Sunday, July 6 was the Third Sunday after Trinity and vestment and altar colors have turned green for this season. Also during this season we are invited to turn in lists of favorite hymns to be sung. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Gospel for the day, St. Luke 15:1, the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Jesus was critized by the religious authorities of his day for associating with the wrong people and his response was this story in which “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” The lesson in this passage is that there are no hopeless souls to God, even those who have no place according to established authority. We are not to judge as we all have the same status before God. In the Epistle lesson, 1st St. Peter 5, we are taught to be humble and that we must use Christ as the measure and not ourselves.
Tuesday, July 1st was induction day at the U.S. Military Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and our Chandler Connell was among those inducted into the academy; his parents, Brian and Stephanie, were there for the ceremony to see him begin his naval career. They had previously dropped their other son, Lincoln, off at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY where he is continuing his army career. The entire family had driven to the East Coast to deliver the boys to their respective academies and also visited Boston on the trip where they visited historic sites.
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