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October 19, 2016, 12:00 PM

A word at mid-week, 10/19

Hello everyone! I hope you have been able to enjoy at least a bit of this nice fall weather and to watch the leaves beginning to change.

As the seasons change and we anticipate the coming of cooler weather, Luke's Gospel seems to be heating up as we head into the 18th Chapter. Over the past several weeks, Luke has seemed relentless in teaching us about faith. He has given us various glimpses of what faith is and is not. Faith is not a super-power. Faith does not have to be bigger in order to be better. Faith is something that may at first appear insignificant, unimportant like something right in front of us that needs tending to. This is the faith of a mustard seed that has the power to move mountains and mulberry trees.

Gratitude and thanksgiving flow from faith, even when we are suffering or hurting. This kind of deep gratitude flows out of us when we trust that God is in us and with us through all things. As the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayers says, "it is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth." Always and Everywhere!

And, in this past week, Luke again talks about faith. He impresses upon his readers - both then and now - the importance of being persistent, especially in the face of hardship. Our faith is what sustains us even in the worst of times. Like the widow, in the parable, we keep coming, keep hoping against all odds, keep persisting, staying determined, being relentless in our pursuit, and keeping close to God. Or like Jacob, we cling to God demanding that we will not let go until he blesses us!

In the week ahead, Luke will again put another aspect of faith before us - humility. Luke is preparing us, equipping us to carry on the journey of discipleship by giving us what we need to endure the long road. I hope you will join us on this journey! Please see my sermon, below.

We had a great turn out for the beginning Adult Forum (Sunday School) series, Pilgrim: Turning to Christ. I still have one copy of the book for anyone who would like it ($10) or feel free to order a copy for your self or on Kindle. We will be meeting in the Conference Room (just past my office) at 9:15am. This series is for both those who are new to faith and the Episcopal Church as well as for "lifers!" Hope to see you there.

On Sunday, October 30, Amanda Fox Lloyd-Jones and Flour-De-Lis Bakery will host Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service. The bakery will be sharing samples of fall and Christmas menu items and will be happy to take your orders! Please help get the word out and invite family and friends to join you for church!

Below please note some information about the St. Matthew's Booth at the Irvington Halloween Festival. All of our partners who share ministry out of St. Matthew's have been invited to include print materials along with us to help showcase ministry partnerships with our parish.

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank

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