ALL ANGELS BY THE SEA

WEEKLY TIDINGS

June 6, 2024

SUNDAY SERVICE

10:00 am

To live-stream the service - go to AllAngelsLBK.org, click on the "All Angels Enter Here" picture and you will be routed to our YouTube channel.

Zoom - go to https://zoom.us/j/5955701807 and watch and listen live. Be sure to stick around after the service for our coffee hour chat-with-your-neighbor time.


This Sunday's coffee hour will be a celebration for Ethan and Mackenzie's wedding.


The bulletin can be found on the All Angels Website: 

AllAngelsLBK.org or at the following link: 


Bulletin for Sunday, June 9

Scripture Readings for June 9, 2024


Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 130

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Mark 3:20-35


Click Here for the Readings

The flowers for Sunday, June 9th are given to the glory of God.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Last Sunday's Service

Sunday Sermons


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

please click the link below



Sermon: Where is Your Sacred Place aka The Sabbath Was Made for Us

PRAYERS

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.  Give the comfort of your Holy Spirit 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, Joan and Nancy. We pray for those in Hospice that they will have comfort in you, especially Mary Jo.

A BRIDGE BETWEEN ALEX AND DAVE

Podcast: A Bridge Between



Episode 79: Tying Up the Strong Man



Also available on Spotify:

Spotify: A Bridge Between

PARISH ACTIVITIES

Gallery Artist

Our featured artist through June 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

Men's and Women's Discussion Group

Today is the anniversary of D Day. There is an interesting guest piece in the Wall Street Journal by Michael Snape, a professor at Durham University and trustee of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Museum in Shrivenham, England. His article highlights a piece of history regarding the invasion as the "Great Crusade". Below is one of the comments to the article that serves as a good way to remember this day: On Utah Beach, 80 years ago, under fierce shelling, my dad jumped into a shallow bomb crater. Another soldier was already in there. They huddled together. The other man had a pocket Bible. Amid the carnage and chaos, they read key verses and recited the 23rd Psalm. In a brief lull, they jumped from their foxhole and never saw each other again. Dad became a Christian that day, calling it "baptism by fire." I'd like to know what you think about this piece. 

For those in person, I'll have the coffee ready. For those on Zoom, here's the link: https://zoom.us/j/5955701807


To read the article, click the link below:

God's Place in D-Day

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:

AllAngelsLBK.org

REFLECTION

The Gifts and the People

 

Holy: set aside for a high purpose; belonging to or associated with a divine power.

 

I was asked recently if the phrase – the gifts of God for the people of God – included him. The look on his face was serious and so was my response. I answered, simply and firmly, “Yes, it includes you.” He replied, “But I don’t feel holy; how can it be for me?”

Does the phrase people of God (which is meant to be inclusive) feel exclusive?

Should one dare consider themselves to be included with the holy people of God?

The answer is a firm yes. Let me explain why.

 

The Episcopal Church USA has had three prayer book revisions in our 235-year history. The first U.S. prayer book was ratified in 1789. It was a revision of the English book from 1662. The 1789 book was updated in 1892. It was revised in 1928. That prayer book was updated and ratified in its current form in 1979. Interestingly enough, the 1979 prayer book is the first prayer book, written in English, to bear the phrase, The gifts of God for the people of God. Let’s let that sink in a bit; from the first English book of common prayer from 1549 until 1979, the gifts for the people was not included. Did someone just make it up and insert it into the prayer in the late ‘70’s for the fun of it? No, of course not.

 

Eastern liturgies of the fourth century contained the phrase, The Holy for the holy. Those words were said before administering communion. Other ancient documents show this phrase: holy things for holy people. Bear in mind, Christianity was persecuted during the first part of the 4th century. That means these liturgical documents (they didn’t have “prayer books” back then) represent some of the earliest Christian expressions of worship. Many of the documents from the late first century and much of the second century were burned as a part of the persecution from the Roman empire and are lost to history. This means the eastern liturgies of the fourth century most likely represent what was passed down by the apostles.

 

In Peter’s first letter, he writes this: You are holy – a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation – God’s own people [and] possession. (2:9)

Many believe Peter was quoting Moses from Deuteronomy – If you keep the Lord’s commandments and walk in his ways the Lord will establish you as his holy people. (28:9)

And from Isaiah: They shall be called, The Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord. (62:12)

 

This means that the phrase, “The holy for the holy”, comes from Scripture – from Peter the chief apostle, from Moses, the giver of the Law, and from Isaiah representing the prophets. We are commanded to continue in the breaking of the bread, of the teaching of the apostles, and in the prayers. When you see the priest lift up the broken bread, you are continuing in the tradition we were given from generation to generation. By participating in the eucharist, you are following what the Lord has commanded and are walking in His ways, thus, you are God’s holy people.

 

The definition of “Holy” can mean a set aside time, or place, or ritual. It can also mean belonging to or being associated with a divine power. And, because we are Episcopalian, it can mean all of those things and more! With the prayer book revision that started in the 1970’s, they went back to the ancient liturgies to mirror our day with theirs. They found this beautiful phrase that is associated with Peter who received instructions from Jesus himself. You don’t have to feel holy to be included or associated with the Divine. You simply have to see, or hear, it happening. The command to continue in the breaking of the bread, the teaching and the prayers does not have strings attached or prerequisites or metrics for accomplishment and success. The command only requires the willingness to show up, in person or online, and to be a part of it. As such, when I say, “The gifts of God for the people of God,” I’m talking about you. 


- Fr. Dave