  Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  It was on this day in the year 326 that St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, was led by the Holy Spirit to the remains of the Cross upon which our Lord was crucified.  Those remains were still buried upon Golgotha.  Those remains have been distributed to various churches of special import and religious communities throughout the world.  In 1989, I actually had the special privilege to venerate a small portion of the Holy Cross that was brought from a monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece.  The grace of that special occasion remains with me today.

I invite you to attend Holy Eucharist today at either 12:00 p.m. (noon) for a short service, or for the special feast day Holy Eucharist we will celebrate tonight at 7 p.m.  The location is Christ our Hope Anglican Church.  I look forward to seeing at many of you as can make it, for it is by the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ shed is precious blood that we are redeemed.

THE COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Almighty God, who in the passion of your blessed Son made an instrument of painful death to be for us the means of life and peace: grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer for his sake; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Fr. Greg

Today is the 12th Sunday after Trinity, and also the day in which we mark the 10th anniversary of those tragic events we commonly call 9/11.  The Gospel reading today calls us to the kind of forgiveness the secular culture finds difficult, if not impossible, to understand.  With the events of 9/11, and the ongoing threat of terrorism in this country and in other parts of the globe, it is this kind of life, one that is overflowing with mercy, that is shown for the shocking call that it really is.  I invite you to mark this anniversary by your presence at Holy Eucharist (10:30 a.m..), being mindful of the great mercy we have been shown by our gracious and merciful God.

The Adult Forum will continue the study of the history of monasticism.  We will continue our study by moving from examples of monastic life in the Old Testament into the Christian examples of monastic in the early Church, the desert Fathers, and the Celtic Church.  You don’t want to miss it!

Fr. Greg

Alpha Course Kick-off

Christ Our Hope launches its first Alpha Course this Sunday, Sep 11th. Guests arrive at 6 pm. All Team members arrive at 5 pm unless your Team Leader has asked you to arrive earlier. Please lend a hand to help set up after the church service this Sunday. It should only take about 10 minutes. It’s not too late to invite your friends and extended family. Invite them to come and check it out.

Martha and Suzie are excited about Alpha

Hey, Church! Martha and Suzie are excited about Alpha. Martha Berger spoke in church last Sunday about her experience with Alpha, noting that, although she had been a Christian for many years, the Alpha program was powerful for her. Even the ‘mature’ Christian can experience growth in their faith through the Alpha course, according to Martha. Suzie Herman is also excited about Alpha. Her first experience was as an Alpha Sprout (Alpha for Kids) at Christ the King. She is excited to experience the Alpha program as a young adult and is looking forward to being a small group helper in a teen group. Are you excited about Alpha?