Thursday, November 7, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are quickly coming to the end, not only of this Liturgical Year C, but also to the end of the three-year cycle of Liturgical Years A, B and C.  The leaves are changing colors and falling from the trees.  The sun is setting sooner (as I write this, at 4:45 p.m. today), and the colder weather is moving in. We see more of the sky and are reminded that we are in a liminal place as we shift to prepare ourselves for the new Church Year and the season of Advent, which will begin on December 1.  Our collect for this Sunday reminds us that Christ will come again with power and great glory, and that we need to prepare and purify ourselves in preparation for that great day.  We are up against the forces of darkness, the evil powers of this universe.  We need to stand tall and claim our relationship with Jesus Christ who has shown us what real love is.  Love never ends.

Last Sunday’s celebration of the Feast of All Saints was wonderful!  Thanks to Saint John’s Festival Choir and to Jason Slayden who sang and accompanied a beautiful anthem about baptism.  And thanks to the families, godparents and to our newly baptized children, Jessica, Jayson, Roland and Jaevonne. Everyone was terrific!  What a glorious day!

Just two more Farmers’ Markets!  Don’t forget to join us to buy apples, brussel sprouts, and pumpkins, turkey chili and bread, used clothing and kitchen goods in our Thrift Store.  Thanks to all who help make this possible, especially to George Morrison who does a wonderful job of overseeing this operation!

As we face the cold and the darkness, may the love of Christ continue to warm your hearts and souls in wondrous ways!

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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