This Week’s Bulletin – October 14th, 2018

Parish News

 

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

October 14th 2018

Twenty-First Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

October 14th: Twenty-First Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Thursday October 18th

Investiture Ceremony 6:30pm

Saturday October 20th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

October 21st: Twenty-Second Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday October 27th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

October 28th: Twenty-Third Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

October 7th: Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday October 13th  

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 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, Rafael Padilla, Glen Velker and Jim Carlton (Chaplain).

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.  Strengthen our fellowship and discipleship that we may have the strength to do our part in the building up of your Church.

Send your Holy Spirit to fill us with love for those outside the church.  Deepen our understanding of their needs and of your presence with and through them.  Help us to be a true light in our community.

And now, faithful God, equip and guide those who are tasked with selecting our next rector.  Pour out your Spirit of wisdom on each of us during our search, that together we may show forth the light of your presence in our renewed journey with a new priest and pastor.

All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us that together we may grow into the full stature of Christ.  AMEN!

‘Socktober’

The month of October is ‘Socktober’ and the Feed My Sheep Ministry is running its annual sock drive, which will last the entire month. The goal is for 1,500 pair of new men’s socks. Socks are the most requested item by the chronic homeless. We invite you to place your gift of white men’s socks in the ‘sock box’ on any Sunday in the month beginning today.

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 October 21st. 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 October 14th

Mark 10:21-22. Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Do we own our possessions or do they own us?

Contrasted with his other calls to discipleship where Jesus simple says, “Come after me,” or “Follow me,” his call to the rich man to give up his wealth shocks us as much as it shocks the rich man. For two cultures where wealth is understood as a sign of God’s favor – both Jesus’ culture and our own – the command to relinquish wealth is a tall order.

Jesus is not asking the rich man or us to embrace lives of poverty, nor merely commanding us to literally separate ourselves from material wealth, but rather to create a healthier relationship with material goods. This in turn will change our connection to the poor, once we have learned to share. Therein is heaven’s treasure.

Monday October 15th

Luke 8:28. When we saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I beg you, do not torment me.”

He was filthy. One shoeless foot was blackened and thickly callused. He barked incoherent utterances. A woman exiting the train gave him an unopened bag of chips. “Thank you and God bless you,” he said. For a moment, this subway demoniac was “made whole.”

Demons cause self-destructive behavior in their victims, making them feel trapped in their condition and separated from their victims. No wonder, then, that the Gerasene Demoniac’s existence is so hellish.

We don’t experience demons as described in this story, but we have them nonetheless: mental illness, substance abuse, alcoholism, phobias. In acknowledging that any of us can have demons, we might understand the Gerasene’s overwhelming isolation and despair.

Jesus exorcises the evil spirits out of love for the man, rather than from his will to torment the demons. Jesus meets the demoniac at the level of this man’s deepest need – and, in love, casts out his demons.

Can we allow Jesus’ love to banish our demons too

Tuesday October 16th

Psalm 10:1-4. Why do you stand so far off, O Lord, and hide yourself in time of trouble? The wicked arrogantly persecutor the poor, but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised. The wicked boast of their heart’s desire; the covetous curse and revile the Lord. The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; their only thought is, “God does not matter.”

I can barely read or listen to the news these days. Why does God seem to be missing in action? The poor keep taking it on the chin, but God seems so far away and out of earshot of the cries.

And then I remember that in the sweep of human history and in my own life, evil has never had the last word. I often bemoan that it seems like God is on a schedule other than my own, especially in times of trouble. I want God’s actions to be immediate when pain or injustice is most raw. But when God seems to stand so far off, I’m usually the one who has moved. The psalmist assures us that God is “the helper of orphans” (v.15), and that God’s ears shall hear our cries.

Wednesday October 17th

Luke 9:3-5. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money – not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

 

The man and woman knocking on my door were extremely polite. They seemed nonthreatening, so I invited them in. Seated at my dining table, they spread out their colorful and well-designed literature about the Bible and Jesus Christ. We were Christians with differing views about our faith and divergent interpretations of the scriptures. Despite their efforts to persuade me to their way of thinking, I remained unmoved. We politely thanked each other for the visit, and they left. I imagine that once outside, they shook the dust of my home from their feet.

My rejection must have been hard for the visitors, and I felt unkind turning them away. Yet they probably understood that more harm than good is done when we force our view of God on others. We win more hearts for Christ by moving on and leaving the work of grace to God.

Thursday October 18th

Ecclesiasticus 38:1-3. Honor physicians for their services, for the Lord created them; for their gift of healing comes from the Most High, and they are rewarded by the king. The skill of physicians makes them distinguished, and in the presence of the great they are admired.

My doctor and I are not friends, but we need each other. I need her care to maintain good health, and she needs me to support her practice. I do not know whether my doctor is a person of faith, but she is a member of God’s community of healers.

Many scholars believe that Saint Luke was a Greek physician. In Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians, the author refers to him as “Luke, the beloved physician,” and some faith traditions venerate him as the patron saint of doctors. As evangelist and doctor, Luke followed in the footsteps of our great healer.

Becoming a doctor entails many years of study and training, but the author of Ecclesiasticus reminds us that it is God who first bestows the gift of healing. Rather than seeing doctors as usurping God’s role, we should instead honor and admire them for their deep understanding of the substances the Lord has placed in the earth for our health and well-being, and for their skill in using them to heal.

Friday October 19th

Luke 9:28-29. Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

When Jesus prays, momentous things occur. After Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descends on him while he prays (Luke 3:21-22.); Jesus selects the twelve apostles after an entire night spent in prayer (6:12-16.); and Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah takes place within the context of Jesus’ praying (9:18.20). In transfiguration account, one of the most important details is that Jesus goes up on the mountain with the intention of praying, and it is in praying that he is transfigured. Luke wants readers to understand that for Jesus, prayer is a complete, intimate encounter with God, so dramatic that his face and clothing are altered.

When we pray, our faces and clothes may not dazzle, but Jesus’ powerful examples of prayer can challenge us to go beyond the surface of merely petitioning God for what we want to the deeper level of seeking and abiding in God’s presence.

 

Saturday October 20th

Acts 28:23b-24. From morning until evening he explained the matter to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets. Some were convinced by what he had said, while others refused to believe.

There is a cinematic quality to this episode in Acts, with Paul expounding day and night before large numbers of Jewish elders, trying to persuade them to accept Christ. Much like in the parable of the sower, a portion of the seed Paul disperses to his listeners falls on good soil, convincing some, while other seed falls on the hard ground of those who reject the gospel.

We’ve been there. In our own time, many of us have probably engaged in lengthy, hoarse-throat-inducing political debates where we fought to bring others to our point of view. It’s tough and wearying. Yet our commitment to the rightness of our belief spurs us on, despite the toll it may take.

Paul is arguing for a higher truth than the political ones we so ardently defend. Although we have the freedom to accept or reject the truth Christ embodies, the cost of turning our backs on that truth is greater than we might imagine. Is that choice worth the cost?

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: Nellie, Sheila, Ken, Gary, Richard, Jim, Lily, Dennis, Greg, Rafael, Bob, Paul, Rick, Jim, Karen, Rev. Kleban, Tony, Ray, Dana, Baby Ailia, Carmela, Obie, 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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