Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things,
but to love things heavenly;
and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Collect for the third Sunday of September
September – Fall- the changing of the season from our summer heat, hail, and flowers galore, to days of bright blue skies, rattling red and yellow leaves, with cool evenings and football. I love it!
This fall, it is also a time when two teams with members from St. Philip’s are preparing to visit two prisons for 4 days of prayer, sharing of stories, singing, laughing… weeping… and in it all, bringing love and hope to men and women who are often unseen and uncared for. It is a time when all involved in Kairos – team from the outside, team from the inside, candidates on the course, guards and officers – all come closer to God Present, God Loving, God Pouring Out Spirit on All Flesh. Please join our teams in bringing God’s Love to men and women on the inside by signing up to pray, coming to the Closing Ceremony (sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall), or helping to fund a meal. All help is needed and welcomed and treasured!
12 Step Eucharist
September also brings a 12 Step Eucharist Service – both services – Sept 18. This ser- vice is remarkably adapted to our liturgy, and brings to life the spirituality of the 12 Steps, and underscores that the 12 Steps are not for “them”… they’re for all of us!
Hooper Memorial Bench
Sunday Sept. 25 we will have the blessing of the memorial Hooper Bench – it is installed at the playground and takes in the stunning view of the valley and mountains.
Looking Toward Fall
Looking a bit further ahead, fall also brings the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday Oct.2, the Diocesan Convention in Denver Oct 6-8, and a baptism on Sunday Oct. 9.
In our readings, September holds challenging readings from Luke – we will be clearly called to stand up and make hard choices – to carry our cross, to give up all manner of ease, so that we can embrace, even rejoice in God’s mercy, righteousness, and relentless pursuit of the lost, the needy, and the poor in spirit. The readings, the season, the special services, the books… they all work together to call us to heed the changing of the season, to note that time is passing; therefore, let us not delay to do good while we can – and to look out always in all ways for the needy among us. Therefore… Let us hold on, even as the seasons change, to the continuing message of hope, mercy, and reassurance of God’s care for all!
Peace be with you, Beloved!