Making enchiladas for the Annual Mexican Supper is great fun
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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

 

Prayer Services

Sunday Lesson All Saints

The Collect

All Saints

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament – Ruth 1:1-18

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had considered his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back each of you to your mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.” Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the Lord has turned against me.” Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

So she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said,

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you!

Where you go, I will go;
Where you lodge, I will lodge;

Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried.

May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!”

When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

The Response – Psalm 146 – Lauda, anima mea

  1. Hallelujah!
    Praise the Lord, O my soul! *
    I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
  2. Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, * for there is no help in them.
  3. When they breathe their last, they return to earth, * and in that day their thoughts perish.
  4. Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! * whose hope is in the Lord their God;
  5. Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; * who keeps his promise for ever;
  6. Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, * and food to those who hunger.
  7. The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *
    the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  8. The Lord loves the righteous;
    the Lord cares for the stranger; *
    he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
  9. The Lord shall reign for ever, *
    your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

The Epistle – Hebrews 9:11-14

When Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

The Gospel

Mark 12:28-34

One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.