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Lyra in Concert, Sept. 23, 7pm
Lessons in how to read music from the weekly bulletin.
Current Lesson, Part 15, Aug. 28, 2016 - "Brethren, We Have Met Together"
Link to the reports from Jan 17 Annual Meeting
Daily meditations in words and music.
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Saints of the Week, August 28 - September 4
|Augustine, Bishop of Hippo and Theologian, 430; also [Moses the Black, Desert Father and Martyr, c. 400]|
|[John Bunyan, Writer, 1688]|
|[Charles Chapman Grafton, Bishop of Fond du Lac, and Ecumenist, 1912]|
|Aidan, 651, and Cuthbert, 687, Bishops of Lindisfarne (new date for Cuthbert)|
|David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary, 1931|
|The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942|
|Paul Jones, 1941; also [Albert Schweitzer, Physician, 1965]|
August 28, 2016 (full size gallery)
August 29 - 5:30pm, Port Royal Tutoring
September 4 - 11:00am, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
September 4 - 12:00pm, First Sunday Social
We need these items by Sept 18!
For the Village Harvest on Sept. 21, please bring to the church kleenix, toilet paper or paper towels. These items are often not covered by assistance so we can make up the difference. Thank you!
Help us to Advertise our Sept. 23 Russian Choral Concert!
How can you help ? By distributing our press release and posters
Here are links you can download, print and distribute to friends, families, businesses,etc
1. Press release - http://www.churchsp.org/lyra/pressrelease.pdf
2. Full size poster – http://www.churchsp.org/lyra/poster.pdf
3. Half size poster – http://www.churchsp.org/lyra/halfsizeposter.pdf
A possible email script is below that you can use with the attachments above:
Subject - "Local Caroline County church hosts Russian choral quintet, Friday, Sept 23"
Text - "St. Peter's Episcopal, 823 Water Street Port Royal is announcing a special concert on Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm – an evening of Russian choral and folk music from Russia . Lyra is a collective of over 20 conservatory-trained musicians in St. Petersburg Russia established in 1994. We wil have a quintet at St. Peter's.
"LYRA’s main goal is exploring and popularizing Russian choral music from the ancient songs of the Orthodox Church to works of the 18th–20th centuries. They also perform folk songs from Russia's musical past in costume.
"The concert is free with donations encouraged so that we can continue our annual concerts, this being the 4th one. It is part of our outreach to the community and a unique opportunity to hear this music ."
Lectionary, September 4, 2016
I. Theme - Exploring the meaning of discipleship and commitment.
"Climb That Hill"
The lectionary readings are here or individually:
Today’s readings explore the meaning of discipleship and commitment. In Deuteronomy , Moses challenges God’s people to “choose life” by remaining faithful to God. In his personal letter to Philemon, Paul disarms the slaveholder’s authority by bidding him to receive the slave as a dear brother. In today’s gospel, Jesus describes a disciple as one who knows the cost and is willing to make a radical surrender to Christ.
Gospel this week -"Sept 8- Luke 14:25-33 - The Cost.. and Benefits of Discipleship
Climb that Hill
Here is the passage
This is at least the third time Jesus has said something provocative. Jesus makes a statement in 12:51 about not bringing peace. Also consider his actions on the sabbath in 13:11. Now another teaching moment on the cost of discipleship.
Picture yourself in the crowd following Jesus. You can only see his back. Occasionally, he turns around to deliver a difficult saying, almost as if daring people to continue following him. Yes, he is probably trying to reduce the crowd by making the way harder than it is now. Jesus is beginning to sense the "all" that lies ahead for him personally (betrayal and denial by his closest companions, followed by false arrest, torture, and brutal execution). He is trying to find the genuine seeker.
This text begins and ends with an "all or nothing" injunction about following Jesus, with two practical illustrations in between.
a. introductory statement (25)
b. "hating" family members (26) // Mt 10:37; Th 55:1; 101:1-3
c. bearing one's cross (27) // Mt 10:38; Mk 8:34; Mt 16:24; Lk 9:23; Th 55:2
d. tower builder (28-30) –illustration 1 no parallels
e. warrior king (31-32) –illustration 2 no parallels
f. renouncing all possessions (33) no parallels
Jesus has three demands three demands or renunciations: (1) one renounces one's family; (2) one renounces one's life--by bearing the cross; (3) one renounces all that one has. Note the demands are for disciples, the leaders, not to those who are invited to only come eat at the table. Grace is for all but not discipleship.
The Three Demands:
1. Renounce family
The word “hate” use here is different than in our own time It means "to turn away from, to detach oneself from," rather than our animosity-laden understanding. In Genesis, we read in one verse that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah (29:30), but in the next verse, it literally says that Leah was hated ("unloved" see also v. 33). Leah was not hated like we usually use the word, but Jacob simply loved her less than he loved Rachel. Jacob didn't have an intense dislike for Leah.
The family context is important. You were identified by your family. Individuals had no real existence apart from their ties to blood relatives, especially parents. If one did not belong to a family, one had no real social existence [like widows and orphans?]. Jesus is therefore confronting the social structures that governed his society at their core.
"Hate" is used in the sense of subordinating our natural affections, even our own being, in commitment to Jesus. A person who decides for Jesus may well find their family opposed to their new faith. In such a circumstance, loyalty to Jesus takes precedence over loyalty to family – if you want to be a disciple – a leader in the Jesus movement. Ultimately Jesus' appeal is not to ignore people's interest but to appeal to them. You want real profit? You want real life? Then follow me – become detached.
2. Bear Cross. Jesus usually says to take up the cross but this time is to bear the cross. In the Interpreter’s Bible it says this “Cross bearing requires deliberate sacrifice and exposure to risk and ridicule in order to follow Jesus. This commitment is not just a way of life, however. It is a commitment to a person.”
Bearing the Cross simply may mean bearing the burdens. Luke travelled with Paul and in Galatians – “From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body." If indeed Luke accompanied Paul on some of his missionary journeys, he would be familiar with the Pauline vocabulary. Paul no doubt thought deeply about the way that his discipleship to Christ was like marks on his body--indeed, he says that his imprisonments and punishments were for Christ.
3. Give up possessions
Augustine of Hippo, August 28
Augustine was born in Thageste, North Africa, in 354. His mother, Monnica, was a committed Christian and tried to raise Augustine in the faith.
In Augustine’s time, Christians were not baptized until later in life for fear that they would stain their souls with their post-baptismal sins. Augustine took this as a license to sin, and sin boldly. Although brilliant, he had a passionate and tempestuous personality and was infamous for his profligate lifestyle, complete with a scandalous mistress, creative cursing, and drunken debauchery.
Augustine had a quick and insatiable mind. He studied philosophy, rhetoric, and law and was an accomplished professor. Drawn to Neoplatonism and Manichaeism, Augustine remained restless, unable to find a system of thought that both engaged his mind and soothed his soul.
While Augustine was serving as professor of rhetoric at the Court of Milan, his mother Monnica’s pleas and prayers for her son to return to Jesus finally reached their climax.
In the summer of 386, Augustine heard the story of Placianus’s and his friends’ conversion after reading of the life of Saint Anthony of the Desert. He was jealous of the revelation given to them and was pacing his garden, wishing for some clarity in his faith, when he heard a child’s voice telling him to “take up and read." Augustine believed this was the sign he sought and took it as a divine command to open the Bible and read the first thing he saw.
His Bible turned to Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: “Let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (13:13-14). Augustine felt the words were speaking directly to him. He was deeply convicted about his life of sin and felt called to dedicate his life to God. Shortly thereafter Augustine made the acquaintance of Bishop Ambrose, and, under his influence, came to view Christianity as both intellectually respectable and morally desirable. Augustine was baptized on Easter Eve 387.
His baptism and conversion to Christianity transformed Augustine completely from a prominent debaucher to a powerful defender of the faith. Upon returning to Africa, he gave away all of his possessions to the poor, with the exception of the family home—which he converted into a monastery. He was ordained a priest in 391 and consecrated as bishop of Hippo in 395, a position he held until his death thirty-five years later. He was described by his friend and fellow bishop, Possidius, as a man who “ate sparingly, worked tirelessly, despised gossip, shunned the temptations of the flesh, and exercised prudence in the financial stewardship of his See.”