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Our Next Special Service 

Diocese of the Great Lakes

2024 Synod

Friday July 12th
10:00am
Morning Prayer
&
Noon
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
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Rt. Rev. David Hustwick
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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 VI

The Text for This Week

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity


The Collect

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's under standing; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen

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 Psalm 16. Conserva me, Domine.

PRESERVE me, O God; * for in thee have I put my trust.
  2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, * Thou art my God; I have no good like unto thee.
  3 All my delight is upon the saints that are in the earth, * and upon such as excel in virtue.
  4 But they that run after another god * shall have great trouble.
  5 Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer, * neither make mention of their names within my lips.
  6 The LORD himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup; * thou shalt maintain my lot.
  7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground; * yea, I have a goodly heritage.
  8 I will thank the LORD for giving me warning; * my reins also chasten me in the night season.

 

    9 I have set the LORD alway before me; * for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
  10 Wherefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth1: * my flesh also shall rest in hope.
  11 For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell; * neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
  12 Thou shalt show me the path of life: in thy presence is the fulness of joy, * and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

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The Sermon for This Week

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.

  • Ben Franklin

  While none of us ever seem to have any trouble finding things to complain about, we should as Christians, instead of complaining, be spending more of our time being thankful for God's many blessings to us.

 

Psalm 16:6 “The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of my cup; thou shalt maintain my lot. The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground; Yea, I have a goodly heritage.”

 

   The sixteenth psalm is one of those that we think was indeed written by King David. Although some of those that he wrote might be considered of a complaining nature, this one is full of contentment and is refreshing to hear.

 

   We are very often surrounded by people complaining about one thing or another. Many find it all too easy to bewail their lot in life and of course you and I, if we take a truly objective look at ourselves, must admit that we too are guilty of this same fault far too often.

 

   Now we might say that if we were a king like David was then we might be contented too, but if we take a look at his life we can see that he had indeed experienced many troubles in his life, both before and after becoming the king.

 

   As a boy he had suffered the dangers and hardships of working as a shepherd. He could well remember the time period in his life when he had to flee from king Saul who wanted him killed. He could remember the loss of loved ones, including his little son. His conscience would remind him of the time in his life when lust had caused him to commit both the sins of adultery and murder with the terrible separation from God that this had caused.

 

   Yet despite all of this he could still look over his life and see God's many blessings to him.

 

  He felt the assurance of the forgiveness of his sins by God and the certain hope of heaven.

 

  So he could say “I have a goodly heritage.” What we should learn from this psalm is that, as Christians, God should be our supreme good.

 

  The psalm says, “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup”.

 

  We as believers should have God in our hearts.

 

  We possess God by learning about Him, through reading His Holy Word, and asking daily in prayer for the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

 

   Much of the discontent and complaining that we hear, (and sometimes may be guilty of doing ourselves), is a concern for material gain.

 

  It's not really usually a case that people don't have the necessities of life, but instead they are dissatisfied when they see that someone else has something better than they do.

 

  We as Christians need to never forget that God knows our real needs and we should trust that he will provide us with them.

 

  If we remember the cross and the love God has shown us in the great gift to us of Jesus Christ who “washed us from our sins in His own blood”.

 

How can we not then be contented and say with King David; “Yea, I have a goodly heritage”?

 

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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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