Announcements, Sunday – March 24, 2019

Please welcome our guest homilist The Rev. Laurence Wainwright-Maks, from the Diocese of Rochester/RIT Deaf Ministry.

Lenten Book Study on “The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity & Spirituality Into Your Daily Life”, by John Michael Talbot and Steve Rabey, will meet on the next three Wednesdays starting this week, at 6 p.m. Each session will begin with a potluck supper. All are welcome!

Reserve your special dates to dedicate a sanctuary candle. There are no flowers during Lent. Dates still available to dedicate the sanctuary candle are March 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Please hold these people in prayer: Pat, Nancy, Colby, Peter, Celeste, Mike, JoAnn, Jim, Joan, Dennis, Brad, Roger, Taylor, Anna Ruth, Peg, Gary, Dawn, Terry, John, Joe, Tom, Lois, Wayne, Dave, Richard, Betty, Laura, Polly, and Maud.

The Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

The First Reading Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

The Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

The Holy Gospel Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them–do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

Calendar of the Week – March 24, 2019

Sunday     

   8:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist, Rite II

    9:00 a.m.     Bible Study

  10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Monday          

  7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday    

   2:00 p.m. Beginners Knitting, by Marian Carney

   6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts 

Wednesday

  Wednesday morning Eucharist is cancelled for this week.

  6:00 p.m. Lenten Book Study and Potluck

  6:00 p.m. A.A.

  7:30 p.m. A.A. 

Thursday        

  7:00 p.m.Choir Rehearsal

Saturday  

  10:00 a.m. A.A.

Sunday    

  8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

  9:00 a.m. Bible Study

  10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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The sanctuary candle is given to the Glory of God and

in celebration and thanksgiving for the birthday of 

David Hefling, by Michael Dudley.

The Annual Indian Dinner

First, I want to thank all those who helped out at the Indian Dinner on Saturday night and all those who came to eat and share the message of Roja Singh and the Dalit school, and to those who couldn’t come yet still donated. We raised over $1,200 to send to assist with the needs of the girls and young women whose lives are being forever changed because of education and support efforts like ours. It was a great evening, the most touching moment for me being the tender song offered by the Rev. Abi John, his wife and two beautiful children. It was inspiring. Folks coming down the buffet line included our Canon to the Ordinary, Johnnie Ross (on the left) and our own Peter Grant (on the right).

Some of the food preparation by Roja, herself. The smells coming from the kitchen all of Saturday were amazing! We believe we had a about 80 people, based on the seating availability and raised over $1,200 for the Dalit school.

Ingrid and Dissa Lagoe – two of our genuine Swedish chefs – cooking Indian, which they do at home all the time, so this was a piece of cake. The look on Dissa’s face – priceless!