I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:33
We have inherited this new Covenant about which the prophet Jeremiah prophesied. The law has been transformed from rules posted externally into the very essence of our being…into our hearts. Sometimes external rules can be easy. They are pretty cut and dried. “Don’t do this; Don’t do that.” And just like the people in Jesus’ time, we get so caught up in the letter of the law, that we totally miss the point.
When the law is in our being… is on our hearts, we are required to be guided in all we do by the essence of this law. And we know, because Jesus came to teach us, that the essence of the law is love. God loves us and that love involves forgiving us when we fall short as we always do and staying with us and never leaving us.
“I will be their God.” A proclamation and and a declaration. And then the comfort of the promise, “they shall be my people.” We shall be God’s people. Not “might” or “maybe,” but “shall.” God is our God. We ARE God’s people. There is nothing we can do to negate that.
Blessings to you as you finish your week.
Next week, I will be in Corbin on Friday. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859 -429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit from Bishop Hahn – This Sunday we welcome Bishop Douglas Hahn, who is making his annual visit to the parish. Bishop Hahn will meet with us at 10am during the Sunday Adult Forum. He will preside and preach at the 11am service and join us for our pot luck after the service. During the service, we will renew our baptismal vows. Please come and welcome Bishop Hahn to St. John’s and to Corbin.
Adult Forum – This Sunday, we welcome Bishop Hahn to speak to us during the Adult Forum. We continue with our series on Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation by The Rev. Stephanie Spellers next Sunday, October 27, when Mary Swinford leads us in “Moving from Inviting to Inclusion.”
Godly Play classes are available for children. If you can assist, please let Anne Day and Dura Anne know.
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 by November 3 will assist with our planning for 2014.
This Week at St. John’s
- Wednesday, October 23: 6pm Wednesday worship
- Friday, October 25: 4pm Hymn Selection Group
- Sunday, October 27: 10am – Adult Forum and Godly Play; 11am – Worship
ECW Diocesan-wide meeting, November 2, 10:30am, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 1891 Parker’s Mill Road, Lexington. Come learn about Women of Vision, a scriptural-based leadership development program of the Episcopal Church Women by Jenny Ladefoged, Diocese of Tennessee. ALL women of the diocese are invited and encouraged to attend this time of worship, fellowship, networking and learning. Opening Eucharist followed by a short business meeting and lunch and concluding with this energizing workshop. United Thankoffering Sunday is November 3.
All Saints Sunday, November 3. We will observe All Saints Day and would like to read the names of those saints close to us who have died. To have the name of your loved one read at the service, please place it in the offering plate, or leave a message on the church phone or email email@example.com by Sunday, October 27.
We will honor our Veterans on Sunday, November 10. We’d like to list our Veterans in the bulletin and read their names at this service. Please submit the name, branch of service and the beginning and ending years of service by November 3 to be included. You can place a note in the offering plate, or call the church or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Belk Charity Sale – Saturday November 9, 6am – 10am. Tickets are on sale now for this special event. All ticket sales benefit the church. Tickets are $5.00 each, which provides admittance to this special sale as well as $5.00 off your purchase. Buy more than one ticket! They may be used at any Belk store. Also plan to buy an extra clothing item to donate to the residents of the homeless shelter. Information is at the kitchen window of the church. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the store on the day of the event. A sign-up sheet is available at the kitchen window.
Let’s plan to attend the Diocesan Ministry Fair, Saturday, November 9, 9:30am – 3:00pm at Emmanuel Church, Winchester. Register at: http://diolex.org/blog/news/ministry-fair-november-9/
Bishop Hahn is inviting all of us to the First Annual Ministry Fair – Toward a More Excellent Way.
A great gathering of music, fellowship and keynote address will be followed by three workshop sessions and a shared lunch. Workshops topics, include Christian Education in Small Parishes, Leadership For Vestries, Lay Ministry Updates, An Overview of the Gospel of Mark (for Our Liturgical Year A), and What’s New at Reading Camp. There will be six workshop choices for each session – something to help every parish and every participant find a more excellent way of ministry.
The Reverend Barbara Blodgett will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Blodgett teaches Pastoral Leadership at Lexington Theological Seminary. Prior to this she was head of Supervised Ministry for Yale Divinity School. Her fields of expertise are leadership, ethics, and excellence. Dr. Blodgett will offer a workshop in addition to her keynote address.
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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