Founded in 1886, we are an Anglo-Catholic congregation in Woodfin, within the Diocese of Western North Carolina. Our purpose is to worship God in the beauty of holiness, to teach the faith in such a way that we may be empowered to serve our Lord in this world, and bring others into the fellowship of the Body of Christ. We are dedicated to maintaining the Anglican traditions that have formed our worship over the ages.
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Notes on the Service...
...for October 19, 2014, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Proper 24
RCL Ex 33:12-23; Ps 99; I Thess 1:1-10; Mt 22:15-22
The collect, originally written for Good Fridays, says that God's glory has been "revealed among the nations." Today's first reading shows God's glory revealed to Moses. Instruments for revealing It to the nations were Paul, author of today's epistle, and Luke the Evangelist, whose feast was Oct. 18.
The fall-out from the Israelites' apostasy in worshiping a golden calf (last Sunday's first reading) included smashing of the idol and of the tablets on which the Commandments had been inscribed, and a mass execution of idolaters. Then, Moses returns to the Mountain to make atonement. The Lord tells Moses that He will not go any further toward Canaan with the Israelites. Today's excerpt from Exodus is Moses' plea that the Lord let him know that he will accompany them, and let him know not only his "ways" but who God is. At the burning bush Moses was fearful; now he is bold enough to ask to see God's "glory." Weightiness is the Hebrew term, meaning divine presence or honor or holiness. Notice as God prepares to show his glory, he speaks three times without Moses' replying. So "radioactive," so radiant is God's presence that even Moses cannot see him front-on and live. Thus God encases Moses in a rock cleft, and shields him with his palm.
Psalm 99 serves well as a response to the revelation of God's glory. Note the refrain, "he is the Holy One," vv 2, 5, 9. Its naming not only of Moses and Aaron but of Samuel shows that it was composed after the era of the trek through Sinai, "Holy hill," v 9, refers to Mt Zion, not Mt Sinai. This psalm and 47, 93, 95-98 are hymns to the Holy King's glory glimpsed in the temple.
When Paul greets his congregation in Thessalonica, in modern Greece, he compliments the Gentile Thessalonians for having forsaken idolatry. Notice Paul's listing of faith, love, and hope, a list he will later use in his hymn to love in I Corinthians. Next Sunday's collect will pray for faith, hope, and love.
God has chosen the Thessalonians, as Paul will say in Romans, not because they were offspring of Abraham, but quoting Exodus 33, because God "will be gracious to whom [he] will be gracious."
In Jesus' day, idolaters who regarded their emperor as divine occupied Judah. Jews disputed how to deal with the occupiers. Jesus' enemies, from opposite positions on the issue, used it to try to pin him. Were he to agree with the Herodians that a good Jew should pay tax to Caesar, then the Pharisees would accuse him of betrayal. Were Jesus to agree with the Pharisees that one should not pay tax to Caesar, then the Herodians would accuse him of treason to the Empire. Although his deft answer evades their trap, it does not solve later generations' questions of church-state relations.
Noonday Prayer is sung every Monday through Thursday at Noon at Redeemer. Please join us.
Fr. Weissman has prepared notes for this week's readings. They are shown to the left of this page, and will be printed on the back of Sunday's bulletin.
Mon, Oct 20 – All interested members of the church are invited to enjoy some beautiful fall scenery and some great fellowship at the Pisgah Inn located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will meet at Pisgah Inn no later than 4:45 with plans to be seated at 5:00 PM. Anyone interested in carpooling can meet at Redeemer at 4:00. A signup sheet is available in the Parish Hall
If you would like to become a member of the Prayer Chain please talk to Diane Jackson.
This Week's Schedule:
|Sunday|| 8:15 AM
Choir Practice in the Church
|Monday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Tuesday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Wednesday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|