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Sunday, October 14 was the nineteenth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Ephesians 4:17, “This I say therefore….that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind…” It is the Christian’s duty to follow not what others may be doing, but what God wants: human vanity counts for nothing in spiritual life. Paul exhorts his readers to put off the old selfish self and put on a new self, then goes on to give practical advice on how to live a genuine Christian life, following the perfect example of Christ.
Saturday evening I drove to Springfield, had dinner at Gilardi’s, my favorite restaurant, then attended the Springfield Symphony concert in Hammons Hall during which long-time players were recognized for their service including my cousin, Dorothy (Gray) Straw who was recognized for her 45 years as a viola player. The concert was interrupted during the Brahams Symphony by a tornado warning, but the conductor continued and finished the concert. Afterwards I drove home in a blinding rainstorm, but made it safely home.
Services at St. Francis Anglican or Traditional Episcopal Church are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.