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July 19, 2020

7th Sunday after Pentecost
Macrina, Monastic and Teacher, 379

Macrina was born around the year 327, the daughter of Basil the Elder and Emmelia, both of whom were later revered as saints, and the elder sister of  Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa.  She was known as Macrina the Younger to distinguish her from her paternal grandmother, who was known as Macrina the Elder.  The elder Macrina had lived during the days of the persecution of the emperor Diocletian, and she and her husband had fled into hiding, living into the time of the emperor Constantine and the legalization of Christianity and eventual imperial favor given to the Christian religion.

Macrina was sought after as a bride because of her beauty, her wisdom, and her illustrious birth.  She was betrothed at the age of twelve, after the custom of the day.  Upon the early death of her betrothed, she refused all other suitors, devoting herself to a life of virginity, asceticism, and prayer.  When her brother Basil returned home from the university at Athens, an accomplished rhetoritician  puffed up with youthful pride and supercilious disdain for the local officials, Macrina took him in hand, deflating his ego and persuading him to forsake earthly glory and imperial office for the work and ministry of a bishop in Christ’s Church.

On the death of her father, Basil, Macrina and her mother formed a monastic community of women who devoted themselves to the feeding and care of the poor, the hungry, and the sick.  Many of the women for whom they cared joined the community, as did women of worldly means.  Macrina’s attention to her younger brothers both before and after the death of their parents led them to give her the affectionate (and descriptive) epithet, “the Teacher”.  Three of the brothers, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, and Peter of Sebaste became bishops.  Basil the Great became a leader in the development of Eastern monasticism.  Another brother, Dios of Antioch, named in an ambiguous source, was the abbot of a monastery in Antioch, and founded another famous monastery in Constantinople.

Macrina ended her earthly life in the convent that she had founded on the family estate in Pontus, on July 19, 379.  

Merciful God, thou didst call thy servant Macrina to reveal in her life and her teaching the riches of thy grace and truth:  May we, following her example, seek after thy wisdom and live according to her way; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
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Sunday July 19, 2020
10:30 am Eucharist
Fr John Griffin


                         PARISH NOTICES

Happy Birthday
      July 20 - Kathy Lewis
      July 25 - Joann Williams

Flowers Sunday are given by Sheila Sahni in memory of her mother, Dorothy Perkins.


Please remember to check out the flower chart and see if there is a Sunday that you would like to provide flowers for the altar.  If you are doing so in memory of someone or celebration of an event please let me know so I can put it in the newsletter.  Likewise, please look at the coffee hour chart.  

Anyone ready for a Trinity on the Move for the month of August?

Did you know?  We have a parish lending library.  It is on the wall behind the white board. Feel free to take something to read or leave something you think others might like.   

Parish Prayer List:  A new sheet has been provided at the back of the church.  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?

Please let Jo Williams or Tami Cralley know if there is any news to share.
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

July 19, 2020 - Year A


The Collect
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking:  Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Lesson:  Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

13 For neither is there any god besides thee, whose care is for all men,[a]
to whom thou shouldst prove that thou hast not judged unjustly;

16 For thy strength is the source of righteousness,
and thy sovereignty over all causes thee to spare all.
17 For thou dost show thy strength when men doubt the completeness of thy power,
and dost rebuke any insolence among those who know it.[a]
18 Thou who art sovereign in strength dost judge with mildness,
and with great forbearance thou dost govern us;
for thou hast power to act whenever thou dost choose

19 Through such works thou has taught thy people
that the righteous man must be kind,
and thou hast filled thy sons with good hope,
because thou givest repentance for sins.

Psalm 86:11-17

11     Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth; *
     knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12     I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
     and glorify your Name for evermore.
13     For great is your love toward me; *
     you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.

14     The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
     they have not set you before their eyes.
15     But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, *
     slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16     Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
     give your strength to your servant;
     and save the child of your handmaid.
17     Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
     because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.


Epistle: Romans 8:18-25

18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

24 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants[a] of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants[b] said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.


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