As we prepare for our Sunday service of Holy Communion tomorrow, October 2nd, 2022, let us remember in our prayers all those who have been affected by Hurricane Ian, particularly in Florida, where the worst damage is, but elsewhere as well: most especially those who have lost loved ones, but also those who have lost homes or businesses to wind or water. Hurricanes are one of those frightening reminders that we humans, for all our intelligence, technology, and accomplishments, are not ultimately in charge on or of this world. So may that knowledge encourage us to turn to God our Creator – our Heavenly Father, His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, in prayer: in praise, in repentance, in supplication, and in thanksgiving for His blessings, and His mercies.
The Propers for the
Sixteenth Sunday after the Feast of the Holy Trinity
The Book of Common Prayer 1928
O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Ephes. iii. 13.
I DESIRE that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ac cording to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The Gospel. St. Luke vii. 11.
AND it came to pass the day after, that Jesus went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: an they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth through out all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about.
The Announcements for the Week of October 2nd, 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!
Reminder of Vestry Meeting for October
Our special meeting for yesterday at 10 o’clock, for the purpose of discussing “where we go from here” regarding our facilities expansion / building plans, having been suspended due to an abundance of caution regarding Hurricane Ian, we will conduct that discussion at our regular monthly meeting for October, which will be held on Saturday, October 15th, at noon. As always, members of the parish are welcome to attend observe.
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 email@example.com, for more information, or to sign up.
Father Tom is back from his break
And glad to be so. He wants to thank Fr. Terrence McGillicuddy for his willingness to celebrate and preach last Sunday! Sadly, the baptisms of Fr. Tom’s three grand-nephews originally scheduled for that date were postponed until early November due to health issues in the family; the current plan is for them to take place on the second Sunday of November.
Fr. Tom is also grateful to God for helping him find a suitable “new”(-er) vehicle – with more capabilities and less-weathered appearance; however, the cost of said vehicle plus uncertainty about Hurricane Andrew meant that this break was a bit of a “staycation.” However, he got a good bit accomplished that was needful, and also some greatly-appreciated rest and relaxation. But again, he is glad to be “back in the saddle” once more!
Saints’ Days and Holy Days for This Week
Tuesday, October 4th — St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, October 6th — William Tyndale, Priest
Blessing of the Animals
We will be celebrating St. Francis of Assisi at our mid-week service of Holy Communion on Wednesday at 10 o’clock. Afterwards, there will be a Blessing of the Animals for anyone who wishes to bring their animal companions! That will occur on the front porch of the church, immediately following the service (at approximately 10:45, or thereabouts).
MOST high, almighty, and good Lord: Grant thy people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world, that, after the example of blessed Francis, we may for love of thee delight in all thy creatures, with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.