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.
We are what we are
because of what we have been.
Notes on the Service...
...for August 31, 2014, the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17
RCL Ex 3:1-15; Ps 105:1-6,23-26,45c; Rom12:9-21; Mtt 16:21-28
Today's collect, from an 8th century manuscript, is an extended metaphor of the gardener-God: the divine fruits which are good works are grown in us by God who grafts, nourishes, and faithfully tends us.
Moses' call from the burning bush is an awe-filled occasion comparable with the calls of Isaiah and Ezekiel. Having fled Egypt because he had been identified as the killer of an Egyptian, Moses has taken refuge in remote Midian, married a Midianite woman and herds sheep for her father. On Mt. Horeb/Sinai, the Lord appears to Moses and orders him to free his people from Egypt. Unlike appearances of God in Genesis, this epiphany comes not through a human figure nor a dream, but through a supernatural fire. Henceforth fire will be God's principal medium of disclosure to Moses, who had been drawn out of water. I AM WHO I AM or I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE could mean, "I cause what happens," or it could mean "my Name is not for you mortals to know," like the answer Jacob got when he asked for God's Name, (as read Aug. 3). Later metaphysicians would take YHWH to mean that God is Pure Being, a category of thought foreign to the Exodus authors.
Psalm 105 is a recital of the formative events of Israelite history. Today's excerpt is the prelude of praise, vv 1-6, and then the section about the Jacob tribes' stay in Egypt from Joseph's time to Moses' time.
The epistle continues last Sunday's advice from Paul about how church members are to treat each other. Love, zeal, patience, generosity, and humility are chief virtues; Paul quotes Deuteronomy and Proverbs against taking vengeance.
Someone who did not take vengeance was David Pendleton Oakerhater, a Cheyenne warrior, who was converted to Christianity in a U.S. army detention camp in 1878, was ordained deacon and went to his tribe in Oklahoma whom he served as church-founder, pastor, and teacher, earning from them the title "God's Warrior." He died on August 31, 1931, when the Lord had accomplished in Oakerhater what today's collect asks.
In last Sunday's Gospel, Peter confessed Jesus was the Messiah, and for that Jesus congratulated Peter and renamed him the Rock. Today Jesus is beginning to teach that he is not the [commonly-anticipated] messiah king who will liberate Jews from the Romans, but instead he is to be a messiah who suffers. Peter objects that Jesus' definition of messiahship is preposterous; Jesus rebukes Peter as vehemently as he had previously praised him. Last, Jesus introduces his key paradox of victory through defeat.
The Fall Fling is finally here! The big day is this Saturday, Sept. 6. There will be music from 11-5. A BBQ lunch for only $5 and cakes, cookies and other delicious baked goods for sale. Not only will Bucky and other talented members of our congregation be picking and singing, but so will our own Linda Hanks. That will be a treat indeed. It is so important for EVERY member of our church family to be at the event and be ready to help with the work. Come early and help with set up and plan to stay late to help with the clean up. Friday will be a workday to prepare so plan to come and help then also.
Many thanks to all the folks who came last Saturday and did a lot of work in the courtyard, down on the riverbank, and in the church. A hot dog lunch was enjoyed by all.
Our annual parish meeting will be Sunday, Sept. 28. We will have one service at 10:30 followed by a covered dish meal and the meeting. The head of all organizations of the church are asked to submit a written report to Bill Smith by Sept. 14.
A Bible study beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 6 PM, led by Jeremy Morris. More information will follow. It will be a great chance for study and fellowship with our church family.
- Tuesday, Sep. 2: Redeemer Book Club meets at 5 PM at the home of Dennie Boettcher.
- Wednesday, Sep. 3: First Wednesday covered dish supper at 6 PM followed by Evensong at 7:00 PM.
- Friday, Sep. 5: Workday to prepare grounds and Parish Hall for the Fall Fling.
- Saturday, Sep. 6: Redeemer's Fall Fling will begin at 11 and end at 5.
- Saturday, Sep. 13: ECW meeting at 10:30 in the Parish Hall
- Sunday, Sep. 28: Annual Congregational Meeting
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|
First Wednesday Pot Luck Supper
|Thursday||12:00 PM||Noonday Prayer|