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September 7, 2016, 3:20 PM

A word at mid-week, 9/7

A Word at Midweek

Happy mid-week!

It was so nice to see such a good turn-out at worship this past Labor Day Weekend! It was a beautiful day with great music and singing!

In our Gospel, we were confronted with what sounded like some pretty harsh words from Jesus. There was a lot about hating family and friends and carrying our cross if we wanted to follow Jesus. Not necessarily a good marketing slogan or evangelism appeal! But, as moved passed all of the hyperbole, we found Jesus really saying that to follow him means that we are willing to have our lives shaped by our commitment to him anywhere, anytime, and doing just about anything.

The whole of our lives need to be shaped by our love for God. This means that there is a deep connection between what we do at church - in worship, through our outreach, in all the ways we provide service - and what we do in our normal everyday lives. Everything that we do at home, at work, as volunteers, as citizens matters to God. Most of us have never been taught to see our labor as holy, to see our everyday efforts as important to God. Please see my sermon, below.

The Centennial Committee continues to build momentum as the Gala draws near. 

  • Please remember to wear your Centennial T-shirts to churchas we lead up to September 18! 
  • This coming Saturday, September 10 please join us for aWork Day to spruce up the building and grounds
  • Take time to check out the new Entry Way, carpet in the nursery, cleaned and waxed floors both upstairs and downstairs
  • New door mats (the entry way mats will be here soon)

If you have any questions about the Centennial preparations or the Gala event, please let us hear from you.

 

Please mark your calendars: Beginning on September 25, Adult Forum Series: A Study in the Psalms of Lament. 

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This series will explore how key aspects of Hebrew poetry, especially in the lamentation psalms, can be used in practical ways for personal prayer and devotion, and as a way to experience restoration and healing in times of pain and grief.

 

The St. Matthew's website has a new look! I hope you will check it out at www.stmattsindy.org  We decided to move forward with "going live" and realize there are needs tweaks. Please be patient as we get this site fully operational and hopefully useful to those who visit.

Finally, in many of my recent Facebook posts and articles for Smatterings, I have been stressing the need to cultivate a moreoutward looking focus meaning that the things we plan like worship services, outreach programs, website design and so forth are planned with more of a focus on ways to serve or connect with those outside of our walls and less on our own personal likes or dislikes. This is a hard change to make, but a very critical shift that churches need to make in this day and age. 

One of the essential pillars of Anglicanism is the ability to simultaneously be faithful to our traditions while re-interpreting them in each period of history so that our traditions make sense and connect with people in each generation. 

It is an exciting time to be an Episcopalian! I have no doubt that we will remain a vital and stable presence on the east side of Indianapolis. Together, we will be faithful to the traditions as this Church has handed them down and we will discover new ways to make them relevant for 21st Century people!

God's love to you all,  Fr. Frank 


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