October 4

Posted by Fr. Tere on 10/02/2015

Today: 19th Sunday after Pentecost  Job 1:1; 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

 

Tuesday, 6th – Bible Study – 7:00 pm, Revelation of John

Wednesday, 7th – 6:30 pm Feast of St James of Jerusalem, Patron Saint of Christ our Redeemer, and the baptism of Abigail Joy. Lessons: Acts 15:12-22a; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Matthew 13:54-58 Collect of the Day: Grant, O God, that, following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Thursday, 8th Bible Study – 10:00 am, Revelation of John

Sunday, 11th – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

    10 am – Holy Eucharist – Lessons: Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Collect of the Day: Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.   

Monday, 12th – 6:00 pm Vestry

And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

He took them in his arms … he blessed them I wonder who put all this together for today and Wednesday? I always look for a major saints’ day to celebrate at the Wednesday services, so was looking ahead to see what was coming up – then Jeremy & Melody Heinz contacted me about baptizing Abby while they were out here. They wanted her baptized as their “home church.” Good time, I thought, to put together a Parish celebration of our Patron Saint and bring everyone together. And the lessons for today lead right into that celebration.

Baptism is the entry into the Church. It is not required to have a relationship with Jesus, but certainly seems to be to have a place in his Church. And the Church is his Bride. He tells us about the baptism in water for the remission of sin, and also tells us we must be born again and have a baptism in Spirit and fire. So baptism is important.

As we baptize Abby, her parents and Godparents will take the vows for her and also vow to teach her all things so that she can have a personal relationship with Jesus, a relationship that is necessary to assure her salvation. She will, at some time, we pray, take on herself all the vows made for her. She will need to have that baptism in Spirit and fire. This week we will begin the process of strengthening her for that later decision.

Baptisms and thinking ahead about them are always times to reflect on our own baptisms, both in water and in Spirit and fire. I’m sure you are all baptized in water and I know that most of you have been baptized in Spirit and fire. If you haven’t, you might want to talk to me or to one of the prayer warriors. It’s too much of a struggle to live a Christ-like life without the spiritual fire that Jesus gives.

If you have been baptized in Spirit and fire, think about your life right now. Does it feel like the fire has gone out? Are we running on “pilot” light instead of at full blast? Are we slogging along spiritually, feeling as though we’re doing it all by ourselves? Or are we on fire and moving forward in the power of the Spirit and in the fire of his love?

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