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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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December 2, 2015 7:00 am

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December 2, 2015 4:45 pm

Second Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2015 8:00 am

6th Dimension Handbell Christmas Concert

December 6, 2015 2:00 pm

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December 9, 2015 7:00 am

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December 9, 2015 4:45 pm

November 22, 2015 Worship

Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King – Proper 29

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

2 Samuel 23:1-7
Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19)
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

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November 15, 2015 Worship

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 28

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Samuel 1:4-20
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

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November 8, 2015 Worship

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 27

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Psalm 127
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

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