This Week’s Bulletin – August 12th, 2018

Parish News

 All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

August 12th 2018

Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

August 12th: Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday 18th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

August 19th: Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Third Sunday Outreach: Eggs-to-Go!

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday 25th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

August 26th: Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday September 2nd

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

September 3rd: Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 216

Hymn Singing

With our choir hiatus until September, it’s up to the entire congregation to keep singing the hymns! Our aim in summer is to schedule hymns that are familiar for ease of singing. Let Gregory know if you have a favorite hymn and he will do his best to include it in an upcoming Sunday

Third Sunday Outreach

Next Sunday August 19th is our monthly opportunity to reach out to the homeless and hungry with a gift of hard-boiled eggs. Please bring as many hard-boiled eggs as you can manage for the Feed My Sheep feeding program in down-town Miami, and leave them in the crate at the back of church – and thank you!

Search Corner Information

We ask you to hold in your prayers the members of the Committee as they continue their important work of discernment:

Sheila Collins and Freddy Tovar (Co-Chairs), Aracelis Mullings (Vestry), Kathi Armbrister, Laura Keith, Rafael Padilla, Glen Velker and Jim Carlton (Chaplain).

Thinking of you!

Rev. Hans Gustafson resides in a nursing facility in Aventura.  Visiting hours are open all day.  If you wish to send him a Thinking of You! card, his address is Rev. Hans Gustafson, c/o Palm Garden, 21251 East Dixie Highway, Aventura, FL. 33180 Keep him in our prayers!

Stewardship Opportunities

During this exciting time of transition for All Souls’ Episcopal Church, we have numerous stewardship opportunities to give your talents and time to our church community. Stewardship is rooted in the belief that we all have inherited wonderful and unique gifts from God. This recognition of our giftedness leads to a life of gratitude and desire to share our gifts with our family, church and community. Please speak with a vestry member to learn more about the ways you can give your gifts to the All Souls’ congregation.

Hospitality

If your surname begins with M-R, a reminder that there’s an opportunity for you to provide a much needed food item for our hospitality next Sunday. Please check with Joyce Foreman this morning and ask her what she needs for next Sunday. Items needed usually are a starch (pasta, potato, etc.), a meat, a salad, a vegetable, a dessert.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY

Sunday August 12th

2 Samuel 18.33. The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

From both personal and professional experiences, I can testify that grief is one of the core struggles of being human. Losing someone we loves breaks us in unique and painful ways. Broken was how I felt when my father died, and broken is how many of my clients have described their processes of grief too.

When we lose someone who acts as an earthly embodiment of God’s love in our lives, it is easy to give up hope for the future – and maybe even give up on God too. The painful pieces are always an important part of the larger, whole picture. To throw them away makes the larger work incomplete. A client of mine said it best. “That was when I knew that God existed,” he said, “when even the painful puzzle pieces just seemed to fit.

Monday August 13th

Psalm 89.1. You love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness

When I was in my teens, I developed a painful and embarrassing skin infection that eventually engulfed my entire face. One day I woke up with what seemed like badly chapped lips, and then my entire face was covered in ugly sores. I had to drop out of school for a while. This would be tough for anyone, but it felt like the worst thing that could possible happen to my insecure, teenage self.

Part of the treatment was to wash the sores daily with a terrible smelling concoction. I couldn’t do it myself, and so my Poppa did it for me. He would mix the medicine in a plastic cereal bowl and use a washcloth to gently cleanse the sores.

That was thirty years ago. But the experience of having my sores cleaned has stuck with me powerfully as a wonderful example of how God expresses steadfast love for us, even when we are at our most exposed and vulnerable.

Tuesday August 14th

Judges 13.3. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son.”

Infertility is a heartbreaking condition that causes incredible pain and often the kind of stress that can destroy otherwise strong relationships. If you have ever struggled with infertility or are close to someone who has, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If being a parent is something you’ve always wanted, infertility can shake you to your core and challenge your sense of self. While treatment results in beautiful babies for many people, some couples are never able to have the biological children they pray for.

But God is a God of surprises. If you feel a calling, whether to parenthood or something else, don’t abandon that calling. Persist. Keep in mind that God often calls us to serve in ways we least expect. When you feel unfulfilled, allow God to fill you up and comfort you – be surprised by the grace that is sent to mend your heart.

Wednesday August 15th

Galatians 4:4-5. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

Jesus did not descend into our world clean and untouched through a puffy divine cloud. No, God sends our redeemer into the world the same way you and I entered it. Jesus is “born of a woman.”

I often fall into the trap of minimalizing my service to God. In my work as a psychotherapist, I tell myself All I do is talk, physicians do the real work of healing physical bodies. My work is nothing, I tell myself, compared to the higher calling of doctors, priests, and policy makers.

But then I remember that the Savior of the world entered history the same way I did. I remember Jesus feels the same feelings I do and deals with the same doubts I do. I remember that Jesus faces temptation, just like I do. Then, I can embrace my gifts as an opportunity to do the work to which Jesus calls me.

Thursday August 16th

Psalm 105:1. Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; make known his deeds among the peoples.

Struggling to pray sometimes – or not knowing where to begin – is a familiar experience. I have found that thanksgiving is a great place to star when I struggle in my prayer life. Reflecting on the blessings that God has given my can be like following a bread-crumb trail back to the source of those blessings. In his book, Letters to Malcolm, theologian C.S. Lewis suggests we see blessings as the easiest path to God. As Lewis says, “The warmth of a ray of sunlight can lead us back to the source of that warmth, the sun.”

What blessings in your life have helped lead you back to God? Does your work help you understand the ways in which God is reaching out to you? Does forgiving someone who hurt you help you better understand how God forgives us when we fall short? Does the love of your family help you better understand the love of God?

Friday August 17th

Acts 7:23. When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his relatives, the Israelites.

I recently turned 46 years old and am starting to feel my age. I’ve started to worry about my future. What more can I accomplish in the years left? Sometimes, I wonder if my best years are behind me. While we may be tempted to think our best days are past, God always has other plans.

This reading from Acts gives me hope. Stephen reminds us that Moses didn’t even start the Exodus until he was forty years old! A woman from my church named Carol Boulette can teach us something about this too. Carol retired from the Red Cross – at the age of 80. In retirement, she stayed busy organizing blood drives and working regularly at our local food pantry. She was 96 when she was names the Three Rivers Lions Club Citizen of the Year.

How can God use you, even in the fall and winter seasons of life?

Saturday August 18th

John 5:5. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

Illness can sometimes arrive like a slow-moving rainstorm. Many mental health problems sneak up like a rainstorm that might let up for a while but never seems to completely move on. And then rain comes down in buckets, soaking everyone involved.

The man from today’s reading had been waterlogged for thirty-eight years. To this man’s great fortune, he comes upon the great sunshine of Jesus’ face and receives the healing he has been waiting for.

Not all of us have these kinds of miraculous healings. Sometimes the skies do not part. Sometimes the clouds of depression don’t burn away. Sometimes it’s hard to even believe that a loving God exists. At times like these, we can do nothing else but cry out to God in prayer, “I believe; help me in my unbelief!”

We Hold in Prayer:

For peace throughout the world.

All military women and men serving at home and overseas. Veterans and their families. Wounded warriors and the work of the V.A.

The Wardens, Vestry Members, Fr. Errol Harvey, and our supply priest. Our Choir, Organist, Altar Guild, Lectors, Altar Servers, and Eucharistic Ministers. And Alitza our Administrative Assistant

Thanksgiving for ongoing refurbishment of our church facilities. All Souls Episcopal Church Foundation, Inc.

Our Diocesan Recovery Ministry and those living with any addiction and those in recovery.

Our Bishop Peter and Kate Eaton, Canon John Tidy and Jill. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

Refugees, Dreamers, and asylum seekers.

Our Visitors today and for their safe travel back to their homes.

Our Companion Dioceses: Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands; Diocese of the Dominican Republic; Diocese of Haiti. Congregation members living in Broward, Miami-Dade, Aventura, North Miami Beach, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbor, Sunny Isles Beach,  and Surfside.

Those celebrating birthdays & anniversaries.

Mercy Hospital staff and patients.

For Healing:  Rev. Hans, Nellie, Sheila, Ken, Gary, Richard, Jim, Lily, Dennis, Greg, Irene, Bob, Bobby, Paul, Laura, Rick, Jim, Karen, Rev. Kleban, Santos, Bronwen Daphne, Bishop Sturdy, Rose, Rito, Darryl, Tania, and Deacon Katon.

All Hospice and Palliative Care Units

The dying and those who watch and care for them, and mourn for their loss.

Blessed Jesus, we seek your mercy for all who are dying. May death become for them, as it was for you, a birth to everlasting life. May their soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

 

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