This Week’s Bulletin –J August 5th, 2018

Parish News

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

 August 5th 2018

Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

Sunday 5th: Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday 11th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday 12th: Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday 18th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday 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

Sunday 26th: Fourteenth 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

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).

 

The Search committee has been informed that the position announcement for Rector ALL Souls’ has been posted on the National Church Web site.

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.

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 F-L, a reminder that there’s an opportunity for you to provide a much needed food item for our hospitality next Sunday August 12th. 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 5th

Psalm 51:3.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin us ever before me.

Today’s psalm describes chronic sin, which is something that I think most people of faith struggle against (and perhaps with). We want to believe that being a person of faith means we live mostly sin-free lives. We lie to ourselves that our sins are always minor and short-lived.

The vast majority of us have an area or two in our lives where we are chronic sinners. Maybe we regularly use hurtful words, or we repeatedly abuse ourselves by binging or withholding all manner of things – relationships, power, affection, or substances. In our hearts, most of us recognize that we have some chronic sin, but we feel powerless to change it and sometimes mute to name it.

Addressing any unwanted habit is hard, but it is possible. You are being called to something more, something bigger. God’s mercy is great and is waiting for you to receive it

Monday August 6th

2 Peter 1:13-14. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, since I know that my death will come soon, as indeed out Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

In today’s reading, Peter writes that the Lord has revealed the knowledge of his forthcoming death to him. I read Peter’s knowledge of his coming death as one of the greatest of God’s many, many mercies.

The Ash Wednesday liturgy is one of my favorite Christian rituals. Hey, the church says to us every year, you should probably not forget that you are going to die someday. And yes, that includes you, the invincible 15-year-old with the thick hair and the strong heart. You too will die. What are we doing with the minutes we have remaining on the ticking parking meters that are our lives?

Meditating on our mortality is a wonderful thing to do, in Lent and at other times. It is not meant to be a morbid act – or a depressing one. An intentional life is a life lived abundantly – and a life lived abundantly is one of the things Jesus has come to give us.

Tuesday August 7th

Acts 3:6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, standup and walk.”

Whenever I do something, I try to ask myself: “How do I want to change the world?” In writing today’s reflection, I want you to fully embrace the power you have through Jesus Christ.

For many years, I had a hard time with the miracles in the Bible. The well-educated part of me scoffed, “This can’t happen.” I told myself, “Disabled people don’t just get up and walk.” But in today’s reading from Acts, that is exactly what happens!

I have come to believe that denying the possibility of the miraculous is just as dangerous as believing every charlatan is indeed a faith healer. Disbelieving miracles shuts a door in our minds that God wants left open. God draws life out of those coffin-shaped doors every single second of every single day. That’s a power fantastic, and Jesus plugs us straight into it.

You can do more than you think.

Wednesday August 8th

Acts 3:25. You are the descendants of the prophets and pf the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, “And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

What do you think is the greatest gift you’ll leave behind? Will you leave a legacy of children financial gifts that will bless others, or works or ideas that will shape the future generations?

Peter reminds the crowd that they are indeed inheritors of great blessings from both God and their forbearers. These blessings come with a cost: To whom much is given, much is expected.

Are you happy with the ripples that your life is creating upon the waters of this fragile earth? Are you actively making your life a part of the stream of blessings that began when God chose Abraham and expanded when Jesus came into the world?

If you feel like you could do more, I have great news for you. If you are reading this, you are still alive. There is still time! Be like Abraham and bless all the families of the earth!

Thursday August 9th

John 1:46. Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Phillip said to him, “Come and see.”

When I was growing up in the early 1980s, many parent-types were concerned about the influence rock musician Prince was having on teenagers. With his provocative clothing and the explicit lyrics of his songs, people asked if anything good could come out of this strange young man from Minneapolis.

But there was more to Prince than outrageous antics. Those of us who took the time to wade through the strange costumes found a man deeply devoted to Jesus Christ. While Prince wrote many songs about romance and sex, he also wrote many songs about God. In fact, the B-side to “Purple Rain” was a song called “God,” which was explicit in a different way – explicitly religious.

Many people thought nothing good could come out of Prince, just like people thought nothing good could come out of Nazareth. They were wrong and doubted God’s power to bless the world with unlikely people. But really, that’s all God ever does. Thanks be to God.

Friday August 10th

Acts 4:13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.

 

While I like to consider myself an educated and sophisticated Christian, I’ve noticed something about my Christian role models: They are ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

Take Ernie, who is in his eighties. No one would blame him for slipping into a quiet retirement. But instead you can often find Ernie at church – on a ladder fixing something or out building wheelchair ramps with the Lions Club. He’s also been known to invite his grandson’s friends over to the house for breakfasts.

No one who meets Ernie mistakes him for an ordinary person. One might ask, Where does Ernie’s boldness come from? I think it comes from the relationship that Ernie has had with Jesus Christ for more than half a century.

I have prayed many times asking God to make me more like Ernie. I pray today that God would grant you refreshed eyes to glimpse the Ernies in your life.

Saturday August 11th

Psalm 87:6. The singers and the dancers will say, “All my fresh springs are in you.”

Sometime in 1978, Bob Dylan picked up a silver cross that had been tossed on stage during a concert. This small act eventually led Dylan to a very public conversation to Christianity – and a couple of albums with decidedly gospel-driven themes.

Dylan seemed to grasp that his gift to create music and write lyrics sprang directly from God. He is not the only artist to come to this conclusion in the middle of his career. Many other artists over the centuries have come to the same conclusions at similar moments.

One of the greatest gifts in being a creator is that the act of creating something connects us in distinctive ways to the source of all creativity, love, and blessings. What can you create today that will bring you into closer relationship with God?

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.

Jackson 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