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Sunday, October 1, 2017

THE FEAST OF DEDICATION

On the Feast of Dedication, we rededicate ourselves to Christ and our mission as a parish. The Feast of Dedication also serves as the launch for the 2018 Annual Appeal. We encourage you to pledge for 2018 during the months of October and November in 2017. Please consider participating in this year's appeal. No matter where you live around the globe, if you enjoy worshiping with us via the webcasts, we would appreciate your contribution.

Collect:

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Turner.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Francis of Assisi

Friar, Founder of the Order of Friars Minor (aka Franciscans)
b. 1182
d. October 3, 1226

The Rector gave an excellent summary of the life of Francis in his sermon Blessing the Things We Fear (2007). And Fr Andrew uses the example of Francis to encourage us to choose generosity over caution in his sermon Fools for Christ's Sake (2006).

Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2000) ends its summary of his life as follows:

"Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired, but probably the least imitated; few have attained to his total identification with the poverty and suffering of Christ.

Francis left few writings; but, of these, his spirit of joyous faith comes through most truly in the “Canticle of the Sun,” which he composed at Clare’s convent of St. Damian’s.

The Hymnal version [Hymns 406 & 407] ends:
Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
to thee be ceaseless praise outpoured,
and blessing without measure.
Let creatures all give thanks to thee,
and serve in great humility."

The Rector quotes more from the "Canticle of the Sun" in his 2003 sermon Why Pray for the Dead?

Collect:

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant unto thy people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of thee delight in thy whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 22)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Proper 22)

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Daniels.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Daniels.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by the Venerable Nick Mercer, recently retired Archdeacon of London.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Philip

[The Philip we remember today is not the Philip the Apostle, who we remember with Saint James in May, but Philip the Deacon and Evangelist.]

Lesser Feasts & Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2000) includes a good summary of our knowledge of Philip as follows:

"Philip, who has been traditionally referred to as a Deacon and an Evangelist, was one of seven honest men appointed, some sources say ordained, by the apostles to distribute bread and alms to the widows and the poor in Jerusalem.

After the martyrdom of Stephen, Philip went to Samaria to preach the gospel. In his travels south to Gaza he encountered an Ethiopian eunuch, a servant of the Ethiopian queen, reading the Isaiah text on the Suffering Servant. They traveled together, and in the course of their journey the Ethiopian was converted and baptized by Philip.

Subsequently, Philip traveled as a missionary from Ashdod northwards and settled in Caesarea. It was in Caesarea that he hosted St. Paul. Philip’s activities at the end of his life are the subject of speculation, but some sources place him as a bishop at Lydia in Asia Minor."

Collect:

Holy God, no one is excluded from thy love, and thy truth transformeth the minds of all who seek thee: As thy servant Philip was led to embrace the fullness of thy salvation and to bring the stranger to Baptism, so grant unto us all the grace to be heralds of the Gospel, proclaiming thy love in Jesus Christ our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 23)

Collect:

Lord, we pray thee that thy grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Proper 23)

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Turner.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Daniels.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ignatius of Antioch

Bishop of Antioch
d.115

This early church bishop is known for his certitude, especially in defending the doctrine of the incarnation, that Jesus is fully God and fully man, against spirtual and Gnostic notions. He writes:

Be deaf to any talk that ignores Jesus Christ, of David’s lineage, of Mary; who was really born, ate and drank; was really persecuted under Pontius Pilate; was really crucified and died in the sight of heaven and earth and the underworld. He was really raised from the dead.

Collect:

Almighty God, we praise thy Name for thy bishop and martyr Ignatius of Antioch, who offered himself as grain to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts that he might present unto thee the pure bread of sacrifice. Accept, we pray thee, the willing tribute of our lives, and give us a share in the pure and spotless offering of thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAINT LUKE

Evangelist

In a sermon from Evensong in 2010, Fr Daniels explained:

Luke is the gospel writer who recorded in his book those two canticles that we hear at every service of Evensong – indeed, every evening office. Mary’s song, the Magnificat, comes from Luke’s gospel, as does Simeon’s song, the Nunc Dimittis, both of which we just heard. Without Saint Luke we’d have neither of those. His is a gospel marked by magnificent story-telling, brilliant uses of words and images that tell the stories that make up what many of us think about, when we think about the stories of the Gospel...read the rest here.

Collect:

Almighty God, who didst inspire thy servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of thy Son: Graciously continue in thy Church the like love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of thy Name; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

THE TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 24)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in Christ hast revealed thy glory among the nations: Preserve the works of thy mercy, that thy Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of thy Name; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Proper 24)

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Spurlock.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Spurlock.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Pr. 25)

Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Daniels.
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. Sermon by Fr Turner.
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir. Sermon by Fr Spurlock.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Gentlemen of the Choir.