Saturday, December 11, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Advent 3

Isa 35:1-10 – PS 146:4-9 Or Canticle 18 – James 5:7-10 – Matt 11:2-11
Intro to the Readings

The Prophet Isaiah prophesies of a highway called the Holy Way – a highway for God’s people.
Psalm 146 is a simple hymn of trust.
The Canticle is the Song of Mary as she replies to her cousin Elizabeth.
James encourages patience as we await the coming of Christ.
Saint Matthew recalls for us the message John the Baptist sent to the Messiah: “Are you the one . . . or are we to wait . . . to wait for another?”

With patience let us wait for the One who is to come.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mission-Shaped and Rural by Sally Gaze

I recently bought this book to add to my stack of reading material.
There are plenty of books about urban ministry, and most programs are urban orientated, but here is a book written with rural ministry as the focus.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Modern Man in Search of a Soul / Carl G Jung

The following is from the writings of Carl Jung.
I said just now that we have no schools for forty-year-olds. That is not quite true. Our religions were always such schools in the past, but how many people regard them as such today? How many of us older persons have really been brought up in such a school and prepared for the second half of life, for old age, death and eternity?
If you are in the afternoon of your life these words are worth considering, and being mindful of.

The Parish of Salvage have completed a mission review and struggling with why we don't have more in our pews. Jung doesn't tackle the pew problem, but he does point the Church to an area where we can meet the needs of individuals who are forty and above.

Introduction to the Readings - Advent 2

Isa 11:1-10; PS 72:1-7, 18-19 – Rom 15:4-13 – Matt 3:1-12
Intro to the Readings
The reading from the Prophet Isaiah is filled with images of the Righteous One – fearful images – and images of peace.
Psalm 72 is a prayer for a righteous ruler. A ruler who will rule as the King’s Son.
As the Apostle writes to the Christians in Rome he quotes from today’s reading from Isaiah. The Apostle speaks of peace and harmony that with one voice we may glorify God.
In the Gospel listen as John the Baptist calls many from the root to be cleansed from sin in baptism.

Receive the mercy of the Righteous One.
Live in harmony with your sister and brother
With one voice glorify the coming King.