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Sunday, June 24 was the third Sunday after trinity, which is the longest season of the liturgical or Christian year, taking up one-half of the year, and is the time in which we put into practice use the lessons learned during the first half of the year in which the seasons are based on repeating the life of Christ from Advent, the beginning of the Christian year, through the birth of Jesus at Christmas, his showing forth to the world in Epiphany, the crucifixion and resurrection in Easter, and the descent of the Holy Spirit in Pentecost. The colors and symbols associated with each season are not mere decoration, but deeply symbolic of the deeper meaning of the season.
Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. Luke 15:1, in which the Pharisees are outraged that Jesus would eat with sinners and He answers them with the parable of the lost sheep in which one lost sheep is as important as the other ninety-nine. His meaning is that everyone is equally important to God.
Bishop Glen Hartley holds services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.