O Sovereign God, who raised up (King) Kamehameha (IV) and (Queen) Emma to be rulers in Hawaii, and inspired and enabled them to be diligent in good works for the welfare of their people and the good of your Church: Receive our thanks for their witness to the Gospel; and grant that we, with them, may attain to the crown of glory that never fades away; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885.
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O loving God, by your grace your servant James Huntington gathered a community dedicated to love and discipline and devotion to the holy Cross of our Savior Jesus Christ: Send your blessing on all who proclaim Christ crucified, and move the hearts of many to look upon him and be saved; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Click here to learn more about James Otis Sargent Huntington, Priest and Monk, 1935.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike. Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about Clive Staples Lewis, Apologist and Author, 1963.
O God of ineffable mercy, you gave grace and fortitude to blessed Edmund the king to triumph over the enemy of his people by nobly dying for your Name: Bestow on us your servants the shield of faith with which we can withstand the assaults of our ancient enemy; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Click here to learn more about Edmund, King of East Anglia, Martyr, 870.
Almighty God, by your grace your servant Elizabeth of Hungary recognized and honored Jesus in the poor of this world: Grant that we, following her example, may with love and gladness serve those in any need or trouble, in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Click here to learn more about Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, 1231.
O God of peace, by whose grace the abbess Hilda was endowed with gifts of justice, prudence, and strength to rule as a wise mother over the nuns and monks of her household, and to become a trusted and reconciling friend to leaders of the Church: Give us the grace to recognize and accept the varied gifts you bestow on men and women, that our common life may be enriched and your gracious will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680.
O holy God, you endowed your servant and bishop Hugh of Lincoln with wise and cheerful boldness, and taught him to commend the discipline of holy life to kings and princes: Grant that we also, rejoicing in the Good News of your mercy, and fearing nothing but the loss of you, may be bold to speak the truth in love, in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Click Here to learn more about Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200.
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Please join us for the ecumenical Chatham Thanksgiving Service to be held at Chatham Baptist this Wednesday, November 19th. The meal begins at 5:30 (catered by Kim Chumley at $6 per 12 and up and $4 under 12). The service around the tables is 6:15 to 7, with the Rev. Bill Mackey-Wisor of Watson Memorial UMC preaching and the Chatham Baptist Church providing music.
The offering will benefit the CHATHAM MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION, which is sorely in need of additional funding to help those who are in need right here in our community. If you are unable to attend, you can still make a donation (payable to Chatham Ministerial Association) and Fr Chris will deliver it to Glen Shelton who serves as treasurer. You may call Erica, Chatham Baptist (8 a.m. to noon) at 432.8003. Indication of number of adults and children is needed by noon Monday, November 17th.
We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for your goodness in bestowing upon this Church the gift of the episcopate, which we celebrate in this remembrance of the consecration of Samuel Seabury; and we pray that, joined together in unity with our bishops, and nourished by your holy Sacraments, we may proclaim the Gospel of redemption with apostolic zeal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Click Here to learn more about Samuel Seabury, First American Bishop, 1784.
O loving God, we know that all things are ordered by your unerring wisdom and unbounded love: Grant us in all things to see your hand; that, following the example and teaching of your servant Charles Simeon, we may walk with Christ in all simplicity, and serve you with a quiet and contented mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Click here to learn more about Charles Simeon, Priest, 1836.
Lord God of hosts, you clothed your servant Martin the soldier with the spirit of sacrifice, and set him as a bishop in your Church to be a defender of the catholic faith: Give us grace to follow in his holy steps, that at the last we may be found clothed with righteousness in the dwellings of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Click here to learn more about Martin, Bishop of Tours, 397.
What are we to make of these lessons the church gives us here at the end of the church year? Only two Sundays now stand between us and a new year beginning with the First Sunday of Advent on 30 November.
It is increasingly clear that there is no stopping it now! With each of our lessons this morning we are careening not just to the end of the year but actually to the end of it all—to that very moment when the jig’s finally up, the dance is over, and Elvis has left the building!
Each of the lessons this morning yields a little different flavor of that decisive moment.
Take Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. He gives us a very hopeful picture of that end, doesn’t he? When the Lord comes with the archangel’s call and the sound of the trumpet, the dead in Christ will rise first followed by any of us who may still be alive. So then we may grieve for those who have died, but we do so not without hope, for eventually we will all be with the Lord, together again, forever! And “forever” is a very long time indeed.
But before we get too attached to these warm fuzzy feelings that may be bubbling up inside as we consider this “forever” with Jesus and those we love, Jesus shares a haunting story about ten bridesmaids, five foolish and five wise.
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord our God,you call whom you will and send them where you choose: We thank you for sending your servant Willibrord to be an apostle to the Low Countries, to turn them from the worship of idols to serve you, the living God; and we entreat you to preserve us from the temptation to exchange the perfect freedom of your service for servitude to false gods and to idols of our own devising; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
O God of light and love, you illumined your Church through the witness of your servant William Temple: Inspire us, we pray, by his teaching and example, that we may rejoice with courage, confidence, and faith in the Word made flesh, and may be led to establish that city which has justice for its foundation and love for its law; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1944.
O God of truth and peace, you raised up your servant Richard Hooker in a day of bitter controversy to defend with sound reasoning and great charity the catholic and reformed religion: Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about Richard Hooker, Priest, 1600.
Sermon by R Christopher Heying on the Occasion of the Coles Window Blessing, Sunday 2 November 2014.
This All Saints’ Sunday we have John’s vision of “a great multitude no one could count from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” who have come through “the great ordeal,” with robes made white in the Lamb’s blood and now sing God’s eternal praise. (Revelation 7), a vision wholly consonant with the Letter to the Hebrews which refers to a “great a cloud of witnesses” who now watch us “run the race that is set before us” (12.1).
As we give thanks this day “for all the saints, who from their labors rest” we remember those whom we knew and loved but see no longer, who in their day gave to us a glimpse of God’s love. These are they who have now joined that “great cloud” to encourage us and remind us we are never alone but are part of one great communion and fellowship.
This fellowship includes others, others we may not have known directly but who in their own day and according to their circumstances, were, as the Book of Common Prayer says, “an example of righteousness” and “the lights of the world in their generation.”
We remember their light, ultimately Christ’s own light, light that still shines to overcome the darkness if we but look with the eyes of faith.
These luminaries include bishops such as William Meade, John Johns, A.M. Randolph; priests such as the Rev. Dr. George Washington Dame and the Rev. Dr. Clevius Orlando Pruden; faithful lay persons such as Walter Coles and Lettice Carrington Coles, who were among the founders of this church and in whose honor and memory we bless and rededicate a stained glass window this morning; and it includes always at least one or two outside “our group,” however we may define it!
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Click here to learn more about Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles.
Stop Hunger Now indicates shipment of the ten thousand meals we purchased and packed has been sent to the Dominican Republic. Thank you for helping.
Fr R Christopher Heying
Friends of Stop Hunger Now,
We are delighted to announce that meals from your meal packaging event have been shipped in a container with 285,120 meals from our Lynchburg warehouse. The meals will be received by our in-country partner CitiHope International.
With 42% of the population below the poverty line, food shortage is prevalent throughout the Dominican Republic. CitiHope provides food and other resources to schools, orphanages and other needy people and takes an active role in the distribution and monitoring. CitiHope supports sustainable educational and development programs that empower locals to create strong, self-sufficient communities.
Citihope's country director in the Dominican Re
"We consider this not to be 'charity' but a real investment in humanity. The school and orphanage programs help our country so much by creating a future of responsible citizens that contribute to the improvement of our society. These children come from families that cannot supply even one meal a day for their children and don't understand the purpose of education. So the motivation comes from the food!...These SHN donations are a defining component that heals a nation, multi-dimensionally."