Save the Date: Sunday, November 1st – All Saints’ Day. This is our parish feast day and we will celebrate this very important day in our parish and in the Church year with two outdoor, in-person celebrations of Holy Eucharist, at 8 & 10 am. I know we have all been missing seeing one another in person and worshiping together. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gather as a parish. More information and details of safety precautions will be coming soon, but please plan to attend. The 10 am service will be llivestreamed for those who need to remain at home.
The preacher for our 10 am Zoom service this week is the Rev. Shawn Carty. Thank you, Father Shawn!
Here is the registration link for all our in-person services and our Rummage Shoppe times. It’s one spot with clearly marked events and services to sign up for: https://reopen.church/r/bloP83YN. And please take a look at the rest of our announcements.
- Rummage Shopping Times
- Sunday 8 am, 10 am, 5 pm bulletins, and Zoom info
- Bible Study – new topic
- All Saints’ Day Necrology
Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 10:15-11:30 am. On October 14 we are starting a new topic: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, written near the end of Paul’s life to a community he loved and knew well. We meet via Zoom. We’d love to have you join us – no prior Bible study experience is necessary. You don’t even need to own a Bible! If you would like to participate or want more information, please e-mail Mother Vicki at email@example.com.
1. Sunday 8 am Rite 1 Morning Prayer, Outdoors In-person in the Memorial Garden & 5 pm Rite 2 Evening Prayer on the Church Side Lawn (weather permitting). Reservations are required; see link above. Bring a lawn chair, the copy of the service leaflet (attached to this e-mail or on the website www.allsaintsmillington.org) or your own Book of Common Prayer; wear your mask.
2. Sunday 10 am Service of the Word – online via Zoom. We'd love to have you join us. For the log-in credentials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Here are the guidelines for attending in-person services, please them before making a reservation for the first time: http://www.allsaintsmillington.org/uploads/1/2/5/1/1251925/outdoor_worship_at_all_saints_gudelines.pdf .
Mind Your Mask - Important reminders for in-person worship and gatherings!
Wear your mask and have it cover both your nose and mouth.
Don’t remove it when you are speaking – that defeats the purpose of wearing a mask.
Stay at least 6 feet away from anyone you don’t live with.
If someone says Mind Your Mask, they are respectfully asking you to adjust your mask.
Doing these things will help to keep you, your families, our parishioners, and our community safe. Thank you!
All Saints’ Rummage Shoppe Sales Times – Friday, 10/9 2:30-4:30 pm; Saturday, 10/10 9:00-11:30 am. Tell your friends. Come see all the wonderful treasures that are available! Reserve a 30-minute shopping time at the link at the top of the newsletter. Items are also being sold on-line here: https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsRummageShoppe/ This is an on-going fund-raiser for All Saints’ ministries. Thank you to our Rummage Team for their creativity and resourcefulness!
All Saints’ Day Necrology – at both of our services on November 1st we’ll remember our loved ones and those of our parish who have died and gone before us in the faith. You are invited to submit the names of those you would like included in the prayers on that day. Please send names to our Parish Administrator Susie Harris by Oct. 27: email@example.com.
Food Ministry – our Twelve Baskets food pantry serves families and individuals in the Long Hill Township area in several different ways. If you know a person or a family who is struggling to make ends meet and can use food assistance, please have them call the parish office 908-647-0067x4 and leave a secure message.
Christian Practices: Wisdom
It might seem odd to call wisdom a spiritual practice. I think most of us assume that a person is either wise or they are not. Or at the very least, we think that wisdom comes with age, and there is nothing we can do to hurry it along. Well, some people do seem for inherently wise than others, and age can indeed bring wisdom, if we incorporate what we learn over the years.
But is we look at Scripture, we see that the word “wisdom” appears nearly 350 times in the Bible. The Book of Proverbs puts it best: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10) “Fear” means awe or reverence, rather than being frightened. So as Christians we are asked to ground our wisdom in awe and reverence for God.
The wisdom the Bible talks about is not just being humanly wise about daily living, or relationships, or even the ways of the world – but it includes all of those. Spiritual wisdom is connected to God’s ways and God’s guidance. It is a gift from God that can (and should be) developed through prayer, listening, learning, and reflecting on experience.
God’s gift of wisdom is not given to us as an end in itself but is given so that we can better be God’s agents and representatives in the world, fulfilling God’s purposes. We can learn to cultivate God’s wisdom in our lives as disciples in all aspects of what we do.
A Collect for Guidance
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~BCP, p. 832