Our Standing Announcements:
1st Sunday - Potluck Lunch following Mass
2nd Tuesday - Episcopal Church Women
3rd Monday - Vestry Meeting - 5:30 pm

This Sunday: The 19th Sunday After Pentecost
9:30 am Older Children & Adult Sunday School; Choir Practice
10:30 am Holy Eucharist & Younger Children’s Sunday School; Fellowship Hour

From this week's Sermon: "I am sure that we all have had such moments in our own spiritual walks - when we thought all we needed was - more faith - especially when we consider all that the first Disciples were able to do for the Kingdom - our Gospel demonstrates a very important lesson for all of us: those who believe in the Name of Jesus have what we need to accomplish great things for the Kingdom AND that we should not allow our own self doubts to keep us from doing those things.

There are few greater icons of Christian faith in our time than Mother Teresa, whose work among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta epitomized the power of Christian faith. Most recently a new book entitled: Come Be My Light presents to us clear evidence that Mother Teresa had doubts about her faith and struggled with a sense of spiritual emptiness for almost the entire time that she directed the order of nuns she founded.

Come Be My Light presents letters Mother Teresa wrote to a series of spiritual advisers over the decades that describe her haunting sense of divine absence, interrupted by only occasional periods of consolation. While she restored the hope of countless others with her radiant joy in service, her own hope often lay in ruins. "In my heart there is no faith—no love—no trust—there is so much pain—the pain of longing, the pain of not being wanted. I want God with all the powers of my soul—and yet there between us—there is terrible separation."

Mother Teresa's experience of spiritual darkness does not diminish her evident holiness, and in some ways it enhances it, much like the words in our OT Lesson today. Many of history's greatest saints suffered similar periods - and Mother Teresa's struggles is not so much disconcerting as consoling. For who among us has not also felt, at times, a hole where God should be?

And perhaps this is the real lesson for us to learn today - that God's presence is not dependent on a believer's feeling or lack of feeling. Mother Teresa’s example clearly demonstrate that feelings are not the point."

Mon. Office closed

Wed 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist

Next Sunday: The 20th Sunday After Pentecost
9:30 am Older Children’s and Adult Sunday School; Choir Practice
10:30 am Holy Eucharist & Younger Children’s Sunday School; Fellowship Hour

Sunday October 28th Bishop’s Visitation, Confirmation Service, &
60th Parish Anniversary Celebration

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