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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because of what we have been.
Notes on the Service...
...for July 20, 2014, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11
RCL Gen 28:10-19a; Ps 139:1-11, 22-23; Rom 8:18-25; Mtt 13:24-30, 36-43
Today's collect is one of a few collects not translated from earlier Latin books but instead composed in English for the first Book of Common Prayer,1549. Its petition, "have compassion, we beseech thee, on our infirmities, and those things which...for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us..." agrees with Paul's point in the verse following the end of today's epistle, the opening of next Sunday's, "...the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought."
The enmity between Jacob and his brother Esau, about which we read last Sunday, reached a pitch that pushed Jacob out of their home. That, and the desire that he, like their father Isaac, not marry a Canaanite native propel him toward Haran, in what is today Syria. On the way, while camping for the night, Jacob dreams of his famous "ladder," most likely a ramp such as those in front of Babylonian ziggurats. Angels go up and down it, and the Lord repeats to Jacob his promise of countless descendants. So moved is he by this experience of transcendence that he erects a cairn shrine on the spot, using stones, which are his "totems." Notice he uses a stone as a pillow, and soon he will win a bride by rolling a big stone off a well for her.
Psalm 139 is a meditation on God's presence everywhere, including within the psalmist's soul. Although written centuries after Jacob's era, one might imagine Jacob on the road having used similar words, as in v 2, "Thou art about my path and about my bed," or, "You trace my journeys and my resting-places," literally, the lair where an animal lies down; and v 7, "If I make the grave my bed," literally, "if I bed down in Sheol," the underworld of the dead, (not hell-fire of the Gospel.)
Whereas the Lord promised Jacob physical offspring, spiritual off-spring is what Paul has in mind when he urges the Romans to bear up under their sufferings for they are adopted children of the Spirit. "When we cry, 'Abba,' Father," may be Paul's allusion to the Lord's Prayer. Like a woman in labor, all creation is waiting for God's glory to be revealed at what Matthew will describe as "the close of the age."
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares stresses God's patience, as he postpones punishment until the Last Moment. The explanation attached five verses later stresses the fiery punishment (in gehenna, hell in the sense of torment) of the children of the evil one, in contrast with the righteous in the kingdom.
On July 16 are commemorated righteous Gentiles who saved Jews from the Holocaust, 1930's-'40's.
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
Outreach for Oakley Elementary School: Please read through the list of Most Needed Items for this important community outreach.
This Week's Schedule:
- Sunday - 8:15 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Choir Practice in the Church
- Sunday - 9:30 AM - Christian Education
- Sunday - 10:30 AM - Holy Eucharist
- Monday - 12:00 PM - Noonday Prayer
- Tuesday - 12:00 PM - Noonday Prayer
- Wedbesday - 12:00 PM - Noonday Prayer
- Thursday - 12:00 PM - Noonday Prayer