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 July 27, 2014, the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12
RCL Gen 29:15-28; Ps 105:1-11,45b, or Ps 128; Rom 8:26-39; Mtt 13:31-33,44-52
The collect, from an 8th century collection, asks the Lord to be our protector and guide so that we may pass through things temporary to things lasting, in accord with God's purpose, as the epistle says.
Last Sunday's lesson told of Jacob's meeting with God on his way to his relatives' house. Today Jacob's story continues in Syria with his having ingratiated himself in the household of Laban and serving an indenture of seven years for the hand of Rachel. On the night he is to marry his love, he is tricked into marrying her elder, dull-eyed sister. If the coarse comedy of the bride's false identity seem preposterous, remember that this took place in a land where women were veiled, where nights were lit by dim oil lamps, and weddings irrigated by wine. Wily Jacob will get even with his deceitful cousin in the interval be-tween today's lesson and next Sunday's lesson.
Psalm 105 recounts the history of the Israelites beginning with God's promise to the patriarchs which is the section used today as a response to the story of Jacob's marriage. The psalm continues through the entrance into Canaan, withal for the purpose not just of keeping a promise to occupy land, but of Israel's keeping the Law, v 45.
Psalm 128 is a hymn about the blessings of domesticity for a Jew who fears the Lord: fruitful grapevine, olive tree, and wife. Although Jacob was not righteous in the sense of Torah-keeping, and although he was a herdsman, not a farmer, he was rewarded with many grandchildren.
The epistle includes some oft-quoted lines such as "in everything God works for good" and, "if God is for us, who can be against us?" As Paul argues for the inevitability of God's victory, he expounds his belief in predestination: the elect were called, justified, glorified, runs Paul's logic. Sections of this passage, selected to form a paean to hope, are appointed for an epistle at funerals.
Jesus compares the kingdom to mustard seed, to yeast in dough, to hidden treasure, to a rare pearl, and to a fishnet at the close of this age. Omitted today is the Parable of the Wheat and Tares, read last Sunday. At the End, apostles will be those who draw the net ashore and sort fish. Jesus' parable about the fish in the dragnet would have been especially vivid to his disciples who were fishermen, including James the Son of Zebedee, "James the Greater," who was one of Jesus' inner circle, together with his brother John and Peter. James' feast day was July 25.
On July 16 are commemorated righteous Gentiles who saved Jews from the Holocaust, 1930's-'40's.
River Link is helping to supply manpower and expertise, so let's make the River Link Cleanup on August 23 a day of hard work, joy and celebration. This would be a great time to ask your entire family to show up and help us get this task done. The ECW will be serving hotdogs/chips/iced tea/lemonade/dessert to all who come to work on this project. To assist the women with the meal, please see the sign up sheet in the parish hall, to let us know how many hot dogs to cook and to volunteer to bring something for the meal.
Our ECW voted to donate school supplies to Oakley Elementary School this year. There is a list of most needed items on the Redeemer's Website, on Redeemer's Facebook Group, and on the reliable old standby, the Parish Hall bulletin board. Start looking for those back-to-school sales!!!
Camden Bryan DeHart will be baptized on August 3 at the 10:30 service.
There will be no Noonday Prayer on Tuesday, July 29 or Wednesday, July 30. Fr. Weissman will be away on those days.
Saturday, August 23 - River Link Cleanup - Volunteers needed to help clean Redeemer's Riverfront (to be used as part of the Fall Festival). It's from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. River Link is providing vests, pick-up sticks, gloves & a young/strong intern with River Link. Be there if you care!
Saturday, September 6 - 11 AM to 5 PM - Redeemers Fall Festival: Come One, Come All to the Fall Fundraiser at the Church of the Redeemer. BBQ! Drinks! Music! Crafts! Baked Goods! Rain or Shine - Indoors or Outdoors! Admission $5, BBQ Plate $5. Flyers will be available in the Parish House, and we're all on the Advertisement Committee, so pick them up and get them posted. We'd like a huge turn-out, and it takes everyone to make that happen.
Outreach for Oakley Elementary School: Please read through the list of Most Needed Items for this important community outreach.
This Week's Schedule:
|Sunday||08:15 AM||Holy Eucharist|
|Sunday||09:30 AM||Choir Practice in the Church|
|Sunday||09:30 AM||Christian Education|
|Sunday||10:30 AM||Holy Eucharist|
|Monday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|