Friday, September 17, 2010

St. David's News & Notes, September 17, 2010

Blessings to you all today.

Our readings for Sunday in the NRSV translation with the collect may be found at this link.

Readings for Sunday in the ESV translation.
Amos 8:4-12
Psalm 138
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

Our Wednesday evening study of Colossians will continue this week. We will cover as much as we can of Colossians 1:24--2:23. The study follows our 6pm Wednesday evening Mass. Each Wednesday we usually get started with the study by about 7pm and conclude by 8pm.

See you all Sunday,

Fr Greg+

Friday, September 3, 2010

St. David's News & Notes, September 3, 2010

As any of you are praying about a friend with no church home that you plan to invite to worship some Sunday, you might want to email a link to the our blog as part of your invitation to join us for worship.
Those who are our newest friends and may not know about Trinity Parish (which actually has its own blog), I'll explain. Trinity Parish of NE Texas is the name of the Church which is a shared work of St. David's, Gilmer, and St. Mark's, Mt. Pleasant. Sharing resources across the communities allows more stability and impact as we seek to be the Church.

Please allow a brief digression: In the New Testament, when St. Paul writes to the Church in a given city or region--the Church in the cities of Ephesus, Rome, Colossae, or the Churches of Galatia--he isn't writing to buildings. He's writing to people. And we can assume that these people didn't cease to be Church once the worship service had concluded. They are the Church, a untied body of all kinds of people whose "head" or King, is Jesus. And that's who we are. The Church.

One of gifts of being Church together between two cities is that we can learn, in some very tangible ways, that we need each other. We need each other to give and share our money to support the ministry in NE Texas. Even more, we need the various spiritual gifts that God has given each of us (see, for example, Rom 12:3-8ff) and our souls need the immediate and frequent opportunities to "love one another in brotherly love" and "outdo one another in showing honor" (Rom 12:10).

Our Almighty God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is gracious and good to give us himself and one another as he makes of us what we could never make of ourselves without his help: his Church. May we be his Church together each Sunday at Mass, and everywhere else we go through the week.

Our lessons for Sunday are:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1-20
Luke 14:25-33

All three lesson & the collect of the week are also available here.


St. Mark's - Adult Bible Fellowship, studying the Sunday readings, begins Sunday, September 10. Children's Sunday School also begins Sunday, September 10. Both begin at 9:45am. Adults will meet in the parish hall, and children in the classrooms.

St. David's - Our Wednesday evening Bible study on Colossians will begin this coming Wednesday, September 8, following the 6pm Mass. Please read Colossians chapter 1 at least two time. Come prepared to discuss verses 1-14. And if possible, read the whole book (it's only four chapters, you can do it!)

Blessings to you all in Christ,