Pews News Weekly, September 7th, 2017
It seems as though we live in tremendously tumultuous times. Between one natural disaster after another hitting our country, and frightening things going on geopolitically. Days like these can be stressful, but we worship a sovereign Lord, so we press on, seeking to do good for those who hurt and always praying for those affected by the tragedy.
It seems that Irma is on track to hit our Florida where our presiding bishop lives, as well as a good number of APA parishes. Please remember Bishop Grundorf and the APA communities in Florida in your prayers. We also learned that Fr. John Lohmann's house near Houston was flooded and damaged. Please keep Fr. Lohmann in your prayers. I could spend all day listing the prayer and physical needs, but I'll only ask you to remember all of those who have been affected by Irma and Harvey, as well as the fires in the west as you pray this week.
In times of tumult, it can be difficult to find the words to pray. I commend the prayer for Times of Calamity on page 41 of the Book of Common Prayer:
O GOD, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In happier news, it seems like every time I look out into the parish hall, the pile of goodies for the rummage sale grows. Thank you to everyone who has brought stuff in, please continue to bring your treasures in, either during regular week day hours, Sundays or by making an appointment with me. If you have large items that you cannot handle on your own, please let Ben Lizak or myself know.
Remember to mark your calendar for September 29th and 30th. There are still open slots to volunteer with set up, clean up, and the sale itself. And remember, you don't have to be a lady to help out.
A brief thought on Church growth
We all want to see All Saints grow, this week while praying the morning office I was reminded of an essential truth. The Psalter read: EXCEPT the LORD build the house, * their labour is but lost that build it. ~Psalm 127:1. Our labors to grow the church should be to the end that our Lord is glorified. All church growth begins by joining together in prayer for our church, partaking in the sacraments, reading the scriptures together and on our own, and participating in the propagation of the gospel.
I trust all are well, remember that I am always here if you need me. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church