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June 25, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

It was a busy weekend at All Saints’! Friday evening was the premier of the All Saints’ “Major Tom” Coffee House. The Common Room was set-up with small tables and the furniture rearranged to give that café-like feel. There were wonderful performances by Tom Espenshade, Father Byrne, Dan Bosko, Teddy Byrne, Diana Gilday and Greg Thompson. It was fun evening with music, fellowship and laughs. A big thank you to Tom and Father Byrne for coordinating this event and we look forward to future Coffee House evenings!

Sunday started off overcast, but turned into a beautiful sunny morning. There were 12 people at the 8:00 AM service and 50 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Fifth Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Eternal Father, Strong To Save.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 4:35-41.

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

We learn from this passage of Jesus journeying with his disciples in a boat crossing the sea. A storm occurs while Jesus is asleep and the boat begins to fill with water. The disciples panic and wake Jesus and tell him he does not care that they are about to perish, but he wakes and calms the wind and the sea. He questions the disciples why they are afraid and that they still have no faith. The disciples are amazed that Jesus can control the wind and the sea. We learn from this, that we must believe that Jesus will always be with no matter what trouble we encounter. If we follow his teachings, he will always be there to guide us. The Offertory Hymn was, “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.” The Communion Hymns were, “Thine Arm, O Lord, In Days Of Old” and “Our Father, By Whose Name.” The Recessional Hymn was, “Spread, O Spread Thou Mighty Word.”

The altar flowers were given by Susan and Paul Parfrey to the glory of God and in loving memory of Frederick Machmiller. The Sanctuary Lamp was given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the blessing of strength and healing for Lois and Mike Pagliaro. The bread and wine of the Eucharist were given to the glory of God and in celebration of Daniel Batashoff’s graduation by “Mom, Dad, and Christopher.”

The Coffee Hour was, as usual, full of chatter and energy. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Robert, Sharon and Dominique Earle. There were bagels, cake, cookies and pasteries for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. It was a fabulous weekend at All Saints’!

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Summer is here, so the activities at church are on hiatus, but we still want to see you on Sundays! Have great week and hope to see you all next Sunday!

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