Sunday, August 17 was the ninth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, 1st Corinthians 10:1 “Brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea…” In this passage St. Paul instructs Christians that they must know what their faith is and always be ready to learn more. He then goes on to compare Christians with the Isrealites who were led by Moses through the wilderness “and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” experiences that foreshadowed Christian baptism and confirmation. He then goes on to instruct in the responsibilities of Christian life and the blessings that follow.
After the service we enjoyed coffee hour and hearing from Jordan and Penelope Willard about their annual salmon fishing trip to Alaska which they recently made, and very interesting photos of the trip and the impressive catch they made.
Saturday night I attended the third annual Summerscape music program at the Ava Performing Arts Center in which an orchestra led by Barbara Deegan played a wonderful program of classical music including a Hayden symphony and a piece for horn and strings by Alan Hovhaness featuring Lisa Casey who is Principal Horn in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Also attending from St. Francis were Kip Smith and Laura Berthold.
For more information on St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.