This Week’s Bulletin – September 22nd, 2018

Parish News

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

September 30th 2018

Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

September 30th: Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday October 6th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

Memorial, Trinity Cathedral, 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

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

 

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

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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)

Rev Hans Gustafson 

Please join us in celebrating Father Hans’ life on Saturday, October 6th at 10:30 AM at the Trinity Cathedral.

Singing Souls – Our Choir returns!

We are excited that the All Souls Choir rejoins our worship service this Sunday 10:30AM. Please welcome our new members Monika, Luis and Maria! Here’s to a wonderful musical season.

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 A-E, a reminder that there’s an opportunity for you to provide a much needed food item for our hospitality next Sunday October 7th. 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 desser

FORWARD DAY BY DAY

Sunday October 7th

Mark 10:14b-15. Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.

Every Christmas Eve, my rector would tell the story of Jesus’ nativity as experienced by the animals in the manger. A gaggle of small children, attired in their Christmas finery, sat around the rector, enraptured as they listened to various animal sounds and everyone’s favorite part about the camel “that had a large lip.” With love and humor, our priest blessed his young listeners with the story of the One who would recognize and bless children as vital members of the kingdom of heaven.

Dependence, trust, and vulnerability – not mere innocence – qualify children for God’s kingdom. Their natural candor, lack of intellectual pride, and absence of jaded worldliness are characteristics Christ want all of us to cultivate. Children need instruction from adults, but adults also need to relearn and remember these childlike patterns of behavior throughout our lives

Monday October 8th

Psalm 106:3. Happy are those who act with justice and always do what is right

I caught one of my students cheating on a test. She had been struggling for a long time, barely passing the class. Driven by desperation, she took a chance and lost. Recalling my own failing math grade in high school, I understood my student’s anguish. Together with my department chair, the student, and her parents, we devised a plan that was both just and merciful – and one we were all happy with.

Like the gourmet meal we wanted to prepare but turned out an inedible failure, our human idea of justice fails when it emerges as vengeance. Doing what is right is difficult, but justice is the beating heat of God’s universe, and we should never tire of trying match our heartbeat to it. This happens when love and compassion – two essential ingredients of justice – are missing. Vengeance may seem right and justified, but no one ever ends up happy in that scenario

Tuesday October 9th

Luke 7:14-15. Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother

In this dramatic scene, we are presented with Jesus as zoopoieo, a Greek word meaning “life-maker.” These time-stopping moments in the gospel accounts underscore Jesus’ most compelling attribute: his power to restore life to what is dead.

In Jesus’ time, slaves and widows live especially marginalized and vulnerable lives. Slaves are viewed as literal property of the master, and women find themselves dependent and in need of support and protection from their communities. Their social status already restricted, the centurion’s slaves and the widow of Nain are also subject to further layers of separation imposed by illness and death. But out of compassion, Jesus daringly and lovingly reached across divisions of social caste and mends those breaches wrought by illness and death to regenerate life and wholeness.

Death can only take away, but Jesus always gives

Wednesday October 10th

Psalm 130:4. I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.

I remember when we used to wait for things – for a handwritten letter, for photos to be developed, for the bust signal on the landline to stop chiming. In this current climate of instant gratification, we can get what we want with startling immediacy. The idea of waiting seems archaic.

But, like the psalmist, we can still wait for the Lord. With patience – an important and overlooks Christian attribute – we can be calm and wait for the Lord to be with us, to deliver us, to come and work alongside us. What the Holy Spirit brings to us – compassion, forgiveness, peace, and grace – are gifts worth waiting for. They are eternal and more satisfying than what can be obtained through our instantaneous, high-tech means.

God also waits for us – waiting for our desire to be stirred up, for our need to have God in our lives made manifest in our hearts. God waits for our love. God is patient because we too are worth waiting for.

Thursday October 11th

Acts 24:14-15. But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down according to the law or written in the prophets. I have a hope in God – a hope that they themselves also accept – that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.

Jesus reassured his disciples and followers that he was not intent on destroying the law or the prophets but rather had come to fulfill them. Now Paul, standing before the Roman governor, must also convince the powers that be that the Way is not a cult and he has not abandoned the God of Israel. Paul maintained that the Way is a furtherance if the law and the prophets, an expansion of what was established in the calling of Abraham and the revelation to Moses. The idea of a resurrection for both the righteous and sinners is as radical a proposition as any of the rest of Jesus’ teachings, staking the bold claim that all are equal before God and worthy of salvation.

The idea that old and new beliefs can coexist is challenging for Paul and his community, as it still is for us today. However, the Roman governor showed that he could be flexible and allowed Paul some liberty. It is better to bend than to be absolutely rigid.

Friday October 12th

Luke 8:8. “Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As [Jesus] said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

What kind of terrain is the soil of my heart? I like to believe it is good soil into which the seeds of Jesus’ love fall, germinate, receive ample light and air and nourishment, and produce a hundredfold harvest. But when I am not kidding myself and acknowledge the greedy birds of distractedness, my stony and stormy belief, and the way the thorns of this life destroy these holy seeds, I realize how far I am from being the deep and fertile soil that bears good fruit.

Visible, measureable growth is only partially emblematic of spiritual progress. The Sower plants seeds, but the disciple must willingly receive them and resist the forces conspiring their destruction. Our souls, like soil, require frequent fertilizing and patient cultivation.

Saturday October 13th

Psalm 144:3-4. O Lord, what are we that you should care for us? Mere mortals that you should think of us? We are like a puff of wind; our days are like a passing shadow.

We tend to forget that we are dust, mere mortals, puffs of wind, and passing shadows. For all of our grand plans and mighty deeds, each of us, in the words of Macbeth, “a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.”

Or are we? We are “as grass,” and our marks on the world are washed away like sandcastles by ocean waves. While our time upon life’s stage passes in the blink of an eye, this does not diminish our significance to God. God cares for the dust and has fashioned it into a living reflection of the divine image. And God comes to us, clothed in a dusty body, to show how beloved we mere, dusty mortals truly are.

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.

Mount Sinai Hospital staff and patients.

For Healing: Nellie, Sheila, Ken, Gary, Richard, Jim, Lily, Dennis, Greg, Bob, Paul, Rick, Jim, Karen, Rev. Kleban, Tony, Ray, 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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