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September 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

A word at mid-week, 9/14

Well, we are in the home stretch and within eyesight of celebrating 100 years of God's love and ministry on the east side of Indianapolis. Happy Birthday to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and happy mid-week to all of you!!!!

REMINDER for September 18: 
9:30AM HOLY EUCHARIST, Spoken Service, No Music
4:00PM SOLEMN EVENSONG followed by Gala Dinner

First, let me say thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for my dad. He had a rough start of the day but is better this evening. Tomorrow, the medical team will discuss the road ahead and the kind of assistance he will need. Please keep Albert and Juanita in your prayers.

This week, Jesus gave us a pretty powerful set of parables. Parables are like curve balls that help refocus our perspectives in life. In both the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin, it first appears that Jesus is telling us something of God's character; that he never gives up searching and finding us and restoring us to the place where we belong. But, then, the ball shifts direction and we also see that with so much emphasis on "being lost" there must be something significant about the fact that, as human beings, we are prone to get lost. What do we learn about the character of ourselves and God through the journey of being lost? 

So, the twist of these parables is that we discover something deeper about our selves, about life, and our purpose in life, about who God is in our life by going astray, missing the mark, getting lost because God is at the very center of it all! Please see my sermon, below.

I hope you noticed the new format for the weekly email! You might have noticed that it is a similar pattern to the new website! Thank you Carissa, Tom, and Greg for making both of these social media sites, possible.

As we approach Sunday, I cannot say enough "thank you's" to the Centennial Committee, scores of volunteer hours by many of you, all the thinking, planning, and double checking that has gone into this year. THANK YOU, ALL!

On Sunday, September 25 we will be moving back to our fall schedule,8am Holy Eucharist, 9:15am Sunday School, and10:30am Holy Eucharist. Our first adult Sunday School (Adult Forum) will begin with a series on the Psalms of Lament. I hope many of you will plan to participate in this series.

A word about the 8am service: I am still in the process of setting the format for this service. I will share the new format with you soon, before September 25. Stay tuned!

A word about music ministry: For the remaining Sundays in September and for Sundays in early October, we will welcome Robert Boylard as our organist. He is new to Indianapolis, holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Yale, plays piano and organ, and his musical skills are top notch. He also has a lovely singing voice. Robert has offered to accompany us for a bit as we search for a more permanent Music Director.

God's love to you all, Fr. Frank

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