Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Parish Archivists on North Island

The Parish Archivists, Alicia Howse and Jonathan Durdle, visited North Island and Flat Island yesterday, as well as a return visit to Flat Island.

From a distance they appear to be wondering through the cemetery.

But their work included clearing away various growth and photographing the headstones.

After a full day of cemetery ants, bushes galore, and thorns - off to home!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flat Island - Cemeteries

Today our Parish Archivists are off to Flat Island to photograph the cemeteries there. Part of the work they did earlier when Everett Saunders took them to the Islands. Today Dave and Susan Moss will ferry them to the Island to complete there work there.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Children and Communion

A mother told me recently about her daughter who received her first communion from a priest. After everyone had received communion the priest consumed the bread that was left over. The little sat next to her mother crying. When asked why she was crying the little girl said: "She ate all of God's chips."

On Sunday Brooke's parents brought her to the altar rail. Her parents received communion - Brooke received a blessing. Her parents went back to where they were sitting. Brooke clung to the rail and hung on. Each time the priest and the deacon went by they gave her a blessing. Brooke clung to the rail until everyone else came to receive communion. When everyone had received Brooke when and sat with her parents — and a little child shall lead them.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 21 / August 21 - 27

Jer 1:4-10 – Psa 71:1-6 – Heb 12:18-29 – Lk 13:10-17
Intro to the Readings
From the prophet Jeremiah we hear that God knew him before he was “formed in the womb.”
Psalm 71 expresses confidence and hope in God, who sustains even from the mother’s womb.
From Hebrews we listen as the writer to the Hebrews implores us to offer an acceptable worship to God.
In the Gospel we listen as the Lord heals a woman on the Sabbath setting her free.

Let us listen mindful that God, the Creator, knew us before we were formed.
That we offer ourselves in worship.
That we are made free in Christ.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 20 / August 12 -20

Isa 5:1-7 – Psa 80:1-2, 8-18 – Heb 11:29-12:2 – Lk 12:49-56
Intro to the Readings
The reading from Isaiah is really a love song. A love song with a cry for justice. God says “judge between me and my vineyard.”
The Psalm 80 picks up the imagery of the vine and grapes on the vine. With this Psalm as a community we cry out to Yahweh to preserve and save us.
The reading from Hebrews continues from last Sunday. We hear again of individuals who lived by faith but did not receive the promise, they and others form that great cloud of witnesses.
From the Gospel we usually hear of mercy and peace. Today’s Gospel speaks of fire – baptism – division – and interpreting the signs.

Let us listen to God’s Word.
Let us hear the cry of God
And let us cry out to the Lord God to save and restore us.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 19 / August 7 -13

Isa 1:1, 10-20 – Psa 50:1-8, 23-24 – Heb 11:1-3, 8-16 – Lk 12:32-40
Intro to the Readings
From the prophet Isaiah we hear a warning – a call to all who for sake and take fore-granted the promises of Yahweh.
Psalm 50 is all about renewal and re-establishing the Covenant. And it is Yahweh who will come – re-establish – and not be silent.
The reading from Hebrews is all about the hope of the Covenant realized by Abraham by faith – and is our by faith.
From St Luke’s Gospel we are reminded to not be afraid, but also to be ready for the unexpected hour – the hour the Son of Man will return.

Let us hear anew the call to repentance through Isaiah.
Let the Covenant be re-established in your heart.
Realize the faith that brings the Covenant home to your heart.
Be prepared – dressed and ready for the coming of the Son of Man – at an unexpected hour.