October 21,2012

                                        Good morning and welcome to St. Mary’s Church

“Join us today in the undercroft for Jim White’s 65th Un-birthday” and a celebration of our Justice & Peace Ministry. There is also a fund raiser for our Discretionary fund.  Festivities begin at noon and end at 5: pm

Final space discussions will take place Sunday Nov. 3 after both services. The response was so helpful on Oct 7, it was felt we wanted to include a few more voices, so in the undercroft during coffee hour. Please join us!

Bulletin announcements: If you need an announcement listed in the bulletin for the next Sunday, please email Gwen at allowances1@gmail.com by 5: pm Wednesday.

In Search of Sunday Saints. We are in need of forming a proper AltarGuild to help in preparing the Sanctuary for Sunday Service and in the maintenance of the Church’s liturgical property. If you are interested in helping, please see Father Tom. We also need more lay liturgical assistants.  Again, if interested see Father Tom.

 The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Sunday November 4th,after both 8:am and 10:am services. This traditionally is a time when we remember the Saints who have already enter the kingdom. We will acknowledge all those who have preceded us, in that days bulletin, and all those who have passed into the nearer presence of the Lord in the last year in the liturgy itself.

If you would like someone remembered please fill in the form below and give it to Father Tom.

  All Saints Sunday November 4th, 2012

 Those who have died in 2012,________________________________

____________________________________________________

 

Those who have died in previous years. _____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________

 

Commentary on the Readings by Arthur Cash

First Reading: Job 38: 1 – 7

      Our reading consists of two passages from God’s long “answer” to Job (chapters 38-40). I would not myself call this an answer: God arrives in a whirlwind and at once sets about yelling at Job. Most of his angry scolding consists of rhetorical questions, of which we hear a few. God doesn’t come off looking very good here. “Gird up your loins like a man,” he says to Job, “and I will question you,” as though a macho man could withstand the blasts of God!

Second Reading: Hebrews 5: 1 -10

     Our reading opens with a respectful description of the human high priest, by law always chosen from the family of Levi but brought to his ministry by a divine calling. The human priest then offers sacrifices for the forgiveness of his own sins. But when Jesus Christ became high priest, there was no reason to offer sacrifices for his sins.  Not only had he been made perfect by his suffering, but he had been ordained by God into the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a priest and the king of Salem. (“Salem,” another name for Jerusalem, means “peace.”) He blessed and ministered to Abraham, and Abraham gave him a tyth (tenth) of his wealth (Genesis 14: 17-20) Melchizedek appears nowhere else in the Old Testament except in Psalm, 110. Hebrews treats this mysterious figure as a sort of messiah who has established a new priestly order independent of the Levi family. Thus Jesus is qualified to be high priest, though born in the family of Judah. Moreover, his appointment was made by God.

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