Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Week Commencing 26 July 2015
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Today’s Gospel John 2. 1-21
One of the events of today’s Gospel reading concerns Jesus feeding many people, (the Gospel writer records 5,000 but who was counting?). The importance of this is the power of Jesus to meet the needs of His people.
One of the surprising things for me is the paucity of understanding of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. This coupled with my inability to heighten people’s awareness of the wonder of this amazing encounter is deeply disappointing. I often wonder if we think about what it is we are actually doing in this sacrament? I wonder how it has become so lack lustre? It sometimes seems to me that we are queuing at a buffet, picking and choosing what we like and dislike, rather than attending a royal banquet where we are fed by the King of Kings. Jesus gives us, in the Eucharist of Himself. What could be more amazing?
We are that which we receive
Dear friends, that which you see on the Lord’s altar is bread and wine. But when a word is added, that bread and wine become the body and blood of the Word. Because the Lord, ‘who in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ – because that same Lord, in His mercy, did not despise that which He had created to His own image, ‘the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.’ As you know, that word assumed human nature by assuming a human soul and a human body, and thus became human without ceasing to be God. In this way, Christ suffered for us, and Christ has left us His body and blood in this sacrament. He has even made us His body, for we have become the body of Christ. Through His mercy, therefore, we are that which we receive. St Augustine of Hippo 354-430 Sermon 6
Composer, organist, and music teacher Cesar Franck (1822-1890) was born in Belgium but spent the majority of his life in France, becoming a great figure in romantic music during the second half of the 19th century. Franck taught both privately and institutionally and held many posts as organist.
Panis angelicus (Latin for "Bread of Angels" or "Angelic Bread") is the penultimate strophe of the hymn "Sacris solemniis" written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a complete liturgy of the feast, including prayers for the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.
The strophe of "Sacris solemniis" that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music separately from the rest of the hymn. Most famously, in 1872 César Franck set this strophe for tenor voice, harp, cello, and organ, and incorporated it into his Messe à trois voix, Op. 12.
Farewell Reception for Fr Michael Fuller – you are invited
Father Michael's Thanksgiving Sung Eucharist will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a Farewell Reception with "seasonal libations” in the Trendell Lounge. Everyone is welcome, and please RSVP the church office. If you wish to contribute to a farewell purse, please give your donation to either Louise or Robyn.
Efforts are still being made to appoint an interim priest whilst the canonical committee prepares to work on the Parish Profile. In the meantime supply clergy will lead worship on Sundays at 8am and 10am. The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will continue at 11am as per usual and will be led by one of the Synod Office staff. Morning and Evening Prayer are suspended until further notice and there will be no Taize services. For further clarification please contact the Wardens.
RIP Ernest (Ernie) Eldridge
Some of you may remember the Rev. Ernie Eldridge from his time at SJS years ago. He passed away July 18th in Kingston, Ontario. In Ernie's memory donations to the ALS or Alzheimer Societies or to a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.
Volunteers Wanted to Water the Garden
With the current water restrictions, we now water by hand with a hose. We need several people to assist (you choose the day and time) for about 20-30 minutes. Please contact the office if you would like to participate.
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