Morning Prayer 10/30/18

I love the reading from Ecclesiasticus today – in fact have really enjoyed going through this seldom looked at book from the Apocrypha. This passage on “Wisdom” is mystical and beautiful. It reminds us of the chosen people of Israel, a good reminder during these times of mourning for the horrible murders in the synagogue. But also describes the special place of Jerusalem, and as I will be leading a group of 36 to the Holy Land in a few weeks, reading this gets me really excited about the trip.

A reading from Ecclesiasticus 24:1-12

Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth, and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory: “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and covered the earth like a mist. I dwelt in the highest heavens, and my throne was in a pillar of cloud. Alone I compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss. Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway. Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide? “Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.’ Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me, and for all the ages I shall not cease to be. In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion. Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain. I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage. 

Evening Prayer 10/29/18

It’s the feast day of our patron saint! St. Simon and St. Jude, disciples of Jesus, share a feast day. We are blessed to have both a St. Simon and a St. Jude Episcopal churches in Okaloosa County. Here is the Collect for their feast day.

O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Faithful AND zealous in their mission. We need more of that don’t we? And we also need, I think, more ardent devotion SO WE MAY make known the love and mercy of Jesus.

Evening Prayer 10/28/18

An amazing weekend at St. Simon’s. The ordination to the Priesthood of our Curate, the Reverend Forbes Sirmon, on Saturday was really awesome! Joyous and beautiful and the Holy Spirit showed up and “Made him a Priest”! I had the privilege and honor of preaching and really had a fun and holy time with that!

Today we had wonderful services, although we also took time to remember those murdered in cold blood for simply being Jewish on Saturday in Pittsburg. As the preacher today also, that was one of those change-the-sermon-at-5am moments. Like I suspect most if not all preachers, I sure am weary of having to deal with such senseless slaughter and evil as took place at the Synagogue in Pittsburg. It is heart breaking.

All these sermons are posted on our website, usually by Monday afternoon. www.stsimons-fwb.org, if you want to take a listen.

Father Forbes was Celebrant today for the first time ever and he did a wonderful job. Playing with holy fire is exhilarating and dangerous and wonderful, welcome to the college of Presbyters, Forbes!

Then this afternoon we had a really great Trunk or Treat event, with around 80 folks, adults and kids, very cool trunk decorations, fun games, great costumes and, of course, HOT DOGS! It was a beautiful afternoon and evening right there on the Sound, and near the end, the Blue Angels (who are stationed in Pensacola), flew right over us, on their way back to their home base (Zoom in). I bet your trunk or treat didn’t have that! We were reminded of our blessings during a time when people are hurting and afraid, or still recovering, right down the road from us, from Hurricane Michael. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.

Suffrage’s B from Evening Prayer was the right one for this weekend, for all those suffering, all those afraid, all those seeking answers, all those searching.

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That your holy angels may lead us in paths of peace and goodwill,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be pardoned and forgiven for our sins and offenses,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That there may be peace to your Church and to the whole world,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may depart this life in your faith and fear, 
and not be condemned before the great judgment seat of Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit in 
the communion of all your saints, 
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ,

We entreat you, O Lord.

Evening Prayer 10/25/18

Prayers with special intention for someone dear to me. This prayer was included in the Mission St. Clare EP tonight. Sometimes the daily office makes me weep.

Pray For Those Who Need Continuing Care

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all persons who have become ill, weak, distressed, or isolated. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Itinerant: noun. a person who alternates between working and wandering.