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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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February 7, 2016 Worship

Last Sunday after Epiphany – Transfiguration Sunday

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Exodus 34:29-35

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterwards all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Psalm 99

The Lord is King;
let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
“O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
“O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,* one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen;* listen to him!’ 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

[37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38Just then a man from the crowd shouted, ‘Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child.39Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It throws him into convulsions until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. 40I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.’ 41Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.’ 42While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43And all were astounded at the greatness of God.]

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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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