The Sentinel Lent, Easter 2014
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The Sentinel In these pages.. Choosing A Ministry………………. Crucifer………….……………………... Junior Warden’s Report…………... Garden Beds ...……………………….. Perceptions on the Bible…...……… Think about Lent………….…………… Clergy and Lay Leadership …………… Daughters of The King……...………. Easter Prayer………………………… Five Loaves & Two Fishes….………. The Best Christmas…………………… The Colors of the Lenten Season……… Young Episcopal Performers…………… Reflection………………...…………………. DARE………………..……………………… Rectors Weekly Calendar …………….. An Irish Blessing………………………….. Remember Me……..…………………… Sermon Schedule & Stations……… Upcoming Liturgical Calendar………… Upcoming Events….……………………. One Coin With Sides......................... A Prayer……...……………………………. Lenten Schedule ...…………………….
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For many years, several dedicated ladies have given freely of their time, talent, and treasure to make wreaths and garlands to “green” our beloved church for Christmastide. Thank you, dear servants of God and this parish, for your continuing generosity, which contributes immeasurably to our joy in that most glorious season.
James Sutherland Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Choosing a Ministry By, KaDee McCormick
I heard it said once, “If you want to make a difference, find out what you don’t do well and don’t do it.” I suggest that this also applies to lay ministers, those who commit to a service for God who are not formally ordained. This scribbling expresses some points that may be helpful to those seeking the right choices for lay ministry, so an appropriate commitment is made to the ministry, resulting in peace and joy for the servant and the best service to God. No “how to guide” should be started without first asking the question, “Why should I …?” So, why should the laity choose to commit their limited time resource to the service of God? It is one of my personal beliefs that each individual, the resultant of their unique nature, nurture and divine guidance, has inherent “value of being” and something which only that person can
offer. We all have unique, unrealized potentials waiting on passionate motivations and timed circumstances to bring those potentials to effective use in the service of God. We have free will, so what we use our resources (time, tools, and talents) for is our choice. Because I believe in the “good work,” I choose to give of my best resources to make a difference. I choose to do this in the name of God, not as the purchase price for some “eternal fire insurance policy”, rather in the name of love for a friend who has remained closer than a brother. I choose to serve the will of the God of my understanding, because his Son is my friend; and, I am committed to the greatest expression of that love in,” no greater love hath any man than he lay down his life for a friend.” You have just heard my passion, my motivation, which drove me to the service to which I have given an extended commitment. In my case, the timing and circumstances which allowed my service, I choose to believe, to have been influenced by God and to have been equally for my
benefit in accordance with scripture (Jer. 29:11). We all have such passions that motivate us to improve the human condition, and can make a difference if this potential is diligently sought, bravely discovered, and humbly exercised in the service of God. I suggest an importance that each of us express our valuable uniqueness in service of our passion and that what we do what we do, do well, and unto God. Rather than giving step-by-step instructions in choosing a lay ministry first, let me instead provide you with my six considerations for making a choice of the right ministry. Passion will guide and motivate you to your ministry. Where your heart is, there also is your treasure. Determine what drives you to action; what is your motivation? Diligently seek, with prayer and critical self-examination, the individual elements of your passion and how they drive you to service that makes a difference. Services provided based on passion will motivate you and will provide you with the greatest satisfaction, joy and peace. Examples of passions that can be matched to a ministry, to name a few, include righting injustice, comforting sick, inclusion of the marginalized, feeding the poor, ensuring maintained physical facilities, advocate for the weak, obedience to a higher calling, spiritual exploration, seeking truth and mystery, etc. And these are but a few… Once you have more clearly defined your passion, observe the likeminded, and then seek guidance from the ordained to match that passion to a ministry. Seek guidance from the ordained and group leaders. The ordained ministers are our professional counselors with the training, overall perspective and dedication to offer compassionate insights. They are the guard rails on our road of life. Also, be receptive to suggestions from the ordained to consider a ministry you had not previously entertained, as they sometimes see our potential and weaknesses which we cannot see. Group leaders are focused on a 3
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attention to feedback and subtle clues. Watch those with similar motivations and see if you have the same commitment level or perhaps a parallel, but not the same one. I. e., you may have a passion for imparting knowledge which you have discovered by watching a Sunday school teacher, but perhaps your teaching passion is for a different age group or setting. Another feedback is a change in comfort level. It is not key to choosing or changing a ministry, as many times God places us outside our comfort level to grow. But, it must be acknowledged and critically self-evaluated because, like our dreams, it is telling us something about ourselves. Sometimes we get “over comfortable” and are just going through the motions as passion for the ministry has become stale resulting in God’s desire for us to return to that passion or move on to new passion. Yes, comfort level can give us feedback that it is time to move to a different ministry; but, it is tricky. In such cases, seek the counsel of the ordained and group leadership to make that distinction. Another feedback is contentment; when you are contented, you know in your knower that all is right with your relationship with God and you have found that ministry that motivates you and serves your passion. And yes, you can be contented even when there are significant problems that must be overcome. When you can successfully deal with those, it may be time for your position to change to that of a group leader, and God is giving you a push out of your comfortable nest.
Satisfy your creative outlet. My relationship with
God has the most beauty when I am creating. I wrote little about this subject, but don’t underestimate the importance. Creativity helps to maintain our passions as passions. The passions of our life can only be fully backfilled when we are satisfied with what we create. Again, each of us has value and something to add that can improve a ministry. Seek a ministry that allows for group leaders to guide our creativity to improve the service to God. Attitude is more important than aptitude. Whom God calls, He equips; so, exercise the heart of a servant to minister, and accept training that is provided to fill in any needed skills. I contend that skills can be taught, passion cannot. Few of us possess the innate skills in the areas of our passion; and even those that do, can benefit from training to provide a more effective service. Accept the training provided by the group leaders and watch the ministry effectiveness improve.
Over commitment destroys motivation. Continued commitment to a ministry for which we have only marginal passion can lead to loss of motivation and strained relationships due to guilt about perceived performance. Also, when we over commit to too many ministries, we dilute focus, short circuit motivation, and, worst of all, we can burn out our passion in an area. Yes, there is the fear that if we do not provide our time to a ministry that that ministry will suffer. Consider however, that it may be time for that ministry to be placed on hold by the leadership until God sets the circumstances for the right passionate people to come along. Consider life’s balance; we have finite time resources and we must use them wisely to effectively serve God and our other commitments including family, employer and self. What you do, do well; but, you can’t do any of them well if you’re doing too much or doing too many things. 4
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So how do I to get started?
Explore your feelings to find your true passion(s) that will motivate you so you can do what you do; do well before you do for God.
Observe those who serve in various ministries to see if you are like minded.
Talk to people and group leaders in various ministries of interest to see if you can align with their personalities, motivations and passions.
Seek counsel of the ordained who are there to serve the server.
Pray for guidance in the selection, timing and circumstances necessary for service.
Allow God to create the circumstances to support your ability to serve.
Volunteer for a test in a ministry allowing yourself and the leadership the right to change their mind if it is not right for you to make a long term commitment.
Make arrangements with the group leaders to obtain the training necessary for the service to which you desire to commit.
Don’t be afraid to say no to dedication to services which are not your passion and which take so much of your time that it places your life and relationships out of balance.
Seek confirmation from the ordained ministry before making a commitment
Commit for a specified time period a reasonable service to God.
Fulfill the service commitment for the specified time out of love more than duty.
Enjoy a richer relationship with God where your creativity is expressed, and peace and contentment are obtained through a reasonable passionate service to God.
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A sermon preached by the Very Reverend Jeff Fisher, Suffragan Bishop of Texas, while he was still rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Waco, Texas Submitted by Michael Gillum
Last Thursday, when it was cold and rainy outside, a 30 year old man dropped in to St. Alban’s in the afternoon. This young man had just gotten engaged to be married, and he was looking for a place for their wedding. Such requests do happen occasionally, because we have such a beautiful church building, and because the Episcopal marriage liturgy is so meaningful. I like to use these opportunities to show hospitality and welcome, because we are a family of God that welcomes all people. So, last Thursday afternoon, I stepped away from whatever I was doing at my desk, and I took this young man inside the church to look around. Once I turned on the lights, he looked around for a full view of our wonderful worship space. Then, he turned to me and said, “You know, I was raised in the Episcopal Church. I used to carry the cross in church.” This man did not say, “In the Episcopal Church, I learned about the virgin birth or about inspiring music or about ‘family values.’” Instead, he said, “I carried the cross.” Being a crucifer, being a “cross carrier”, is the first thing that he recounted about being an Episcopalian. And if our church is best remembered for proclaiming the message of the cross, then we are on the right track. When the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthian church, the Corinthians were not on the right track. The Greeks proclaimed a message that lifted up wisdom and eloquent speeches. Jews could not believe a message about a God who is the victim of Capital punishment on a cross. Yet Paul was the bold crucifer who carried the cross down the aisle of The Corinthian church, writing: “Jews demand miraculous signs And Greeks desire wisdom, But we preach Christ crucified.” We preach Christ crucified. For me, for Jeff Fisher, this verse is one of the most important passages in the New Testament, for the world demands miracles and signs. Society desires iron-clad arguments and proofs for Christianity. But we preach Christ crucified. I am sure that he was referring to when he was an 5
Lent & Easter 2014 acolyte. And, just like most things in the Episcopal Church, we never call something by its real name; we have to have a fancy name for everything. Rather than calling those who carry the cross a “cross carrier,” we call them a “crucifer.” And I think that it is particularly fitting that the people in our church who are the cross carriers, who are the crucifers, are teenagers. The crucifer leads the procession into worship. The crucifer leads the priest down the aisle to read the Good News. The crucifer leads us out into the world to proclaim Christ crucified. For me, for Jeff Fisher, I am sick and tired of a message of Christianity that is really just self-help tips on how to improve my marriage. I am sick and tired of a message of Christianity that is just old arguments about creation vs. evolution and about sexuality and about when the second coming will be. I am sick and tired of a message of Christianity that is anything except taking the cross and carrying it high, carrying the cross in the church, and in the barrios, and in the country club, and in the streets. As for me, I want to preach Christ crucified. I want to preach Christ crucified because the cross, to me, is the basic proof that I need for the existence and presence of God. When I am present at the deathbed of someone, when I experience their cross, then I know I have experienced that God is there. When I quit my job in order to be ordained, when I walked out of my Corporate office in a veil of tears, then I know I have experienced that God is there. Whenever I have carried the cross, in church and in the world, God has been uniquely present. Therefore, I want to shout out to you, and to the world: “The Son of God was murdered on a cross to show us that there is no place, no place, where God is not present. There is no place, no place, where God does not love you.” There was a long-time member of this church named Lillian Sauer, who died last December when she was well in her 90’s. Lillian’s husband, George Sauer, had been the head football coach at Baylor during the 1950’s. A long time ago, the Sauer family was very active here at St. Alban’s. However, for many, many years, Lillian Sauer lived a life of carrying the cross. Her husband, George, died the long, slow death of Alzheimer’s. Then, Lillian’s son, George Sauer, Jr., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was only in his mid-50’s. So, Lillian walked
the way of the cross, the long road of Alzheimer’s, not only with her husband, but then also with her son. George Jr. had been a highly-acclaimed wide receiver for the New York Jets. Yet, when I met him, he was no longer a famous football player. And he would wander away from home, for days at a time, not remembering where he lived. A few years ago, just days before Christmas, Lillian asked that I bring her Christmas communion. While I was visiting with her, George Jr. walked in the door, after having been gone for hours, and hurried into his bedroom. I asked Lillian, “Do you think that George would want to take communion with us?” She replied, “Oh, I seriously doubt it. I don’t think he has believed in God for years and years.” After a minute, George emerged from his room to get something from the kitchen. I called out to him, “George, would you like to join us for communion?” He stopped in his tracks and said, “Yes, I think I will.” The three of us then sat in the living room and shared the Body and Blood of Christ, each of us with tears in our eyes. Lillian later told me it was the best Christmas present she had ever received. At the end of the service, I packed up my communion kit to go. George then asked if he could walk me to my car. Slowly, we walked out into the cold December air. Once we got to my car door, this former professional football player looked me in the eyes and said, “You know, I used to carry the cross in church.” What George did not fully comprehend was that he was still carrying the cross. However, the cross he was proclaiming was not the beautiful, brass cross that he carried in this church as a teenager. Yet, in his life, in the life of his dear, old mother, I saw the cross. In George’s cross - and in his eyes - I saw all the proof that I need that God is alive and at work in this world, in our sufferings, and in our Alzheimer’s, and in our sorrows. For the world demands a life without pain and the medical community desires a cure for every disease. But George Sauer preaches Christ crucified. Your life, I am sure, preaches Christ crucified. So, do not be afraid to lift high the cross. Then carry that cross into these streets and into your office and into your school and into your neighborhood. And preach Christ crucified. Because the world in which you and I live is sick and tired of hearing about a Christianity without the Cross. So for Christ’s sake, be a crucifer. AMEN. 6
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Junior Warden’s Report We are asked to “look ahead” and discuss what might be or what we plan or hope to do when submitting these Sentinel articles. In this discussion I prefer to look back and give tribute to a pair of members who certainly deserve it. I have done quite a bit of mowing grass at All Saint’s and have a good amount of knowledge of what is required. I don’t have any knowledge and don’t want to know what is involved in tending flower beds. We moved into our present facility in the Fall of 1991. The Sutherland addition was not completed until about two years later. The grounds surrounding the buildings were quite rough and un-kept. During the next growing season Alice and Stan Batch said they wanted to care for all of the outside areas. Stan did the mowing with an old International Cub tractor and Alice prepared beds for flowers on three sides of the building. By Summer the flowers were blooming and the mowed areas were being shaped up. They continued this for several years with no or little help from others (Alice may have had help?). I don’t know if they ever received many thanks at that time but I would like to thank them now for their hours of work during those years.
Garden Beds Doug Ryan and Harrison Roe worked to finish eight 3’ x 12’ x 12” high boxes to be filled with safe soil and used this spring by students at the Middle School and teachers for growing a salad garden. Thanks Doug and Harrison!
By Dr. Hugh Silkensen, Junior Warden
A Perspective on the Bible By Joy Pohl
Twenty years ago, I was perplexed as to the relevance of the Bible (which I had read through a poetic lens), both in the Episcopal Church and in the secular culture. It seemed to me the church had unjustly been split into two opposing groups: those that found the Bible to be irrelevant, out of date and unnecessary; and those that pursued an overly strict interpretation of the text. My solution at the time was to fit two years of Education for Ministry into an overly busy schedule to understand the church’s position on its sacred text. Twenty years later, it seems to me this ‘problem’ of the Christian sacred text lingers within All Saints’ and the greater church. I offer this one-page summary as evidence that the Bible is relevant and worth the effort of words. This piece does not contain information that is new to most Episcopalians. The point is that the article is only one type written page, and I wish that someone had handed me this page 20 years ago. It’s a ‘Do unto others’ for me. I offer it not as a call to evangelization, but as a nudge toward responsible teaching and discussion: what I learned through EFM is not so complex that it cannot be readily condensed and discussed, and I think the condensation and discussion may be worthwhile. Continued on pg. 10
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I believe I have probably sent this out before, but, since we are about to enter into the season of Lent, I thought it was appropriate to remind ourselves of the importance of the season. The number 40: Forty is a number found often in the Bible, as are three and seven, among others. For Noah, it was forty days and nights of rain (Gen 7:4, 13, 17), then 40 days before the opening of the window in the Ark (Gen 8:6). It took 40 days for the embalming procedure of Jacob (Gen 50:3). Moses spent 40 days and nights with God on Mt Sinai (Ex: 24:18). The Israelites camped outside the Promised Land for 40 days (Num: 13:25), then wandered 40 years in the desert (Num. 14:33, 34). Elijah escaped to Mt. Horeb, running from Queen Jezebel, for 40 days and nights (1Kngs 19:8). Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days (Mt 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13). There were 40 days between the crucifixion and Ascension (Acts 1:3). Numbers are repeated often in the Bible; they are not to be taken literally, but are used as symbols. In the above examples, forty denotes a long time, as well as a period of preparation for some special action of God. Lent is a remembrance of the 40 days of Jesus’ being temptation in the wilderness, and of his faith, as he came to terms with his fear of suffering and of death. It was Jesus surrendering himself to God’s will. For us, it not only represents a remembrance. It becomes our own wilderness experience, our time to withdraw into the desert, into the extremes that we face within us. Lent is a time to take stock of our spiritual journeys and where they are leading us. It is a solemn time of fasting and prayer, a time of repentance and preparing the way for the Good News of the Resurrection.
Along with our Lenten observations, let us become students, renewing our discipleship to Christ, making a commitment to walk those forty days with Jesus through his and our own temptations, facing the strength of our faith and our fears, learning to surrender ourselves to the will of God our Father, finally coming to the Resurrection with renewed faith. During Lent, many of us practice an old observance of giving up something dear to us, or taking on a project that we normally would not do, as a symbol of our sacrifice in honor and remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. I know you have heard people say, “I am giving up chocolate for Lent,” or “no sweets for me through Lent”. I have said these things myself, usually not making it all the way through without a cookie, and finding a way to justify it so that I did not feel guilty. These types of Lenten promises are certainly things that would be good for us, and, yes, a sort of sacrifice. But, can we take that sacrifice to a little deeper level? Maybe we can sacrifice our time (which is not easy to do), to spend a little more time in scripture study, prayer, or conversation with God. Maybe we could save a little more time for family? Can we sacrifice a little of our time to visit someone in a nursing home, or someone who is homebound? What about volunteering for charitable work, or taking on things that we normally do not have time to do? If Jesus sacrificed himself for the world, can we not sacrifice a little time to those we hold dear in our families, neighbors and community? It seems to me that these are some of the types of things that we should observe when remembering the great sacrifice of love made by Christ for us. All I am saying is that: if you practice this observance, take time to think about what you are willing to sacrifice in remembrance. Blessings… Kaye
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From Saint Veronica’s Chapter of All Saints’ Episcopal Parish. By: Dodie Lamb-Roberts
Jesus said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26: 3638). Jesus was asking his disciples to pray with him. When a Daughter takes her vows, the first rule of the Order is the Rule of Prayer. It is a fine line to distinguish between quiet time with God and prayer, but for the sake of progression in our devotions, we need to remember that God is ready to hear us. Therefore, take the time to speak to Him, even to cry out from the very depths of some need. While undertaking the 12 week course in preparation for the Admission into the DOK order, my first hurdle was believing with all my heart that I could achieve a daily ritual of prayer. Let me be the first to share with my fellow parishioners, “the Lord works in strange and mysterious ways.” I taped the DOK motto to the vanity mirror in my master bedroom. The motto is the first image I see upon waking. It’s amazing how quickly the motto became my daily mantra. For His Sake…… I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do. Lord, what will you have me do? My prayer for this Lenten season is for each of us to be more contemplative. We empty our minds of all thoughts and images to enter into the presence of God. We seek nothing for ourselves, but are receptive to all He wishes to bestow upon us and all He plans to be through us. What will the Lord have YOU do?
Clergy and Lay Leadership for 2014 The Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield Bishop of Arkansas Fr. Jos Tharakan, Rector The Rev. Angi Tharakan, Priest Associate Kaye Staggs, Postulant to the Sacred Order of Deacons Br. Louis Welcher, OP Novice in the Anglican Order Of Preachers The Vestry 2014 Senior Warden
Hugh Silkensen Richard Kersh
Children & Youth
Adult Christian Edu. Mary Gunter Deborah Wilson Finances
Loretta Cochran Dodie Lamb-Roberts
Outreach & Altar
Dr. Timothy Smith Kristin Smith
Child Care Admin. Assistant
Diane Tollison Kimby Tackett
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The Bible is generally accepted as having a basis in chronological time and place: a collection of books about the Hebrew people and their journey under God. It may be accepted as Wisdom Teaching. The word,” wisdom,” is meant here to convey gentleness and openness to discussion. As with all peoples, nations, and tribes, the Hebrew people created social mores and laws, sometimes struggling for survival and sometimes struggling for dominance. The Old Testament is a narrative that documents their successes and failures in such a way that an eternal journey unfolds. This journey can be seen to have a cyclic nature, in that the same problems recur: Israel is not faithful to God’s laws, so Israel falls, repents, rebuilds, and tries again. This eternal cyclic nature is indicative of a wisdom path that occurs in the lives of individuals as well as of nations. The Ten Commandments can be seen as a concise code of teachings that are universal, and lead to a spiritually blessed life. Yet the people of Israel and their heroes often fall short of the teachings. It is the New Testament that reveals that the laws are meaningless apart from love. This is revealed indirectly through the life of Jesus, and directly through his teachings as he summarizes the law and prophets of the Old Testaments into the two commandments: to love God and others. Matt. 22: 36-40.
The Genesis beginning is accepted by most people as a true myth: whether people named Adam and Eve actually existed, or were prototypes, is less important than the truths revealed about their relationships to God and to each other as the first male and female. Thus, the Bible as Wisdom Teaching leads people into discussion and not into absolutes. And, since it is the record of a people, there is tangible evidence of the historical existence of many of the characters, such as the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem supporting the historical existence of David and Solomon. In summary, the Old Testament opens with a creation story, reveals the legends and experiences of a people under God to be applicable to all people under God, and ends at the time of the Roman Occupation of the Holy Land and the birth of Jesus. The New Testament reveals that love must be both the basis of commandments and yet must surpass commandments. The earthly life of Jesus ends with the Resurrection and the early Christians believing something spiritually unique had occurred with that event. The Epistles recount the struggles of the early church. The book of Revelation provides the closure and summary of the ongoing spiraling journey through time: a vision credited to the apostle John of the symbolic apocalypse of nations. This vision summarizes the warring forces that many nations have experienced throughout history, and concludes with the eternal hope that the turmoil of warring nations will eventually be in our past and peace on earth will reign. Come, Lord Jesus.
Easter Prayer Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: Give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. By: Br. Louis Welcher OP
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Five Barley Loaves and Two Fishes
The Peace of the Lord, All Saints’ Neighbors Table Committee
Dear Partners and Friends in the work of Neighbors Table, We feel privileged to begin a new year of serving at Neighbors Table. While we are sad about the growing need for this ministry, we can celebrate the good things that are happening as we provide this place for anyone in our community to be welcomed with a hot meal. In 2013, we served more than 2500 hearty meals at about $1 each. This was made possible by proceeds from the May 2013 Art Show benefit, on-going financial donations to All Saints’ food ministries, fresh produce from generous gardeners, other food donations, and the opportunity to purchase staples and additional food products at large-quantity wholesale prices. Additional expenses to keep the lights on and a roof over our heads were met by the tithes and offerings of All Saints’ members. We are thankful that the Neighbors Table cupboard is not bare, and, at this time, we see no need for another major fundraiser in 2014.
The Colors of the Lenten Season and Easter Season Purple is used on the altar and vestments during Lent. This is symbolic of reflection and penance. The symbol for Lent is the Cross. It symbolizes Jesus’ victory over death, and the hope of our salvation. It reminds us that we are called by Jesus to love God, our neighbors, and ourselves, and that we should improve those things that help us do this and change those things that get in the way. Lent is the time of preparation for Easter, the greatest Feast of the Church. During Lent, we are asked to focus on changing our lives through prayer, penance, and love. In doing this, we try to become more like Christ in His love for God and others by His dying and rising to new life.
Thank you for joining us in our fellowship of chefs, cooks, gardeners, grocers, greeters, dessert makers, dishwashers, donors-of-unused-freezers, table movers, table setters, musicians, floor sweepers, and new friends who serve and are served on Saturday mornings. Thank you for coming together with us as churches, school groups, and individuals to make a place at this table for our brothers and sisters. What a joyful assignment it is to join with you to find and gather food at hand, prepare it, serve it, and enjoy it together! We look forward to this continued opportunity in 2014.
The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Thursday of Holy Week. From the time of the early Church, the 40 days of Lent are counted from the First Sunday of Lent until Holy Thursday, with Sundays excluded from the total.
Please join us in praying that we have plenty to give and waste nothing. Please pray that we will be good stewards of Neighbors Table funds, and creative in our efforts to serve healthy meals to those who seek food, comfort, and kindness. Pray that the need for this ministry will grow smaller and smaller, rather than greater and greater. Pray that we all will remember we do not need to wring our hands like Jesus’ disciples before the hungry crowds when he tested them (and us) with these words: “Where will we find food to feed these people?” (John 6:5)
On Good Friday, black is used as a symbol of death.
The term “Lent” comes from a Middle English word that means “springtime”. Like the season of spring, Lent is a time of renewal. Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter Day, is a time of rejoicing. The color is red.
The color used during the Easter season is white, signifying the joy of Christ’s resurrection. A symbol for Easter is the Paschal Candle and water, which represent the light and new life of Christ’s resurrection and the water of our baptism and rebirth. Every Sunday during the year, the Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. However, St. Athanasius regarded the fifty days of the Easter Season as “the great Sunday”. Continue on pg. 13 11
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Although our local area does not offer the recycling of glass jars or Styrofoam, the Conway Landfill does. If you have glass jars you would like to recycle, please rinse them out before you bring them to the landfill. You do not need to take off the labels and you can also leave on the lids. Their phone number is 1 501 450-6155 for their hours or any questions.
Also the Russellville Community Market accepts Styrofoam egg cartons. They recycle them to the farmers. You can drop them off on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker Hall.
Young Episcopal Performers News By: Kristin Smith
The Young Episcopal Performers (YEPS) continue to have a productive spring. We currently have 7 young people (grades 6-12) participating on a regular basis with a couple of others stepping in when their schedules permit. The group’s latest activities have included: introducing the hymn “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly” (Tune: Racquel) from The Hymnal 1982 to the congregation during a Sunday service, leading a Wednesday evening prayer service with Ray Makeever’s ”Joyous Light” setting, and singing an anthem on a Sunday. The group has enjoyed getting to know the Episcopal musical traditions a bit better through singing, playing instruments and fellowship. Future plans include continued participation in Sunday worship, and attending theatre and music performances together.
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Reflecting this view, the Sundays of the Easter Season are not called “Sundays after Easter”, but “Sundays of Easter”. The Easter season flows from the Easter Vigil and concludes fifty days later on Pentecost Sunday. The last day of the Easter season is Pentecost Sunday, on which we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. On this day red is the liturgical color, representing the Fire of the Holy Spirit.
By: Kaye Staggs
It’s been a while since I have had a moment to quietly think about the many things worth pondering in this world. In my busy days, I find time to center and pray, but, sometimes, not enough time to reflect on those things that have been presented to me in the everyday meetings, workings, and living that goes on around me. There are times that I think God speaks to me through those normal, everyday happenings, and I just have to pay attention to what He is saying or asking through other people and situations. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that people need people, and I must ask how I can do what God wants me to do, if I am not aware of the pain or need that is presenting itself through just a word, sigh, action, tears or anger. I pray daily that I am given the gift of awareness.
The season after Pentecost begins with an observance of Trinity Sunday when we remember and honor the Triune God revealed to us in and through the life of the Resurrected Christ. On this Sunday, white is the color. From this Sunday on, the color will be green as we move into Ordinary Time. We hear the lessons of Jesus’ teachings, and learn how to live the Christian life. The color for the season is green ,to symbolize the growth and life of the church. It is the longest season of the church year, from Trinity Sunday until the first Sunday of Advent.
Kathy Westmoreland Altar Guild Mistress
I haven’t really thought about what I should give up for Lent, or take on as a possible charity. Maybe, I will just try to be more observant of people and the events happening around me, and attempt to remain more tuned in to what God is telling me.
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Rector’s Weekdays Calendar Fr. Jos keeps office hours for pastoral counseling, spiritual directions, pre-marital preparations, marital enrichment sessions, individual crisis consultations, home visits, crisis intervention in individuals, families and community, house blessings, hospital visits and “paper work” after the regularly scheduled events of the week. Here are his regularly scheduled events in a week and the other calendar events now on calendar for the next three months.
Preparation for services and events Holy Eucharist Rite I Sunday Schools / Ministry meetings Holy Eucharist Rite II Other visits and meetings
07-08 am 08-09 am 09-10:15 am 10.30-12 pm 12-2 pm
Usually Rector’s Day Off Prayer Time Staff Meeting Office Hours / Visits Prayer Time
All Day 08-09 am 09-10:30 am 10:30-6:30pm 08-09 am
Office Hours Bible Study Healing Services Ministry related meetings Holy Eucharist Sermon Preparation, Study and Prayer Visits / Pastoral counseling time Prayer and Office Hours Day Off
09-10 am 10 – 11:30 am 02-03 pm 05 – 06 pm 06:30 pm 08-01 pm 01-04 pm 08-03 pm All Day
DARE In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 The DARE Commission is excited about establishing a conservation with the parish using a framework called “Appreciative Inquiry”. This process involves meeting with parish members in small groups to reflect on those experiences where they felt the most excited and enthusiastic about All Saints’, what gives life to our church, and what would make it an even better place to worship. As Paul encouraged the faithful at Philippi to think about these things, so should we focus on what we love and dream for the future of All Saints’. By the time you receive this copy of The Sentinel, we will have had our first meeting on Wednesday, February 26, where we shared an evening meal and conducted the meetings in small groups at the church. The Groups were facilitated by teams of DARE committee members and vestry members. We will continue to hold additional meetings until everyone has had the chance to contribute to this information gathering. The results of these meetings will be compiled and used to inform the committee as we look forward to the future of All Saints’ and develop our recommendations to the vestry. Sherrie Cotton DARE Commission Chair
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An Irish Blessing Mary B. Gunter Senior Warden
I was born an Irish Catholic, with a lot of emphasis on the Irish. My grandmother, Mamie Theresa Flanagan, came to this country as a young girl. She died in childbirth in 1904, when my dad was 4 years old. He never really knew his mother. I never had my grandmother to share the stories of her home, Ireland. My grandfather, who was also gone by the time I was born, was a powerful storyteller who kept my grandmother’s memory alive for my dad. My dad, in turn, made her seem very present and real to me. In our home, St. Patrick’s Day was our day to remember my grandmother and our heritage. We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a big way. For me, next to Christmas, it was the best day of the year. We had stories, riddles, blessings, and corn beef and cabbage. And, yes, we had plenty of shamrocks to wear. My dad would sing and dance. He would tell the Irish Riddles that would have you rolling on the floor. He would find time to take me to the Saint Patty’s Day parade. And, then there were the Irish Blessings for the close to our day.
three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. This year as every year, I will be thinking of my family and the stories I have been told. I won’t be at a parade this year, but will be traveling home from Los Angeles from a national meeting. As I look out the window of the plane, I will see the awe and wonderment of God. His story is a story for all ages. What stories are you telling? We have a great story and heritage in the teachings of Jesus. Let us continue to learn from what He taught us, and share those stories whenever we have an opportunity. I close with a blessing from my book, Irish Blessings: May God in His wisdom And infinite love Look down on you always From Heaven above. May He send you good fortune Contentment and Peace And may all your blessings Forever increase. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you and yours! Mary B. Gunter, SeniorWarden
THE ALTAR MINISTRY NEEDS YOU! I think about this as I write for this issue of the Sentinel and our seasons ahead. On March 17th, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We celebrate both the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and Patrick, their patron saint. The Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church observe St. Patrick’s Day. It is believed that St. Patrick used the
There is a need in our church for those who are interested in serving God at the Altar as a Crucifer, Torchbearer, or Usher. If you are 10 – 100 years of age, and would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact Kaye Staggs at 479-9709316 or email@example.com
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Remember Me by , Dr. Stanley Lombardo (1966)
Prince among thieves was he, and king of the roost, for never did he take from those who could not spare it, nor did he carry weapons other than the silken cord which he called Snake, for it was swift and deadly, like the strangling snake of the desert, which does not sting as other serpents do, but tightens about its victims in a death embrace from which there is no escape. A prince was he – for even the thieves around him admired his skill and cunning, and even a thief admires daring. Oh, this was a night – such a night as he loved, for the guards were asleep in the balmy dusk, and the wall was an easy climb. Agile and lithe as a cat was he, quick and quiet, a shadow, this thief, fleeting and dark as the shade of a shade. Oh, was ever there such a thief? And he chuckled in the blackness, the jet-velvet night. Softly he laughed at the thoughts that came: thoughts of the royal rubies snug in the Prefect’s coffers; thoughts of the merchant’s daughter; the price of the Prefect’s wealth. No ordinary thief was he, for ever to him came the wealthy, the men desirous of the goods of others, and always he gained the prizes they sought – and his price was high. His was the night, the velvet night, and the gold of his patron sang in his mind -- the gold of his earning - and the merchant’s daughter, raven-haired child of the merchant of Rome. The thief-prince, the young rogue, dreamed of her beauty. Soon he would possess the merchant’s daughter. Back he came, back for the maiden. Voices in the garden – angry voices and torchlight and shouting. They’d not been there when first he’d passed, when first he’d sought the Prefect’s jewels, the scarlet gems that danced in his bag. The shouts – for him? No, for another, kneeling alone in the depths of the garden. “Flee!” called the thief, “for time remains! They are not upon thee yet!” The man remained kneeling, so again he cried, “Run, brother
thief, if such you are – leastwise, brother fugitive!” Still he does not move. Soldiers in the garden – when else had they been there? Never before, but now. . . Two are caught in the coils of Snake, but others come, and the game is lost, and the daughter and gold of the merchant churl now wait for one who will not come. *
The heat of day is not as the cool of night. The shadow melts with the toil of his burden, and the thief will soon be no more. But he grits his teeth as if to grin in the blinding light, the naked day, for he is a prince of thieves, and he knows death and does not fear it, for ever has he walked in its shadow, and it holds no terror for him. Waiting at last for the end to come, bound as he is above the heads of men, he grits his teeth in agony, and the watchers think he laughs – for throwing back his head, he breathes to the Man beside him, “I was wrong, O Man of the garden, to call You brother thief. Forgive me, Lord, and remember me when You come into Your Kingdom. Remember Dismas.” And the Nazarene Who hangs upon the cross beside him promises, “Truly, I say to you, this day you will be with Me in Paradise.” He never doubts that the promise is good.
“Remember Me . . .” – Half a Century Later: Saint Dismas, the Penitent Thief
I make no apologies for the sixteen-year-old boy who wrote the short-short story above, in emulation of the fantasies of Lord Dunsany. I was fascinated with Saint Dismas then, and I continue to be fascinated with him now. Continue on pg. 21
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Congregation Men’s Women’s Congregation Daughters of the King in leadership; all are encouraged to attend Stations on the labyrinth Good Friday – Congregation
The Stations of the Cross are 14 different places that we see Jesus as he walks the Road of sorrow on his way to Golgotha, and as he is crucified. At these places, we stop and remember the sacrifice our Lord made for us. Please join us at 6pm every Friday evening during Lent as we observe this very powerful devotion. Thank you, Kaye Staggs
Sermon Schedule for The Next Three Months 03/02/20 03/09/20 03/16/20 03/23/20 03/30/20 04/06/20 04/13/20 04/14/20 04/15/20 04/16/20 04/17/20 04/18/20 04/19/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 05/04/20 05/11/20 05/18/20 05/25/20
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A Special Honor a Member Sunday Lent 1 / Vestry appreciation Sunday Lent 2/ Church Musicians & Artists Lent 3 / Unity of family Sunday Lent 4 / Holy Scriptures / Morning Prayer Lent 5 / Radical Hospitality Sunday Holy Week / Palm Sunday Mass of Reconciliation Mass of Healing Tenebrae Mass of Maundy Thursday Good Friday Passion Easter Vigil / Baptism Service Easter Sunday Services A Special Honor a Member Sunday Invite a friend Sunday Mother's Day A Special Honor a Member Sunday Memorial Day Weekend
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Pancake Supper March 4th 5:00pm
Ash Wednesday is March 5th Day light savings is March 9th.
Family Movie Night March 15th 6-9pm In Sutherland Hall All Families with Children welcome to attend!
Palm Sunday April 4th 8am, 10:30am & 6:00pm
Seder Supper April 13 @ 6:00pm
Maundy Thursday April 17th
Yoga has been meeting at All Saints’ for the last 9 years. It is a program designed for those of us who are not quite as limber, and much more stressed, than we once were. It is not a Power Yoga or a program designed to lose weight. We focus on basic stretching (no contortionist poses), balance, breathing, and stress relief in a very relaxed setting. We enjoy each other’s company as we strengthen our bodies and ease our spirits. Everyone over the age of 15 is welcome to join us. This is an outreach program of All Saints’, and is open to the public. There is no charge for sessions. We meet in Sutherland Hall every Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Leader: Kaye Staggs For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 479-970-9316
Parish Picnic to mark the end of the 2013-2014 Sunday School Year On Sunday May 18 the All Saints’ family will gather by the River to picnic and play and enjoy each other’s company. Make plans now to attend the (almost ) annual Parish Picnic at Old Post Road Park at the Dardanelle Lock and Dam in Pavilion #8 (the ranger says it’s the very best one—with a private playground plus lots of grills and shade trees). We’ll gather around 4pm. More details to follow about the menu. For questions (or to volunteer) call Carolyn McLellan at 968 6286 or Misti Evans @ 264-6946
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Good Friday April 18th
Practice For First Communion April 19th
Last Children's Sunday School For Summer is May 18th.
Day Camp May 10th for Ages K-5th grade! 10am-12noon
6:30pm & 7:30pm
The Great Easter Vigil April 19th 8pm
Easter Sunday April 20th Potluck Breakfast
Please remember All Saintsâ€™ Episcopal Church in your estate planning.
Soup Suppers Every Wednesdays of Lent
Hosted By: Louis Welcher & Kaye Staggs
Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:30 Service!
May the Road.. Rise up to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God Hold you 23
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One Coin With Two Sides In a few days, we will begin one of the greatest seasons of the church year. Some of us have celebrated Lent all our live, and, for some others, it is a fairly new spiritual practice. Regardless of who started when, during this Lent, I want us to reflect more deeply than in our usual, regular Lenten practices. Sometimes, that becomes a routine, because it is done routinely. St. John Chrysostom, also called the Golden Mouth of God because of wise teachings, counsel, and life, is the person I want to invite into our lives this Lenten season. He says, “The Israelites witnessed marvels; you also will witness marvels, greater and more splendid than those which accompanied them on their departure from Egypt. You did not see Pharaoh drowned with his armies, but you have seen the devil with his weapons overcome by the waters of baptism. The Israelites passed through the sea; you have passed from death to life. They were delivered from the Egyptians; you have been delivered from the powers of darkness. The Israelites were freed from the slavery to a pagan people; you have been freed from the much greater slavery to sin. Do you need another argument to show that the gifts you have received are greater than theirs? The Israelites could not look on the face of Moses in glory, though he was their fellow servant and kinsman. But you have seen the face of Christ in his glory.” This is what St. Chrysostom says. Here is what St. Paul said earlier, “We see the glory of the Lord with faces unveiled”. For some of us, this whole thing which St. Chrysostom says here could be simply an old and crude form of faith, and for others this could be simply philosophy that does not have any value in the modern world. Yet, for a few others, what St. John says here means everything in their walk with God. The way we look at what Paul and John are saying here depends on where we are now in our spiritual journey. No one can actually say with all honesty how spiritually deep we are, because the innermost thoughts are known only to God, and God surely knows where we are as people.
ing when he speaks of his experience of Christ. He is comparing all the people of Israel to the people who have come to recognize the love of Christ in the modern world at that time, which certainly is relevant today. Ask a few questions of yourself. Could my faith be simple enough to know the greatest mystery of God, because that which the human brain understands defies the mystery of divine power? Or do I need a complex faith that seems to believe it has all the fundamentals covered by the knowledge of some limited worldly concepts and ideologies? Can I be satisfied by the simplicity of those who have gone before us when it comes to their knowledge of God, and living a faithful and conscious life? Or do I need to constantly chase after even more knowledge, which seem to evade us? What makes us different from every religious group out there should be what makes us ourselves, as seen by God. Human beings are always naked beyond the body of the world in the eyes of God. What makes us powerful should be what makes us vulnerable. What gives us joy in living a life of faith should be what helps us give and receive with gratitude the things we have been blessed with. True faith is the practice of love that comes from the sincerity of heart, and purity of conscience, to give and receive grace and mercy in our time of need, and when someone else is need of it. We may have all the philosophical explanation of the passion, death and resurrection figured out, but, ultimately, they are all lived well only when we begin to see God’s face unveiled before us in community with others. While I am a strong believer in individual and personal spirituality, I believe faith is not individual or personal. It is an exercise of love in the context of a community. Lent is a time for us to grow deeper into selfawareness, which is the starting point of true repentance. Lent is a time for us to go more deeply into the simple faith that is used to satisfy us, and left us in awe and wonder as a child. Lent is a time for us to practice our faith in a much deeper way in the community. Exercise your faith while living your personal spirituality. There is nothing called personal spirituality without the public exercise of it. It is one coin with two sides. May this Lenten season help us become deeper in our spiritual lives, and stronger in our lives of faith.
So, for this Lent, what I want to invite you to do is simply to re-read all that St. John Chrysostom is say24
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Dismas remains one of those names, like that of Adam’s first wife, that never actually appear in the Bible; instead, we have the enigma of a nameless thief – a Sicarius or revolutionary, perhaps, like Barabbas – who, in his agony on the cross, has the grace, courage, and insight to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, confess his crimes, and be promised salvation. How did this anonymous criminal become Saint Dismas? First appearing in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus (approximately fourth century A. D.), the name “Dismas” is derived from a Greek word meaning “sunset” or “death”; hence, it is significant that the penitent thief makes his act of faith at the point of death. Subsequent folklore and literature have provided a backstory for Dismas: he was a desert Sicarius, who assisted the Holy Family in their flight to Egypt, providing them with food, water, and a safe place to rest, and furthermore protected them from other desert bandits. Upon taking his leave of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus, Dismas begged a boon: “O, Most Blessed of Children, if ever a time comes that I should crave Thy mercy, remember me, and forget not what has passed this day.”
Like the similarly apocryphal tale of the Fourth Wise Man, this narrative appeals to our desire for a complete, fully rounded story: the tale of a compassionate outlaw -- a sort of Jewish Robin Hood – who performs an act of charity for which he is rewarded decades later, when he fortuitously finds himself crucified on the right hand of the now-adult Jesus. In remonstrating with the other thief (sometimes known as “Gestas”), Dismas admits his guilt and begs mercy of Christ, thereby passing through the appropriate stages for absolution. According to medieval Catholic theologians, in acknowledging the Son at the point of his death, Dismas undergoes a “baptism of blood,” in lieu of the more conventional baptism of water. Christ’s promise to the penitent thief offers encouragement to all Christians, regardless of their past history of sin: some of the most condemnatory tales describe Dismas as a robber and murderer of innocent travelers, even a fratricide. Hence, if he can repent and receive mercy, then we can all hope to follow his example and, in the fullness of time, join Jesus in Paradise.
A Prayer Lord, make us a People whose dreams are of your kingdom, where each individual is treated as your child. Help us to remember always that we are accountable to you for sharing our blessings, our talents, energy, and skill with those you call us to serve. Teach us that being committed is a gift of the Spirit, and keep us steadfast in praying for it each morning and night. Focus our love for you and for others, so that we are thorough in our work, mindful always that small caring details, blessed by You, transform lives. Give us the courage to be invested so fully, that what happens to others changes us as well. Enlighten with the vision that optimizes every opportunity to make a difference, especially those that first appear to be burdens. So nurture us with your goodness, and nurture the bonds of partnership among us, that we reach out, in turn, with gentleness and compassion. Create in us hearts that know and understand that true stewardship lies first in dreaming your dreams, and then in acting with integrity to make those dreams real. Lord, grant that we may always be guided by your Holy Spirit, for it is only through your grace that we can truly be your servants. In the Name of Jesus, who took little children in his arms and blessed them, and who called us to be his followers and to do likewise. AMEN. Submitted by Carolyn McClellan
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