This Week’s Bulletin – January 28th, 2018

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

 The Annual Parish Meeting

After church this morning join us in Taylor Hall, where we will gather for brunch and our Annual Meeting, to receive an update on the search process and the proposed operating budget for 2018; and to hear the Vestry’s strategy for the next phase of re-imagining the vision for our ministry and mission together; and learn of plans to move us into God’s future as 2018 unfolds.

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel this day for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Search Corner Information

The Search Committee will meet with Bishop Eaton and the Wardens of the Vestry on Friday, 2nd February, to finalize the parish Profile.

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 (Chaplin).

Gracious and loving God, prosper with your blessing the mission of All Souls’ Episcopal Church.  Deepen, we pray, our love for Christ Jesus and for one another.  As we lift the members of the Search Committee to you, we ask that your guidance and light may be upon them. Fill them with wisdom, and grant them courage and boldness as together they discern your will for a new priest and pastor for this congregation. Surround them with your unconditional and abiding love and illumine them with the glorious light of your salvation. We ask these things in the holy and sacred name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 Letter to the Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies

January 22, 2018

Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:

In recent weeks, compelling testimony from women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men has turned our minds to a particularly difficult passage of holy scripture:  the story of the rape of King David’s daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon (2 Samuel 13: 1-22). It is a passage in which a conspiracy of men plots the exploitation and rape of a young woman. She is stripped of the power to speak or act, her father ignores the crime, and the fate of the rapist, not the victim, is mourned. It is a Bible story devoid of justice.

For more than two decades, African women from marginalized communities have studied this passage of scripture using a method called contextual Bible study to explore and speak about the trauma of sexual assault in their own lives. Using a manual published by the Tamar Campaign, they ask, “What can the Church do to break the silence against gender-based violence?”

It is, as the old-time preachers say, a convicting question. As our societies have been forced into fresh recognition that women in all walks of life have suffered unspoken trauma at the hands of male aggressors and harassers, we have become convinced that the Episcopal Church must work even harder to create a church that is not simply safe, but holy, humane and decent. We must commit to treating every person as a child of God, deserving of dignity and respect. We must also commit to ending the systemic sexism, misogyny and misuse of power that plague the church just as they corrupt our culture, institutions and governments.

Like our African siblings in faith, we must create contexts in which women can speak of their unspoken trauma, whether suffered within the church or elsewhere. And we must do more.

Our church must examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how it has handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years. When facts dictate, we must confess and repent of those times when the church, its ministers or its members have been antagonistic or unresponsive to people —women, children and men — who have been sexually exploited or abused. And we must acknowledge that in our church and in our culture, the sexual exploitation of women is part of the same unjust system that also causes gender gaps in pay, promotion, health and empowerment.

We believe that each of us has a role to play in our collective repentance. And so, today, we invite you to join us in an Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer on February 14 devoted to meditating on the ways in which we in the church have failed to stand with women and other victims of abuse and harassment and to consider, as part of our Lenten disciplines, how we can redouble our work to be communities of safety that stand against the spiritual and physical violence of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Neither of us professes to have all of the wisdom necessary to change the culture of our church and the society in which it ministers, and at this summer’s General Convention, we want to hear the voice of the wider church as we determine how to proceed in both atoning for the church’s past and shaping a more just future. May we find in our deliberations opportunities to listen to one another, to be honest about our own failings and brokenness, and to discern prayerfully the ways that God is calling us to stand with Tamar in all of the places we find her — both inside the church and beyond our doors, which we have too often used to shut her out.

Faithfully,

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry                           

Presiding Bishop

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
President, House of Deputies

Hospitality

If your surname begins with A-E, a reminder that there’s an opportunity for you to provide for our hospitality next Sunday. Please check with Joyce Foreman this morning and let her know what you are able to bring to the table.

Calendar

Sunday 28th : Epiphany 4

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.30am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm

Tuesday 30th 

Choir Rehearsal, 7.00pm

February

Friday 2nd : Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Search Committee meets with Bishop Eaton 6.30pm

Saturday 3rd  

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday 4th : Epiphany 5

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.30am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm

Tuesday 6th 

Choir Rehearsal, 7.00pm

Saturday 10th  

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday 11th : Last Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.30am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

AA Meeting, Conference Room, 7.00pm

Tuesday 13th : Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 14th : Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 817

 We Hold in Prayer:

The peace of the world.

Our military men and women serving at home and overseas.

Veterans and their families.

Wounded warriors and the work of the VA.

The Wardens, Vestry Members and Deacon Charles. The work of the Search Committee. The strengthening of our congregational life in this time of transition.

The work of recovery and restoration after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate. Relief and aid agencies at work throughout the region, especially in the Keys and Puerto Rico.

Episcopal Relief and Development Developing our vision for ministry and mission.

Those living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Those living with addiction & those in recovery. The AA Meeting at All Souls’.

Bishop Peter and Kate Eaton. The Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

Refugees and asylum seekers. Our visitors today and new members.

Our Companion Dioceses: Bishop Laish Boyd and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands; Bishop Julio Holguin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic; Bishop Todd McGregor and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toliara; Bishop Jean Zache Duracin and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Haiti. Congregation members living in Aventura, North Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach.

Those celebrating birthdays & anniversaries.

Mount Sinai Medical Center: staff and patients.

Hospital Chaplains – Fr. David Collins and Deacon Charles

For Healing: Carolyn Gentry, Pastor Hans, Bronwen, Danielle Gladd, Robert, Melania, Manjoi Siu, Darryl Ellis, Linda Fennel, Nellie Mahfood, Sheila Foster, Elaine Francis, Lydia Laygo, Jeff, Robert Horton, Stephanie, Ken, Gary, Juliet, Delores Soto, Phillip Sutherland, Eddie Hooker Junior, Rev. Santos, Tina Justo, Barbara Carvajal, Santos Ordonez, Rosario James, Gwendolyn Carvajal, Richard Swartz, Derek Salisbury, and Residents of Bay Oaks Home.

The dying and those who watch with them.

Those who mourn for their lost and dead.

The Departed: may they rest in peace.

 

Almighty God, you have given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 820

 

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