2022 Sun Sept 18

Pentecost 15, Sept. 18, 2022

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:  

First Reading – Amos 8:4-7
Psalm – Psalm 113
Epistle – 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Gospel – Luke 16:1-13 

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.

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“Wild Geese” – Mary Oliver

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.

Sunday links, Pentecost 15, Sept. 18, 2022

Village Dinner, Sept. 14, 2022 – burgers with all the trimmings, while looking out on the Rappahannock River. The weather was absolutely perfect.

Sept. 18, 11:00am – Holy Eucharist

Season of Creation 3, Sept 1 – Oct. 4

  • Holy Eucharist, Sun. Sept. 18 Zoom link Sept. 11 Meeting ID: 869 9926 3545 Passcode: 889278
  • Lectionary for Sept. 18, 2022,
    Pentecost 15
  • Bulletin, Sept. 18, 2022
  • Compline, Sun, Sept 18, 6:00pm
    Zoom Link Meeting ID: 878 7167 9302 Passcode: 729195
  • This Week

  • Morning Meditation , Mon, Sept 19, 6:30am Zoom link Meeting ID: 879 8071 6417 Passcode: 790929
  • Climate Change— “Measure – Our Carbon Foot Print”, Sept. 19, 7pm Zoom link Meeting ID: 878 1530 9573 Passcode: 276113
  • Ecumenical Bible Study, Wed., Sept. 21 10am-12pm. Reading lectionary of Sept. 18
  • Village Harvest, Wed., Sept 21, 3:00-5pm.

  • Sacred Ground group, Thurs., Sept 22, 7pm.

  • Youth Group, Sun. Sept 25 5pm at St. Peter’s

  • All articles for Sept. 18, 2022

  • Matthew, Sept. 21, Apostle and Evangelist

    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. 

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    M.O.R.E Book, Part 2 – Measure. How and Why it matters ?

    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

    Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) – musician, writer, prophetess – and saint

    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

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