St. Luke’s Weekly Newsletter – September 23 (Trinity 17)

Sunday: Christian Ed at 9:00 am and Mass at 10:00 am. See you there!

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Onward, Christian Soldiers!
Our closing hymn this coming Sunday will be an old chestnut: "Onward, Christian Soldiers." This hymn was written by Sabine Baring-Gould, Vicar of Horley Bridge in England. He was a staunch Anglo-Catholic and wrote this hymn to accompany processions of children and congregation for Sunday School Procession Day in 1865. The story is often told that at one point, the bishop of Leeds, an obstinate foe of the Catholic revival in the Church of England, forbade the use of a processional cross, calling it "popery at its worst." Father Baring-Gould responded by altering the first verse to read "Onward, Christian Solders, marching as to war! / With the Cross of Jesus left behind the door." The tune this hymn is most often sung to was written by the celebrated Sir Arthur Sullivan.

When was the last time you invited someone to come with you to Mass?

Sunday’s Readings

Jeremiah 13.15-21
Psalm 25
Ephesians 4.1-6

Luke 14.1-11

Sunday’s Hymns

287 Give praise and glory unto God
438 (1st tune) I Need Thee Every Hour
197 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
557 Onward, Christian Soldiers

Sunday’s Announcements

Prayer List

Of your Christian charity, your prayers are asked for Kathleen, Melissa, Elizabeth, Madelynne, Polly, Kate, Ethan, Nathan; and for all service men and women everywhere, especially Geoff, Brandon, Jake, and Michael, for their protection and safe return.

As always, we offer thanksgiving for Fr. Larry’s continued healing.

Hymnals Still Needed

We began a campaign a few months ago to purchase some new hymnals for our worship, as many of the ones we use are showing the signs of much love, just like the velveteen rabbit! They cost $29 each, but of course donations in any amount are welcome, just put "Hymnal" on the memo line of your check. Hymnals can be given as a memorial, too, please see Fr. Richard for details.

This Week’s List from the Intercommunion Cycle of Prayer
St. Patrick’s Chapel, Ardmore, PA

The Rev. Thomas L. Monnat, Rector

Holy Spirit Church, Hatfield, PA

The Rev. Robert Tufton, Rector

All Saints Church, Lancaster, PA

The Rev. James Johnson, Jr., Vicar

Church of the Transfiguration, Phoenixville, PA

The Rev. Dr. Timothy K. Lent, Priest-in-charge

St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Philipsburg, PA

The Rev. Canon Frederick Erb, Priest-in-charge

All Saints Church, Aiken, SC

The Rev. George Alexander, Rector

Reminder, this list comes from the missions and parishes of the "G-4" joint synod church jurisdictions in full intercommunion and working toward unity of Christ’s Church:
The Anglican Catholic Church,

The Most Rev. Mark Haverland, Abp.

The Anglican Province of America,

The Most Rev. Walter Grundorf. PB.

The Anglican Church in America,

The Most Rev. Brian Marsh, HoB Pres.

The Diocese of the Holy Cross.

The Rt. Rev. Paul Hewitt SSC, Bp.

Recommended Reading

Erik Routley wrote a very nice account of music in worship, titled Panorama of Christian Hymnody. A delightful book, especially for anyone interested in where music in the liturgy has been. It comes in what is referred to as "coffee table" size, but is worth your attention.


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