The Living Church: “Deliberately choose to love one another.”

The Living Church is a well-respected source for Anglican inspiration. “Chose Unity,” excerpted below, is a recent essay highling the combination of joy and concern that motivated the Rev. Callan Slipper, a Church of England priest and author of Five Steps to Living Christian Unity, due in September from New City Press. After you read “Choose Unity,” check out some of the other wonderful offerings from The Living Church.

Here’s an excerpt from “Choose Unity“:

Slipper prescribes a path in which Christians discern the need for visible unity and presume God-given unity as a starting point rather than a distant goal.

“Deliberately choose to love one another,” Slipper writes in Five Steps. “That deliberate choice makes the difference. It brings about a completely new state of affairs. We no longer solve the problems in order to become united, we are united in order to solve the problems.” […] The journey together is its own reward, he suggests, because it captures Jesus’ prayer that “That they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one” (John 17:22-23).

Recovery and Spirituality: “Surrender”

Those looking for healing might enjoy this short film on “Surrender” from the “Recovery and Spirituality” series:

More great stuff like this can be found at The Work of The People‘s Visual Liturgy library. Here’s what the website says about this awesome ministry:

“The literal definition of ‘liturgy’ is ‘the work of the people,’ and yes, that’s how we got our name. We believe art isn’t a utilitarian tool, it’s a prophetic witness that embeds us in our humanity and activates our imagination for a world that doesn’t yet exist but which we have been called to co-create, God’s alternate upside down world of abundance and freedom, love and grace.

We produce visual prayers, visual poems and visual benedictions, interpretive and contemplative pieces as well as looped visual imagery for worship. They are all useful in practical ways and in various settings, but they aren’t meant to decorate, they are meant to declare. Through language, and in ways beyond language, they declare the truth of what has been, the reality of what is and the hope of what is not yet.

Visual Liturgy content is searchable by topic, keyword, author, scripture reference or by the lectionary calendar. (If you follow the lectionary, ours is the only collection of visual liturgy for every week of the full three year lectionary cycle. Yep, we have that much stuff.)”

So check out that Visual Liturgy library! Enjoy a healing, blessed week.

Rev. Alan Hansen Named Priest in Charge of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

The wardes and vestry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Monroe, have announced the appointment of the Reverend Alan Hansen to be the new priest in-charge beginning Sunday, July 14.

Fr. Hansen has a long career in the Episcopal Church as a rector to churches in Kentucky and Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Virginia Military Institute and a Masters of Divinity,Theology, from the Episcopal Theological Seminary, in Lexington, Kentucky. He also served as President and CEO of ACTS 29 Ministries, a consulting firm that worked with clergy, lay leaders, vestries, dioceses and congregations throughout the Episcopal Church. In this position, Rev. Hansen hosted teaching conferences that addressed the challenges of numerical, spiritual and financial growth.

Fr. Hansen and his wife, Teresa, have three children and three grandchildren.

Sermons by C.S. Lewis Scholar Available Online

Retired Presbyterian minister and world-renowned C.S. Lewis scholar Dr. Earl Palmer posts his sermons and lectures online! Many St. Alban’s parishioners will be delighted with the set on fellow Anglican C.S. Lewis, but others are fantastic, too.

Here are some good ones on community, “The Character of Paul and Today’s Believers,” “The Dawn of Redeeming Grace,” “Defining Joy: the Humor of Jesus” as well as many, many others.

And if you click here you can find many than deal with C.S. Lewis directly.

“The aim of Earl Palmer Ministries is to be an encouragement to the church. 1 Thessalonians 5:10 states that Christ has died for us so that we may be with him. We wholeheartedly believe in that message, therefore we attempt to hold true to what verse 11 instructs: ‘encourage one another and build each other up.’
These words from the Apostle Paul inspire our ministry of teaching, writing, and mentoring. We are not trying to run a conventional church – our goal is to be part of the church at large by encouraging and building up the belief that Jesus can be trusted with our faith.” –Rev. Earl Palmer

Annual Picnic

It’s that time of year again! The annual picnic will be held as Suzanne and Roy Roberts’ farm (54 Nunnally Farms Road) on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5p.m.

Please bring a covered dish and beverage. (The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.) Meat and ice tea will be provided.

Please check announcements or the newsletter for more detailed directions.


Volunteer with F.I.S.H.


The FISH4Kids summer program will continue until Friday, August 9.  Volunteer opportunities consist of preparing sack lunches, delivering lunches, and clean-up and preparation for the next day.  Sack lunches are prepared Monday thru Friday from 9 to 11 am at 424 Spring Street, Monroe.  Deliveries begin around 11 am and generally take a little over an hour.  Clean-up and preparation is from 11 am to 2 pm.  Please come and help as much as you can.  Please be in prayer for the children, volunteers, and families.

There is always a need at FISH for volunteers to help in the stores or to help with the deliveries or cleaning of the buildings.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nancy Long at 706-362-9008 or

HELP is needed at the FISH Market on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings to help hand out the food.  Please contact Mallory Sanders at 770-310-9947.

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Music Notes

Music Director’s Note For The Season

The season of Pentecost in God’s Church emphasizes the Godhead in three parts – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  What an appropriate time of the Church year to include a wider embrace of His Church’s spiritual songs and hymnody, including those of Southern Harmony and from the Sacred Harp collection.

I hope you were present for the Pentecost Sunday service when we shared a simple two note, five word chant: “Holy Spirit, Come to Us.”  It was wonderful to hear not only the choir but the congregation singing that two note chant, as the Cantor sang the verses above those repetitive words of prayer.  This is a song written by Brother Jacques Berthier, from the non-denominational monastery in Taizé, France, especially for people from all over the world who come to pray and meditate in that space – all of God’s people: different religions, cultures, denominations within the Christian community.  The songs were composed to singers, varied instrumentalists in simple form to help the worshipper feel God’s presence, as they pray and meditate.  What an experience that must be!

We at St. Alban’s chant plainsongs, intone psalms, sing African American spirituals, folk tunes with spiritual words and hymns and the most well known song, “Jesus Loves Me” – learned as children.  Since we did not grow up together, we each have differing favorite hymns.  They are the heritage of all of God’s Church – no denomination.

As your music director, I am once again asking you to take time to write down your favorite hymns from our hymnal and/or from another hymnal.  Please make me a copy if not in our hymnal.

Remember, if you don’t sing, open your hymnals to the pages listed on the Sunday bulletin.  I have asked the Altar Guild to list as many hymn numbers as will fit on the hymn boards, too.  By you following the words (as we do with the lessons insert), you are joining our music ministry in helping us follow God’s great commission – to take the gospel into all of the world.

Dan Marineau