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November 2, 2016, 12:00 PM

A word at mid-week, 11/2

Welcome to mid-week!

Sunday's Gospel brought us Zaccheaus up in the sycamore tree. What at first might appear a bit like a farce about repentance and salvation, actually challenges some of our most cherished assumptions about God's character. 

Throughout Luke's Gospel, in story after story we see Jesus meeting all kinds of people from all walks of life. And, he meets them where they are. He comes to them - makes the fist move to come close - and lives are transformed.  

In the story about meeting Zaccheaus, we learn that the word comes to us; that Jesus comes to us. So many times we want to focus on Zaccheaus and his actions, but it seems to me that one of the most - if not THE most important parts of the story is this theme that Jesus meets us where we are. And, this is a wonderful image of grace that God is always coming to us first. God is always making the move toward us first. God is always widening the circle to include others and that is the gift of grace that God calls us and says, "come!"

Sometimes, we are motivated to do good work and care about justice and act with integrity to make ourselves right with God, but our Gospel challenges us about God's grace. That God comes to us and out of love makes us holy right where we are just like he did with Zaccheaus who continued his life as a chief tax collector!

And, when we experience loved in this way, it leads us to repentance and the freedom to be in relationship with others in the same way. While this Good News might be hard to digest, God's mercy and love greatly exceeds our need or our expectations. Thanks be to God. Please see my sermon, below.

Crop Walk Results: Thank you crop-walkers. Your efforts raised $1,500!!!! Way to go!

Sunday, November 6 we will celebrate The Feast of All Saints, All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas,Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. 

The celebration of All Saints' Day (Nov 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov 2) stems from the belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the "Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant"). 

In earlier history, the celebration would begin at Vespers on the evening of 31 October, All Hallows' Eve(All Saints' Eve), and ends at the close of November 1. It is thus the day before All Souls' Day, which commemorates the faithful departed. In many traditions, All Saints' Day is part of the triduum of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive.

Monday, November 7 at 6:00 PM we will celebrate Evening Prayer in observance of the diocesan-wide Light a Candle, Pray for the Nation event. 

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank


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