BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
God has called us to be stewards of his creation, overseers not only of the earth and plants but caretakers of the creatures as well. Throughout time, we know that the animals a family raises truly become a part of the family.
Saturday morning, October 12, we will have our Blessing of the Animals here at the church. In that service, we remember the call God gave to our first parents even as we enjoy the present role which our beloved animals play in our lives.
So bring all of your family members out, and don't forget your human relations either. It will be a time of prayer and blessing as we celebrate the beauty of all creatures of our God and king. And remember, this is a great opportunity to invite friends and their pets, too!
Why do we go to the trouble of getting folks together from all across the diocese each year for a meeting of clergy and laity to talk about church business?
It may seem from the day to day life of the church that the connections we share with our fellow Episcopalians are little more than a common name. We have a level of autonomy in what we do that can lead us to feel as if we are doing this on our own.
But as we say each time we send out our Eucharistic Visitors, "We who are many are one body because we share in one bread and one cup."
One of the most important things that we do in the course of the "business" of Synod is gather together for worship, and in particular the Holy Eucharist. From the early days of the church, the ability to gather together in the fellowship of the Lord's Supper was a mark of unity within the church, a sign of our common union, or communion.
Yes, we are gathering to transact necessary business such as reports and budgets, but without the centrality of the Eucharist, without the people of the diocese gathering with its bishop and clergy at the Lord's table, the business is, in this priest's opinion, insignificant and irrelevant. Out of the fruit of the people of God at worship comes forth the people of God in mission and ministry. From the abundance of grace shared in Word and Sacrament comes the wisdom and will to do all that Christ has called us to do.
While it may feel like we do this alone, we do not. Just as we gather each Sunday from the various places we live and work to be the church in worship so that we may go forth as the church in mission, so too do the churches of the diocese gather each year. There is no such thing as a solo church any more than there are solo Christians.
We are one body with our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Springfield, and next weekend we renew that bond of unity which we share with them as we take up the business of the church and, more importantly, share in the one bread and one cup, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
IN MEMORIAM: ROBERT DAVENPORT
Last Sunday it was announced that Robert Davenport had died. Robert had been a member of Trinity and was active in the community. The Obituary may be found here
The Visitation will be this evening, October 11, from 5 to 7 pm at Hughey's Funeral Home followed by a service at 7 pm, also at Hughey's.
Let us keep Robert and his family in our prayers as we remember him according to the shared bond we have in the hope of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant Charles. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Bishop Martins has written a pastoral
letter and teaching for the people and clergy of the Diocese of Springfield. The letter may be found here: OURSELVES, OUR SOULS AND BODIES.
I commend it to you and ask that you please carefully read what the bishop has shared.
Bishop Beckwith Funeral Details:
Bp. Beckwith will be buried in Hillsdale, MI with Visitation on Thursday, October 17, and the Funeral on Friday, October 18. The obituary with funeral details may be found here.
St. Anne's Guild Offering:
In the fall, we take up an offering to support the St. Anne’s Guild and their ministry among us. Envelopes are available at the back of the church for the next couple of weeks. Please give generously as you are able.
Be sure to have your calendar marked for Thursday, November 21, for the Chili Luncheon. Tickets are available in a basket in the Parish Hall.
Mission Leadership Team:
The Mission Leadership Team will meet on Sunday, October 27, following Mass. The date has been moved due to a number of planned absences. Please submit agenda items or regrets by Friday, October 25.
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.
5-7 PM - Davenport Visitation (Hughey's)
7 PM - Davenport Funeral (Hughey's)
9:30 AM - Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, 10/13 - Proper 23
9:15 AM - Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour
5:30 PM - Mass
6:15 PM - Revelation Class
7:15 AM - Morning Prayer
5:30 PM - Mass, Eve of St. Luke
Diocesan Synod, Alton
Office Hours This Week
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
Thursday, 8 to 10 am, Farmhouse Bakery
10/13 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis
10/20 - Jo Williams
10/27 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
11/3 - Mary Nelle Campbell, Esther Schelosky
10/13 - TBD (Open)
10/20 - Parish Dinner
10/27 - TBD (Open)
11/3 - Trinity on the Move, Joe's Pizza
10/13 - Jim Adams
10/20 - Tracy Adams
10/27 - Jim Adams
11/3 - Will Adams
10/13 - Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Randy Winn
10/20 - Martha Newell, Jo Williams
10/27 - TBD (Open)
11/3 - Sheila Thompson
10/13 - Tami Cralley
10/20 - Doug Williams
10/27 - Tracy Adams
11/3 - Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Craig Emery
10/20 - Tracy Adams
10/27 - Esther Schelosky
11/3 - Jim Adams
10/13 - Kathy Lewis
10/20 - Will Adams
10/27 - Anne Campbell
10/6 - TBD (Open)
Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
October 13, 2019 - Proper 23, Year C
The Collect: Proper 23
Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lesson: Ruth 1:8-19
Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find a home, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me.” Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them; and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”
The Psalm: 113
1 Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the LORD; * praise the Name of the LORD.
2 Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, * from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down * let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4 The LORD is high above all nations, * and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, * but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust * and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes, * with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house * to be a joyful mother of children.
The Epistle: 2 Timothy 2:3-15
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel, the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory. The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
The Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 11: ST. PHILIP, DEACON & EVANGELIST
Holy God, no one is excluded from thy love, and thy truth transformeth the minds of all who seek thee: As thy servant Philip was led to embrace the fullness of thy salvation and to bring the stranger to Baptism, so grant unto us all the grace to be heralds of the Gospel, proclaiming thy love in Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.