On Wednesday, December 24, St. Alban’s held its Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Below are pictures of the youth choir, the altar and the manger scene from that service.
Click the play button below to listen to the sermon.
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1. What city was Jonah told to visit by God and preach a message of repentance? Ninevah
2. In what book of the bible is it said, “God helps those who help themselves?
This statement is NOT in the bible
3. Which angel fought Satan over the body of Moses? Michael (Jude verse 9)
4. St. Paul presented the gospel to two Kings – can you name one of them? King Agrippa and King Festus
5. Who went with Paul on the second missionary journey? Silas (Barnabas went on the first)
6. Which apostle talked with the Ethiopian? Philip
7. How many people were in the upper room on the day of Pentecost? 120
8. Two individuals in the Old Testament did not die but were taken alive into heaven (translated). Can you name them? Enoch and Elijah
9. On what mountain did Noah’s Ark come to rest after the flood waters abated? Ararat
10. Which Old Testament prophet walked naked for three years? Isaiah (Isaiah 20:3)
About a decade ago, Pastor Rick Warren reached national prominence by writing a book entitled, “The Purpose Driven Life”. It was read by millions of people and catapulted Pastor Rick into the limelight, both secular and Christian.
I was privileged to hear him give the keynote address at a very large conference about a year after the book was written. He said, “I have two very difficult problems in my life today. First I am incredibly wealthy and secondly I have tremendous influence.” Most of the world would not call wealth and popularity “problems” but for Rick they were. He shared of his humble beginnings as he journeyed from Texas to Los Angles (Orange County) where he started a church with his only ambition to “save souls” and tell people about Jesus.
Never intending to become rich or famous he was now faced with a very difficult set of problems. What to do with his wealth and what to do with his influence? By all accounts he has chosen wisely in his stewardship. He has resisted the temptation to “prosper” in lavish living and instead, invested heavily in expanding the Kingdom for the Lord Jesus Christ.
In his talk he reflected on the book and made the following disclaimer. (I paraphrase because it’s coming from my memory, but it went something like this), I have no idea why God decided to use the book I wrote. I have said nothing that hasn’t been said before many times by more gifted writers and deeper thinkers. In fact, there is nothing original in the book at all. I simply took the truths and principles from God’s Word and the life and message of His son, Jesus Christ and amplified what I believe they teach.
Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun (Solomon said that in the Book of Ecclesiastes) but Warren put together a compelling and captivating collect of great truth with clarity and down to earth language.
“The Purpose-Driven Life is a manifesto for Christian living in the 21st century…a lifestyle based on eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using biblical stories and letting the Bible speak for itself, Warren clearly explains God’s five purposes for each of us:
• We were planned for God’s pleasure
o so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
• We were formed for God’s family
o so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
• We were created to become like Christ,
o so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
• We were shaped for serving God
o so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
• We were made for a mission
o so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism”
From the website: http://purposedriven.com
The reason I reference this material is to help us focus as a congregation on our future. I have talked about casting a vision for a preferred future and about us focusing us on that which motivates and unites.
I like what Rick Warren wrote. It informs and inspires, gives meaning and direction and it a can be a helpful tool for us at St. Alban’s today. Perhaps we can adapt some of these principles for our common life and begin to live into them in our worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism as our “preferred future”.
On Sunday, July 20, 2014, past and current members of St. Alban’s Choir performed together in our first choir reunion. The choir then got together for lunch after church at the Cotton Cafe in Monroe.
Thanks to Robin Arnold and Riley Tucker for their photography!
Your prayers are requested for:
Bobby Thomas; Charles Henson; Sue Henson; Jeanne Aycock; Gwen Ashby; Eddie & Family; Stephanie Harris; Blane; George Hearn; Phil Brassie; Dodie Freel; Sheila Powers; Trevor Harris; Gail Carrell; Roy Roberts; Jonah Young; Butch Pannell; Mary Jane; Lisa; James; Jean Blough; Jeff Blough; Barbara Cunningham; Ellen Goodrich
Note: Names will remain on this list for a month unless otherwise requested.
The Rev. Alan Hansen
What is the “Elizabethan Settlement” and why is Queen Elizabeth more influential than Henry the VIII when it comes to the Anglican Church or Church of England?
Henry the VIII is known for many things and was one of the great monarchs in England’s History. As king he broke ties with Rome and established the monarchy (king) as the supreme head of the church in England. All lands and revenues that belonged to Rome now belonged to Henry and under his leadership the first Book of Common Prayer was developed through Archbishop Cramner.
Henry was follow by Queen Mary (Blood Mary) who reversed Henry’s efforts and restored Roman Catholicism and the church back to Rome.
But Mary was followed by Elizabeth who now had a huge division in her nation. The protestant reformation produced a large number of “Calvinists” that were anti Rome, did not want bishops and sought a Presbyterian form of government (which happened briefly under Oliver Cromwell). Elizabeth wanted to retain bishops, sacramental worship, good church structure which she felt brought stability and added protection of the monarchy.
Although she did not want to return to Roman Catholicism she clearly wanted to prevent Calvinism from dominating the church. So, in a stroke of brilliance she introduced the VIA MEDIA – OR MIDDLE WAY. She graciously worked with both extremes and produced the 1559 Book of Common Prayer which became the form of worship throughout her long reign as queen and continues today.
The Elizabethan Settlement, as it was known, allowed the good from the protestant reformation to be embraced, yet held on to the best practices of sacramental worship and the historic episcopate. A truly unique blend of both protestant and catholic realities. By the time of her death the central worship of the English people centered on a common liturgy, a common faith and common prayer.
What Henry did for personal and political reasons pales in significance to what Elizabeth worked through socially and spiritually. In fact, it is something we still benefit from today.
If you want to learn more about your church and your faith come to Confirmation/Christian Formation Class on Sunday mornings at 9:10 am.
Priest Discretionary Fund – This Sunday, the last Sunday of the month, all undesignated funds collected in the offering will be put into the Priest Discretionary Fund to help people in need in our neighborhood.
Vestry Meeting – The next Vestry Meeting is this Tuesday evening, July 1, at 6:00 p.m.
Confirmation and Christian Formation Class – If you would like to learn more about the Christian faith as expressed through the Episcopal Church, please join Fr. Alan on Sunday mornings at 9:10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This course will run throughout the summer culminating with Bishop Wright’s visitation on August 24th. Come to class – learn more about your faith – enjoy the fellowship!
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:19-20.
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, and our community. We will meet in the church in the sanctuary or chapel, depending on attendance.
Alban’s Allium Garlic is here!!
Purchase it this Sunday in the Parish Hall lobby for $4.00 per bag (1/2 lb.). This garlic is locally grown at Frank Reed’s farm and harvested by parishioners. Last Chance to Purchase Alban’s Garlic!
Frank says that this is the last year the garlic will be grown. He has supplied this garlic to St. Alban’s for 20 years! Thank you, Frank.
Please make checks payable to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
FISH FARMERS’ MARKET – The market began on June 3 and will run every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:00 am at the FISH pavilion. Each market will last about 1.5 hours. Volunteers are needed. They will need to be at the market an hour before the market begins, Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. To volunteer to help, please contact Tom Evans at 770-815-3230.
FISH Volunteer Opportunity – Tuesday, July 1, 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm – Sorting and Pricing Clothes – Finger food and beverages will be available – Loganville Store (2887 Hwy. 78), or Monroe Store (432 E. Spring Street) – Contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008.
Coffee Hour – Everyone enjoys the coffee hour every Sunday morning after the worship service. We need people to volunteer to host the coffee hour. Please sign up on the sheet provided on the table in the Parish Hall.
Name Badges – If you do not have a name badge and would like one, please put your name on the sheet provided in the Narthex or call the Church office at 770-267-2893.
Bible Readings for This Week
Bible Readings for Next Week
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30