May 9, 2024


10:00 am

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Bulletin for Sunday, May 12

A Collect for Mother's Day

On this Mother’s Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and the mothers who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and all whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have mothered in any way – those who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; and for the earth that bore us and provides us with our sustenance. We pray this in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen.

-The Rev. Leslie Nipps

Scripture Readings for May 12, 2024

Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 1

1 John 5:9-13

Luke 24:44-53

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The flowers for Sunday, May 12th are given by Laurel Gilbert Phillips:

In honor of her mother, Patti, her Shining Star.


Last Sunday's Service

Sunday Sermons

If you would like to read Rev. Dave's recent sermon,

please click the link below

Sermon: Kavanah, 5.5.24


A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations (BCP 816)

Let us pray in this time of conflict for peace in Israel, Palestine and Ukraine.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world

into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them

that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become

the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer invites you to pray with them, every day, at 8 am, wherever you are. When you enter into prayer at 8 am (Eastern), you will know that others are praying at the same time. 

We Pray for our People

Breathe your healing and peace on all those who suffer, especially Downs IV, Holden, Anne, Victoria, Kim, Michael, Barbara, Lorraine, Maria Christine, Caitlin, Amelia, Dennis, Alice and Angie. Help those recovering from injury, especially Agie and Joseph. 

We pray for Turning Points, Manatee Food Bank, and all those who feed others. Give comfort to all who receive the care of skilled nursing, especially Timothy, Barbara, Kim, Lou and Ann. Give peace to those going through cancer treatments, and those in remission, especially, Margaret, Downs III, Victoria, Alex, Connie, Douglas, Frank, Gerta, Lauren, Jennifer, TJ, Jim, Stephanie, Cara, Todd, Valerie and Nancy.  We pray for those in Hospice that they will have comfort in you, especially Mary Jo.


Podcast: A Bridge Between

Episode 75: Happy Are Those

Also available on Spotify:

Spotify: A Bridge Between


Choir News

  • Choir meets every Thursday (October – May) at 10:00 am – ALL are WELCOME!
  • Bell Choir meets every Thursday (October – May) at 11:15 am – ALL are WELCOME!

Gallery Artist

Our featured artist for April is iconographer Christine Hales. Please stop by and enjoy the work of this talented local artist. Checks should be written to All Angels by the Sea

Our author for next week is Anne Lamott. We have used two of her pieces from the Washington Post and they worked well. This piece is an interview about her newest book, Somehow. She covers grace, forgiveness, parenting, grandparenting, addiction and aging. It is a compelling interview full of plenty of things to talk about. 

For those in person, I'll have the coffee ready. For those on Zoom, here's the link:

To read the article, click the link below:

Love, Sobriety and Aging

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

One of the most important things we do is gather after the service for coffee hour. If you are interested in hosting, the sign up sheet is on the Gallery table. If you would like help, sign up and we will find someone to show you how it is done. 

Online Giving

If you would like to give to the offering plate electronically, you can find the online giving link on our All Angels website by clicking the link below:


The Community of John

I wrote to you earlier about the experience I had reading the First Letter of John in Greek and how it got me hooked into reading Scripture in its original language. As I continue my studies in John, and other Gospel writers, I am beginning to consider something new. John’s writing has an edginess that seems out of place today. I am wondering what we should do with it.

Let’s start with what we think we know about John. He is a part of the 1st century Jewish faith tradition. There are five New Testament documents ascribed to him – the Gospel (of John), three pastoral letters and the Book of Revelation. It is debated which of these are of his own hand. It’s also debated whether or not that is important. He refers to himself in the Gospel as “the disciple that Jesus loved”, he outran Peter to the empty tomb, and he took care of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Tradition says that he was the youngest and was the only apostle not to be martyred – he was exiled on the Island of Patmos which is where the Book of Revelation was written.

This author believes that the first pastoral letter he wrote, called 1 John, was most likely the first “Christian” document ever. I believe it predates Paul’s letters. I also believe that parts of his Gospel were also the first written. It is nearly undisputed that his Gospel was the last of the four to be completed; but again, I think parts of it were the first written. The contrast of light (of the world) and dark (of sin) is very important to him. John is also the Gospel that uses the phrase, “The Jews” the most, and never in a flattering way. It appears that John is writing to an audience that is not familiar with Jewish traditions and practices. This leads many to believe he was writing to a Gentile audience.

In his first letter, John writes extensively about false teachers (who he calls “anti-Christs”) who are trying to lead people astray. Likewise, Revelation features a major character called the anti-Christ. John seems to write in a black and white fashion – either you believe and you are in, or you don’t believe and you are out. If you take that writing style, add the unflattering way he refers to “The Jews”, and the concern about anti-Christs, the reader can come up with a rather un-Christian way of looking at people. I am not calling John un-Christian because he clearly is writing in support of the mission and ministry of Jesus in our daily lives. Unfortunately, his writing has been used by some, antisemites in particular, for horrific actions against people of the Jewish faith. During this week, we observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is why I am writing this to you.

Based on all that I have read about John and his community, it seems likely that an expulsion was happening within the faith tradition. Jesus taught in the synagogues and on the streets, in homes, in fields and in the Temple. Peter and the rest of the apostles did the same. History shows that sometime during the mid-late 1st century, those who talked about Jesus as the Messiah were closed out from speaking in synagogues and in the Temple. Was it because the movement had reached the Gentiles? Had it grown too big? Were religious authorities angry that their power was being usurped by the Jesus movement? Did the Roman guard infiltrate the synagogues and intimidate the leaders until they kicked out the followers of Jesus? No one really knows for sure; but we do know at some point the apostles and their disciples shifted into preaching in homes and other places – and not in houses of prayer. I think this expulsion affected John and his writing. Perhaps this is why he takes a negative view of religious leaders in his tradition.

The big question is this: How do we read John today? I have a commentary on the New Testament that is written from a 1st century Jewish perspective. The authors in that book have suggested John was writing with divisiveness to make the movement stand on its own. So what about our day? In the 21st century, I’d say the movement is standing on its own. I also believe that the Spirit of unity and wisdom is seeking the leaders in our tradition to be working side by side with people of the Jewish faith and other faith traditions.

Does this mean we stop reading John? Absolutely not. I invite us, however, to read him differently. I suggest we look through the lens of his own faith tradition and understand what was happening around him, and how that affected his spirituality and his writing about it. And I suggest we live into the belief system he was establishing in his writing which is summed up in this passage (from John 12:32):


Jesus said, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

Christ is drawing everyone with love. He calls for us to have love and concern for one another. We are called to be the light of the world in contrast to the darkness of isolation, fear and loneliness. Let us continue to set ourselves apart, as the early Church did, by loving one another and helping our neighbor in need. 

- Rev. Dave