Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Monday, January 31, 2005

A Visual History of the Prayer Book

I came across this while going through the links on Anglicans Online. It is a concise (one page) view of the lineage of the English Prayer Book. The tradition of our prayer book(s) begins at the lower right of the graphic. I think this is a good summary of several hundred pages of Dom Gregory Dix's The Shape of the Liturgy.

Update: I had a problem with the link to Amazon in my first attempt to post this article.


Painful Biblical Humor

Enjoy at your own risk.

Lessons for Last Epiphany, Feb. 6, 2005

The lessons for this Sunday, Last Epiphany, February 6, 2005

The Collect:
O God, who before the passion of your only­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Prayer List 1/30/05

Nikki, Carole, Beverly, Nicolas, Warren, Joan, Frank, Anthony, Mary, Vera, Robert, Bernadine, Cassie, Diana, Donna, Austin, Stan, Jackie, Sara, Geraldine, Bill, Steve, Tom, Sharon, Theresa, Ted, Kathy, Tony, John, Ann, Kathryn, Virginia, Karla, Therese, Mariann, Don, Mildred, Raymond, Chris, Bob, Martha, James, Wilma, Linda, Bernice, Abby, Elicia, Elise, Ashley, Glenda, Trevor, Marlene, Petra, Doris, Frances, Karen, Rhonda, Gary, Bea, Virgil, Ed, Taylor, David, Connor, Peggy, Jim, Anita, Olga, Jesse, Peter, Patti, Phil, Vicki, Daniel, Denzil, Ryan, and Royleen.

Prayers of the People - 1/30/05

Epiphany 4A – January 30, 2005
Prayers of the People

For the church and for all your creation, we pray to you, Lord God, saying: Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the dominion of heaven. And so we pray: Unite the church, guide Frank our presiding bishop, William and Victor our bishops, and these churches of the Rockford Deanery, St. Jude in Rochelle, St. Paul in Savanna, Grace in Sterling, St. Peter in Sycamore, and the Diocese of Long Island. That they may lead others to the love of Jesus. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God. And so we pray: Give your people the will and the courage to value your service above all else. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the peacemakers, God’s own children. And so we pray: Bring peace to the world, security to the nations, and safety to the cities, especially for Iraq during this, their first national election. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. And so we pray: Remove from us prejudice and injustice, and raise up among us those who will labor for the good of all whom you have made. Lord, hear our prayer.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. And so we pray: Be present with those who are sick, imprisoned, or in distress, especially those who have asked for our prayers; Nikki, Carole, Beverly, Nicolas, Warren, Joan, Frank, Anthony, Mary, Vera, Robert, Bernadine, Cassie, Diana, Donna, Austin, Stan, Jackie, Sara, Geraldine, Bill, Steve, Tom, Sharon, Theresa, Ted, Kathy, Tony, John, Ann, Kathryn, Virginia, Karla, Therese, Mariann, Don, Mildred, Raymond, Chris, Bob, Martha, James, Wilma, Linda, Bernice, Abby, Elicia, Elise, Ashley, Glenda, Trevor, Marlene, Petra, Doris, Frances, Karen, Rhonda, Gary, Bea, Virgil, Ed, Taylor, David, Connor, Peggy, Jim, Anita, Olga, Jesse, Peter, Patti, Phil, Vicki, Daniel, Denzil, Ryan, and Royleen. Are there others? Make us quick to love and serve our neighbors. Lord, hear our prayer.

We offer thanksgivings this week as we celebrate the birthdays of Tiffany Greminger, Sonya Dempsey, Brandon Raimondi, Meghan Townsend, and William Malinow; and the anniversary of Robert and Margaret Dodson. May they enjoy another year of health and happiness in the Lord’s service. Are there other blessings or thanksgivings? Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Harrell Townsend, on behalf of the Watts family, and we remember James Athos. Rejoice and be glad, for their reward is great in heaven. We remember all who have witnessed to your love, may their souls and the souls of all the departed live in your eternal kingdom. Lord, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, you have taught us to do justice, love kindness, and practice humility before you; make our faith active in love, that your name may be praised and your people served throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Weekday services - 1/30/05

Weekday Services for the week of 1/30/05

  • Tuesday 2/1/05
    • 9:30 AM Morning Prayer Cecilia
    • 7:00 PM Communion from the Reserve
  • Wednesday 2/2/05
    • 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve
    • 7:00 PM Communion from the Reserve
  • Thursday 2/3/05
    • 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve
    • 7:00 PM Evening Prayer David

Some Help in Blogging

I was pointed to this link today, it provides a "course" on how to blog.

(Hat Tip: SmartChristian Blog)

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Also on the Internet

I should have posted this earlier in the week, but this week's Christian Carnival is here. The Christian carnival is a weekly event in which Christian bloggers from the internet e-mail to the host of the carnival, a post of Christian nature which they wrote in the last week. Sometimes the host requests a particular "theme" for the carnival. After collection, these essays are collected by the host and put into one blog entry. A different blogger hosts the carnival each week. It's a good way to view (and participate) in the larger Christian community in the "blogosphere".

Friday, January 28, 2005

Christian Blogging News

There is a movement afoot to form a God Blog Convention. Details here.

Deacon's Ordination

Please add to your prayers the following 4 people who are being ordained to the vocational/permanent diaconate on Saturday Feb. 5th:

Larry Green
Robert Lowe
Louisette Ness
James Nicholas

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Don't forget

Game night, Saturday. I'm sure there are some rivalries going on by now. Put up your challenges in the comments.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

WE are the church!

Every once in a great while I get a really thoughtful email, that challenges my mind, and I've included one here. It is also a reflection of a song this season at Children's Chapel - the refrain goes like this - "I am the church, You are the church, We are the church, together. All who follow Jesus, all around the world, yes, we're the church, together." Actually, pretty high theology.

Here goes...
A new Pastor in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days making personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first services. The following Sabbath the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the Pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian burial.
The funeral would be held the following Sabbath afternoon, the notice said.
Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the "funeral." In front of the pulpit, they saw a closed coffin, smothered in flowers. After the Pastor delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.

Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a "dead church," all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each "mourner" peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look. In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Help Files

To help people post blogs, use the editor to their advantage, and generally get information on how to use the blogging system they have established, blogger has extensive help documents here. Specific information on how to use the post editor is here. If anyone has specific questions, drop a comment on this entry, or e-mail me.

A Provacative Prayer

A blessing by Bishop Ted Eastman

May God bless you with discomfort! --Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger! --Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears! --Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them, turning their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with foolishness! --Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, doing what others claim cannot be done!

Amen

Monday, January 24, 2005

A Bishop's Consecration

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A Bishop's Consecration.

I had the privilege of attending the consecration of Bishop Bavi Edna
Rivera here in the Diocese of Olympia. Our whole family went, my
husband, my daughter who is 8, my 6 year old son, and me.

Some quick facts: 12th female bishop ECUSA, 16th in the Anglican
Communion, 1001st in the apostolic succession, and her father is a
bishop as well. She is also the first Hispanic female bishop.

We had multiple reasons for attending and we were very excited when they
moved the consecration to a venue large enough for all to attend. We
wanted to show our support for our new bishop, we wanted to see the
consecration of a bishop, and I wanted to show my children a woman
following God's will for her. This was the first consecration any of us
have ever seen.

It was a very complicated but well done beautiful liturgy. There were
representatives from all races, traditions, and congregations. There was
at least 1 other female bishop in attendance. Children were actively
participating in many important parts of the service. Prayers and
readings were done in many different languages. They used a variety of
visual unifiers of banners and streamers. My children loved the
streamers that some of the acolytes waved at the fronts of the
processions. We were all thrilled to see our own Priest, Esther, to be
involved at several key points as well.

During the exchange of the peace we looked around and suddenly my
daughter was not with us. We spent a couple of worried minutes looking
for her when she came back just glowing! She had managed to make it all
the way up to the new bishop to exchange the Peace with her. She proudly
told us that she got a kiss right here (on her neck). She was just
thrilled to see a woman being the center of such an important event.

Now it wasn't perfect and it was wonderful to see such a wide variety of
people participating and involved in the service. People were real and
human. When the testimonies were being read it stated that she was above
the age of 30 and everyone laughed. The man reading did restate that it
was what it said, and everyone laughed again. I would say that one thing
that made it most difficult for my family was its length. It was 3 hours
long. I am a firm believer in shorter homilies and the one for the
consecration while very good was overly long.

Several of the symbols that I appreciated specifically in the service
included: Being vested by several children. One was a younger girl who
helped with her miter. She had trouble helping her put it on, so Nedi
put the miter on and then bent down to have the little girl adjust it
and tell her how it looked. We have a large Native American presence in
the area and they were very well represented. They offered her a talking
stick 3 times using words that made it obvious she should turn it
down(for her own selfish interests) and then offered it to her to serve
the people she was called to serve. She then accepted it. Also in the
tradition of the 1st nations people she gave everyone who came a
present. She had some lovely wooden crosses for every person who
attended. She also gave the baptismal font used for her consecration to
our cathedral. The other gift to our entire diocese was a beautiful song
that was composed just for this event and for her to give. It is about
opening your heart.

After the consecration there was a reception as well. We attended that
too so we could actually meet her. I met a variety of people from her
previous diocese at the reception. I found out that over 55 people flew
up to be a part of that. When we did meet her, I was very impressed and
pleased that she crouched down to look my son in the eyes when she shook
his hand. He was almost embarrassed by her thanking him sincerely for
being part of her consecration.

I am very glad that our family went. It was a unique experience and one
I will treasure.

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Thanks!
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Stephanie Ganger sganger@teawithstephanie.com
www.teawithstephanie.com

Blogging and the Church

A minister ponders what blogging can mean for a church.

January 30, 2005, 4 Epiphany

The lectionary reading for January 30, 2005, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

The Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

UPDATE (01/26/05): I forgot the Collect when I posted the lessons.

A parallel universe? - Suggestion

Hi all,

I knew there was a Lockport, NY and I just went out to view any information about that place on the web. It is located in Niagara County, and is neighbor to Buffalo, NY. There it is called the Town of Lockport, as opposed to our own City of Lockport. Both towns/citys were founded due to the early digging of Canals and are named after the Locks on the canal that run through the main areas of town. Or, based on what I saw there, and what is happening here, what USED to be the main areas of town. If I didn't know that I was reading web information from New York, I could certainly be reading about the history of Lockport, IL. It was kind of spooky, actually. I couldn't find a list of churches in the short time I allowed for looking, but .... I'm sure, since St. John the Evangelist is apparently a favored name for Episcopal churches, that there MIGHT be a sister church of the same name in Lockport, NY.

O Blogmaster, our blog is called - simply - St. John the Evangelist (Lockport). To avoid any possible confusion for casual seekers on the web, might we add a little ',IL' to the name??????

Sunday, January 23, 2005

A good sermon on discipleship

Ekklesiastes
Sermons and Reflections from an Episcopal Priest
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Follow the Lord
SJF • Epiphany 3a 2005 • Tobias S Haller BSG
Jesus said, follow me and I will make you fish for people. Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

In last week’s gospel from the book of John we heard one version of the calling of Andrew and his brother Simon Peter. This week we hear Matthew’s version of this call; and a very different version it is, with a very different message. Last week we heard about Andrew, as a disciple of John the Baptist, following the Baptist’s lead and inquiring after Jesus; and then going to find his brother Peter. Today we hear of two pairs of brothers, all four of them fishermen. And all four of them, upon hearing the compelling call of Jesus Christ himself — not an intermediary like John the Baptist, but the Lord himself — all four of them drop everything and immediately leave their familiar world of work and family to follow this fascinating stranger. So it is that Jesus gathers up the first four disciples as he strolls by the seaside, catching these fishermen with the net of his word, and hauling them off to do his work.

These are Christ’s first four disciples, and it is discipleship I want to talk about today, what it means for us and for the church of which we are members. Disciple is a word we are likely to misunderstand. We often think of a disciple as someone who carries out a ministry. But we can see the true meaning of discipleship at work today in this call of the first four disciples. For to be a disciple is to be one who follows. A disciple of Christ is one who follows Christ, one who upon hearing the call of his compelling voice sets all else aside: livelihood, family, and sometimes even life itself. The disciple is devoted to the one he follows, and leaves everything else behind.

In the reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we see what happens when disciples forget who it is they are supposed to be following, and instead get focused on their own more domestic issues, their own personal problems,their own needs, their own desires, and most importantly the persons and personalities of their earthly leaders. The Corinthians have taken their eyes off of Christ, and instead have turned to their favorite teachers, the ones who brought them the word of God, rather than the incarnate Word of God himself. Some of them are saying, “I belong to Apollos,” while others claim to belong to Cephas or to Paul. And Paul himself reminds them that the one they belong to is Jesus Christ, who is not divided into bits and pieces and parts and parties, but who is the head of the body of the church which builds itself up in unity through the Spirit. By ceasing to focus on Christ, and turning to their own earthly leaders, the Corinthians have become quarrelsome, divided and disagreeable.


Now, this sounds very familiar. It is no secret that our own Anglican Communion has been going through some very rough and quarrelsome times over the last year. Division abounds, and some would like to make the division permanent: some bishops are claiming not to recognize other bishops — a few of them have said they won’t even be in the same room together with them, let alone talk to each other. Some say, “I belong to Robinson” while others shout “I belong to Duncan” while others appeal to Kolini or Akinola! A few parishes here and there have refused to allow their own bishops to walk through their doors, and instead are calling on bishops from other dioceses or even other churches to come to them for visitations.

How did we come to such a state of affairs? I think it is in large part because, just as with the Corinthians, many have taken their eyes off of Christ — who cannot be divided — and instead focused all their attention upon the various leaders of the church, as if what really mattered most to God was who gets to be a bishop or not. All around this country, people here and there — not in large numbers, but enough to be troublesome — are lining up behind their favorite bishop from some other diocese, or even from some othercountry altogether, claiming all the while that the reason they’re doing so is to remain true to the gospel.

But what does the gospel have to say about bishops? Not one word! The only time the root of the Greek word for bishop is used in the Gospel, Jesus is talking about himself — and Jerusalem’s failure to recognize him at the time of his visitation. (Luke 19:44) For Christian discipleship, as Saint Paul reminded the Corinthians, is not about following another Christian, but about following Christ. It is Christ’s visitation, not the bishop’s, that should concern us. And when it happens that following another Christian, whether a priest or a bishop or even a Primate, leads to division in the body of Christ, then something has gone terribly wrong.

Various solutions to this problem have been proposed. A blue ribbon panel appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury issued a report last fall at Windsor. Unfortunately, the solution the Windsor Report recommends seems to raise more problems than it solves. Bishops who don’t get along with each other shouldn’t meet with each other; people should apologize for doing what they believe they were right to do, and if they don’t they might get voted off the island, when, as the panel suggests, a new world government for the church, an International Anglican Congress, is established that will get to decide who is in and who is out. Instead of finding a solution in the promise of unity in Christ, this blue ribbon panel dangles ecclesiastical division as the ultimate threat, hanging on the big stick of big government.

There are two problems with this approach. First, if you see division in the body of Christ as a possibility, you have already missed the call to Christian unity that God issues in the first place. It is rather like someone crossing his fingers during a marriage ceremony, and while his lips form the words “till death do us part” he thinks in his heart, “until I change my mind.” You cannot build unity by threatening division! For Christ is not divided, and he does not call us to division. Rather he calls us to staytogether for better for worse, for richer for poorer, till death do us part. He calls us to leave behind the familiar and to follow him into the unknown promise that lies before us, knowing it can only be realized in him.

Second, if you look for unity not in Christ himself but in some form of world church government, you are simply replicating the mistakes that we Anglicans felt the Roman Catholic Church made hundreds of years ago. If we Anglicans have learned anything — and given the current state of affairs I’m wondering if we have learned anything — it is that we find our true unity in the one who is Truth incarnate, Jesus Christ the only Son of God, not in some governmental structure, most certainly not in an international church government that cannot possibly be robust enough to contain all of the many cultural differences which exist at a human level, differences which ultimately only can be subsumed through the spirit of Christ, in whom, as Saint Paul assured the Galatians, there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female — but all are one in him.


Our own House of Bishops met last week and made an initial response to the Windsor Report. And I’m glad to say, and proud to say, that they kept the focus on Christ, rather than on the political expediency of denying what they believe, or trying to find unity through anything other than our common baptism. They are committed, come what may, to following the Lord. This is the only form of church unity that is ultimately meaningful, for only as disciples of Christ can we have trust that we are one in him who is our Savior and our God. In the coming weeks and months and years, let us pray for the Spirit of wisdom to descend upon all the members and the leaders of the church, wherever they may be. May the Spirit of our loving God turn their hearts from quarrelsome division and tiresome dissent, towards Jesus Christ our Lord in whom alone our unity is assured, and whose visitation we await with hopeful and devoted hearts.



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posted by Tobias S Haller BSG at 2:42 PM

Liturgy Meeting

How remiss of me not to mention the Liturgy Meeting tomorrow (Monday 1/24) night at 7:00 PM. All are welcome. We discuss things like the prayers to be used, the service settings, the church decorations for the season, and we learn what weddings are coming up, etc.

If you want to be "in the know" liturgically speaking, this is the place to be....

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Book of Common Prayer

If you are interested in having a copy of the Prayer Book on your computer, or are just interested in the Prayer Books of fellow Anglican churches, go here. It also has on line most of the previous editions of the American and English Prayer Books.

Service Schedule for the week of 1/23/05

The services for the weekdays of this week are:

Tuesday 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Tuesday 7:00 PM Evening Prayer - Beth
Wednesday 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Wednesday 7:00 PM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Thursday 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Thursday 7:00 PM Evening Prayer - David

also
Saturday 6:00 PM Game Night (bring a snack to share)

Prayers of the People for Jan. 23, 2005

Epiphany 3 – Prayers of the People
January 23, 2005

Let us pray for the church and the world, saying: Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, we pray for all your people, baptized in the name of Christ. For Frank our presiding bishop, William and Victor our bishops, and for all bishops and other ministers. Heal our divisions, and give us one mind in Christ. For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Stir up your church to make the power of the cross known to all, especially praying this week for the Diocese of Lokoja in Nigeria, and for these churches of the Waukegan Deanery: St. Ignatius in Antioch, St. Mary in Crystal lake, St. Gregory in Deerfield, St. Andrew in Grayslake, Annunciation of Our Lady in Gurnee, St. Paul in McHenry and Holy Apostles in Wauconda, that people everywhere may see your great light. For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Lift from all people the burdens of poverty, war, and injustice. Break every rod of oppression throughout the earth. For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Guide those who make and execute our laws, and those who maintain our safety, that all people may know their worth as your creation. For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Strengthen us to care for the poor, the imprisoned, victims of natural disasters, and all who suffer. Open our hands and our hearts to embrace all who are in need, especially for the sick, the shut-ins, and those who have asked for our prayers: Nikki, Carole, Beverly, Nicolas, Warren, Joan, Frank, Anthony, Mary, Vera, Robert, Bernadine, Cassie, Diana, Donna, Austin, Stan, Jackie, Sara, Geraldine, Bill, Steve, Tom, Sharon, Theresa, Ted, Kathy, Tony, John, Ann, Kathryn, Virginia, Karla, Therese, Mariann, Don, Mildred, Raymond, Chris, Bob, Martha, James, Wilma, Linda, Bernice, Abby, Elicia, Elise, Ashley, Glenda, Trevor, Marlene, Petra, Doris, Frances, Karen, Rhonda, Gary, Bea, Virgil, Ed, Taylor, David, Connor, Peggy, Jim, Anita, Olga, Jesse, Peter, Patti, Phil, Vicki, Daniel and Denzil. Are there others? For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

We give thanks for all the blessings of this life as we celebrate the birthdays this week of Kenneth Harn, Patricia Darin, Kathryn Russell, Mary Alyce Polich, Bernard Drafke, Michael Paris, Breanna Foster, John Lietke, Stephanie Benson, Emily Ammer, Samantha Pursell, Tiffany Greminger, Jacquelyn Williams, Elizabeth Raimondi, Hannah Hill, and Brandon Raimondi; and for the anniversaries this week of Thomas and Susan Drake and Kenneth Porter and Catherine Baker. We also give thanks with Mike and Patti Paris for their daughter Lauren. Are there other blessings and thanksgivings? For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the repose of the soul of Marcine Basso, Mike Basso’s mother, and for Ann Wesolowski and all whom we love but see no more. Give them eternal rest. For this we pray to you, O Lord: Lord, have mercy.

O God, you revealed your will to prophets and sages. By your Holy Spirit, show us how to serve you today, that all nations may know you in our love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pictures of the Tsunami devistation

Go to this web site for 20 before and after pictures the devistation is unbelievable...John
http://homepage.mac.com/demark/tsunami/

Anglicans Online

One site that I visit every Monday is Anglicans Online. One way to think of this site is that it reviews what has happened in Anglicanism during the past week (people and events). But it is more than that. It has a new essay (often provocative) every week from those who maintain the site. It also provides jumping-off points (= links) to other helpful and informative web sites as well.

Speaking of Africa.....

The eloquent essay on the situation and experience of Africa that John posted was very moving.

It brings to mind that St. John's is one of (few/many?) who have agreed to display goods that were made in Africa, and are for sale as a way to raise funds for African ministries. We signed up for this at convention in November, so if you happened to see that booth at convention, that is what this is all about.

A small thing that the people of St. John's can do is to participate in this endevor. We will be receiving a consignment of goods that will be for sale in the church on February 6th, and February 13th, and probably points in between those dates as well.

I missed the booth at convention, but I would guess that we are talking about hand crafted items - baubles and bangles and possibly other things as well. All proceeds from these sales will go to the African Ministries fund.

I imagine that more information will be available as the date draws closer.

Birthday Celebrations

We have TWO 80th birthday celebrations this month - Peter Milnes was 80 last Sunday - the 16th, but was not at church due to the weather. Pat Darin is turning 80 on the 25th!

Someone is bringing a large cake this coming Sunday (the 23rd) and we will sing Happy Birthday at coffee hour to Pat, and to Peter also, if he is there.

Marcine Basso Wake & Funeral Info

Mike Basso's mother - Marcine - passed away quietly late Wednesday.

Her wake is Thursday Jan. 20th at Hill's Funeral Home, 10201 S. Roberts Road in Palos Hills (708/598-5880) from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday Jan. 21st at 10:00 AM - Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 111th St. just west of Roberts Road.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Reading list from Louie Crew

Dr. Crew's web site is a wonderful resource Anglican/Episcopal Church information.
He is a gay man and is one of the most gentle Christians that I have ever met.
Contributions by Fr. John-Julian and Fr. Tobias Haller are always good...John
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Don't miss +Otis Charles' powerful sermon "The Birth Process" in the DO
JUSTICE series at http://rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/dojustice/dojustice.html,
plus several other recent additions to that collection:

The Birth Process. By Rt. Rev. Otis Charles

A Response to the Windsor Report. By the Rev. Susanne Watson Epting

Understanding What is and What Must Be? Responding to the Windsor Report .
By Fr. John-Julian, OJN Be sure to see Fr. John-Julian's addendum added on
January 15, 2005

Anglican Complicity in the Genocide in Rwanda And Lessons for the Anglican
Communion Today. By Kim Byham

Let Us Now Praise Famous Persons: A Challenge to Our Winter Reality. By The
Rev. John Rettger

Who's in charge: Judging the Scriptures. By The Rev. Tobias Haller

While Our Ecclesial Institutions Figure This All Out. By Christopher Evans

Christ the King by the Rev. Bill Carroll

The Interdependency of the Created Order by The Rev. Canon Michael Wyatt

Sermon preached on the 220th Anniversary of the Consecration of Samuel
Seabury by The Most Reverend Bruce Cameron, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney,
Primus

What Will We Have? In The Witness Magazine Very Rev. Tracey Lind asks
whether lesbigays should stay in the church.

LC, Nwk deputation; Member of Executive Council

"Where is God?": A Ghanaian Reflection

Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport)

"Where is God?": A Ghanaian Reflection
Elizabeth Kaeton

This is the Season of the Epiphany in which we, having been surprised by the manifestation of God in the form of a baby born in a manger, look for the other manifestations of God in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

I've just returned from a ten day visit to Ghana, West Africa, where I experienced many epiphanies - some which were startling and others deeply disturbing - that I am still trying to get my head wrapped around, take in, and understand. I want to share with you three images that are indelibly imprinted in the eyes of my soul.

The first is the notorious Slave Castle at Elmina in Cape Coast, Ghana. It was first built by the Portuguese, and then taken over by the Dutch and then the British and served as the detention center for all captured Africans before their trip to the Slave Markets in the West Indies, Brazil, Cuba and America.

All around, evidence of the human capacity for evil abounded, while in the very center of the courtyard sat the Portuguese Church. The Dutch were no better; they built their church on top of the slave quarters for women. Imagine! Worshiping God while just beneath your feet, or just a few steps from the church, human beings were tortured and kept in subhuman conditions only to be sold into a life of slavery. The second is the image of two small children in a desperately poor village in Tamale, in the northernmost region of Ghana. About two or three years old, one was trying to help the other who had her plastic flip-flops on the wrong feet. There were only two Caucasian people in our group, and when we walked by, there was no mistaking the fear that crossed their little faces.

Now, I've never met a baby or a small child I could resist, so I left our group and went over to visit with them. As I moved closer to them, fear folded itself into panic and they wailed and screamed for anyone to come and rescue them. It wasn't until the women from the village began to apologize for the children's behavior that it finally registered - these babies were afraid of me because of the color of my skin. They had never seen a white person before and it scared them half to death.

The final image is that of being at the Cathedral at Cape Coast where I was invited by Bishop Daniel Allotay to concelebrate at the altar. In doing so, Bishop Allotay was in direct defiance of the decision of the Bishop of Accra and Archbishop of West Africa, Bishop Justice Akrofi, who had told me directly just three days before that he could not license me to practice my priesthood while in Ghana.

However, it seems that in 1987, the Province of West Africa had passed a resolution allowing the ordination of women but no one has ever acted upon it. After a brief investigation to assure that I was, in fact, ordained, Bishop Allotay, incensed at the injustice, looked me in the eye and declared, "I am in communion with you." And so it came to be that on Sunday, January 9th, the Sunday of the Epiphany, I participated in small part of history and became the first American woman to officially concelebrate at the altar in Ghana.

It is the Year of our Lord, 2005, and yet the evidence of the potential for human evil continues to abound. We may no longer be selling human beings into slavery, but we have made little or no progress in the "War on Poverty" which enslaves and dehumanizes and robs one's soul of hope. Neither have we won the "War on Drugs" which shackles so many human lives to the bondage of drug abuse.

We are five years into the Third Millennium, and we have not yet reached the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., that his "children and his children's children" would not be "judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

To fear what we do not know is a basic human experience. I saw that in the eyes of those small children in that village in Tamale. The children of God who live in the Global Village have a responsibility, like the women in that village with their children, to help ourselves and each other to move beyond basic human fear and into the kind of love which respects the dignity of every human being - black or white, young or old, gay or straight, male or female

Ever since the Tsunami, people have been asking, "Where is God?" That is the central question of The Season of the Epiphany. The answer lies buried deep within the question. It can be found, as the Three Wise Men discovered, in the active search to seek and find God. It can be found by looking past the potential for evil and the fear, which are basic to the human condition, and risking the possibility of love and justice.

These are the days of miracles and wonders. Evidence of evil continues to manifest itself. So, too, does God's presence among us. The epiphanies of our lives begin by asking, "Where is God?" All we need do is follow the question. No matter where it leads us. No matter how far it takes us. No matter what unbelievable things we see with the eyes of our soul.

Blessings,
the Rev'd Elizabeth Kaeton

The Episcopal Church of St. Paul
200 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928
973 635 8085

Don't forget to visit:

The Witness Magazine - online and in community
http://thewitness.org/agw

St. Paul's Chatham
http://stpaulschatham.dioceseofnewark.org/
"The magi, as you know, were wise men - wonderfully wise men - who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi." O. Henry "The Gift of the Magi."

Posted with permission by John Larson

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Some Christian Blog Resources

Many of those who are joining in this blog effort might not be aware of some of the activities of other Christian bloggers. I thought I'd point out a few links to stuff that's out there. If any of you know of others, add them to the comments. There of course many other internet resources of a Christian nature, in the following, I'm limiting myself to listing the bloggers.
  • Every week there is a Christian Carnival. A "carnival" in blog terms is an activity in which many bloggers send links to an essay which they have written in the last week. The blogger hosting that carnival, collects them, and "hosts" the carnival. Here was last week's Christian Carnival (and the week before was here). This weeks contributions are due tonight. The resulting carnival one will appear, at sidesspot sometime on Wednesday.
  • There are three "aggregators", out there each with a Christian theme. The "Blogdom of God", The "League of Reformed Bloggers", and the "Evangelical Aggregator". Aggregators automatically go out and collect recent posts many of their members (it's not all of them because of technical reasons having to do with RSS feeds).
  • Those aggregators are "alliances" or lists of a large number of bloggers. Those lists can be found in the sidebar of the links above (to the aggregators).
  • I recently found a a "ring" of Episcopalian blogs. If we want to join that ring, we can, but it shouldn't be up to me. It "starts" here.
  • There is also "Blogs4God". But alas, I don't know too much about that.
  • Finally, Joe Carter (of Evangelical Outpost) has been trying various methods of increasing the visibility of Christian in the "blogosphere". He's come up with a variety of good ideas in the past few weeks. He also has recently written some introductory posts about blogging which be useful.

Service Schedule for the week of 1/16

The weekday services for this week are:

Tues 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Tues 7:00 PM Evening Prayer - Beth
Wed 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Wed 7:00 PM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Thurs 9:30 AM Communion from the Reserve Sacrament
Thurs 7:00 PM Evening Prayer - David

Also, Craft Night is scheduled for Wednesday Evening - (the sacrament of fellowship. :-))

Monday, January 17, 2005

Sunday, 23 Jan., 2005, 3 Epiphany

The lectionary readings for Sunday, January 23, 2005 are:
The Collect:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The scripture readings are from
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Jan 17 Announcements

Craft Nite is Wednesday at 7pm.

Birthday's this week:
  • Peter Milnes
  • Roy Stewart
  • Karen Cho
  • Scott Hall
  • Brittini Busch
  • Cory McGookin
  • Ashley Lindstrand
  • Elizabeth Erickson
  • Pam Carter
  • John Cunningham
  • Stephanie Pouk
  • Sharon Laskowski
  • Kathleen Zielke
  • Antonine Megger
  • Stephen Polich, IV
  • Lauren Paris
  • Earl Fox
Happy Anniversary to Jeffery and Chris Peterson.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

January Prayer List

Here is the Prayer List from January 2 for the month of January: (I'll get better with this with practice)

Marcine, Nikki, Carole, Beverly, Nicolas, Warren, Babe, Joan, Frank, Anthony, Mary, Vera, Robert, Bernadine, Cassie, Diana, Donna, Austin, Stan, Jackie, Sara, Geraldine, Bill, Steve, Tom, Sharon, Theresa, Marjorie, Ted, Nina, Kathy, Tony, John, Ann, Kathryn, Martin, Virginia, Margie, Karla, Therese, Mariann, Don, Mildred, Raymond, Chris, Bob, Martha, James, Wilma, Linda, Bernice, Abby, Elicia, Elise, Ashley, Glenda, Trevor, Marlene, Petra, Doris, Frances, Karen, Rhonda, Gary, Bea, Virgil, Ed, Taylor, David, Connor, Peggy, Jim, Fridea, Anita, Olga, Jesse, June, Peter, Patti, Phil, Vicki, Daniel, and Denzil our priest.

Also, please pray for the repose fo the souls of June Matson, and Lorraine (Babe) Glenn (Dale Lundy's aunt)and Carl Erickson (John Erickson's father).

Friday, January 14, 2005

Prayer List

If someone has a copy of the prayer list we should post it. I can "tack" a link to it to the sidebar and keep it updated so we can refer to it as needed.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, 2 Epiphany

The lectionary readings for 2 Epiphany are:

Basic Parish Information

This is the blog for Saint John the Evanglist Episcopal Church in Lockport, Illinois. We are located at 312 East 11th Street. Our phone number is (815) 834-1168.

Services are held Sunday at 8am (Rite one), 9:15am (Childrens Service), and at 10:30am (Rite two with music). Sunday School starts with the Children's service and continues in the Parish Hall until the conclusion of the 10:30 service.
Weekday worship services are held Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am and 7pm.

Persons of Note
  • The Rev. Denzil Lukritz, Rector
  • The Rev. Roberta Molony, Deacon
  • John Cunningham, Sr Warden
  • Dean Watts, Jr Warden
  • Thomas Secor, Director of Music
  • Jack Glasscock, Sexton
  • Melanie Anderson, Secretary
  • Susan Drake & Lisa Lukritz, co-Directors of Education
  • Jill Olson, Treasurer

Glad to be aboard!

This should be very interesting and educational. I trust that our readers will think so as well.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Welcome all

This is the start of the blog (weblog) for Saint John's Episcopal Church in Lockport Illinois.