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Our Next Special Service 

John the Baptist
Monday June 24th
11:30am
Morning Prayer &
Holy Communion

SUNDAY SERVICE TIMES
9:15 AM
Morning Prayer

10:30 AM
Holy Communion
6:00 PM
Evening Prayer
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TUESDAYS
9:15 AM
Morning Prayer
( Coffee follows service)
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WEDNESDAYS
6:00 PM
Evening Prayer
Please check the calendars above for other services

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Rt. Rev. David Hustwick
Rector

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Rev. Paul Henderson
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June 29th

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Adult

BIBLE STUDY

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of each Month

10:30 to 11:30 AM

for info call Nick

269-953-7468

Fallen World

Bible Study Group

 

 

 

 


Concepts and Patterns:
 

: The Call of God and Man (Part 3) 

Bible Reading:

·         1 Samuel 16:1-13

o   The calling of Samuel to anoint a new king unto the Lord. The boy David is anointed.

·         1 Samuel 16:14-23

o    Saul is vexed with an evil spirit and calls on the boy David to be his harp player. David plays and the evil spirt leaves Saul.

·         1 Samuel 17:1-16

o   Goliath, a giant and a Philistine calls on Saul to send him a warrior to fight him. Saul and all of Israel are afraid of the Goliath.

·         1 Samuel 17:20-54

o   David hears the cry of Goliath and heeds the call to fight the Giant. He calls upon God and he slays the giant. The Philistine army flees when Goliath falls.

·         1 Samuel 20:1-42

o   David calls on Jonathan to be his spy as to Saul’s intentions towards him. Jonathan spies for David and sends him a sign for him to flee.

·         1 Samuel 23:1-14

o   David calls on the Lord for guidance. The Lord guides him and protects him.

·         1 Samuel 24:3-12, 16-17, 20-22

o   David’s men call on him to slay Saul in the cave. David refuses and calls on Sull to see that he will not hurt him. Saul admits his sin and calls on David not to kill all of his descendants and family when he becomes king.

·         1 Samuel 26:17-25

o   David calls on Saul to stop pursuing him.

·         1 Samuel 28:6-20

o   Saul calls upon the Lord, but the Lord will not answer him, so Saul uses forbidden arts to call on Samuel after his death. Samuel tells Saul his fate.

·         1 Samuel 31:1-7

o   Saul calls on his armorer to kill him before the Philistines can do so. The armorer says not. Saul and all his son die.

·         2 Samuel 1:1-17

o   David calls on an escaped Amalekite solider of Saul’s army to tell him what has occurred. The Amalekite says he killed Saul fell on his own spear. David has him executed for slaying the Saul, the Lord’s anointed. David laments the death of Saul and Jonathan.

·         2 Samuel 2:1-10

o   David calls on the Lord for guidance. He tells him to go up to Judah, where David is made king. David offers peace, but the captain of Saul’s army made Saul’s son Ishbosheth. Saul's son reigns over Israel, but the house of Judah followed David as their king.

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This Week's Collect & Sermon Text

TRINITY III

The Text for This Week

The Third Sunday after Trinity


The Collect

O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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The Gospel. St. Luke xv. 1

THEN drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and. go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle. and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

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The Sermon for This Week

  Did you hear about the dad that got lost on a trip,but wouldn't stop to ask for directions because he was making such good time.

 

  Jesus in today's Gospel is telling us two parables about the lost.

 

Luke 15: 2 “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured saying, This man receiveth sinners,and eateth with them.”

 

   Today's Gospel is a “sermon”, if you will, given by Jesus to the “respectable” people of the day (the scribes and Pharisees).Our Lord had been talking to the outcasts, “publicans and sinners” as Saint Luke puts it, when he hears the murmurings of the Pharisees and scribes. He then proceeds to turn his attention toward them.

 

  He tells them three parables concerning the lost and found. Two of them are in today's Gospel lesson. The third is the “Prodigal Son”, with which I'm sure most of us are familiar.

 

   Each has to do with the recovery of something that was lost. Whether it was one of two sons, one of ten silver pieces, or one of a hundred sheep there was great joy in the recovery.

 

   Christ is here teaching that the important thing is clearly the ending of ones separation from God.

 

  The persons social or financial position, their level of intelligence or artistic genius, doesn't matter. Christ died on the Cross to redeem everyone, not just the best and brightest. This includes you and I.

 

   We, as Christians, should consider these parables as being directed at us really in three ways:

 

   First, we need to always be properly grateful for our salvation.

 

  We should have great joy and be forever thankful for having been “found” by Christ to the great joy of the angels in heaven.

 

  Christians should be ever praising God for his mercy toward us. We can never praise and thank him enough for what Christ has done for us.

 

   Second, we must always remember to be on guard against becoming “lost” once more.

 

  We are warned in St. Peter's Epistle to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. The Christian should read the Holy Scriptures, regularly attend church, and make daily prayer asking for the Holy Spirit's help to keep from losing their way.

 

   Finally, thirdly, as “found” souls we must now, in Christ's name, be in the business of finding other lost souls for him.

 

  We each have a duty as Christians to work in His church to spread the wonderful Gospel message. The wonderful message of Christ's redeeming sacrifice to the rest of “lost” mankind.

 

  Each of us as Christians has a part to play, using whatever talents God has given us, in the great work of bringing others to Christ. Helping the “lost” to come to Christ.

 

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We pray for our Armed Forces at each of our Morning and Evening Prayer services.

  O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the Armed Forces of our country and those of our allies; Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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Memorial Days

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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