TRIPPING OVER THE CROSS
“The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. . . For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-24
What we do as Christians doesn’t make sense alongside the ways of the world, nor should it. People often think that the things we do or believe make us foolish. Such things may even get us labeled as radicals. But the definition of a radical is "something that goes to the roots, affecting the fundamental nature of something." That is exactly what the cross is and what it does to us.
We are not called to be Christians in name or appearance only. We are to be changed down to our very core. By the cross, Jesus reaches in to the depths of our sinfulness and pulls us free from it, and that simply put doesn’t make sense to the world of Jesus’ day or ours. That God would come among us in the Incarnation is hard enough to believe, but that he would die for us in order to save us is beyond comprehension.
Jesus was and is a threat to the most basic form of the status quo: life and death. He died, and he rose again. More than that though, by his crucifixion and resurrection he opened the way to those who would take up their cross and come after him. To be Christian is to be truly radical. It means to be changed to the foundation of who we are by the cross of Christ, a signpost for us and the way that we are called to walk but folly to those who are perishing and a stumbling block to those around us.
Would that more people were tripped up by the Cross and the radical life it brings to the church. Would that our foolishness would show the world the saving wisdom and power of God, Christ crucified for us.
Sunday, September 22
Mass - 9:00 AM
Morning Prayer - 10:30 AM
@ The Whippoorwill Club
Picnic and Fellowship to Follow
As Christians, we are encouraged to find ways to tear down barriers between us and those who we would invite to join us in our walk with Christ. It takes courage and initiative to invite someone to church, and it likewise takes great courage to actually take that first step and visit.
Events like the Parish Picnic are less daunting opportunities for such invitations. As in the last couple of years, we will observe the Sunday celebration of the Mass at an earlier service at Trinity (note the time change from 8:30 to 9). Then, we will have Morning Prayer at the Whippoorwill Club. Prayer, Scripture, and a blessedly short homily are all that our guests will encounter before we retire for fellowship and our picnic together.
If you invite a guest, they are just that, guests, and we only ask for them to show up. No need to bring anything other than their smiling faces as they enjoy ribs and hot dogs as well as the sides and desserts that we are bringing.
So prayerfully consider one person or family who you might invite to our Picnic, and if the Spirit leads you to someone, take a chance and ask them to come. They might say no, but then again, they might say yes.
Directions to the Whippoorwill Club:
- From Trinity, go east on Broadway to:
- Fairfield Road (Old Rte. 15), turn left onto Fairfield.
- Continue to Tolle Lane, turn left onto Tolle.
- Continue 3.3 miles to:
- Miller Lake Lane. Turn left (E. JC Lake Road then goes off straight after you’ve left Tolle) (There’s no street sign here. Look for the “King City Saddle Club” sign on the far left corner.)
- Turn immediately right, following Miller Lake Lane.
- Go .3 mile to E. Whippoorwill Road, turn left to end.
There are no other activities held at the Church this day (Rosary, Sunday School, etc.)
We have resumed our Midweek studies looking at the themes and teaching found in the Book of Revelation. Sunday School is looking at the 39 Articles.
We will keep the feast of St. Matthew on Saturday, September 21, with Mass at 9:30 am.
Trinity on the Move:
The next Trinity on the Move will be Wednesday, October 5, at La Cocina in Salem (It's margarita night!). We'll meet at 6:30 at the restaurant. Those wishing to carpool can meet at Trinity and leave at 6 following the regular Wednesday evening Mass.
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.
A reminder that Fr. Ben has changed the weekly schedule to take Mondays off. Morning Prayer will be Thursday at 8:30 in the church, and office hours will be at the Farmhouse Bakery from 9 to 11 am.
Sunday, 9/15 - Proper 19
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Revelation Study
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
Saturday, 9/21 - St. Matthew
9:30 AM - Mass
Sunday, 9/22 - Proper 20
9:00 AM - Mass
10:30 AM - Morning Prayer & Parish Picnic
Office Hours This Week
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
Thursday, 9 to 11 am, Farmhouse Bakery
9/15 - Jo Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
9/29 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
10/6 - Mary Nelle Campbell, Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis
9/15 - Margaret Carr
9/22 - Parish Picnic
9/29 - Kathy Lewis
10/6 - Adams Family
10/13 - TBD (Open)
9/8 - Jim Adams
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Jim Adams
10/6 - Will Adams
10/13 - Jim Adams
9/15 - Esther Schelosky
9/15 - TBD (Open)
9/22 - TBD (Open)
9/29 - Tami Cralley
10/6 - Randy Winn
10/13 - Randy Winn
9/15 - Doug Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Tracy Adams
10/6 - Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Tami Cralley
9/15 - Will Adams
9/22 - Esther Schelosky
9/29 - Anne Campbell
10/6 - TBD (Open)
10/13 - TBD (Open)
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/22 - Anne Campbell
9/29 - Esther Schelosky
10/6 - Jim Adams
10/13 - Kathy Lewis
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
September 15, 2019 - Proper 19, Year C
The Collect: Proper 19
O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee, mercifully grant that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lesson: Exodus 32:1,7-14
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, “Up, make us gods, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.” But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.’” And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.
The Psalm: 51:1-11
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness * and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight.
5 And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment.
6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother's womb.
7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; * wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice.
10 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities.
11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
The Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:12-17
I thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service, though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him; but I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
COLLECT FOR HOLY CROSS DAY
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world unto himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen