Rev. Caroline is enjoying some time away this week!
Sunday, June 21 - Bishop Rob and St. Paul’s in Concord will offer Liturgy of the Word beginning at 9:00 am. The Order of Worship is HERE. (note: the actual PDF was not available as of this posting)
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 7, Year A
Collect of the Day
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
The First Lesson: Genesis 21:8-21
This reading tells of Sarah’s jealousy as she fears that Ishmael may supplant her son Isaac in her husband Abraham’s affections. As our narrative unfolds, we are reminded that Abraham had grown weary waiting for God to fulfill the promise made and had taken matters into his own hnds, having a son through this wife’s slave, Hagar the Egptian. Hagar and Ishmael are driven into the wilderness where, but for Gods intervention, they would likely have died. God will provide for Ishmael, and Ishmael will also become the father of a great nation.
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
A prayer to the gracious and loving Lord for mercy and guidance.
The Second Lesson: A Reading from The Book of Romans Romans 6:1b-11
In this reading we learn that, as Christian disciples have been joined with Christ in his death through baptism, so they are to know a resurrection like his. In union with Christ we have died to our sinful selves and have begun to experience a new way of life. In one sense, Paul recognizes, our freedom from death still awaits us in the future. Yet, in another sense, we already know what it means to be alive to God in Jesus Christ and to realize the true meaning of life.
The Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39
In our gospel Jesus warns his disciples of troubles to come, but offers them the assurance of the Father’s care and his own readiness to support them before God when they speak up for him. Because they are Jesus’ disciples, people will do to them what they did to him. There will be persecution and divided families, but disciples are not to be afraid. They are to love Jesus more than father or mother, son or daughter, and to be willing to lose their own lives for Christ’s sake. Those who live in this way will actually find their true lives, and God will hold them fast.
For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Susannah Keith, Alida, Dylan, Brian & Sara Kelley, Bob Wallace, Carl Mamigonian, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.
For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.
For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.
1. Jim Kellett brought a red plastic telephone to the lectern to speak to God during the sermon. Unfortunately, I do not remember their conversation. (I realize this question is a bit unfair, because only about three current parishioners will remember the event.)
2. The Rev. Frederick Cowper was born in Pernambuco, Brazil. His father was a British diplomat, a life which held no attraction for his son. So the young Frederick traveled north from Brazil, eventually settling in Sanbornville, NH.
3. A Pyx is a receptacle used to carry the consecrated Sacrament to the sick. (Later, of course, I thought of another “answer”: Greek, pyxyl from which we get “pixel”).
4. Mr. Cowper was the first Vicar of Saint Andrew’s. A vicar is a priest in charge of a mission, meaning a congregation supported by the diocese instead of being a self-sustaining parish which is headed by a rector. (This succinct definition is from Wikipedia.)
5. The Lectionary (Reading) for Sundays is arranged in a three-year cycle, in which Year A always begins on the First Sunday of Advent in years evenly divisible by three. (BCP p.888)
A NEW PUZZLE
In the title, The Book of Common Prayer, which word or phrase best defines “Common”?
1. Inferior, second rate
2. Most widely known, ordinary
3. Belonging to, shared by, applying equally: joint
4. Belonging to or relating to the community as a whole: public
At the end of the 1950’s, it was the idea of The Rev. Dr. Herbert W. Prince (for whom the Prince Room is named) to embark on an ecumenical experiment called:
1. The Tamworth Plan (TTP)
2. The Tamworth Associated Churches (TAC)
3. The Tamworth Experiment (TTE)
Which three local churches joined together in this effort?
1. Tamworth Congregational, South Tamworth Methodist, Wonalancet Chapel
2. Chocorua Baptist, South Tamworth Methodist, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal
3. Tamworth Congregational, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal, Chocorua Baptist
What is meant by “Proper” in “The Proper of the Day”
1. A set of rules governing acceptable Christian behavior
2. Appropriate prayers or special liturgies for an appointed day or feast
3. A fence around the church to prevent sheep and goats from grazing on the parish lawn
Note: Thank you for your encouragement of this project. Due to my hand surgery on June 19, FUN WITH NAMES will return in a few weeks. Lisa
Next Food Pantry: June 24
A Tiny Thing We Cannot See- Rae E Whitney
A tiny thing we cannot see
or taste or feel or hear,
has shut down nearly half our world
and brought distress and fear.
We’ve read about our plagues of old:
now a virus gone astray
has caused much sickness, death and grief,
with new reports each day.
Yet there are other tiny things
to cheer each anxious heart,
A smile, a wave, a caring note,
though we must stay apart;
A phone call, email, Facebook, skype,
can curb anxiety,
While faith and hope and love abound
to keep our spirits free
Suggested Tune: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
16 Tina Quinn
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