This Week’s Bulletin –July 29th, 2018

Parish News 

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

 July 29th 2018

Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

Sunday July 29th: Tenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday August 4th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday August 5th: Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday August 11th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday August 12th: Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday August 18th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Sunday August 19th: Thirteenth 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 A-E, a reminder that there’s an opportunity for you to provide a much needed food item for our hospitality next Sunday August 5th. 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 July 29th

Psalm 55:13-15. For had it been an adversary who taught me, then I could have borne it; or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him. But it was you, a man after my own heart, my companion, my own familiar friend. We took sweet counsel together and walked with the throng in the house of God.

At the beginning of my first year of college, I met Michelle. We sang in the choir, had strong ties to church life, and were both minority students. Michelle seemed like an answer to my prayers of loneliness.

After a few weeks, Michelle didn’t eat lunch with me anymore. She wasn’t around for dinner, and I couldn’t find her to walk to choir rehearsal. Each day, I wondered what had happened, convinced that I had done something wrong.

I soon received my answer – Michelle had joined a sorority. Her chapter said she couldn’t spend time with anyone who was not also pledging. I was stunned and heartbroken, and I mourned our short friendship. Sometimes, people make choices that don’t or can’t include us. This is a painful reality – and it’s not our fault. It you’re in a one-sided relationship, pray for the strength to forgive the one who has wronged you. God will restore your faith in others, and who knows – perhaps your heart will open to let in another friend.

Monday July 30th

Matthew 13:31b-32. The kingdom of heaven is like mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.

My mother was a Southern woman to the core. Her short stature belied a mighty presence that dominated every space – at home, work, or church. She was Father Willard’s wife, and that would have been enough for some. But she was also Frances Ann, daughter of Minnie and Sullivan, familiar with hard work and possessed of a love for people in need.

The only person she didn’t take care of was herself. Just after she retired, she died of colon and liver cancer. Our church was packed with people I had never met, telling stories about what Ms. Frances had done for them. We will never know how far her branches reached. If food was needed, she cooked it. If clothing was needed, she opened a closet. When people needed Jesus, she taught Bible study. As a nurse, she was an advocate for public health, especially focused on the poor, the marginalized, and the rejected. She was that mustard seed that grew into a tree – God blessed us to be able to nest among her branches.

Tuesday July 31st

Psalm 56:11-12. I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; I will present to you thank-offerings; For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Bound – we have so many meanings for this word – some good and some not so good. I’m bound to God through a relationship and covenant, just as I am bound to my husband. We’re bound to student loans. My friend is wheelchair-bound. I’m bound for the track or the trail at some point today.

Being bout to god through mutual promises teaches us true commitment. Binding ourselves to God means letting go of things – people, other relationships, substances, media, you name it – that aren’t good for us, because we listen to God’s instructions for how to keep our promises in scripture and through the life and ministry of Jesus. God created us out of love and wants us to have good relationships.

My commitment to walking trails began as a promise to myself. The farther I walk – the longer I am on this beautiful trail – I realize that I was making this promise to God, honoring the love of God in my life. May you be blessed in your walking and find yourself honoring love – and the promises you make.

Wednesday August 1st

Judges 3:12. The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord strengthened King Eglon of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Oops… they did it again. The Israelites, whom God has hand-selected, seem to excel at screwing up. They do it again and again. Sound like any folks you know?

This certainly sounds like me. I know I’ve disappointed my family on many occasions. I want to do what’s right and good, but when the time comes to act, I frequently do something selfish instead.

Our friends and family members in Alcoholics Anonymous tell us that relapse is a part of recovery. How we deal with those relapses is what moves us to the ultimate goal of sobriety. When relapse occurs, we must engage our support systems and our Higher Power and commit to a new path from that moment forward. While we may relapse again (and again), we must never give up.

Thursday August 2nd

Matthew 27:55. Many women were also there, looking on from a distance, they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him.

When a clearly mentally ill man visited my church, many of us were afraid to approach him. A woman named Verglea took his hand and brought him up to the communion rail. Verglea and others like her are the spiritual descendants of the women in today’s gospel.

We should never forget that the world that Jesus lived in was very different from our own. Women were treated abhorrently – they could not own property and were often forced into marriages. They had little or no status politically or personally.

Living under such conditions often forces human beings into passive and fearful postures. But the women in Matthew’s Gospel aren’t defined by either of those characteristics. In fact these women, unlike the religious leaders who reject Jesus, have followed him and supported his ministry. These women hear God’s voice in the message that in Christ there is no male or female. They believe, as does Verglea, that all are welcome in kingdom of God

Friday August 3rd

Psalm 69:22. Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one.

I’ve worked as a psychotherapist for many years, so I think I’ve become something of an authority regarding insults and slights. Words do indeed hurt people.

Many people have set with me over the years and recounted words spoken years and years ago that still hurt. Remembering these ancient wounding words brings some to tears. It is probably safe to say that you, dear reader, might even carry a faded emotional scar from harsh words spoken long ago. I know that I do.

Today’s psalm reminds us that hearts breaking over insults and harsh words is not a new problem. And healing from hard or hurtful words has never been easy. Thank goodness, we have a great physician in Jesus Christ. Jesus knows what it’s like to be mocked and insulted, to suffer from casual cruelties. Yet he offers by word and example a path to wholeness. Today, take to Jesus you heart broken by insults and allow his love to heal you.

Saturday August 4th

Matthew28:15. So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day.

In today’s reading from Matthew, the guards posted to watch Jesus’ tomb go to the chief priests and report the resurrection. The chief priests, threatened and probably scared by this knowledge, pay the guards a bribe to say that Jesus’ disciples stole his body.

I have never considered myself a very materialistic person, but to say that money has not tarnished me would be untrue. When I took an evening job working as a private practice psychotherapist, my only goal was to help people. But it wasn’t long before I started judging my success by the size of my monthly check, not by my clients’ growth and health. Money was a silent seducer that took my best intentions and twisted them into selfishness.

Our personal relationship with money deserves regular reflection. Money can bless and build the kingdom, but it can also lead us into temptations we might do well to avoid.

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.

University of Miami 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