This week: April 8th, 2018

Dear Friends~

I’ve been in Dallas this week. I was invited by the CEO of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship to attend the Pathways to Generosity Conference and to lead worship on Thursday morning. I got to tell the story of Peter and Cornelius from Acts 10—it was lots of fun!

 

This story is important to how the earliest Christians understood how to reach out and welcome others into the fellowship of Christ. It’s full of visions, and fiery preaching, and the appearance of the Holy Spirit so it’s a storytellers delight.

The conference was full of wonderful presenters and good information. It was itself a generous experience. I’m glad I went. And now, I’m glad to be home.

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Christ shows himself to Thomas
mosaic by Rowan and Irene LeCompte at the Washington Cathedral

It’s Thomas Sunday. You remember him… Thomas the Confessor. Thomas the twin. Yes, and even Doubting Thomas. We hear this resurrection story every year on the Second Sunday of Easter, but it never gets old. Join us as we continue the Easter Season. Alleluia!

Click HERE to read all the lessons for the Second Sunday of Easter.

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 Bible study is back! So this is a perfect time for you to think about joining us! The adventure continues with the story of Ruth. Ask for a copy of the story if you’d like to join in—Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30pm or Tuesday morning from 9-10:30  in Yeaton Hall.

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Our April Taizé is this Tuesday, April 10th, at 7:30pm. Our monthly Taize-style service offers a time of quiet and contemplation, music and prayer in the candlelit beauty of our church. This month’s theme is Life in Christ. It’s a peaceful time to spend in the presence of God. I hope you can join us.

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 There’s always time for the “sipping sacrament.” And we enjoy our time together. Perhaps you’d be able to host for us after the 10am service one week. Just bring a few goodies… cookies, crackers & cheese, fruit are always well-received (and eaten!). But we don’t want to inhibit your creativity. Whatever you bring is sure to be appreciated. Click here for some tasty ideas to bring and share! You can sign up on the southside bulletin board in Yeaton Hall.

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This week: March 24, 2018

The bishop is coming! And that smile is just for you!

 

On Palm Sunday (this Sunday!), Bishop John Taylor will join us for the 10am service. We will gather on the lawn for the blessing of the palms and triumphal entry and make our way into the church for our Passion Sunday service. Bishop John will preach, celebrate and officially receive Eamonn Oley into the Episcopal Church in the rite of Confirmation/Reception. Everyone will then have the opportunity to meet with Bishop John for brunch and conversation after the service. I hope you will be with us to welcome our bishop!

 Don’t miss it!

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  This image of the Triumphal Entry is from an 11th century manuscript. And it is in the Getty collection right here in Los Angeles. I think we need to get St. Michael’s on the Move up there after Easter! Let’s plan to go. In the meantime, our lessons for Sunday include both the Triumphal Entry and the Passion, both from the gospel of Mark. Click HERE to read all the lessons for this week.

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  St. Michael’s on the Move is attending to the March for Our Lives on Saturday. If you’d like to join us, contact Eamonn Oley (ucleamonn@aol.com)  – for the Manhattan Beach march, or Melissa McCaverty (melissamccaverty@yahoo.com) to go to the Downtown L.A. march. If you go to either one, be sure to take a selfie and share it with us!

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   Our Bible study is on hiatus for a couple of weeks… due to Palm Sunday and Easter. So this is a perfect time for you to think about joining us! The adventure continues with the story of Ruth. Ask for a copy of the story if you’d like to join in—Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30pm or Tuesday morning from 9-10:30. We reconvene on April 8thand 10th in Yeaton Hall.

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  Lent Madness is down to the Elate Eight. The choices on some days are easier than others. I feel the strain they note on their website, “As we get deeper into the season, many of the Lent Madness faithful must decide between two saints they voted for in previous rounds. Oh, the agony! And yet in the end, despite all the amazing saintly souls, only one will emerge victorious.”

And now that we are in the round of “saintly kitsch” you can find saintly reminders on Etsy you didn’t even know you needed! Join the fun and learn more about these saintly folks by clicking HERE.

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  Several of us plan to attend the Women’s Interfaith Seder at Temple Menorah on Tuesday of Holy Week. If you’d like to join with us, let me know!  We plan to carpool. Note that pre-registration is required.

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This Week: February 24, 2018

How is your Lent going? I’m finding challenges in unlikely places.

Thursdays are my day to go to Rotary. It’s held at lunchtime so there is always food. But Rotary, in my experience, has always been a dessert-free zone. No Lenten temptation there! But today (probably because we have just passed Valentine’s Day) there was a plethora of sweets to choose from…

Inline image 2… candy, sweet and sour gummy worms, almond bark and more! Oh, no! They were right next to the iced tea and calling my name as I filled my glass. I had to tell myself it’s too early to give in on my Lenten food discipline of giving up sugar. So I managed to turn away from the sweets, at least for today. I do hope Rotary goes back to a no sweets policy at least until after the Easter Bunny arrives!

I have taken on a few small disciplines this Lent. They crop up throughout my day and I am finding that they are helping me to be mindful of the season. My mornings begin with sending out the Lenten meditation from St. Michael’s and then reading and voting at Lent Madness. When I’m in the car alone it’s quiet, because I’ve given up the radio for Lent. So my car time gives me at least a few minutes each day of mindfulness. And then, of course, there are the sweets. My after dinner sweet tooth has to be satisfied with fruit. And remarkably, it is.

My Lenten disciplines are small ones. But so far, it’s working for me because I find as I run into them throughout the day I remember why they are there and give thanks.

I hope you have found a meaningful way to help you observe the season.

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Inline image 3This Sunday is our Annual Meeting (finally!). Please join us after the 10am service to talk about our work together as the church in this place—and then join us for lunch. We have some of the best chefs in town!

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Inline image 4  We are one week in and already St. Paul is out—it’s a single elimination bracket, and Paul went down to Peter on day one! But there are many more saints to learn about and vote for—including our own St. Michael next Friday. I think you are obliged to take part and vote for our patron saint! Click HERE to cast your vote in today’s matchup!

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 Inline image 5Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

Bishop Taylor will be joining us on Palm Sunday, March 25th. Anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in being Confirmed or Received in the Episcopal Church or would like to Reaffirm their Baptismal Vows please contact me by this Sunday, February 25th.

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“And Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him.”

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Our gospel this week begins the journey to Jerusalem—and on to the Cross. You can read the story and all of the lessons for this week by clicking HERE.

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Inline image 7  Our Bible study this week continues with Moses, of the burning bush fame (oh, and the Exodus and the wilderness, too!) You are welcome to join us and you can even choose a time that suits you—Sunday afternoon from 2-3:30pm or Tuesday morning from 9-10:30. We meet in Yeaton Hall.

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Inline image 8Our first support week of 2018 for Family Promise is coming up March 4-11. I hope you can be part of this ministry since it requires our hands-on support and help. You can sign up on line at March 2018 Hosting. Please contact Jeanie Powell if you have questions or can offer assistance: jpowell420@att.net

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Inline image 9 Once again we’ve got “Supper and a Movie” on three Tuesdays in Lent. This coming Tuesday, February27th, Julie Bergeron is our dinner host and our movie is Gifted— the story of a gifted and peculiar 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother. I think it fits well with our theme of living into what we are called to be. Come and join us for food, a movie and a time to talk. Supper starts at 6pm and we’ll be finished by 9pm.

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This week: January 3, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Yes, it is still Christmas, you know. Today is the 10th day of Christmas, so ten lords a leaping.

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(And if you know me well enough,
you can guess how much this picture tickles me!)

Tomorrow we get eleven pipers and then twelve drummers and then Christmas is over. So revel in these last few days of the season! On Saturday, January 6, we move into a new season of the church year—Epiphany.

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We are back in Mark for the season of Epiphany (except for one Sunday when we will hear from the gospel of John), and we begin again at the beginning, with the baptism of Jesus.

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Baptism with water and in the name of the Trinity is the entrance rite into the Christian life. We Episcopalians often baptize babies when any “acting out” may be a bit of crying, and so the delight of baptized is not necessarily evident. Click HERE for a moment of true delight…and listen for the voice of God saying to each one of us, “You are my child and beloved.”

All of the lessons for this First Sunday after the Epiphany can be found by clicking HERE.

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Inline image 4  Time to own up to that New Year’s Resolution! Join us for Bible study THIS Sunday! YOU are invited to join us on this epic adventure—a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God. We’re just starting, so get in on the ground floor. You can even choose a time that suits you—Sunday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Our first meeting will be a joint meeting on Sunday, January 7th from 2-3:30pm in Yeaton Hall. Contact Mother Dina for more information.

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This week: December 21st, 2017

I love flash mob performances… even though I’ve only seen them on my Facebook page or YouTube. It would be so much fun to be caught in the moment and watch one unfold in front of me. I think this “flash sextet” (at least the way I count them…look for the littlest member of the group!) would have brought me to my feet if I had been present in the café.

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Click to watch…

I suspect that part of the reason is the song they chose. “Go tell it on the mountain” is one of my favorite Christmas carols—actually a spiritual according to the hymnal. We will sing it during the family service on Christmas Eve and I hope our version is as rousing. And I hope as inspiring to our witness.

“Go, tell!” are the words of the angel to the women at the tomb. “Go, tell his disciples” that Jesus is risen. Go, tell!

This Christmas, I hope you will be inspired to go and tell. To tell family and friends, the people you know and love, that Jesus has come into the world and lives with us.

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Inline image 3 We will have only one service on Sunday morning—8am. Come in the morning for Advent 4 and then at 4pm or 9pm for Christmas Eve!

If you’d like to read the lessons for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, you can find them by clicking HERE.

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Inline image 4  A New Year’s Resolution—join us for Bible study. YOU are invited to join us on this epic adventure—a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God. We’re just starting, so get in on the ground floor. You can even choose a time that suits you—Sunday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Our first meeting will be a joint meeting on Sunday, January 7th  from 2-3:30pm in Yeaton Hall. Contact Mother Dina for more information.

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This week: December 16, 2017

Far and away my favorite author as a child was Madeleine L’Engle. I delighted in A Wrinkle in Time and checked it out of the library so often that it finally showed up under the Christmas tree. I still have that copy. It is the copy I asked her to autograph when I attended a writing retreat with Ms. L’Engle at Mount Calvary Retreat House several years ago. I had discovered that she wrote for adults as well as children and that I could spend a weekend with her at Mount Calvary. Nearly heaven!

I have many of her books, and her poetry challenges me as well as her prose. Here is one for the season that calls out the wild and passionate nature she finds in Mary.

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May the bright and wild love of Mary fill you this Advent season.

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Inline image 4  This Sunday, December 17th, we celebrate Advent with music! You are invited to celebrate the season as our choir and guest oboist provide special music and we hear the prophecies of Christmas. You don’t want to miss it!

In place of the usual lectionary, our lessons will be selected from the Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. If you’d like to read the usual lessons for the Third Sunday of Advent, you can find them by clicking HERE.

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 Inline image 5Our C.A.S.E. ingathering for December is this Sunday, December 17thRequested items to fill up the pantry include: shampoo, snack-size puddings, packets of hot chocolate, crackers and cookies. Your generosity is appreciated!

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Inline image 6We are about half way through Advent, but we still have a few Advent calendars left. And you still have time to use one. Be sure to pick up your Advent calendar at church this Sunday to help you mark the days and prepare for the coming of Jesus.

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Inline image 7  Come and join us! YOU are invited to join us on this epic adventure—a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God. We’re just starting, so get in on the ground floor. You can even choose a time that suits you—Sunday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Our first meeting will be a joint meeting on Sunday, January 7th  from 2-3:30pm in Yeaton Hall. Contact Mother Dina for more information.

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This week: December 7th, 2017

Dear Friends~

From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus…

Today on the church calendar we celebrate St. Nicholas of Myra, a fourth century bishop and the patron saint of sailors and children. Legend has it that he was a wealthy man who was very kind and helped the poor. As the bearer of gifts to children, he was a popular saint in medieval Europe.

In northern Europe after the Reformation the stories and traditions of the saints became unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in England, he became Father Christmas, an old character from stories during the Middle Ages. In Austria and Germany the present giver became the Christkind, a golden-haired baby with wings who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus. In early America his name was Kris Kringle (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in America brought the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became Sinterklaas or as we now say, Santa Claus.

Notice how the traditional costume for Sinterklass shows him…

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 Almighty God,
in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra
a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and sea:
Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for
the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor,
and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

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Our Christmas tree is shining and bright! Thank you to Jeanie and family for setting up the tree and lights and to all who helped decorate it on Sunday. We had a party to light the tree, welcome Santa and make Gingerbread houses on Tuesday.

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As you can see, we had master builders in the house and a good time was had by all!

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This week we begin at the beginning. “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God.”

Mark 1:1

There is no nativity story in Mark… either literal, as there is in Matthew and Luke, or metaphorical, as in John. Mark starts with the adult Jesus at his baptism by John.

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As our Advent calendar suggested on Monday, you can easily read the gospel of Mark in one sitting—it’s short. And you might even find that reference I asked about last week.

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story is in Mark 14:51-52.

Click HERE to read all the lessons for this Sunday.

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Inline image 9We still have a few Advent calendars left. And you still have time to use one. Be sure to pick up your Advent calendar at church this Sunday to help you mark the days and prepare for the coming of Jesus.

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Inline image 10 We completed another successful support with El Segundo Methodist Church for Family Promise on Sunday. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped. This ministry is really good news – for us and for the families. It’s a pleasure to meet the families and help them on their way. Think about joining us for the next support week in March of 2018. Contact Jeanie Powell at jpowell420@att.net to find out how you can be part of the program!

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This week: December 3rd, 2017

The season is turning. Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent and we will see changes in the colors, the liturgy, the music and the tenor of our lessons. We will also leave the gospel of Matthew and move into the gospel of Mark—the principle gospel for this coming church year. Each of the gospels has a traditional symbol— a man, an eagle, an ox and a lion. These symbols are often depicted in works of art. In the image below you can see the four evangelists (gospel writers) at their writing desks with the symbol of each shown in the open window. Do you know who is who?*

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There is also a hint from the particular gospel in the image. The image for Mark includes a naked man running away in the moonlight. Yep, that’s in the gospel of Mark. A prize for the first person to send that citation to me!

* The symbols appear in Ezekiel and Revelation
Matthew is the winged man symbolizing Jesus’ incarnation
Mark is the winged lion symbolizing Jesus’ resurrection
Luke is the winged ox symbolizing Jesus’ sacrifice
John is the eagle symbolizing Jesus’ ascension

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Inline image 3Since we don’t have Minions, YOU could help us decorate our Christmas tree this Sunday, December 3rd after church. The tree will be in place but we could use some help hanging the ornaments. Bring your kids and we’ll make that tree dazzle!

Then, don’t forget…

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Inline image 5 Thank YOU for your pledge of financial support to St. Michael’s for 2018. Your pledge is an expression of your faith and commitment to God and to this community of faith. You are surrounded and supported by other members as we continue our journey together toward being the people of God in our time and place.

By the way, if you have not offered a pledge for 2018, you still can! Pledge cards are in Yeaton Hall and at the entry of the church.

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As we move into Advent, the lessons focus on prophecy and the second coming.

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Click HERE to listen to a wonderful high school quartet sing the Negro spiritual “My Lord, what a morning,” which takes its imagery from this Sunday’s gospel. Spirituals are traditionally sung without accompaniment and the harmonies fill out the sound. These guys are good!

Click HERE to read all the lessons for this Sunday.

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Inline image 6Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd. Be sure to pick up an Advent calendar at church this Sunday to help you mark the days and prepare for the coming of Jesus.

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Inline image 7 We are midweek in our current Family Promise support week but it’s not too late to help. Contact Jeanie Powell at jpowell420@att.net to find out how you can be part of the program!

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Inline image 8After the simplicity of Advent our church will have an abundance of poinsettias to decorate for Christmas. You are invited to help pay for these lovely flowers and honor a loved one with a thanksgiving or memorial tribute. You can find a form for Christmas Poinsettias in the church entry and in the December issue of The Guardian. Your completed form is needed by Sunday, December 17th in order to include the names of your loved ones in the Christmas service leaflets.

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As you sit, or stand, or walk or wait in prayer this week, your prayers are asked for those in our community and beyond who especially need our prayers…

We pray for healing for: Tom, Sebastian and Patsy; Josh, Shayne and Christina; Sylvia; Noemi; Laura, Terri, Amy and Paula; Belinda; Norm, Razza, Matt, Dave, Wendy, Mike and Maryjane.

We pray for the blessing of employment for: All who are unemployed or underemployed.

We pray for safe travel for: Matt; the Samia family; and people around the world seeking safer places to live.

We pray for others who need our prayers, especially: Joe and Cindy; Steve and Tanya; Juan, Casey, and Jenny; Barbara, Tiffani and family; The Samia family; Brittani; Melba and the Mowad family; People in our country and around the world suffering from natural and man-made disasters; The men and women serving in our armed forces, esp. those stationed overseas.

We pray for peace in the world, especially for: The people suffering in the Syrian civil war and other conflicts around the world.

We give thanks for: First responders to all emergency situations; the opportunities we have to serve, esp. through Family Promise and C.A.S.E.; St. Michael’s Children’s Center and we pray that it may be a place of sound learning and new discovery.

We pray for those who have died, especially: The victims of gun violence in our country.

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Inline image 9 An Episcopal pioneer is honored at Yale—they have named a new residential college after the Rev. Pauli Murray. Read about Rev. Murray and other events around the diocese in this week’s issue of The Episcopal News Weekly.

Also in this week’s issue:

   *  Nominations open for ECW Board 2018 – 2021

   *  Women’s retreat to study Celtic spirituality

   *  GFS to sponsor talk on enabling, mentoring girls

   *  ‘People, get ready,’ by Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce

   *  Events around the diocese

HERE is the link.

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This week: November 10, 2017

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. It began as a remembrance of the Armistice that ended WWI—signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Traditionally, we observed two minutes of silence at 11am each November 11th to mark the end and remember those who died in that war.

In 1954 President Eisenhower officially changed the name of our day of remembrance to Veterans Day. It is now a day to pay tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. I know we have a couple of veterans in our congregation–Randy Albers and Eamonn Oley. Are there more out there that I don’t know about? We thank them all for their service!

Almighty God,
we commend to your gracious care and keeping
all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
give them courage to face the perils which beset them;
and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Inline image 2Rejoice, give thanks and sing! The South Bay Interfaith Thanksgiving service has a long tradition. It’s an opportunity to join with other people of faith and rejoice in our common heritage.

This year, the service is being held on Tuesday, November 21st at St. Lawrence Martyr Church—1900 Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach. Our choir members will be singing the Interfaith Choir. I hope you can join us!

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Our first reading this week is from Joshua, so that obviously makes me think of Bob Dylan. 😁😁😁. Well, there IS a link! The lesson is Joshua’s famous speech about choosing to serve God. And, Dylan wrote that great rock anthem, “You have to serve somebody.” In this song Dylan names all sorts and conditions of men (and women)* and always concludes with the refrain:

But you have to serve somebody,
yes indeed y
ou have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you have to serve somebody.

Click HERE to watch Dylan’s classic performance of this song at the 1980 Grammys.
And click HERE to read the lesson from Joshua and all the lessons for this Sunday.

*You may recognize this language
from the Book of Common Prayer.
See prayer #2 on page 814.

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Inline image 3Our November Taizé is this Tuesday, November 14th at 7:30pm. Our monthly Taize-style service offers a time of quiet and contemplation, music and prayer in the candlelit beauty of our church. It’s a peaceful time to  spend in the presence of God. I hope you can join us.

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Inline image 4Our support week for Family Promise is coming up November 26-December 3. This is one of our major ministries and it requires hands-on help from lots of people to make it work.

 We join with El Segundo Methodist Church to make it happen. You can click HERE to go to the sign-up sheet. Remember, you must have taken the Family Promise training to volunteer for any spots requiring face-to-face contact with our families—but there are lots of spots that are behind the scenes. Contact Jeanie Powell at jpowell420@att.net if you have any questions.

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Inline image 5We (STILL) need a little “flower power”! We have an opening to buy and arrange the flowers for our altar on the second Sunday of each month and we’re looking

 for a volunteer. If you are interested, let Mother Dina know. Thanks!

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Inline image 6We’re gathering a birthday list so we can remember you on your special day. Please add your name and birthday (month and day only; you can keep the year to yourself!) to the list in Yeaton Hall. Happy birthday to you!

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This week: October 28th, 2017

Dear Friends~

If we were Lutherans we’d know that this coming week is a major milestone in Church history. Lutherans, after all, are heirs of Martin Luther. And October 31, 2017 marks exactly 500 years since he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

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The Reformation is a complex piece of history that encompasses many years and strands. It’s rather remarkable that a movement like this has such a definitive starting date. Luther may not have intended at the beginning to start a separation from the Roman Catholic Church—scholars differ on this point. But clearly he did see serious problems within the Church, and his theses were offered as points for scholarly debate. That debate did not take place; rather the social movement of the Reformation led to schism and the formation of major Protestant denominations—Lutherans, Presbyterians and eventually Anglicans, among others.

There is no doubt that the Roman Catholic Church needed to be reformed. After the Protestant Reformation the RC Church itself had a “counter reformation” and made many changes in its ways at the Council of Trent. But it is sad to have the divisions we do within the Church Universal—and there are many efforts at trying to resolve our differences. The Episcopal Church participates in many of these efforts. We have agreements about “full communion” (that is shared sacraments and ministry) with Lutherans and we have ongoing talks with Roman Catholics and Methodists, and others.

I am glad we are participating in these discussions. And we are not the only church working on this. Here is a prayer from the Lutheran-Roman Catholic efforts to come together and mark the 500thanniversary of the Reformation:

Thanks be to you O God
for the many guiding theological and spiritual insights
that we have all received through the Reformation.
Thanks be to you for the good transformations and reforms
that were set in motion by the Reformation
or by struggling with its challenges.
Thanks be to you for the proclamation of the gospel
that occurred during the Reformation
and that since then has strengthened countless people
to live lives of faith in Jesus Christ.
Amen.

May this be our prayer, as well.

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Inline image 3Don’t forget to come for coffee and a tour of Mychal’s Learning Place tomorrow morning. Come to buy your coffee and a treat anytime after 8am and stay for the tour hosted by Blaisdell Shaw beginning at 9:30am. You’ll be impressed with the program and maybe even find a way you’d like to volunteer. Here’s the address: 4901 W Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

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We’ll talk about Halloween and All Saints at our 5th Sunday child-friendly service this Sunday. Everyone—especially the younger set—is welcome to come in costume as we remember we are all saints of the church.

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The liturgy is simpler and the sermon is geared to younger members and I get lots of help from them! I hope you’ll be with us and bring a family of friends with you.

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Inline image 5  Our psalm this week is the basis for another great hymn of the church. Isaac Watts used the first five verses of Psalm 90 as the basis for “O God, our help in ages past.” Watts is considered the father of English Hymnody and many of his hymns are standards in our hymnal.

Click HERE to get your Anglican on! This version was sung at Westminster Abbey, complete with men and boys choirs and soaring organ accompaniment.

And click here to read all the lessons for this Sunday.

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Inline image 6 An interfaith community event to invite meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors who hold diverse opinions about how to make our world safer, more peaceful will take place on Wednesday, November 8th at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes. St. Michael’s on the Move will plan a carpool. There is a sign up in Yeaton Hall to join us.

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Inline image 7   We had an organizational meeting for our Altar Guild last Sunday. It’s nice to have a crew of people ready to dig in… especially with the holidays coming. We can always use additional hands—and we will be forming a “bread party” of our younger members to make communion bread for us. Let me know if you can be part of the group.

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Inline image 8We’re gathering a birthday list so we can remember you on your special day.Please add your name and birthday (month and day only; you can keep the year to yourself!) to the list in Yeaton Hall. Happy birthday to you!

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