The LORD is near to those who call upon him,
to all who call upon him faithfully. Psalm 98:19
My mother loved the Psalms. These ancient hymns capture every human emotion. Some are laments for life as it is. Some question God’s whereabouts. Some are songs of joy and thanksgiving. Even though they are ancient and thousands of years old, we still identify with their words. We understand people have not changed all that much over time.
This verse of Psalm 98 may explain why we cling to the Psalms and why they provide such comfort. Even in our doubts and even in our troubles, this verse reminds us that God is always near us. We just have to call.
Reminds me of the song lyrics:
You just call out my name
and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running
to see you again
winter, spring, summer or fall
all you have to do is call
and I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend
Remember to just call on God in praise or in challenge. Blessings as you finish your week.
Rebecca’s Schedule: Next week, I will be in Corbin on Wednesday, November 13. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859 -429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s bulletin:
This Sunday we welcome The Rev. Brandt Leonard Montgomery,
Curate and Assistant Chaplain, University of Alabama. Father Montgomery graduated from General Theological Seminary in 2012. At the Adult Forum, he will talk about the Civil Rights movement 50 years.
Brandt currently serves as the Curate at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel & Student Center at the University of Alabama. After graduating from Talladega High School in Talladega, Alabama in 2003, Brandt enrolled at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, specializing in Trumpet Studies, in 2007. On May 16, 2012, Brandt graduated cum laude from The General Theological Seminary of The Episcopal Church in New York, New York, receiving the Master of Divinity degree and being named his class’s recipient of the George Cabot Ward Prize for Biblical Reading and Service to the Church. In addition to Canterbury Chapel, his ministry, thus far, has included service to 6 Episcopal parishes in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York. Brandt was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan, Bishop of Alabama, on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012 and was ordained by the same as a priest on December 2, 2012 at Canterbury Chapel.
Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and other important milestones in the civil right movement, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi will host a 90-minute forum, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America, live-streamed from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, on November 15, at 2 p.m. (EST). You can watch this 90-minute portion and learn more about the weekend conference at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/state-racism
Please prayerfully consider how you will financially contribute to the work of St. John’s Church in 2014. Complete a pledge card today and place it in the offering plate. Receiving pledges this Sunday will assist with our planning for 2014.
This Week at St. John’s
- Wednesday, November 13: 6pm Wednesday worship
- · Friday, November 15: 2-3:30pm – Livestream of Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/state-racism)
- Sunday, November 17: 10am – Adult Forum and Godly Play; 11am – Worship celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Daughters of the King: Next meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 4:30pm at the church.
Native American Heritage Month will be celebrated during our service next week, Sunday, November 17. Traditions from the Cherokee nation will be included in the service. This is a reminder of our membership in the Worldwide Anglican Communion and that every Sunday, people from many traditions worship Jesus Christ.
This Sunday in our prayers of the people, we will remember the Veterans of our parish. If you have not already signed cards, please do so.
Communitywide Thanksgiving Service, Monday, November 18, 7pm, Corbin Presbyterian Church. This ecumenical service is sponsored by the Ministerium. The Rev. Myers will be participating in the service.
Thanksgiving Dinner November 28, at the Barn, 2-4pm. A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Barn. Turkey, Ham, rolls, drinks, pies, mashed potatoes and corn will be provided. If you’d like to bring a side dish, that would be terrific. See June Sullivan for additional information.
ECW Chocolate Fest, Saturday, December 7. Plan now to attend this annual holiday event. Planning meetings and chocolate making and craft making will begin soon.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email email@example.com.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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