September 4, 2018
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
Good Morning All Saints’ Family,
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend! Sunday morning was sunny and warm. There were 9 people at the 8:00 AM service and 46 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Lord Of All Hopefulness.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 7:108, 14-5, 21-23.
When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.' You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
We learn from this passage of Jesus speaking about defilement and that it is not what we take in that makes is unholy, but rather the corrosion of our hearts. We must prepare our hearts and thereby ourselves for the kingdom of God and this requires not worrying over what we eat but how we eat. The Offertory Hymn was, “We Plow The Fields And Scatter.” The Communion Hymn was, “Before Thy Throne, O God We Kneel” and the Recessional Hymn was, “Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart.”
The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Diana Schillizzi and the Szokoli family to the glory of God and in celebration of Joseph Szokoli’s birthday.
The Coffee Hour was, as always, full of chatter and laughter, as our parishioners caught up with each other. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Susan Parfrey. There was cake, cupcakes and fruit for all to enjoy. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!
Thanks to generous donation we have a number of ticket vouchers for the current Broadway hit musical, “DESPERATE MEASURES.” The vouchers, which are good for two tickets each are available for $30.00. Please see Father Byrne to purchase the vouchers.
Full Events Schedule
Welcome Back Weekend 2018
Stars Under the Stars Movie Night
A Wrinkle in Time • 8PM
Welcome Back Picnic
The summer has about wound down, so it’s to welcome the 2018-2019 year with our annual “Welcome Back” picnic. The All Saints’ Chefs will be cooking up burgers and dogs, but it up to the rest of us to contribute sides, drinks, and desserts. • Following 10AM Service
Have a great week and hope to see everyone this coming weekend for our movie night on Saturday and our picnic on Sunday!