We want to invite all of you to our Church Service at 10:00 AM on Sunday, February 26, 2017 to worship with Rev. Susan Berry Taylor one last time. Following the service we will be holding a reception for Susan and her husband, Jim, who have served our faith community for the last 3 1/2 years.
The reception is potluck and we invite you to bring your most tasty appetizer, main dish, or salad to share. There will be cake furnished for dessert.
We look forward to seeing you there!!
Mary Rowell O’BrienSenior Warden for the Vestry
A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.
Impossible Love Mt 5:38-48
‘Be careful what you pray for’, the saying goes. Well as we began worship today, we prayed to God, to "pour [it] into our hearts". We call it God's "greatest gift". We declare it to be the "true bond of peace and of all virtue." We go so far as to say that if we live without it, we are "accounted dead before [God].” It, of course is God's impossible life-giving, steadfast love.The opening of this collect begins, "O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing." "Without love whatever we do is worth nothing." This is a dangerous prayer is it not?
Read more: This Week's Sermon
The Law of Light
During the second half of the long ‘green’ season of Epiphany, attention is devoted to the continuing subject of light but also law. These weeks culminate in the dazzling brilliance of The Transfiguration.
We begin with the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 58 designated as 3rd Isaiah from the post-exilic era after the Israelites are released from captivity in Babylon. The Lord’s oracle exhorts the people to distinguish between false and true worship and in keeping with the Spirit of the law demands, “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly… [if you do these things] remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil… then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” (58:6-9)
By adhering to God’s desires, the people of God become light-bearers, God’s law made visible.
Read more: Rector's Message
"We are the Episcopal Church, welcoming all and practicing our faith through worship, discipleship, fellowship and service."
Transcripts of earlier sermons