The Messenger/June 23, 2017
In Our Prayers
Please pray for:
Blane; Phil Brassie; Trevor Harris; Bob Lindsey; Bobby Thomas; Robbie Thomas; Savannah Benton; John Cannon; Anne Carter; Edwina Johnson; Corby Brendle; Bill Pardue; Jan Abernathy; Jeanne Aycock
Please pray for our Vestry:
Marty Atkinson; Carole Bond; Libby Martin; Melissa Young; Marvin Gray; Judy Terry; Matthew Hardy.
St. Alban’s Intercessory Prayer Group – Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to come and pray for the needs of our church, our people, our community and nation.
If you would like for us to pray for someone or something special, please fill out a prayer card, which is found on back of the pews. You can place the card in the offering plate or give it to an usher.
Readings for This Week:
I John 3:13-16
Readings for Next Week:
Jeremiah complains to God. He thought being a God person wouldn’t be so hard. Now he knows. To love God is to have your image of God surpassed. Obliterated. Tranquility is not as high up on God’s list as it is on ours. God’s mission for Jeremiah is to afflict superficial comfort. To ask, “who have we crushed to achieve our peace?” Or, “why do we avert our eyes from the image of God shown to us in the poor?” Us overpowered with God’s care for all is God’s hope for us. Until then, don’t look to God for peace.
June 29 – Christopher Hardy
June 30 – Ashlyn McGarity
Choir Rehearsals-Our last regular Wednesday choir rehearsal for the summer was last Wednesday evening, June 21st. Starting July 2nd, the choir will rehearse at 9:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings rather than on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Regular Wednesday evening choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 9th, at 5:30 p.m.
If you would like to sing or play a solo during the Offertory this summer, please see Kristen Donaldson (Choirmaster).
St. Alban’s Feast Day-Join us this Sunday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. to acknowledge and celebrate St. Alban’s Feast Day. We will be honored with a guest preacher, Seminarian Garrett Boyte. Garrett is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Western Louisiana. He grew up in the small town of Oak Grove in the northeast corner of the state. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Classical Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He’s currently working on his M.Div. at the St. Luke’s School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Part of his coursework requires a summer intensive course as a hospital chaplain, which he is currently doing at Atlanta Medical Center in downtown Atlanta and East Point, Ga. He’s the proud dog dad of a 4-year old Catahoula Leopard dog, a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana, an avid francophone and adamantly opposed to the serial comma.
There will be a potluck lunch following the worship service. We ask everyone to please bring a dish to share with everyone.
St. Alban-Alban is the earliest Christian in Britain who is known by name and, according to tradition, the first British martyr. He was a soldier in the Roman army stationed at Verulamium, a city about twenty miles northeast of London, now called St. Alban’s. He gave shelter to a Christian priest who was fleeing from persecution, and was converted by him. When officers came to Alban’s house, he dressed himself in the garments of the priest and gave himself up. Alban was tortured and martyred in place of the priest, on the hilltop where the Cathedral of St. Alban’s now stands. The traditional date of his martyrdom is 303 or 304, but recent studies suggest that the year was actually 209, during the persecution under the
Emperor Septimius Severus.
The site of Alban’s martyrdom soon became a shrine. King Offa of Mercia established a monastery there about the year 793, and in the high Middle Ages St. Alban’s ranked as the premier Abbey in England. The great Norman abbey church, begun in 1077, now serves as the cathedral of the diocese of St. Alban’s, established in 1877. It is the second longest church in England (Winchester Cathedral is the longest, by six feet), and it is built on higher ground than any other English cathedral. In a chapel east of the choir and high Altar, there are remains of the fourteenth century marble shrine of St. Alban.
The Venerable Bede gives this account of Alban’s trial: “When Alban was brought in, the judge happened to be standing before an altar, offering sacrifice to devils..”What is your family and race?” demanded the judge. “How does my family concern you?” replied Alban; “If you wish to know the truth about my religion, know that I am a Christian and am ready to do a Christian’s duty.” “I demand to know your name,” insisted the judge. “Tell me at once.” ‘My parents named me Alban,” he answered, “and I worship and adore the living and true God, who created all things.”
New Prayer Books-Please note We have new prayer books (The Book of Common Prayer) given in loving memory of Wayne Bond. These books replaced some of the old books with missing pages.
Cake Challenge-Judy Terry and Marvin Gray have challenged each other to a best cake contest! Please join us this Sunday, June 25, at the potluck lunch following the worship service and discover the scrupulous winner!
FISH4Kids-FISH4Kids is in need of help in making and packing lunches for children in need throughout our county, Monday through Friday (9:30 am to 11:30 am). Tuesdays and Fridays are the days most needed, but any day, any time will be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Joylou Mullis (770-267-5830).
Vestry Meeting-The next Vestry Meeting is Wednesday, July 5, at 5:30 p.m. (Please note the change in day and time.)
Appointments with Pat – Rev. Pat will be at St. Alban’s every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. If you would like to meet with her, call the church office or contact here at 1-513-259-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study-Every Wednesday, at 12 noon, Rev. Pat conducts a Bible Study. (The study is on the lessons for the coming Sunday.) We also enjoy lunch together (self-provided bag lunches). Please come and enjoy fellowship, study and worship.
Remember the Poor-Our Alms Box is located on the right side on the wall when you walk out of the sanctuary. Please remember the poor and give your spare change. Checks and bills are accepted also. Thank you!