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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 servicemen and women 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
Morning Prayer 9:15 AM
Holy Communion 10:30 AM
Morning Prayer 9:15 AM
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October & November
Rt. Rev. David T. Hustwick
Rev. Paul Henderson
Mr. Chris Jacoby
Join us at Morning Prayer 9:15 AM each Tuesday through November !
The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
O ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest; 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
The great comedien Henny Youngman made lots of jokes about his wife and marriage. One of my favorites was: “My wife and I got remarried. Our divorce didn't work out.”
While marriage is often joked about, it is a serious subject and as far as the Church is concerned should never be,(in the words of the BCP Solemnization of Matrimony Office), “entered into unadvisedly or lightly”.
Both the first and second lesson today speak to God's feeling about marriage and divorce
Malachi 2:15 “And did he not make one?”
Matthew 19:6 “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Both lessons today speak to God's feeling that marriage should be a lasting commitment and not something that should be discarded when it no longer seems to be convenient to one of the parties involved.
From Malachi we read that, “the Lord God of Israel saith that he hateth putting away”. In Saint Matthew's Gospel we hear our Lord Jesus plainly stating that only under extreme circumstances, (that of adultery), can divorce be allowed.
We know in our land today that the rate of divorce has become very high. The government has made it easier for marriages to be ended, but that is only part of the problem. The courts however, can't be blamed for ending marriages that have become impossible to continue, any more than a dentist can be blamed for pulling a rotten tooth. For marriages to be long lasting, the couples themselves are in the end the ones responsible.
Saint Paul tells husbands to, (Ephesians 5:25),“love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it;” and, (Ephesians 25:28),”So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.” He goes on to say, “He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” In his epistle to Titus he says that the older women should teach the younger women, “to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.”
Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, and self control, “the fruits of the Spirit” which are the fruits of the Christian faith, are things that both partners in a marriage need to work on. Forgiveness of the others shortcomings is a necessity, because both partners, being human, are subject to sin, and so to the stress and strain it will cause to a relationship. As Christ died on the cross for us, for our sins to be forgiven us, we are to forgive others their trespasses against us. The partners in a marriage must always remember this for it to succeed.
The divorce rate can really be lowered, not by new laws, but by more couples becoming true followers of Christ.
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