The Tau Fellowship met on Saturday February 20, 2010 at TRINITY CHURCH, AMBLER at 9:30 AM. Thank you all who attended. The aily Office was prayed and a lively discussion covering many topics was enjoyed by those who attended. It was announced that Sonya Riggins-Furlow has transferred in from the DelMarVa Seesaw Fellowship. WELCOME Sonya!
[Episcopal News Service] Helicopters, satellite phones, a little shared rice, prayer and the laying on of hands were all part of the Episcopal Church's continued efforts to help the country of Haiti nine days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake decimated parts of the impoverished nation. The hardware is coming into Haiti by way of the Dominican Republic, the Episcopal Church diocese there and Episcopal Relief & Development, and the rice and ministering prayer is coming, in part, from the three sisters of the Couvent Sainte Marguerite, adjacent to the cathedral and operated by the Sisters of Saint Margaret, who have told their Boston-based colleagues that they are staying put.
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Dear Fellow Believers, In Romans chapter 15 we read of the relief that first century Christians provided for fellow believers in Jerusalem who were having a rough time of it. Modern day believers are called to this high challenge and work of mercy as well. We can do no less.
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St Teresa of Avilla - Lawrence OP
Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out;
yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good;
and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
- SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Praying Hands - Mukul Banerjee
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p124
The crisis in Haiti is evolving and devolving hour by hour. The people of Haiti have suffered from a cycle of natural disasters and man-made disasters, this being the most dire and cataclysmic in recent history. There are updates being posted by the Sister's of St Margaret who have sisters in Haiti. You can assist with donations to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERSor THE EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT fund.
Photo courtesy of FLICKR Mukul Banerjee
GIVEN AT MORNING PRAYER BY BR PHI AT TRINITY CHURCH, OXFORD ON 1-10-10.
This is the first Sunday of Epiphany. The term epiphany means "to show" or "to make known" or even "to reveal." In Western churches, it remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by doing so "reveal" Jesus to the world as Lord and King.
After a recent particularly moving sermon, I was driving home when a driver cut me off. I cursed him out loud and thought, “That sermon didn’t last very long”… I had, if you will excuse the expression, an epiphany.
Are we “pew Christians”? Do we follow Jesus’ teachings once we leave church on Sunday? Do we try living the Gospel out each week? Are we revealing or making Jesus known through our actions? Most of us will never become a Mother Theresa or a Desmond Tutu, but we can try to live the Gospel each day. We can make Jesus, whose birthday we just celebrated, known to those we encounter. We can do this without evangelizing, and most often without evoking the name of Jesus, but through our actions, by showing what it means to be a Christian, by living our lives as an example. St Francis said, “You may be the only Gospel your neighbor ever reads”.
As we continue through the season of Epiphany, I ask that we meditate on how we may make Jesus and his life of the Gospel known. How we may live out our baptismal covenant and live our lives in his spirit and by our actions. Do we live the whole Gospel, or does our Gospel have a hole in it?
"Meister Eckhart (a German Theologian) once said: ‘What good is it that Christ was born 2,000 years ago if he is not born now in your heart?'
May we live in faith, walk in hope and be renewed in love.
LET US PRAY:
“Father, we thank you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus the Christ, we who once were not your people but whom you chose to adopt as your people. As ancient Israel confessed long ago, we realize that it was not because of our own righteousness, or our own superior wisdom, or strength, or power, or numbers. It was simply because you loved us, and chose to show us that love in Jesus.
As you have accepted us when we did not deserve your love, will you help us to accept those whom we find it hard to love? Forgive us, O Lord, for any attitude that we harbor that on any level sees ourselves as better or more righteous than others. Will you help us to remove the barriers of prejudice and to tear down the walls of bigotry, religious or social? O Lord, help us realize that the walls that we erect for others only form our own prisons!
Will you fill us so full of your love that there is no more room for intolerance. As you have forgiven us much, will you enable us with your strength to forgive others even more? Will you enable us through your abiding Presence among us, communally and individually, to live our lives in a manner worthy of the Name we bear?
May we, through your guidance and our faithful obedience, find new avenues in ways that we have not imagined of holding the Light of your love so that it may be a Light of revelation for all people.
We thank you for your love, praise you for your Gift, ask for your continued Presence with us, and bring these petitions in the name of your Son, who has truly revealed your heart. Amen.”
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