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.
We welcome all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion at the altar of God. If you are visiting for the first time, we welcome you to the Episcopal Church. Please make yourself known to Father Hanks.
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Notes on the Service...
...for August 17, 2014, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15
RCL Gen 45:1-15; Ps 133; Rom 11:1-2a, 29-32; Mtt 15:21-28
The collect recalls that Christ is both a sacrifice and an example, and then asks that we may respond by receiving his benefits and by following his steps. The foremost of recipients and followers was Mary his mother, who was blessed in giving him human life and more blessed in keeping his Word (Lk 11:27). Her feast day was August 15.
In one of the Bible's most beautiful passages, the saga of Joseph reaches its denouement as the hero reveals himself to his brothers when they have returned to Egypt seeking bread for their famished household. Their interrogator, the Egyptian viceroy, breaks down, dismisses his attendants, and switching to Hebrew (heretofore he had been speaking through an interpreter) discloses himself as the very brother whom they thought they had disposed of in Canaan long before. Dumbstruck, they must be told twice, "I am Joseph." Joseph does not seek revenge. He is the only patriarch who is so admirable morally. He credits Providence: he suffered that many could be saved. The whole tribe will find refuge in the Nile Delta, Goshen-land.
Ps 113 is an idyll of the kind of fraternal harmony which Joseph and his brothers might have enjoyed after their reconciliation. The psalm was written after their descendants had escaped Egypt and had occupied Canaan, in which Mt Hermon, v 4, lies. All over the ancient world, rubbing the hair and body with aromatic olive oil, v 2, was a satisfaction of the comfortable life, as well as a priestly anointing. Aaron was the archetypical high priest.
Using logic similar to the logic of the Genesis author, Paul argues that the bad actions of men God turns to accomplish his purposes. God's covenant has been extended to Gentiles because of the failure of [many] Jews to acknowledge Christ. Does that mean that God has rejected his first people? Paul asks in today's epistle. No, he answers. "Just as you [Gentiles] were once disobedient, so they [the Jews] are now being disobedient," so that God can be merciful to Jews and Gentiles alike. (As is Jesus in the Gospel).
The first part of today's Gospel expounds Jesus' interior, spiritual interpretation of the Torah, contrary to the rival Pharisees' "external," interpretation. Next, Jesus enters pagan territory and is met there by a descendant of the aboriginal inhabitants of Palestine from before the Israelite conquest, a Canaanite. This archetypical Gentile begs the new David the conqueror for her daughter's healing. Like two rabbis, they exchange wit, and Jesus finally accedes to her point. Later, the precedents of the healings of this Gentile and a few others by Jesus would be cited, and pro-Gentile prophets would be quoted, to defend Paul's incorporation of Gentiles into Christianity without their being first made Jews.
Clean-up with River Link: Please join us on Saturday, August 23, from 9 AM-Noon as we join forces with River Link to clean some of the brush and trash from our part of the river bank. There will be a hot dog meal served at the end of the cleanup to reward those working on this project.
Fantastic Fundraising Fall Festival: Come one come all, do your part, bring in your crafts, throw down your wares, We are going to have a Fundraising Fall Festival like no one dares. Mark your calendar, count down the days, Let's all pull together and think of ways that we can together give thanks and praise. Let's all give our best, give it a whirl, we can make this work out, we know what we can do, that is if we all work together – me and you. Here is a hint as to what you will miss if you don't get up off of that thing and participate in this Fantastic Fundraising Fall Festival event. (Sept. 6, Saturday, from 11 AM until 5 PM) Breads, cookies, pies and cakes, we have some of the best cooks and bakers in the entire state. You think I am kidding but just you wait and see what will be on that table – Lord have mercy on me Okay. We all know our Padre is an intelligent soul, you all heard that beautiful banjo roll but..here comes the flat top and you've not heard a thing, arpizzo style is what I think, but whatever it is, you are in for a treat. Nitrograss (Micah and Caleb) a product of the Hanks and if you think you've seen a show you had better re-think. Our own Michael David, Gary Barger, Mark Davis and many more will put on a show like never before. After all trash is picked up, things put away and our place is clean ready for a new day, who knows, there may be time for a moment of cheer and a toast to The Church of the Redeemer's first Annual Fall Festival Fundraising Event.
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!
Tuesday, September 2: Redeemer Bookclub meets at 5 PM at Dennie Boettcher's home to discuss "Love in the time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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.
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|