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October 2nd -17th @Pentecost -
[We use the "Track 2" readings at St. Richard]
Homily for October 2nd: "Supersize That Faith?"
LOOKING AHEAD: October 9th - 18th@Pentecost - Readings:
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Pentecostés #17 -- 2 octubre
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HOMILÍA - 2 octubre:
Semana entrante - 9 Octubre
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THE BEACON - September 30th
nearing the end of a nice day on the hill.
Have had to drive down the hill a few times of late and so appreciated getting back up in the hills where it is cooler. Lovely time for cloud gazing...that's a gift from my Grandmother Edie who taught me early on to see the clouds and all they contain. Saw a bear climbing over a hill, a Scot Terrier barking in absolute joy and finally a dragon peering down on all our little communities. After driving through San Bernardino and having seen many good souls seeking medical attention at Loma Linda, the clouds are much simpler, easier to take in.
Thinking about Father Gary's homily on Lazarus going to Abraham and Dives being relegated to Hades. Dives asked that Lazarus return to his home and warn his brothers so they will not end up in Hades. Seems a little too little and a little too late. The comments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are as always timely and insightful. Lazarus was unseen because Dives sight was concentrated on other things, more important things in his view and yet it was not the wealth that caused the blindness to Lazarus' hunger and suffering that caused the destination of Dives. It sems to me that not seeing others is due to having our eyes and mind on ourselves.
Sat in on a Zoom seminar given in Washington State by Reverend Mary Crist and she had mentioned a book "The Four Vision Quests of Jesus Christ" by The Reverend Steven Charleston, former Bishop of Alaska and a member of the Choctaw tribe of South Dakota. Toward the end of this book, I found this very fitting for all of us to consider. A difference between our Western view of mankind and the First People's or Indigenous People's understanding of who we are.
"We are the tribe of the human beings. We are family. We are related." "The most fundamental lessons of kinship seem to elude us." The fourth vision quest of Jesus is not about Jesus doing something for "me"; it is about who he became for "us".
We have opportunities to take part in everyone's lives. We do live a bit remote from many, however, we are one and just as with kin who live far away from us, we are all connected and we need to see one another.
As with Martin Luther King Jr. "Be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, so that (you) may take hold of the life that really is life." In the name of our God's inescapable network of mutuality. Amen.
Does this seem like a teaser....it is ...if you would like to borrow the book, please let me know.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has been diagnosed with COVID and although he has been vaccinated and boosted he is now operating in quarantine and asked for our prayers. We are also asking for prayers for those in Florida who are dealing with the impact of hurricane Ian and it's after effects. All in Ukraine and Russia and all in peril and harm throughout the world. Please include Melinda, Keith, Jerry, Al and Anet, Gary and Peg, Chris Flores, the Ouellet family and all those first responders and all in harms way to protect and serve others.
Looking forward to the next chapter in Reverend Michael Seiler's trek through "Personal Prayer" which will immediately follow our 9:00 a.m. service in the sanctuary.
In closing we pray that we are given the ability to see...beyond our joy and cares and concerns such that we can take hold the life that really is life.
PS If you missed Father Gary's sermon, you will find it on the St. Richards web site;
Love and blessings,
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Lee James Wade, step-father of Christine Flores, passed away on August 27th, about six days from the passing of Christine's mother, Linda Wade, Please keep the family in your prayers.
Interment Service for Lee J. Wade was held at Riverside National Cemetery on September 15th
The Mountain Homeless Coalition ministry all started four years ago, when St. Richard's little Outreach Committee, along with a couple of our local Presbyterian friends, formed a 501c3 and by the grace of God connected with the county Homeless Services.
We were awarded a $1.1 million grant to purchase 8 units in Big Bear for permanent housing for the homeless. We work now with 50 new requests for assistance monthly.
More info OR care to HELP?:
The Rainbow Bridge Pet Sanctuary is this church's burial site for pets. Members and non-members are welcome to bury their beloved animals' ashes in our garden as well as place a brick marker engraved with the pet's name and dates of life with you.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
[picture: McWhirter Memorial Garden for Burials of cremains of our Loved Ones.
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