Beloved in Christ,
This past week I felt deep pangs of heartache as I heard the national news of tumult in many of our cities. The last three months have confronted us with unprecedented challenges. As I thought about these, I read some of the prayers in our beautiful little prayer book and was struck by something. In every single prayer - the authors push our attention back to Jesus and our desperate need for him. Amidst so much turmoil and uncertainty, we sometimes need to be reminded of the fact that Jesus is our hope, our savior, and our deliverer.
On Trinity Sunday, we start our service with the Litany, use the Athanasian Creed in place of the Nicene Creed, and the Long Exhortation in place of the regular call to confession. The Litany and the Long Exhortation give us a chance for introspection upon our own lives and prayerfully consider our sin and areas in which we need to repent in order to deepen our dependence upon Christ.
In the shadow of so much tragedy, heartache, and national difficulty, I want to encourage everyone to take some time in self-reflection and ask the Lord to illuminate any sins in your lives that need repentance. Then as we come before the Lord's table - we will have the opportunity to confess them to our almighty God and hear the absolution and the comfortable words. Repentance, confession, and absolution may seem like an odd place to start, but learning to shine brighter for Jesus will allow us to be better neighbors and a source of hope and healing in this sorrowful season.
Furthermore, continue in steadfast prayer to our Lord, pray for His mercy to be poured out our church, our community, our state, and our nation, pray for His grace and his comfort for those who are hurting.
The House of Bishops sent out a statement in regards to the Death of George Floyd, which they posted here: https://anglicanprovince.org/2020/06/a-statement-regarding-the-death-of-george-floyd/
In our parish, we have some upcoming events that I wish to share with you all:
Friday - our Ladies' Guild will meet at the church at 11:30. Please bring your own sandwiches; the guild is providing chips and cookies.
The men plan to go out to lunch at one of the restaurants that are now open in town.
Sunday we will have two services:
8:00 am - Holy Communion - Masks Required
10:00 am - Holy Communion - Mask Recommended - this service will be live-streamed:
Please remember that Sunday is the last day for the Lenten Appeal.
Monday - Thursday, Morning Prayer at 8:30 am,
Wednesday, Evensong at 6 pm
Thursday, Vestry Meeting at 5:30 pm.
Be well, my friends, rest in Christ, love God, and love your neighbor.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
Rector, All Saints Anglican Church