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Voice of the Patron Message from Fr. John Dear Family in Christ, This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:23) ! These are reported to be the words that Queen Elizabeth I spoke on learning that she had ascended to the throne of England. They are words that speak of the magnificence of God and recognize that in matters great and small, God is present and active. These are also words that I speak, for in witnessing the work of the Lord at St. Luke’s, I am amazed at His goodness and blessings. ! Why do I say this? We had baptisms two weekends in a row. Our nursery is up and running, and its new home in the room off the narthex is coming soon. We have spiritual education for members of every age. Attendance and giving are up at both the Saturday and Sunday services; and if you haven’t yet attended a Wednesday (12:15 p.m.) service in the chapel, then I encourage you to do so, it is a prayerful and intimate time with God. This week the “Engaging Our Word” forum kicks off with Adam Mallak, a member of the Billings Islamic Community. The Crossroads after-school program is in the planning stages. The list could go on with items such as the grounds, infrastructure, etc. It truly is the Lord’s doing and should most certainly be marvelous in all our eyes! The really fun part: We’re just getting started! A UTO ingathering has been scheduled for the ! I have met many of you who are on weekend of November 16 & 17. United Thank Ofour newsletter mailing list, but if you fering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to haven’t been back to St. Luke’s for a receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO while, then I encourage you to be remonies to support mission and ministry united with your St. Luke’s family. I throughout the Episcopal Church and in inbelieve that you will find a welcomvited Provinces of the Anglican Communing church home for you and your ion in the developing world. For a “Blue family and that you will agree with Box”, please contact Sylvia McKinley or visit us that it is quite marvelous. ! ! the site below. ! ! ! ! John+ http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering
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MEDITATIONS ON THE EUCHARIST - PART IV Christ Will Come Again Hold this world in abhorrence; love thy Redeemer with the entire affection of thy mind. Let not thy soul be negligent; nor seduced by the fatal sweetness and pleasantness of the Devil’s snares; lest, full of sins, and overwhelmed with vast confusion, it tremble in that hour and dissolve with excess of fear. Anselm (1033 – 1109) spoke the above in a sermon delivered during the season of Lent. He was known foremost as a scholar and defender of the Christian faith. While at the Norman Abbey of Bec, Anselm wrote extensively and provided “decisive contributions in two areas of discussion: proofs for the existence of God, and the rational interpretation of Christ’s death upon the cross.” ! Time and time again fiction and non-fiction authors alike have attempted to portray the second coming of C h r i s t . We h a v e s e e n t h e popular Left Behind series by Tim L a Ha y e a n d Je r r y Je n k i n s representing the fictionalization of the Book of Revelation to the interpretation of the same by Pastor Jack Hayford in EQuake. There are always the same questions: “When is C h r i s t co m i n g a g a i n” , “A r e y o u p r e tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation”, and “What will heaven be like”. In his sermon, Anselm seems to be asking a different question and perhaps the most important of all: Are you ready for when Christ does come again? “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8) !
OCTOBER 2013 ! Fe w C h r i s t i a n d o n o t k n o w t h i s scripture: “I will come like a thief, and you will n o t k n o w a t w h a t t i m e I w i l l co m e to you.” (Revelation 3:3) However, knowing the scripture and realizing the implications are two different things. John the Baptist calls to the people and tells them to repent. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles tells us to repent. Jesus in the Book of Revelation tells us to repent. If we f a i l to r e p e n t o f o u r e v i l , t h e n t h e implications are quite severe. “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:41-42) The society that we live in today would say that it is incorrect to tell anyone that their behavior has consequences, and that some consequences are eternal, but we as Christians are bound to the commands of the Gospel. The Gospel tells us that we must proclaim the Good News to the world and part of the Gospel message is the downside of not believing and not being prepared for when he comes again in judgment - “For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.” (Romans 14:10) ! It is important to note though, that it is not only those who are alive at the second coming that will be judged. It is all who are alive and all who have died. “The dead were judged according to what they had done” (Revelation 20:12) and this is why Anselm urges us, “Let not thy soul be negligent; nor seduced by the fatal sweetness and pleasantness of the Devil’s snares” for once we have passed from this transitory life, there is no second chance. PAGE 2
ST LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH! Meditation (continued from p. 2) ! If we prepare, if we repent and turn from our sin, and if we believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, then the time of His second coming will be a time of great joy for us. We will not “dissolve with excess of fear”, but instead we will be able to stand unblemished before the Lord because we will be counted as those who “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)
Rev. Paul Bresnahan to Present at Convention and at St. Luke’s.
STEWARDSHIP Where: Cardwell Hall When: Thursday, Oct. 17th: 1-3 p.m. Who: This event is open to the public Fr. Paul will be addressing the following areas. Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. It’s time to talk about the finances of your church and your annual pledge for the continued ministry of St. Luke’s. To assist you in making a prayerful and informed decision about your pledge, you will soon be receiving information regarding the financial condition and needs of St. Luke’s. So that you are spiritually prepared, please begin to pray about how you can give back to God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon you. !
I. Community Ministry: • Organizing the church's life around the needs of real human beings for justice and healing. • One-on-One conversations with community leaders. • Research and Demographics. • Identifying Issues. • Networking. • Action Plan. • Evaluating and making Community Ministry a continuing loop of a congregation's lead mission. II. Membership Drive. • This is often called a Stewardship Drive in the Episcopal Church but here "membership" is the "marketing" side of Stewardship. In the same way that NPR and PBS run membership drives, so too the church needs to "market" itself to the world and community it finds itself in. • Five-step Membership Development Program • "Managing" the membership roster. III. Storytelling. • The concluding section will be about the importance of sharing our faith through story. PAGE 3
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Message from the Youth Director It’s been a whirlwind first month for me! Everyone is returning from summer vacations and last-chance efforts to milk the summertime sun and warmth. I have thoroughly enjoyed this time with y’all, and I look forward to what is coming ahead... The nursery / cry room will be completed and ready for the little ones within these next couple of weeks. I will be having a “painting party” on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 12:00 after ECW. I will have all the paint and supplies ready. I would love to have 4 or 5 volunteers to come dressed in your “grubbies” and to help paint, put together cribs, and general set up of the nursery. Since the nursery is St. Luke’s “new baby,” we will have a Baby Shower during coffee hour on Sunday, Oct. 20. I have registered at Wal-Mart for general nursery supplies. Please join in the fun by welcoming our new bundle of joy! The nursery / cry room is available to all children who are still in diapers during Sunday morning worship or for those families who wish to step away for a moment during the service. I so appreciate those who have volunteered to work in the nursery; I will be setting up an organized rotation and publishing that on the website under Youth Ministry within the next week or so. Moving to the older ones... We will be starting a lectionarybased Children’s Chapel this next Sunday, Oct. 6. My desire is to offer an option for families who wish their children to learn the stories of the Gospel readings for each Sunday but on a smaller scale for the younger ones. Ideally, I wish for all families to share at home what they learned in church from either Fr. John’s sermon or the lesson from Children’s Chapel. The children will join me and another volunteer parent in the Chapel for about 30-40 minutes for the lesson and a few activities; then rejoin their families and the church during The Peace to participate in Communion and blessings. Just like the nursery rotation, I will be organizing a volunteer rotation and publishing it on the website under Youth Ministry as well. And moving on to the older, older ones... We have begun Youth Group on Wednesdays. We, like the Adult Spiritual Education class also on Wednesday, are studying The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. We are learning more about God’s grace and His passion for us despite our crazy choices, our fluctuating emotions, and our often-wavering faith. (Continued on Page 5) !
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YOUTH (Continued) We will continue to work through this book while peppering our course with applicable songs, videos, and other writings that help to illustrate Manningâ€™s efforts. And, lastly moving on to the much older ones... I am in the process of organizing the Crossroads ministry program for at-risk youth to all junior high and high school students within the city of Billings. This program will begin as one day a week after school with the potential for growth. We will offer a meal, homework support, and workshops that offer guidance through life experiences like finding a job, applying for college, and balancing a checkbook. Crossroads will be ready and open for ministry within the next couple of months.
ACOLYTE TRAINING Next Meeting Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. in the Guild Room !
Did you know that both youth and adults are welcome to serve as acolytes? No matter your age, if you would like to serve as an acolyte in the church then please plan to attend the training session scheduled for Sunday, October 27th following the service.
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2 13 Diocesan Convention
Please pray for our convention (Oct. 11-13) and delegates: Lee Stadtmiller!! Nancy McManus! Aaron Morgenstern! Rev. Dr. John Toles
Carla Stadtmiller Janie Koch Janet Morgenstern
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel at the Diocese of Montana Annual Convention for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OCTOBER 2013 Saturday • Service: 5:00 p.m. Sunday • Godly Play: 9:00 a.m. • Youth Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. • Adult Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. • Choir: 9:45 a.m. • Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. (Nursery available) • Children’s Chapel: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday • Service: 12:15 p.m. • Adult Spiritual Education: 7:00 p.m. • Youth Group: 7:00 p.m. Staff Meeting: Mon., Oct. 7th at 6:30 p.m. Preschool Meeting: Mon., Oct. 14th at 6:45 p.m. Vestry: Tues., Oct. 15th at 6:30 p.m. ECW: Sat., Oct. 19th at 10:00 a.m.