Reflections, The Path Bible Study

Reflections on the Book of Acts from Bishop Reed

Greetings!  

Let me offer you a series of four brief weekly videos on the Book of Acts by Bishop Reed.  If you would like to subscribe, just go to:  
Remember our Bible Study on the Book of Acts begins Wednesday at Noon at Mom’s Front Porch.  Come even if you don’t have a book and bring your Bible.  
Hope to see you  there.
Peace,
Fr. Mark
Making enchiladas for the Annual Mexican Supper is great fun
Events, News, Wednesday Supper

Women of the Church have a busy month

November proved to be a busy month for the Women of the Church (WOC).

The Enchilada Supper was held on Monday,November 5th.

On Sunday, the 4th, several energetic members stayed after church and rolled 720 enchiladas for the dinner. Many others helped by making chili, beans, rice and pralines to add to the supper. And we don’t want to forget all the members who grated cheese and chopped onions! The event was very successful again this year and the food was delicious, as always.

On Saturday, November 10th, the WOC joined together and helped prepare and served, the Memorial Service luncheon for the Carter Family.

We served approximately 150 guests and everyone did an amazing job helping out. We also had a couple of men,Frank Clark and Bill Cofer, who offered their services as well and it was greatly appreciated.

On Sunday, Dec. 2nd, immediately following the 10:30 service, we will have our final wrap-up meeting for the year.

Everyone is welcome to come. I hope to see you there! Thank-you to all of you for what you do!

My prayers is that you and your families have a very blessed and glorious Christmas season filled with the joy and hope of Christ.

Peggy Ussery
President, WOC

The Path Bible Study

Walking “The Path”

May God give you the dew of heaven… -Genesis 27:28

One of the benefits of Bible study is the rediscovery of our roots. Most of society’s ills come from the disconnection from our spiritual and family roots and the lack of reconciliation thereof. During our “Path” Bible Study, we were reminded of the words above from Isaac’s blessing of Jacob. But is this relevant for us today?

“Dew,” for the Hebrew, is a metaphor of abundance and reinvigoration, a symbol of God’s beneficence. Throughout most of the rainless summer months, dew provides a major source of irrigation for crops in many places in Israel.

One of the practices that Christendom has lost from our Hebrew ancestors is the “ritual” blessing of children. The ritual blessing of children is more than saying “have a nice day!” when they go off to school. A ritual blessing is when we take a few moments to be still, hold them by the hand, look them in the eye (at eye level), and give them a verbal ritual blessing such as Isaac gave to Jacob. Of course, Isaac’s blessing to Jacob was near the end of his life signifying the transfer of the family inheritance and status in the family. But there are numerous ritual prayers and blessings that can be tailored for a simple ritual blessing on a daily basis. If we do not plant the ritual of blessing as the foundation of the lives of our children, what other choices and influences will they place their life upon? A vacuum is only  too quickly filled. I wonder what the level of spiritual invigoration a child receives from “have a nice day” compared to a ritual blessing and/or prayer as they head off to school?

All of this has to be intentional. And it is not easy. I know only too well what happens in my own mind as I become preoccupied with my own inner world of how I will prepare for the challenges, known and unknown, of the coming day. I too often allow the external noise of chaos attract my attention away from what is most important: a soul centered on God.

This intentional practice involves more than children. At the home level, knowing the difficult challenges that Kathy faces in her  work places, I attempt to remember to anoint her with oil and pray for the Spirit to be ever in her awareness as she faces her challenges during the day. A ritual blessing can be taken from any Word of scripture such as the Aaronic Blessing: “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forever.” Of course the words can be simplified depending on the age of a child.

I think that most of us go off during the day forgetting the incredible presence of God who waits for us to call upon the Spirit to transform us from our human nature  alone to our divine nature in Him. Studying “The Path” together in a group helps to remind me of God’s Presence and incredible transforming Power of Divine acceptance and love. I find myself wanting to put Moses in the Book of Exodus on hold in order to go back and reflect more on the Genesis stories. I feel like Genesis isn’t finished with me yet. For some reason I feel like the Spirit is saying that there is more to be revealed through them.

“The Path:” Sundays at 3:30 and Wednesdays at 12:05 at Mom’s Front Porch. Real timeless food for these transitory times.

Peace,
Fr. Mark