October 8, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

Sunday was overcast and humid. There were 8 people at the 8:00 AM service and 53 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “All Creatures Of Our God And King” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 10:2-16.

Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

We learn from this passage about divorce and the blessing of children. Jesus indicates that a man and a woman, when married, become one and if divorce occurs, if either one remarries, this was considered adultery. He also feels that the kingdom of God belongs to children. If you receive the word of God as a child, you will better understand and enter the kingdom of heaven. The Offertory Anthem was, “The First Song Of Isaiah.” The Communion Hymns were, “Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us” and “Morning Has Broken.” A big thank you to Arkady Leytush and Tom Espenshade for the beautiful rendition of “Morning Has Broken” on the piano and guitar! The Recessional Hymn was, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You.”

The altar flowers are given were given by Veronica Scanlon to the glory of God and in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Melissa and Michael Madden. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in celevbration of Lucy Eleanor Parfrey’s third birthday. The Vigil Lamp was given by Carol Crowe to the glory of God and in celebration of John Crowe’s birthday. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in celebration of the birthday of the their grandson, Taylor.

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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday, for our first Youth and Family service of the new church season.

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