Here are the Collect and Lessons for this coming Sunday – September 18th, 2022, and the Fourteenth Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Trinity: we are now entering the second half of Trinity season, counting down toward the “ecclesiastical New Year” that is Advent! Also included are the announcements for the week of XIV Trinity. I hope and pray that you are enjoying the conclusion of this week, and have a happy, safe, and healthy weekend. May God bless you!
Faithfully, Fr. Tom Harbold
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Book of Common Prayer 1928.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Gal. v. 16.
I SAY then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witch-craft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
The Gospel. St. Luke xvii. 11.
AND it came to pass, as Jesus went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Announcements for the Week of September 18th, 2022
If you are a visitor:
Welcome! Thank you for being here. We are very pleased to have you with us, and hope that your worship at Christ Church Anglican is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!
Updates on Vestry Meeting Dates for October
All members should have received an email about this, but: we will be holding a special meeting at 10 o’clock a.m. on Saturday, October 1st, for the specific purpose of discussing “where we go from here” regarding our facilities expansion / building plans. For that reason, our regular monthly meeting for October will be pushed back one week, to Saturday, October 15th, at noon. Please mark these dates on your calendars!
Men’s Bereavement Ministries at Christ Church
A reminder that “Healing from Grief and Loss,” a Christ-centered pastoral care and spiritual direction support group for men who have experienced the loss of a loved one, friend, or family member, continues to be offered here at Christ Church on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.; please contact the facilitator, Fr. Terrence McGillicuddy, at 781-801-4813, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information, or to sign up.
Father Tom to be out of town
Fr. Tom has been asked to baptize not one, not two, but all three of his grand-nephews, up in Maryland, on Sunday the 25th: Robin and Howard, twins, and Edward. Needless to say, he is quite pleased and excited to do so! He will be away from September 21st until the 30th, inclusive, taking advantage of the opportunity thus afforded to enjoy a little rest and relaxation.
Fr. Terrence McGillicuddy will be supplying at both pulpit and altar on Sunday the 20th, as well as Wednesday, the 28th (Fr. Tom will leave after the Eucharist on the 21st). He will also be available for any pastoral needs which may arise during this period (again, 781-801-4813, or email at email@example.com). Please contact our Senior Warden, Chris Gerry (919-356-6672), for any logistical or administrative issues which may occur.
Fr. Tom will be back, Lord willing, for Sunday the 2nd of October; in fact, for the special Vestry meeting on the 1st of the month.
Saints’ Days and Holy Days for This Week
Monday, September 19th: Theodore of Tarsus, Bishop (690)
Wednesday, September 21st: St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
Friday, September 23rd: Ember Friday in September
Saturday, September 24th: Ember Saturday in September
The Passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
Doubtless everyone is aware of this by now, but Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and Northern Ireland, and of her other Commonwealth Realms, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith, passed into the nearer presence of her Lord and ours on Thursday, September 8th, 2022. She was 96.
She reigned for an unprecedented 70 years and 214 days with unfailing devotion, faithfulness, wisdom, and discretion, frequently seasoned with good and occasionally mischievous humour. On her 21st birthday, she promised that her life, whether short or long, would be spent in service, and she proceed to live up to that oath for more than seven decades.
Her State Funeral will be held on Monday, September 19th, 2022. May she rest in peace, and rise in glory! We pray for the Royal Family, and for the people of the United Kingdom, in their grief. Her late Majesty is succeeded by her son, King Charles III. God bless her memory, and God save the King!
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”
— Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022)