Sunday, July 21, 2019

Aphorism of the Day, July 2019

Aphorism of the Day, July 21, 2019

Mary and Martha of Bethany have become the proto-types for the active and contemplative orders of monasticism.  Martha was interested in hospitality for Jesus in the family home; Mary was interested in hospitality for the words of Jesus within her inward home.  The apparent "clash" between the sisters is the balancing act of tending to the outer world or our inward world.  It is continual and both are important, even as Jesus said, "Mary has chosen the better part."  For that specific occasion with Jesus being so accessible, Mary chose the better part.  We always need to chose the better part when the occasions arise for significant opportunity for soul-work to be done.  The better part is to be discerning of the opportunity for creative advance of inward awakening.

Aphorism of the Day, July 20, 2019

The origin of faith movements begin with mystical and serendipitous experience of the people who have them.  They change the world with moral and spiritual awakening in ways that inspire people to conserve, perpetuate and promulgate the values which arise from these experiences.  In short they become institutionalized and they can become efforts to "mass produce" the serendipitous.  And sudden the "genie" has left the bottle and all that is left is the bottle, beautiful in its own right, but spiritless and without mysticality.  The bottle becomes an artifact for remembering what it once contained.  The bottle becomes a replacement for the once resident "Genie."

Aphorism of the Day, July 19, 2019

An insight regarding the Gospel writings might be to understand them as the coding of the mystical experiences of the Risen Christ into a "physical historical narrative," since "believing our eyes" is a metaphor for indicating that something is really real.  The mystical experiences of the Risen Christ created the accounts of the physical journey of Jesus in the Gospel narratives, with the mixture of oral remnants of the traditions of Jesus' words and actions coupled with oracular "voice" of the Risen Christ directing the narratives for the needs of the particular communities of the Gospel preachers/writers who were speaking and writing in the name of the Risen Christ.  The Gospel writing is in koine Greek and not Aramaic, the language of Jesus.  The Gospels represent interpretations, translations and expansion into the post-resurrection era of the meaning of Jesus Christ for those who had and would find him to be the telling life changing event of their lives.

Aphorism of the Day, July 18, 2019

New wine in old wineskins, is perhaps an aphorism highlighting the incommensurable between an older paradigm and a new paradigm.  Old systems are not able to contain new situations.  Our understanding of equal dignity of all people means that the old wines skins of biblical cultures which supported oppression for many people cannot contain the expanding arc of justice.  The "from many one" phrase of American idealism could romantically presume to prevail when the ones with the power and the wealth could convince themselves that they were being "good masters" of those who had very little influence in the political, social and economic outcomes.

Aphorism of the Day, July 17, 2019

Synecdoche is a figure of speech where something refers to the whole or vice versa.  The Pentagon is a building but in speech can refer to the entire Department of Defense.  In speech we use these sweeping reductive or expansive devices for "abbreviation" to conserve speech act or writing acts energy.  The use of synecdoche is effective when all participants understand the "abbreviations."  The famous Christological poetic hymns function in a similar way.  Jesus of Nazareth expands to the Christification of all things: Christ is all and in all.  Christ is WORD from the Beginning.  Christ is the Invisible God.  One should understand the meaning of the Trinity as poetic expansiveness and not as empirical observations of three different persons in a space time sensorial context.

Aphorism of the Day, July 16, 2019

Christ Jesus is the image (icon) of the invisible God.  Such is what is written in Pauline writings.  It is like the poetry of the introduction to John's Gospel: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God."  Word as Word is still invisible but through itself, Word is evident.  Word continually refers beyond itself to what is not Word, but it really ends up just referring to other words which are supposed to be signifying what is not words.  We are ordered and created as humans because we have Word as the ordering and structuring reality of our existence.  I say that because in a very circular argument, I use and must use words to establish the primacy (the arche status)  of Word.  We are totally caught inwardly and outwardly in Words.

Aphorism of the Day, July 15, 2019

"The better part."  This is what Jesus said about Mary the contemplater in contrast with Martha the compulsive worker.  If this was a parable of Jesus in the early church which privilege mystical experience, then one can see the priority which is established for the early mystics.  You don't win the lottery if you don't play?  You don't have the recognition of one's mysticality unless one spends the contemplative time.

 Aphorism of Day, July 14, 2019

"For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished."  These words of Jesus about the law seem to contradict the notion that "love" fulfills the law rather than a legalistic literalism about all of the written rules found in the Torah.  This could also mean that whatever is accomplished in the future cannot change how the law was written in the past.  What will be accomplished seems to be uncertain even while we can interpret endlessly about it referring to what was accomplished in the life of Jesus.

Aphorism of the Day, July 13, 2019

To ask the question, "who is my neighbor?," is to pretend ignorance about something that might be obvious.  It covers the hidden agenda, "who am I required to treat with dignity and respect?"    "Jesus, would I have to regard a Samaritan as my neighbor, and therefore worthy of the love required by fulfilling the law?"  Jesus then told a story about a Samaritan who helped a victim of roadside crime.  Jesus was pointing out that everyone is a passive neighbor who needs help at some time.  But the neighbor who keeps God's law is the one who is doing the loving and not just the recipient who receives the love. 

Aphorism of the Day, July 12, 2019

According to the punchline for the parable of the Good Samaritan, a neighbor is one who shows mercy.  Show mercy means that regardless of the conditions of either party, one party has empathy for someone in need and that empathy results in an action of care.  Mercy is empathy plus an action of care.  This is how Jesus defines "being a neighbor."  As passive neighbors, we also want to be on the receiving end of such care when we need it.

Aphorism of the Day, July 11, 2019

Love your neighbor as yourself.  Who is my neighbor?  Wrong question.  The neighbor is the one who is suppose to love any other person.  In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus was saying "You love your neighbor as yourself," and you loving is what defines "neighbor."

Aphorism of the Day, July 10, 2019

Doesn't it humiliate you when someone about whom you have preconceived notions and predisposed not to like, does something totally nice and wonderful.  That is the spot of conscience which Jesus hit in telling the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Aphorism of the Day, July 9, 2019

In the parable of the Good Samaritan dialogue, Jesus subtly changed the debate from a who is the neighbor in the Summary of the Law, whom I have to love into a neighbor is really the lover of God as a neighbor loving whomever is placed before one in life.  The Samaritan is presented as the example of the active neighbor.  And isn't it galling when the "natural enemy" is seen to be more neighborly than our presumed "natural friends."  Those who have experienced the kindness of "strangers" understand the unbiased nature of "neighorly love."

Aphorism of the Day, July 8, 2019

The parable of the Good Samaritan has a very subtle but profound shift that is evident  in saying, being a neighbor and being a neighbor to.  The shift is from the passive to the active.  Passively a neighbor can be anyone who is geographically close to one; Actively, a neighbor is someone who is neighborly.  Lots of people are passive neighbors without being neighborly.  Jesus shatters the bias of his time by present the bad guy, the Samaritan, as one who is neighborly.  Jesus was elevating the notion of neighbor from location proximity to the act of being neighborly.

Aphorism of the Day, July 7, 2019

"Rejoice that your name is written in heaven."  Jesus told his evangelist not to rejoice in their success; rather rejoice that you in fact embraced the message that you are preaching.  What was the message?  God's realm is near and you are a member, a citizen of that realm.  (Hence you are enrolled in the "heavenly" records as such a citizen).  Act and be a citizen of God's realm.  That is its own reward.

Aphorism of the Day, July 6, 2019

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, is what Jesus is saying.  What is plentiful?  The number of people who need to know good news about God's love.  Why so few laborers?   Perhaps there are not enough people who have been able to embrace good news in their own life to the point of being compelled to share it with others.  It is a shame that there are not enough satisfied customers of "good news" to be available to share the excess with others.

Aphorism of the Day, July 5, 2019

"Whenever we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all."  That is from St. Paul but it is the universal "common good" ethic.  Everything should be judged by the question, "will this benefit everyone?"  Whether the environment, health care and the economy, we often find individual "justice" at odds with distributive justice.  The world is in need of a correction toward distributive justice.

Aphorism of the Day, July 4, 2019

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States provides the framework for different people to be envious of the gifts of each other in the affirmation that we are all needed for our corporate wholeness and we cannot say of another, "I have no need of you."  There are many universal and Christ-like values of strategies of love within our American ideals documented in our founding charters.

Aphorism of the Day, July 3, 2019

St. Paul's law of "karma" is expressed, "you reap what you have sowed."  What we do now affects the future and sometimes the causes are directly observed and known and other times there are cumulative effects and the direct causal effect is unknown.  This can be in our health and diet and in how we treated the environment.  It is not that we don't believe in God's forgiving grace when we mess up really badly; God's law of karma is God as pure freedom sharing a degree of freedom with everyone and everything else and in the law of freedom current harm causes future harm to self and others through the reinforced repetitions which harden habits as well as actual future outcomes.  Our world has been building up incredible cumulative effects that threatens us with a future grim reaper.

 Aphorism of the Day, July 2, 2019

In the instructions for the evangelical mission, Jesus told his messengers not to stay around if their message was not received.  Just move on.  Not everyone is "ripe for harvest" in their life experience to be receptive for a paradigm shift.  The sadness in life is most people are not ready to take a step in the direction toward what they need to become.

Aphorism of the Day, July 1, 2019

Great idea remain such without strategies and action plans to make them actual.  Perhaps the most native American philosophy is called "pragmatism," which means the truth of something includes it actual functional outcome in people's lives.  The Gospel present Jesus using a mission strategy to get the message out including going in pairs and evangelical poverty.  The corresponding application for us is that the Gospel needs strategies or it remains a hidden ideal; the strategies can vary depending upon the individual circumstances.

Quiz of the Day, July 2019

Quiz of the of the Day, July 21, 2019

Who took communion on the moon?

a. Armstrong
b. Bean
c. Conrad
d. Aldrin

Quiz of the Day, July 20, 2019

What Episcopal saint is associated with women's undergarments?

a. Harriet Tubman
b. Amelia Bloomer
c. Sojourner Truth
d. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Quiz of the Day, July 19, 2019

What did David receive from the priest Abimelech?

a. the holy bread of the Presence
b. the budding rod of Moses
c. the sword of Jonathan
d. the sword of Goliath
e. b and c
f. a and d

Quiz of the Day, July 18, 2019

Jonathan, son of Saul,

a. was to be a king of Israel
b. was the best friend of David
c. warned David to flee his father Saul
d. all of the above

Quiz of the Day, July 17, 2019

If George Washington might be called the political "father" of our country, who might be called the "father" of the Episcopal Church?

a. Bishop Samuel Seabury
b. Bishop Samuel Provoost
c. Bishop William White
d. Bishop Philander Chase

Quiz of the Day, July 16, 2019

What musical instrument did David play?

a. harp, according to the King James' translation
b. lyre, actually
c. psaltery, according to King James' translation
d. nevel
e. all of the above

Quiz of the Day, July 15, 2019

In what city is it said that the followers of Jesus were first called "Christians?"

a. Jerusalem
b. Rome
c. Antioch
d. Corinth

Quiz of the Day, July 14, 2019

Jesus said which of the following?

a. I, Christ am the fulfillment of the law
b. Love is the fulfillment of the law
c. not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 
d. without the law there is no sin

Quiz of the Day, July 13, 2019

How did David kill Goliath?

a. bow and arrow
b. sling shot
c. decapitation with a sword
d. spear

Quiz of the Day, July 12, 2019

What does the Gospel of Mark begin with?

a. In the beginning was the Word
b. the birth of Jesus narrative
c. the genealogy of Jesus
d. John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus

Quiz of the Day, July 11, 2019

Who is the "Father" of Western monasticism?

a. Dominic
b. Francis
c. Benedict
d. Anthony

Quiz of the Day, July 10, 2019

Who said, "Mortals look on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart?"

a. Samuel to Jesse
b. the Lord to Samuel
c. Jesse to David
d. David to Goliath

Quiz of the Day, July 9, 2019

Joseph of Arimathea is the obvious patron saint for what profession?

a. jailers
b. lawyers
c. morticians
d. soldiers

Quiz of the Day, July 8, 2019

Why was Saul rejected by God as a worthy king of Israel?

a. David was preferred
b. Jonathan was an unworthy successor
c. Saul disobeyed the Lord
d. Saul spared and used some of the spoils of war
e. c and d

Quiz of the Day, July 7, 2019

Why was Saul going to kill his son Jonathan?

a. because he took David's side
b. because Jonathan inadvertently violated Saul's food ban
c. because he began a coup
d. Saul was jealous of Jonathan's prowess in battle

Quiz of the Day, July 6, 2019

Jan Hus was associated with which of the following views of the Holy Eucharist?

a. transubstantiation
b. consubstantiation
c. receptionism
d. symbolic presence
e. spiritual presence

Quiz of the Day, July 5, 2019

Where is it written about beating "swords into plowshares?"

a. Isaiah
b. Joel
c. Micah
d. all of the above

Quiz of the Day, July 4, 2019

The Fourth of July, Independence Day

a. is a feast day on the Episcopal liturgical calendar
b. whose collect was opposed by the first Presiding Bishop because of too many "Tory" clergy
c. did not become a Major Feast until the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
d. all of the above

Quiz of the Day, July 3, 2019

What ended the rule of Judges in Israel?

a. the sins of the sons of Eli
b. the death of Samuel
c. the failure of the sons of Samuel
d. the replace of the rule by judges with rule by king

Quiz of the Day, July 2, 2019

What is the sin of "simony?"

a. derived from Simon Magus
b. means the selling of offices (positions) of the church
c. originated from a story in the Acts of the Apostles
d. involved Simon being jealous for the gifts of the evangelist Philip, Peter & John
e. all of the above

Quiz of the Day, July 1, 2019

Of the following, who was present at the stoning of St. Stephen?

a. Peter
b. Saul of Tarsus
c. Philip
d. Cornelius

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Don't Take the Mysticism Out of Christianity

6 Pentecost, C p 11, July 21, 2019  
Gen. 18:1-14    Ps.15  
Col. 1:21-29  Luke 10:38-42 
Lectionary Link

Modern Christians have been intimidated by the true success of modern science, even to the point off developing a way to integrate modern science into their understanding and presentation of the Bible.  And what does one call the scientification of biblical stories?  Fundamentalism.

Since science has been so successful, giving us an impressive system of statistical approximations in understanding our world resulting in the best way to do probability theory rendering actuarial wisdom for living in the material world, such greatness has forced many to discount the proper value of discourses of faith in favor of presenting them in the mode of science.

What is the mode of science?  Empirical verification.  Something is really only true if it can be empirically verified.  So how did empirical verification result in fundamentalism?

Fundamentalists are those who are so impressed with the veracity of empirical verification, they feel that the Bible can only be meaningful true, if and only if all of the storied events of the Bible are events that could be empirically verified using the impressive scientific method.  So they have to present the Bible using the same criteria of veracity which scientists use for their theories.  But scientists are much more humble than fundamentalists; they only state that their laws and theories are tentative.  They are open to falsification of their theories; they are open to their theories being superseded by better theories or more comprehensive laws to explain why things happen in the way in which they happen.

Why did fundamentalists copy the scientific method?  They were envious of what they perceived to be the certitude of science.  Scientists seemed confident and proud of their discoveries and theories and they have been celebrated in popular culture particularly in how their discoveries have had massive collateral effects in our societies in the inventions of all of the devices of modern convenience.  But scientific certitude is in the mode of exploration, not any individual outcome, since an individual outcome in terms of a law can still be open to future falsification.

Fundamentalists craved the certitude which they thought science offered and the glory of the pragmatic results of science.  So they committed contortionist hermeneutics in trying to conform their presentation of biblical stories in a way that proclaimed the certitude that all events in the Bible could be empirically verified.  That has become their truth and they have been sticking to it.

And they have been able to comprise communities of ignorance to falsely apply empirical verification as relevant to all biblical events.  They have claimed to have God's active Spirit in their inaptly appropriation of empirical verification to all events in the Bible.  And in such misguided use of empirical verification regarding all biblical events, they have also become susceptible to political movements which offered their views a manipulated affirmation, even while trading their souls to follow political princes of lies and truly anti-to-Christlikeness in matters of love and justice for all.  An emotional sentiment of religion can easily be morphed to express the disapproval for people who are made to feel to be the "other" and the one to be "excluded."  Such religious and emotional sentiment does not have the depth of Spirit and it does not reach the standard of the deep mysticism which is truly trans-formative of all of life, including our lives for the common good of all in love and justice.

People who have adopted the tacit epistemology of their culture and in their conscious lives practice the underpinning of a scientific worldview, have been scornful of the fundamentalists' misappropriation of science. Many scientists and modernists have committed a logical fallacy in their scorn by seeming to say, "all people of faith are fundamentalists."  Or all people of faith resort to a misconstrued empirically verification for the interpretation of biblical events and religious experience.  At the same time, scientific skeptics can be those who wear the same unwashed T-shirt so that their college football team will not be jinxed.  A scientific skeptic can weep at a concert, cry at a movie or in the replay of a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech.  My point: the sublime can arise in many ways and it can surprise, evoke joy, tears, awe, and mystery.  People can understand the discourses of the sublime which we find in many of the artifacts of our cultures.  We know that the sublime occurs even as we know that its occasions of "in-breaking" are so intermittent and seemingly random, that the sublime is not reducible to controlled replication which is so important to the scientific method.

St. Paul was at his best as a mystic, one who had completely been bowled over by a mystical event.  It was such a pronounced event,  that it resulted in him stopping his murderous efforts to hunt down and have the followers of Jesus killed.  The mystical experience is trans-formative; it is empirical in the sense that it happens.  It is empirical in the sense that it changes one's life to become better.  It is empirical in that it results in poetic language of love and faith and fascinating entertaining imagery.  And one does not reduce poetry to language and logic of empirical verification; to do so is a violation of the mystical experience.  With sharing of the event of the mystical experience, one hopes that one creates the awareness that the mystical is happening and can happen at all times.   The sharing of the mystical experience of the sublime, as was the experience of the Risen Christ for Paul, is the invitation for others to be expectant to be "surprised by joy."  It is the invitation to live "anticipatingly."

The Pauline hymns to Christ, just like the prologue to John's Gospel, are the attempts in words to express personal meanings of the mystical event.  To try to reduce these to parallel meanings of empirical experiences as is done in science is a violation of mystical discourse and the meaning of faith and the experience of beauty.

How did the mystical get expressed in the Gospels?  How was the mystical re-configured in a narrative re-presentation of Jesus of Nazareth?

One example:  Mary and Martha invited Jesus to their home.  Martha was the epitome of hospitality in wanting to have everything perfect for Jesus as she entertained Jesus in their home, their physical house.  Her sister Mary sat in contemplation of Jesus as his words entered her inward home and mystically re-ordered her interior environment.  Martha has come to symbolize the exterior home, which is the very important home for the occasion of the mystical encounter.  Mary is the symbol of our interior home which needs the mystical encounter with the Risen Christ as the Eternal Word to enter our interior homes and rearrange all of the interior furniture so as to be a place of perfect hospitality for the presence of God, Eternal Word, whose words are Spirit and Life.  

Friends, do not take the mysticism out of Christianity and do not misunderstand mystical discourse as the equivalent discourse of E=MC squared.  Amen.

Sunday School, July 21, 2019 C proper 11

Sunday School,   C proper 11


What is the most import “computer” center of the human body?

Is it our legs? Stomach? Arms? Heart? Mouth?

No it is our head which houses the most important computer center of our entire body.

So how do we know that our head is the most important computer center of our body?

We know when we learn to think and when we practice thinking and learning.

Paul said the church was like a body made up of many organs and parts.  But Paul wrote that the head of the body, the church was Christ.

And so how do we make the church function the very best?  We keep in touch with Christ as our brain.  We look to his life and his words and his example and the people whom he has inspired. 

We stay in touch with Christ so that we can make the church a group of people who practice love and kindness and service and telling people the Good News of Christ being with us as our Head.

Mary and Martha were friends of Jesus.
Sometimes in our lives we need to be very active.  We need to work; we need to prepare food, wash the dishes and the clothes and clean the houses.  Martha was a very good worker and she was upset when Mary was not working as hard as she was.  Mary was doing something else.  She was sitting and learning from her best friend Jesus.

In our lives we need to know when to work and when to stop working and learn to get to know Jesus as our best friend who can help us grow in being the very best persons that we can be.

Work is good; prayer and learning from Jesus is also very good and most important.  We need to take time to work but never forget the importance of prayer and talking to Jesus.


  Ding dong, the door bell rings.  And you open the door and you have surprise visitors; it’s grandmother and grandfather.  They are on a trip and can only spend a few hours at your house.  What do your parents do?
  Do they make you go finish all of your chores?  Do they make you leave the room and wash the dishes?  Do they make you practice your music lesson or finish your homework?
  No, why?  Because grandmother and grandfather are only going to be there for just a few hours and so everyone gets to spend time being with them.
  Well, Jesus dropped in one day at the home of his friends Mary and Martha.  And they were very excited because Jesus was a special person in their lives and they could not see him all of the time, so they wanted to make his visit special.
  Martha loved her friend Jesus and she was a good hostess.  She wanted to treat Jesus as a special guest.  So she wanted to get the house all fixed up and cleaned and she wanted to get the food all prepared.
  But her sister Mary just sat in the living room talking with Jesus.  And that upset Martha because Mary wouldn’t help.
  Jesus was not worried about getting food and he was not worried if the house was not in order or if the good napkins were put out and fresh flowers were in place.
  Jesus only wanted to spend time with his friends:  He wanted Mary and Martha to be with him and talk with him.  And he wanted to talk with him and tell them some wonderful things.
  Did you know that you and I can sometimes be so busy we forget that God is our friend and that God just wants to spend time with us?
  That is why God gave us the commandment about the Sabbath or worship day of Sunday.  It means that we are to stop everything in our lives sometimes and just take time to be with God, to be with Christ.
  And we do this by hearing the stories of the Bible.  We do this by praying with others.  And we do this each day by setting aside some time to just talk with Christ.
  Jesus was happy that Mary took time from her work to talk to him.  And Jesus is happy when we take time to pray and to spend time with God.
  Let us remember what Mary did.  She remembered to take time to be with Jesus.  And so we should do the same.  Amen.

Young Child friendly Eucharist for Year C, proper 11

Gathering Songs: Jesus in the Morning, Only A Boy Named David, I Come with Joy, Christ Beside Me

Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever.  Amen.

Liturgist:  Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Song: Jesus in the Morning, (Christian Children’s Songbook,   # 134)
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus at the noontime.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus when the sun goes down.
Love him, love him, love him in the morning, love him at the noontime.  Love him, love him, love him when the sun goes down.
Serve him, serve him, serve him in the morning, serve him at the noontime.  Serve him, serve him, serve him when the sun goes down.
Praise him, praise him, praise in the morning, praise him at the noontime.  Praise him, praise him, praise him when the sun goes down.

Liturgist:         The Lord be with you.
People:            And also with you.

Liturgist:  Let us pray
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Liturgy Leader: In our prayers we first praise God, chanting the praise word: Alleluia

Litany of Praise: Alleluia

O God, you are Great!  Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us!  Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior!  Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family!  Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins!  Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead!  Alleluia

A reading from the Letter to the Colossians

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 52

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; * I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
I will give you thanks for what you have done * and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Liturgy Leader: I invite you to let us know what you are thankful for today
   As we thank God let us chant Thanks be to God

Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God!

For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
   Thanks be to God!

(Sing Birthday blessings or wedding blessings to those present who are celebrating)

Liturgist:         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
People:            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

Liturgist:         The Gospel of the Lord.
People:            Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon – Father Phil
Children’s Creed

We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
     resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever.  Amen.

Liturgy Leader: Next in our prayers, we remember people who have special needs.  As we pray let us chant:  Christ Have Mercy

Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy.

For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.

Youth Liturgist:          The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                        And also with you.

Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering

Offertory Song: Only a Boy Named David, (All the Best Songs for Kids, # 112)
Only boy named David.  Only a little sling.  Only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing.  Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook.  Only a boy named David, and five little stones he took.  And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round.  And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round.  AND….round and round and round and round and round and round and round.  And one little stone went up in the air.  And the giant came tumbling down.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might.  Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.

Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
  the bread and drink the wine, we can  know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as  
  this food and drink  that becomes a part of us.

And so, Father, the gifts of bread and wine will be presented at the Eucharist. We ask you to bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.

We remember that on the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.

Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ.  May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.

By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
 is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,

Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven:  Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.

Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.

And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.

Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.

Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.

Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant:       Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People:            Therefore let us keep the feast. 

Words of Administration

Communion Song: I Come with Joy, (Renew! # 195)
I come with joy a child of God, forgiven, loved and free, the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new communion of love in Christ’s communion bread.
As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends.  The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.

Post-Communion Prayer
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
    and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
     bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Closing Song: Christ Beside Me (Renew! # 164)
Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, king of my heart.  Christ within me, Christ below me, Christ above me, never to part
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, Christ all around me, shield in the strife.  Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising light of my life.


Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God! 

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