These are a variation of the words that Jaroslav Pelikan, a church historian, describes as a “game changer.” Actually he was commenting on the words: “Christ is alive.” Pelikan said, "If Christ is raised from the dead, nothing else matters. If he is not raised from the dead, nothing else matters." That’s worth repeating. "If Christ is raised from the dead, nothing else matters. If he is not raised from the dead, nothing else matters."
As Rex Botengan concludes 25 years at Our Saviour Center, we have the opportunity to THANK him in concrete fashion by contributing to a "Purse" authorized by the Vestry at our April meeting.
Please be generous to this wonderful servant of the Lord who has worked for modest wages during ALL his years, but especially the last four years as Executive Director. Because the Vestry has authorized this fund-raising, your checks may be made to Church of Our Saviour, earmarked (memo line) "Rex Botengan purse."
The phrase, “many hands make light work” certainly has been in evidence this Easter season at COS. Beginning on Thursday, April 6th when around 25 people, some quite young and some seasoned, (and even clergy,) arrived to learn how to fold and make Palm Crosses. This festive group ended up making around 500 crosses that were passed out at our Sunday services and others were given to Prism ministries to be taken to the jails. After working diligently the Altar Guild provided a delightful lunch to reward everyone's labors. Such fun was had by all that there is talk of making this an annual event. If you missed it this year be looking for details next year.
ONE COUPLE'S EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE & JOY -- Perhaps it is our collective state of mind, but for Sue and me Holy Week and Easter 2017 were very, very special, both because of the Community we are blessed to be members of AND for personal reasons (See Below). First of all, I want to rave about you all! Fr. Gary noted during his sermon at the 9:00 Service that "Something brought a lot of people here this morning-- granted not as many as packed this place 25 years ago -- but some sort of wonder brought you." True, the quantity was down a little, BUT for us the QUALITY of the Service and QUALITY of the COMMUNITY have never been higher!
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.