This Week’s Bulletin – August 19th, 2018

Parish News

 All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

 August 19th 2018

 Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost

 CALENDAR

August 19th: Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Third Sunday Outreach: Eggs-to-Go!

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday August 25th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

August 26th: Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday September 1st

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

September 2nd: Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday September 8th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

September 9th: Sixteenth 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.

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.

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!

Hospitality

If your surname begins with S-Z, 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 19th

1 Kings 3:9. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; who can govern this your great people?

 

Most of us would prefer a world where the line between righteousness and sin is clearly demarcated, like the ones and zeros of binary code. While technology has overrun many areas of our lives, our moral lives will never be so simple.

So long as we live, we will not be freed from dilemmas about right and wrong. We will always struggle with moments where god’s will is frustratingly clear, but we just don’t want to do the work. The history of humanity and the history of the church are one long discussion about sin and righteousness.

What are we to do when faced with moral impasses? An important first step is discernment, taking an honest evaluation of how self-interest might be clouding our judgment. Do I see someone’s actions as wrong because they really are or because they hurt my feelings? What is the real problem: a sinful action or a hurt heart?

 

Monday August 20th

Acts 7:59. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

 

When I first heard Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35,” I thought the line about “everybody must get stoned” was a reference to smoking marijuana. A closer reading of the lyrics reveals this song is filled with Old and New Testament allusions. In this phrase, Dylan is referencing the biblical practice of stoning to make a point about how often the world treats us poorly even “when you’re trying to be so good.”

Jesus, peter, Paul, and the rest of the voices in the New Testament remind us over and over that as we bear the gospel into the world, we should expect to be treated poorly. As followers of Christ, it’s all but guaranteed the world will find a way to kills us too.

Tuesday August 21st

Psalm 124:7. We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Author Anne Lamott recounts a story about her brother in one of her books. Age 10 at the time of the story, her brother had waited until the last minute to complete a school assignment cataloging a large number of birds. He was feeling very hopeless when their father intervened. Mr. Lamott encouraged his son to not focus on the large task in front of him, but to instead take the task “bird by bird.” Anne Lamott suggests that taking life “bird by bird” is good advice for all of us.

We can feel overwhelmed living in a world with so much need and so many demands. We may be tempted to feel like our actions cannot possibly make a difference. But when we take life “bird by bird” and focus on the needs directly in front of us in the moment, we serve God and grow the kingdom. We can see and love and set free one bird at a time.

Wednesday August 22nd

John 6:13. So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.

We often live our precious lives in fear of scarcity. Something about being human seems to make us fear not having enough. While people seek out psychotherapy for many reasons, a big issue is a fear of not enough. Some are concerned they don’t have enough self-esteem or confidence. Others fear they don’t have enough happiness or enough love or enough success.

In today’s reading, Jesus shows us that when we allow him into our hearts, we find unexpected abundance. Many times, we see that abundance was there all along, hiding under our noses while we panicked. We just needed to change our wat of seeing things to see out riches clearly. May God grant you eyes to see the sea of blessings in your life today.

Thursday August 23rd

Job 1:21. [Job] said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord had taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Can you imagine praising the Lord after losing everything in life important to you? I can’t. I struggled with praising God after losing out on a promotion recently. I even get mad when my fantasy football team does poorly. Yet in today’s reading, job prays words of acceptance and graciousness after losing all of his possessions, his wealth, and even his children.

Job reminds us that each day of our lives is a gift of unmerited grace given by out Creator. I wrote this on my 16,800th day of life. That’s a lot of days, and I have taken far too many of them for granted.

I didn’t think about the gift of being able to run until a pulled muscle made it hard to even walk. I wasn’t able to praise God in the midst of the injury either. But maybe I will remember Job’s faithfulness and pray for the grace to respond differently next time.

Friday August 24th

Psalm 91:11. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

I was a very sad little boy. I had good reason to be sad, too. I had more loss and struggle in my life before I turned ten then I would ever wish on my very worst enemy. My life was bleak and hopeless.

But my teacher, Mr. Hollman, tried mightily to cheer me up. One evening, he got permission to take me out to the dairy he worked for in the summer. He showed me around the old creamery and even offered me an ice cream.

But my 8-year-old self was so sad that I didn’t even want ice cream.

Mr. Hollman’s attempts to cheer me up that day were a complete and total failure. But the memory of him reaching out to me in kindness and love has stayed with me for over thirty years. I can still remember sitting in that warm semi-truck with him as darkness enveloped the world outside.

Mr. Hollman was an angel to me. And even though I imagine he thought he failed that night, he didn’t. I knew he cared for me – that I was indeed valued and loved. And that was quite a success.

Saturday August 25th

Job 3:20. Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul?

Over the years, many people have sat across from me and have said they want nothing more from life than its end. But the people who say these things in my office often want something else. More than death, many of them really want to be relieved from pain. They want to find help – to keep on living through disappointments, losses, and the other kinds of wild punches life can throw.

So why does God keep Job alive when Job says he longs for death? Why does God continue to shine light on Job, helping him to keep him going when all is lost?

Maybe god isn’t done with job yet and more chapters to Job’s story are yet to be written. And maybe God knows that what Job really wants is not death but to be relieved of his pain.

 

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.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital staff and patients.

For Healing:  Rev. Hans, Nellie, Sheila, Ken, Gary, Richard, George, 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 †