The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · June 24, 2018
DUSTING OFF OUR IMAGINATION By Canon Lauren Holder
Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life While visiting my family in Virginia last summer, I remember watching my then-3-year-old nephew swinging at the park, pretending to be a dinosaur in a spaceship. I was struck by his ability to enter into imaginative worlds. My nephew is exactly one year older than my son, so it was a preview of what was to come. Fast forward to this summer, and indeed our day-to-day world is constantly shaped by the vibrant imagination of our own 3-year-old. Sometimes he imagines things we recognize—he drapes a ribbon over his shoulders, calls it a stole, and “goes to work” singing “Alleluia, Alleluia, seek ye first the God of the king...” (close enough), or puts on one of his dad’s event badges and races around the “track” in our living room. Other times he imagines things that are completely foreign to us, making up languages that his little sister pretends to understand. I watch him enter into imaginary worlds with his friends at school or with perfect strangers at the park, all of them able to pick up the threads of one another’s inner creativity with such ease and delight. Of course there is a dark side to imagination too. Every night before bed, I have to tell all the bears and monsters to get out of my son’s room, and then sweep them out with a broom for good measure. For some reason, bears are both the most fun animal to imitate in our home, and the most fearinducing. Here at the Cathedral, we encourage children to use their imaginations when engaging their faith. We tell stories and make believe and ask “I wonder” questions. We use puppets. We put on pageants. We dress up like whitewater rafters. And I find myself wondering, is this a lost art for adults? And if so, when does imagination begin to fade? How can we reclaim it? Jesus invites us to use our imaginations with every parable he tells. Some of the deepest truths can only be reached with imagination. But it is an art, and the less we value and exercise imagination, the harder it is to discover these truths. I’m not exactly sure how to dust off one’s imagination. But I think it merits some consideration. Perhaps it’s reading more fiction, or teaching Sunday School to little children, or prayer. Paul exclaims in his letter to the Ephesians, “Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” My prayer for these summer months is that we would discover our imaginations again. That we would have the courage to imagine a more loving world. That we would imagine with boldness God’s presence at every turn, God’s voice in our hearts, and God’s truth in our lives. How will you exercise your imagination this summer?
JUNE 24, 2018 · The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7, Year B
1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 · Psalm 9:9-20 · 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 · Mark 4:35-41
7:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Julia Mitchener
8:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: Canon Carolynne Williams Cathedral Choir (Tenors & Basses): Stephen Paulus, The Road Home Maurice Duruflé, “Agnus Dei” from Messe cum jubilo
9 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Julia Mitchener
11:15 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins Preacher: Canon Carolynne Williams Cathedral Choir (Tenors & Basses): Stephen Paulus, The Road Home Maurice Duruflé, “Agnus Dei” from Messe cum jubilo
11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: Canon Lauren Holder
PRAYER List FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL OR RECOVERING: IMMEDIATE NEEDS Carolyn Alexander • Richard Stallcup
LONG TERM PRAYERS T. Mayo and Pat Atkins • Virginia Bicksler • John Blair • Pat Brinson • Dick Burgin • Kaye Cairney • J. Franklin Clark • Heather Clark • Lawrence Cowart • Terry Dornbush • Sarah duBignon • Kitty Dukehart • Randy Farmer • Jane Hannah • Caroline Hatcher • Katie Harris • Richard Hill • Louise Kan • Elaine Lyon • Robert and Aggie Maddox • Carol McDonald • Elaine McEachern • Jim McKenzie • Charlie Neal • Paul O'Connor • Marian Palmore • Garry Pryor • Rubye and Wayne Reid • Pamela Reid • Agnes Elizabeth Robertson • Louis "Skip" Schueddig • James Scott Jr. • Jim Segars • Cindy West • Andy Westafer • Sandy Williamson • Hollis Youngner
FAMILY AND FRIENDS Bettina Bass • Bill Campbell • Patricia Campbell • Andrew Clark • Judy Eggers • Carleton Fuller • Peggy Govan • Doyce Gunter • Chris Hardy • Bobby Hearn • Greg Hentz • Liz Grant Hilton • Sun Ja Kim • Kaye Luckey • Betty C. Lyons • Patricia Madison • Pat Martin • Michelle Maxwell • Michael McClelland • Karen K. Moore • Andy Nelson • Irene Nesper • Tom Norwood • Betty and Bill Poole • Frank Roth • James Sands • Patricia Schooley • Helen P. Stewart • Jeff Straw • Tina Susco • Hubert Tate, Sr. • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Christi Vasquez • Peter Veverka • Nina Vila • Ron M. Wallace • Jacqueline Watkins • Susan Wellman • Marion Wilson • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED Carolyn Alexander • Jean Paul
Sunday ADULT EDUCATION FAITHFUL CONVERSATIONS Join Canons Cathy Zappa and Lauren Holder as we engage in Faithful Conversations, at 10:10 a.m. Sundays in Child Hall. Each week, we will invite a member of our community to sit down with us and talk with us about faith and society in a real and personal way. This Sunday, June 24, Canon Holder will interview Tony Johns of Crossroads Community Ministries about responding to homelessness with faith. Our hope is that the courage our conversation partners bring to our discussions will equip us to go “out into the world to do the work God has given us to do.”
OUR TRUE SELVES The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith leads this series of colistening classes at 10:10 a.m. Sundays in Room 240 that aim to enhance our personal, interpersonal, and intergroup ability to be fully ourselves—our true, worthy, and estimable selves. This class explores the theory and practice of genuine listening—listening with skilled awareness that can focus on everyday experiences, or range through tough political issues to include a vast variety of life choices and faith matters.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSITIONS NEW MEMBERS Tavon Betts, from Atlanta Parker and Monica Mothershead, and their children, Shep and Brook, from Charlotte, North Carolina Mark and Diane Siegel, from Atlanta Angela Tarah, from Austin, Texas
WORD TO YOUR MOTHER Canon Lauren Holder will facilitate a book study every other month intentionally geared toward busy, busy moms. We will cover a range of topics, including parenting, marriage, women’s spirituality, faith at home, and friendship. While this group is specifically designed for moms, it is open to all women. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. and our first book will be Brene Brown’s Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. Find your copy of Rising Strong in the Cathedral Book Store, or download it on Audible today! Word to Your Mother will meet on the second Tuesday of every odd month. Contact Canon Holder, lholder@cathedralATL.org, for more information.
The CATHEDRAL of ST. PHILIP
The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler, Dean Dale Adelmann, Ph.D., Canon for Music The Rev. Lauren R. Holder, Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life The Rev. George M. Maxwell, Jr., Vicar The Rev. Catherine Zappa, Canon for Education The Rev. John William Harkins III, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval, Deacon for Hispanic Ministries The Rev. Theophus “Thee” Smith, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Carolynne G. Williams, Canon Associate for Pastoral Care and Elder Ministry Austin Hall, Senior Warden Doug O’Bryan, Junior Warden
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Week of WONDER Last week at Week of Wonder, our Vacation Bible School, we learned that when we pass through the waters, God is with us (Isaiah 43:2)! It was a “Rolling River Rampage” and we all had so much fun!
MUSIC ATLANTA SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL On Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., Stanford University organist Robert Huw Morgan will perform the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival recital at the Cathedral. A native of Wales, Morgan is a lecturer in music, director of the Stanford University Singers, and director of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir. The recital is presented by Delbert Lowell Jacks in memory of Thomas Ruben Jones and by Friends of Cathedral Music. A $15 donation at the door is suggested. Henry Smart, Postlude in D Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata No. 5 in C, BWV 529 Louis Vierne, Clair de Lune, Op. 53 Franz Liszt, Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral Ad nos, ad salutarem undam, S.259
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