As I sit down to write this reflection, I can’t help but think of the bombing yesterday in Manchester, England. Yet another terrorist attack on innocent civilians; this time, young people gathered for a pop concert at The Manchester Arena. The BBC reports 22 people confirmed dead and another 55 injured. Monday’s attack in Manchester is added to those in Paris, Madrid, London, Burgas, Oslo, Brussels, Nice, Munich, Berlin, and Zurich as European cities that have suffered attacks by extremist Islamic terrorists since 2004.
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING KNEELING IN EXACTLY THE SAME PLACE FOR 150 YEARS! "This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome!" Fr. Gary 2017
WHAT A RELEVANT WEEK THIS WAS AT THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR!!! -- I can always tell when it's been an amazing week at COS by how excited I am Sunday night thinking about what to feature. Most weeks are wonderfully challenging, but this one may have been one of the all time most interesting ones ever!
THE BEACON: Celebrating Kneeling In The Same Place For 150 Years! "This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome!" Fr. Gary 2017
WORDS TO LIVE BY -- I'm not sure how we found it, but in these days when the world seems to be invalidating everything we have believed, up popped Fr. Gary Bradley's Sermon delivered on the Fourth Sunday of Easter 2016!!!. His focus was the 23rd Psalm, and he entitled his Sermon "Life's Shadow Walk". Re-reading it, particularly in the context of 2017, reminded us of what a great preacher Fr. Gary is; and this, we believe, is one of his best efforts. I am not going to summarize everything he said that day; you are going to have to find the Sermon in the COS archive. However, I do want you to read one paragraph which has reaffirmed for Sue and me the "words we are trying to live by" as we cope with the massive negative news which seems to be coming at us from every quarter, every single day!
The passage from John 14 (1-14) for this coming Sunday is a fitting continuation of our passage from last week about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. We are the sheep who know and who trust the Shepherd’s voice. We continue to believe and to trust the voice of Jesus. But the passage from last week, also taken from John’s Gospel, states that the disciples did not understand.
Each bell is cast of bronze and tuned to a separate pitch. Struck by fixed clappers, individual bells ring with a tone that is pure, sweet, and clear. Dynamics range from an ethereal whisper to a resounding forte. Handbell repertoire includes idiomatic compositions, which can be played only on bells, improvisatory peals, and transcriptions of familiar music.
A most grateful and thankful heart to all who made a contribution to the Music Ministry. Thank you for your generous spirit and your love of music and love for our risen Lord, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, warms my spirit! Blessings to ALL!
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer served the Episcopal Church for fifty years, from 1928 until 1978. The 1928 revision was very extensive - perhaps the most radical U. S. prayer book revision until that of 1979. Some of the many changes from the previous 1892 book included dropping liturgies of rather outdated theology, such as the Visitation of Prisoners; the three baptism rites were combined into one; and several changes were made to the Communion service, including further de-emphasis of the Decalogue, and rearrangement of the Lord's Prayer and the Prayer of Humble Access back to the position they had in the Prayer Book of 1549.