This Week’s Bulletin – September 22nd, 2018

Parish News

All Souls’ Episcopal Church

Miami Beach

September 23rd 2018

Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost

CALENDAR

September 23rd: Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Holy Eucharist 8.00am

Choir Rehearsal 9.00am

Sung Eucharist 10.30am

Saturday September 29th

Centering Prayer, All Souls’, 10.30am

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

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).

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

Sunday September 30th is the fifth Sunday in the month and Vestry members are asked to provide for our hospitality. 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 September 30th

James 5:19-20. My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

In college, I heard about people joining Christian accountability groups. I later found out that some of these groups were really friends self-reporting their sinful behaviors – swearing, drinking, sex and lustful thoughts – but without accountability or expectation of change. This sort of small group has little appeal to me. But the concept of accountability is compelling.

Christian accountability can be a powerful tool in our spiritual lives, and I admire the groups who do this work with love, grace, and mercy. I deeply desire a community of support to help bring me back into my faith when I stray. This work can be done within a loving, radically accepting, and reconciling community, one free of shame and bent toward growth, inner-soul work, and collective liberation at the feet of Jesus.

Monday October 1st

Acts 20:24. But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.

Paul has just told the elders in Ephesus that he is “captive to the spirit” and has no idea what will happen to him once he arrives in Jerusalem. Further, Paul said that he does not value his own life: He only wants to testify to the good news of God in Christ.

I admire Paul’s single-minded purpose. He has received his mission and ministry from Christ, and he is fully committed. Like Paul, I want to testify to the good news of God’s grace. And I want to feel that my life has worth and meaning. We are all made in the image of God, who gives us our value with the breath of life. It is possible for each of us to proclaim the good news as well as value our own live. These actions do not cancel each other out. When we testify to the good news of God’s grace, our lives become treasures beyond reckoning.

Tuesday October 2nd

Psalm 97:7. Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! Bow down before him, all you gods.

As I write this reflection, our nation is roiled and riven by contentious debate over certain Civil War-era statues in public parks and government offices. Some feel the statues should be destroyed and consigned to the scrap heaps of history. Others would like to see them placed in museums. Voices on both sides have been shrill and combative. Each faction stands firm that its viewpoint is the right one and that the other side is completely wrong.

There is a clear, concise third opinion: God, if we stop and listen, offers a different perspective. We might realize we are fighting about carved images – idols – that have no power to love or help or save us. Regardless of how impressively carved or cast those images are, regardless of the history they reflect, dales gods are not the true and living God and never will be. We will always feel confounded and make poor choices when we forget the God we are to worship.

Wednesday October 3rd

Luke 5:29-32. The Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and other sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who we are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

As in our own context, tax collectors in ancient Judea get no respect. Seen as traitors, tax collectors in Jesus’ context – especially those who are Jews – are working for the Romans. Their communities feel that they are collaborating with the Roman occupation. The Pharisees lump tax collectors with the rest of the “sinners,” expressing their disdain for this deeply despised occupation.

Whereas the Pharisees shun tax collectors like Levi as sinners, Jesus extends forgiveness of sins and an invitation into a beloved community; rather than punishment and shame, Jesus offers healing. Levi’s banquet is a foretaste of the kingdom’s great feast, where tax collectors and other “sinners” will eat and drink with Jesus.

Thursday October 4th

Hosea 6:6. For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 

For the ancient Israelites, expressing love for God is the top priority of their personal and public lives. The laws, including those about offerings and sacrifices, form the basis for expressing love for God. But the Israelites begin to worship other gods while continuing the ritual sacrifices, and outward shows of piety become more important than faithful obedience to God’s desires.

God longs for us to return God’s longing, for mutual desire and devotion. Many old testament passages underscore God’s insistence that sacrifices are incomplete and offensive unless our hearts are changes in the making of them (1 Samuel 15:22; Micha 6;6-8). Pointing back to Hosea, Jesus challenges the hypocritical teachings of the Pharisees by telling them to learn that God desires mercy and not sacrifice.

Religion devoid of steadfast love is hollow, and rituals performed in God’s name without a loving, faithful relationship makes us like those whom Jesus warned that we ought never to become.

Friday October 5th

Luke 6:26. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

“Flattery is all right – so long as you don’t inhale,” said former United nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson II. We all like to receive praise – performers, artists, and writers thrive on it; students and employees need – and benefit – from it. We feel dejected when praise is withheld.

To enter into Jesus’ kingdom is to enter into new life, and in the Sermon on the Mount, the kingdom Jesus describes is one of paradoxes. Those who suffer, who are defamed and reviled for following Jesus, will be rewarded; the rich and self-satisfied already have their rewards and will ultimately be woeful.

Seeking praise stands as the most serious threat to full discipleship – it is the currency of deceivers and false prophets. In succumbing to praise, we reveal our vanity and faithlessness, making us more world-bound than kingdom-bound.

Flattery is all right, but remember to exhale.

Saturday October 6th

Luke 6:27-28. But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Martin Luther King advised those who wanted to participate in civil rights marches and lunch counter sit-ins: “If you can’t be nonviolent, don’t get in it.” Flesh-shredding water from fire hoses, snarling police dogs, and cigarette burns would test the resolve of those confronting racial hatred.

When Jesus tells his followers to love their enemies, he created a new and radical standard for relationships – a standard governed by love. Jesus offers something better and more merciful than a life caught in the tit-for-tat cycle of retaliation – and also more risky. There is no guarantee that the love we offer to the world will be returned in kind. But Jesus says we should offer it nonetheless, id we want to be free as God is free and love as God loves.

Dr. King’s vision of what he called the “beloved community” was inspired by Jesus’ kingdom, where hate-fueled divisions do not exist. This kingdom comes near when, with God’s help, we can finally achieve what seems impossible: to love our neighbors and our enemies as ourselves.

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.

South Miami Hospital staff and patients.

For Healing: Nellie, Sheila, Ken, Gary, Richard, Jim, Lily, Dennis, Greg, Irene, Bob, Bobby, Paul, 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

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