It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Philip Plumb, friend and longtime member of this parish, who died on Wednesday, September 28th.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 3rd at St. John's Episcopal Church in Randolph with a reception to follow. Committal pending arrangements at the Veteran's Cemetery later in the week. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Church.
Please keep Ellen and their families in your prayers.
Give rest, O Christ to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen.
Blessing of the animals at the Gazebo downtown Randolph Sunday 10/2 @ 1:30 p.m. St. Francis medallions and treats for pets. Free. Call 728-9910 or visit online stjohnsrandolphvt.org
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.
Sighs too deep for words
The Spirit helps us in our weakness… and intercedes for us with groaning and sighing. The God who searches our hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And it is Christ Jesus, raised from the dead who also intercedes for the us. (Ro 8:26-27)
There are moments in the life of a faith community when it feels like the walls have come tumbling down. It might feel like that time now at St. John’s. Loss comes in many forms, whether it is dear ones who have moved away who nonetheless remain part of us. Other times sickness and ill-health or aging necessitate changes, precluding the body of Christ from being rejoined on a weekly basis at God’s Table. Then a swift and sure blow such as the sudden, unexpected death of Phil Plumb comes and takes our breath away.
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Lk 16:19-31ǀ1 Tim 6:6-19
It’s too late baby, now it’s too late… Carole King sang these words on her number one hit song, released in 1971 on the Tapestry album. She was both celebrating love she once shared with another and was lamenting the truth that it was over now. Too late baby. Relationship broken beyond repair. Luke tells of relationship broken beyond repair, of opportunity missed, too late baby.
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