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Sunday, April 29, was the third Sunday after Easter; altar and vestment colors continue to be white and we also have all white altar flowers. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Gospel for the day, St.John 16:16, “Jesus said to His diciples, a little while and ye shall not see me, and again a little while and ye shall see me because I go to the father.” The disciples were puzzled by this statement and asked for an explaination and Jesus explained that a time of weeping and sorrow was coming, meaning physical death, but that would be followed by the joy of eternal life.
Temporary suffering followed by eternal joy is the essence of Christian life.
Bishop Hartley also reported on the two days he and Mrs. Hartley spent in Branson for the House of Bishops meeting on Friday, followed by the National Committee meeting of our parent body, the United Episcopal Church of North America, for which they were joined by Penelope Willard and Anna Meador. Then on Saturday, the Hartley’s attended a church growth seminar and were joined by Joe Crisewell.
Bishop Glen Hartley leads services on Sundays at 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at St.Francis Angelican (traditional episcopal) Church. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.