FROM THE EDITOR
EPISCOPALIANS ON PRAYER: JUST PRAY
For the Rev. Canon Malcolm Boyd, 90, a Huffington Post columnist and author of the 1961 book of prayers, Are You Running with Me, Jesus? "our approaches to prayer are legion. I feel virtually everybody prays at one time or another." He prayed all night in 1961: "the night before I had to make a decision about whether or not to participate in a Freedom Ride. I was scared. I didn't have any idea what a 'freedom ride' was. Yet, I must answer the next morning." While the celebrated civil rights activist said: "I don't think our prayers are answered as if by a slot machine," he went on to become a Freedom Rider and to herald other causes, including full inclusion for the LGBT community.
Prayers, he said, "can be answered mysteriously and in the future and seemingly out of sequence. How do we know if our prayers don't get answered? You mean you didn't get that job you wanted? Prayer isn't like a prescription counter at a drugstore." He added, "My prayer was at times difficult when I was arguing with God or simply felt unworthy to be praying at all. Birthdays have sometimes been hard, maybe especially my recent 90th one. Would it be my last? If so, what should I be praying about?"
The Rev. Martin Smith, recently retired from St. Columba's, Washington, D.C., and the author of numerous books about prayer, said we pray "to expand our experience of communion with God, who is love, to be open to mercy and transformation by God's grace, and to take part in his work of healing by offering to him our longing for his reign of love to be made real in the lives of all human beings." We are to understand our relationship with God when it appears our prayers are not answered, he said, because "the bond with God that grows in prayer deepens our sense of sheer mystery. We don't know and can't know more than a fraction of how our active loving plays a part in the coming of the reign of God on earth.
We learn to love without dependence on many immediate tangible results: I pray as a member of Christ's Body, I am acting within the web of interconnecting lives called the communion of the Holy Spirit. I learn to live without being able to control much of anything, just making my capacity to love and desire a continual offering to God whose mystery lies beyond the grasp of my understanding."
See you in church.
Treasurer’s report for February:
Check book balance of $8252.42
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$1112.34.
*Vestry approved Treasurer’s report and minutes.
*New Business: The Vestry has made a new commitment to pray, anonymously, for one another each month.
*Greg will contact Mt. Sterling Advocate about being in Church Directory and adding our Holy Week schedule in Community section.
*We will be providing bag lunch on Monday of the MCMA Holy Week Services at 1st Presbyterian Church.
*Audit committee has been arranged.
*Cindy+ will contact Kay Collier McLaughlin regarding Mutual Ministry Review for May or June.
*We decided not to use incense at Easter this year.
*Jansje will check on replacing our missing “Episcopal Church Welcomes You” sign on Maysville Rd.
*We will discuss the wireless alarm system and Wed. Evening prayer next meeting.
*Old Business: Greg Camp is checking with local companies about snow removal and lawn maintenance contracts.
*Allen Blair showed us postcards samples.
*Sr. Warden: Mary attended Diocesan Convention and is maintaining her current volunteer office duties.
*Jr. Warden: Greg Camp reported on several unexpected expenses: repairs to sprinkler system ($2100); hot water heaters in kitchen ($745) and in office area (Jim and Mary Ratliff donated replacement).
*Brian and Allen replaced amp and speakers in sanctuary which was financed by Brian Groff and several other members.
*The furnace in downstairs offices area will need to be replaced this next year.
*Finance/ Stewardship: We have started to receive money from Kroger card program.
*Worship: Plans for Holy Week and Easter are underway. Jansje is ordering Easter lilies.
*Outreach: The Shrove Tuesday pancake supper was a success with Gateway teens.
*Christian Formation: Lenten study on Wed. evenings will be on “Prayer and Temperament” and Brian will be starting Adult Sunday school on women in Bible.
*Next meeting: Sunday, April 13 after church.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
The Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on 6 April, after church. All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING QUIET DAY
The Daughters will be having a quiet day at the church on Saturday, 5 April, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM. The meditations will be The People at the Foot of the Cross. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome.
TRIPLE BLESSING PROGRAM
We want to thank everyone who brought in paper towels for the month of March. For April, if your last name starts with the letters A to L, please bring in toilet paper, and if your last name starts with the letters M to Z, please bring in paper plates.
Also, don’t forget to continue to use your Kroger gift card. We have already received financial benefits from this program.