August 6, 2015

Dear friends,

104 degrees.  That’s what my phone says the temperature is as I write this.  But, happily, I am in 74 degree air conditioned comfort and, I pray, so are you.  Check out what we’re up to in the next week or two and pause to pray for your friends at All Saints.

Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection This Week!

This Sunday, you are invited to join us for lunch immediately after service.  Katana and Charles Zackey will be providing the Ham.  Would you please bring a side dish or dessert to compliment?  We have a new Jubilee Box at the back of the church that you can make donations to at any time during the month.  Our congregation has been asked to bring boxed macaroni and cheese but you may bring other non-perishable food items as well.  Thanks for all you do to support our neighbors in need.

Islam and the Roots of Modern Jihadism, More Seating!

Our first session of the Islam class was rousing success.  So much so, that not everyone could find a seat in Classroom 2.  We have moved the round tables out of the room so there should be plenty of seating for all.  Remember, we begin at 9:05 am!  Room 2 is to the left as you enter the main lobby and just beyond the formal parlor.

50th Wedding Anniversary, Renewal of Vows and Reception, Sunday, August 16th at 2:30 PM

Wendel and Jan Miller celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, the 16th with a renewal of vows service and reception.  You are invited to join us for this very special milestone in their lives.  A brief service begins at 2:30 with punch and cake following.

Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday

Invite family, friends and neighbors to our special visitors’ Sunday service.  As we will soon move into our fall routines (not soon enough given this heat), this is an opportunity to introduce others to All Saints.  Pray about who you might bring and let’s make the 23rd a wonderful celebration.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – On Marriage

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.  Ephesians 5:31-33

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.  Islam Class at 9:05 in Room 2

-Wednesdays at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke meets at church this week.  All are welcome.

-Tuesday, August 11th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, Vestry Meeting with dinner provided.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, August 16th, 2:30 pm, 50th Wedding Anniversary, Renewal of Vows and Reception for Wendel and Jan Miller.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday.

-Tuesday, August 25th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat at Lake Brownwood (new location!).

August 1, 2015

Dear friends,

Just a reminder:

Islam and the Roots of Modern Jihadism, Sundays August 2, 9 and 16, 9:05 in Room 2 – When you come in the main entrance of the church, make a left to the end of the hall (just beyond the Parlor).

Some weeks ago, I overheard John McCarty describing the early history of Islam and its response to the Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and other tribal religions of its day.  In that brief conversation, he described the violent elements of its early history and how it differed markedly from our own Christian understanding of God and man.  In a word, I was fascinated.  It is common to hear people say “we all serve the same god” when referring to other religions.  Believe me, we do not.  John’s topics will include the Islamic understanding of the Jewish Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), the personal history and earliest beliefs of Mohammed, the militant thrust of the early Islamic movement, the origin of today’s warring sects within Islam and how violent Muslims understand the “morality” of their behavior.  John does not claim to be a scholar of Islam or of comparative religions but he has read extensively over the past several months and can help us to gain some important insights into the challenges brought to all of us by global Islamic terrorists.  Please do come promptly at 9:05.  John assures me that there is much to cover.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Choose this day who you will serve….”

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.” Deuteronomy 24:14-18

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.  Islam Class at 9:05 in Room 2 (See description above.)

-Wednesdays at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD

-Tuesday, August 11th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, Vestry Meeting with dinner provided.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-Tuesday, August 25th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis

July 21, 2015

Dear friends,

Jubilee Week is Here!

If you’ve been thinking of serving but haven’t yet decided when, let me suggest one of the following:

Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00:  Members of the Wednesday Night Bible Study will join with Greg to finish the exterior painting of the building.

Friday morning from 8:15 to 9:15 or later: We’ll unload boxed food and fresh produce from the truck and stock the shelves.  No need to stay away if you cannot carry heavy boxes.  Most of the work involves putting cans and small boxes on shelves.  If you have an interest in gardening, you can skip the unloading and stocking and enjoy the early morning breeze helping with the garden.

Saturday morning from 9:15 to 12:00: Join in the main event!  We warmly welcome the needy while distributing food.  It’s a simple thing but very rewarding.

Islam and the Roots of Modern Jihadism, Sundays August 2, 9 and 16, 9:05 in the Adult Education Class

Some weeks ago, I overheard John McCarty describing the early history of Islam and its response to the Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and other tribal religions of its day.  In that brief conversation, he described the violent elements of its early history and how it differed markedly from our own Christian understanding of God and man.  In a word, I was fascinated.

It is common to hear people say “we all serve the same god” when referring to other religions.  Believe me, we do not.  John’s topics will include the Islamic understanding of the Jewish Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), the personal history and earliest beliefs of Muhammed, the militant thrust of the early Islamic movement, the origin of today’s warring sects within Islam and how today’s violent Muslims understand the “morality” of their behavior.  John does not claim to be a scholar of Islam or of comparative religions but he has read extensively over the past several months and can help us to gain some important insights into the challenges brought to us by Islamic terrorists.  Please do come promptly at 9:05.  John assures me that there is much to cover.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Love

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things….  1st Corinthians 13:4-7

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Tuesday, July 21st, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Wednesdays at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.  THE BIBLE STUDY WILL BE SERVING AT JUBILEE CENTER THIS WEDNESDAY FROM 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM.

-Saturday, July 25th 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Cookie Baking for the next Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend.  Check in with me if you would like to take part.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, Vestry Meeting with dinner provided.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

July 11, 2015

Dear friends,

So glad we had the opportunity last week to worship with our friends from Memorial and Journey.  The music was beautiful with organ, piano, choir and a combined music team.  It was encouraging to be together and to triple our normal attendance with worshippers from all three churches.  I imagine we’ll worship together again at least once before year end.

We are collecting Macaroni and Cheese boxes tomorrow for Jubilee Center but there is no second Sunday lunch after church this month.  We’ll get back to it in August.

Here are a few items to get into your calendar:

Rockhounds Game, July 17th at 7:00 PM

Sign up this Sunday on the table near the kitchen for our All Saints night at the Rockhounds.  Based on how many sign up, we may be able to get a break on ticket prices or admission to the picnic provided by the Rockhounds caterers.  See Dan Stoelzel for more details.

August “Get Together,” Saturday, July 18th, at 6:00pm.

Memorial Church is sponsoring a “Picnic & Ice Cream” social in the courtyard with hot dogs, chips and drinks provided.  There will be games for the kids and good fellowship for all.  Bring your favorite ice cream!

Jubilee Week is July 20th through 25th

See the signup at church.  There will be opportunities to volunteer in the garden, with painting, in stocking shelves or with the clients themselves on Saturday morning.  Let’s all pick a time to serve.  It will make a wonderful difference in the ministry of Jubilee.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Perseverance!

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.  Hebrews 10:32-39

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner provided.

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Tuesday, July 21st, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

July 3, 2015

Dear friends,

Joint Breakfast at 9:00 AM and Worship Service at 10:00 AM

This week, we worship with our friends from Memorial and Journey at 10:00am in the main sanctuary.  There will be no Sunday School.  Our preacher will be pastor Keith Gibbons of Church on the Journey.  Pastor Terry, who was a concert pianist, will provide some of our music along with the Memorial Christian Church Choir.  Our singers will join in with the music team from Church on the Journey and I will be celebrating the Holy Communion using our Anglican liturgy.

Breakfast will be served “pot luck” beginning at 9:00am in the fellowship hall.  Bring a breakfast casserole, fruit, juice or doughnuts and join us!

Rockhounds Game, July 17th at 7:00 PM

Sign up this Sunday for our All Saints Night at the Rockhounds.  Based on how many sign up, we may be able to get a break on ticket prices or admission to the picnic provided by the Rockhounds caterers.  See Dan Stoelzel for more details.

Jubilee Week is July 20th through 25th

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The beauty of unity.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

Psalm 133

 

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am.  Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th. Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner provided.

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

June 26, 2015

Dear friends,

The Supreme Court Decision

Today is an historic day in the national debate over the nature of marriage.  Our bishops, meeting in British Columbia this week, have offered a response to the Supreme Court decision.  A copy is attached.  We will discuss that response in the adult Sunday School class beginning at 9:15. The class meets in room 101 at the far end of the end of the hallway with the ramps.

I will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in my sermon, not from a political perspective, but from a Christ centered, biblical point of view that I hope will be useful to you in the days to come.  May God’s grace cover us all as we remain faithful in changing times.

Joint Service on Sunday the 5th

A week from this Sunday, we will be worshiping with our friends from Memorial Church and Church on the Journey.  We’ll enjoy some wonderful music from all three congregations as well as the able preaching of Pastor Keith and Holy Communion according to our Anglican tradition.

Mark Your Calendars!

On the weekend of September 18th through 20th, we’re planning our second men’s retreat at Indian Lodge and the state park in Fort Davis.  Please do mark your calendars and invite others to join us.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – The Scriptures were written for our instruction.

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  Romans 15:1-7

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am.  Worship at 10:30 am.

-Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Jubilee Center food distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find you a place to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am.  Men’7s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway.  The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th, Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner provided.

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th.  Jubilee Week!  All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

-SAVE THE DATE: September 18-20, Men’s Retreat in Fort Davis.

June 20, 2015

Dear friends,

With Summer now in full swing, I hope you are able to enjoy a slower pace and the opportunity for a little travel. Your Vestry met earlier this month and began planning three wonderful opportunities for fellowship and service this Summer. The first is a Friday night at the Rockhounds, the second is a week of volunteer opportunities at the Jubilee Center and the third is a Visitors’ Sunday at the end of Summer. Check the schedule below and mark your calendars. Details will follow closer to the events.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust comes naturally to children but is often in short supply once we get older. I once had a pastor friend who insisted that we should put no trust in others but reserve all our trust for God alone. He was saying this in the context expectation and disappointment and the resentment that often follows. If you love your spouse but expect that God alone is able to completely fulfill his promises, then you are not quite so disappointed when your spouse fails you. And, with an intense focus on the trustworthiness of God, you might just find that you become more trustworthy in the process. So give it a try. Love your spouse, your children and your friends unconditionally but let your full trust be in God.

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

-Wednesday at 6:30: Bible Study, The Gospel of Luke at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue. All are welcome.

-Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am. Worship at 10:30 am.

-Tuesday, June 23rd, 11:45 am. Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway. The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Friday, June 26th, 8:15 am to 9:15 am. Shelf stocking at Jubilee Center.

-Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Jubilee Center food distribution. Just show up, we’ll find you a place to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

-Sunday, July 5th, Joint Service with Memorial and Jubilee.

-Tuesday, July 7th, 11:45 am. Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center, 3311 Andrews Highway. The food is always a West Texas delicacy (barbecue, beans and burgers) and the fellowship is pretty good too!

-Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner provided.

-Second Sunday Lunch and Jubilee Collection, Sunday, July 12th, Bring a donation of boxed Macaroni and Cheese for Jubilee

-Friday, July 17th, All Saints Night at the Rockhounds Game!

-Monday, July 20th to Saturday July 25th. Jubilee Week! All Saints members will have the opportunity to volunteer with fix-up or the food pantry distribution in this special week of service.

-Sunday, August 23rd, Visitors’ Sunday and Fall Kickoff.

April 1, 2015

Dear friends,

Imagine you are in Jerusalem on the Wednesday of that first Holy Week when Jesus could be found in the temple teaching and his opponents in the shadows planning.  And there you are with your mind caught up in the words of Jesus and wishing that the week would never end.  Next week, there would be work to do and problems to solve and ordinary life to live.  But what you could not have known on that Wednesday is how it would all end.  There, living in that transcendent moment, you would be joyful with the hope that the “new thing” prophesied so long ago by the Prophet Joel was really happening, to you, right now.  And that hope would be undone by the crucifixion and wonderfully renewed when Jesus was raised.

Holy Week must be lived to be appreciated.  Like your imaginary self experiencing the event Jesus’ own Holy Week, you must go there if we are to understand it’s life changing power.  Plan to be with us for a very special Maundy Thursday service in the main sanctuary and for Good Friday in our regular worship space.  Live the experience and let it change you!

ON EASTER MORNING, join us for an all congregation breakfast cooked by the clergy.  We’ll serve from 8:20 or so until 9:00 o’clock.  Sunday school follows at 9:15.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – “He was pierced for our transgressions”

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:1-6

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

 Your fellow servant,

  Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

·        Wednesday at 6:30: New Study: The Gospel of Luke Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.

·        Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.

·        MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, at 7:00pm.  Traditional service in the main sanctuary.

·        GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, Traditional service in our regular worship space.

·    EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.  Begins with breakfast cooked by the clergy at 8:15am.

LOOKING AHEAD

·        Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.

·        Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.

·        Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, Diocesan Synod in Albuquerque.

March 25, 2015

Dear friends,

Holy Week is the high point of the Christian year with its recounting of the drama of that last week of Jesus’ life culminating in his glorious resurrection.  It begins this year on Palm Sunday, March 29th.  On that day, we remember the hero’s welcome Jesus received on his last visit to Jerusalem and how it all seemed to end with suffering and the cross.

Each day of Holy Week has its own theme with Maundy Thursday introducing the Last Supper and the call to servanthood and Good Friday revealing the depth of Christ’s suffering for our salvation.  And, of course, it all comes to a joyful conclusion with the resurrection on Easter morning.  Among the great gifts of being an Anglican Christian is the opportunity to participate in these timeless traditions. For us, they are not outdated at all.  On the contrary, they are our connection with the faith of nearly 100 generations from the time of the Apostles until our own.

Plan to be with us for a very special Maundy Thursday service in the main sanctuary and for Good Friday in our regular worship space.  It will immerse you deeply in the meaning of the Christian life and prepare you for the joy we share on Easter Sunday.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – “Create in me a clean heart, O God”

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

                                                    Psalm 51:10-17

 

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

  • Wednesday at 6:30: New Study: The Gospel of Luke Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.
  • Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
  • Friday, March 27th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, March 28th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 2nd, at 7:00pm.  Traditional service in the main sanctuary.
  • GOOD FRIDAY, April 3rd, Traditional service in our regular worship space.
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.  Begins with breakfast cooked by the clergy at 8:15am.
  • Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.
  • Thursday and Friday, April 30-May 1, Diocesan Synod in Albuquerque.

February 11, 2015

Dear friends,

Next week marks the beginning of Lent, a season of self-examination, penitence, fasting and prayer.  Not the easiest things for a Christian to do but perhaps the most productive.  With the disciplines of Lent putting our faith on a firmer foundation, we are more ready to hear God’s leading, to worship with depth and joy and to love more authentically.  Next week, we have the opportunity to participate in two wonderful traditions: Mardi Gras (a fancier version of our old Shrove Tuesday celebration) and Ash Wednesday.

They mark the beginning of Lent, but perhaps as important this year, they give us a chance to connect with our sister congregations.  It is indeed a precious thing when Christians of different backgrounds walk together.  Jesus prayed that all Christians would be “one” just as he and his Father are one (John 17:21).  Let’s take a step in that direction with our friends at Journey and Memorial.   I would appreciate if you would make every effort to join us both evenings.  For families with kids, I expect you will be home by 7:30 on Tuesday and 7:00 on Wednesday.

Third Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.

Celebrated with our friends at Church on the Journey and Memorial, we’ll share a pot luck dinner (bring a main course and side dish or a dessert and side dish) and enjoy some of our talents afterward.  Musicians from the three churches are invited to sing a song or two and everyone is invited to share a hidden talent or joke.  It won’t be high entertainment but it should be a little good fun together.

Shared Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Main Sanctuary

I’m really looking forward to this one.  All three pastors will participate in leading a liturgy of penitence, in the imposing of ashes and in celebrating communion.  Together, we will make a right beginning (as the Prayer Book says) of the season of Lent.

SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK – Food for Thought in the Last Days Before Lent

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”  Matthew 9:14-17

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, please do feel free to call me at 432-853-2751.

Your fellow servant,

Fr. Tom

 

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

  • Tonight at 6:30: The Bible Study at the Oknefski’s, 2201 Hereford Avenue.  All are welcome.
  • Sundays, Classes at 9:15 am, Worship at 10:30am.
  • Friday, February 13th, 8:15am-9:15am.  Shelf Stocking at Jubilee Center.
  • Saturday, January 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Jubilee Center, Food Distribution.  Just show up, we’ll find a place for you to serve!
  • Tuesday, February 17th at 11:45am, Men’s Lunch at the Jubilee Center.  Greg Clark and I will be the chefs for this one. Yes, the food will be great and we will be finished eating by 12:30.  Join us!
  • MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION, February 17th, 6:00pm Dinner and “Revue” in the Fellowship Hall.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE (with Journey and Memorial) in the traditional sanctuary, February 18th, 6:30pm.
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30, Vestry Meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Dinner will be provided.
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am, Church Yard Clean-Up Morning.