Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 13 / June 26 - July 2

2 Kgs 2:1-2, 6-14 – Psa 77:1-2, 11-20 – Gal 5:1, 13-25 – Lk 9:51-62
Intro to the Readings
From Second Kings listen to the story of Elijah as he is taken up into heaven and Elisha who as for a double portion of the spirit of Elijah.
Psalm 77 is the cry in the personal voice. “I will cry aloud to God.” The ‘whirlwind’ is mentioned in the reading from Kings and the Psalm. The Psalm also speaks of God leading the people of God.
From Galatians the Apostle Paul continues to speak about our freedom in Christ. Listen as he gives a summary of the Law.
In the Gospel today we will hear some of the “hard saying of Jesus” as “he set his face to go to Jerusalem.”

Listen for the whirlwind and blessing in your life.
Be mindful of the freedom that is your through the grace of Christ.
Meditate upon those saying of Jesus that trouble us.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 12 / June 19 - 25

1 Kgs 19:1-4 (5-7), 8-15a – Psa 42 and 43 – Gal 3:23-29 – Lk 8:26-39
Intro to the Readings
From I Kings we listen as Elijah, after Yahweh answered his pray for fire upon the altar – maybe you remember the story of two bulls being sacrificed in I Kings 18 – Elijah is now fearful of Jezebel, and he hides under a broom tree.
Psalm 42 and 43 are really one Psalm expressing lament. Listen and you will hear a common refrain three times in all.
To the Galatians the Apostle writes that in Christ they are heirs of the promise of God. They are no longer under the law, but by faith they are to live as one in Christ Jesus.
In the Gospel we hear the story of a man who was possessed by a Legion of demons. He is brought to wholeness. The demons enter a herd of swine, and the people are filled with fear.

Hear the words the Apostle writes to you – that you are to live as one in Christ Jesus.
As you receive the Gospel – receive the freedom from fear and the freedom of Christ that sets you free.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 11 / June 12 - 18

1 Kgs 21:1-10 (11-14), 15-21a – Psa 5:1-8 – Gal 2:15-21 – Lk 7:36-8:3
Intro to the Readings

From I Kings we hear the story of Naboth from Jezreel, that is “God sows,” and how he is falsely accused, stoned to death, and his vineyard appropriated. Elijah, the prophet, confronts King Ahab at Naboth’s vineyard.
Psalm 5 is an individual lament. It reflects what Naboth’s family would have felt following his unjust condemnation and death. The Psalm is a cry to God for justice.
In the reading from Galatians the Apostle Paul expresses the arguments that some may bring about the Law, faith and grace. He emphasizes – grace – faith – and life – in Christ.
In the Gospel listen as the Lord is invited to the house of Simon, a Pharisee. Simon doesn’t give Jesus water to wash his feet but a woman washes them with her tears.
Simon is critical of Jesus and the Lord tells him a parable.

Be observant to the injustice in the world, and in ourselves.
Emphasize the faith in our lives rather than law.
Let us listen for the parable the Lord speaks to us.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Parish Archivist Hired

Some you will be aware that the Parish has hired a Parish Archivist, Jonathan Durdle, through a Job Creation Program. He will work in this capacity over the next months.

As well the Parish has been approved to hire a Post-Secondary student, for July and August, to assist in this work.

This work will include the following:
A workshop with the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives.
A tour of The Rooms Archives
A tour of a church/diocesan archives

Scanning and filing Parish registers into a digital database.
Mapping cemeteries, photographing and recording headstones, of the various cemeteries of the Eastport Peninsula.

If you are aware of a Post-Secondary student who would be interested in this position please ask them to be in contact with the Rector.

Readings - Introduction - Proper 10 - 2010 June 6

1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) – Psalm 146 – Galatians 1:11-24 – Luke 7:11-17
Intro to the Readings

From First Kings we hear the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, the little they had to eat, and the promise of the Lord the God of Israel to provide.

Psalm 146 is a hymn of praise. The Psalm is emphatic that we do not put our trust in any human ruler, or any human being. The Psalm affirms that we are to trust in the Lord God, the God of Jacob.

From the letter to the Galatians we listen as the Apostle Paul gives, in part, his curriculum vitae, that is, his resume.
First of all though he affirms that the Good News of the Gospel is of divine origin.

From Saint Luke’s Gospel we encounter a widow from Nain whose son has died. The Lord raises her son, and fear seizes all who witnessed this miracle.

Let us listen with the widows of this world.
Let us find our trust in the Lord God, the God of Jacob.
Let us receive the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.