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Reflections on the Installation of Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop by the Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff

On November 1, 2015 – All Saint’s Day – the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (i.e., Washington National Cathedral).

The Holy Spirit

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh . . .”  Acts 1:17
 
On this past Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrated what has become affectionately known as the “Birthday of the Church.” At our service we had red, orange, and yellow balloons representing the tongues of flame that rested on the heads of the disciples, marks of the presence of the Holy Spirit, God’s “present”  to the Church. We ate cake and enjoyed an event to raise money to send to St. Paul,  our “partner” parish in South Sudan,  who desperately need wells in their community. When we are gifted by God, we are called to “gift” others.
 
Portraits by High Bridge PhotographyThe Holy Spirit keeps us on our toes! When I look around our community, I see people gifting others in so many ways. Have you every been in the emergency room and had a volunteer stop by to see how you are doing, or take you down the hall for a required procedure? Without any reward, accept perhaps your thankful heart and/or words, they labor on your behalf. Have you every benefitted by receiving food or funds from C-Cap? It is incredible how many volunteer hours it takes every week to stock the shelves and serve clients. Volunteers from a number of church and non-profit groups help C-Cap with the collection of food from Costco and Walmart every week! Volunteers at the St. Luke Clinic help make it possible to provide medical attention to individuals who would otherwise slip through the cracks because they make too much to qualify for Medicaid or can’t afford their own insurance. Folks continue to be fed by church (and other volunteers) at the places where meals are provided every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and once a month on Friday. Our community is richly blessed and blesses others. This is individual  and corporate generosity at its best, and I recognize the presence of God in those actions.
 
One of the benefits of the gift of the Holy Spirit is what we call “eternal life.” This life is what we look forward to – a heavenly reward, but it is also the living into the full life of Christ, here and now, as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the Way. Let our lives, our words and actions, reveal that holy presence within!
 
I was reminded that a member of our community is about to celebrate her 100th birthday. Living to the grand age of 100 years is remarkable enough, but to be as involved and supportive of the rest of us as this special lady has been is rather amazing. Her commitment to this community through her church work and volunteering has been stellar. She has been involved in much of the work listed above! Speaking on behalf of all who know and love you and have been graced by your life and contributions to our lives, we wish you a very happy and blessed birthday, Fern Perry! In you, that Holy Spirit shines.

– The Rev. Deborah W. Rutter
Rector, Calvary Episcopal Church­

[This posting originally appeared as The Weekly Pulpit on the Religion page of The Warren Sentinel of May 28, 2014].

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January 31, 2016 Worship

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30

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January 24, 2016 Worship

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

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January 17, 2016 Worship

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5–10
1 Corinthians 12:1–11
John 2:1–11

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