Celebrating the Saints Without Neglecting the Lectionary

October 31st, 2014 by

 

This Sunday, we will celebraAll Saints Dayte the Feast of All Saints. In preparation, I encourage you to think of at least three persons you can name with thanksgiving who have already entered into eternal life. Perhaps one person from the pages of scripture or church history; one who is a friend; and the one person you most miss this year. All too often, in our broken world, we can name far more than three. Thankfully, in a world charged and changed through Jesus’ resurrection, the days of our separation are irreversibly counting down. This feast of All Saints gives us an opportunity to remember and reorient to the mystery of Christ and his body, the church. Our scriptures for Sunday highlight this good news as well as these holy people that we know by experience and by reputation through the love of God.

The Gospel reading originally appointed for Sunday raises a question often asked as we hear Jesus’ words to the scribes and Pharisees. While all of Matthew chapter 23 clarifies Jesus’ intent, you can look into the window of the problem in verse 9, where Jesus says,

“And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

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The Dynamic Art of Following

October 24th, 2014 by

 

Nearly every weLove Your Neighborek, we repeat this Sunday’s Gospel at the 8:00 o’clock service.  Rite One states,

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

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What Do You Want?

October 17th, 2014 by

Moses and the Burning bush

“WHAT DO YOU WANT?”

Moses wanted to know God:

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor  with you…”

(Ex 33.13 from the Old Testament reading for this Sunday.)

 Meditation:

(Read the following three times.  The first time read it straight through.  The second time highlighting or underlining words that speak to you.  And the third time just reading the words you highlighted in prayer.)

“Those who really do know Christ in the modern world do so by seeking and entering the kingdom of God.
To know him in your world now is to live interactively with him right where you are in your daily activities.
This is the spiritual life in Christ.

He is, in fact, your contemporary, and he is now about his business of moving humanity along toward its destiny in this amazing universe.
You don’t want to miss out on being a part – your part – of that great project.
You want to be sure to take your life into his life, and in that way to find your life to be “eternal,” as God intended it.

There is a real danger that you will miss out on this involvement with eternity and thereby miss the entire point of your existence.

Eternity is now in process.

Silently it moves along.

But it will not run over you.

You have to really want it — deep down — or you will miss it.”

Dallas Willard, KNOWING CHRIST TODAY, page 139

Jesus said, Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

“What do you want?”
                              To know God?
                                                  Eternal Life?

 

Blessings In Him,

Carl+

No Reservations Required

October 10th, 2014 by

 

Reservation BookDo you have a reservation?

Getting a table for dinner on your birthday, or getting to see the doctor on an afternoon often requires a reservation. This seems simple enough. Plan ahead, call ahead, and things are ready when you arrive. First come, first served. (more…)

Questions Worth Asking

October 3rd, 2014 by

The AnglicaDialogue Questionsn Mission just published an interview with Father Carl that you will enjoy. You can follow the link here, to find out his answers to some great questions. “What person has most impacted your life, and why?” “What is one accomplishment in the past that you are proud of?” “Where have you seen the Lord working recently?”

We want you to join us in our Church-wide study, “What Jesus Wants to Know.” Each week, we will explore one question that Jesus asked folks he encountered. Jesus’ skillful questions are well-suited to help us reveal both our hearts and His. Our teacher for the series is Amy Orr-Ewing, a teacher and missionary who serves with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and has also planted 2 Anglican churches with her husband in London.

Our sessions are taken from a plenary address she gave at this year’s Winter Conference, and we hope that her presentation of Jesus’ genuine interest in how we describe what is going on inside us will challenge us all to speak up and answer these questions for ourselves. Groups will be begin over the next two weeks, and we will publish times and locations.

Please continue to pray for June Brockett, who got the call that a suitable kidney has been found for transplant. What a wonderful answer to so many prayers, and an invitation to offer even more for her care and healing.

See you Sunday!

Christopher+