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Sunday, August 26 was the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, II Corinthians 3:4 “God had made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit, for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” In this passage Paul is addressing those in the early church who held that only Jews could be Christians, or that one has to be a Jew to be a Christian, and this group was opposed to Paul and his teachings. Paul here compares the old and new covenants that God has made with us: the old covenant of the letter requires only observing rules and regulations, but the new covenant represents trust in God through Christ and we all have the same grace that God gave Paul through Christ.
Wednesday evenings we continue to have evening prayer at 6:30 led by lay leader, Joe Criswell, followed by Bible Quiz or Bible Study and we are beginning to study the Old Testament book of Joel. Everyone is invited to attend. Our Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. is led by Bishop Glen Hartley. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.