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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