Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Proper of the Day: the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Today the community of St. Thomas's gathered to celebrate the Lord's Day and the Children's Sabbath. We had special prayers for children and many of the children participated in out 10 AM service. Thanks to the Sunday School for the good work they are doing - we have more than 20 children registered this year!

At 10 AM I asked the children about why we come to church on Sunday. We had a bit of conversation about it , and then I reminded us that Sunday is the first day of the week, and that God should be first in our lives. so it's good and cool that the first thing we do on the first day of the week is come to church to meet God. Don't know how it turned out, but as I told the congregation when we began the Creed, it's there to cover for the preacher just in case.

Yesterday was the major feast of St. Luke, Apostle and Evangelist. I was leading an Autumn Quiet Day on the theme of Creation, and although I privately observed the feast at Morning and Evening Prayer, our public celebration yesterday had a different feel. I realize it's the first time I haven't done a sperate entry for a mjaor feast since this blog began, and I plead extra work this past week.

Besides the creation story of Genesis 1:1 - 2:3, I selected the following lessons to frame our day, beginning with MP and ending with the Gospel of the Eucharist. I'd appreciate your feedback on this "Votive for Creation" which is not really the same as the Rogation Day votives:

At Morning Prayer: Psalm 104: 1-24; Sirach 43:1-12, Benedictus es, Domine ( Canticle 13), Hebrews 2:5-18, Dignus es (Canticle 18), Collect for Rogation Days III, At the Eucharist: John 1:1-14

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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