“We worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity; Neither confusing the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.”—Athanasian Creed, Book of Common Prayer, 1662.
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the day we focus fully and completely on who God is, in and of Himself. Up to this point in the Church Year, from Advent to Pentecost, we have remembered those mighty acts by which the Drama of our Redemption has played out, and been accomplished. It is in those great events that God has revealed Himself, oh so graciously, as three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—yet One God, God the Holy Trinity! The Athanasian Creed, as quoted above, lays out this understanding of God for us in very clear language. This is an essential truth of Christianity that we must believe, without which one cannot be counted as Christian. The reason God has revealed Himself in this way is so that we can come to know Him more completely and therefore worship Him more fully. The consequence of knowing and worshiping God is to love Him. And if we love Him, we will have our final end in Him—in everlasting life.
The sub-floor decking was installed in our office addition this week. See the pictures here on our website by clicking here. Today, as you can see in the picture below, the lumber has arrived to begin building the walls. Bob Brooks will begin this work tomorrow, Friday, May 25. Follow the progress on our website and, of course, you will see the progress on Sunday when you come to church. On further thought, why don’t you stop by and take look while the walls go up!
Hendersonville Rescue Mission—Need help!
We need one more person to sign up for our work at the rescue mission on Wednesday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. Our work there is complete by 1:00 p.m. Please do sign up. This is very rewarding and is, along with our worship, our bounden duty.
News of Note
Two weeks ago, David Morgan had surgery on his neck, due to a herniated disc, at Wake Medical Center. The surgery was a bit more complicated than anticipated, so he did not return home until last Saturday. He has a good bit of rehab ahead of him yet and we hope we see him soon in church. Please keep him in your prayers for a continued recovery.
Annual Parish Picnic—Correction
In last week’s news, I did not get the date of the picnic exactly right. The picnic will be on Sunday, June 10, starting between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., right after church that day. We will gather at Sally & Glen Blackburn’s home in Fletcher. Directions will be available. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board and let us know what side dish you will bring to the picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and accoutrements will be provided by the parish.
Craft Market 2018
It’s time once again to start preparing for our Annual Craft Market. The date for this year’s event is Saturday, October 13. If you are a crafter, artist, knitter, etc. and would like to donate a few items to our All Saints Crafter’s Guild table, please see Kathy Willis. If you would like to buy a table to sell your goods, please see Barbara Conner or Cynthia Hensley.
Wednesday Bible Study
In our Bible study, we are working our way through the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. There are 12 Minor Prophets and we find them at the end of the Old Testament, after the Book of Daniel. This week we will begin the Book of Amos. It’s not too late to join us!
Tuesday Book Study
Our Tuesday Book Study is discussing a biblical fiction work: Cain: The Story of the First Murder and the Birth of an Unstoppable Evil. Please read chapters 24-36 for Tuesday’s class.
Bread of Life in Transylvania County is this month’s recipient of our in-gathering of food stuffs.
Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Lamp
Please sign up for Flowers and Sanctuary lamp dedications. Please know that flowers are rather expensive to purchase and we need your help to keep our altar adorned. It is only your dedications that ensure flowers are on the altar every Sunday. There are plenty Sundays left for your dedications. Remember, two dedications may be made each Sunday. The suggested donation for flowers is $50. Sanctuary Lamp dedication is $10.
Memorial Day Weekend
On Monday, we will celebrate our country’s Memorial Day. Take a moment throughout this coming weekend and on Monday and give thanks to Almighty God for those who have laid down their lives for our country. Our prayer book gives a most appropriate prayer to mark the day (see BCP p. 42) and I encourage you to use it. It reads as follows:
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday and may the Lord bless you and keep you until then.
This Week in the Parish
Sunday, May 27, Trinity Sunday
· 8:30 a.m., Holy Communion
· 9:45 a.m., Sunday School
· 11:00 a.m., Holy Communion
· 12:45 p.m., Fellowship Lunch
Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
· Office Closed
Tuesday, May 29
· 11:00 a.m., Tuesday Book Study
Wednesday, May 30
· 11:30 a.m., Hendersonville Rescue Mission service
· 6:00 p.m., Holy Communion
· 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Dinner
· 7:00 p.m., Bible Study
· 7:00 p.m., Choir Practice