As we approach Labor Day, we consider the labor of our lives. As Christ, we are called to offer the best of our lives to God as the fruit of those labors. We are all called to the same goal and purpose, but the specifics, the manner in which we contribute is unique for each of us.
C.S. Lewis said, “The work of a Beethoven, and the work of a charwoman, become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly "as to the Lord." This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow.”
So, let us think about how we are being called to use our labors, remembering not only the work of our hands but also of our hearts. Let's find new ways to serve the kingdom as we celebrate this Labor Day weekend, remembering all that God has done for us. And as we toil on the earth in whatever is set before us, may we do so for the love of God and our love of neighbor.
So let’s get to work, because “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).
A COLLECT FOR LABOR DAY
Almighty God, who hast so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A GENTLE ADMONITION
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. - Habakkuk 2:20
One of the blessings of Trinity is the warmth shared between us. Our fellowship is often vibrant, and our conversations can be quite lively. It is truly a blessing.
That said, I offer a word of caution to all of us, myself included. In the time before, during, and after our worship, it can be easy for conversations to grow in scope and volume to the point where they may become a distraction to ourselves and others.
One way in which we help combat that tendency is by the wonderful music diligently prepared and provided for us. The prelude offers us a chance to quiet our minds from the noise and busyness of the world as we prepare for the worship before us. During the offertory, we may reflect on what we have heard in the Liturgy of the Word and that which we are about to offer and receive at the Lord's Table. And then the postlude allows for a final moment of prayer in beauty and quietness to bask in the glory of the Lord before setting out into the mission field. (As an aside, there is no requirement that you stay through the entirety of the postlude. After the final procession, you are welcome to leave quietly as soon as you are ready.)
We have a great opportunity for robust fellowship during Coffee Hour and Parish Dinners which follow the service, so please do not hear me suggest in any way that we ought to be cold or impolite. Rather, I'm encouraging us all, myself first and foremost, to be mindful of how we spend the time in and around our worship, inviting us all to take advantage of the rhythm of worship and fellowship that we may fully enjoy the benefits of both in the life of the church.
***TIME CHANGE: We will return to our regular schedule beginning on next Sunday, September 8. Sunday school will resume for adults and children at 9:30 and worship will be at 10:30 with fellowship following.***
Monday Morning Prayer and Office Hours will be postponed until Tuesday in observance of Labor Day. Morning Prayer will be held at the church instead of the Good Samaritan Chapel.
We have resumed our Midweek studies looking at the themes and teaching found in the Book of Revelation. Sunday School will begin on September 8 looking at the 39 Articles.
Mission Leadership Team:
The Mission Leadership Team will meet next Sunday, September 8, following Mass. Please submit agenda items or absences by Friday.
The annual Parish Picnic will be Sunday, September 22, at the Whippoorwill Club. We'll have Morning Prayer by the lake at 10:30 followed by lunch in the pavilion. Holy Eucharist will be offered early that Sunday at 8:30.
Parish Prayer List:
Please take a look so we can pray intentionally for each name on the list. Can someone be moved off our prayer list? Do you know someone we should add?
Altar Flowers and Coffee Hour:
With the end of summer and the start of the school year, it's a good time to take a moment to check out the altar flowers
and coffee hour
signup sheets. These are important ministries to our ongoing life together.
Sunday, 9/1 - Proper 17
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Mass
10:30 AM - Coffee Hour
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
10:00 AM - Mass at Countryside Manor
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Revelation Study
Sunday, 9/8 - Proper 18
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour
Office Hours This Week
Tuesday, 9 am to Noon, Panera Bread
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
9/1 - Mary Nelle Campbell, Esther Schelosky
9/8 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis
9/15 - Jo Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
9/29 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
9/1 - TBD
9/8 - Margaret Carr
9/15 - TBD
9/22 - Parish Picnic
9/29 - TBD
9/1 - Will Adams
9/8 - Jim Adams
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Jim Adams
9/15 - Esther Schelosky
9/1 - Kitty Harmon
9/8 - Sheila Sahni
9/15 - TBD (Open)
9/22 - TBD (Open)
9/29 - Tami Cralley
9/1 - Esther Schelosky
9/8 - Tami Cralley
9/15 - Doug Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Tracy Adams
9/1 - TBD (Open)
9/8 - Kathy Lewis
9/15 - Will Adams
9/22 - Esther Schelosky
9/29 - Anne Campbell
9/1 - Jim Adams
9/8 - Jeff Stewart
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/22 - Anne Campbell
9/29 - Esther Schelosky
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
September 1, 2019 - Proper 17, Year C
Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Arrogance is hateful before the Lord and before men, and injustice is outrageous to both. Sovereignty passes from nation to nation on account of injustice and insolence and wealth. How can he who is dust and ashes be proud? for even in life his bowels decay. A long illness baffles the physician; the king of today will die tomorrow. For when a man is dead, he will inherit creeping things, and wild beasts, and worms. The beginning of man’s pride is to depart from the Lord; his heart has forsaken his Maker. For the beginning of pride is sin, and the man who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brought upon them extraordinary afflictions, and destroyed them utterly. The Lord has cast down the thrones of rulers, and has seated the lowly in their place. The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations, and has planted the humble in their place. The Lord has overthrown the lands of the nations, and has destroyed them to the foundations of the earth. He has removed some of them and destroyed them, and has extinguished the memory of them from the earth. Pride was not created for men, nor fierce anger for those born of women.
1 Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord * and have great delight in his commandments!
2 Their descendants will be mighty in the land; * the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in their house, * and their righteousness will last for ever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; * the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5 It is good for them to be generous in lending * and to manage their affairs with justice.
6 For they will never be shaken; * the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; * their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.
8 Their heart is established and will not shrink, * until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9 They have given freely to the poor, * and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away; * the desires of the wicked will perish.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” Hence we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
One Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
COLLECT FOR AIDAN OF LINDISFARNE
O loving God, who didst call thy servant Aidan from the peace of a cloister to re-establish the Christian mission in northern England, and didst endow him with gentleness, simplicity, and strength: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, following his example, may use what thou hast given us for the relief of human need, and may persevere in commending the saving Gospel of our Redeemer Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen