The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · September 29, 2019
MONEY AND RELATIONSHIP This article is an excerpt from Dean Sam Candler’s sermon from last Sunday, September 22. You can read or watch the entire sermon at cathedralATL.org. …In the curious parable of the gospel today (Luke 16:1-13). Jesus seems to be praising a dishonest manager. The manager got into trouble for crossing his boss, so then he decided to fudge the books, making friends for himself. He uses dishonest wealth for something good. Maybe it startles us that Jesus would lift up this admittedly dishonest manager as a positive example. But the deeper lesson is that wealth is not the final standard. Money is not the goal. There are some things in life, there are many things in life, greater than money and gold. For the dishonest manager, friendships and relationships are better. So, there is one other word I like to use instead of money, or gold, or mammon. It is the word “currency.” A current has energy. The current of a river, or the current of a conversation, has energy. An electrical current certainly carries energy. Well, this money stuff carries a lot of energy. Even if our monetary exchanges are accomplished only by check or electronic transfer, each of those exchanges is currency. The current of our money carries and creates energy. Money, at its best, carries a current. And the current it carries best is that of relationship. Money is about relationship. When any of us exchanges money, we are really engaging in relationship. That’s why the Church has every right and reason to talk about money: because we are in the business of relationship. Right relationship is what we call righteousness. The church exists for holy relationships, a holy relationship with God, certainly, but also holy relationships with each other, relationships of trust, truth, and long-term commitment. Almost all of Jesus’s parables about money are really about relationships. Consider today’s strange story about the dishonest money manager (in Luke 16:1-13). When he heard he was to be fired, he went to the debtors and discounted all their bills, so that they owed less. Maybe he was dishonest on a mammon level, but Jesus actually praises the dishonest manager on the relationship level; he had “made friends for himself with unrighteous mammon.” Jesus was praising the man’s ability to make friends, to engage in relationship. The church needs that kind of current. Healthy churches need the energy of holy relationships. And money is always, always, a sign of that current. The currency of money carries energy, and that energy can be holy indeed. At one particular church where I served many years ago, I remember an important stewardship call. The person I was visiting was not especially active at the local church – in fact, I had rarely seen him at church at all—but he was said to be a nice guy. I had met him a few times previous to our visit, and he was directspeaking old Southerner. We talked about life, about ourselves, and about the church. Finally, he looked me in the eye and declared, “You just want my money, right?” The question startled me into an answer just as direct as his question. I peered right back at him and proclaimed, “No, we want your heart!” The Church could have used his financial generosity, to be sure, but what the Church really needed was him: his heart and his soul. Ultimately, all of us put our money where our heart is. The money is a sign of our relationship. The money carries the current of our relationship. …
SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 · The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21, Year C Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 · Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 · 1 Timothy 6:6-19 · Luke 16:19-31
7:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Very Rev. Sam Candler
8:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: The Rev. Nate Huddleston Cathedral Singers: English carol, arr. Andrew Carter, Dives and Lazarus John Gardner, Fight the good fight
9 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Very Rev. Sam Candler
11:15 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Preacher: The Rev. Nate Huddleston Cathedral Schola: English carol, arr. Andrew Carter, Dives and Lazarus John Gardner, Fight the good fight
11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder
4 P.M. CHORAL EVENSONG, CATHEDRAL THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS Officiant and Preacher: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Cathedral Schola: Craig Phillips, Preces and Responses (St. David’s, Roswell) Craig Phillips, St. Luke’s (San Antonio) Simon Lole, Angels John Stainer, I saw the Lord
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 and Worship The Rev. John William Harkins III, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Nathan G. Huddleston, Priest Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministries The Rev. Julia B. Mitchener, Priest Associate for Children’s Ministries 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 Dorsey DeLong, Junior Warden
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Child Hall Contemplating Christ: How to Become a Mystic without Really Trying!
Room 120 Join Canon Lauren Holder and Canon Cathy Zappa as we explore what it means to live out our faith through conversation with scripture and tradition, contemporary books, and, most important, one another. All are welcome! We will kick off this fall with a study of the Enneagram, a spiritual personality typing system and helpful resource for spiritual growth.
WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL? What will the church of the future will look like? The Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” Rahner was convinced that the secularization of life that began after the end of the Second World War would pull people away from the church. He feared that, if people did not have a deep experience of God, they would not commit themselves to a sustained life of faith. This term, we are looking at what it means to be a mystic (it’s not as extraordinary as you might think!) and how the recovery of the contemplative tradition in the church might change how we go about being church. This Sunday, September 29, we will continue our discussion of the dramatic story of Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden. As always, you will find a light heart, a broad welcome, and good coffee. We look forward to seeing you!
MUSIC ALVIN BLOUNT TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY This Sunday, September 29, we welcome Georgia native Alvin R. Blount as our recitalist at 3:15 p.m. A multiple-time performer on the Cathedral’s recital series, Alvin is a graduate of Tuskegee University, Mercer University, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He currently serves as organist and choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Cartersville, Georgia. His program will include works by Messiaen, Taylor, Bach, and Stanford. Come and hear this very talented musician.
Room 121 Join Jeff Cunningham, Kathy Loomis, Michelle Perkins, and Scott Russell as they follow along with lessons of the students in Sunday School and apply them to the family context. All parents are welcome!
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY Room 122 Jim Bingham and Gordon Mathis lead an ongoing small group Bible Study focusing on a particular book of the Bible for several months at a time. This year, we are reading the Gospel of Matthew. For more information, please contact Jim Bingham at 404-373-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY, CONVERSION, AND HOPE Room 239 Canon Carolynne Williams leads this fall series based upon G. Porter Taylor’s book, To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Community, Conversion, and Hope.
BIBLICAL GREEK Room 356 Continuing Biblical Greek classes are offered on Sundays from
1:15–2:45 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn the basics of translation using grammar aids, lexicons, and commentaries. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith at tsmith@ cathedralATL.org. Our True Selves with the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith will resume Sunday, November 17.
SPIRITUALITY 2019 SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE WITH LERITA COLEMAN BROWN, PH.D. From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action:The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. What does it mean to be a freed human spirit? Join us for a day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman and dipping into his contemplative practices. We will explore how this mystic and theologian emerged from Baptist beginnings to become a model and teacher of sacred activism. An examination of how his contemplative roots were affirmed and strengthened, and his 1935 pilgrimage to India and meeting with Mahatma Gandhi reveal his quiet role in changing the course of American history. In addition, Howard Thurman’s transformational experiences with God and his classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, highlight the living wisdom he espoused that continues to nourish our spirits today.
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HOWARD THURMAN BOOK DISCUSSION Please join us for a discussion of Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited led by Cathedral parishioner and spiritual director Barbara Pendergrast, in the Book Store on Wednesday, October 9. Challenging our submersion into individual and social isolation, Thurman invites us to move past anger and distrust toward a vision of unity in his seminal work, Jesus and the Disinherited. Thurman attempts to explore and explain what the teachings of Jesus have to say to those who stand at a moment in human history with their “backs against the wall.” His timeless message of the 1940s still has much to offer us today towards an emancipatory way of being for all, as exemplified in the life of Jesus. All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not! And remember that dinner will be available for purchase at the Lanier House Lawn starting at 5:30 p.m. The book discussion will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact the Cathedral Book Store at 404-237-7582 if you have questions. Please RSVP at jesusandthedisinherited.eventbrite.com so we’ll have adequate seating.
TAIZÉ BROTHERS Wednesday, October 2, 7 p.m. Brother John and Brother Émile from the Taizé Community in France will be in the Gould Room for conversation about Taizé and hospitality, followed by a Taizé prayer service at 8 p.m.
HISPANIC Ministries A TASTE OF LATIN AMERICA A Taste of Latin America, an annual dinner celebrating Hispanic culture in and around Atlanta is sponsored by the Diocesan Commission on Hispanic Ministry and it is a real fiesta! Hispanic members from several parishes will bring tasty Latin American food to share with guests at the special potluck meal. There will be music and dancing, craft items for sale, a raffle, and a silent auction - plus a piñata for the children, of course! This year’s dinner will be on Saturday, October 12, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Child Hall. Reservations and tickets are not required; after dinner, sombreros will be passed for donations to benefit humanitarian projects. Friends and family members of all ages are welcome. Mark your calendar and plan to come! Contact Deacon Juan Sandoval, jsandoval@cathedralATL.org, for more information.
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Cathedral newcomers are invited to enjoy a casual social gathering, complete with ice cream and beer. Come join us for Pints on the Point at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 13. If you’re wondering where the Point is, join our Newcomer Tour this Sunday, September 29 at 10:10 a.m.!
RACE and Healing BOOK DISCUSSION: MYTHS AMERICA LIVES BY On Wednesday, October 16, Cathedral parishioners Harris Allen and Deacon Georgia Newman Powell will facilitate a discussion on Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning by Richard T. Hughes. The book is available from your favorite independent bookseller, the Cathedral Book Store. All are welcome, even if you didn’t get to finish (or read) the book! Remember that you can stop by the Lanier House Lawn to purchase some dinner, and join us in the Gould Room for the discussion, from 6:30-8 p.m. If you have questions, contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031. “Myths America Lives By is an essential read for those interested in shattering the cycle of racism and imaging a new way forward. The book strikes the perfect balance between intellectual knowledge and heartfelt story-telling.” —Diverse Magazine To sign up for occasional emails about similar events, visit cathedralATL.org/raceandhealing.
The 2019 Stewardship Committee wants to thank you! On Sunday, October 20, at 5 p.m., join us for some delicious BBQ and quality time together. Please RSVP at cathedralATL.org/thanksandBBQ so we have enough food for you!
FAITH AND THE FIRST LADY The Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral are excited to welcome Georgia’s first lady, Marty Kemp. Please join us at our annual meeting in Child Hall on Tuesday, October 22 from 12–1:30 p.m. as the first lady shares her journey to the Episcopal Church and how her faith has shaped and continues to shape her life.To secure a pre-ordered lunch please purchase a lunch ticket at cathedralATL.org/ECW no later than October 17. There will be a limited number available. Or, if you wish to bring your own lunch, you are welcomed to do so and do not need to purchase a lunch ticket. Rather, kindly RSVP to email@example.com. Drinks and dessert will be provided to all in attendance.
HISPANIC Ministries PRESENTATION OF A CHILD IN THE TEMPLE By Deacon Juan Sandoval As part of the 11:15 a.m. Spanish-language service, we often celebrate children with two rites: the presentation of a first born child, and the presentation of a three year old. Each of these follows traditions from the time of Abraham. These presentations are usually prayed after the peace in a regular Sunday Holy Eucharist service. The offering or consecration of firstborn is closely related to the offering of first fruits; it is likely that the Israelites incorporated it from other peoples. Some commentators even think that, in its origin, it was the sacrifice of the firstborn, and they point us to the case of Abraham (Genesis 22). Other passages comment on this consecration (Exodus 22:29; Deuteronomy 13: 14-16). There were also passages against the sacrifice of children and there are many references in the Old Testament. It was considered abominable practice. But, the ultimate reason for the consecration refers to the remembrance of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, when the Egyptian male firstborn died and those of the Israelites were saved. The readings used are Exodus 13; Psalm 84: 1-6; Luke 2: 22-28. The presentation of a three year old is an act of thanks and has ancient roots. The first vestiges of the act are found in Genesis, when Abraham and Sarah give thanks and offer a feast when weaning Isaac (Genesis 21: 1-8). In the second book of Maccabees (7:27), it is said that children were breastfed for three
WORSHIP Support WEDDING GUILD Wedding Guild members work with each couple before their wedding rehearsal, assist the clergy with the rehearsal, and coordinate preparations for the ceremony on the wedding day. The guild is the welcoming committee for those getting married as well as their families and guests. We want all participants in or attendees of Cathedral weddings to leave the ceremony saying what a beautiful experience they had. The guild welcomes and needs new members. To learn more about our ministry, please come to our next meeting on Saturday, September 28 at 10 a.m. in Room 239, or contact Sherri Musgrove at 404-641-9657 or Joan Gilbert at 404-310-2791.
years. The same is read in the apocryphal work of the Gospel of the birth of Mary, but there we read: “And when they were three years old, and the time of weaning was over, they brought the Virgin to the temple of the Lord with offerings.” Evidently, at that age the children had overcome a difficult time during which many died due to conditions of that era. It was thus a “rite of transition” to another better stage of life. Today the parents bring the child to the temple to give thanks to God. The readings often used are Genesis 21: 1-8; Psalm 118: 1-4; Matthew 19: 13-15. These are offered to celebrate these traditions throughout the year for the newborn and for the child attaining three years of age. These are wonderful and beloved practices for our Spanish speaking service. Clases de Primera Comunión Instruida a 10am. Octubre 6 a Noviembre 17 con ensaya en Diciembre.
OUTREACH ERD FUNDS HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF FOR COASTAL FOOD SERVICE WORKERS The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (EDG) and Giving Kitchen (GK) are proud to announce the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund: a partnership to offer financial assistance to food service workers experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Dorian in Coastal Georgia and Coastal South Carolina. Funded by an Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) grant, the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund will provide financial assistance in the form of grocery store gift cards and home goods to qualifying food service workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. To donate to the fund, visit thegivingkitchen.org/dorian.
YOUTH Ministries YOUTH GOING TO TOPGOLF IN OCTOBER Middle and High School students, we’re heading to Top Golf on Sunday, October 13 from 5-7 p.m. Join us for fellowship and games! The cost is $30 and includes unlimited golf and all the food you can eat! RSVP to Father Nate Huddleston, nhuddleston@cathedralATL.org.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSITIONS NEW MEMBERS Robert DiBenedetto, from Greenwood, South Carolina
BIRTHS Lydia Landon Reid, daughter of Emily and Stanton Reid, sister to Pamela, Stanton, and Marguerite, born on September 13, 2019
PRAYER List FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL OR RECOVERING: LONG TERM PRAYERS T. Mayo and Pat Atkins • Virginia Bicksler • John Blair • Gary Bodner • Dick Burgin • Bernice Burton • Wicke Chambers • Heather Clark • Suzy Cohen • Terry Dornbush • Sarah duBignon • Kitty Dukehart • Lee
Duncan • Randy Farmer • Rita Fink • William Ham • Caroline Hatcher • Katie Hughey • Louise Kan • Lisa Krysiak • Elaine Lyon • Lorri McClain • Carol McDonald • Jim McKenzie • Glenn Miller • Cecil Miner • Royce Mitchell • Susan Myers • Charlie Neal • Marian Palmore • Garry Pryor • Rubye and Wayne Reid •
Tommy Ripley • Agnes Elizabeth Robertson • Louis "Skip" Schueddig • Brian Sturgell • Julie Thompson • Faye Van Winkle • Sandy Williamson • Randy Wilson • Hollis Youngner
FAMILY AND FRIENDS Eileen Abeyesundere • James and Julia Allen • Alex Collins Astrop • Karyn Bacon • Ed Bair • Daniel Baker • Bettina Bass • Sondra Bowen • Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd • Caroline Brewer • Connie Brittain • Joe Bumbak • Andrew Clark • Miguel Santiago Boaz-Contreras • Lisa Cooper • Joseph Counahan • Sandra Daniel • Annelly Deets • Aurelia Dunnam • Cheryl • Deborah Ellington • Amy Franklin • Carleton Fuller • Laura and Lucia Gardner • Bruce Gillies • Ann Gressette • Peggy Govan • Terry Harville • Greg Hentz • George Thomas Hole • Curt Jamison • Charlie Jones and Family • Bettina Hall Johnson • Sun Ja Kim • Betty C. Lyons • Pat Martin • Michelle Maxwell • Ann McCann • Michael McClelland • Lauren McConville • Desi McGinty • George Mori • Liz Nelson • Donna Norman • Steven Norman • Andi Otey • Kathlyn Pattillo • Bill Poole • Frank Roth • James Sands • Beverly Schellhase • Karl Schaffenburg • Grant Sharrow • Idamay Shaw • Daniel Ladson Shwab • John Steen • Donna Steigerwald • Tina Susco • Tom Talley • Pierson Thames • Jeffrey Thomas • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Ron M. Wallace • Roger Williams • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young
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The Feast of CHOIR RELEASES NEW CD We are pleased to announce the release of the Cathedral Choir and Schola’s latest recording!
Sunday, October 6 8:45 a.m.
Compact disc : $16.98 with a beautiful case and commemorative 24-page CD booklet High Resolution Download: $12.98 Both are available in the Atrium on Sunday, September 29, ahead of the October 4 international release! Please purchase the recording at the Cathedral to help us recoup the cost of recording and support the Cathedral Choir’s 2020 England Pilgrimage fundraising efforts.
OUTREACH CATHEDRAL SURPASSES AUGUST GOAL FOR BCM FOOD PANTRY St. Anne’s Guild heartily thanks all at the Cathedral for their generous support of Buckhead Christian Ministry’s new client choice food assistance program. As administrators of the Cathedral’s semi-annual drives for BCM, St. Anne’s can happily and gratefully report that a record amount of $10,925 and $175 worth of specified items was collected in August. BCM’s goals with their new food pantry concept are for individualized attention to client health, choice, and dignity, as well as heightened food quality. A staff position has been added for the most efficient administration of the pantry. In addition to the stated goals, BCM can now offer clients the ability to select
or “shop” for food and other needed items via computer screen. The new concept will also enable BCM to better partner with supporting churches like the Cathedral as well as local food suppliers and farmers. BCM’s aim to offer locally sourced fresh food options to their clients can only be realized by the purchase and installation of two industrial refrigerators in the new pantry space. Each refrigerator was estimated to cost approximately $10,000. Recognizing this need, St. Anne’s set a goal to raise $10,000 in its August drive and parishioners answered their call with resources to spare! Also, the Children’s Ministry of the Cathedral stepped up with a pledge to designate all offerings given in the Children’s Chapel to BCM throughout the year. Again, we are most grateful for everyone’s participation and faithful support of our neighbors in need!
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