15 November

  THE GABRIEL
Parish Newsletter for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church November 15, 2021
Calendar Reminders
    Nov 15 Nov 20
6:00 PM NA Meeting 9:30-11:00 am AA Meeting
Nov 21
Rev. Suzanne Barrow. On Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_ videos/
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Day
10:15 am Holy Eucharist, with
  Collect for Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King (November 21st)
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
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OUR PARISH PRAYERS:
For Sonny and Bill McCulloch, who were admitted to Floyd County Baptist Hospital on Saturday with Covid. At the time of writing, Bill is on oxygen but is stable, and Sonny has developed cardiac issues. We will try to keep you informed.
For Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Jennifer our Bishop, for Mauricio Bishop of our companion diocese of Brazilia, for St. Andre’s school in Mithon in Haiti. In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for Grace Church, Muncie--The Rev. Paul Jacobson ; and we pray for all who minister in Christ’s name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
We pray for your Church: For her faithful members and the work they do in your name. We pray for St. Paul’s that the Spirit may lead us to those for whom this community would be life giving. We pray for the followers of all faiths, that they may find a path of love and justice for all your people.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
We pray for the world:
For people who are jobless, and often hopeless,
For people caught in war-torn areas, remembering especially Afghanistan, For people who are hungry, or suffering from weather-related disasters, For peace, and the will to work together to give peace a chance.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
We pray for our community:
For the beauty of this area,
For those who enrich our lives with a rich array of arts For public servants who enrich our common life.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
We pray for those of our congregation who are traveling away from home, that they may be kept safe and well and return to us refreshed.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
We pray for those who suffer , especially Lois, Virginia, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Delani, David & Michele, Sonny, and Robert.
For people struggling with COVID, or with other undiagnosed or terminal illnesses,
For people having surgery.
For people caught in drug addictions, and a web of accompanying problems, Comforter of the suffering, warm our hearts and hands to loving service.
Your kingdom come
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Your will be done.
We pray for the departed:
For the victims of Covid-19, that we may never forget their lives For loved ones, that we may remember how they touched us, Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
Lord of the Church, hear our prayer and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.
FROM THE GABRIEL TEAM:
NEXT SUNDAY (November 21st ): Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Rev.Suzanne Barrow. Following the service, there will be coffee hour in the Parish Hall. Don’t forget—the little red wagon is waiting to be filled with food donations for the Center for Lay Ministries! Please note that the wagon has been moved to the Parish Hall entrance, on your left as you enter.
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES: The next service will begin Sunday, November 21st at 10:15 am. It will be live and in person at St. Paul’s, and on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_videos/
Please join us, during or after the service, and tell others about the service. Also check YouTube for videos of past services: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCynD2CNlCMbJ5YOb1Euce5Q.
LICENSED LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, Dennis and Charlene McAndrews, are ready and eager to bring communion to any who are unable to be present at Sunday services. Whether you regularly attend Sunday service but cannot get here for any reason on a given Sunday, or you are homebound and would like to have the Eucharist brought to you on a regular basis, please contact Marylee at the church office: 812-282-1108, or stpaulsjeff@gmail.com .
Virginia Bushau reminds us that she is making shawls and gloves for those who are in need. If you know any person or organization in need, please let us know at the church office by phone or email, and we will get the information to her.
MANY THANKS for your continued faithful responses to the need for funds.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS : MTWF 10:00-4:30 and Thurs 10:00 to 1:00 pm.
If you have something you’d like to add to the next newsletter (including a brief update on what you and/or your family have been doing since last we met together), please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon. Please put “newsletter” in the subject line.
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WHAT IS “CHRIST THE KING” SUNDAY ABOUT?
 Christ the King Sunday is a feast day acknowledging the authority of Christ. While the problems our world faces today differ from the particular events that inspired Pope Pius XI to establish this feast in the 1920s, his message and call to honor Christ the King is no less pertinent now than it was then. Christ had long been referred to as King, but Pope Pius and others saw the respect and reverence for Christ's authority waning in the midst of the unrest during the first part of the
20th century. In response, the feast was set with the intent to reaffirm and refocus faith and respect in the kingship of Jesus. Pope Pius XI wrote:
“When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony. Our Lord's regal office invests the human authority of princes and rulers with a religious significance; it ennobles the citizen's duty of obedience. ... If princes and magistrates duly elected are filled with
  the persuasion that they rule, not by their own right, but by the mandate and in the place of the Divine King, they will exercise their authority piously and wisely, and they will make laws and administer them, having in view the common good and also the human dignity of their subjects. The result will be a stable peace and tranquility, for there will be no longer any cause of discontent....Peace and harmony, too, will result; for with the spread and the universal extent of the kingdom of Christ men will become more and more conscious of the link that binds them together, and thus many conflicts will be either prevented entirely or at least their bitterness will be diminished.”
Pope Pius hoped, among other things, that the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.
The feast was initially fixed to the final day of October, the day before All Saints Day. Later, in 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the feast to the last Sunday before Advent, to emphasize the importance of the feast. This is fitting within the Church year. The liturgical year begins with Advent, the season of awaiting the coming of Christ, and now the year ends with celebrating the Kingship of Christ.
Summarized from: https://blog.aquinasandmore.com/christ-the-king-sunday/
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