Announcements – July 22, 2018

Worship

† July 25 – The Feast of St. James, Apostle – Eucharist 6:30PM

† Save the Date! Celebration of a New Ministry (Rector installation) and 50th Parish Anniversary on October 17th. Bp. Daniel will celebrate.

Children and Youth

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program.  Please look for a children’s choir questionnaire on the “connect” table across from the Rector’s office.

† Confirmation Class will continue during the summer months on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5PM, with the exception of August 12.  Class on that day is cancelled.

† Sunday School classes are not held over the summer months and will resume in September.

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Sunday School is organizing a collection as a welcome for the Connect by Night shelter.  Please bring toiletries or socks and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the parish office.

Outreach and Service

Connect by Night  

† Connect by Night is going strong throughout this month!  We are happy to welcome our guests to our church home during this time.

† After this service, please help us move some books and other furniture to make room for our guests.

Darby Mission

† Holy Apostles will be serving a cookout lunch at the Darby Mission summer camp on Tuesday 7/31.  We will meet at church at 11AM and drive over to the Darby Rec Center to be ready to serve at noon.  We are planning a kid-oriented menu of hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, watermelon and desserts.  If you are able to bring in a dessert, you can leave it at church the weekend before, or monetary contributions to the Outreach fund to help cover the costs (as well as the increased costs of Connect by Night this summer) are always welcome. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall or let Joe Zorc know if you are coming. Our next evening Darby meal is on Tuesday October 2nd .

Parish Life

† July 27 – Happy Hour – 6:30PM

† September 1 – Red Cross Blood Drive in Parish Hall – 9:00AM-2:00PM

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more talk to Fr. James.

† If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly.  Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you

† Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at www.calendarwiz.com/holyapostlespa . All events happening at the church need to be added to this calendar to avoid conflicts with the use of our facilities. Email the church office to schedule events.

Education

† A weekly Bible study that will meet during the day is in the works.  There is also the possibility of combining this with a regular fellowship time for those of us who are retired or do not work fulltime during the week.  If you are interested, please let Nancy Haas, or Fr. James know.

Diocesan Events

† Anti-Racism Training Workshop: For anyone interested, this will take place Saturday, July 28th, 8 a.m.—2 p.m. at St. Asaph’s, Bala Cynwyd. Fr. James is on the Planning Committee for this.

† Ladies Tea Party: Join women from all over the diocese for a fun event at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne on Saturday, September 15th 1 p.m.—3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to Thistle farms, a ministry that helps women who are human trafficking, prostitution and addiction survivors.

 

A Note from the Rector – July 22

Last week I mentioned two historic actions of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church—a plan for liturgical revision, and the reunion with the Episcopal diocese of Cuba.  This week I want to fill in some of the other important things that happened.  As always, it was a two-week frenzy of worship, legislation, discussion, and debate. What distinguished it from recent General Conventions, however, from the reports of many attendees, was the spirit of grace and the evangelistic energy that characterized the gathering. Here are some of the highlights:

The Way of Love: Our Presiding Bishop. Michael Curry, has introduced The Way of Love, a way for Episcopalians to think about their lives of discipleship in terms of a rule of life. You will be hearing more about this in the coming weeks and months, and you can read more about it here.

Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care: The budget for the national church reflects our priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation, and creation care. Especially worth noting is a significant investment in church planting as well as redeveloping struggling congregations.

Responding to the Concerns of Women: The House of Bishops heard the stories of many women who had experienced harassment or serious discrimination while working in Episcopal churches and other institutions, and committed itself to making concrete changes in the way we work as a church. Some of these changes that have already been implemented include alterations to the disciplinary process and the creation of task forces to address compensation differences, pensions, child care, the call process, and other personnel issues.  This is really important work.

Responding to Impaired Clergy: The Episcopal Church is strengthening its screening processes for ordination as well as creating intervention procedures for clergy who suffer from addictions.

Same-Sex Marriage in Traditionalist Dioceses: Before this Convention, there were eight Dioceses whose bishops prohibited same-sex marriage from taking place anywhere in the diocese. Another compromise resolution passed by this convention makes it possible for congregations within these dioceses who wish to offer the rite of marriage to same-sex couples to do so, under the pastoral supervision of another bishop. This is a form of what is usually called DEPO: Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight. Precisely how these arrangements are lived out in the eight affected dioceses will become more clear in time. In the meantime, I ask your prayers for all those who will be discerning how to move forward, even as I rejoice that our church has found a way to walk together in unity.

Trial Use Liturgy:  In the absence of immediate and total prayer book revision (see my note last week), General Convention did pass a resolution which allows for trial use of our well beloved Rite II service with a number of changes to introduce more expansive and gender neutral language into this prayer. This liturgy is not perfect, and will have to have some rough edges knocked off of it.  It is unclear when and how this will be implemented, but you will be hearing more about this.

Announcements 7/15/18

Worship

† July 25 – The Feast of St. James, Apostle – Eucharist 6:30PM

† Save the Date! Celebration of a New Ministry (Rector installation) and 50th Parish Anniversary on October 17th. Bp. Daniel will celebrate.

Children and Youth

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program.  Please look for a children’s choir questionnaire on the “connect” table across from the Rector’s office.

† Confirmation Class will continue during the summer months on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5PM, with the exception of August 12.  Class on that day is cancelled.

† Sunday School classes are not held over the summer months and will resume in September.

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Sunday School is organizing a collection as a welcome for the Connect by Night shelter.  Please bring toiletries or socks and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the parish office.

Outreach and Service

Connect by Night

† Connect by Night has begun and will continue throughout the month of July!  We are happy to welcome our guests to our church home during this time.

† After this service, please help us move some books and other furniture to make room for our guests.

Darby Mission

† We are hosting a meal on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. 

† We are hosting a cook-out on Tuesday, July 31st for the students and families of summer camp. If you are available and interested in participating at Darby that day, please contact Joe Zorc.

Parish Life

† July 27 – Happy Hour – 6:30PM

† September 1 – Red Cross Blood Drive in Parish Hall – 9:00AM-2:00PM

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more talk to Fr. James.

† If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly.  Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you

Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at http://www.calendarwiz.com/holyapostlespa . All events happening at the church need to be added to this calendar to avoid conflicts with the use of our facilities. Email the church office to schedule events.

Education

† A weekly Bible study that will meet during the day is in the works.  There is also the possibility of combining this with a regular fellowship time for those of us who are retired or do not work fulltime during the week.  If you are interested, please let Nancy Haas, or Fr. James know.

Diocesan Events

† Anti-Racism Training Workshop: For anyone interested, this will take place Saturday, July 28th, 8 a.m.—2 p.m. at St. Asaph’s, Bala Cynwyd. Fr. James is on the Planning Committee for this.

† Ladies Tea Party: Join women from all over the diocese for a fun event at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne on Saturday, September 15th 1 p.m.—3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to Thistle farms, a ministry that helps women who are human trafficking, prostitution and addiction survivors.

 

 

A Note From the Rector – July 15th

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church ended this past Thursday evening.  Around 400 pieces of legislation passed through the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops in just 9 days.  A number of significant things occurred., many more than I can report on here.  I will just highlight two.

 

Probably the most significant, and historic development from this General Convention was the readmission of the Diocese of Cuba back into the Episcopal Church.  The Episcopal Church in the United States founded the Cuban diocese as a missionary endeavor in 1901.  But, in the fallout of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the tensions of the Cold War, the House of Bishops voted to end its relationship with the Cuban diocese in 1966.  For over fifty years, Cuban Episcopalians remained faithful during difficult and isolating times.  So this past week, after a lengthy process, both houses welcomed the Diocese of Cuba back into the Episcopal church.  It was very emotional to watch (I was watching a livestream on the internet), as the both Houses voted unanimously to readmit the Cuban Diocese, and welcome the Cuban bishop and delegation into the Convention.  The House of Bishops repented of the divisive actions of its forbear, and Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, the current bishop of Cuba (a remarkable woman, and a strong leader.) spoke passionately about how the Cuban diocese has always been family with the wider Episcopal church, and now that family is reunited in mutual bonds of love and respect.  How good and how pleasant it is when sisters and brothers dwell together in unity across borders, despite politics, united by Jesus Christ.

Another significant development from General Convention is the adoption of a unique plan for creating and authorizing more diverse liturgies for our Church while continuing to use and treasure the current Book of Common Prayer.  The plan commits the church to continue with the same theological commitments that have shaped our current prayer book, while also making room for expansive imagery and language for God and humans.  You can read the resolution online (link in the announcement email).  It represents an impressive compromise.  There were some in the church who wanted a wholesale revision of the Book of Common Prayer.  This plan was extremely costly (around 10 million dollars), time consuming (at least 12 years), and very divisive.  There were others who did not want any change at all for fear that the church’s core theology and mission would be changed in the process of revision.  The compromise bill makes room for revision, while affirming and protecting the foundational aspects of our faith and common worship: things like the Nicene & Apostles Creeds, the Lord’s Prayer, and baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Also, the original plan to revise the Prayer Book put a lot of power for revision in the hands of a relatively small national committee.  The compromise bill gives authority to each diocese under the bishop to be a part of envisioning what the church’s liturgy will look like together.  It is a more grassroots process than before.  At the same time, the Book of Common Prayer 1979 will not change.  It will still be the standard for worship and doctrine in the Episcopal Church.

 

Announcements – 7/1/18

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Sunday July 1st, 2018
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Worship

† The Rev. Doris Rajagopal, the Missioner of the Darby Mission, is our preacher this morning.

† Next week July 8th, Healing Prayer will be offered immediately following communion.

Children and Youth

† Holy Apostles is working toward establishing a flourishing children’s choir program.  Please look for a children’s choir questionnaire on the “connect” table across from the Rector’s office.

† Confirmation Class will continue during the summer months on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5PM, with the exception of August 12.  Class on that day is cancelled.

† Sunday School classes are not held over the summer months and will resume in September.

† Nursery Childcare is available during the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 and younger in the Godly Play Room.

† The Sunday School is organizing a collection as a welcome for the Connect by Night shelter.  Please bring toiletries or socks and leave them in the box in the hallway outside the parish office.

Outreach and Service

Connect by Night

† Connect by Night begins this evening and continues through the month of July!  We are happy to welcome our guests to our church home during this time.

† Help with making lunches and welcoming guests is still needed several evenings toward the end of the month, please contact Joe Zorc to volunteer.

† After this service, please help us move some books and other furniture to make room for our guests.

Darby Mission

† We are hosting a meal on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. 

† We are hosting a cook-out on Tuesday, July 31st for the students and families of summer camp. If you are available and interested in participating at Darby that day, please contact Joe Zorc

 Parish Life

†  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Upper Darby Flea Market last Sunday. We raised over $500. Thanks for your donations and time!

† Bishop Gutierrez will visit CHA on Sunday, December 9th for Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations.  If you are interested in any of those rites, or would just like to know more talk to Fr. James.

† If you visit the church during the week (and we hope you do!), please use the red double doors nearest the church offices.  Please take special care to lock doors behind you, and ensure that they latch properly.  Doors that are not locked or completely shut are a very serious safety concern for Little Friends Daycare.  Thank you

† Online church calendar: Stay connected with what is happening in your church. Visit the online calendar at http://www.calendarwiz.com/holyapostlespa . All events happening at the church need to be added to this calendar to avoid conflicts with the use of our facilities. Email the church office to schedule events.

Diocesan Events

† Anti-Racism Training Workshop: For anyone interested, this will take place Saturday, July 28th, 8 a.m.—2 p.m. at St. Asaph’s, Bala Cynwyd. Fr. James is on the Planning Committee for this.

† Ladies Tea Party: Join women from all over the diocese for a fun event at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Wayne on Saturday, September 15th 1 p.m.—3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to Thistle farms, a ministry that helps women who are human trafficking, prostitution and addiction survivors.

A Note From The Rector

Today, June 24th is normally celebrated as the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist.  It is not celebrated as such today because very few feasts supersede the normal Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day.  This is because each Sunday is to be celebrated as a “little” Easter, a feast of Jesus’ Resurrection, and the Resurrection transcends and supersedes every other day and event in the Christian faith.  So, we transfer the feast of Jesus’ cousin, John, to tomorrow.

The Gospel of Luke chapter 1 recounts the events surrounding John’s conception and birth in relationship to Jesus’ conception and birth.  It is not entirely clear from the Scriptural account when John was born, but it is does seem clear that Elizabeth was pregnant for some months, perhaps five or six, before Mary conceived.  So, when the traditional date of Jesus’ birth became December 25, the date of John’s birth was set six months “before” that, on June 24/25.

This scheme also roughly corresponds with the winter and summer solstices.  There is a theological reason for this association. It is encapsulated in John’s words about Jesus from the Gospel of John: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  This theological statement is symbolically encoded into the Christian calendar. Starting around the Feast of John the Baptist (and the summer solstice), the days get shorter.  This represents John’s decrease, until Christmas (and the winter solstice) when Jesus is born and the days begin to get longer, representing Christ’s “increase.”

There are lots of traditional ways to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, as well as a lot of interesting folklore associated with the day.  Some of this represents the mixture of Christian customs with customs and celebrations surrounding the summer solstice that originate in northern European pagan traditions.  A lot of this stuff is quite interesting, and learning about and recovering some of these customs might be worthwhile, as long as we do not lose sight of the theological significance of the day.  Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father , prophesied:

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David…

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the
shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace