Block Print by Mike Newman
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Donate School Supplies for Caroline County students - Deadline Aug. 31
Needed—yellow #2 pencils, erasers, wide ruled notebook paper, glue sticks, Marble black and white composition books, boxes of 24 crayons, small index cards, tissues, Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, fiskar scissors, spiral bound notebooks, yellow highlighters, pocket folders with and without prongs.
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Daily meditations in words and music.
Saints of the Week, Aug. 24-31
|Saint Bartholomew the Apostle|
|Louis, King of France, 1270|
|Thomas Gallaudet, 1902, and Henry Winter Syle, 1890|
|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)|
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 (full size gallery)
August 30 - 5:00pm - ECM Picnic at Reynolds Pavilion, Portobago Bay. Please let Boyd Wisdom or Bill Wick know if you plan to attend
August 31 - 11:00am - Morning Prayer, Rite II
Return from Staten Island
Roger and Eunice returned from the Moravian Clothing distribution at Staten Island early this week and brought some pictures to share of their experiences. Thanks to them for helping with a worthy mission a second time around. Here are her comments:
"Roger and I assisted again in the Moravian church clothing distribution. There were 1,110 clients provided with clothes, shoes, book bags filled with school supplies, etc. It was exhausting work but very rewarding to work with the teams from other churches. There were clients who prayed over us -praises of thanks for the charity. There were lots of smiles as folks walked out with bags of clothing. Catherine's sister, Lynette, had the 4 days of activities planned to a tee and she worked about like the "energizer bunny" until she literally crashed at nights. Their were many ways that God was at work throughout the trip and we were very glad to have been a part of it." - Eunice Key
St. Peter's Pears - Get'em while you can
Well, we don't have a "partridge in a pear tree" and we couldn't afford one either. The PNC Christmas index lists one partridge in a pear tree's cost as $199 in 2013. So, we just have one pear tree and all the pears on it. All the pears together could easily overtake that price. The Romans cultivated them and ate them either raw or cooked. A 1930's map shows plum, peach and pear besides the rectory but only the pear remains. But enough history - here's an article Catherine wrote on how to take advantage of the pears:
"At this time of year, the pears on the old pear tree behind the Parish House are dropping off the tree and covering the ground. Every year I see if I can figure out how to make these hard as a rock fruits edible. Here’s this year’s attempt.
"First of all, beat the resident groundhog to the fruit. Pick up the pears that are unblemished by bruises, rotten spots or teeth marks.
"Wash the pears well and place them in a large pot. Don’t peel them. Cover them with water and throw in a good amount of pickling spices (if you don’t have pickling spices on hand, add cloves, allspice and cinnamon sticks to the water). Then add some sugar. The amount depends on how sweet you want the pears to be.
"Bring to a boil, and then turn down to simmer. Let the pears cook until they are tender. This may take a while. When they are done, remove from the water, and either eat them warm right then or refrigerate them and save them for later.
"I’m thinking of boiling down the liquid and making a nice gooey sauce to go on top of the pears, and the pears could also be turned into pear sauce.
Lectionary, Aug. 31, 2014, Pentecost 12, Year A
I.Theme - What does God's Call Mean for Us ?
"Carrying the Cross of Christ"- Gabriel Loire (1904-1996)
The lectionary this week is about two questions. “What does God’s call mean for us? What can we expect when we receive God’s call?” The key words this week are integrity(Jeremiah), transformation (Romans) and self-denial(Matthew).
In the Gospel, we are all called to follow Christ to be liberators of others, serving and loving all people, including our enemies, and that as we respond to this call we must be willing to lay our lives down and embrace the inevitable suffering that and sacrifice that will come. Yet, even in the midst of this tough word is a light of hope. It is in this self-giving love that we find our ‘souls’ (our true, God-given selves) and we discover true, abundant life.
Questions of identity from last week continue in the Gospel reading. In Matthew, along with last week’s readings, we find lots of questions about the identity of Jesus . There are the many names given to Jesus – Messiah/Christ, Son of the living God, Son of Man. There is also an identity crisis for Peter, who has gone from the rock on which Jesus’ church will be built, to the Satan who is a stumbling block to Jesus.
The Gospel goes beyond “who he is” last week to consider issues of transformation of “whom they are”. In Matthew, Jesus is trying to turn upside-down the rules people apply when they observe his life, and the life of his followers. Seeing a man die in agony on a cross will be transformed from a sign of shame and failure into a sign of new life and hope.
Our call is to take up the cross, denying ourselves - our self -interest, our own desires, wants and needs. Seeing Jesus’ followers denying their own needs, in order to serve God and other people, will be a sign of true discipleship. What God sees and will judge by is very different from the status and standing of a world obsessed with power and prosperity.
Romans is a laundry list of how one can be transformed so that we can transform our communities. Paul encourages the believers to be committed to a life of love for one another and even for enemies – seeking to bless and not curse, and to conquer evil with good. They are marks of the Christian. Most stretch the love wider – loving enemies, strangers and those who persecute (all of whom may be inside or outside the church).
All of this is quite counter-cultural within Roman society – social status is to be ignored, honor is to be shown to all, vengeance is to be put aside, strangers and enemies are to be welcomed and offered hospitality. And it all comes quick and fast, as short phrases with great energy, explicitly and implicitly invoking zeal and ardent service.
Jeremiah’s proclamation to the people in exile–that Babylon was the instrument of God’s judgment upon the people and that Judah should not resist–caused him to be regarded as a traitor by his own people. He has prayed for his enemies (14:7-11), but they have not listened to God’s message. Now the prophet’s concern for them is exhausted and he cries out for the lord to take vengeance upon them. Jeremiah’s plea for God’s vindication in the Old Testament echoes Jesus’ own suffering in spite of his innocence.
Jeremiah pleads with God to act immediately and decisively on his behalf. The prophet can approach God with such confidence because he has demonstrated fidelity to his God as both a messenger of God’s words, but also in his life.
Whereas Jeremiah approached service to God with an attitude of delight he has only received indignation, anger, and bitterness in return. For this reason the prophet can accuse God of deceiving him in verse.
God reminds Jeremiah that the suffering he has experienced is as advertised. Jeremiah then, is not to crumble in the face of adversity but rather redouble his commitment to being a prophet. Persecution has not derailed God’s promise to deliver and vindicate, and God reminds Jeremiah that his perseverance is the very vehicle by which the people are won over to repentance. In the midst of injustice, Jeremiah is not to allow evil to overcome good. The reward for Jeremiah’s faithful service is not relief from suffering but more service.
The Psalms both express praise for God’s salvation and the plea for God to recognize the innocence of the Psalmist and God’s people – even as Jesus suffered though innocent. Psalm 26:1-8 echoes the lament and call of Jeremiah by the author calling out to God for deliverance, telling God that they have stayed true to God’s ways and that they do not take company with people who have turned away from God’s ways. Psalm 26 is likely best understood as presenting a sobering statement of the requirements for priestly entrance into God’s holy presence.