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May 29, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Sunday was rainy and warm. There were 12 people at the 8:00 AM service and 43 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was Trinity Sunday. The Processional Hymn was, “Come, Thou, Almighty King” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The Gospel Reading was from John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

We learn from this passage of Nicodemus’ visit to Jesus and questioning him how he is able perform the miracles that he does, since he is not God. Jesus tries to explain things to Nicodemus, but he does not comprehend what Jesus is telling him. We cannot see the Father, the Son nor the Holy Ghost, yet we know from the Gospel readings, that God sent Jesus to save the world and this we must believe in without seeing them and continue those teachings to all. The Offertory Anthem was, “Eternal Father, Strong To Save.” The Communion Hymn was, “My God, Thy Table Now Is Spread.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Holy Father, Great Creator.” A big thank you to Tom Espenshade, who led the congregation in all the service music, while Arkady Leytush is conducting orchestras in Eastern Europe.

The altar flowers were given by “a thankful American” to the glory of God and in loving memory of those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country. The Sanctuary and Vigil lamps and bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Nina Selvaggio and Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in loving memory of their parents.

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Have a great week and hope to see you all this Friday, Saturday and next Sunday! It’s an upcoming All Saints’ weekend of fun, fellowship and fundraising!!

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