Last weeks news – Sunday, September 15 was the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Ephesians 3:13, ” I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you.” In this passage St. Paul discusses the question where do we as Christians belong and what our purpose is, and states that it is service to God and to our fellow man, following his example and adopts the posture of service and humility: “For this cause I bow my knees.” The Jews and early Christians stood to pray, but Paul insists on humility. He prays that his hearers would be strengthened by the permanent presence of God through the Holy Spirit. Paul was the first Christian writer to emphasize the universality of Christianity through the church and developed the idea of the universal church.
On Saturday I drove to Springfield and joined Chandler Connell for dinner at Gilardi’s Restaurant then we attended a performance of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at the Springfield Little Theatre. This is a musical comedy based on the legend of Camelot or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but is a comic version orignated by the British comedy group and is hilariously funny. We enjoyed it immensely along with the rest of the audience, who couldn’t stop laughing.
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This weeks news – Sunday, September 22 was the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley spoke on the theme of fascination with the self, based on the scripture readings for the day, which discuss the sin of pride. Psalm 10 says that “The ungodly is so proud that he careth not for God” and falls into evil. The Old Testament lesson from Exodus was the familiar story of Moses telling the Pharaoh to “let my people go” but Pharaoh in his pride went against God and had to be taught a lesson. Our collect for the day prayed for God’s grace through Jesus and in the Epistle, Ephesians 4:1, St. Paul tells us to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and long-suffering. In the Gospel, St. Luke 14:1, Jesus tells us that God prefers the humble person to the self-important one: When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down at the highest seat.”
In announcements, Bishop Hartley discussed the diocesan convention to be held at St. Francis next Friday, September 27, when representatives of several Anglican churches in our area with hold meetings at our church.
We are happy to have Kip Smith’s mother Peggy with us for her annual autumn visit and we always enjoy seeing her. Rita Fancher left on Wednesday for her annual visit to her native England to visit her family there in East Anglia.
Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church are Sundays at 10:30 A.M. and Wednesdays at 6:30 P.M. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.