Almighty God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord.
Amen BCP p. 42
Fr. Scott led our beautiful Holy Communion Service on Trinity Sunday. Mike graciously volunteered to deliver the sermon this week, giving Fr. Scott a small rest in his very busy schedule.
Mike delivered our Trinity Sunday sermon. The sermon, "On Human Hearts" written by Rev. Canon Wallace Shields, discussed Jesus's words to Nicodemus: " Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Without the fundamental change coming from the Holy Spirit, no one can enter God's kingdom. He then discussed the promise made to the exiles in Babylon through Ezekiel to "give them a new heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh." Ezekiel also advised them to "repent . . . make you a new heart and a new spirit." The Lord Christ combined the two baptisms of water and of the Spirit. The result for those that come in faith is they are born anew, born from above. Living the Christian life becomes a spontaneous thing; not something forced or calculated, but inspired by God's Spirit within us. Please find Mike's complete sermon at the following link starting at the 23:10 mark:
Thank you Mike for sharing that wonderful sermon! Thank you Fr. Scott for the beautiful Holy Communion service!
Fr. Scott continued his series of Sunday School lessons on the 7 sacraments. This Sunday he discussed the Sacrament of Marriage, one of the two Sacraments of Vocation. (Holy Orders is the second and will be discussed next Sunday.) Also, known as Holy Matrimony, Marriage is the oldest sacrament in the church as God incorporated marriage into the covenant with Adam and Eve. Fr. Scott reviewed the Banns of Marriage requirements, APA Canonical requirements, the Anglican relationship requirements, and other aspects of the Sacrament of Marriage.
Thank you, Fr. Scott for that very informative lesson!
During Holy Communion, Carol and Rose Marie sang Hymn 204, Adoro Devote, a Plainsong, with words written by Thomas Aquinas, c. 1260. Thank you both so much for such beautiful music!
After services we had a Memorial Day meal provided by Rose Marie, Earl, and Carole. They provided chili dogs, coleslaw, fruit salad, chips, and Carole's homemade coconut cake!
Also Rose Marie and Earl will be celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary during the next week.
Thank you all for the wonderful food and fellowship!
Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Tuesday at 11:30. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! If you have a special prayer request but cannot join us, please send your request to Sue. Please contact Rosalind if you would like to join us on Discord.
Also this past week Sue met with our 'Carter County Contingent' at Carol's house for an in person prayer session. Teresa sent this beautiful picture of Sue and Agnes along the road to Carol's house. Thank you Sue for your amazing prayer ministry!
Tues., June 1 11:30 Online Prayer Group
Sun., June 6 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott
11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott
Tues., June 8 11:30 Online Prayer Group
Sun., June 13 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott
11 am Holy Communion, Fr. Scott
Tues., June 15 11:30 Online Prayer Group
Sun., June 20 10 am Christian Education, Fr. Scott