Here are the announcements for the week, including the Christian Practices (Reflection) piece at the end. Also, be sure to scroll down to last week’s e-letter and read the Advent Survey; we do want to hear from you!
- Parish Directory (Christian Formation)
- Offering Envelopes (Stewardship)
- The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2 (Christian Practices)
- Soup for All Seasons (Helping Hands)
This is an icon of St. Peter & St. Paul, holding the Church between them.
2018 Parish Directory – We are ready to print, but we’d like to have you check the proof and make corrections/additions/deletions as needed. There is a copy in a three-ring binder on the big table in the Narthex. Please take a look at it this Sunday. Also, if you have not yet sent us a photo for the directory, it will be very helpful if you can do it – a selfie, a snap from a vacation or family e vent, a scanned photo, something from your Facebook page…we just want to see your fair and shining face! Please send all photos to Susie Harrris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Bible Study, Wed., Jan. 17 at 10:15 am in the Rath House. In this session we’ll read and discuss the second half of 1 Corinthians, chapter 15 – since we missed last week because of the snow. Start the New Year off right by learning and growing in faith with others. We’ll be glad to have you.
Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey begins again Monday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm in the Rath House. The topic for the 6-week session is The Bible: “What is it, how was it given to us, and how should we read it? By the end of the six sessions, it is hoped that participants will have learned how to make reading the Bible a part of everyday life, with the ability to read, pray, and listen to what God might be saying, allowing the words to change each participant.” The book costs $9. Questions? Speak to Mother Vicki.
Chalk Blessings for Home – there are still packets of chalk and prayers of blessing (and instructions) for you to take home and bless your house for this new year. The basket is in the Narthex, near the guest book. Pick one up on Sunday!
Soup for All Seasons is back! We have containers of home-made soup in the Parish Hall freezer for you to take to a sick family member or neighbor. You ay also purchase soup for yourself - $3 for a pint, $5 for a quart. Check the fridge door for the variety available. And if you are interested in making soup for this effort, please speak to Barbara Barbeau.
Offering Envelopes – offering envelopes for 2018 for those who requested them are in the Narthex with your name on them. If you would like envelopes, please contact the Parish Office. The benefit of envelopes, even for those who have not made a pledge, is that we can track your cash contributions and then give you a donation statement at the end of the year. Everyone’s contribution counts and is most welcome! Thank you.
Advent Season Survey – for the last two years we have experimented a bit with our Advent worship practices, and we would love to have your reflections, responses, and reasons. The survey was posted in the weekly e-letter last week (scroll down to the previous post). Please take time to read the survey, and then send your answers back via e-mail, or speak to Alison or Mother Vicki. We really want to know your thoughts and experiences. Thank you!
ANNUAL MEETING – SAVE THE DATE
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held Sunday, February 4 at 11:15 am in the Parish Hall and will last about an hour. We’ll hear from our Wardens and Rector, have some time for parish discussion, get an update on the search for our new Bishop, and hear about the health and well-being of All Saints’. Child care will be available during the meeting. Please plan to attend.
1/22 Pilgrim Study Group Rath House, 7:00 pm
1/24 Bible Study Rath House, 10:15 am
1/25 Holy Eucharist Church, 7:00 am
Junior Choir Choir Room, 5:15 pm
Adult Choir Choir Room, 7:30 pm
For a full schedule of our buildings check the website calendar www.allsaintsmillington.org.
The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2
Last week we looked at the prayer that Jesus taught the disciples and us. There were examples of three versions of it in historical English (old English/Anglo-Saxon), Middle English, and Elizabethan English; as well as in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. And at our 10 am service we are praying the contemporary translation of it – as an expression of the many news ways we see Christ is this Season after Epiphany.
Of course, every Christian throughout the world prays the Lord’s Prayer in his or her own language. It is the one prayer that unites us all. And in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (a single province), they encompass the tradition of both the original Maori people and the white English-speaking settlers. In the New Zealand Prayer Book, 1989, there is an alternate version of the Lord’s Prayer that reflects Maori and Polynesian culture and ways of speaking (in addition to a version that is very close to our contemporary prayer). Try using this prayer in your own devotions this week and see if it opens up some meanings or resonances in the way you experience the traditional Lord’s Prayer:
The Lord’s Prayer: Maori & Polynesia
Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe;
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world;
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings;
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.
A Prayer for the Week of Christian Unity
Lord, we humbly ask that, by your grace, the churches throughout the world may become instruments of your peace. Through their action as ambassadors and agents of your healing, reconciling love among divided peoples, may your name be hallowed and glorified. Amen. ~ from the World Council of Churches, 2018
The Week (Octave) of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed from the Feast of the Confession of Peter (Jan. 18) through the Feast of the Conversion of Paul (Jan. 25).
Epiphany blessings, Vicki+