PARISH ACTIVITIES May 11 to May 18
Sunday 8:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:45 am 1:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:15 pm
Fourth Sunday of Easter Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation Happy Mother’s Day Holy Eucharist* (Nave) Sunday School* Adult Choir Holy Eucharist* with Confirmation (Nave) Morning Prayer in Swahili* (Chapel) Change Ringers Senior EYC
Monday 8:00 am
BOBS Team 5 (Connie Collier) Morning Prayer
Tuesday 8:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 4:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:15 pm 6:15 pm 6:30 pm
Morning Prayer Hands-On Outreach Staff Meeting Centering Prayer Finance Meeting Vestry Meeting EFM St. Margaret’s Guild
Wednesday 8:00 am 5:30 pm 7:30 pm
Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers (Chapel) Adult Choir
Thursday 8:00 am Morning Prayer 9:30 am Bible Study (Bishop Garrett Room) 9:30 am Hands-On Outreach 7:00 pm Bagpipes Friday 8:00 am Morning Prayer Sunday Fifth Sunday of Easter Senior Sunday 8:00 am Holy Eucharist* (Nave) 9:30 am Sunday School* 10:00 am Adult Choir 10:45 am Holy Eucharist* (Nave) 1:00 pm Morning Prayer in Swahili* (Chapel) 4:15 pm Jr. Ringers and Singers 5:00 pm Change Ringers 5:15 pm Junior EYC *Childcare Provided
Birthdays: May 11 Kathy Dickerson Lynsi Musselman
Healing Prayers: Margaret Back Ann Barker Marilyn Barnes Gary Blevins Emily Boyd May 12 Karen Boyd Charles Scarborough Price Brock Max Stearns Betsy Bryant Annie Stockstill Ruth Ann Choate Odis Claxton May 15 Victor Coffey Julie Beckham Jay Conley Michael Brandon Anastasia DeRoache Devin Brewster Karsyn Eubank Fletcher Family Dulcey Fulenwider Mike Friday David Powers Mary Gerlach Howard Gillespie May 17 A.C. Green Ray McCowan Harrison Kathy Wolaver Holly Howard Family Anniversaries: Blanche Jerige May 15 Bob Kuzma Vicki and Dan Lessing Margaret McCarty Kyle Markey May 17 Jen Marie Deanne and Walter Payne Peggy Martin Suzanne Morford
A Diane Morphew Robyn Morris Francois Mulanda Elsie & Bill Norwood Sally and Dick Orsini Kinslee Parrish Juanita Perez Michael Powell Mark Puckett Joy Ramsey Mark Scott Holly Spencer Mary Booth Steward Julie Stoner Mavis Urban Stephanie Van Kirk Whitney Vaughn Garrett Wilson David and Kathy Wolaver Armed Forces: Zach Ballard Eric Brann Conner Eyssen Zach Hinten Scott Langford Jacob Yonan For the Deceased: St. Claire Ziegler Joan Byram Lisa Bowman
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts-Schori, Presiding Bishop THE DIOCESE OF NORTHWEST TEXAS The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Bishop PARISH STAFF The Reverend N. Luke Back, Rector The Reverend David Romanik, Associate Rector The Reverend Susanna Brosseau, Curate The Reverend Amanda Watson, Deacon Dr. Wes Gomer, Organist and Choirmaster Bikole Mulanda, Swahili Minister Mary J. Renfro, Director of Finance and Administration Laura Wright, Capital Campaign Office Assistant Lynsi Musselman, Communications Coordinator Belinda Shepherd, Christian Education Coordinator Courtney Bryant, Christian Education Assistant Katie Young, Youth Ministry Intern Susetta Rockett, Music Assistant Barbradon Brooks, Harpist Arnold Guerra, Sexton Dorothy Guerra, Housekeeper NURSERY PERSONNEL Vickie Davis, Joan Fulton, Ann Lobdell, Lucy Marak, Anne Mornell, Monica Sherman Rae Ann Rindhage, Camille Martinez
The Church of the Heavenly Rest 602 Meander Abilene, TX 79602 (325) 677-2091 www.heavenlyrestabilene.org
Lessons, Announcements, and Prayer List May 11, 2014
• 10:45 a.m.•
602 Meander • Abilene, TX• 79602• (325) 677-2091 • www.heavenlyrestabilene.org
•Vision Statement • The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest is a Christian community of faith rooted in the Anglican tradition. Empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament, we seek to know the reconciling love of God and to share that love with others. •Mission Statement • As a community of faith centered in God through liturgy and Christian Practice, the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest exists to: CARE for members of all ages and stages of life. SHARE God’s inclusive and healing love with all people. CREATE opportunities to grow in Christ. SERVE the church, the community, and the world.
COLLECT O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. FIRST READING: Acts 2:42-47 Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
B Psalm 23 Page 612, BCP 1 The LORD is my shepherd; * I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures * and leads me beside still waters. 3 He revives my soul * and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake. 4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; * for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; * you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. 6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, * and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. SECOND READING: 1 Peter 2:19-25
C THE GOSPEL: John 10:1-10 Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
The Flowers On The Altar Are Given to the Glory of God and In Thanksgiving for the baptism of Marylin Margaret Butler and In Loving Memory of Rex Nolen by Mary Lou and Bruce Butler
It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
MINISTERS IN THE LORD’S SERVICE Fourth Sunday of Easter • 8:00 a.m. Celebrant: The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Bishop of Northwest Texas Preacher: The Right Reverend J. Scott Mayer, Bishop of Northwest Texas Assisting: The Reverend Susanna Brosseau, Curate The Reverend Amanda Watson, Deacon Eucharistic Ministers: Rebecca Kello, Bill Young Acolyte: Alex Beckham Oblationers: Sharon and Ron Rathbun Ushers: Tim Lillick, Doug Thomas Sound: Bob Hale Altar Guild: Connie Collier, Lynn Boyd, Norene Mansell, Jennifer Nichols Vestry: Yvonne Batts, Sr. Warden; Kim Snyder, Jr. Warden; Angela Hamil-Willis, Clerk: Geanna Cutbirth, Dickson Ferguson, Peter Kent, Chris Rockett, Rosemary Suttle, Tom Choate, Bob Hale, Kathy Diamond, Paul Fulham Appointed Vestry Officers: Scott Bishop, Chancellor; Annabel House, Treasurer
Sharing Faith The story of Pentecost in the Book of Acts (2:1-4) tells us that on that day “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” The Day of Pentecost, this year June 8th, recalls that giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that we are called to be faithful people whose lives are guided by that same Spirit. The question for us is: what difference has that made? What impact has our faith had on our lives? On May 15, members of our parishes across the diocese, as well as members of parishes from the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of West Texas, will gather in local small groups to reflect on this question. The evening will begin with a simple meal in parishioner homes across the diocese. Then group members will respond to conversation-openers designed to elicit stories about how they see God at work in their lives. On this evening of Sharing Faith, it is our hope that we will all experience a deeper understanding of our lives as people of faith. For questions, contact our local dinner coordinator, Linda Goolsbee, firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-692-3353. Senior Sunday On Sunday, May 18, we will celebrate our high school seniors at Heavenly Rest. Members of the senior class will offer reflections at the 8:00 and 10:45 services. Join us as we ask God’s blessing on those who are preparing for the next stage of their lives. Building on our Heritage of Faith, Hope and Love We hope everyone has received important information about Heavenly Rest building on our heritage of faith, hope and love. We seek to be a church that is open to everyone. For the latest details about our expansion, improvements, and preservation efforts about to begin, please visit our new website at www.heavenlyrestabilene.org. Heavenly Rest 101 Part II Everyone new to Heavenly Rest or interested in confirmation is invited to attend Heavenly Rest 101 Part II for a presentation about the various ministries of our church. Are you interested in Christian Education, singing in the choir or working in our food pantry or Thrift House? Come to Heavenly 101 Part II at 9:30am in the Library on Sunday, May 18th and find out about the numerous ways this community of faith cares, shares, creates and serves. Refreshments will be served. End of the Year Cookout for Youth It is finally that time of the year again. Time to start the grills and time to celebrate the coming of summer. On May 18 we will have a cookout at the Scarborough’s house (726 Amarillo) at 6:30. All youth and their families are invited. Please RSVP with either Susanna (email@example.com) or Katie Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15. It is going to be a blazing load of fun! Heavenly Rest in the Holy Land In March of 2015, the parishioners of the Church of the Heavenly Rest are invited on a pilgrimage to some of the most significant sites in Scripture. We’ll move through stories both ancient and modern as we visit the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and key locations in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. We’ll listen to and engage with clergy of the three Abrahamic faiths, families, and community leaders, as we experience all that Israel has to offer. We will leave the U.S. on Saturday, March 7, and return on Saturday, March 14. Our tour page is online (https:// www.mejditours.com/open-tour/heavenly-rest-in-the-holy-land/) and you can find more information, register, and make payments all in one place. We are working on an air travel package right now; details coming soon. If you have questions, please contact Mother Susanna at email@example.com.