June 11, 2018
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
Good Morning All Saints’ Family,
Sunday morning was overcast and rainy. There were 14 people at the 8:00 AM service and 60 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the The Third Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “God The Omnipotent” and the Sequence Hymn was, “How Wonderous And Great Thy Works Of Praise. The Gospel Reading was from Mark 3:20-35.
One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.
We learn from this passage that Jesus’s coming to restrain him since people think is crazy and is possessed by Satan. Jesus explains, in a parable, that a kingdom divided, cannot stand. All of us will be forgiven for our sins, but not if we sin against the Holy Spirit. The Dedication of the Flagpole was done with the congregation processing outside for the blessing. (Click Here For Additional Information on the Flag Pole and Pictures from the Dedication) The Offertory Anthem was, “It Is Well With My Soul.” The Communion Hymns were, “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” and “We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight.” The Recessional Hymn was, “O What Their Joy And Their Glory Must Be.” We welcomed back Arkady Leytush from his two week vacation.
The altar flowers were given by an anonymous parishioner to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for all the Sunday School Teachers who guide our youth. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Paul and Susan Parfrey to the glory of God and in celebration of the birth of Iris Mae Parfrey (May 31st). The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given to the glory of God and in celebration of Christopher Batashoff’s graduation by his parents and brother.
The Coffee Hour was full of chatter and laughter, as our parishioners greeted one another. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Ronnie Scanlon, Jack Oshier and Ellen Russell. There was cake, cold cuts, cookies and doughouts for all to enjoy. It was another fabulous Sunday at All Saints’!
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Have a great week and hope to see everyone next Sunday! Dress casual!!