Month: October 2011

Suzie Herman nut sale order

Hello,

Suzie Herman took orders for the Dayton Christian Fine Arts Nut Sale on Sunday, October 23rd. Then the form got lost. If you remember your order and would still like nuts and chocolates from Suzie, please contact Karla Herman at 235-0825 or kherman. Thanks!!!

Here is a list of the selections and prices to jog your memory:

Would you like to buy some nuts to benefit the Fine Arts? These are Dayton Nut products. Here are the selections and prices:

A. Whole Cashews, $7

B. Fancy Mixed Nuts, $7

C. Pecan Pieces, $7

D. English Walnuts, $7

E. Chocolate Raisins, $4

F. Chocolate Peanuts, $4

G. Caramel Balls, $4

H. Spanish Peanuts, $4

I. Butter Toffee Peanuts, $4

J. Honey Roasted Peanuts, $4

K. Pecan Delights (turtles), $6

L. Peppermint Patties, $5

M. Chocolate Mousse patties (chocolate covered, chocolate cream patties) $5

N. Peanut Butter Patties, $5

O. Chocolate pretzels gift tin, $7

P. Jambalaya snack mix, $5

Prayer request

Rachel Herman asked for prayer for safety. There was an armed robbery at the corner where she lives just off-campus at the Ohio State University. She is asking for prayer that they catch the person and for the safety of everyone who lives around her.

PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE

Thank you all for continuing to pray for Mr. Carter.  Here is today’s update from his wife: “Keith is still on oxygen and will not be going home today, but things are looking really good [for him to go home] tomorrow. He is feeling much better since pain meds are closer together and he slept well last night.”

Elyse

30 OCTOBER 2011

Today is the Fourth Sunday Before Advent.  Remember that we have Sunday School for all ages, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The Adult Forum will work through Chapter 3 of “Advent Conspiracy,” which is entitled, “Worship Fully.”  Holy Eucharist begins at 10:30 a.m.  This Sunday we will continue to focus on Jesus experience at the Temple following His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  He leave the Temple today, after confronting the Scribes and Pharisees, and begins to turn the attention of His disciples toward the destruction of Temple and Jerusalem, and even further, to the consummation of all things.  Today’s Homily is entitled…”The End Is Near!”  Let’s take time to work through what that means together.

 

 

 

 

 

– 6 November 2011, First Annual Parish Meeting.  Our parish will observe our first annual parish meeting immediately following Holy Eucharist.  It is imperative that every voting member of the parish be present in order to have your voice and vote heard.  We will be voting on nominations for the Nominating Committee, Vestry, as well as our new parish by-laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

– 1 November 2011, Feast of All Saints, 7 p.m., Christ the King Anglican Church.  We will join our brothers and sisters of Christ the King for Holy Eucharist in order to celebrate this very important feast day of the Church.  We will remember all those saints who have gone before us.  Please bring a dessert to share after the liturgy.

 

 

 

 

– 2 November 2011, All Souls Day, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Christ our Hope Anglican Church.  We will remember the names of all deceased family, friends, etc.,  of our parish family who rest in the hope of the resurrection.  Please be sure to write any names you would like remembered on the list provided at the back of the church.

 

 

 

– 13 November 2011, Remembrance Sunday, Christ our Hope Anglican Church.  We will honour all of our military veterans in the parish.  There will also be the traditional minute of silence observed, as well as the reading of “In Flanders Fields.”

 

 

 

 

 

– 19 November 2011, Ordination Eucharist, 4 p.m., Christ our Hope Anglican Church.  We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Orders as His Grace, Bishop Morse, ordains Deacon Chris Herman to the Sacred Order of Priests.  His Grace, Bishop Finke, will be the preacher.  Let’s all plan to be present to help him celebrate this very special day in his ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– 20 November 2011, Christ the King Sunday, Christ our Hope Anglican Church.  His Grace, Bishop Morse, will be here to help us celebrate Christ the King Sunday with the Sacrament of Confirmation for several of our parish members.   This will be a very special day in the life of our confirmands as they experience the release of the fullness of the spiritual gifts God has given them in their lives as they take personal responsibility for their own life of faith and discipleship to our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will pray that each confirmand be willing to allow their spiritual gifts to be fully used for the edification of the whole Body of Christ.

All Saints Day Celebration

Dear Saints of Christ Our Hope:

All Saints’ Day is upon us already! It is this Tuesday, November 1st. Christ the King parish is hosting the celebration. We hope to see all the saints 🙂 !!

6:00 PM – POT LUCK DINNER – bring a dish or two to share (both parishes are welcome)

7:00 PM – HOLY COMMUNION

8:00 PM – DESSERT/SNACK RECEPTION – hosted by Christ the King

Collect for All Saints’ Day

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord;

Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee;

Through the same thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

May the Grace and Peace of the Lord be with you all,

Terri Sebree

937-477-2263

UPDATED PRAYER REQUEST

“Please continue to pray for Keith. He is still in CVICU and is still having quite a bit of pain. He is having trouble with his oxygen levels. Please pray that he will have less pain, less tubes and great oxygen levels when I get there tomorrow.”

While the surgery was successful and we are thankful, please continue to pray for Mr. Carter as he recovers from such an intensive procedure.  Thank you.
Elyse

NEW BY-LAWS FOR YOUR REVIEW

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:
As we prepare for our first Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, 6 November 2011, the Vestry and I ask that you take the time to review the new by-laws you will be asked to vote on.  The Vestry has laboured over these by-laws in order to ensure they are in accord with the Constitution and Canons of the Reformed Episcopal Church as well as the Diocese of the Central States, as well as to serve a vibrant and growing parish.  We ask that you review them so that we may be ready to act on any questions/discussion you may have before we make our vote.  I appreciate your attention to this important detail.
Blessings to you in Jesus!
Fr. Greg
Fr. Gregory Mashburn, OFM
Rector
Christ our Hope Anglican Church
Here is the link to the new by-laws.
Here is the link to the old by-laws.

26 OCTOBER 2011

Today we commemorate St. Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899, and St. Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist today at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

THE LIFE OF ST ALFRED THE GREAT

Born in the year 849, Alfred was the King of the West Saxons, who effectively  brought to an end the constant threat of Danish dominion in the British Isles.  He came to the throne at the age of twenty-two and, after establishing peace, set about bringing stability to both Church and State.  He gave half of his income to founding religious houses which themselves acted as Christian centres for education, care of the sick and poor and respite for travellers.  He was a daily attender at Mass and himself translated many works into the vernacular.  He evolved a legal code based on common sense and Christian mercy.  His whole life was marked by the compassion of Christ.  He died on t his day in the year 899.

A READING FROM THE LIFE OF KING ALFRED BY BISHOP ASSER

In the year of the Lord’s Incarnation 849 Alfred, King of the Anglo-Sanxons, was born at the royal estate called Wantage, in the district known as Berkshire.  In 853 King Ethelwulf sent his son Alfred to Rome in state, accompanied by a great number of both nobles and commoners.  At this time the lord Pope Leo was ruling the apostolic see; he anointed the child Alfred as king, ordaining him properly, received him as an adoptive son and confirmed him.

Now Alfred was greatly loved, more than all his brothers, by his father and mother — and indeed by everybody — with a universal and profound love, and he was always brought up in the royal court and nowhere else.  In spite of all the demands of the present life, it was the desire for wisdom, more than anything else, together with the nobility of his birth, which characterised the nature of his noble mind; but alas, by the shameful negligence of his parents and turors, Alfred remained ignorant of letters until his twelfthh year, or even longer.  However, he was a careful listener, by day and night, to English poems, most frequently hearing them recited by others, and he readily retained them in his memory.

He learned by heart the ‘daily round’, that is, the services of the hours, and then certain psalms and prayers; these he collected in a single book, which h e kept by him day and night, as I have seen for myself; amid all the affairs of the present life he took it around with him everywhere for the sake of prayers, and was inseparable from it.  But alas, he could not satisfy his craving for what he desired the most, namely the liberal arts; for, as he used to say, there were no good scholars in the entire kingdom of the West Saxons at that time.

He used to affirm with repeated complaints and sighing from the depths of his heart, that among all the difficulties and burdens of his present life this had become the greatest: namely, that at the time when he was of the right age and had the leisure and the capacity for learning, he did not have the teachers.  For when he was older, and more incessantly preoccupied day and night – or rather harassed – by all kinds of illnesses unknown to the physicians of this island, as well as by the cures (both domestic and foreign) of the royal office, and also by the incursions of the Vikings by the land and sea, he had the teachers and scribes to some extent, but he was unable to study.

He similarly applied himself attentively to charity and distribution of alms to the native population and to foreign visitors of all races, showing immense and incomparable kindness and generosity to all, as well as to the investigation of things unknown.  Wherefore many Franks, Frisians, Gauls, Vikings, Welshmen, Irishmen and Bretons subjected themselves willingly to his lordship, nobles, and commoners alike; and, as befitted his royal status, he ruled, loved, honoured and enriched them all with wealth and authority, just as he did his own people.

COLLECT FOR ST. ALFRED THE GREAT

O Sovereign Lord, who brought your servant Alfred to a troubled throne that he might establish peace in a ravaged land and revive learning and the arts among the people: Awake in us also a keen desire to increase our understanding while we are in this world, and an eager longing to reach that endless life where all will be made clear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.

LIFE OF ST. CEDD

Cedd was born in Northumbria in the late sixth century and joined the monastery of Lindisfarne where he served many years.  When King Peada of the Middle Angles became a Christian, Cedd was sent with three other priests to preach the gospel in this new territory.  Some time later, King Sigebert of the East Saxons was converted and Cedd, now an experienced missionary, went with another priest to Essex.  After travellingn through the region they reported back to Lindisfarne where Cedd was consecrated Bishop for the East Saxons.  He returned to Essex to continue his work, building churches and two monasteries, and ordaining deacons and priests.  While on a visit to Northumbria he founded his third monastery, as Lastingham, where he died of fever in the year 664 after attending the Synod of Whitby.

A READING FROM TEH HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH AND PEOPLE BY THE VENERABLE BEDE

About this time, the East Saxons, who had rejected the faith and expelled Bishop Mellitus, once again accepted it under the influence of King Oswy of the Northumbrians.  For Sigbert, their king, was a friend of Kingn Oswy and often used to visit him.  Having now become a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, Sigbert returned to London, theh capital of his earthly kingdom, after asking Oswy to send him teachers to convert his people ot the faith of Christ and to wash them in the fountain of salvation.

Accordingly, Oswy sent to the province of the Middle Angles and summoned the man of God, Cedd, whom he dispatched with another priest as companion to preach the Word to the East Saxons.  When these priests had visited the entire province andn established a strong Christian community, Cedd returned home to Lindisfarne for consultations with Bishop Finan.  When the latter learned the great success of his preaching, he invited to Lindisfarne two other bishops to assist him, and consecrated Cedd bishop of the East Saxons.  When Cedd had been raised to the dignity of bishop, he returned to the province and used his increased authority to promote the work he had already begun.

He established churches in several places and ordained priests and deacond to assist in teaching the word of faith and baptizing the people, especially in the city which the Saxonsn calldd Orthona and in the placed called tilbury.  Theh former stands on teh banks of teh River Blackwater, the latter on the banks of the River Thames.  Here Cedd established communities of the servants of Christ and taught them to maintain the discipline of a Rule so far as these untutored folk were then capable of doing.

When Cedd had been bishop in the province for many years and had borne the responsibility for the monastery at Lastingham, whose rules he had established according to the use of Lindisfarne, he contracted the plague during a visit to the monastery, became ill and died.  He was buried initially outside the walls of the monastery, but later when a stone church in honour of the blessed Mother of God was built, his body was re-buried in it on the right hand side of the altar.  Cedd left the monastery in the care of his brother Chad who was later also to be consecrated a bishop.  For there were four brothers, Cedd, Cynebill, Caelin and Chad, all famous priests of the Lord, itself a very rare occurrence, and two of the four became bishops.

COLLECT FOR ST. CEDD

O God, who to the blessed Abbot Cedd, gave grace to imitate Christ in his poverty, and with humble heart to follow him to the end: grant that all who enter the path of Gospel perfection may neither look back nor go astray from the way, but hastening to thee without stumbling, may attain the crown of eternal life whereunto you call them.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

URGENT Prayer Request – Keith Carter

UPDATE:

The surgeons are closing up Mr. Carter’s heart and it is beating on its own so the procedure was successful. Thank you so much for all your prayers – God is good!

On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:11 PM, Elyse Burns <eburns124> wrote:

I’m not sure who updates the blog with prayer requests, so I sent this to both of you.

My friend’s father, Keith Carter, went to the hospital yesterday with symptoms of a heart attack. He made it to the hospital in time, but they ran tests and found that he has 5 blocked arteries. He will be having a quintuple bypass surgery tomorrow morning at 8:30. He and his family are Christians. Please keep them in your prayers (wife Vicki Carter, children Sarah, Luke, Laura, Beka and Hannah).

Thank you.

Elyse

PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Here is an update from Elyse Burns.

“The surgeons are closing up Mr. Carter’s heart and it is beating on its own so the procedure was successful.  Thank you so much for all your prayers – God is good!”

25 OCTOBER 2011

Today we commemorate Sts Crispin and Crispinian, and Bl. Lewis Bayley.

THE LIFE OF STS. CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN

Crispin and Crispinian were shoemakers and lived in the third century.  They are reputed to have preached the Christian faith in Gaul whilst exercising their trade and so, like St. Paul earning his living as a tentmaker, were no drain on the Christian community.  They were put to deathh for their faith at the beginning of the Diocletian persecution and died in about the year 287 in Rome.

A READING FROM AN EXHORTATION TO MARTYDOM BY ORIGEN

If we have passed from death to life by our transition from unbelief to faith, we should not be surprised if the world hates us.  For no one who has not passed from death to life, but remains in death, can love those who have passed from this dark house of death, as it could be called, to a building flooded by the light of life, built with living stones.  Jesus laid down his life for us, and we should lay down ours: I do not say for his sake, but for ourselves; or rather, I suppose, for those whoa re going to be built up by our martyrdom.

Christians, the time has come for us to boast.  For we reach in Scripture: ‘This is not all we can boast about; we can boast aboutu our sufferings.  For sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope does not deceive us; only let the love of God be poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.’

If, (as Scripture elsewhere says) ‘just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation through Christ is abundant’, then let us accept Christ’s sufferings gladly.  Indeed, let us share in them abundantly, if we are wanting to receive his abundant consolation.  For this is what those who mourn will receive, although perhaps not in equal measure.

God said through his prophet Isaiah: ‘In a time of favour I have answered you, on a day of salvation I have helped you.’  What could be a more favourable time than the day when for our faith in Christ we are led off under guard, paraded before the world.  The triumph is ours rather than theirs!  For Christian martyrs in the company of Christ have completely overcome the principalities and powers, and join in his triumph.  As they share his sufferings, so they also share in the benefits of his sufferings.  They share in the victories he won by his courage in suffering.  What other day of salvation is there than the day we depart this world in such a way?

Behold, the Lord is here with his reward in his hand, ready to render to each of us according to our works.

COLLECT FOR STS. CRISPIN AND CRISPINIAN

O God, who grants unto us to keep the heavenly birthday of blessed Crispin and Crispinian, your holy Martyrs: grant, we humbly ask you; that we may rejoice in the perpetual felicity of their fellowship in heaven.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

THE LIFE OF BLESSED LEWIS BAYLEY, BISHOP AND WRITER

Lewis Bayley was born in 1565 and was a native of Carmarthen.  Educated at Exeter College, Oxford, he received several church preferments in England and Wales before becoming Treasurer of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Chaplain to James I.  In 1616 Bayley was appointed Bishop of Bangor, remaining there till his death in 1631.  His episcopate was marred by his inept handling of Church and State politics, which led to a brief spell in the Fleet Prison in 1621.  Bayley’s devotional manual, The Practice of Piety appeared in 1611 and is said to have been based on a series of sermons that he had given while Vicar of Evesham.  By 1842 it had gone through eighty English editions, and had been translated in several languages.  The Welsh version was published in 1630 and reprinted five times in a hundred years.  Among those who were strongly influenced by Bayley’s book were John Bunyan and Howell Harris.

A READING FROM THE PRACTICE OF PIETY BY LEWIS BAYLEY

When prayers begin, lay aside thy own private meditations, and let thy heart join with the minister and the whole Church, as being one body of Christ, and because that God is the God of order, he will have all things done in the Church with one heart and accord, and the exercises of the Church are common and public.  It is therefore an ignorant pride, for a man to think his own private prayers more effectual than the public prayers of the whole Church.  Solomon therefore advises a man not to be rash to utter a thing in the Church before God.  Pray, therefore, when the Church prayeth, sing when they sing; and in the action of kneeling, standing, sitting, and such indifferent ceremonies (for the avoiding of scandal, the continuance of charity, and in testimony of thine obedience), conform thyself to the manner of the Church wherein thou livest.

Whilst the preacher is expounding and applying the word of the Lord, look upon him; for it is a great help to stir up thine attention, and to keep thee from wandering thoughts; so the eyes of all that were in the synagogue are said to have been fastened on Christ whilst he preached, and that all the people hanged upon him when they heard him.  Remember that thou art there as one of Christ’s disciples, to learn the knowledge of salvation, by the remission of sins, through the tender mercy of God.

Be not, therefore, in the school of Christ, like and idle boy in grammar school, that often hears, but never learns his lesson; and still goes to school, but profiteth nothing.  Thou hatest it in a child, and Christ detesteth it in thee.

COLLECT FOR BL. LEWIS BAYLEY

Grant, we humbly ask you, Almighty God: that the devout observance of this festival of blessed Lewis Bayley, your Confessor and Bishop, may be profitable unto us for our advancement in all godliness, and for the attainment of everlasting salvation.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

PRAYER REQUEST

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

The following is a prayer request from Elyse Burns that I received this evening.

Fr. Greg

“My friend’s father, Keith Carter, went to the hospital yesterday with symptoms of a heart attack.  He made it to the hospital in time, but they ran tests and found that he has 5 blocked arteries.  He will be having a quintuple bypass surgery tomorrow morning at 8:30.  He and his family are Christians.  Please keep them in your prayers (wife Vicki Carter, children Sarah, Luke, Laura, Beka and Hannah).”

Abshear move update

Due to a number of scheduling and installation conflicts, the Abshears will not be able to move into their new home this coming Saturday. It is currently somewhat up in the air about what can be done since the move will probably have to be on Saturday, November 5, and a good many of the movers will be tied up with the Alpha retreat. Please pray for them as they work their way through this difficult time and let us all be alert for ways in which we can assist. them.

We will keep everyone informed as we have information.

Many blessings,

Dss Candy

Update on J. Evanhoe

Hello,

The lump was an abscess and it was drained. Joni is in pain, but doing fine. In order to decide the correct drugs Joni should take, tests are being done to see if there is a virus in the abscess. Thanks for all your prayers! Anita

PRAYER REQUEST

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

I received the following prayer request from Anita Evanhoe this morning.

Fr. Greg

“Joni Evanhoe has had trouble with some lymph glands in her left neck/underarm area since August. A doctor she is seeing in Lawrence, Kansas scheduled a biopsy for 2 pm this afternoon (Friday). My sister-in-law, who works at the hospital, will be with Joni at this appointment and tells me the doctor today is wonderful. I (Anita) will probably fly up to be with Joni for the results of the biopsy. Please pray for Joni’s emotions far from home during this time, the whole medical process and my travel. I have been to Kansas 4 times already since mid June and am a bit weary of the traveling. Thank you.”

19 OCTOBER 2011, ST. PETER ALCANTARA

Today we remember St. Peter of Alcantara, “whos is among the greatest of contemplatives, and one of the glories of the Franciscans…,” as the Anglican Breviary mentions.  We will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Christ our Hope Anglican Church.

THE LIFE OF ST. PETER ALCANTARA, CONFESSOR

Saint Peter of Alcantara (1499—October 18, 1562) was a Spanish Franciscan. He was born at Alcantara, Spain. His father, Peter Garavita, was the governor of the place, and his mother was of the noble family of Sanabia. After a course of grammar and Philosophy in his native town, he was sent, at the age of fourteen, to the University of Salamanca.

Returning home, he became a Franciscan of the Stricter Observance in the convent at Manxaretes in 1515. At the age of twenty-two he was sent to found a new community of the Stricter Observance at Badajoz. He was ordained priest in 1524, and the following year made guardian of the convent of St. Mary of the Angels at Robredillo. A few years later he began preaching with much success. He preferred to preach to the poor; his sermons, taken largely from the Prophets and Sapiential books, breathe the tenderest human sympathy. The reform of the “Discalced Friars” had, at the time when Peter entered the order, besides the convents in Spain, the Custody of Santa Maria Pietatis in Portugal, subject to the General superior of the Observants.

Having been elected minister (i.e. superior) of St. Gabriel’s religious province in 1538, Peter set to work at once. At the chapter of Plasencia in 1540 he drew up the Constitutions of the Stricter Observants, but his severe ideas met with such opposition that he renounced the office of provincial and retired with John of Avila into the mountains of Arabida in Portugal, where he joined Father Martin a Santa Maria in his life of eremitical solitude, but soon other friars came to join him, and several little communities were established; Peter was chosen guardian and master of novices at the convent of Pallais. In 1560 these communities were erected into the Province of Arabida.

Returning to Spain in 1553 he spent two more years in solitude; then he journeyed barefoot to Rome and obtained permission of Julius III to found some poor convents in Spain under the jurisdiction of the general of the Conventuals. Convents were established at Pedrosa, Plasencia and elsewhere; in 1556 they were made a commissariat, with Peter as superior, and in 1561 a religious province under the title of St. Joseph. Not discouraged by the opposition and ill-success his efforts at reform had met with in St. Gabriel’s province, Peter drew up the constitutions of the new province with even greater severity. The reform spread rapidly into other provinces of Spain and Portugal.

In 1562 the province of St. Joseph was put under the jurisdiction of the general of the Observants, and two new custodies were formed: St. John Baptist’s in Valencia and St. Simon’s in Galicia (see Friars Minor). Besides the above-named associates of Peter may be mentioned St. Francis Borgia, John of Avila and Venerable Louis of Grenada. In St. Teresa, Peter perceived a soul chosen of God for a great work, and her success in the reform of Carmel (see Carmelites) was in great measure due to his counsel, encouragement and defence. It was a letter from St. Peter (14 April, 1562) that encouraged her to found her first monastery at Avila, 24 August of that year. St. Teresa’s autobiography is the source of much of our information regarding Peter’s life, work, gifts of miracles and prophecy.

Peter had the gift of contemplation and the virtue of penance. Hardly less remarkable was his love of God, which was at times so ardent as to cause him, as it did St. Philip Neri, sensible pain and frequently rapt him into ecstasy. The poverty he practised and enforced was as cheerful as it was real, and often let the want of even the necessaries of life be felt.

He fought the three perceived enemies of the soul, namely; worldliness, the flesh, and the devil through sacrifices, fasting and prayer. He slept for only one and a half hours each day, inside his room which had a floor area of only four and a half square feet. While in prayer and contemplation, he was often seen in ecstasies and levitation. In his deathbed, he was offered a glass of water which he refused, saying that “Even my Lord Jesus Christ thirsted on the Cross…”. He died while on his knees on October 18, 1562 in a monastery at Arenas.

***from http://wiki.franciscanweb.com/wiki/Peter_of_Alcantara

COLLECT FOR ST. PETER ALCANTARA

O God, who didst vouchsafe to adorn thy blessed Confessor Saint Peter with many excellent gifts of penitence and prayer: grant, we pray thee; that by his merits and intercession we may be enabled so to mortify all earthly and carnal desires that we may readily attain to things celestial.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

18 OCTOBER 2011, FEAST OF ST. LUKE

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Luke, the Evangelist and Physician.  Morning Prayer begins at 9 a.m.  We will also celebrate the feast with Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m.  We are hosting Christ the King parish this evening, so please also bring a dessert to share.

LIFE OF ST. LUKE

Luke was a dear friend of the Apostle Paul, and is mentioned by him three times in his Letters.  Paul describes him as ‘the beloved physician’ and, in his Second Letter to Timothy, as his only companion in prison.  He is believed to be the author of the Gospel which bears his name, and that of the Acts of the Apostles.  Luke’s narrative of the life of Christ has a pictorial quality and shows the sequential pattern from the nativity through to the death and resurrection.  The developed sense of theology that comes over in Paul’s writings is virtually unknown in those of Luke but, as a Gentile, Luke makes clear that the good news of salvation is for all, regardless of gender, social position or nationality.  Traditionally, Luke is said to have written his Gospel in Greece and to have died in Boeotia at the age of eighty-four.

COLLECT FOR ST. LUKE

Almighty God, you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel, to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: by the grace of the Spirit and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel, give you Church the same love and power to heal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

16 OCTOBER 2011, 17TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Today we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.  Our theme in today’s liturgy is “Ceasar or God?”.  We have Sunday School for all ages, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The Adult Forum will begin its study of “Advent Conspiracy.”  Holy Eucharist begins at 10:30 a.m.  And, don’t forget to pray for those who are attending ALPHA at 6 p.m.

Fr. Greg

CHURCH SET-UP

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

We have an event in the building today.  We will need to set-up the church in our usual configuration tomorrow morning.  Please plan to show a little early in order to help with the set-up.  Thank you!

Fr. Greg