We will celebrate St. Francis Day at our 9:00 service on Sunday with the Blessing of the Animals. All animals are welcome! They should either be on a leash or in a carrier until time for the Blessing, which will occur in the middle of the service, just before the Peace. Val is bringing treats! I look forward to meeting your pets!
I will be at the Diocesan Clergy Retreat Monday – Wednesday of next week. We gather at St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, a center of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. It’s a beautiful setting with hiking trails and small lakes, and good food. This year our retreat will be led by Br. James Koestler of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. I’m looking forward to a few days of retreat.
Please call our Sr. Warden, Patti Rau, in the event of a pastoral emergency while I’m away.
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM
This Sunday-October 3rd
19th Sunday after Pentecost
at 9:00 a.m.
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
The First Lesson Job 1:1; 2:1-10
In our first lesson we hear the beginning of the story of Job: the plight of a righteous man. Satan appears in God’s heavenly court and charges that Job is upright only because of the many blessings that are his. God permits Satan to test Job greatly through terrible and tragic trials. Then, through dialogue and poetry, the book of Job explores the problem of human suffering and faith in God’s ways with unflinching honesty and feeling.
A plea for justice by one who serves the Lord well.
The Second Lesson Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
The author of the Letter to the Hebrews teaches that Jesus, the exact imprint of God’s being and the pioneer of our salvation made perfect through suffering, is superior to all the angelic order. God inspired the prophets but has now spoken through a Son, the heir of all things, and through whom the worlds were created. For a while made lower than angels, he now through his death sanctifies all whom he calls brothers and sisters.
The Gospel Mark 10:2-16
In the gospel Jesus, asked about divorce, reaches back to the creation story to set before his hearers the ideal of the marriage relationship, and then blesses children. In Jesus’ lifetime there were many views on divorce, some strict and some more lenient. In one sense, Jesus is the strictest of all: what through natural union God has made one cannot be separated by human action. Yet, in another sense, Jesus’ answer refused to deal with the question in the way it is asked. Instead he honors the solemnity and purpose of marriage. Anything less is sin, which cannot be dismissed by human regulations. His disciples seem surprised by this teaching and also by his embracing of children.
Updating the Prayer List
Please let Deb know if you need someone added to the prayer list. Thank you.
Save the Date!
Sat. October 9th 9am – 12pm
Tamworth Farmers’ Market
St. Andrew’s-in-the-Valley Pie Sale
As with last year, we will not be sponsoring our Harvest Dinner and Pie Auction due to Covid-19. Instead, we will be offering pies (and other goodies) for sale at The Tamworth Farmers’ Market!
Calling all bakers! Please consider your favorite recipes….the more pies we have, the more we can sell!
--you can use aluminum pie plates, if you so choose
--pies and pie plates will be sold together
--there is a sign-up board in the Parish Hall to help plan on the type and
quantity of pies. Please stop by and add your pie!
Tina, Lin and Jean DeThomas
Contemplative Practice on Zoom
Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00am
Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
The pace with which we move through our days can cause our hearts to be weary and distracted. We can feel disconnected from our lives. Making room in our life to pause, sit in silence, and simply be can help us reconnect and strengthen our hearts.
Each Tuesday morning our session will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices. Our time together will include prayer, guided meditation, contemplative sharing from the heart, conversation, and fellowship. Newcomers are welcome at each session.
If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christi offers a Tuesday evening contemplative practice, virtually, through Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington, MA. If you are interest in this offering visit https://www.bethanyhousearlington.org/contemplative or contact Christi.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me
an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Here is Gretchen with her first grand nephew, Cedar Robert Behr, born July 16, 2021.
Gretchen with Cedar’s blanket presented to her for Cedar on Sunday, September 12, from the Prayer Shawl group.