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September 27, 2019


Last Sunday it was announced that Charles Nance has died. Charles was a long-time member of Trinity and active in the life of the parish.

Though he moved away some time ago, we know that the body of Christ is one which stretches across time and space as those who knew him can attest by their memories and feelings for him and his family.

Let us keep Charles 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.

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The lay and clergy representatives of the Eastern Deanery met on Sunday, September 22, at Trinity, Mt. Vernon at 2 pm.

In the course of our meeting, we shared recent events in our respective Eucharistic Communities as well as ideas for how we might further engage in the ministries of outreach and evangelism. There was a note that we might consider intra-deanery events throughout the year in order to expand our fellowship. There was a brief discussion of the proposed budget to be presented at Synod.

We also elected both the clergy and lay representative to the Diocesan Council, The Rev. Ben Hankinson (Trinity, Mt. Vernon) and Mr. Dan Shuler (St. Thomas, Salem).
During the year, the clergy of the deanery meet approximately once a quarter to share a meal and enjoy mutual support and encouragement.
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Morning Prayer & Office Hours:  In an effort to expand Morning Prayer to those who would like to attend prior to going to work, we are moving it up on Thursday mornings to 7:15 am. This means Thursday's office hours will be moved forward as well from 8 to 10 am.

We'll give this a try and then adjust if necessary. As mentioned previously, if you have feedback on dates and times of any of our midweek offerings, please share them with Fr. Ben.

Trinity on the Move:  Trinity on the Move will be this Wednesday, October 2, 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. Signups available at the back of the church or online here.

Feast Day:  We will keep the feast of St. Michael and All Angels, which falls on Sunday this year, on Wednesday, October 2 at our regular Mass at 5:30 pm.

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 will be available at the back of the church for the next few weeks. Please give generously as you are able.

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.
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Saturday, 9/28
10:00 AM - Cursillo Grand Ultreya & Mass
11:00 AM - Standing Committee Meeting

Sunday, 9/29 - Proper 21
9:15 AM -  Rosary
9:30 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Mass
11:45 AM - Coffee Hour

Wednesday, 10/2 - St. Michael & All Angels (transferred)
10:00 AM - Mass at Countryside Manor
5:30 PM - Mass
6:30 PM - Trinity on the Move

Thursday, 10/3
7:15 AM - Morning Prayer

Saturday, 10/5
11:00 AM - Camp Fall Reunion (Decatur)

Office Hours This Week
Wednesday, 3 to 5 pm, King City Books
Thursday, 8 to 10 am, Farmhouse Bakery




Altar Guild
9/29 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce
10/6 - Mary Nelle Campbell, Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Tami Cralley, Kathy Lewis
10/20 - Jo Williams
10/27 - Tracy Adams, Joyce Bruce

Coffee Hour
9/29 - Kathy Lewis
10/6 - Adams Family
10/13 - TBD (Open)
10/20 - Parish Dinner
10/27 - TBD (Open)

Eucharistic Minister
9/29 - Jim Adams
10/6 - Will Adams
10/13 - Jim Adams
10/20 - Tracy Adams
10/27 - Tracy Adams

Eucharistic Visitor
9/29 - Esther Schelosky

9/29 - Tami Cralley
10/6 - Randy Winn
10/13 - Randy Winn
10/20 - Martha Newell, Jo Williams
10/27 - TBD (Open)

9/29 - Tracy Adams
10/6 - Esther Schelosky
10/13 - Tami Cralley
10/20 - Doug Williams
10/27 - Tracy Adams

9/29 - Anne Campbell
10/6 - TBD (Open)
10/13 - TBD (Open)
10/20 - Tracy Adams
10/27 - Esther Schelosky

9/29 - Esther Schelosky
10/6 - Jim Adams
10/13 - Kathy Lewis
10/20 - Will Adams
10/27 - Anne Campbell
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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

September 29, 2019 - Proper 21, Year C

The Collect:  Proper 21

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:  Amos 6:1-7

“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samar′ia, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come! Pass over to Calneh, and see; and thence go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, O you who put far away the evil day, and bring near the seat of violence? “Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David invent for themselves instruments of music; who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those to go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves shall pass away.”

The Psalm:  146:4-9

4   Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! * whose hope is in the LORD their God;
5   Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; * who keeps his promise for ever;
6   Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, * and food to those who hunger.
7   The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; * the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
8   The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; * he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9   The LORD shall reign for ever, * your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

The Epistle:  1 Timothy 6:11-19

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this will be made manifest at the proper time by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous, thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed.

The Gospel:  Luke 16:19-31

Jesus said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.”

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Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it might produce what is needed for life: Bless those who work in the fields; give us seasonable weather; and grant that we may all share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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