October 15, 2018
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
Good Morning All Saints’ Family,
Sunday was overcast, then sunny, and cool. There were 12 people at the 8:00 AM service and 67 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “Not Here For High And Holy Things” and the Sequence Hymn was, “O Jesus, I Have Promised.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 10:17-31.
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
We learn from this passage that the first will be last and the last will be first. That is to say that those of wealth must distribute that wealth to others to show that they are just as worthy of those in need, in entering into the kingdom of God. The Offertory Anthem was, “Amazing Grace.” The Communion Hymns were, “Thy Kingdom Come On Bended Knee” and “O For A Closer Walk With God.” The Recessional Hymn was, “O God, Our Help In Ages Past.”
The altar flowers, Vigil Lamp and Sanctuary Lamp were given by Shirley DellaVecchia to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthdays of Michael DellaVecchia, Chiara Osborne and Chiara Michelle Osborne.
The Coffee Hour was full of chatter and laughter, as our parishioners and guests greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Diana Schillizzi and Kem Rutledge. There were cakes, cookies and doughnuts for all to enjoy.
Meanwhile, in the Christian Service room, the ECW held their monthly meeting. It was another wonderful Sunday at All Saints’!
Update: October 16, 2018
The Vestry met last night with our contractor and in order to expedite the completion of the floor upstairs, we need to move all of the stuff there. We know that November 3rd is the Fall Clean-up Day, but we are asking for volunteers to come up on Saturday October 27th at 9:30 AM to help move stuff from the Parish House gym floor. If you are available, please speak to Nancy Benedict or myself on Sunday. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and help.
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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday!