November 5, 2018
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
Good Morning All Saints’ Family,
It was another busy and productive weekend at All Saints’! Saturday morning was the Annual Parish Fall Clean-up and leafs were raked, bushes trimmed, gutters cleaned out, garbage thrown away, things straightened up, lights changed and clocks reset. A big thank you to Ang, Judy Batashoff, Ed and Nancy Benedict, Sally Bergmeyer, Olive Demetrius, Drew Elder, Joe Gonzalez, Carole King, Marc Palmieri, Tom Ramsay, Kem Rutledge, John Sommer, Michelle Stewart and Dean and Mary Yee for coming and helping out. This is great stewardship in action!
Sunday morning was cool and sunny-a beautiful autumn day. There were 12 people at the 8:00 am service and 49 in attendance at the 10:00 am service. It was the Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. Morning Prayer Rite II was done at both services and officiated by The Rev. Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds. The Processional Hymn was, “Rise Up, Ye Saints Of God”, the hymn between the Lessons was, “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 12:28-34.
One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
We learn from this passage of Jesus’ warnings to the scribes and Pharisees to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself, when he was challenged by them. They then were satisfied and did not question Jesus further. The Offertory Anthem was, “All Glory Be To God On High” and the Recessional Hymn was, “Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart.” A big thank you, as always, to The Rev. Marjorie Boyden-Edmonds for conducting both services while Father Byrne was away for the weekend.
The altar flowers were given by John Sandrowsky to the glory of God in loving memory of Jane Sandrowsky and in thanksgiving for their family and church family. The Victory Altar flowers were given by Paul and Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthdays of Emily Smith (6) and Owen Smith (2). The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Nina E. Selvaggio to the glory of God and in loving memory of Elizabeth and David Selvaggio.
The Coffee Hour was full of chatter and laughter as our parishioners greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Sally Bergmeyer. There were apples, bagels, cakes and candy for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. It was another fantastic weekend at All Saints’!
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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Saturday and Sunday!