Grace Notes - July 2017
"The Joy of the Lord is my Strength," from Nehemiah 8:10
From Rev. Dorothy+
We're coming up on our annual celebration of July 4th, the founding of our country and our freedoms. I'm particularly thankful for the wisdom of our founding fathers who constructed the documents and formed the style of government that protects those freedoms. I'm thankful for the myriads of men and women who have made great sacrifices to keep us free.
I'm appalled at the ongoing acts of violence around the globe, some random and spur of the moment, others meticulously planned, and a seemingly increasing number of them happening in our country. I'm also appalled at the level of hatred that has infected our land. It sometimes seems to me that we're eating each other up from the inside out.
All of this draws me closer to prayer -- prayers for peace, prayers for mutual understanding, prayers for protection for our freedoms, prayers for our governmental leaders. Whatever our political stance may be, as Episcopalians, we are to pray for those leaders, especially the President of the United States. Doing that is in our Episcopalian DNA.
In my personal and daily prayers, I pray for wisdom and protection for our president and for the leaders of other countries who want peace, freedom, and prosperity for their own people. As such, Netanyahu is one of the ones on my list. Prayers for peace in the Middle East and in the Korean situation are on my daily list.
With the recent atrocious attack at the congressional ballgame, I've added prayers for protection for all members of Congress to my prayers. Steve Scalese and his family (and all who were shot that day) are in my prayers.
We believe and know that God is love. We believe that the Great Commandment offers the best way to live as Christians. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." We also know that not everyone believes that. There are those for whom hatred is their creed. The evidence is there in droves.
Prayer can work miracles. I commend praying for peace in America and for wisdom and protection for our leaders I commend it to you and ask you to do it regularly.
And have a Happy and Blessed and Safe Fourth of July,
~~~~~ Diocesan News ~~~~~
Bishop Suffragan-Elect, the Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, will be ordained a bishop during a worship service held on July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio (510 Belknap Place, 78212). The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, will preside and preach. A reception on the lawn, the "Best Church Picnic Ever" will follow the worship service with fried chicken and all the sides.
This service is open to all in the diocesan family; no registration is required.
~~~~~ For Your Calendar ~~~~~
….. for a unique way to look at church history! Rev. Dorothy is leading a series called "Devotees and Dissenters: That We All May Be One." Each session is based on Phyllis Tickle's book The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. In her book, the author substantiates the claim that every 500 years new cataclysmic shifts happen in the culture that have a profound effect on the church and how we believe. She calls these shifts "hinge times," and makes the claim that we are currently in a hinge time.
By the way, did you know that Martin Luther protested against certain Roman Catholic practices by posting his 95 Theses on that church door in Wittenburg, Germany in the year 1517? That's exactly 500 years ago! In our day, some events are happening internationally in the culture and in the church as we know it, that are absolutely unprecedented, and that are exciting.
(Rev. Dorothy is also adding tidbits from church music history.)
So come to Sunday School!
We're meeting in the choir room on Sundays at 9:30 am.
~~~~~ For Your Calendar ~~~~~
Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 10:30 amSunday School at 9:30 am
Monday Friends from 9 AM to 2 PM
SUN July 9
and Peer to Peer 11 AM to 12 PM
Both meet every Monday
AA has regular meetings at the Church
9:30 AM Daughters of the King
SUN July 16 - Food Pantry Ingathering
9:30 AM Parish Potluck Breakfast
Nursing home visits and singing
2:00 PM Celeste Care, 701 E Young St
3:00 PM Llano Nursing and Rehab, 800 W Haynie
TUE July 18
12:00 PM Vestry Meeting
Week of July 24 - Meals on Wheels
SAT July 29 - Consecration of Jennifer Brook-Davidson as Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West
SUN August 6 The Transfiguration of our Lord
~~~~~ Congratulations ~~~~~
…to parishioner Casey Johnson, who recently competed in the 2017 Skate Austin Bluebonnet Open. Casey won a gold medal in a Special Olympics Figure Skating event. Her music was a Brahms waltz and now she's composing music for a new routine she's working on. Casey has been studying figure skating with coaches Marsha, Gloria, and Mr. Jerry since May of 2015 and she travels to Austin each week to practice.
*To learn more about our new Bishop Suffragan, check the diocesan website at http://www.dwtx.org/about-the-diocese/bishops/
Grace Episcopal Church Llano
1200 Oatman Street
Llano, TX 78643