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Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost (Year B)
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This week I thought I would share with you a particularly profound article which I found, written by Rev. Dr. Peter Cook, Rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. Two Things We Can Learn From The Collect For Purity I wonder what the heavenly community think when some of us start to pray. "Oh! Here comes what's-her-name. When she's on the phone with her friends she rattles on for hours, but praying to our Heavenly Father she hardly gives two sentences." Or again, "Here's what's-his-face. Boy does he use colorful language when he's at home, but up here you would think he's an aspiring student of Shakespeare!" I am not knocking Shakespeare. His was the language of the age our Prayer Book was written. The Collects composed from Cranmer, are sheer music to tongue and ear. How they use multiple phrases to reach around the amazing grace of God is pure poetry. Collects such as the Collect for Purity offer only the very best to God in prayer.
What more perfect prayer of repentance is there than that. "Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord." We can learn two things from this prayer. First, if the prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects (James 5:16), what better prayer Is there to put us in right-standing with God, and before we make our petitions and intercessions known to him.
The second thing we learn from the Collect of Purity is this. What better prayer to remind us that we can't keep secrets from God. We can't fool him. When you think about it, it is amazing how our reluctance to pray, or our attempt to put pious words to our prayers really are attempts to hide things from, or to fool God. Is it even conceivable - for us to forget how smart God is? Far better to do what the Psalmist often does, and that is just to let it all hang out, both the good stuff (praise) and the bad (complaints). God knows - we have both anyway. Perhaps we might be more honest if prayer sometimes went like this. "Lord, you know the problems I have at home - with the family. I just don't know how or where to start. If you can't deal with it I don't know who can. Please. And maybe when you've finished, let me be just flabbergasted and amazed."
We extend a warm welcome to all those visiting with us today.
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The Gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith,
hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make
us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
CONGRATULATIONS to all those celebrating birthdays or other anniversaries this week. We offer special prayers for the Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor and the Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Reid who today celebrate the Forty-fifth Anniversary of their Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.
We commemorate All Saints Day on Wednesday with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and All Souls' Day on Thursday with Holy Eucharist at 9:00 a.m. Your loved ones will be remembered.
REMEMBER OUR ANNUAL SUPPER, November 17, 2006. We need your help with: sale of tickets to friends and neighbours, cakes for the Cake Stall, other contributions in cash or kind.
Next Sunday, the first in November, a second collection will be taken at all our services. We appreciate your response to this special appeal and ask for your continued support.
Church Women United extends an invitation to a celebration of World Community Day on Saturday November 4, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon at the Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.
A member living in Mona is seeking assistance with transportation to the 7:30 a.m. service. Please contact the church office.
Prayers Of Intercession
Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
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Hymn: Lord, I Was Blind: I Could Not See
Lord I was blind: I could not see
Lord, I was deaf: I could not hear
Lord, I was dumb: I could not speak
Lord, I was dead: I could not stir
Lord, thou hast made the blind to see.
Hymn: All Heaven Declares
All heaven declares
Hymn: God Has Spoken
God has spoken by His prophets,
God has spoken by Christ Jesus,
God is speaking by His Spirit
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Hymn: Be Still, for the Presence of The Lord
The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost
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This Week at St. Andrew's
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