“Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen” (BCP, 245)
Many years ago I was given two of my dad’s old sweaters, of beautiful heathered cashmere; one greenish-gold and the other brownish-gold. I wore them so often that despite how many times I wove threads through to hold them together they became so tattered and raggedy that they weren’t fit to be seen outside of my home. But I kept them, anyway. Maybe it was because of their beauty, their softness, or the fact that they had belonged to my Dad and he had given them to me. It always felt like a giant hug.
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Sacred Geometry Yr A Proper 25Dt. 34:1-12 Ps. 90:1-6,13-17 1 Thes. 2:1-8 Mt. 22:34-46
“Make us love what you command.” We pray that in the collect for today. “Make us love what you command.”
What does Jesus teach is the first and greatest commandment?“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (also understood as life), and with all your mind.” (Mt. 22:37) Mark’s gospel adds “and with all your strength.” (Mk. 12:30)
What does Jesus teach is the second commandment? “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:39; Mk. 12:31a)
By God’s calculating, that’s it. That’s the answer to the equation. Period. It’s simple math.
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Mt. 22:40) “There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mk. 12:31b)
Jesus was quoting from the Schema in Deuteronomy 6:5. He is saying that this has always been God’s desire. In Luke’s gospel the great commandment is the prequel to the Parable of the Good Samaritan. (Lk. 10:27) There is no need for mental gymnastics or brilliant reasoning. Just love God and neighbor as oneself.
“Make us love what you command.” It doesn’t come easy to us does it? So we plead, “make us love you, make us love ourselves, make us love our neighbors.”
Only, God won’t do it.
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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, the children have been at Sunday School. The words of Scripture, the hymns, the sermon, the prayers have challenged and inspired. All have come to the altar rail for Christ's body and blood. 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.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 10:00 AM Eucharist
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:00 PM Choir Practice
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 6:15 PM Evening Prayer
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:00 PM Eucharist & Bible Discussion
Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:00 AM Eucharist