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May 29, 2016 

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Easter 5, April 24

Photos from Easter 5

Easter 6, May 1

Photos from Easter 6

Easter 7, May 8

Photos from Easter 6

Pentecost, May 15

Photos from Pentecost

Mike Newmans Block print of St. Peter's Christmas

 Block Print by Mike Newman


Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.

Current Lesson, Part 11, April 24, 2016 -  Refrains and Descants

All Lessons

Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting


Daily "Day by Day"

Follow the Star

Daily meditations in words and music.  

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online, since 1999

"We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance."

Daily C. S. Lewis thoughts

Saints of the Week, May 22 - May 29  

[Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543, and Johannes Kepler, 1543, Astronomers]
Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States,1870
Bede, the Venerable, Priest, and Monk of Jarrow, 735
Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
[Bertha and Ethelbert, Queen and King of Kent, 616]
[John Calvin, Theologian, 1564]

May 22, 2016 (full size gallery)

Sunday, May 22  Description with photos

May 25 - 10:00am, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House

May 29 - 9:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I 

May 29 - 10:00am, Godly Play, preschool through 2nd grade

May 29 - 10:00am, "Weaving God's Promises", 3rd grade and up, including adults

May 29 - 11:00am, Morning Prayer, Rite II 

Since it is Memorial Day weekend, wear your uniform or bring a momento of your military service.

Sunday, May 29 Readings and Servers  

Altarpiece, May 20 - Working on the cross

Cleo Mullins, the conservator lead, send Catherine a detailed email on the progress on this section. Top photo is Catherine's picture on Wed. , May 18 and the others from Cleo taken May 19, showing some of the work uncovering the original colors. 

Cleo continues about the work of her assistant... "Beth is cleaning the pinnacles to remove the red layers of paint and what she's finding is discouraging. If you recall when we were testing the right pinnacle, we were finding the layer of blue that the "gold" stenciling sits upon was darker than the blue of the central panel and appeared to cover deep craters of lost paint. In cleaning the central Christogram panel, we've found a similar blue color that is associated with an early restoration. On the pinnacles, Beth has found a paler blue under the darker blue that may be the remnants of the original paint layer, but there has been so much damage to both pinnacles that there appears to be little left that's original. The gold decoration that we can see is all part of a restoration. It's possible, though that the restoration copied an original design --- as was done on the Christogram."

"I'd say that both the floral decoration on the pinnacles and the "Currier & Ives"-style curliques on the Christogram are Victorian --- maybe done circa 1850"

Ordinary Time

Anything but Ordinary! Ordinary Time

Basically, Ordinary Time encompasses that part of the Christian year that does not fall within the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. The portion we are in now is called the "Season After Pentecost" in the Episcopal Church.

Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary. According to The General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, the days of Ordinary Time, especially the Sundays, "are devoted to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects." We continue our trek through the both the Gospels of Luke and John- through parables challenges, healings - some great stories and teachings.  

Lent is about preparing people to live as disciples of Jesus. Easter Season is about giving especially the newly baptized or confirmed time to focus deeply on the doctrinal foundations of the faith and on discerning the Spirit’s calling and gifts for ministry, culminating in a celebration and commissioning for these ministries at Pentecost. The Season after Pentecost is about seeking the Spirit’s guidance and supporting one another as we undertake these ministries in Christ’s name.

While there are parts of Ordinary Time through the year, we think of Trinity Sunday until Christ the King Sunday or up to Advent as the Sundays of Ordinary Time. 


Lectionary, May 29, 2016

I. Theme - Authority of God 

 Jesus and the Centurion- Paolo Veronese (1571)

The lectionary readings are here  or individually: 

First Reading - 1 Kings 8:22-23 ,41-43
Psalm - Psalm 96:1-9
Epistle -Galatians 1:1-12
Gospel - Luke 7:1-10 

The subject of today's scripture readings is authority -- namely, the authority of God. Authority of any kind is being challenged today. In the secular world, nearly every segment and class of society is demanding recognition of its separate rights.

Throughout these readings, we read of God who is a God of all people, but those who are faithful to God experience God more fully. In the fire on the altar, the prophets of Baal are revealed as crowd-pleasers, bowing to power and oppression, where Elijah is the faithful one who shows God’s faithfulness to the people. Solomon prays to God that others might see God’s glory in the dedication of the temple, even those outside of Israel. The psalmist sings of God being the God of all creation, the one true God. Jesus declares the faithfulness of the Centurion who is far off to be more powerful than the faith of those who travel with him. And Paul writes that the true Gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not the gospel of public approval. Faith: what does it mean to have faith? Can you stand up to the crowd? Can you trust in God’s faithfulness when troubles are coming your way? Can you stand firm, when others turn away?

In Christ's ministry of word and deeds, we sense the impressive authority he carried. Crowds drew back, soldiers were afraid to arrest him, the religious establishment was baffled and infuriated by his almost casual rerendering of traditions that were held sacred. Jesus even challenged the Torah, a veritable blasphemy to his contemporaries. He refused to debate issues, spoke his own word "Verily, verily, I say to you . . ." and impelled obedience by his own inherent authority. Jesus left no one doubting that he asserted the supremacy of God's will and reign. His own authority, he said, came "from heaven." Jesus passed judgment, forgave sins, and demanded a decision regarding his identity. That he made it impossible to ignore him made his death inevitable.

Read more from the lectionary 

A Baseball connection to this week's Gospel

The Gospel reading this week this week is from Luke 7. What does it demonstrate about Ordinary Time ?  (Read the scripture above).

"In Luke’s story the centurion tells Jesus it is the slave’s worthiness that should be honored by the healing. Not the centurion’s. That is the thing the centurion knows will be wrong if Jesus comes to his house to honor what the Jewish elders have liked in the centurion. The slave has no authority at all. None. Yet the healing, the centurion says, needs to be because the slave’s life has value, not because his owner’s life has value." We may say that the contemporary version of the centurion is Branch Rickey. Nancy Rockwell’s article “42” is a worthy application of this idea.

“Rickey is the team executive for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is a man under authority, and he orders men around and they obey him. He is also a man who, for twenty years, has carried around inside him a memory of the intense pain that ripped apart a black man who played on an early team he coached, when a hotel where the team was staying for an away game refused him a room because of his color. Rickey got the hotel to back down, but the hurt he saw in that man stayed with him as a lasting heartache, until he finally came to see that he had not begun to address the evil from which that incident had sprung, and that he could choose to use his authority to integrate baseball.”


Memorial Day Sunday, May 29th  

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It has been extended further to veterans who have given their time and put their lives on the line while serving for our country. In the past we have said prayers not only for the military in general but for each branch.

Please wear your uniform or bring a symbol of your military service.

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