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Saturday March 25th
Morning Prayer &
Rt. Rev. David T. Hustwick
Rev. Paul Henderson
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We believe that the door to salvation is always open and so are the doors to our church. Our mission is to be fully devoted to Jesus by opening our arms to those in search of the truth. We show God’s love and concern for our fellow man at every opportunity. Through works of charity and opening our doors to listen and love, we feel that we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Prayers for Our Troops
Our church offers prayers for those in our armed forces at every Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer service.
PRAYER FOR ALL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY
O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defense, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer For Our Police
Almighty God, we beseech thee to pour thy blessing upon our country's police forces. Strengthen and protect them in all danger. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
LENTEN MEALS CANCELED
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds do worthily deserve to be punished, by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
The Gospel. St. John vi. 1.
JESUS went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which bath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down, Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand; And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world
Ex. 16:11 “And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.”
This lesson from the book of Exodus takes us back into the history of the people of Israel. Back to the time in which God had just, with great miracles, delivered them from their slavery in Egypt. He had brought them through the Red Sea, destroying their pursuers, and they were now traveling across the Sinai Peninsula.
This area they were traveling through was desert country and this large mass of people traveling through it soon used up the food they were able to take with them.
They seemed doomed to starvation. The people murmured against Moses and Aaron and said, “Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.“ Moses tells them that, “your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.” In other words they didn't trust God to save them.
The Gospel for the fourth Sunday in Lent has a somewhat similar story.
Some 5,000 people had followed Jesus out into the wilderness without bringing along enough to eat. When Jesus asks Philip, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” Philip basically tells him it isn't possible. Saint Andrew then speaks up and tells about the lad's loaves and fishes, but says that isn't enough to do any good.
In both cases, by man's best judgment and reasoning, there seemed no possible solution to the problem. In both cases however God supplied the food that was needed.
Both of these stories should remind us of our dependence on God. Not only for the things we need to survive in this world, but our dependence on His mercy through our Savior Jesus Christ.
During the Lenten Season, (as we focus on the great love shown by Christ dying on the cross for our sins), we need to remember that we are helpless to reconcile ourselves to God on our own. That God provided His saving grace through Christ's sacrifice for us.
We should trust in God to provide what we really need in this life, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't work to help ourselves. God wants us to give our best effort for ourselves, but also for others.
Saint Paul writes in his second epistle to the Thessalonians, “If any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ that with quietness they work and eat their own bread.”
God does indeed want us to work, but to keep in mind our complete dependence on Him. We should trust fully in Him during difficult times. We need to remember in all of our troubles Saint Peter's words when he tells us that we should be, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”
The first day of Lent, commonly called
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we,worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness. may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
¶ This Collect is to be read every day in Lent, after the Collect appointed for the day.
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Memorial Day in Middleville 2022
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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