St. Luke’s Weekly Newsletter – October 14 (Trinity 20)

Sunday Mass at 10:00 am, Wednesday Bible Study at 6:00 pm. See you there!

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Every Member Canvass?
It’s that time of year again, when local parishes start to put together a budget for the coming year. Please prayerfully consider what God is calling you to give to his church, and we promise not to nag. 🙂

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

Sunday’s Readings

Ecclesiastes 9.4-10
Psalms 1 & 15

Ephesians 5.15-21

Matthew 22.1-13

Sunday’s Hymns

564 How firm a foundation375 (2nd) Breathe on me, Breath of God
210 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
554 Lead on, O King eternal

Sunday’s Announcements

Mercy’s Gate, a ministry to the working poor in Colorado Springs, is running low on supplies for their food pantry. The following are a list of items needed to bring food stock up to desired levels. Food Items: Powdered or Canned Milk, Fresh items (produce, milk, butter, cheese), Jelly, Coffee, Cold Cereal, Cake, Brownie or Cookies mixes. Non Food Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Empty Dozen Egg cartons cut in half (for ½ Dozen portions) — please place your donations in the basket in the narthex.

Prayer List

Of your Christian charity, your prayers are asked for Allison and for all service men and women everywhere, especially Geoff, Brandon, Jake, and Michael, for their protection and safe return, and for the peaceful repose of the souls of Miriam and Virginia.

Christian Education Reminder

Christian Ed has moved from before the Sunday Mass to Wednesday evenings at 6 pm for a Bible study of the Gospel according to St. Mark, and a light soup and bread supper accompanying. See you at six!

This Week’s List from the Intercommunion Cycle of Prayer
All Saints Church, Chattanooga, TN The Rev. Mr. David Currie, Deacon-in-residence
Holy Cross Church, Farragut, TN
Chair of Rector is vacant
St. Peter the Apostle Church, Kingsport, TN
The Rev. Robert Placer, Vicar
Holy Comforter Church, Mt. Juliet, TN
The Rev. William Zimmermann, Priest-in-charge
St. Philip’s Church, Austin, TX
The Rev. Gary Francis, Priest-in-charge
Holy Cross Church, Cleveland, TX
The Ven. James G. Monroe, Rector
Reminder, this list comes from the missions and parishes of the "G-4" church jurisdictions in full intercommunion, sacramentally one Church, working toward full unity
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.

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Bible Study Notes
Perspective and Prologue

The Proclamation of John the Baptist: 1.1-8

Jesus’ Baptism: 1.9-11

Jesus’ Temptation: 1.12-13

Beginnings of Jesus’ Galilean Ministry: 1.14-15

The author of this Gospel is traditionally considered to be John Mark, setting down the content of the apostle Peter’s preaching; there is no reason to doubt this identification. Although the quality of the Greek in Mark is far from the best, the author has put together a highly structured document. It’s entirely possible that Mark is intentionally using a Greek at a lower reading level. He starts by telling us exactly what he’s writing: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (1.1) and proceeds with a carefully crafted presentation. Mark doesn’t tell us events, sayings, and parables in chronological order. Instead, Mark gives us events, sayings, and parables in clusters,combinations, frames, and triplets. Mark doesn’t just tell a story, he makes connections by presenting information in ways that force us to interpret events by other events and explains sayings and parables by healings and events. Mark is normally very frugal with words, often showing an economy of expression that would make Hemingway proud. But Mark has his favorites. He expresses the haste and urgency of the gospel message by using the expression usually translated as“and immediately” over forty times.
Now read again 1.1-15

  • John was baptizing for repentance. Jesus hardly needed to repent, yet he submitted to John’s baptism, presumably for the sake of the example. How and to what are we called to submit for the sake of others rather than for our own?
  • After Jesus’ baptism, he “saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;” (1.10) and even heard approbation from the Father. Yet right after this he was driven into the wilderness and tempted. Do we ever experience sharp contrasts like this in our spiritual lives? How do we handle them?
  • Jesus returns to Galilee and preaches "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel" (1.15). What does that message mean, and should it, or should it not be the preaching we do and hear today? Why or why not?
Anglican Tradition • Orthodox Worship • Catholic Faith

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