He shall say to the LORD,
“You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust.” (Psalm 91:2)
All week I have been humming the refrain to the hymn we sang last Sunday – “Trust and Obey:”
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
I enjoy singing so maybe that’s why each week words to hymns swirl around me. They are reminders that strengthen my faith. The words to this hymn are similar to the sentiment of Psalm 91, as well as our lessons for this upcoming Sunday. We are to be free of fear… we are to be comforted when we trust in God and obey what God is calling us to.
This trust in God, although written on our currency, may be one of the hardest actions of faith we take. We would rather trust in our own power and efforts. We would rather trust in another human being or something we can physically see clearly. Trusting in God requires a different kind of sight and sense.
I also believe that being in a Christian community is important to carrying out this faith of trusting and obeying. It is good to check out with others in the faith what we sense and see God is calling us to. Thankfully we at St. John’s have each other and then we have the Diocese of Lexington and the Episcopal Church and even the Anglican Communion… all communities of faith where we can confirm what we are being called to.
These communities are human and sometimes have not been the best guides, but they are places that provide a beginning point of learning to trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.
Next week, I will be attending the Clergy Conference. Please feel free to contact me any time, however, by calling 859-429-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, with bi-lingual service and potluck
September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, so on September 29, much of our service will be bi-lingual, English/Spanish. I hope hearing familiar words in a language that may be unfamiliar brings new meaning to us and also reminds us that we are connected to a Worldwide communion.
Check out the bulletin now so you can practice: Bulletin 09-29-2013
This Week’s calendar at St. John’s
- Tuesday, October 1 – Gospel Jamboree and Fish Fry – Barn
- Wednesday, October 2 – Worship
- Friday, October 4 – Hymn Selection Group
- Sunday, October 6 –
10:00am – Adult Forum and Children’s Class
11:00am – worship
12:30-1:30pm – Meeting of Adult Forum Coordinators
3:00-5:00pm – Blessing of the Animals in St. John’s Park
Serving next Sunday, October 6
- Readers: Bruce W. Cory and Gay Nell Conley
- Eucharist Minister: Jeff Davis
Hymn Selection Group to meet October 4. – 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.
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.
Adult Forum – Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation by The Rev. Stephanie Spellers is the focus of our Adult Forum October 6 through November 17. Senior Warden Bruce Cory leads the discussion next Sunday defining radical welcome.
Classes are available for children. If you can assist, please let Anne Day and Dura Anne know.
Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 6, 3:00-5:00pm, St. John’s Park
Bring your furry and feathered friends to the St. John’s Park, College Street on Sunday, October 6, 3-5pm for a special blessing. Cats, dogs, birds, other domestic pets or farm animals, and all God’s creatures are welcome. Animals must be leashed or caged and under control of a caretaker at all times. Co-sponsored by: St. John’s Episcopal Church, and The Presbyterian Church of Corbin.
Fellowship cookout and games for the kids, Sunday October 13, 6pm at Corbin Presbyterian Church. First Baptist Church will also be there. Bring a side dish if you’d like.
Daughters of the King meeting, Wednesday, October 16, 4-5pm at the church.
Would you like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church?
Bishop Hahn will make his annual visit to St. John’s on Sunday, October 20. If you would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, please let me know so we can schedule the appropriate classes.
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
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.
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