Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1/28/2015, #5, 1st Quarter 2015
The people only had head knowledge of you, Jesus; please us heart knowledge of your as well.
Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:5-6)
[Two years ago I was teaching a computer class at the West Milton site of the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. At the end of the class one of the nuclear engineers was waiting for me in the hallway with a question: "Torre, why are there more miracles in Africa than there are here?" I replied that I thought it was because we had all sorts of things we thought we could fall back on and that Jesus was at the end of that list; whereas for many people in Africa Jesus was the only refuge they had, and they went to him first. Thus, there were more miracles. I asked him if he was willing to be put in the place where Jesus was the only thing he could fall back on, and he said, "Yes."]
Lord Jesus, bring me to that place where all of my trust is in you alone. Thank you
This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life. (Psalm 119:50)
Jesus, thank you for being the Word of Life to me.
The earth, O LORD, is full of your mercy; teach me your statutes. (Psalm 119:64)
Holy Spirit, please teach me and lead me day by day.
WORD: Are you willing to share the gospel with someone else today?
Wednesday: 119:49-72 * 49, ; Isa. 49:1-12; Gal. 2:11-21; Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: 50 * [59, 60] or 118; Isa. 49:13-23; Gal. 3:1-14; Mark 6:30-46
From the Front Lines
***** 2015 Parish Leadership Conferences, Learning to Share our Faith
As the Bishop mentioned in his recent message, this year's Parish Leadership Conferences will be a little different than in past years. We'll still be sharing the Eucharist, but instead of an outside speaker or leaders from the Diocese teaching us, we'll learn from each other by sharing our faith stories in a small group setting in an encouraging, friendly environment. Everyone's faith story is unique, and everyone's faith story has the potential to touch a person that doesn't know Jesus, perhaps inviting that person into a relationship with Him. So join us at the Parish Leadership Conference that is closest to you or best fits into your schedule, where we'll learn from each other what the Lord is doing in our individual lives and our parishes. Registration, coffee and goodies will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone will be on the road by 3:45 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In order to make sure the right amount of food is prepared for lunch, please register for the Parish Leadership Conference you will be attending by clicking http://www.albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/forms/ParishLeadershipConference/2015/2015PLCRegistrationForm.php . Options to request vegetarian meals and child care have been added to the registration form. The dates and locations of the Parish Leadership Conferences are as follows:
January 31, 2015 Holy Family School, Malone
February 7, 2015 Christ Church, Cooperstown
February 28, 2015 Christ the King
Spiritual Life Center
Learning Opportunity, Anglicanism and the Great Commission - This Saturday!
This Saturday, January 31st, Christ Church, 46 River Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326 will be holding a time of study and reflection on Anglicanism and the Great Commission from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fr. Mark Michael, Rector of Christ Church, will offer a series of talks on the ways that Anglicans and Episcopalians have shared the faith in the past and the distinctive theological vision that guides us in bringing Christ to those who do not know Him. There will be opportunities for silent reflection, discussion and common worship, and a simple lunch will be served. The event is free, and those interested in attending should register by January 27th by contacting the church office at 607-547-9555 or clicking here to e-mail your registration.
The Community of St. Mary, Sesquicentennial Events
The sisters in Greenwich will begin their sesquicentennial year with a quiet celebration and observance of the Feast of the Purification of St. Mary on February 2nd, following a week's silent retreat at the Community of St. Mary Convent. During the sisters' annual retreat, January 26 through February 1, the convent will be closed for ordinary business. Guests are welcome to join in the Divine Office or daily Eucharists but there will be no public afternoon Tea or visiting that week. Associates and friends are welcome to join the community in its solemn offering of worship and praise on its Founding Anniversary at the Mass of the Purification of St. Mary on Monday, February 2, at 7:00 a.m. (Matins at 6:30 a.m.) This quiet celebration will feature the community's traditional plainsong responsories and the renewal of the sisters' vows.
Special Healing Service Event
On Tuesday February 3 at 10:00 a.m., the regularly scheduled Healing Service will relocate to St. Mary's Convent as a kick-off to their year-long 150th anniversary celebration with the celebration of Holy Eucharist of the Purification of St. Mary (transferred) and healing prayer. The featured speaker will be The Rt. Rev. Harold Miller from the Diocese of Down and Dromore, Northern Ireland. As always, the service includes praise and worship, Scripture and teaching as well as opportunities for Holy Communion, anointing, personal prayer ministry and Reconciliation. Praise music will be led by the CtK Youth Ministry Intern staff. The Blessing of Throats for St. Blaise Day will be offered at the end of the service. A pot-luck luncheon will follow for one and all. Bring a dessert or dish to share. Carpooling is encouraged.
Retreat Opportunity, Silent Retreat at the Community of St. Mary
The Community of St. Mary Convent in Greenwich is offering a silent retreat entitled A Garden of Grace February 13 - 15, 2015 (President's Day Weekend). Sister Catherine Clare will offer meditations allowing the retreatants to consider the contrast between the ways of sin and the alternative Way of the Spirit. Rather than finding tools to root the weeds of sin out of their lives, retreatants will ponder how to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, God's free gifts of grace. The cost for the retreat with overnight accomodations is $138. To stay an additional night, the suggested donation is $69. To attend as a communter (no overnight accomodations), the cost is $75.
Support Opportunities, St. Peter's Overflow Shelter
The Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Peter's Church, 107 State St., Albany, NY in support of the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM) remains open nightly through March. Volunteers are needed for evening hours only, 8:00 pm until "lights out" (no later than 11:00pm). Come on your own or team up with a friend or family member to provide a ministry of hospitality and presence, acting as an extra pair of hands for the CCRM staff and providing a welcoming "home" environment to the guests. To sign up to volunteer at the shelter, please contact one of these individuals via email by clicking on the name: Judy Burns, Martha Iannacone, Denise Moore, or St. Peter's Church.
Cathedral Community Youth Group
The Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210 is sponsoring a Sunday afternoon Community Youth Group, which began on January 18th. The group meets at St. Francis Mission in the West Hill neighborhood of Albany. This group meets an urgent need for at-risk kids in the community, and there are a number of youth in the neighborhood who are interested. This is a group aimed at kids who have no church home. The youth group meets from 3-4:30 pm on Sundays. The Cathedral is seeking volunteers willing to work with kids, or help set up, clean up and provide food. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Fr. Paul Hunter, Canon for Mission at the Cathedral, by clicking here.