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4th @Pentecost/Independence weekend--July 3rd
[We use the "Track 2" readings at St. Richard] https://www.lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL/Pentecost/CProp9_RCL.html Readings for Independence Day: https://www.lectionarypage.net/YearABC/HolyDays/Indepen.html
Homily for July 3rd;
LOOKING AHEAD: June 26th
5th @Pentecost - READINGS:
[We use the "Track 2" readings at St. Richard]
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Lecturas para Dia de Independencia https://www.episcopalchurch.org/es/lectionary/dia-de-la-independencia/
HOMILÍA -3 julio:
Semana entrante - 10 julio - Lecturas:
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[Above is a message from PassItOn
which seems very appropriate this week.]
Good evening all...and here we are...Summer has arrived with a refreshing bit of rain on the hill.
Another eventful month, Pride Month celebrations all over the country and this week Juneteenth.
Juneteenth marks the announcement to Black slaves in Galveston, Texas of their freedom. The announcement came two years after the signing by President Abraham Lincoln. The delay is open to interpretation. Today we know of events in real-time, we know instantaneously. Can only give my opinion that although news took time to reach outposts some probably did not want it known. We as a nation need to know our history...all of it, the good and the bad. This is, I believe the second year of Juneteenth being a national holiday.
Along with the celebrations above, we also have tragedies and war this month. We have divisions in our nation and throughout the world. We have investigations into mass shootings and an attempted coup in Washington, D.C. The more we know, the better off we are; the more capable of making decisions for ourselves. Much of what happens seems very much out of our control. Sometimes there is so much coming at us at once our preference might be to ignore all things not directly impacting us. In fact, sooner or later everything impacts all of us.
Father Gary's sermon last Sunday involved the devil and demons, a child's as well as an older brother's perception of the devil. Years ago, there was a TV comedy show with a tag line "The devil made me do it!" Think most of us laughed and even used that line on occasion. For many of us it was simpler time, for others of us it was a very difficult time but those people had little or no voice. In today's world most of us have a voice to speak out against what we perceive to be wrong. We can speak up and we can take part in learning as well as teaching about the human rights of all.
Some of the violence we are seeing may well be the result of untreated mental illness. We have a great need for a better mental health program in our country. None of us can know everything but all of can learn and live the lives we have been charged with living....Love one another as I have loved you.
Personally, I do not believe in the "devil" but I do know what it is to be loving, to be kind, to try to be the hands and feet and the voice of Jesus Christ. We have been given so many examples with all the parables and mysteries of the Bible. We have probably all seen the results of intentional or unintentional damage done to others. By way of life experience, we can learn and avoid harming others. A kindly word, a calm voice, a compassionate ear, smiling at all we encounter, that is a part we can play.
We celebrate and support joy in our new Pride flag and Ukraine flag in our narthex.
Please continue to pray for our Bishop's Committee, all of our church family and friends, in particular, Keith, Gary and Peg, Kimberly and Alison, Jerry, Anet and Al. For peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and the oneness of all in creation, the repose of souls of our law enforcement officers and first responders and the solace and peace for all who have lost loved ones this month. "Be not far away, O Lord; you are my strength; hasten to help me. I will declare your name to the people" In the name of one who banishes all our demons., Christ the Lord. Amen
Love and blessings,
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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.
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?:
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.
Members and non-members welcome.]
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