2022 Sun Sept 18
The Beau Soir Ensemble https://www.beausoir.org is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007.
They will be in concert at St. Peter’s, Episcopal Church, Oct. 14, 7pm. The concert is free but we encourage donations so we can continue our concert series, our 9th one since 2013
Help us promote the concert! Download the poster for individuals who may be interested and businesses to display Or print directly:
I. Theme – Using our resources—financial and otherwise—for justice and compassion
“Parable of the Shrewd Manager – Coptic (Egypt) ”
The lectionary readings are here or individually:
Today’s readings call us to use our resources—financial and otherwise—for justice and compassion. They reflect on the social consequences of turning away from God and the possibility that prayer and God-centered values can be a source of health in our personal and corporate lives. A transformed mind may lead over the long haul to transformed social systems.
Amos condemns the callousness of those who observe rituals but set their hearts on greed and dishonesty. Paul urges prayers for peace, godliness and dignity, made possible by Christ, who bridges the gap between God and humanity. In Jesus’ story, the master appreciates the shrewdness of an unfaithful servant.
The parable from the Gospel also presents most congregations with serious challenges in terms of values, ethics, and priorities. You cannot serve God and money. One has to come first; one has to be the lens through which you make your personal and corporate decisions. Studies suggest that great wealth does not lead to greater happiness. In light of the Hebraic prophetic scriptures, wealth without justice and compassion leads to personal and corporate destruction. Wealth without consideration of God’s Shalom and purposes beyond our self-interest leads to poverty and pain.
This week on Sept 22 we reach the autumn equinox. What better way to celebrate this transition than with a poem by Mary Oliver!
Canada Geese migrate south in winter and north in summer. We may assume the poem may set in the fall when they are flying south for food, but Oliver never tells us where is home.
Home may not just be a destination but our efforts to connect to one another. We may fly alone but like geese we may be call out to others so we may connect in the “family of things.” We have much in common – “Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine…” Communication can be a part of the healing which creates bonds to one another.
However, we shouldn’t dwell in despair since Oliver sees the world going on. Yes it can be “harsh” but “exciting “, open to our “imagination. We just have to be a part of it, traveling like the seasons. Oliver’s imagery is rich – rain going across America and the geese flying.
Oliver’s imagery is rich as the world she describes. She has won many awards for her writings among these, the Pulitzer prize and the National Book award. She makes her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Sept. 21 is the day we celebrate the life of the author of the Gospel of Matthew, both Apostle and evangelist due to the Book he wrote.
Matthew was one of the 12 apostles that were with Jesus Christ throughout His public ministry on earth. The consensus among scholars is that this book in the Bible was written in the mid-70’s, 40 years after the resurrection. It was the second Gospel written after Mark, 10 years earlier.
Join us Sept 19, 7pm on Zoom to discuss and learn about how much of a carbon consumer we are.
Basically, a carbon footprint is a way of calculating the Green House Gases created on behalf of a person, place or thing. The Green House gases are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. These gases are responsible for warming the environment Your ecological footprint includes not only your carbon footprint, but other factors too, like how quickly you consume natural resources like plant crops, animal foods and water.
You can calculate a carbon food print for virtually anything: an individual, company, industry or country The bigger the footprint, the bigger the contribution to global warming and climate change.
What is carbon neutral ? You’re carbon neutral if the amount of CO₂ emissions you put into the atmosphere is the same as the amount of CO₂ emissions you remove from the atmosphere
Why carbon neutrality important ?
-Less environmental pollution and improvements to health.
-A boost to sustainable economic growth and the creation of green jobs.
-Enhanced food security by lessening the impact of climate change.
– A halt to the loss of biodiversity and an improvement in the condition of the oceans.
We will be calculating a carbon footprint using an online program- Cool Climate
We will construct an action plan to reduce your footprint
We celebrate Hildegard’s life on September 17.
Accounts written in Hildegard’s lifetime (1098-1179) and just after describe an extraordinarily accomplished woman: a visionary, a prophet (she was known as “The Sibyl Of The Rhine”), a pioneer who wrote practical books on biology, botany, medicine, theology and the arts. She was a prolific letter-writer to everyone from humble penitents looking for a cure for infertility to popes, emperors and kings seeking spiritual or political advice. She composed music and was known to have visions