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November 9, 2016, 12:00 PM

A word at mid-week, 11/9

This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of All Saints and Allhallowtide - the triduum encompassing the observances of All Saints' Eve (Halloween), All Saints' Day (All Hallows') and All Souls' Day. This is a time when the Church remembers the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians. Some might refer to these celebrations as "thin places."

In the Celtic tradition places or experiences that give us an opening into the nearness of God's presence are called "Thin Places." There is a Celtic saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places that distance is even smaller. As Christians, it is good to visit the thin places in our spirituality. 

Our Scripture passage offered us Luke's version of the Beatitudes where the use of "blessing" translates as being "on the right road." We are on the right road when we realize that everything we have is a blessing. When we know the heartache of loss, of failure, of setback and find healing and the ability to make a comeback, we are walking the right path. And, we are on the right road when we share out of our abundance and know it in our hearts that it is all blessing and when we stand up for what is right and good even when its unpopular or when others may go against us. Being on the right road is the road that Jesus walked and they are thin places because they bring us nearer to the presence of God. Please see my sermon, below.
 A few people gathered on Monday evening to pray on the eve of the election. We gathered in the sanctuary lit by the Paschal (Christ) Candle and offered Evening Prayer along with suitable prayers for our nation, for an election, and for peace from the Book of Common Prayer.

As of this writing, the election results are not yet in. Regardless of who your candidate was or the outcome of the voting, this election season has been highly divisive and emotionally charged. Our task that lies ahead is to help bring healing and love by bringing people together through the sharing of the Good News of our Gospel.

Please pray with me:
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 827, from the Book of Common Prayer

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank


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