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Sunday, October 31 was the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity as well as the eve of All Saints Day. Fr. Glen based his sermon on the gospel reading for the day, St. Matthew 18:21, in which Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times? and Jesus answers with the Parable of the Cruel Servant who was forgiven by the king, but would not in turn forgive another servant. The lesson to be learned here is that our forgiveness by God hinges upon our forgiveness of others, as Jesus also state in the Lord’s Prayer. This principle is so central to Christianity that it was the tradition in earlier times for Christians to recite the Lord’s Prayer three times a day, at morning, noon, and night as a reminder of the importance of forgiveness.
In announcements Fr. Glen noted that on Nov. 14 we will have our next vestry meeting as well as the annual Harvest Festival in which we collect items for the Food Harvest of the Ozarks.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church where Fr. Glen Hartley holds services 10:30 a.m. on Sundays as well as evening prayer and Bible quiz at 6:30 on Wednesdays, assisted by lay leader, Tom Berthold, acolytes, Chandler and Lincoln Connell, and organist, Kip Smith. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.