FALLING BACK INTO THE RHYTHM
As we approach 90 degrees today, it is hard to believe that fall is on the way. But that won't stop us from getting back into our regular routine this Sunday, September 8. So be sure to check your schedules and alarms so that you can be sure to join us!
Regular Sunday Schedule:
- 9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
- 9:30 AM - Sunday School for Children and Adults
- 10:30 AM - Mass
- 11:45 AM - Coffee Hour Fellowship
And be sure to mark your calendars for the Parish Picnic on Sunday, September 22 at the Whippoorwill Club!
A CHANGE IN WEEKLY ROUTINES
As a part of my sermon last week, I exhorted us to remember to find balance between our work and our rest, between labor and sabbath. I even admitted that I haven't always done the best job of keeping that balance. To that end, I'm changing my weekly routines to better hold myself to those goals, and to have you help me in that accountability.
Beginning next week, Monday's will be my regular day off. I say this as advance notice that communication will be limited. I will strive to check emails less, and calls will likely go to voicemail, but don't worry. I'll be checking voicemail so that pastoral care can be covered, while other issues will be pushed off until a later date.
This means that Monday's office hours will be moving too. I'm taking this as an opportunity to try something new here also. I have nothing against Panera Bread, but I'll be moving those community hours over to the Farmhouse Bakery & Cafe. As a smaller church in a smaller community, I think it behooves us to consciously support the small businesses around us when we can. As for timing, those hours will be moved to Thursday mornings, tentatively from 9 to 11 (subject to change after some trial and error).
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to share them with me as my hope is to ever be a faithful steward of what we are charged with doing. To that end, I pray that these changes will not be disruptive, but rather will provide us with some new possibilities as we enter a new season of ministry together here at Trinity.
THE DAILY OFFICE AT TRINITY
As a part of the weekly changes above, this is an appropriate time to reevaluate our Morning Prayer ministry. While I would love to see more of you in person for these, what we have seen is a growing appreciation for and use of the online accessibility provided by the livestream on Facebook.
It is my hope to increase opportunities to engage with the Daily Office beyond our current usage of one morning a week. One way that I'd like to do this is by adding at least one Office to our Holy Day rota. Just as with the Mass, the Office helps us to mark the ebb and flow of the sacred calendar in the midst of our regular schedules.
Additionally, I think it would be helpful for us to consider some of the other Offices (Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline) as a way of broadening our liturgical repertoire whether in person or by the corporate convenience afforded us by technology.
Before anything is set in stone, I would like your input on what it looks like as we expand our engagement with the Daily Office.
Please share your thoughts because the Office is not only for the clergy or for a select few, but it is the common and corporate daily prayer of the church throughout the world. It is our prayer, and your input on its incorporation in our life is valuable.
- How many times a week would you like to see these offered?
- Would you like to see other Offices than just Morning Prayer make their way into the schedule?
- If an in person service is available, what times would be best for you to consider joining at the church?
- What other thoughts or suggestions do you have?
The Hymns will no longer be announced. I originally took to announcing them when Roy was new to us, but he's been here a while, and the announcement breaks some of the continuity in the liturgy. They will continue to be posted on the hymn board and in the bulletin.
Mission Leadership Team:
The Mission Leadership Team will meet Sunday, September 8, following Mass. Please submit agenda items or absences by the end of the day Friday.
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.
FYI, HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes will be using our parking lot on Wednesday, September 11, for a cookout for first responders.
We will keep the feast of the Holy Cross on Saturday, September 14, with Mass at 9:30 am.
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, 9/8 - Proper 18
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour
12:00 PM - Mission Leadership Team
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Revelation Study
8:30 AM - Morning Prayer
Saturday, 9/14 - Holy Cross Day
9:30 AM - Mass
Sunday, 9/15 - Proper 19
9:15 AM - Anglican Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour
Office Hours This Week
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
Thursday, 9 to 11 am, Farmhouse Bakery
9/8 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis
9/15 - Jo Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
9/29 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
10/6 - Mary Nelle Campbell, Esther Schelosky
9/8 - Dave Edwards
9/15 - Margaret Carr
9/22 - Parish Picnic
9/29 - TBD
10/6 - TBD
9/8 - Jim Adams
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Jim Adams
10/6 - Will Adams
9/15 - Esther Schelosky
9/8 - Sheila Sahni
9/15 - TBD (Open)
9/22 - TBD (Open)
9/29 - Tami Cralley
10/6 - Randy Winn
9/8 - Tami Cralley
9/15 - Doug Williams
9/22 - Tracy Adams
9/29 - Tracy Adams
10/6 - Esther Schelosky
9/8 - Kathy Lewis
9/15 - Will Adams
9/22 - Esther Schelosky
9/29 - Anne Campbell
10/6 - Jeff Stewart
9/8 - Jeff Stewart
9/15 - Tracy Adams
9/22 - Anne Campbell
9/29 - Esther Schelosky
10/6 - Kathy Lewis
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
September 8, 2019 - Proper 18, Year C
The Collect: Proper 18
Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in thee with all our heart; seeing that, as thou dost alway resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so thou dost not forsake those who make their boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lesson: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Moses said to all Israel the words which the Lord commanded him: “See, I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you this day, that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land which you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him; for that means life to you and length of days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
The Psalm: 1
1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, * nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2 Their delight is in the law of the LORD, * and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; * everything they do shall prosper.
4 It is not so with the wicked; * they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes,* nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, * but the way of the wicked is doomed.
The Epistle: Philemon 1-20
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand, I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
The Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Great multitudes accompanied Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
A PRAYER FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE DORIAN
O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen