St. Philip's e-News - November 20, 2018
What are you thankful for?
Later this week many, perhaps most, will gather and offer thanksgiving for various aspects of their lives. Some will offer a general “thank you for everything” and others will name, one by one, their gratitudes. “It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks” to God (BCP p.361).
Thanks giving stands at the center of the Christian life. It’s what we do every Sunday. “Eucharist” comes from a Greek word meaning “I give thanks.” Meister Eckhart, a German theologian of 13th century said “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Our thanks giving is a celebration of the eucharist. We take, bless, break bread, and share. And somehow in all that our lives are changed and transformed. Thanks be to God.
For what are you thankful? How will you share with others that for which you are thankful?
The Book of Common Prayer has several thanksgiving prayers on pages 836-839 and a general thanksgiving on page 101. I wish you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving. I will count you and St. Philip’s in my gratitudes this week.
New Book - New Opportunity - Everyone is Welcome!
I will begin a new book study on December 2, the First Sunday in Advent, at 9:15 a.m. The class is open to everyone. If this is your first time, welcome. If you have been to previous book studies, welcome back. Everyone is invited and all are welcome.
We will be reading and discussing Ronald Rolheiser’s new book, Wrestling With God - Finding Hope And Meaning In Our Daily Struggles To Be Human. Fr. Rolheiser is the President of The Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. He says, “This book was written with three audiences in mind: those who are unsure of what they believe in but are searching for meaning, steadiness, and some kind of faith to live by; religious persons who are wrestling with the answers that their churches once gave them, are finding them lacking, but still want those same answers to meet the challenges of their present lives; and those who want to deepen their faith and enter more deliberately and intentionally into the more adult challenges into which authentic faith invites us.”
I suspect each of us falls into one, two or maybe all three of those audiences. So come on. Let’s read, learn, and grow. The class is an informal discussion of what we read, an opportunity to ask questions, a time to think new thoughts, and the invitation to step into a deeper life.
The books will be available in the church office starting Monday, November 26. The cost is $15. Please do not, however, let the cost keep you from the class. Free books are available for any who need one.
I’m looking forward to our time together. Peace be with you. Mike+
Pledge Cards are Due!
If you were unable to turn in your pledge card on Sunday, November 18th, please turn it in to the church office as soon as possible. If you have already returned your card - thank you! Even if you do not intend to pledge, please turn in a pledge card to let us know. The vestry has begun work on the budget and knowing your recommitment to support the life of the church is essential.
Fr. Mike is Answering Your Burning Questions?
Have questions about theology? What Episcopalians believe? The Church? Other Religions? Fr. Mike will open his class this Sunday to answer your questions. If you would like to ask a question, please email Fr. Mike
or just show up at class and ask. If you have not attended this class feel free to come by - you might just find the answers to the questions you have!
Taizé Service - December 9th
Mark your calendars and invite your friends - the next Taizé service will be Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. ________________________________________________