Month: April 2012

Prayer request from Dr. Kris

From Dr. Kris Prenger:

I am almost for sure going to Afghanistan next week. I will represent Interserve on a board of the umbrella organization where some of our people work. My US boss and my local boss couldn’t go, so suddenly I was the senior person available to represent us.

The timing is interesting, as I was already going to be away from LAMB for another meeting. But turned out that meeting wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, so I was more or less able to just change plans and go to Afghanistan instead.

Please don’t worry too much, as I will only be allowed in ‘safe’

areas. I already received a map that says ‘You can walk here, but don’t walk there’, etc. They sent a clothing guide and I am going out right now to get some long-sleeved clothes made.

I thought I better tell you that, to get you started praying!

Upcoming Hall Events

Good afternoon,

We have Banquet Hall events coming up on 5/12 and 5/19.

So….we need your help to setup for Sunday Service and
Sunday school on 5/13 & 5/20.

Please put the reminder in your calendar now, and please plan on arriving and be available to help setup at 9:05am.

Your help (yes YOU!)  makes it possible to continue renting our facility as a banquet hall.

Thanks,  Pat Prenger

4th Sunday Panera pickup

Hello,

Is anyone available to meet the Evaniuk’s at Panera by the Fairfield Commons Mall this Saturday night, April 28, and gather pastries for Sunday?

Let me or Martha Berger know if you can do it.

Thanks!

Karla Herman

25 APRIL 2012, FEAST OF ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

Today we will celebrate our noon Eucharist in commemoration of the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.

THE LIFE OF ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

John Mark was a Jew and, according to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, was cousin to Barnabas.  He accompanied Barnabas and Paul on their first missionary journey.  Afterwards, he went to Cyprus with Barnabas and to Rome with first Paul and then Peter.  Mark’s gospel is generally regarded as the earliest and was most likely written whilst he was in Rome.  It was probably based as much on Peter’s preaching of the good news as on Mark’s own memory.  Mark’s gospel has a sharpness and an immediacy about it and he does not spare the apostles in noting their weaknesses and lack of understanding that Jesus the Christ would suffer for the world’s redemption.  Sharing int he glory of the resurrection means sharing int he giving of self, both in body and spirit, even to death; sharing the gospel was, for all, in essence both excessively generous and ultimately sacrificial.

A READING FROM THE TREATISE AGAINST THE HERESIES BY ST. IRENAEUS

Although the Church is spread throughout the world, even to the ends of the earth, it has received from the apostles and their followers the faith it professes.

It believes in one God, the Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; and in the Holy Spirit, who announced through the prophets and purposes of God, the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, his birth from the Virgin, his passion, his resurrection from the dead, and his bodily ascension into heaven, and his future manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father ‘to gather up all things in one’, and to raise to life all human flesh, in order that in accordance with the will of the invisible Father, ‘every knee in heaven and earth and under the earth shall bow’ before Christ Jesus, our Lord and God, our Saviour and our King, and every tongue acknowledge him, and the whole creation be brought to his just judgement.  Those who have sinned, be they angels, be they mortals who have renounced their faith, who have behaved profanely or who are unrighteous, shall be condemned to the eternal fire; whereas those who are righteous and holy, who have kept God’s commandments faithfully, who have presevered in love whether from the outset of their lives, or by repenting of their evil actions, through the exercise of his grace shall be received into eternal glory.

As I have observed, this is the preaching and the faith which the Church althrough scattered throughout the world, continues to maintain carefully as if it lived together in one house.  The church believes these truths as if it had but one soul, one heart, proclaiming them and teaching them and handing them on to others as if it spoke with one mouth.  Although there are many different languages in the world, the content of the tradition is one and the same.

The beliefs of the Church planted in Germany are in accord with those of the Church in Spain and Gaul, the Church in the East, Egypt, Libya and Jerusalem, the centre of the world.  Just as the sun, that creature of God, is identical wherever it shines throughout the world, so too the preaching of the truth shines everywhere, and enlightens all who wish to know the truth.

Someone who is an eloquent speaker among the leaders of the churches will teach nothing different from what I have outlined, for no one is greater than his master; nor will someone less gifted in eloquence be able to diminish the tradition.  Our Christian faith is one and the same, and no matter how much you preach, you will never add to it; and no matter how little you say, the tradition will always be bigger than you.

THE COLLECT FOR ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

Almighty God, who enlightened your holy Church through the inspired witness of your evangelist Saint Mark: grant that we, being firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel, may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed; 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.

Praise report

Jessie had her appointment with the rheumatologist today. The conclusion was that she is doing excellent. She needs to stay on her meds for now but she can skip her medications for the three weeks in July while she is in Germany. If the MRI at the end of 2012 shows no active inflammation they will take her off her medication to see how she does. Thanks be to God and all of you for your prayers.

Jessie and the Evanhoe gang

Walk for Independence

Hi,

I will be walking in the Walk for Independence on May 19th, the Toward Independence fund raiser. Anyone who would like to pledge can email me or call me at (937)479-3160. Toward Independence would like each walker to raise at least $50. Checks should be made payable to Toward Independence and should be given to me prior to May 19th. All donations will be used "to assist TI in fulfilling its mission, helping individuals with developmental disabilities to live the fullest life possible."

Thanks,

Debby Smith

Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer will resume this Wednesday, 18 April, at 7 pm in the Gold Room.  Come join us for worship and prayer.  -Jeff

PRAYER REQUEST

Fr. Chris and Carol have taken William back to Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati due to the continued severe headaches and nausea.  There will be a couple of treatments that may be tried during his stay.  He is expected, at this time, to be released from hospital tomorrow.  Please pray for William, that God would provide relief for the headaches he is experiencing, and that insight would be given to the doctors as to how to treat the source of the headaches.

Fr. Greg

11 APRIL 2012, BL. GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN

Today we will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  We commemorate Bl. George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand.

THE LIFE OF BL. GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN

George Augustus Selwyn was born in 1809, educated at Cambridge and ordained as curate of Windsor.  In 1841 he was made the first Bishop of New Zealand and remained there for twenty-seven years, during the first years travelling when few roads or bridges existed.  In the wars between colonists and Maoris he stood out heroically for Maori rights, at the cost of fierce attacks from both sides and grave personal danger in his efforts to part the warriors, until later he was revered as one of the founders of New Zealand as well as of its Church.  He taught himself to navigate and gathered congregations in the Melanesian Islands.  His Constitution for the New Zealand Church influenced the churches of the Anglican Communion and he was a chief founder of the Lambeth Conferences of bishops.  In 1868 he was persuaded to become the Bishop of Lichfield in England and died there on this day in 1878.

A READING FROM A SERMON OF BL. GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN DELIVERED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE IN 1854

In the mission-field, schism is an acknowledged evil.  We make a rule, therefore, never to introduce controversy among a native people.  If the ground has been preoccupied by any other religious body, we forbear to enter.  And I can speak from observation, ranging over nearly half the Southern Pacific Ocean, that wherever this law of religious unity is adopted, there the gospel has its full and unchecked power.  Missionaries must be ready at a moment to put their lives in their hands and go out to preach the Gospel to others, with no weapon but prayer, and with no refuge but in God.

I have visited many of the islands in their days of darkness, and therefore I can rejoice in the light that now bursts upon them, from whatever quarter it may come.  I feel that there is an episcopate of love as well as of authority, and that these simple teachers, scattered over the wide ocean, are objects of the same interest to me as Apollos was to Aquila.  If in anything they lack knowledge, it seems to be our duty to ‘expound to them the way of God more perfectly’, and to do this as their friend and brother, ‘not as having dominion over their faith, but as helpers of their joy’.

Above all other things, it is our duty to guard against inflicting upon them the curses of our disunion, lest we make every little island in the ocean a counterpart of our own divided and contentious Church.  And, further, I would point to the mission-field as the great outlet for the excited and sensitive spirit of the Church at home.  There are minds which have placed before them an ideal perfection which can never be realised on earth.  They burn with a zeal for God which cannot bear to be confined.  Such men would be the very salt of he earth if they would but go out into the mission-field.  There are five hundred millions of heathen still waiting for the gospel.

But how, you will ask, shall truth of doctrine be maintained if we tolerate in the mission-field every form of error, and provide no safeguard for the purity of the faith?  I answer that, as running water purified itself, so Christian work is seen to correct its own mistakes.  Is it, then, a hope too unreasonable to be entertained, that the power which will heal the divisions of the Church at home may come from her distant fields of missionary work?

And now, my dear friends, I commend you to the grace of God’s Holy Spirit.  I go from hence if it be the will of God, to the most distant of all countries.  There God has planted a standard of the cross, as a signal to his Church to fill up the intervening spaces.  Fill up the void.  The Spirit of God is ready to be poured out upon all flesh, and some of you are his chosen vessels.  Again, I say, offer yourselves to the Primate of our Church.  The voice of the Lord is asking, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ May many of you who intend, by God’s grace, to dedicate yourselves to the ministry, answer at once, “Here am I: send me.”

THE COLLECT FOR BL. GEORGE AUGUSTUS SELWYN

Eternal God, you called Bl. George Augustus Selwyn to proclaim your glory in a life of prayer and pastoral zeal: keep the leaders of your Church faithful and bless your people through their ministry, that the Church may grow into the full stature of your Son 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.

Summer Music at the Gazebo schedule

Here is the schedule for this summer!

June 10th Knotworks flute group

June 17th Urbi Juan Music (wide variety of guitar & banjo music)

June 24th Luminosa Blue

July 1st no music – Cityfolk and Dayton fireworks that evening

July 8th Vineyard Worship Band

July 15th Micah and Jill (folk music)

July 22nd Mike Sloan (folk music)

July 29th no music – neighborhood activity – Swim Team Picnic

August 5th the Dominion Academy Coffeehouse group plus others

August 12th

August 19th Vision of Unity (Contemporary Spiritual Music)

August 26th Trombones of Dayton

Brothers and Sisters of Christ our Hope:

Tonight we will celebrate in a powerful way the resurrection of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ.  We will celebrate the lighting of the New Fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle, we will hear the haunting chant of the church in the Easter Exultet, we will hear readings, experience the baptism of Eden and Rowan as they enter life as members of the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  We will also renew our own baptismal vows…and then, in a grand and festive way, celebrate the resurrection through the decorating of the altar area, redressing of the altar area, the lights will shine brightly, and the bells will begin their joyful ring as we sing the Easter Song!  You will be blessed through the participative Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom!  This is the most important liturgy of the entire Church Year.  I encourage everyone to be present and fully participate in this powerful and important service.  The liturgy begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a friend!!!

Fr. Greg